Campaigners have been left shocked and appalled

first_imgCampaigners have been left “shocked and appalled” by the government’s decision to hold a workshop on the barriers facing disabled people without inviting a single disabled people’s organisation (DPO) to take part.The Cabinet Office workshop is due to take place tomorrow afternoon (Friday), and its purpose is to “convene leading external experts and officials to discuss the key issues facing disabled people and identify opportunities to address these”.But it has failed to invite representatives from organisations such as the Reclaiming Our Futures Alliance (ROFA) – which represents many leading DPOs – or The Alliance for Inclusive Education (ALLFIE), and then snubbed their requests to take part when they found out about the event.Another disabled-led organisation missed off the list of invitees was Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC).The Cabinet Office did invite Philip Connolly, policy manager for Disability Rights UK (DR UK), but he was invited as a policy specialist and not as a representative of DR UK.Mark Harrison (pictured, left), from ROFA, wrote to the Cabinet Office this week to ask if he could attend the workshop but was told it was “already at capacity” and that it was only “an initial exploratory meeting, including officials from Cabinet Office and the Office for Disability Issues [ODI] and a small group of academics and disability charity representatives”.The civil servant added: “If this initial work develops into a more significant work stream, then we intend to engage with a wide range of disabled person led and smaller groups and will be in touch with details.”Harrison told her he was “shocked and appalled” by the exclusion of DPOs and said this suggested the government had learned nothing from the recent examination by the UN of the government’s record in implementing the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD).In its “concluding observations”, following the examination, the UN’s committee on the rights of persons with disabilities said in August 2017 that it was concerned about the UK government’s “lack of mechanisms to ensure effective participation of all organisations of persons with disabilities, in decision-making processes concerning policies and legislation in all areas of the Convention”.Harrison said he would now write to the UN committee “with this example amongst many others where the UK Government is still failing to comply with the [UNCRPD] which it has signed and ratified”.Sue Bott, DR UK’s deputy chief executive, said her organisations only found out about the event from the University of Bristol.She has been told the workshop will be based on research the university has co-produced with disabled people, including DR UK.Bott told Disability News Service (DNS): “[The university] did not want to attend the event without disabled people who had worked with them and asked if we had had an invitation.“Philip will be making our objections known at the workshop as will colleagues from Bristol University.“We were disgusted with the response given to ROFA from the Cabinet Office. “Either they have no knowledge of the CRPD, which is disgraceful in itself, or have chosen to ignore it and the need to engage with disabled people from the very beginning, not at some point down the line.”She said that DR UK would be happy to sign any joint letter of complaint from the coalition of DPOs – which also includes ROFA, ALLFIE and DPAC – that played a significant role in the review of the UK’s progress in implementing the UNCRPD.DPAC is also set to inform the UN committee of the government’s actions, which it says are an “ongoing and flagrant violation of our human rights enshrined in UNCRPD to which this government are committed to supporting”. DPAC has told the Cabinet Office that it is “horrified and angry” at its behaviour and that of the ODI, and added: “Oh, the irony of holding a workshop to address the barriers faced by disabled people which actually does not include disabled people – only a government department could do this without realising just how appalling it is.”Linda Burnip, co-founder of DPAC, told DNS that the decision to exclude DPOs from the workshop “ironically serves to illustrate the major barriers disabled people face.“This exclusion highlights the ongoing contempt which this government and its officials show towards disabled people and their lives.“It flies in the face of UNCRPD and the findings of the UN disability committee and can only be described as an utter and total disgrace.”Tara Flood, ALLFIE’s chief executive, told DNS she was “really cross” at her organisation being excluded from the workshop.She said: “We are the only DPO working in this area, so who the hell is on this invite list?“Where does this leave article 33 [of the UN convention, which describes how DPOs should be “fully involved” in monitoring the treaty’s implementation] and ‘nothing about us without us’?“If this is genuinely about tackling the barriers that disabled people face, where will disabled children and young people’s barriers fit in that? My feeling is that they are very unlikely to feature.”A government spokesperson declined to answer a series of questions about the workshop and its UNCRPD obligations, but said in a statement: “We recognise that a variety of groups have important insights to offer – and we will shortly be launching Regional Stakeholder Networks, providing forums for a wide range of people to contribute.”Only two months ago, the Department of Health and Social Care insisted that it was complying with the UN convention by consulting on its mental capacity (amendment) bill with non-user-led charities like Mencap and Sense.But the UNCRPD makes it clear that, when developing laws and policies relating to disabled people, governments “must closely consult with and actively involve persons with disabilities, including children with disabilities, through their representative organizations”.It defines “representative organizations” as those that are “led, directed and governed by persons with disabilities”, a definition which the UN committee on the rights of persons with disabilities included in its “general comment number seven”, which was adopted last September. A note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS…last_img read more

Protesters March to Doorsteps of Real Estate Firm to Save Thug Mansion

first_img 0% Tags: evictions • housing • mission • protests • real estate Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% Protesters blocked off the entrance to Vanguard Properties at 21st and Mission streets this afternoon during a rally against the sale of a Bernal Heights home, facilitated by one of the real estate firm’s agents, that would displace its tenants — a group of longtime Mission residents, teachers, artists, children and a senior citizen. The protesters accused real estate agent Shelley Trew of “fraud, elder abuse, and greed” for coercing the 76-year-old owner of the house at 117 Ripley St. into signing over the rights to her family home in 2013. The elderly woman, they said, signed the contract after Trew offered to help her “find out how much her house is worth,” but was unaware that its stipulations included the sale and evictions of herself and some nine tenants. “She is being railroaded,” said the owner’s nice, Nancy Pili Hernandez, a Mission muralist and the youth program manager at the Good Samaritan Resource Center, who also lives at 117 Ripley St. “This contract should have never been signed because she was not aware of what that contract said.”“[Trew] lied about what the paper said that she initially signed,” said Pili Hernandez, adding that  the house’s perspective buyer is currently suing her aunt for breach of contract for not going through with the sale.center_img Trew could not be reached for comment, and Vanguard did not respond to Mission Local’s inquiry into the sale at press time.Among Mission community members, 117 Ripley St. is lovingly dubbed “thug mansion.”“We call it that because that’s the roughness of the Mission, but it’s all love,” said Oscar Salinas, an organizer of the Justice for Alex Nieto Coalition, the group seeking justice in the controversial 2014 police shooting of Alex Nieto. Salinas called the house “iconic,” and said that his group has used the space to plan their marches.“It’s a sacred space,” he said. “That’s why you see so many people out here today – there is so much love for all the work that this family has done.”The elderly owner, a former hairdresser, bought the plot of land on Bernal Hill and enlisted her brothers, who were construction workers, to help her build the family home in 1980, according to Pili Hernandez.The woman has sought legal help in filing paperwork to break the contract, a process that included a ten hour mediation between the elderly woman, Trew, and the prospective buyer. “She’s 76 and has diabetes – at the end of a ten hour meeting she would sign her own death warrant,” said Pili Hernandez. “They are threatening to take the house and make her pay their legal fees if she doesn’t sign the the sale agreement.”The elderly woman is refusing to sign the paperwork that would finalize the sale and give her tenants 90-day eviction orders. But breaking the contract she signed with Trew could entail a costly legal battle for the elderly woman. With her signature, the woman unknowingly agreed to assume all legal costs, including the costs of Trew’s lawyer, said Pili Hernandez. “We are here to support her and tell her that we will help her to fight, but we don’t have money to pay for her lawyer, let alone his,” Pili Hernandez said about her aunt.  Nancy Pili Hernandez. Photo by Laura WaxmannHolding posters that read “Vanguard Vulture” above Trew’s headshot, some 50 protesters that included artists, community activists, city government representatives, teachers and their  elementary schoolchildren, first held a ceremony at the site of the 22nd and Mission street building that was demolished after it was ravished by fire in 2015, before marching to Vanguard’s office at 2501 Mission St. to hold Trew’s employer accountable.“This guy is very much a predator,” said Jesus Varela, performing arts manager at the Mission-based non-profit Accion Latina, who is a resident at the home at the center of the dispute. “This man goes around harassing elderly people into signing away the rights to their homes.”The 117 Ripley St. home is valued at just under $2 million and is not the only property that Trew has managed in San Francisco. Research by Mission Local revealed that Trew bought or sold some 64 properties in Bernal Heights and 110 city-wide. His online profile claims $100 million in sales in the last three years alone and states he is one of San Francisco’s top 25 real estate agents, and in the top half a percent nationally. Varela said that Trew has referred to himself as “the king of Bernal Hill.”Joe Colmenares, a local art teacher and a resident at 117 Ripley St., also confirmed that Trew “put the house on the market without the owner’s consent” and called the deal and “inside job.” “They offered to sell it to an inside client, so the real estate agent gets a double commission,” he said, although the sale of the house has not been finalized. “Trew’s M.O. is to go harass people until they give in or don’t understand what the documents are saying, and today we are here to expose that.”The protesters set up in front of the firm’s entrance, locking the doors from the outside “for bad business” as members of the local band Soltron performed on the sidewalk. The group is among a multitude of Mission bands that practiced at 117 Ripley St. over the years.Varela called the house one of the last standing “art incubators” – a rarity in a city where housing is a commodity that many artists and musicians can no longer afford. “There’s not a lot of places where you can house a band for practice every Tuesday,” said Varela. “That house incubates artists of any craft.” It is also an affordable space for teachers and youth workers to live, said Colmenares.“It’s provided me with a safe haven to teach art and to continue to do art for the community that represents the culture of this neighborhood,” he said. “This house has been a real positive place for everyone – it’s where Carnaval starts and ends every year.”Colmenares said the houses’ tenants reached out to many local organizations for help, but that the legal contract is binding.“Those documents are legal documents, and they are irreversible through the court,” he said. “Because the documents are legal, the transaction is too – but what he did to get those documents signed, harassing the owner until she ultimately gave up – its fraud.” The tenants are organizing to oppose the contract and stop the sale.   “We have 90 days to fight back or find a new home. For many of us, this has been our home for many decades,” said Colmenares. “I don’t know where I would go.” last_img read more

Alex Walmsley grabbed a brace whilst Mark Percival

first_imgAlex Walmsley grabbed a brace whilst Mark Percival tallied 14 points in a victory that takes Justin Holbrook’s men into third.But they were pushed all the way by a Salford side that ended the game with 12 men after Ryan Lannon’s rash challenge on Theo Fages in the first half.Up until that moment the Devils had been a real thorn in Saints’ playoff hopes.Within the first couple of minutes Tommy Makinson had produced an important tackle on Manu Vatuvei to stop a certain try.But on the very next set, Niall Evalds profited from a sweeping move.Saints almost replied immediately through Jon Wilkin and James Roby but had to wait until around the 15th minute to finally get on the board.Fages found Ben Barba on the left hand side, and the fullback unlocked the defence to put Percival over.The game was end to end, and physical too, with Salford shading the main scoring chances.They had one chalked off for a Vatuvei knock on in the build up on the half hour mark – but three minutes later Saints took the lead.Barba did the damage once again, getting Saints into great field position before Roby found Walmsley on the burst for his 10th of the season.Saints were buoyed and gained a further numerical advantage when Lannon was sent off for a late and high hit on Fages after he had kicked the ball.Salford were incensed at the decision as on the tackle previous, Jordan Walne had left the field following a forearm from Walmsley as the big prop charged up the ball.Percival knocked over a penalty to calm it down and take it out to 12-4 – but missed another shot at the end of the half after Junior Sa’u had gone in high on Barba – and then hit him on the floor.Salford came out in the second half throwing big hits on Saints’ charges – and it worked as they rattled the visitors and forced a number of errors.But Saints steadied the ship, going close on 48 minutes through LMS before Regan Grace polished off a fine move involving Matty Smith, Barba and Percival; only for it to be called back as the winger had his foot in touch.Saints did finally cross and take the game away from Salford with 15 minutes to go.After shunning the opportunity to take a simple penalty in front of the sticks, a lovely short ball from Fages saw Zeb Taia increase the lead.Walmsley then crossed for his second after Smith’s short pass.The double underlined Saints’ dominance in the second half and that was further cemented when, at the death, Barba sidestepped and handed off a would be tackler to dance his way under the posts.Match Summary:Devils: Tries: Evalds Goals: O’Brien (0 from 1)Saints: Tries: Percival, Walmsley (2), Taia, Barba Goals: Percival (5 from 7)Penalties Awarded: Devils: 4 Saints: 12HT: 4-12 FT: 4-30REF: J ChildATT: TBCTeams:Devils: 5. Niall Evalds; 24. Jake Bibby, 22. Kris Welham, 4. Junior Sa’u, 31. Manu Vatuvei; 6. Robert Lui, 1. Gareth O’Brien; 26. Daniel Murray, 9. Logan Tomkins, 12. Weller Hauraki, 11. Ben Murdoch-Masila, 3. Josh Jones, 32. Tyrone McCarthy. Subs: 8. Craig Kopczak, 15. Ryan Lannon, 18. Jordan Walne, 20. Kris Brinning.Saints: 37. Ben Barba; 2. Tommy Makinson, 3. Ryan Morgan, 4. Mark Percival, 28. Regan Grace; 6. Theo Fages, 24. Danny Richardson; 14. Luke Douglas, 9. James Roby, 16. Luke Thompson, 36. Zeb Taia, 20. Morgan Knowles, 12. Jon Wilkin. Subs: 7. Matty Smith, 8. Alex Walmsley, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 18. Dominique Peyroux.last_img read more

Jury returns guilty verdict in Douglas Edward trial

first_imgNEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — It was a child abduction that gripped our community one year ago. And today, after deliberating for hours a jury found Douglas Edwards guilty of multiple charges including kidnapping and attempted murder of a six-year-old girl.The jury also found Edwards guilty of two counts of indecent liberties with a child, assault with a deadly weapon and statutory sexual offense. Edwards however was found not guilty of obstruction and intimidating the witness.- Advertisement – Earlier today, closing arguments were made.Yesterday, Edwards took the stand in his own trial before testimony wrapped up for the case. Edwards told the jury he did not remember leaving work on September 14, 2016 or taking a six-year-old child on his moped. Edwards said the next thing he could remember was being in the middle of a neighborhood he had never been in before and a little girl was on his moped. Edwards also denied sexually assaulting the girl contradicting what the now seven-year-old child testified on Monday. Related Article: Bladen County couple tied up during home invasionCourt resumed at 9:30 a.m. Neither side objected to the instructions that will be given to the jury after closing statements.The defense started closing arguments by saying they hope the child in this case never has to answer any more questions again.“This is about a man who took the girl and chained her to a tree,” Defense attorney Ken Hatcher said. “My client is an easy target.”Hatcher began talking about the attempted first degree murder charge.“Has the state presented sufficient evidence of the guilt of intent to kill?” Hatcher asked the jury.Hatcher started reiterating Edwards’ testimony from yesterday. He said Edwards took the girl into the woods, chained her to the tree. Then, he said Edwards got on a scooter to go to his mother’s house. Hatcher said Edwards got pulled over on his way home.Hatcher then goes over the FBI investigation on the cell tower reports from Edwards’ cell phone that day. Hatcher said the point he was trying to make is that Edwards and the girl were not together that long according to the cell phone data.Hatcher talks about the DNA evidence from both Edwards and the girl. Hatcher said there is no DNA evidence to support sexual contact.Hatcher reminded the jury that Edwards took detectives to the recovery site and Edwards did not know the girl had been recovered at that point and he acknowledged that he took her. Hatcher told the jury to take Edwards the way he comes.“Edwards is not a sophisticated guy,” Hatcher said.Hatcher said Edwards grew up around a mom who had drug problems. Hatcher said Edwards does not know much about the outdoors and wildlife that could have been in the woods.Hatcher said there is no evidence of premeditation, deliberation or intent to kill. He said Edwards used a chain from his moped to lock the girl up. Hatcher said the state has overcharged. Hatcher said it is a stretch to say Edwards was trying to kill the girl by not considering the wildlife in the woods that day.Hatcher said the fact that Edwards told police he would take them to the girl is proof that he did not intend to kill her, so you (the jury) should find him not guilty.Hatcher started talking about the girl’s testimony about Edwards sticking his finger in her genitals. Hatcher said the word the child used for her genitals is an adult word. Hatcher thinks that testimony (about sticking his fingers there) was suggested by the adults the child talked to over several weeks.Hatcher also said when the child said “nuts”, that was also a word she got from adults. Hatcher said she was coached, but he said he wasn’t saying that she lied, just that she was coached.Hatcher suggested that the blunt force trauma on the girl could have been her own finger, because there was no DNA evidence on her. Hatcher said Edwards’ finger nails were dirty. Hatcher said if he had touched her then, that should have shown up in the DNA evidence.In regards to the assault with a weapon inflicting serious injury charge, Hatcher said Edwards used the chain to keep her safe not to injure her. Hatcher said he just chained the girl to a tree around her neck to restrain and secure her.Hatcher also said Edwards is not guilty of first degree kidnapping. He said it should be felonious restraint, not kidnapping.Hatcher said the girl said Edwards kissed her on the mouth, and exposed himself to her, but there is no DNA evidence. Because of that, Hatcher said Edwards is not guilty of indecent liberties with a child.Hatcher said Edwards was so worried about the harassment in the media and that is why he sent a letter to the child’s parents.Finally, Hatcher finished by telling the jury he knows this case involving a 6-year-old child is surrounded by emotions. He asked the jury to make a decision not based on those emotions, but on reason.District Attorney Ben David started closing arguments talking about beauty in the world that many parents see through their children.David said this trial is about a very dark place. David called the CAD report, on the initial 911 call, real life horror.“Who would do this to a child?” David said.David said he picked this jury for a reason, because he said they follow the law.“You don’t base verdicts on emotion,” David said. “I agree with Mr. Hatcher on that.”David said addressed the tactic of deceiving the jury that Hatcher talked about.“Guilty,” David said. You know why we did that? Because the only way they can get the defendant’s version out is to make him testify and he did.”David started talking about Edwards’ testimony and how he tried to say the kiss on her forehead was to reassure her and the chain was to keep her safe.“The chain was to keep her safe if you can believe that? That’s insulting to your intelligence,” David said.David talks about the chain and how Edwards’ story did not add up about why he used that to keep her safe. David said the chain is a deadly weapon.David said just because there are not marks on the girl, that does not mean this is not something that is going to affect her for the rest of her life.Then, David starts talking about the indecent liberties with a child charge. David said the girl knows how to say those adult words because it happened just like the other assault victim.David talking about why they initially charged rape, but he says they didn’t overcharge. David said he was the one who dismissed the rape charge, because there was no evidence, not the judge.David said 7-10 minutes is a lifetime. David said Edwards could have done all of these things five times in that amount of time. David said it does not take you 10 minutes to put a chain around a child’s neck.David said if Edwards kissed the girl on the forehead like he said, then why was there no DNA?David started talking about attempted murder. He said the state has to prove intent and that he failed.David said the chain is the deadly weapon. Then, he starts talking about premeditation. David said Edwards had two locks on him. He said that is premeditation and deliberation.“He chained her to the ground,” David said. “That was torturous. He didn’t put a jacket on her.”David said Edwards is not credible.“He was not thinking about her well being. He was thinking about his,” David said.David talked about Edwards’ testimony.“No remorse, no compassion, no empathy,” David said. “That was damage control what you saw up there.”The state wants the jury to find Edwards guilty of first degree kidnapping, taking indecent liberties with a child (two counts), assault with a deadly weapon, and attempted murder.Closing arguments finished up around 12:30 p.m. and then the judge read instructions to the jury. Jury deliberations began this afternoon.It took nearly three hours for the jury to reach a verdict. The jury is responsible for Edwards’ sentencing as well, that will be decided tomorrow morning.last_img read more

SATURDAY Paint with a Hero Day

first_img00:00 00:00 html5: Video file not found spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Kids can hang out with local police officer, firefighters, and service members while creating a masterpiece this weekend for free!This Saturday, Painting with a Twist on Oleander Drive is hosting “Paint with a Hero Day”!- Advertisement – Owner Samantha Miller says it is a chance for kids to get to know the men and women in town who are true heroes.“It’s a way to get the first responders and service members kind of connected with the kids in the community,” Miller said, “and a way to honor them and give the kids who haven’t been able to paint with us yet an opportunity to come check out the studio.”The community outreach event is free for kids 12 and under.  Miller says in less than three years, the Painting with a Twist Wilmington studio has donated over $10,000 to our local Wilmington community through fundraisers, donations and sponsorships and are beginning quarterly outreach events to help enrich the community and cultivate deeper relationships.  This is their first major outreach event of the mission.Part of the parking lot will be blocked off for a fire truck and food truck and there will also be a “Hero Photo Booth” where kids can take pictures with the heroes.Event Details:September 30th, 2-5pmPainting with a Twist, 5732 Oleander Drive, Unit Blast_img read more

Audit Community colleges should limit paid holidays

first_imgBy GARY D. ROBERTSON, Associated PressRALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Lots of North Carolina community college employees will be having fewer “happy holidays,” or at least paid ones.- Advertisement – A state audit released Thursday found more than half of the state’s 58 community colleges give their workers more paid holidays than the 12 that state and county employees receive.State Auditor Beth Wood’s office uncovered the disparity while investigating a complaint to her hotline about one campus where employees received nearly double that number. That difference at Central Carolina Community College equaled hundreds of thousands of dollars in salaries that other public employees could receive only through accumulated leave, the audit’s investigative report said.Wood’s staff said the inconsistency occurred because the State Board of Community Colleges hasn’t adopted a policy addressing the issue, leaving it to local community college boards to decide.Related Article: Teachers shot ‘execution-style’ with pellets during shooting drillState community college leaders say they will approve a rule requiring campuses to meet that standard and work to enforce it.“Even though community colleges are managed by local boards of trustees, most employees’ salaries are paid with state funds, and as such, community colleges should conform with certain expectations and norms,” state board Chairman Scott Shook and system Acting President Jennifer Haygood wrote in a letter attached to the audit. “It is not good policy for community colleges to offer more paid holidays than the state government standard.”Central Carolina, which operates campuses in Chatham, Harnett and Lee counties, gave workers 23 paid holidays during the last fiscal year, resulting in $862,424 in pay for the 11 extra days for which employees did not take paid leave, according to the audit. The additional days off included the day before Thanksgiving, on Election Day and several days in and around Christmas when students were on break.The local board approved the expanded vacation as an employee benefit and recruiting tool, the audit said. The value of the additional holidays would equate to a 4.2 percent pay raise for employees when no additional money for salary increases were available, Central Carolina board chairman Julian Philpott Jr. wrote in the campus’ response.Philpott said the college didn’t violate any rules or laws because no guidance has existed on days off.Central Carolina’s policy led auditors to ask the other community college campuses about their holiday policies and the number of holidays. In all, 31 colleges appear to have provided employees more than 12 paid holidays during the past fiscal year, the report said. The trustee board at Central Carolina, which had the most paid holidays, changed its policy last year to 12 days.The North Carolina public schools and University of North Carolina system direct its employees to receive 12 paid holidays, just like other rank-and-file state workers under the law. When UNC system schools are closed, employees must use paid leave or other accrued time to be off at that time, the report said.Auditors said the issue of paid holidays on local campuses surfaced in 2003 and again in 2014, but the state board or community college system office didn’t provide guidance or clarification on expectations.last_img read more

CFPUA forms new department to focus on emerging contaminants

first_img “This department will allow CFPUA to incorporate internal and external expertise into the organization’s policy-making process,” CFPUA Executive Director Jim Flechtner said in a statement. “Creating meaningful partnerships with local stakeholders will be the most effective way to address the environmental challenges facing our area.”The new department will work with existing CFPUA environmental programs and work with local government, environmental groups and members of the community to create new programs. The main goal of the department will be to monitor the issue of emerging contaminants, CFPUA said.CFPUA promoted Lindsey Hallock to head up the new department. CFPUA says Hallock has a Master’s degree in Agrarian and Environmental Studies from the Institute of Social Studies in the Netherlands. She has five years of experience researching and developing public policy in the governmental, academic and non-profit sectors. Prior to being selected for this position, Hallock worked in administration at CFPUA where she has been involved with programs related to water quality and unregulated contaminants.Related Article: Several sanitary sewer overflows reported along Burnt Mill CreekHallock started at CFPUA in March of last year as an environmental data analyst. Less than a month later she was transferred to executive administrator. Then in June she was reclassified to executive administrator/assistant communications officer, though she’s been listed on the CFPUA website as “Assistant to the Executive Director.” Her promotion to the new position pays Hallock $85,000 a year. She had been making $55,146 in her previous post after starting at $52,000 last spring. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Cape Fear Public Utility Authority has created a new department to focus on emerging contaminants.According to a news release, the move to create the Public and Environmental Policy Department comes in light of the discovery of contaminants like GenX in the Cape Fear River.- Advertisement – last_img read more

North Carolina legislature back to work on Florence relief

first_imgBy GARY D. ROBERTSONAssociated PressRALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The North Carolina legislature is back at work barely two weeks after Hurricane Florence left the state to address challenges for public schools and voters and to set aside matching money to tap into federal recovery dollars.- Advertisement – The General Assembly convened a special session Tuesday called by Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper to address initial Florence relief. The GOP-controlled legislature has offered bills expected to receive overwhelming bipartisan support from colleagues and Cooper.One bill eases calendar rules for school districts closed for days or weeks because of damage or stubborn flooding and ensures district employees get paid even when school doors are shuttered.Another bill would put $50 million in a special Florence disaster fund and extend the deadline for traditional voter registration by three days to Oct. 15.Related Article: Hurricane Florence could produce extreme flooding to North Carolina(Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)last_img read more

Instagram Deletes Millions Of Accounts

first_imgAdvertisement The crackdown on spammers and fake accounts promised last week  by Instagram has started.As Instagram removes accounts, users have watched their follower numbers plummet.One account reported losing over 100,000 followers in a matter of days. Thousands of users have been flooding the official Instagram account’s comments section to voice their fear and anger. – Advertisement – A mass campaign to unfollow the official Instagram account has ensued.“Everyone, if we all work together Instagram could have no followers, get what I’m saying?” wrote user coloured.pixels.Instagram’s community guidelines are clear: Photos posted on a user’s Instagram account must have been taken by that user. Moreover, Instagram clearly states: “Don’t share photos or videos that aren’t yours. This includes other people’s posts, and/or things that you have copied or collected from the Internet. Accounts that solely consist of only this type of content may be disabled at any time.”However, some of the most popular accounts on the service share solely meme-based or fan-focused content, even accounts with millions of followers could themselves be in jeopardy.Source: Business Insiderlast_img read more

Google to launch secondgeneration Chromecast with improved WiFi and Spotify

first_imgAdvertisement Information coming in indicates that Google is in the process of preparing to  launch the second-generation Chromecast later this month.The chromecast will be offering improved hardware and new features including Wi-Fi ac connectivity, which will be an upgrade from the Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n on offer with the first-gen model.The media streamer will allegedly come with a “feeds” option through which you can select content or image feeds that will show up on the home screen and a Fast Play mode, which allows the Chromecast to establish a connection and play content from connected devices faster than before. – Advertisement – Spotify is also expected to announce Chromecast support during the unveil.Sofar, Itis not clear as to how the Chromecast will connect to your TV or monitor.Via: Android Centrallast_img read more

Woorlds Welcomed at the ECommerce Innovation in Retail Conference

first_imgWoorlds developed a unique technology that identifies customers’ ideal moment for engagement by using their behavioral patterns in the physical world. Image Credit: DesignMe Advertisement Woorlds, a cutting-edge technology StartUp from Israel, participated in the prestigious E-commerce & Innovation in Retail Conference in Atlanta which was attended by the biggest and most successful retail and e-commerce brands in the U.S, including Home Depot, HSN, Coca Cola, Shopify, Perry Ellis, Belk, Macy’s, Bed, Bath & Beyond, Lowes Food etc.Woorlds developed a unique technology that identifies customers’ ideal moment for engagement by using their behavioral patterns in the physical world.“It was important for us to talk to the biggest players in the industry” says Sarit Harel, Woorlds CEO, “We wanted to understand their “pains” and needs, so we can better serve their strategy.”Woorlds CEO, Sarit Harel. Image Credit: WoorldsWoorlds technology gained interest and traction at the conference which resulted in meetings with senior executives from Rakuten, Oasis, Shopify, Belk, Perry Ellis and more. – Advertisement – “Industry professional realize immediately the premise and value of our product, and we are moving forward in anticipation of some exciting new collaborations in the near future,” said Harel.[related-posts]last_img read more

Rumours Samsung Galaxy S8 Availability and Prices Leaked

first_imgAdvertisement The world’s third biggest smartphone maker according to new reports, last year had a rough ending after many Samsung Galaxy Note 7 holders reported their phablets exploding in flames. However, the smartphone makers are seeking to put behind one of the biggest product safety failures in tech history as it prepares to launch the Galaxy S8. As many thought that the flagship was to be launched at the upcoming MWC 2017, the South-Korean giants had to skip the event and unveil the Galaxy S8 Models at on March 29th as they are believed to go on sale on April 21st globally.Last week reports according to a Chinese tipster revealed that a 6GB RAM/ 128GB storage Galaxy S8 model will hit the Chinese and South Korean markets first before going global, besides the rumored 4 GB RAM/64 GB ROM variant. Now, the price and availability details have also been revealed by him [the Chinese tipster].maybe Chinese and Koran version are only with 6GB RAM,6+64/6+128.that’s why I say a little different.— 萌萌的电教 (@mmddj_china) January 31, 2017 – Advertisement – Price The Galaxy S8 with 6 GB RAM/64 GB ROM variant is tipped to be $885, while the 6 GB RAM/128 GB ROM variant said to be priced at $943.The pricing details for the 4GB/64GB Samsung Galaxy S8 model is not known – however famous tipster, Evan Blass said that both models will be priced at $964 for the 6.2-Inch model and $857 for the 5.8-Inch model.[related-posts]Availability Alongside, the Chinese tipster has also said that the 6GB variant will be exclusive to the Asian markets of China and South Korea, in two storage variants (64GB and 128GB) but with 6GB of RAM, while Europe and the rest of the world, on the other hand, will have a Galaxy S8 with 4GB RAM/64 GB ROM.last_img read more


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Dershowitz to Participate in Commencement Processional at Rice University

first_imgAddThis ShareCONTACT: Michael Cinelli PHONE:(713) 831-4794 EMAIL: 97-116 DERSHOWITZ TO PARTICIPATE IN COMMENCEMENT PROCESSIONALHarvard law professor Alan Dershowitz, who willdeliver the Commencement Address at Rice University, will walk from thepresident’s house on campus to Lovett Hall for Commencement Day activitiesstarting at approximately 7:50 a.m. Saturday.Dershowitz will be accompanied by Bill Barnett, chairman of the Rice Board ofGovernors, and university President Malcolm Gillis.Photographers wanting to cover the walk should sign in at the news mediareception room, 103 Lovett Hall, by 7:40 a.m. Saturday.Dershowitz will deliver the Commencement address to Rice’s 84th graduatingclass at approximately 8:45 a.m.###last_img read more

Rice mourns loss of freshman student

first_imgAddThis ShareCONTACT: B.J. Almond PHONE: (713) 348-6770 E-MAIL: Rice mourns loss of freshman student Dale Lloyd, member of football team, died this morning Rice University is mourning the loss of Dale Lloyd, a 19-year-old freshman football player who died this morning at Memorial Hermann hospital in the Texas Medical Center. Lloyd collapsed on the field at Rice Stadium at approximately 5 p.m. Sunday during a light workout. He was treated immediately by EMS and then transported to Memorial Hermann’s emergency room via a Houston Fire Department ambulance. Lloyd was pronounced dead at 8:49 a.m. today. The cause of death is pending the results of an autopsy. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to Dale’s family during this extremely difficult time,” said President David W. Leebron. “We are providing counselors for the university community, including the team and coaches, as we cope with this painful loss.” Lloyd, a 2006 graduate of Lamar High School, was a resident of Lovett College and a defensive back for the Rice Owls. He played in one game for the Owls, their opener against Houston. He was a two-sport star at Lamar, earning all-district honors in baseball as well as football. Lloyd was elected to Who’s Who Among American High School Students and volunteered with the Mayor’s Youth Council. “The Rice Owl family has suffered a devastating loss,” Rice head coach Todd Graham said. “Dale was a tremendous person with the heart of a champion. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, our players and coaches and the Rice family. We ask our fans to keep his family and our players, coaches and staff in their prayers.” Lloyd is survived by his parents, Dale and Bridgette Lloyd of Houston, and two brothers. last_img read more

Centennial video series Herzstein Hall arcade

first_imgFacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThis ShareDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduCentennial video series: Herzstein Hall arcadeRice University’s weekly centennial videos run through Oct. 12  HOUSTON – (June 29, 2012) – In the early days of the Rice Institute, the most popular place on campus was the arcade – or walkway – between Herzstein Hall’s main building and its Hogwarts-like lecture hall. The arcade served as a place to socialize, but it’s also where many of the early photographs were taken on campus and where speakers addressed the Rice community. In 1925, U.S. President Herbert Hoover, who was then secretary of commerce, stood on the staircase and gave a talk to the assembled students and faculty.Working with Centennial Historian Melissa Kean, video producer Brandon Martin takes a look at the Herzstein Hall arcade. For more information on Rice’s history, visit Kean’s blog at help celebrate the university’s centennial Oct. 12, Rice University is producing weekly videos exploring the school’s unique history.The video, available on YouTube at, is also available to media in high quality and without music for editing purposes. For higher-quality video, contact David Ruth, director of national media relations at Rice, at or 713-348-6327. -30- To see other stories in the centennial video series, go to 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 known for its “unconventional wisdom.” With 3,708 undergraduates and 2,374 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 has been ranked No. 1 for best quality of life multiple times by the Princeton Review and No. 4 for “best value” among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to read more

Researchers probe protein linked to hereditary spastic paraplegia

first_imgFacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThis ShareMEDIA CONTACTS:David Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduJade Boyd713-348-6778jadeboyd@rice.eduResearchers probe protein linked to hereditary spastic paraplegiaSystematic study of key protein could lead to better understanding and treatment of HSPHOUSTON — (Oct. 8, 2012) — Rice University biochemist James McNew has gotten used to doing research on the fly, but he no longer has to do it on a shoestring thanks to a new grant from the National Institutes of Health.The new four-year $1.4 million R01 grant is for the study of a protein called atlastin, a key player in the genetic disorder hereditary spastic paraplegia (HSP).In going after the grant, McNew, associate professor of biochemistry and cell biology, took a risk. He abandoned his laboratory’s long-standing model organism — single-celled yeast — in favor of studying fruit flies.Rice University biochemist James McNew took a risk and changed his lab’s model organism from yeast to fruit flies to study a key protein that’s been linked to hereditary spastic paraplegia. The gamble paid off with a new grant from the National Institutes of Health.“It’s a relief to finally have some dedicated funding for this,” McNew said. “This grant gives us the ability undertake some of the more in-depth investigations into atlastin that we’ve had our eye on for a while.”McNew said he hopes the study of atlastin will reveal new clues about HSP and perhaps point to new ways of treating it. HSP is a group of inherited neurological disorders that affect about 20,000 people in the United States. The disease is marked by the slow degeneration of nerves that carry signals from the spinal column to the legs, feet and toes.As many as 40 defective genes have been linked with HSP, but one gene in particular has been linked to as many as 10 percent of all HSP cases. That mutation is to the gene that produces atlastin, and McNew’s lab is one of a handful worldwide trying to find out how atlastin works and why atlastin defects cause HSP.For McNew, the quest to untangle atlastin’s mysteries began about four years ago with a phone call.“Andrea Daga called me from the Medea Institute (in Italy) to see if our group could apply some of our methods to determine whether atlastin could cause membrane fusion,” McNew said.At the time, McNew’s lab studied SNAREs, proteins that act something like a loading dock manager to help regulate the flow of “cargo” through the cell’s internal membrane system. SNAREs are one of the few proteins that can promote membrane fusion — a process that leads to the formation of tiny, temporary doorways through the cell’s membranes.Daga asked for McNew’s help in studying atlastin because some of its traits suggested it might also be a membrane fusion protein. The pair confirmed that to be true in 2009, and they have continued collaborating to piece together a bigger picture of how atlastin works.“We discovered that atlastin plays a key role in building and maintaining an important internal compartment of healthy cells called the endoplasmic reticulum,” McNew said.That find was critical because HSP is known to affect some of the longest cells in the body. McNew said it is possible that defective atlastin leads to defects in the endoplasmic reticulum (ER), and if that’s true, the effects might be more likely to affect long nerve cells that have lots of ER. For now, that’s still a hypothesis, and McNew said the new grant will help him and his students find some of the evidence needed to test the hypothesis.For example, McNew’s group at Rice’s BioScience Research Collaborative will investigate the basic mechanism that atlastin uses to fuse together pieces of the ER. In one series of experiments, they will create a number of mutant atlastin proteins, each with a defect designed to make the protein malfunction in a specific way. By studying how each of these mutations affects the ability of atlastin to drive membrane fusion, the team hopes to build up a better understanding of how healthy atlastin does its job.“If we can find some of the answers to how atlastin works, it could answer some fundamental questions about HSP,” McNew said.###A high-resolution image is available for download at: Rice University biochemist James McNew took a risk and changed his lab’s model organism from yeast to fruit flies to study a key protein that’s been linked to hereditary spastic paraplegia. The gamble paid off with a new grant from the National Institutes of Health.CREDIT: Jeff Fitlow/Rice UniversityA copy of the NIH grant abstract is available at: read more

Rice political scientist available to discuss the fate of the Astrodome

first_imgShareMEDIA ADVISORYDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduAmy Hodges713-348-6777amy.hodges@rice.eduRice political scientist available to discuss the fate of the AstrodomeHOUSTON — (Nov. 4, 2013) — Houston voters will head to the polls Nov. 5 to vote on the fate of the Astrodome. Rice University political scientist Robert Stein is available to discuss the vote to support or reject a bond to raise $217 million to convert Houston’s iconic Astrodome into a convention hall and exhibit space.In September, Stein conducted a poll that showed 45 percent of Harris County likely voters supported the county issuing a bond to raise $217 million to convert Houston’s iconic Astrodome into a convention hall and exhibit space; 35 percent opposed issuing the bond and nearly 20 percent were unsure.The Houston Astrodome was the world’s first domed sports stadium when it opened in 1965, quickly becoming known as the “Eighth Wonder of the World.” The Harris County Sports and Convention Corporation unveiled plans for “The New Dome Experience” in June but has warned that failure of the ballot measure to pass would likely mean demolition for the stadium.Stein is an expert on voting behavior, urban politics and public policy; his publications have appeared in a wide range of scholarly journals. Stein’s current research has been supported by the National Science Foundation and examines the impact of the federal aid system on the electoral trajectories of officeholders at both the subnational and congressional levels. Other research by Stein examines collective action among metropolitan area governments and voting behavior.Rice University has a VideoLink ReadyCam TV interview studio. ReadyCam is capable of transmitting broadcast-quality standard-definition and high-definition video directly to all news media organizations around the world 24/7.For more information or to schedule an interview, contact David Ruth, director of national media relations at Rice, at or 713-348-6327.-30-This news release can be found online at Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Related materials:Robert Stein bio: 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 3,708 undergraduates and 2,374 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 has been ranked No. 1 for best quality of life multiple times by the Princeton Review and No. 2 for “best value” among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to you do not wish to receive news releases from Rice University, reply to this email and write “unsubscribe” in the subject line. Office of News and Media Relations – MS 300, Rice University, 6100 Main St., Houston, TX 77005 AddThislast_img read more

Baker Institute expert available to comment on financial markets reaction to presidential

first_imgFacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThis ShareEXPERT ALERTDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduJeff Falk713-348-6775jfalk@rice.eduBaker Institute expert available to comment on financial markets’ reaction to presidential race HOUSTON – (Nov. 8, 2016) – The financial markets reacted strongly to the presidential race this year, according to an expert at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.Credit: UniversityEdward Egan, fellow and director of the Baker Institute’s McNair Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, is available to comment on how markets reacted over the course of the campaign and how they might react when the votes are counted.“In the 50 trading days ending Sept. 30, more than one-third of the Dow’s movements were explained by Mr. Trump’s poll numbers,” Egan said. “In that data, a rise in Mr. Trump’s popularity by one point was associated with a 65-point drop in the Dow.”Egan said the relationship between poll numbers and the markets weakened a little in October; announcements from the Federal Reserve to the public and the FBI to Congress had impacts on this relationship. In the five days following FBI Director James Comey’s first letter to Congress Oct. 28, the Dow fell 254 points (1.4 percent); following Comey’s second letter, the Dow rose 367 points (2 percent), Egan found.“If Mr. Trump wins the election, regression models based on the market’s previous reaction to his popularity suggest that we would likely see a material drop across the major indices,” Egan said. “This drop may be large enough for the markets to suspend trading to prevent panic selling. Conversely, if Secretary Clinton wins, models suggest a material increase across the major indices. The scale of the gains and losses is likely asymmetric, with the markets having largely, but not entirely, priced in a Clinton win at this point.”Egan is an applied microeconomist who specializes in entrepreneurial finance, intellectual property policy and startup strategy. He was previously an assistant professor of entrepreneurship at Imperial College Business School in London and the innovation policy fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research in Cambridge, Mass.The Baker Institute has a radio and television studio available for media who want to schedule an interview with Egan. For more information, contact Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at or 713-348-6775.-30-Follow the Baker Institute McNair Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation via Twitter @BakerMcNair.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Related materials:Egan biography: Institute McNair Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation: 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 or on the institute’s blog, last_img read more

Hispanics in Houston underrepresented at the ballot box and in local offices

first_img Return to article. Long DescriptionThe 2018 Houston Civic Health Index, commissioned by Houston Endowment, examines the degree to which Greater Houston residents participate in political discussion, engage in nonpolitical civic behavior, volunteer and interact with one another. It also examines local residents’ activity with regard to voting and running for office. John Lappie, a postdoctoral research fellow at the Kinder Institute’s Center for Local Elections in American Politics (LEAP), authored the report.Another key finding from the report revealed that naturalized citizens have not been adequately incorporated into the region’s political life. Naturalized citizens are about 12 percentage points less likely to frequently discuss politics than their native-born counterparts, and about 7 percentage points less likely to be registered to vote.People with Hispanic surnames are also underrepresented in the Harris County electorate and candidate pool and as a share of local elected officials. Only around a tenth of the county’s municipal mayors, city councilmembers and school board trustees have a Hispanic surname, while the turnout rate among Hispanic registered voters is consistently lower than the turnout rate among all registered voters (by about 8 percent in 2016).“Elections without any Hispanic-surnamed candidate are quite common in Houston and Harris County despite the fact that Hispanic residents now constitute a plurality of the county’s population,” Lappie said.Women are also underrepresented in the Harris County candidate pool and as a share of local elected officials. According to the report, while women make up approximately two-fifths of school board members, only about one-fifth of mayors and city councilmembers in municipalities within Harris County are women.Regarding matters of trust and civic engagement, the report shows that only 45 percent of Greater Houston residents trust most or all of their neighbors, about 12 percentage points below the national rate. And while about half of residents reported donating at least $25 to charity annually, only about 5 percent of Greater Houston’s residents said they worked with their neighbors on an annual basis to improve something in their neighborhood.Lappie said this low level of trust and connectedness is problematic. “If you don’t trust the people you share the neighborhood with, you’re unlikely to work with them to solve community problems,” he said.“When a community is ‘civically healthy,’ its residents are better able to come together to address its problems, which leads to more-equitable outcomes,” said Ann Stern, president and CEO of Houston Endowment. “The report clearly shows us we have some work to do to improve our region’s civic health.”“With this first Civic Health Index now released, it’s exciting to think that Houston now has the opportunity to take what it has learned from its thriving economy and rich cultural landscape and apply these same dynamics to civic innovation and civic health,” added Sterling Speirn, CEO of the NCoC.The study primarily draws on data from the NCoC’s analysis of the U.S. Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey (CPS), the Kinder Houston Area Survey and the offices of the Harris County clerk and the Texas secretary of state. For the survey, 3,156 Greater Houston residents answered CPS questions about volunteering, and between 846 and 2,312 residents answered questions about civic engagement. The researchers pooled CPS data on volunteering and civic engagement to create a three-year sample, but CPS data on voting and registration are from 2016 only. There were 984 respondents from Greater Houston in the CPS supplement on voting and registration. The responses were weighted to account for demographic differences.The goal of the report is to help frame discussions with community leaders and local stakeholders about how to address and improve specific indicators of Greater Houston’s civic health, Lappie said.The report is available online at more information, contact Amy McCaig, senior media relations specialist at Rice, at 713-348-6777 or news release can be found online at Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Related materials:Kinder Institute website: 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 3,970 undergraduates and 2,934 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is just under 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 the National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC) NCoC pursues its mission through a nationwide network of partners involved in a cutting-edge civic health initiative and cross-sector conferences. At the core of these joint efforts is the belief that every person has the ability to help their community and country thrive. NCoC envisions increasingly engaged, resilient communities as evidenced by measurable increases in the number of partners who individually and collectively take action to enhance civic life as a strategy for addressing their communities’ most pressing challenges. Learn more at About Houston EndowmentHouston Endowment is a private philanthropic institution that works across the community for the benefit of the people of greater Houston. With assets of over $1.8 billion, the foundation makes grants to nonprofit organizations totaling approximately $65 million each year to enhance civic assets, strengthen systems that support residents, promote postsecondary success and build a stronger region. Established by Jesse H. and Mary Gibbs Jones in 1937, Houston Endowment has a rich legacy of addressing some of greater Houston’s most compelling needs. Today the foundation continues efforts to create a vibrant community where all have the opportunity to thrive. For more information, visit www.houstonendowment.orgIf you do not wish to receive news releases from Rice University, reply to this email and write “unsubscribe” in the subject line. Office of News and Media Relations – MS 300, Rice University, 6100 Main St., Houston, TX 77005 Houston, Texas skyline at night with city skyline reflected in the bayou. Photo by ShareRice UniversityOffice of Public Affairs / News & Media RelationsJeff Falk713-348-6775jfalk@rice.eduAmy Hispanics in Houston underrepresented at the ballot box and in local officesNew report examining civic health issues in Greater Houston also finds naturalized citizens are less likely to discuss politics and register to voteHOUSTON – (May 1, 2018) – Just more than half of Hispanic voting-age citizens in the Houston metropolitan area are registered to vote, according to a new report on civic health from the Center for Local Elections in American Politics at Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research and the National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC). This number is far below the percentage of voting-age white and African-American citizens in the region who are registered; both of these groups have a voter registration rate of nearly 70 percent.center_img AddThislast_img read more