Rice NASA Team Up to Advance Nanotech Frontier

first_imgdevelopment of fullerene fibers, or nanotubes, whichare extremely strong, lightweight and electrically conductive; and AddThis development and demonstration of the basic steps towardapplying the materials and their properties for use in NASA missions.Nanotubes have a number of desirable qualities, including apotential tensile strength higher than any known fiber and electricalconductivity similar to metals. There are considerable possibilities for nanotube applicationsthat could help NASA in its aviation and aerospace goals, including applicationswhich enhance life on Earth. Possible applications include composite materialswith extraordinary strength, smaller semi-conductors, mechanical systems withatomic-scale dimensions, chemical sensors, and power and hydrogen storagedevices.Smalley, who received the Nobel Prize in 1996 with Rice chemistRobert Curl and Harold Kroto of the University of Sussex for their discovery offullerenes, will lead Rice participation. Smalley is the Gene and NormanHackerman Professor of Chemistry and professor of physics. The collaborationwill combine the expertise of NASA and a pioneering research group at Rice toestablish a world-class research team in nanotechnology.“The new Advanced Nanotechnology Materials and Applicationsproject will be a great boost to the research efforts on fullerene fibers hereat Rice,” Smalley says, “and, on a longer term, to the overall development ofnanotechnology in the Houston area. My associates and I are thrilled to be ableto contribute what we can to the nation’s space program. Many of us wereinspired to become scientists in the first place because of the greatachievements of NASA we watched on TV in our youth. Now we have our chance tocomplete the circle.”Rice University is a leading American research university,small, private, and highly selective, distinguished by its superior teaching,commitment to undergraduate education, outstanding graduate and professionalprograms, residential college system, collaborative and interdisciplinaryculture, and global perspective.###center_img Share CONTACT: Lia Unrau PHONE: (713)831-4793E-MAIL: unrau@rice.edu RICE, NASA TEAM UP TO ADVANCE NANOTECHFRONTIERDevelopment of new materials andapplications using nanotubes–carbon fiber tubular structures, potentially 30 to100 times stronger than steel but one-sixth its weight–is the focus of a newcollaboration between Rice University and NASA.This recent Rice-NASA effort is aimed at enhancingcollaborations that will advance the nation’s space program in this newfrontier–development of advanced nanotechnology materials andapplications.NASA Administrator Daniel Goldin and Rice University PresidentMalcolm Gillis signed a statement of collaboration outlining the proposedagreement in a ceremony at Rice today. The ceremony also included RichardSmalley, director of Rice’s Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology, andGeorge W. S. Abbey, director of the Johnson Space Center (JSC).“The relationship between Rice and NASA goes back a long way,”Gillis says. “President Kennedy chose Rice University as the venue for hisannouncement of plans to put a man on the moon. Rice donated the land on whichthe Johnson Space Center is built; in return, NASA helped construct Rice’s spacescience building, home of the first space science department at any universityin America. Because of NASA, Rice was one of the very first universities toestablish a department of space physics. Rice’s Fondren Library is the officialrepository of a sizable share of JSC’s archives. In the past five years, NASAhas supported research in several fields at Rice, including gravitationalbiology, work on the Hubble telescope, telerobotics, software for highperformance computing, and research in nanoscale science and engineering focusedon fullerene materials and fabrication of ceramic composites. This new jointventure centering on nanotubes capitalizes on this fruitful history, and willfurther strengthen our interactions with NASA.”According to the statement of collaboration, the research willfocus on “exploring and exploiting opportunities for new materials and productsenabled by carbon-fiber tubular structures”–fullerene fibers only about ananometer (one-billionth of a meter) in diameter.The collaboration is to include:last_img read more

Sept 30 lecture to focus on scientists handling of tobacco smoke global

first_imgShareFranz Brotzen713-348-6775franz.brotzen@rice.eduRice’s Humanities Research Center launches ‘Cultures of Energy’ lecture seriesA new “Cultures of Energy” lecture series will debut at Rice University Sept. 30 with a presentation titled “Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming.”Naomi Oreskes, professor of history and science studies at the University of California, San Diego, will present the inaugural lecture at 4 p.m. in Fondren Library’s Kyle Morrow Room on the Rice campus, 6100 Main St.. For directions, go to http://www.rice.edu/maps/maps.html.As part of Rice Provost George McLendon’s initiative on energy and the environment, the Humanities Research Center (HRC) at Rice is bringing together speakers and scholars from the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences to help transform the way people see and attempt to solve energy and environmental issues.Following the Sept. 30 Oreskes lecture, five other speakers are planned. All are free and open to the public.Kristin Shrader-Frechette, the O’Neill Family Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences and Department of Philosophy at University of Notre Dame, will speak Nov. 10 at 5 p.m.Kairn Klieman, associate professor of history at the University of Houston and fall 2011 HRC External Faculty Fellow, will speak Dec. 9 at 4 p.m.Dale Jamieson, director of environmental studies and professor of environmental studies and philosophy and affiliated professor of law at New York University, will speak Jan. 13 at 4 p.m.Paul Edwards, professor of history at the University of Michigan, and Gabrielle Hecht, associate professor of history at the University of Michigan, will speak Feb. 3 at 4 p.m.Timothy Mitchell, professor of Middle East and Asian languages and cultures at Columbia University, will speak April 13 at 4 p.m.For more on the Cultures of Energy: Global Economies and Local Communities initiative, go to http://hrc.rice.edu/energy/. FacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThislast_img read more

Survey Number of Texans without health insurance drops under Affordable Care Act

first_imgShareJeff Falk, Rice University713-348-6775jfalk@rice.eduBrian Sasser, Episcopal Health Foundation832-795-9404bsasser@episcopalhealth.orgSurvey: Number of Texans without health insurance drops under Affordable Care Act HOUSTON – (Sept. 3, 2014) – The percentage of Texans without health insurance dropped after the first enrollment period of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), according to a report released today by the Episcopal Health Foundation and Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.Photo credit: thinkstockphotos.com/Rice UniversityThe report found that since the opening of the ACA’s Health Insurance Marketplace, the percentage of uninsured adult Texans dropped by a little more than 2 percent. The report estimates 378,000 more Texans had health insurance in June 2014 than in September 2013.The small gain in Texans with health insurance was similar to gains in other states that did not expand Medicaid coverage. However, states that expanded Medicaid experienced the largest reductions in uninsured adults – 6 percent compared with the 2 percent in Texas.“While the insurance gains in Texas demonstrate that people are enrolling in coverage, Texas is also the state with the highest percentage of uninsured adults in the nation,” said Elena Marks, CEO of the Episcopal Health Foundation and a health policy scholar at the Baker Institute. “That means Texas had the farthest to go in reducing the uninsured rate.”Even with nearly 400,000 newly insured adults, the report estimates Texas has now surpassed California to become the state with the highest number of uninsured residents.The report found the majority of the remaining uninsured adult Texans are Hispanic and low-income. Half of those uninsured are employed.“The way to make the biggest improvement in covering the uninsured population in Texas is through Medicaid expansion,” said Vivian Ho, the chair in health economics at Rice’s Baker Institute, a professor of economics at Rice and a professor of medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. “In states like Texas that have not expanded Medicaid, the opportunity to reduce the percent of uninsured adults through the ACA without Medicaid expansion is limited.”An estimated 20 percent of uninsured adult Texans are undocumented and unable to take advantage of Medicaid or Marketplace plans.The report is the seventh in a series on the implementation of the ACA in Texas co-authored by Marks and Ho.The Health Reform Monitoring Survey (HRMS)-Texas report is based on a national project that provides timely information on implementation issues under the ACA and changes in health insurance coverage and related health outcomes. The Episcopal Health Foundation and Baker Institute are partnering to fund and report on key factors about Texans obtained from an expanded representative sample of Texas residents. Today’s report contains responses from 1,595 Texans in September 2013 and 1,538 in March 2014.The survey was developed by the Urban Institute, conducted by the company GfK and jointly funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Ford Foundation and the Urban Institute.The analyses and conclusions based on HRMS-Texas are those of the authors and do not represent the views of the Urban Institute, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation or the Ford Foundation.-30-For more information or to schedule an interview with Marks, contact Brian Sasser, communications director at the Episcopal Health Foundation, at bsasser@episcopalhealth.org or 832-795-9404.To schedule an interview with Ho, contact Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at jfalk@rice.edu or 713-348-6775.Related materialsFull survey/report: http://bakerinstitute.org/research/insurance-status-adult-texans.The Episcopal Health Foundation: www.episcopalhealth.org.Marks bio: http://bakerinstitute.org/experts/elena-m-marks.Ho bio: http://bakerinstitute.org/experts/vivian-ho.Founded in 1993, Rice University’s Baker Institute ranks among the top 15 university-affiliated think tanks in the world. As a premier nonpartisan think tank, the institute conducts research on domestic and foreign policy issues with the goal of bridging the gap between the theory and practice of public policy. The institute’s strong track record of achievement reflects the work of its endowed fellows, Rice University faculty scholars and staff, coupled with its outreach to the Rice student body through fellow-taught classes — including a public policy course — and student leadership and internship programs. Learn more about the institute at www.bakerinstitute.org or on the institute’s blog, http://blogs.chron.com/bakerblog. The Episcopal Health Foundation is a new entity established through the 2013 sale of the St. Luke’s Episcopal Health System to Catholic Health Initiatives. The Foundation supports the work of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas and has assets of $1 billion. The mission of the Foundation is to advance the Kingdom of God with specific focus on human health and well-being through grants, research, and initiatives in support of the work of the Diocese. Episcopal Health Foundation embraces the World Health Organization’s broad, holistic definition of health: a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease. AddThislast_img read more

Rachel Meidl joins Rice Universitys Baker Institute

first_imgAddThis Share2David Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduJeff Falk713-348-6775jfalk@rice.edu  Rachel Meidl joins Rice University’s Baker InstituteFormer DOT official named fellow in energy, environment at Center for Energy Studies HOUSTON – (July 30, 2018) – Rachel Meidl, former deputy associate administrator at the Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, has been named a fellow in energy and environment at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, the institute announced today.RACHEL MEIDLAt DOT from July 2015 to June 2018, Meidl led development of domestic and international policy interests and oversaw the department’s delegations to the United Nations International Civil Aviation Organization, the United Nations Transportation of Dangerous Goods Council and the International Atomic Energy Agency. In November 2016, Meidl was nominated by former President Barack Obama to the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board, a position requiring Senate confirmation. The Senate did not act on the nomination in deference to the new administration taking office in January 2017.Meidl’s appointment marks an expansion of the institute’s Center for Energy Studies (CES), which is ranked No. 1 among the world’s energy- and resource-policy think tanks, according to the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program’s 2017 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report. The center provides policymakers, corporate leaders and the public with high-quality, data-driven analysis of issues that influence energy markets. Meidl will work with Kenneth Medlock, the James A. Baker III and Susan G. Baker Fellow in Energy and Resource Economics and senior director of CES.“Rachel will be working with us to address some of the most daunting energy-related environmental and safety issues of the day, and she brings a wealth of knowledge and a unique perspective,” Medlock said. “We are very excited Rachel is joining the CES.”At the institute, Meidl will research the intersection between domestic and international policy and law as it relates to the transboundary movement of hazardous wastes, upstream and end-of-life management of byproducts and wastes, alternative and renewable energy and energy-recovery technologies, chemical safety reform, and safety and environmental regulation of the transportation of oil, natural gas, liquefied natural gas and other petroleum liquids, refined fuels and chemicals within the U.S.Prior to her role in federal government, Meidl was the director of regulatory and technical affairs at the American Chemistry Council in Washington, D.C., where she advanced a broad range of regulatory and policy issues that involved enforcement, compliance, investigations and litigation. The issues she oversaw included Toxic Substances and Control Act reform; hazardous waste management and emergency response under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act; contaminated site issues under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act; the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Process Safety Management of Highly Hazardous Chemicals standard; and issues under the Environmental Protection Agency’s Risk Management Program, Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program and Green Chemistry initiatives.Meidl holds a doctorate in law and public policy from Northeastern University, a master’s degree in environmental policy and management with a concentration in environmental chemistry and international law from the University of Denver, a master’s in applied science and technology with certifications in physics and chemistry from National University, and bachelor’s degrees in conservation biology and zoology and animal physiology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is a certified hazardous materials manager.-30-For more information or to schedule an interview with Meidl or Medlock, contact Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at jfalk@rice.edu or 713-348-6775.Related materials:Baker Institute Center for Energy Studies: www.bakerinstitute.org/center-for-energy-studies.Meidl bio: www.bakerinstitute.org/experts/rachel-a-meidl.Medlock bio: www.bakerinstitute.org/experts/kenneth-b-medlock-iii.Follow the Center for Energy Studies via Twitter @CES_Baker_Inst.Follow the Baker Institute via Twitter @BakerInstitute.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Founded in 1993, Rice University’s Baker Institute ranks among the top three 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

Admissions Tip Reapplying to Business School

first_img Last Updated Apr 23, 2018 by Metro MBAFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail Admissions Tip: How to Reapply to Business School Consulting expert Alex Brown from Clear Admit recently offered up four incredibly valuable tips for potential students who want to reapply for a business degree, which you can read below.With many MBA programs getting close to being ready to release their final round decisions, the application season will soon be coming to a close.  While we would like to hope that today’s topic isn’t apropos for too many of our readers, we wanted to offer some advice to applicants who’ve been rejected from their preferred programs and are planning on reapplying next season. While it’s important to take some time to deal with the disappointment, it’s never too early to begin thinking about the next season, and there are a number of steps you can take to improve your candidacy and move toward a stronger application.Reevaluate.  While it’s certainly difficult when things don’t go as planned, this is actually a great chance to take stock of your career and goals and to make sure that an MBA is still a logical and necessary step at this point. It’s this sort of reflection that can lead to refined career goals and a clearer sense of the reasons you need a business education.Revisit your applications.  Once you’ve gained some distance from the emotional and time-consuming application process, it’s wise to review the materials you submitted to the schools with a critical eye. Having learned much about the process simply by applying, it’s likely that you’ll be able to identify a number of things that you could have done better. Whether you suspect your downfall was something like a strategic misstep in an essay or interview or a more glaring weakness like a low GMAT or lack of extracurricular involvement, there is plenty of time to address your shortcomings before submitting an application next year. Consider your data points.  Your results this year may reflect some valuable information about your competitiveness at a top program. It’s important that you only apply to schools that you would be happy attending, but if you were unsuccessful at all of the programs to which you applied, it might be time to think about how realistic your list of target schools was and to add a few more to the mix. This is especially true for applicants who only applied to one or two programs this time around; there is an element of randomness and luck in the admissions process, and no matter how qualified the applicant, we recommend that a candidate target four to six programs to have a strong chance of success.Schedule a feedback session, if applicable.  While it’s possible that you’ve identified your weaknesses in retrospect or even were aware of them when you went into the process, if you’ve been denied by a school that offers feedback to applicants and are planning on reapplying, you should absolutely take advantage of this opportunity to learn of the adcom’s perspective and demonstrate your commitment to the program. In fact, reapplying without seeking feedback when offered can raise questions for the adcom about how seriously an applicant is taking the process and the school. Of course, some schools do not offer feedback to anyone and others, such as Tuck, selectively offer feedback only to particularly promising candidates. There is naturally high demand for this service at programs that provide slots on a first-come, first-served basis, so it’s important that you make a point of requesting a feedback session at the earliest possible time. regions: Atlanta / Baltimore / Boston / Chicago / Dallas / Denver / Houston / London / Los Angeles / Miami / New York City / Online / Philadelphia / Research Triangle / San Diego / San Francisco / Seattle / Toronto / Washington, DCcenter_img About the AuthorMetro MBAView more posts by Metro MBA Relatedlast_img read more

Explosion in Alabama Shuts Gas Pipeline Shortages Possible

first_img Share this article Share A plume of smoke rises from the site of an explosion on the Colonial Pipeline on Monday, Oct. 31, 2016, in Helena, Ala. Colonial Pipeline said in a statement that it has shut down its main pipeline in Alabama after the explosion in a rural part of the state outside Birmingham. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson) Show Discussion Explosion in Alabama Shuts Gas Pipeline, Shortages Possible By The Associated Press November 1, 2016 Updated: November 1, 2016center_img HELENA, Ala.—For the second time in two months, a pipeline that supplies gasoline to millions of people was shut down, raising the specter of another round of gas shortages and price increases.The disruption occurred when a track hoe — a machine used to remove dirt — struck the pipeline, ignited gasoline and caused an explosion Monday that sent flames and thick black smoke soaring over a forest in northern Alabama, Colonial Pipeline said. One worker was killed and a half-dozen were injured.A September leak that spilled 252,000 to 336,000 gallons of gasoline occurred not far from the location of Monday’s explosion. That leak led to days of dry pumps and higher gas prices in Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee and the Carolinas while repairs were made.A group of first responders watch a large plume of smoke near the scene of an explosion of a Colonial Pipeline, Monday, Oct. 31, 2016, in Helena, Ala. Colonial Pipeline said in a statement that it has shut down its main pipeline in Alabama after the explosion in a rural part of the state outside Birmingham. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson) A group of first responders watch a large plume of smoke near the scene of an explosion of a Colonial Pipeline, Oct. 31, 2016, in Helena, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)The cause of the leak still has not been determined, and the effects of the latest disruption weren’t immediately clear.Colonial Pipeline, based in Alpharetta, Georgia, operates 5,599 miles of pipelines, transporting more than 100 million gallons daily of gasoline, jet fuel, home heating oil and other hazardous liquids in 13 states and the District of Columbia, according to company filings. Authorities have not said which type of fuel was involved in the explosion Monday. Plagued by a severe drought after weeks without rain, the section of the state where the explosion happened has been scarred by multiple wildfires in recent weeks, and crews worked to keep the blaze from spreading.Coleen Vansant, a spokeswoman with the Alabama Forestry Commission, said crews built a 75-foot-long earthen dam to contain burning fuel. The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office said the blaze had been contained but it was unclear how long the fire may take to burn out.Two wildfires caused by the explosion burned 31 acres of land, Vansant said.“We’ll just hope and pray for the best,” Gov. Robert Bentley said in a statement.Houses around the blast scene were evacuated, and sheriff’s Capt. Jeff Hartley said it wasn’t clear when people might be able to return home.Eight or nine subcontractors were working on the pipeline when it exploded about 3 p.m. Monday, sheriff’s Maj. Ken Burchfield told Al.com. The conditions of those hurt weren’t immediately known.“Colonial’s top priorities are the health and safety of the work crew on site and protection of the public,” the company said in a brief statement.  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   US last_img read more

Merkel Pushes Trump Visit to Friday Due to Blizzard

first_img US Share BERLIN—Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday postponed her trip to Washington for her first face-to-face meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump due to the late-winter storm expected on the U.S. east coast.Merkel had been scheduled to arrive late Monday night for meetings with Trump on Tuesday but called off the trip at the last minute due to the weather, her office said.The White House said the meeting was rescheduled for Friday.When they do meet, the encounter between the trained physicist and veteran politician, renowned for her measured comments and reserved style, and the billionaire real-estate outsider whose off-the-cuff tweets and unconventional approach have rocked American politics could produce an interesting dynamic.Though she’s talked by phone with Trump, Friday’s meeting in person with the new president will present her with a good opportunity to get a read of “who is calling the shots” and “who has the president’s ear,” said Sylke Tempel, an expert with the German Council on Foreign Relations.“You can only find that out when you’re there, and this is a situation where she’s particularly good because she observes things,” Tempel said. In Merkel’s 12 years as chancellor she worked well with both Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, and she’s also demonstrated that she won’t be pushed around by leaders who try to use what Tempel called “macho” tactics with her.German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks to pilot Patrick Betling (C) next to a Eurofighter in Noervenich, Germany on 21, 2016. (Oliver Berg//dpa via AP) German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks to pilot Patrick Betling (C) next to a Eurofighter in Noervenich, Germany on 21, 2016. (Oliver Berg//dpa via AP)“Putin tried that on her, Erdogan tried that and there are quite a few others,” Tempel said. “She has an enormous amount of patience, an internal calm and self-confidence, and the kind of personality that would say ‘I’ve seen macho characters come and go, and I’ve seen men making a lot of mistakes.’”In addition to establishing a relationship with Trump and getting a firsthand read of the new White House dynamics, there are a wide range of issues that Merkel is expected to address.With Trump’s “America first” economic leanings, his questioning of multilateral trade deals and enthusiastic endorsement of Britain’s decision to leave the European Union, Merkel’s main goal is expected to be to impress upon the president her view that a strong EU is also in Washington’s strategic and economic interests.Related CoverageScotland Demands New Independence Vote Before BrexitBrexit Opens Lobbying Gold RushAlluding to this, she told Parliament on Thursday that she plans to emphasize that “even if in parts of the world we see protectionist and nationalist approaches on the rise, Europe may never isolate, seal itself off or withdraw.”She’s bringing with her a trade delegation that reportedly includes the heads of both BMW and Siemens, whose companies together employ around 120,000 people in the U.S. in their factories and related businesses.Trade between the U.S. and Europe is “advantageous for both sides,” Merkel said after meeting German business leaders in Munich on Monday.“Talking directly is always much better than talking about each other,” she said. “That will be my motto on this visit, which I am looking forward to.”Trump has vocalized several other differences with Merkel, notably on the campaign trail last year when he called her decision in 2015 to allow 890,000 asylum seekers into Germany a “disaster” and said that “Hillary Clinton wants to be America’s Angela Merkel.”German Chancellor Angela Merkel stands at the chancellery in Berlin on June 2, 2014. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, file) German Chancellor Angela Merkel stands at the chancellery in Berlin on June 2, 2014. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)Trump has also openly suggested that NATO is obsolete and has urged European countries to live up to commitments to spend at least 2 percent of gross domestic product on defense, though U.S. Vice President Mike Pence reassured Europeans in Munich last month that America’s commitment to the alliance was “unwavering.” Trump has elicited European concerns on multiple other issues, too, including his more friendly approach to Russia and his position on climate change.In pointed remarks about Germany specifically, White House trade adviser Peter Navarro last month said that the country was using a “grossly undervalued” euro to “exploit” the U.S. and EU, and last week singled out the U.S. deficit with Germany as “one of the most difficult” trade issues Washington faces.Related CoverageDefense Spending by European NATO Allies Inches up in 2016Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble scoffed at the idea Germany was somehow using currency manipulation to bolster exports, telling a group of foreign reporters in Berlin last week that the trade surplus was due to “the competitiveness of German industry”—in other words, Germany makes products Americans want to buy.Despite the differences, Merkel told Parliament she would emphasize how much the U.S. and Europe have in common.“I am deeply convinced that the trans-Atlantic partnership based on common values is in all of our interests, not only for us Europeans,” she said.“I’ll hold my talks with President Donald Trump in this spirit. Precisely because the nature of the trans-Atlantic relationship has changed, Europe has decided to take more responsibility in the future, both in our own neighborhood and beyond.” Merkel Pushes Trump Visit to Friday Due to Blizzard By The Associated Press March 13, 2017 Updated: March 13, 2017  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   center_img FILE – In this June 27, 2016 file photo taken through a window with the reflection of an European flag German Chancellor Angela Merkel waits for the Prime Minister of the Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman at the chancellery in Berlin. Merkel is traveling to Washington to meet with U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday, March 14, 2017. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, file) Share this article Show Discussionlast_img read more

Robbers Break Into Homes During Hurricane Tables Turn on Them Fast

first_imgA sign blows in the wind after being partially torn from its frame by winds from Hurricane Harvey on August 25, 2017 in Corpus Christi, Texas. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Crime and Incidents Robbers Break Into Homes During Hurricane, Tables Turn on Them Fast By NTD Television August 26, 2017 Updated: August 27, 2017 Share Share this articlecenter_img Show Discussion Two robbers tried to break into homes during Hurricane Harvey, but probably forgot they were in Texas.With nearly half of all Texas households owning a gun, the results of the break-ins were obvious. Both robbers were shot. One died.Corpus Christi Police responded to an 11 p.m. call, about an hour after the hurricane made landfall, and found a man shot in the head, Caller-Times reported.The man broke into the home on the 7100 block of Ficus Court near Yorktown Boulevard and was shot by the homeowner, responding police officers said.The man survived the shot and was taken to Christus Spohn Hospital Shoreline.The burglar’s name was still unknown as of Saturday afternoon, according to Senior Officer Travis Pace. Corpus Christi Police did not record any major incidents on Friday night.Meanwhile in Houston, an alleged home intruder was shot dead by a resident early on Saturday, Chron reported.A person reportedly attempted to enter a home on the 6900 block of Avenue T and was fatally shot by a resident inside, according to Houston Police Homicide Division.The first death directly related to the hurricane was reported in Rockport, Texas. Mayor Charles J. Wax confirmed that one person was killed in a house fire when Hurricane Harvey landed on the shores of Texas Friday night, Fox News reported.Harvey hit Texas, the heart of the U.S. oil and gas industry, late Friday as a Category 4 hurricane with winds of 130 miles per hour, making it the strongest storm to strike the state since 1961.The storm has ripped off roofs, snapped powerlines, and triggered tornadoes and flash floods, while also curtailing a large portion of America’s oil and fuel production and prompting price hikes at the pumps.In this NOAA handout image, NOAA's GOES East satellite capture of Hurricane Harvey shows the storm making landfall shortly after 8:00pm CDT on August 25, 2017 on the mid-Texas coast. Now at category 4 strength, Harvey's maximum sustained winds had increased to 130 miles per hour. (Photo by NASA/NOAA GOES Project via Getty Images) In this NOAA handout, NOAA’s GOES East satellite shows Hurricane Harvey making landfall shortly after 8:00 p.m. CDT on Aug. 25, 2017, on the mid-Texas coast.  (NASA/NOAA GOES Project via Getty Images)It has since weakened to a tropical storm, but is expected to lash Texas for days as it lumbers inland, bringing as much as 40 inches of rain, affecting heavily populated areas like Houston. Texas utility companies, meanwhile, said nearly a quarter of a million customers were without power.One person died in a house fire in the town of Rockport, 30 miles north of the city of Corpus Christi, as Harvey roared ashore overnight, Mayor Charles Wax said in a news conference on Saturday, marking the first confirmed fatality from the storm.Across Rockport, which took a direct hit from the storm, the streets were flooded and strewn with power lines and debris. At a recreational vehicle sales lot, a dozen vehicles were flipped over and one had been blown into the middle of the street.“It was terrible,” resident Joel Valdez, 57, told Reuters. The storm ripped part of the roof from his trailer home at around 4 a.m., he said. “I could feel the whole house move.”A person is hit by a wave churned up by approaching Hurricane Harvey on August 25, 2017 in Corpus Christi, Texas. Hurricane Harvey has intensified into a hurricane and is aiming for the Texas coast with the potential for up to 3 feet of rain and 125 mph winds. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images) A person is hit by a wave churned up by approaching Hurricane Harvey on Aug. 25, 2017, in Corpus Christi, Texas.  (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)Valdez said he stayed through the storm to look after his animals. “I have these miniature donkeys and I don’t know where they are,” he said, as he sat in a Jeep with windows smashed by the storm.Resident Frank Cook, 56, also stayed through the storm.“If you have something left of your house, you’re lucky,” he said, surveying the damage from his vehicle.Before the storm hit, Rockport’s mayor told anyone staying behind to write their names on their arms for identification in case of death or injury. A high school, hotel, senior housing complex and other buildings suffered structural damage, according to emergency officials and local media. Some were being used as shelters.An oil refinery is seen before the arrival of Hurricane Harvey on August 25, 2017 in Corpus Christi, Texas. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images) An oil refinery before the arrival of Hurricane Harvey on Aug. 25, 2017 in Corpus Christi, Texas. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Saturday said he would activate 1,800 members of the military to help with the statewide cleanup while 1,000 people would conduct search-and-rescue operations.The streets of Corpus Christi, which has around 320,000 residents, were deserted on Saturday, with billboards twisted and strong winds still blowing. City authorities asked residents to reduce use of toilets and faucets because power outages left waste water plants unable to treat sewage.A drill ship broke free of its mooring overnight and rammed into some tugs in the port of Corpus Christi, port executive Sean Strawbridge said. The crews on the tugs were safe, he added.The city was under voluntary evacuation ahead of the storm.Harvey was a Category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale when it hit the coast, the second-highest category, and the most powerful storm in over a decade to come ashore anywhere in the mainland United States.Reuters contributed to this report.From NTD.tv  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   last_img read more

Update on Disney World – Will Reopen Sept 12

first_imgDisney World near Orlando, Fla. (Childzy at en.wikipedia) ————Earlier update:Disney World won’t be open when Hurricane Irma slams Florida this weekend.“In anticipation of inclement weather, Walt Disney World Parks and Disney Springs will be closed Sunday, September 10 and Monday, September 11,” a statement from Disney World reads.But it adds the park “will be operating as planned Friday, September 8 and will have modified hours on Saturday, September 9.”According to Orlando’s News 6, Magic Kingdom, Epcot, and Disney Springs will close Saturday at 9 p.m. ET.Meanwhile, Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom will close at 7 p.m. ET.Blizzard Beach is closed Friday and will reopen next Tuesday. Typhoon Lagoon will close at 5 p.m. on Saturday.ESPN Wide World of Sports will be closed Saturday until Monday.More details can be accessed at Disney’s website (here).In its 46-year history, it’s the fifth time Disney World closed due to a hurricane. Hurricane Matthew in 2016 closed Disney World for a day. Two 2004 storms, Hurricane Frances and Jeanne shuttered Disney World for two days. Meanwhile, Hurricane Floyd caused the park to close its gates Sept. 15, 1999.(Disney World screenshot) (Disney World screenshot)Hurricane Irma is expected to make landfall in South Florida on Sunday night.The National Hurricane Center says that Central Florida in is in path of the major hurricane. They eye will remain over Central Florida until early Monday as a Category 2 storm.(Disney World screenshot) (Disney World screenshot)The region will feel the effects of the storm as early as Saturday night.“Regardless of which (Florida) coast you live on, be prepared to evacuate,” Florida Governor Rick Scott said Thursday, CNN reported.“This is not a storm you can sit and wait through,” he said, adding: “You don’t have to drive hundreds of miles or leave the state to be safe. Go to shelters.”“We are running out of time. If you are in an evacuation zone, you need to go now. This is a catastrophic storm like our state has never seen,” Scott told Reuters, adding that both Florida coasts will be impacted.Irma was about 225 miles east of Caibarien, Cuba, and 380 miles southeast of Miami, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said in an advisory at 2 p.m. EDT (1800 GMT) on Friday. Hurricane conditions were spreading westward over parts of Cuba and the central Bahamas as the storm skirted near Cuba’s northern coast.(NHC/NOAA) (NHC/NOAA)Reuters contributed to this report. US UPDATE ON MONDAY – 5:30 P.M. ET:Walt Disney World near Orlando dodged major hurricane damage as Irma, now a tropical storm, passed over Florida on Sunday and Monday.The park, dubbed “The Most Magical Place on Earth,” will now open on Tuesday. Universal Studios Orlando will also open on Tuesday.The parks were closed down on Sunday and Monday due to Irma’s destructive winds and flooding.“We hope to resume normal operations on Tuesday, September 12,” wrote Disney’s website on Monday morning. Update on Disney World – Will Reopen Sept. 12 The park closes Saturday night; closed Sunday and MondayBy Epoch Newsroom September 8, 2017 Updated: September 11, 2017 Share Show Discussion  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Share this articlelast_img read more

Body of Missing 19YearOld Woman Found in Wooded Area

first_img(Prath/Shutterstock) US News Share Body of Missing 19-Year-Old Woman Found in Wooded Area By Bowen Xiao February 16, 2018 Updated: February 16, 2018  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   A body of a 19-year-old New Jersey woman reported missing on Valentine’s Day has been found, authorities said.The remains of Lydia Comtois were discovered in a remote, wooded area in the Liberty Corner section of Bernards Township.Search teams comprised of K-9 units and multiple volunteers found the body at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 15, according to a news release from the Bernards Township Police Department.Her body was found just one day after she was reported missing.Acting Chief of Police Michael Shimsky, said there was no evidence of suspicious circumstances as of now. “Preliminary investigation indicates nothing suspicious about the death and there is no evidence of foul play at this time,” Shimsky said, according to NJ.com. Lydia Comtois. (Screenshot Via GoFundMe)The last time Comtois was heard from was around 5 p.m. on Wednesday, when she left New Brunswick to go to Bernards Township.According to MyCentralJersey, she was on her way home.Shimsky told NJ.COM that she was reported missing to police just a few minutes before midnight.It’s unclear as of writing what caused her death.A GoFundMe recently created for the family to help with funeral costs has raised over $6,367 as of writing. Surpassing the goal of $3,000.“Lydia was one of the kindest souls anyone ever had the opportunity of coming in contact with,” wrote James Davidson, who started the fundraiser. “She loved all of her friends deeply as her friends loved her deeply as well.”Bernards Township Police, the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office and the New Jersey Medical Examiner’s Office are continuing to investigate the incident.Bernards Township police asked that you respect the family of the victim and their privacy at this time.Anyone with additional information may contact the Bernards Township Police at 908-766-1122.From NTD.tvRecommended Video: Firefighter Going Over 100 mph Before Deadly Crash Show Discussion Share this article Follow Bowen on Twitter: @BowenXiao3 last_img read more