Representatives of national disabled peoples orga

first_imgRepresentatives of national disabled people’s organisations (DPOs) in Bolivia, Greece, Malaysia and Uganda have described to UK activists how they have fought oppression and discrimination in their own countries.They were speaking at an International Deaf and Disabled People’s Solidarity Summit in east London, organised by Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) to highlight the hypocrisy of the UK government’s decision to co-host a major “global disability summit” on the Olympic Park in east London this week.Feliza Ali Ramos (pictured, left) and Alex Marcelo Vazquez Bracamonte (centre), both wheelchair-users, from the Bolivian DPO New Hope, described how – two years ago – they and fellow disabled activists marched 300 miles through the Andes to the capital La Paz to confront president Evo Morales about the conditions facing disabled people in Bolivia and to seek an increase in disability benefits.Conditions facing disabled people in Bolivia were harsh, they told the summit.Many were dying from treatable conditions, some because doctors refused to give them oxygen, with families often welcoming their early deaths “because they were suffering anyway”.Many disabled people were excluded from education, despite the government’s insistence that disabled people had access to education and to healthcare, the summit heard.Local campaigns had called for the monthly disability benefit payment to rise from about £10 to about £50 a month, which led to the march on La Paz.Ramos said: “We sent letter after letter to the president, but the president never received us.”They marched through the mountains for 35 days and often had nowhere to sleep, while their only food was what they were given by people from the towns they passed through.When they arrived in the capital, they found the government had put up metal barriers to prevent them reaching the central square where the government offices were located.The square was guarded by police with water cannons and riot shields, and they were sprayed with pepper spray and water cannons, beaten and pushed out of their wheelchairs.Refused a meeting with the president, they pitched tents and took part in a vigil that lasted more than three months.The government tried to infiltrate the movement, and threatened activists with 10 years in prison.Morales eventually backed down and agreed to some of their demands.Ramos told fellow activists at Sunday’s summit how they lost two of their colleagues in a traffic accident during the march while another four had died because their health deteriorated during the protest.She cried as she told the summit: “Because these comrades had given their lives we fought on and we too were prepared to give our lives.“We remember what we went through and every day it moves me.“All of a sudden we have made ourselves visible in Bolivia and have got coverage in its media.”Last week, she said, there was national media coverage of a case in which a young man with cerebral palsy was found severely malnourished.She said: “Before, it would have been ignored. Now it is a national scandal because of what we did.“We have shown the whole of society we are strong and are not prepared to shut up and do whatever the government tells us to do.”New Hope was founded in 1999 to fight for an independent life for all disabled people in Bolivia, and its members try to empower disabled people with physical impairments through their Independent Life programme.Antonios Rellas, from the Greek DPO Zero Tolerance, told Sunday’s summit how he was the only disabled activist who gave evidence in the long-running trial of MPs and members of the extreme-right Golden Dawn party.He said: “As disabled activists, we know very well the story behind the fascist danger.“Golden Dawn followed exactly what Hitler and the Third Reich believed. Some of the first victims of the Third Reich were disabled people who were killed, 275,00 of them, as unworthy to live.”He also described his organisation’s ongoing fight against the institutionalisation of disabled people in Greece, which saw Zero Tolerance fight for the freedom of disabled residents who were being over-medicated and chained to cages in a state-run institution in Lechaina.He has directed a documentary which exposes the conditions, with Rellas and other disabled activists occupying the institution for four days and demanding that they were released.Now those disabled people who have been released from Lechaina have been found homes “in places where they can lead regular lives”, he said.But he said that more than 900 disabled people were still living in similar conditions in state-run institutions in Greece.He said: “The institutions that we are talking about are public institutions. We don’t know what is happening in private and church facilities.“This has nothing to do with the financial crisis that Greece is under. This was happening before this happened and if we are not there to resist and provoke it will stay like this forever.”Naziaty Yaacob, from Harapan OKU (Hope for Persons with Disabilities), speaking via Skype, told of her organisation’s battle to fight systematic discrimination against disabled people in her country following the election in May of the first new government in Malaysia in 60 years.They wrote an open letter to the new prime minister, with support from more than 100 charities, telling him that disabled people were “still struggling to achieve independence” and were “still facing barriers and discrimination”, with disabled people the most marginalised group in society.They highlighted the “toothless” nature of the existing disability discrimination act and the need for a new act and an independent commission to deal with grievances and systemic discrimination.Rose Achayo, from the National Union of Women with Disabilities of Uganda, described the wide-ranging discrimination faced by disabled women and girls in her country.She told the summit that her organisation had formed in 1999 to be a voice for disabled women and girls and to push for “a society where girls and women with disabilities lead a dignified life”.She pointed to barriers faced by disabled women in Uganda, such as violence in the home and in the community, the abuse inflicted on disabled people with high support needs who are placed in isolated settings, the lack of access to reproductive health, and the lack of access to justice.She also pointed to the stigma and “invisibility” faced by disabled women and girls in mainstream society, and their lack of access to the main source of income: land.But she said that, unlike the UK government, the Ugandan government had acknowledged issues raised by the UN committee on the rights of persons with disabilities and had come up with a plan for how they could be addressed.The committee examined Uganda’s progress in 2016, a process her organisation took part in. A note from the editor:For nine years, Disability News Service has survived largely through the support of a small number of disability organisations – most of them user-led – that have subscribed to its weekly supply of news stories. That support has been incredibly valuable but is no longer enough to keep DNS financially viable. For this reason, 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 remember 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

GRAND Final tickets are now available from the RFL

first_imgGRAND Final tickets are now available from the RFL only.You can cheer on your super Saints for just £21 by calling the RFL Ticket Office on 0844 856 1113 or by visiting www.rugbyleaguetickets.co.uk  Saints will be in the West side of Old Trafford.Coach travel is available at £10 season ticket holders and £11 for non season ticket holders.It will leave Alexandra Business Park on Prescot Road at 3pm on Saturday and you must buy from the club store or by calling 01744 455 052 before Saturday.last_img read more

SAINTS are well featured in Rugby League Worlds S

first_imgSAINTS are well featured in Rugby League World’s Super League’s Top 50 which has been released today.Whilst we don’t want to give things away, seven of the Champions’ roster are in the top 50!The list has been chosen by an esteemed panel of Rugby League World and League Express contributors, as well as by reader polling on RLW’s TotalRL.com website – meaning that there is a fair reflection from both experts and passionate fans alike. Priced at just £2.99, click here to buylast_img

Man convicted for home breakin stabbed woman with kitchen knife

first_imgA Wilmington man pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges including assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and first degree burglary. (Photo: DA Office) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A Wilmington man pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges including assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and first degree burglary.Kevin Waterman, 52, was sentenced to at least 12 years behind the bars for breaking into a home on Golden Road and stabbing a woman with a kitchen knife multiple times in August 2016.- Advertisement – It happened in August 2016 in the 200 block of Golden Road. The homeowners say they knew Waterman for a couple of months prior to the incident.During the early morning hours on August 17, Waterman came to the home armed with a weapon. After pushing his way into the house, Waterman discharged the weapon at a woman.The man at the home attempted to get the gun from Waterman, and during the process was shot in the finger, resulting in the complete amputation of the finger.Related Article: Local leader pushes to raise penalty for pharmacy break-insWaterman proceeded to chase the woman to her bedroom, shooting his weapon several more times. Once in the bedroom, Waterman stabbed the woman numerous times in the chest, arms and head, and punched her in the face with enough force to dislodge her dentures. Waterman left the scene when the man told him that 911 had been called.Waterman served 13 years in the Department of Adult Correction for Second DegreeMurder, Assault with a Deadly Weapon with Intent to Kill and Inflicting Serious Injury and two counts of Attempted Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon for the 1993 shooting death of Roscoe Simpson on 8th Street in Wilmington. He also has a 1988 conviction for Common Law Robbery, as well as convictions for Sell/Deliver Heroin in 2014. Waterman was on probation for this 2014 conviction at the time he committed these offenses in August of 2016.“The courage of the victims in this case drove this successful result in court. They were prepared to face Mr. Waterman and hold him accountable for his actions. They are to be commended for coming forward and their willingness to participate in this process,” remarked District Attorney Ben David.last_img read more

ILM set new passenger record in 2018

first_img “2018 has been a year of unprecedented growth,” Airport Director Julie Wilsey said in a release. “We acknowledge the investment our airline partners made at ILM.”ILM credits the growth in part to the addition of United as a third carrier joining Delta and American. United began nonstop service in April 2018 between ILM and Chicago O’Hare (ORD) as well as Washington-Dulles (IAD). American Airlines expanded its nonstop service as well, with new service between ILM and Chicago O’Hare during the summer season, as well as year-round daily nonstop service to Reagan National (DCA) and the expansion of season service to Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) to daily year-round service starting late last year. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington International Airport today said it set a new record for passengers served in 2018.According to a news release, ILM’s saw 934,058 people fly in or out of the Port City last year. That’s a 12-percent increase from a then record 836,589 passengers served in 2017.- Advertisement – Source: Wilmington International AirportRelated Article: Airline group says Christmas travel will rise 5.2 percentILM is looking for more growth in the future as it begins expansion and upgrades at the airport.“With our terminal expansion underway, and the continued support from our growing community, we look forward to our next milestone of 1 million passengers,” Wilsey said.A NCDOT report released this week says ILM provides 12,960 jobs, $66.8 million in state and local taxes, and has an overall economic output of nearly $1.8 billion.last_img read more

Regional meeting held to discuss water treatment options for north Brunswick County

first_img In the past, the majority of the board of H2Go were against a reverse osmosis plant constructed by the utility. According to what was said in this meeting, the idea of a regional system is something commissioners may agree on.“I have always been in favor of regional solutions to regional problems, and that the county’s plans to build a reverse osmosis plant would be just such a regional solution,” said H2Go commission chair Jeff Gerken.The fight for bringing a reverse osmosis treatment plant led to a vote to transfer assets of the utility to the town of Belville in November 2017. That vote was challenged by the newly elected H2Go board and it led to an injunction on the project that was supported by the town of Leland. In April, a judge ruled against the town of Belville and that asset transfer.Related Article: Belville offers counter to Leland’s plan for H2GO, RO plant“The group agreed to provide conceptual information for enhancing collaboration and achieving regionalization to their elected boards and plan to meet again in July,” said administrators in the release.Commissioners at H2Go confirm that this meeting was initiated from a directive approved at a previous board of commissioners meeting.After Executive Session at H2GO’s regularly scheduled board meeting on May 21st, H2GO’s Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a motion made by Commissioner McCoy and seconded by Commissioner Beer that authorized H2GO counsel Steve Coble to attempt to resolve pending issues if it includes all of those affected within the region, including Belville, Leland, H2GO, Brunswick County, and Navassa.“I’m hoping it will take us to a reasonable solution where everybody comes to the table and puts aside their personal agenda and just focuses on making sure everybody gets clean water in the most efficient way possible,” said county commission chair Frank Williams. “It sounds like most parties did that at this meeting I just hope that it continues.”Williams adds that these meetings will not impact the path of the county’s low pressure reverse osmosis plant set to be built at the Northwest Water Treatment Plant.“There was no agreement reached at this meeting but we made good progress. Just having everyone together to discuss the matter is a step in the right direction,” said Leland Mayor Brenda Bozeman.Bozeman anticipates the council will discuss the meeting and more in July. Bolivia, NC (WWAY) — Yesterday, representatives from the Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer (H2GO), the County of Brunswick, and Towns of Belville, Leland, and Navassa came together to discuss water and sewer concerns in the northern part of Brunswick County.  This is according to a joint press release from county staff.“There was a genuine spirit of cooperation and a common goal from all parties to provide high quality water treated by reverse osmosis to the residents,” said county administrators.- Advertisement – last_img read more

North Brunswick High School band heading to Washington DC

first_img– Advertisement – BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Band students at North Brunswick High School are on their way to the nation’s capital to take part in a major fourth of July celebration.The students were invited to participate in the 2019 National Independence Day Parade in Washington, DC. The North Brunswick High School band heads to Washington, DC, on July 3, 2019. (Photo: Christopher Cook)center_img In recent weeks, the students and boosters have raised more than $31,000 to cover expenses for 67 students.“I am very excited to lead these students in the national parade, it is a great honor,” said NBHS Band Director Christopher Cook.Students were asked to report to the school at 5 a.m. Wednesday, but Cook told WWAY that many parents started showing up as early as 4 a.m.Related Article: NC 4th of July Festival cancels Southport fireworksHe says the students are extremely excited and anxious to be taking part.“I don’t think anyone went to sleep last night,” Cook said.Many of these students have faced challenges this school year including Hurricane Florence as well as other personal obstacles.In recent weeks, they have practiced at the school wearing sweatshirts and other thick clothing to prepare them for wearing their uniforms in the heat during the parade.“The students have worked hard all summer fundraising and practicing,” Cook said. “It says a lot that after the Hurricane parents and supporters made this a priority for our students.”The band will return home on Friday evening.“I am very proud of our student and our community,” Cook said. “I am very thankful to all for their donation.”last_img read more

And then there was light Cardinal breaks law to restore power for

first_imgFILE PHOTO: Konrad Krajewski, seen in this November 15, 2013 photo at centre behind Pope Francis, has drawn the ire of Italy’s anti-immigrant interior minister by climbing down a manhole and breaking the law to restore electricity to hundreds of homeless people living in an occupied building. He is now a cardinal and runs the Vatican office that distributes the pope’s charity funds. REUTERS/Tony Gentile/File PhotoFILE PHOTO: Konrad Krajewski, seen in this November 15, 2013 photo at centre behind Pope Francis, has drawn the ire of Italy’s anti-immigrant interior minister by climbing down a manhole and breaking the law to restore electricity to hundreds of homeless people living in an occupied building. He is now a cardinal and runs the Vatican office that distributes the pope’s charity funds. REUTERS/Tony Gentile/File Photo A close aide to Pope Francis has drawn the ire of Italy’s anti-immigrant Interior Minister Matteo Salvini by climbing down a manhole to restore electricity to hundreds of homeless people living in an occupied building.Cardinal Konrad Krajewski, 55, whose job is to distribute the pope’s charity funds, went to the disused state-owned building near a Rome cathedral on Saturday night and broke a police seal to re-connect electrical circuit breakers.To some, he was a hero of sorts by Monday morning as the news went viral. Rome’s left-leaning La Repubblica newspaper ran a banner headline calling him “The Pope’s Robin Hood” and praising him for doing the right thing under the circumstances.“What can I say? It was a particularly desperate situation. I repeat: I assume all the responsibility. If a fine arrives, I’ll pay it,” Krajewski said in an interview in Corriere della Sera newspaper on Monday.The building has been occupied since 2013 by Italians who had lost their homes and migrants. It houses some 450 people, including about 100 children.It had been without power since May 6 because some 300,000 euro in electricity bills had not been paid.“Defending illegality is never a good sign,” Salvini, who has often clashed with the pope on migration and other social issues, told reporters on Monday.“There are many Italians and even legal immigrants who pay their bills, even if with difficulty. People can do what they please but as interior minister, I guarantee the rules.”Krajewski, who rides around Rome on a bicycle, said he would pay the building’s electricity bills from now on but that for him, the issue went beyond money.“There are children there. The first thing to ask is ‘why are they there? What is the reason? How is it possible that families are in such a situation” he told Corriere.Krajewski, a Pole, was already a minor celebrity in Rome. Since the pope named him to the Vatican charity job in 2013, he became known for dressing down into simple layman’s clothes at night and bringing food the city’s homeless in a white van.He was also responsible for opening shelters near the Vatican were the homeless can wash, get haircuts, and receive medical care.WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrintlast_img read more

Samsung launches DVM S air conditioning systems in Kampala

first_imgAdvertisement Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. announced yesterday its latest generation of smart variable refrigerant flow air conditioning systems, the Digital Variable Multi (DVM S) at the Golf course hotel in Kampala.Designed for large business or home spaces, the DVM S allows different temperatures to be maintained in different zones, through Dual Smart Inverter compressor technology that delivers greater energy efficiency.A category first, the DVM S is built exclusively with Samsung technology, representing a complete transformation from its predecessors.“We’re truly proud of the versatility the new Samsung Digital Variable Multi provides for our consumers,” said Michael McKechnie, Business Leader for Digital Air Solutions at Samsung Electronics South Africa. – Advertisement – “Whether in home or commercial spaces, this air conditioning system will revolutionise consumers’ lifestyles with improved energy efficiency to save them money, as well as, demonstrate how we operate as a business, with our first-ever system built exclusively with Samsung technology.”The Samsung DVM S offers a premium experience, through a sleek design and superior technology. Smart Appliances for Smart Spaces Dual Smart Inverter technology replaces Digital Scroll technology used in previous generations of the DVM system.Unlike other air conditioning systems that use a mix of fixed and inverter compressors, Samsung’s DVM S contains only inverter compressors, which help improve the system’s overall efficiency and deliver an average European seasonal energy efficiency ratio (ESEER) rating that is four percent higher than similar systems.Vapour injection technology utilised on the DVM S also helps increase energy efficiency; enhancing performance and allowing the system to be particularly well-suited for low temperature environments, such as those found in Nordic regions. Additional product features include auto commissioning and management settings.When Wi-Fi-enabled, the Samsung DVM S can reduce commissioning time from three hours to less than one hour and users can view reports on the system’s operating data, making maintenance and servicing easier and less time consuming, while saving money.The DVM S also boasts a uniquely long piping length. On average, the longest piping length is about 220 meters, limiting maximum height between outdoor and indoor units to 110 meters. Samsung’s DVM S is equipped with a total pipe length of 1,000 meters, providing for greater installation flexibility, no matter what the space is to be used.last_img read more

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NASA study Alaskan fires affected Houston air quality in 2004

first_imgShare Harvey Leifert American Geophysical Union 202-777-7507 HLeifert@agu.org Jade Boyd Rice University 713-348-6778 jadeboyd@rice.edu Dustin Wunderlich Valparaiso University 291-464-5114 Dustin.Wunderlich@valpo.edu center_img NASA study: Alaskan fires affected Houston air quality in 2004Innovative study looked at both satellite info and data from daily weather balloons An innovative new NASA-funded study based on a combination of satellite data, computer models and weather balloon readings finds that smoke from Alaskan and Canadian forest fires as much as doubled ground-level ozone thousands of miles away in Houston during a two-day period in July 2004. The study, which will appear online Sept. 26 in the Journal of Geophysical Research, offers scientists a rare glimpse at the precise air-quality effects from pollutants generated thousands of miles away. The study, conducted by researchers from Valparaiso University and Rice University, found that ozone pollution levels increased significantly in the air above Houston on July 19-20, 2004. Researchers attributed the increase in part to smoke that was transported to the area over the course of a week from forest fires raging in Alaska and Canada. The study is the first to quantitatively examine the impact of remotely generated pollutants on air quality in the lower atmosphere. In the summer of 2004, researchers in a NASA-led field research project sampled a variety of trace gases and aerosols – tiny particles suspended in the air – across North America. That same summer, physicist Gary Morris, both an associate professor at Valpariaso and an adjunct assistant professor at Rice, launched the Tropospheric Ozone Pollution Project (TOPP) at Rice’s Houston campus with funding support from both NASA and Rice’s Shell Center for Sustainability. TOPP involved daily launches of weather balloons from Rice’s campus south of downtown. The balloons measured ozone levels from the ground to altitudes of more than 100,000 feet, offering the first clear picture of how much ozone was present in each layer of the atmosphere above the city. While NASA scientists and Morris were collecting their data, forest fires in western Canada and eastern Alaska were consuming more acres than at any time during the past 50 years. Meteorological conditions carried smoke from these intense fires eastward and southward to the U.S. Gulf Coast. “The combination of our balloon-borne ozone data and observations by NASA satellites, aircraft, and a network of ground stations provided unprecedented insight into the origins of locally poor air quality in Houston on those two days,” Morris said. Houston frequently exceeds federal standards for ground-level ozone. On 52 days in 2005, Houston’s air quality violated the eight-hour Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standard for ozone, placing Houston among the worst urban areas in the U.S. for ozone pollution. Besides posing a health risk for people with respiratory problems, ground-level ozone has also been linked to increased rates of asthma among children, and it can destroy plants and reduce crop yields. Federal regulators have given the Houston-Galveston region until 2007 to comply with federal air-quality standards for ground-level ozone, under the threat of severe economic sanctions, including loss of federal highway dollars. In the new study, Morris and colleagues relied on imagery from NASA’s Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer on the Terra satellite, aerosol data from the Total Ozone Mapping Spectrometer satellite, and carbon monoxide data from the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder on the Aqua spacecraft. They tracked an air mass from the region of forest fires in western Canada and eastern Alaska on July 12-13, 2004, and followed it as it traveled across Canada, through the mid-western United States and into the Houston area on July 19. “We found that with the arrival of the pollutants associated with these forest fires, ozone levels increased between 50-100 percent in the first five kilometers over Houston,” Morris said. Meteorological conditions, the smoke from the distant forest fires, and the typical urban pollution generated in the Houston area provided a potent mix for increasing local ozone concentrations, he said. Morris said it’s likely that such pollution episodes will continue. Understanding the transport and transformation of gases and aerosols over long distances is needed for improved understanding and air-quality forecasting. “This event highlights the critical role imported sources can have on local air quality,” Morris said. FacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThislast_img read more

Conscientious people more likely to provide good customer service

first_imgShareDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduAmy Hodges713-348-6777amy.hodges@rice.eduConscientious people more likely to provide good customer serviceHOUSTON – (Nov. 12, 2013) – Conscientious people are more likely to provide good customer service, according to a new study from researchers at Rice University.The study, “Relations Between Personality, Knowledge and Behavior in Professional Service Encounters,” examines the link between personality traits and effective behavior in customer service situations. The paper, published in the Journal of Applied Social Psychology, found that individuals who are identified through tests as highly conscientious are more likely to be aware of how good interpersonal interactions positively impact customer service and are more likely to behave this way.Stephan Motowidlo, the Herbert S. Autrey Professor of Psychology and the study’s lead author, said that while technical knowledge of a position is an important factor in successful job performance, it is only one part of the performance equation.“Performance in a professional service capacity is not just knowing about what the product is and how it works, but how to sell and talk about it,” Motowidlo said.He noted that historically, institutions have been very good at examining the technical side of individuals’ jobs through IQ tests. He said that recently there has been an interest in the nontechnical side — the “softer, interpersonal” side.“Much like intelligence impacts knowledge acquisition – driving what you learn and how much you know – personality traits impact how interpersonal skills are learned and used,” Motowidlo said. “People who know more about what kinds of actions are successful in dealing with interpersonal service encounters – such as listening carefully, engaging warmly and countering questions effectively – handle them more effectively, and their understanding of successful customer service is shaped by underlying personality characteristics.”The research was conducted in two parts. Part one included a group of 99 participants — undergraduates enrolled in a psychology course at a small, private Southwestern university. Part two included a group of approximately 80 participants — employees at a community service volunteer agency. In both parts of the study, participants completed a questionnaire ranking 50 customer-service encounters as effective or ineffective. Both parts of the study revealed that people who were accurate in judging the effectiveness of customer-service activities behaved more effectively and displayed higher levels of conscientiousness.Motowidlo said he hopes the study will encourage future research about how personality helps individuals acquire the knowledge they need to perform their jobs effectively.The study was funded by Rice University and is available online at http://bit.ly/1dHQmbm.-30-For more information, contact Amy Hodges, senior media relations specialist at Rice, at 713-348-6777 or amy.hodges@rice.edu.This news release can be found online at http://news.rice.edu/.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Related Materials:Stephan Motowidlo bio: http://psychology.rice.edu/Content.aspx?id=130Located 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 http://tinyurl.com/AboutRiceU.If 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

Nanotracer tester tells about wells

first_imghttp://news.rice.edu/files/2014/02/0224_FRAC-1-web.jpgRice University chemist Andrew Barron with the prototype of a device that allows for rapid testing of nanotracers for the evaluation of wells subject to hydraulic fracturing. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University) AddThis http://news.rice.edu/files/2014/02/0224_FRAC-2-web.jpgRice University chemist Andrew Barron and graduate student Brittany Oliva-Chatelain investigate the prototype of a device that allows for rapid testing of nanotracers for the evaluation of wells subject to hydraulic fracturing. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,920 undergraduates and 2,567 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6.3-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 http://tinyurl.com/AboutRiceU.center_img ShareDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduMike Williams713-348-6728mikewilliams@rice.eduNanotracer tester tells about wellsRice University lab builds rig to evaluate oil, gas wells in fracturing operations HOUSTON – (Feb. 24, 2014) – A tabletop device invented at Rice University can tell how efficiently a nanoparticle would travel through a well and may provide a wealth of information for oil and gas producers.The device gathers data on how tracers – microscopic particles that can be pumped into and recovered from wells – move through deep rock formations that have been opened by hydraulic fracturing.Drilling companies use fracturing to pump oil and gas from previously unreachable reservoirs. Fluids are pumped into a wellbore under high pressure to fracture rocks, and materials called “proppants,” like sand or ceramic, hold the fractures open. “They’re basically making a crack in the rock and filling it with little beads,” said Rice chemist Andrew Barron, whose lab produced the device detailed in the Royal Society of Chemistry journal Environmental Science Processes and Impacts.But the companies struggle to know which insertion wells — where fluids are pumped in — are connected to the production wells where oil and gas are pumped out. “They may be pumping down three wells and producing from six, but they have very little idea of which well is connected to which,” he said.Tracer or sensor particles added to fracturing fluids help solve that problem, but there’s plenty of room for optimization, especially in minimizing the volume of nanoparticles used now, he said. “Ideally, we would take a very small amount of a particle that does not interact with proppant, rock or the gunk that’s been pumped downhole, inject it in one well and collect it at the production well. The time it takes to go from one to the other will tell you about the connectivity underground.”Barron explained the proppant itself accounts for most of the surface area the nanoparticles encounter, so it’s important to tune the tracers to the type of proppant used.He said the industry lacks a uniform method to test and optimize custom-designed nanoparticles for particular formations and fluids. The ultimate goal  is to optimize the particles so they don’t clump together or stick to the rock or proppant and can be reliably identified when they exit the production well.The automated device by Barron, Rice alumnus Samuel Maguire-Boyle and their colleagues allows them to run nanotracers through a small model of a geological formation and quickly analyze what comes out the other side.The device sends a tiny amount of silver nanoparticle tracers in rapid pulses through a solid column, simulating the much longer path the particles would travel in a well. That gives the researchers an accurate look at both how sticky and how robust the particles are.“We chose silver nanoparticles for their plasmon resonance,” Barron said. “They’re very easy to see (with a spectroscope) making for high-quality data.” He said silver nanoparticles would be impractical in a real well, but because they’re easy to modify with other useful chemicals, they are good models for custom nanoparticles.“The process is simple enough that our undergraduates make different nanoparticles and very quickly test them to find out how they behave,” Barron said.The method also shows promise for tracking water from source to destination, which could be valuable for government agencies that want to understand how aquifers are linked or want to trace the flow of elements like pollutants in a water supply, he said.Barron said the Rice lab won’t oversee production of the test rig, but it doesn’t have to. “We just published the paper, but if companies want to make their own, it includes the instructions. The supplementary material is basically a manual for how to do this,” he said.Co-authors of the paper include Rice undergraduates David Garner, Jessica Heimann and Lucy Gao and graduate alumnus Alvin Orbaek.The Robert A. Welch Foundation supported the research.-30-Read the abstract at http://pubs.rsc.org/en/content/articlelanding/2014/em/c3em00718a#!divAbstractThis news release can be found online at http://news.rice.edu/2014/02/23/nanotracer-tester-tells-about-wells/Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNewsRelated Materials:Barron Research Group: http://barron.rice.edu/Barron.htmlImages for download:last_img read more

Human papillomavirus vaccines in focus at Rices Baker Institute Dec 3

first_imgAddThis ShareMEDIA ADVISORYDavid Ruthdavid@rice.edu713-348-6327Jeff Falkjfalk@rice.edu713-348-6775Human papillomavirus vaccines in focus at Rice’s Baker Institute Dec. 3HOUSTON – (Nov. 24, 2014) – Leaders from academia, government and the media will gather at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy Dec. 3 to discuss the human papillomavirus (HPV), its impact on cancer and other diseases, and opportunities and challenges associated with prevention through vaccination programs. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.Panelists: Dr. Douglas Lowy, chief of the Laboratory of Cellular Oncology at the National Cancer Institute’s Center for Cancer Research; Dr. Lois Ramondetta, professor at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and chief of the Division of Gynecologic Oncology at Lyndon B. Johnson General Hospital, Harris County Hospital District; and Texas state Rep. and physician Dr. John Zerwas, R-Simonton.   Greta Van Susteren, host of Fox News Channel’s “On the Record w/Greta Van Susteren” show, will serve as moderator.Neal Lane, Rice’s Malcolm Gillis University Professor, a senior fellow in science and technology policy at the Baker Institute and a professor of physics and astronomy, will give welcoming remarks.Dr. Ronald DePinho, president of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, will provide introductory remarks.What: A panel discussion titled “HPV Vaccination: A Public Health Opportunity, a Public Responsibility.”When: Wednesday, Dec. 3, 7:30-9 a.m. Breakfast will be served at 7:30 and the discussion will begin at 8.Where: Rice University, James A. Baker III Hall, Doré Commons, 6100 Main St.In the United States, each year 79 million men and women are infected by HPV, which accounts for more than 4,000 deaths from cervical cancer, according to event organizers. Following the development of the first HPV vaccine, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention set a goal to get 80 percent of female adolescents vaccinated. Despite the vaccine’s demonstrated efficacy, vaccination rates have only reached 38 percent nationally and 32 percent in Texas, organizers said.This panel discussion is the sixth event in the Medicine, Research and Society Policy Issues Series, a joint project with the Baker Institute’s Science and Technology Policy Program and Health Policy Forum and the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.For a recent Baker Institute policy brief on HPV and Texas, “Human Papillomavirus Vaccine: A Public Health Opportunity for Texas,” see http://bakerinstitute.org/research/human-papillomavirus-vaccine-public-health-opportunity-texas.Members of the news media who want to attend should RSVP to Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at jfalk@rice.edu or 713-348-6775.The public must register to attend this event at http://bakerinstitute.org/events/register/1669/?submit=RSVP.For a map of Rice University’s campus with parking information, go to www.rice.edu/maps.-30-Follow the Baker Institute via Twitter @BakerInsitute.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.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.last_img read more

Wisconsin Recount Update Dane County Looks to Wrap It Up

first_img Wisconsin Recount Update: Dane County Looks to Wrap It Up By The Associated Press December 11, 2016 Updated: December 11, 2016 Dane County Clerk Scott McDonell stands in front of sealed bags of ballots before a recount of Wisconsin’s presidential election results begins Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016, in Madison, Wis. The first candidate-driven statewide recount of a presidential election in 16 years began Thursday in Wisconsin, a state that Donald Trump won by less than a percentage point over Hillary Clinton after polls long predicted a Clinton victory. (AP Photo/Scott Bauer) Share this article Officials say Dane County’s recount of presidential votes from November’s election has been completed Saturday, reports said.County clerk Scott McDonnell tells WISC-TV that no major discrepancies had been discovered in the recount, which was being conducted by hand.Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton by more than 22,000 votes in the state. Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein requested the recount over the possibility that the election machines had been hacked.A federal judge on Friday ruled that Wisconsin’s recount should move forward, after Trump supporters sued to stop the process.According to the latest election tally for the county:Donald J. Trump/Michael R. Pence: 71,279Hillary Clinton/Tim Kaine: 217,526Gary Johnson/Bill Weld: 781Jill Stein/Ajamu Baraka: 10,544Monica Moorehead/Lamont Lilly: 175Rocky Roque De La Fuente/Michael Steinberg: 139The following are Dane County’s totals for each candidate McDonnell provided after the recount:Donald J. Trump/Michael R. Pence: 71,279Hillary Clinton/Tim Kaine: 217,698Gary Johnson/Bill Weld: 781Jill Stein/Ajamu Baraka: 10,540Monica Moorehead/Lamont Lilly: 178Rocky Roque De La Fuente/Michael Steinberg: 139Wisconsin has set a deadline of 8 p.m. Monday for the recount to be finished. All states much certify election results by Dec. 13.Dane County is the second-most populous county in Wisconsin. It encompasses the state capital, Madison.Epoch Times contributed to this report. Sharecenter_img US  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Show Discussionlast_img read more

Creation of Space Force Necessary to Counter Developing Threats

first_imgPresident Donald Trump holds up an executive order for the creation of a Space Force, during a meeting of the National Space Council at the East Room of the White House June 18, 2018 in Washington. (Alex Wong/Getty Images) Share this article  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Creation of Space Force Necessary to Counter Developing Threats By Joshua Philipp, The Epoch Times June 19, 2018 Updated: June 19, 2018 Sharecenter_img Show Discussion Trump Presidency The U.S. military will soon have a sixth branch focused on warfare in space, after President Donald Trump signed an executive order on June 18 directing the Department of Defense to create the Space Force.The decision will overrule plans that were pending in the Fiscal Year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act that would have created a Space Corps as a sub branch of the Air Force, the option that Congress was leaning toward.According to one of the leading experts on weaponry and military threats in space, Trump’s decision was necessary to guard against near-future threats.“Trump is doing a very good thing,” said Rick Fisher, a senior fellow at the International Assessment and Strategy Center. “He will suffer inevitable outrage and insult from the left, but in 25 years Americans will be very grateful that we have a Space Force.”Already, U.S. adversaries have near-future ambitions to control space resources and protocols, and have military doctrines for the destruction of U.S. assets in space that could disable key functions of the U.S. military.“China, today, has a Space Force,” Fisher said. “It has not yet been publicly acknowledged, but it resides under the Strategic Support Force, the latest branch of the People’s Liberation Army.” The first commander of the PLA space warfare branch also commanded the Chinese space launch facility that in 2007 shot down one of the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) weather satellites, sending dangerous debris barreling through space. The incident demonstrated the PLA’s anti-satellite weapon program and was a key incident that led Congress to forbid NASA from cooperating with China on space technology.With this and later incidents in mind, Fisher noted that “China’s first Space Force commander is now the most military-experienced Space Force commander in the world.”Securing the Earth–Moon System Astronaut Buzz Aldrin walks on the surface of the moon near the leg of the lunar module Eagle during the Apollo 11 mission in 1969. (NASA)Trump noted during his June 18 announcement that his administration “is reclaiming America’s heritage as the world’s greatest space-faring nation.”“The essence of the American character is to explore new horizons and to tame new frontiers,” Trump said. “But our destiny beyond the Earth is not just a matter of national identity, but also a matter of national security.“When it comes to defending America, it’s not enough to merely have an American presence in space. We must have American dominance in space.”Among the stated interests of the CCP is to mine resources on the moon, particularly helium-3, which could act as a fuel source for experimental fusion energy. Other nations and organizations have expressed similar interests, including proposals to capture and mine asteroids.NASA has also expressed plans to mine water on the moon that then could be split into hydrogen and oxygen. The hydrogen could be a fuel source, allowing spaceships to use the moon as a refueling station and thus need less fuel weight when launching from Earth.According to Fisher, one of the CCP’s near-term goals is to control the Earth–moon system, starting with a denial strategy and dominance of low Earth orbit. Controlling this system, it would be able to impose a toll on any ambitions for a space economy.In history, the opening of a global economy on maritime trade created conflicts and thus a need for security. The United States has since the middle of the 20th century provided security for maritime trade channels and shipping chokepoints under the Pax Americana, at no cost to other nations.The CCP’s attempts to control the Earth–moon system also raise concerns about the Party’s ambitions to create a “Pax Sinica” to replace the Pax Americana. Eventually, the CCP could charge a toll for using its channels and deny access when and where it deems fit.The Future of NASA NASA prepares to launch its Atlas-V rocket with the NASA InSight spacecraft onboard on Friday, May 4, 2018, at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. (Bill Ingalls/NASA via Getty Images)Among Trump’s ambitions is for the United States to carry out a manned mission to Mars. With private companies creating civilian technologies for space, the prospects of a space economy are becoming very real.“The human race is finally beginning to reach a point where we can realistically envision a space economy. Costs for access to space are rapidly declining thanks to innovative billionaires like Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and Mr. Bigelow, the inventor of inflatable space structures,” Fisher said.“With such a reduction in cost, it becomes economically feasible to go to the moon and go to Mars to find out whether a presence is economically viable.”According to Chris Mattmann, associate chief technology officer at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the creation of a Space Corps could help NASA develop new forms of technologies.“I think this Space Force could be an innovative thing for that,” he said. Good relations with the U.S. military are “seen as a very positive thing.”Mattmann previously worked closely with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the research and development branch of the Pentagon, on its Memex program to mine and index the unseen parts of the internet known as the dark web. He said the new Space Force could help streamline this type of cooperation in the future.As the United States begins to travel further into space, Mattmann said, there could be a very real need for a force that can provide security. “As much as those are necessary things for our civilian Earth defense … as we go out and explore more, we have to provide something that’s safe and secure there, too,” he said.According to Fisher, the creation of the Space Force will help NASA to largely maintain its civilian character, rather than force the agency to get directly involved in military programs. “That is of some value in order to attract cooperation from other democracies, and to provide a necessary contrast with the military-managed space programs of China and Russia,” Fisher said.As the programs move forward, Fisher said the Space Force will need to show leadership in cooperating with both NASA and emerging private space companies such as SpaceX.“It is possible that in its early existence, the space force would put a greater emphasis on helping the private sector reach the moon and reach Mars than it would to develop specific or new military capabilities for space,” Fisher said. “The space force can become a powerful advocate for NASA and for the emerging private space sector.”By creating a Space Force, he said, “President Trump is exercising the leadership that the Americans who voted for him have come to expect from him. Whether this is simply his gut instinct or his evaluation based on what he knows, it is a correct decision and will have far-reaching positive benefits for the United States of America.” Follow Joshua on Twitter: @JoshJPhilipp last_img read more

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first_img Show Discussion US News Attorney General Jeff Sessions said that charges were filed against a man suspected of mailing suspicious packages to former presidents, CNN’s office, and others.“This is utterly unacceptable,” Sessions said on Oct. 26, adding that “political violence” won’t be tolerated in the United States. “This is a law and order administration,” he added.“A suspect is in the custody of the FBI,” Sessions said, adding that the suspect was charged with interstate transportation of an explosive, the illegal mailings of explosives, threats against former presidents, and assaulting federal officers. He faces up to 58 years in prison.The suspect, according to FBI Director Christopher Wray, was identified as 56-year-old Cesar Sayoc of Florida. He was arrested on Oct. 26, and according to Reuters, witnesses said he was taken into custody at an AutoZone in Plantation, Florida.“This was a nationwide investigation,” Wray said, adding that 13 improvised explosive devices (IEDs) were sent to individuals. It consisted of PVC pipes, wiring, a clock, and “energetic materials,” Wray said. “These are not hoax devices,” Wray said.A fingerprint on one of the devices was matched with Sayoc’s, Wray said. A man named Dre, who is a manager at a used car dealership near the AutoZone, said he heard a loud noise like an explosion at around 11 a.m. “I heard like a bomb,” Dre told Reuters. “I opened the door and saw the FBI there.”Suspicious packages that are said to contain a bomb-like device were sent to former President Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, billionaire investor George Soros, Robert De Niro, former Attorney General Eric Holder, former CIA Director John Brennan, and others over the past week.A Twitter account that he reportedly used features a number of rambling, incoherent tweets and threats. “It a big celebration Georg Clooney crashes and should have died. We almost had a super celebration prays answer Hollywood slime of century died. His time coming awesome,” reads one tweet on July 10. As of 2:45 p.m. ET, the account was still online.Two more packages were reportedly sent to New  Jersey Sen. Cory Booker and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper on Oct. 25.Of the packages that were sent, none have exploded. No injuries have been reported, and expert analysis suggests that there were designed to create fear.Suspect who allegedly mailed pipe bombs captured in Florida Cesar Sayoc is seen in a booking photo in an undated photo in Miami, Florida. Federal authorities took Sayoc, 56, of Aventura, Fla., into custody Oct. 26, 2018 in Florida in connection with a nationwide mail-bomb scare. (Broward County Sheriff’s Office via AP)Officials have said the suspicious packages contained PVC pipes stuffed with what appeared to be fireworks powder and glass. Some had electrical wires and a timer.Wray said that an investigation is ongoing and is “of the highest priority for the FBI” and “we have committed the full strength of the FBI’s resources.” Attorney General Jeff Sessions stated on Oct. 25 that local, state, federal officials are “working tirelessly to follow every lead” in the case, the Washington Post reported. “I can tell you this, we will find the person or persons responsible and we’re going to bring them to justice,” Sessions said.President Donald Trump on Oct. 26. commented law enforcement efforts to capture the suspect.“We’ve carried out a far-reaching federal, state and local investigation to find the person or persons responsible for these events. These terrorizing acts are despicable and have no place in our country,” Trump said, according to a video of his remarks at the White House on Oct. 26. Trump said officials would prosecute the suspect to the “fullest extent of the law.” Share Cesar Sayoc Charged With Five Counts, Faces 58 Years in Prison By Jack Phillips October 26, 2018 Updated: October 26, 2018center_img QualityAuto 1080p720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Share this articlelast_img read more

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first_img Share this article The reward for information leading to the location of 13-year-old Jayme Closs, who has been missing for almost two weeks and is believed to be in danger, has doubled to $50,000.“There is a tip out there that will break this case; keep them coming in,” Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said in a statement. “Thank you again for the community support behind the law enforcement effort on this case.”Jayme went missing from her home on Oct. 15, the same day her parents were found shot to death.Authorities said on Oct. 26 that the reward amount had been raised “with the help of Jennie-O Turkey Store,” the company that owns a turkey hatchery and processing plant where the missing teen’s parents worked in Barron, Wisconsin.“At this time, I want to thank Jennie-O and all of its employees for their cooperation during this tragic time for them with the loss of two of their employees and their willingness to help bring 13-year-old Jayme home,” Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said in a statement Friday, ABC reported.Doubling of the reward came as a joint funeral service was held at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Cameron, Wisconsin, on Saturday, for Jayme’s parents, Denise and James Closs. Missy Ruffin, who worked with Jayme’s parents at the turkey plant in Barron, expressed her grief.“I just hope they’re at peace,” she said, according to the Star Tribune. “They didn’t hurt nobody. They didn’t bother nobody.”Sheriff Fitzgerald expressed his disbelief at the horrific crime.“I can’t imagine what the family is going through,” he said, “laying two to rest and still one to bring home.”A private burial is scheduled for a later date, according to an obituary posted by Rausch and Steel Funeral Home in Barron.“James loved the Green Bay Packers and the Wisconsin Badgers and getting into conversations on the ‘glory days’ of his high school sports career,” the obituary reads. “Denise loved working with her flowers, feeding her birds, she loved angels and helping everyone, any way she could.”Denise and James Closs were found gunned down in their home in the early hours of Oct. 15. Police had responded to an unusual 911 call where no one spoke. Reports said that a 911 dispatcher heard yelling.Responding officers discovered that “the door has been kicked in,” according to the latest details, and that 13-year-old Jayme was nowhere to be found.No gun was recovered. Police haven’t revealed a motive or a suspect.A Wisconsin sheriff said that officials are searching for two vehicles in the case: a red or orange 2000 to 2014 Dodge Challenger, and a 2006 to 2010 black Ford Edge or a 2004 to 2010 black Acura MDX.  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Share Fitzgerald said at a news conference that officials obtained the new information by looking at surveillance footage from businesses or homes, ABC News reported.Jayme Closs is now leading the FBI’s kidnapping and missing person’s list, as a nationwide search for the teenager continues. The FBI added Jayme Closs, 13, to the missing and kidnapped people, adding a new photo of the girl. (FBI.gov)Anyone with information about her disappearance or whereabouts are urged to contact the Barron County Sheriff’s Office tip line at 715-537-3106. Follow Tom on Twitter: @OZImekTOM Reward for Missing 13-Year-Old Jayme Closs Doubles Amid Funeral for Murdered Parents By Tom Ozimek October 28, 2018 Updated: October 28, 2018 US News QualityAuto 1080p720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video Show Discussionlast_img read more

Kenneth Jackson APTN News Perry Bellegarde was ele

first_imgKenneth JacksonAPTN NewsPerry Bellegarde was elected national chief of the Assembly of First Nations on the second ballot Wednesday after the other candidates accused the federal government of interfering in the outcome.Perry took 328 votes in the second ballot to take more than 60 per cent of the vote to win his second term.But even before the results of the first ballot was announced, candidate Russ Diabo was sounding the alarm on Crown-Indigenous relations Minister Carolyn Bennett meeting with the Alberta caucus of chiefs and proxies early Wednesday.Then after the first ballot was announced four candidates, excluding Bellegarde, took to the stage in the main assembly hall to complain about Bennett.“It’s direct interference by a federal Crown minister in this political process,” said Diabo on the main stage moments after Bellegarde fall short of the votes needed on the first ballot.“She shouldn’t have been anywhere in this building on election day.”Bennett’s office released a statement earlier in the day saying the election never came up and she was invited by the Alberta caucus to address an “issue.”Alberta Regional Chief Marlene Poitras also defended inviting Bennett and said neither the election or any candidate was brought up.“I understand the issue of the recognition act was brought up … and that’s definitely an election issue,” said Diabo referring to the Trudeau government’s Indigenous rights framework that is being developed.Diabo wasn’t in the room at the time, but said members of his campaign were.Candidate Miles Richardson said they couldn’t “condone the interference” of the federal government.“That federal minister coming into our annual assembly and interfering with our vote by meeting with specific groups over this pipeline issue. They have been dividing our people since the beginning of this debate,” said Richardson in reference to the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion that has divided nations and led to mass arrests of people who oppose it.The pipeline was approved by the Trudeau government and is to run next to the old pipeline from Edmonton. Atla, to Burnaby, B.C.Bennett never entered the main hall or voting area but in a side room reserved for the Alberta caucus about an hour before polls opened.APTN News was told at least two of the candidates were consulting with lawyers while the voting on the second ballot was happening. It wasn’t immediately clear what options were available to them.“This is a disgusting display of interference,” said candidate Sheila North, who had the second most votes after the first ballot with 106.“This is another example of how the Liberal party and Perry Bellegarde pat themselves on the back.”Bellegarde also spoke to the issue immediately following the results of the first ballot.He agreed it’s a concern that needed to be addressed but he was trying to get the votes he needed to win on the second ballot.Both Diabo and North were critical of Bellegarde’s relationship with the Liberal government Tuesday in speeches to the chiefs and proxies.Bellegarde defended his record and said the AFN helped influence federal budgets that have seen $17 billion in funding directed to Indigenous people since Justin Trudeau was elected in late 2015.The AFN’s budget under Trudeau also nearly tripled from $13 million to $32 million in the last fiscal year ending March 2018.In concession speeches, only Diabo maintained the election was “tainted” by Bennett. Both Richardson and North congratulated Bellegarde.kjackson@aptn.calast_img read more