ST Helens have announced their squad numbers for t

first_imgST Helens have announced their squad numbers for the 2012 Super League season.New signings Lance Hohaia, Anthony Laffranchi (pictured) and Mark Flanagan have been given the number 6, 14 and 15 shirts respectively.Jonny Lomax will wear the iconic number seven shirt whilst Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook is at number 10.Promoted from the Academy set up are Josh Jones, Danny Jones, Joe Greenwood, Anthony Walker and Jordan Hand.The squad:1. Paul Wellens, 2. Ade Gardner, 3. Michael Shenton, 4. Sia Soliola, 5. Francis Meli, 6. Lance Hohaia, 7. Jonny Lomax, 8. Josh Perry, 9. James Roby, 10. Louie McCarthy Scarsbrook, 11. Tony Puletua, 12. Jon Wilkin, 13. Chris Flannery, 14. Anthony Laffranchi, 15. Mark Flanagan, 16. Paul Clough, 17. Gary Wheeler, 18. Shaun Magennis, 19. Andrew Dixon, 20. Lee Gaskell, 21. Tommy Makinson, 22. Jamie Foster, 23. Scott Hale, 24. Nathan Ashe, 25. Carl Forster, 26. Josh Jones, 27. Danny Jones, 28. Joe Greenwood, 29. Anthony Walker, 30. Jordan Hand.Saints Chairman Eamonn McManus said: “This is a squad which can excite the fans and compete for silverware in equal measure.“It will grace Langtree Park and the new season ahead is going to be sensational for our fans.“Its composition again is a testament to our youth development and the international class players which it is producing year on year. This is the aspect which gives us all at the Club pride and satisfaction and let’s look to top it off with silverware in this historic season for the Club.”You can pre-order the 2012 Home Shirt with your favourite player’s name on by clicking here.last_img read more

Be our most important signing and stay with the Sa

Be our most important signing and stay with the Sa

first_imgBe our most important signing and stay with the Saints in 2018.Last season was a dramatic one with Justin Holbrook steering the side to within a couple of seconds of the Grand Final. The squad will be using that heart-break as fuel this year to push for silverware, and backed by some of the best young talent in the game and marquee signing Ben Barba they are well placed to do so.A Membership is your best way of watching your Saints this season and saving on matchday prices… and securing a whole host of other benefits too.And, you could be named our Ultimate Fan too.So what you waiting for? If you’re a 2017 Member you have until 5pm to secure the best possible price for a 2018 Membership.Click here for prices and how to buy.Be Saints and Proud.last_img

Wilmington business owner says Riverfest hurt weekend revenue

Wilmington business owner says Riverfest hurt weekend revenue

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Riverfest is a popular family fun event that has been going on for over 30 years. The festival offers something for everyone, and gives vendors and local business owners a chance to see more foot traffic.However, while festivals like Riverfest typically benefit the local economy, one Wilmington business owner says the festival hurt his weekend revenue.- Advertisement – Hunter Ford, owner of Momentum Surf and Skate, says tents prevented people from seeing his store. He feels that Riverfest organizers should have followed the same format as the Azalea Festival, and says he was misled about how the tents would be set up.“They did not provide a map of where tents would be located, and did not tell my hourly employee that the traffic would be diverted away from the sidewalks to the middle of the street. They did not mention that our buildings and businesses would not be seen or easily accessible because the backs of the tents would be directly in front of our businesses.”Riverfest President Russ Deats says this was not the intention.Related Article: Starbucks rolls out delivery service for coffee drinkers“It’s certainly not our intent to cost anybody any business. We don’t want to do that. It’s our hope that the festival would bring more business up on Front Street since we’ve got part of the footprint up on Front Street this year, and we’ll continue to strive toward doing that.”Deats was not aware of any other complaints, but Ford says he is not alone.“A lot of other business owners have reached out to me and said, ‘How are you doing today? Because we’re suffering.’”Deats said he planned on personally speaking to Ford and any other business owners that had concerns, but this may not be enough. Although no paperwork has been filed yet, Ford says several business plan on filing suit against Riverfest, Inc. for lost revenue.We will continue to follow this story as new information becomes available.last_img read more

Construction worker missing in Southport

Construction worker missing in Southport

first_img(Photo: Southport Police Department) SOUTHPORT, NC (WWAY) — The Southport Police Department is searching for a missing man who was in town working on a home.David Michael Martin, 55, was last seen on Friday walking in the area of 208 River Drive in Southport.- Advertisement – Police say Martin is from out of town and has been doing construction on a home in the River Drive area. Police say he normally wears work clothes with paint on them.If you know where he is, contact Sgt. Kevin Long or the Southport Police Department at (910) 457-7911.last_img

Pedestrian hit killed by relative in Columbus County

Pedestrian hit killed by relative in Columbus County

first_imgCOLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A woman was hit and killed by a vehicle in Bolton on Saturday morning.According to Sgt. W.B. Ezzell with the State Highway Patrol, Kona Smith, 39, of Bolton was crossing the intersection at Cedar Ave. on NC Highway 211 when she was struck by a 2000 Cadillac Escalade.- Advertisement – Sgt. Ezzell said the Escalade was driven by Eugene Thomas Neal, a relative of Smith.Smith was wearing dark colored clothing when she crossed the highway.Neal is not facing charges.last_img

State questions White Lakes explanation of fish deaths

State questions White Lakes explanation of fish deaths

first_imgCHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina water quality chief says a town misled the public about a fish kill.The Charlotte Observer reported the town of White Lake said this week an algae bloom killed fish in the lake, not the chemical used to treat the algae.- Advertisement – Jim Gregson is deputy director of the North Carolina Division of Water Resources. Gregson asked White Lake this week to correct its statement. He says the stress from low oxygen levels because of the algae combined with the exposure to the chemical used to treat the algae caused the fish deaths.Town spokesman Mike McGill says Gregson told the town last week the chemical was not responsible.The town completed the treatment in time for the 40th annual White Lake Water Festival on Friday and Saturday.Related Article: Judge dismisses claims in H2GO case___Information from: The Charlotte Observer, http://www.charlotteobserver.comlast_img read more

United Way teams up with Nourish NC to feed federal workers

United Way teams up with Nourish NC to feed federal workers

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Several organizations joined forces at Wilmington International Airport to help feed government workers Friday morning.United Way teamed up with Nourish NC to provide food for families of federal employees who are in need at the airport.- Advertisement – United Way is an organization that funds different human service agencies that help people in need. It helps create opportunities in the community that can improve peoples’ lives.“Folks that we’re feeding today are federal employees that work at the airport; so FAA, TSA and other federal employees who have not had a paycheck in some time. We’re looking to provide the families with food,” said CEO and President of The United Way Cape Fear Area Craig Heim.Heim says that any time there are people in need, there are always organizations like United Way ready to step forward and help.last_img read more

Couples say I do for free on Valentines Day

Couples say I do for free on Valentines Day

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Love was in the air in downtown Wilmington Thursday, and a lifetime commitment for some came at a low, low cost.According to Business Insider, the average American wedding costs more than $33 thousand, but eight lucky couples this Valentine’s Day were able to dodge the costs.- Advertisement – The New Hanover County Register of Deeds chose the couples on a first come first serve basis, and treated to a free wedding courtesy of local donors.It’s an annual tradition that was started three years ago.“We always have wedding officiants to offer the services, and they are always very happy to do it at no cost,” said Shannon Zickefoose, the Vital Records Assistant for Register of Deeds.Related Article: Downtown Business Alliance meets ahead of holiday seasonThey also provided plenty of amenities and small wedding gifts.“Tons of restaurants and Thalian Hall and Carolina Opry, tickets to random events, just anything we could get our hands on. We just call and ask and see what we can get,” Zickefoose added.A free wedding saved one couple stuck between a rock and a hard place financially.“Due to Hurricane Florence it took a lot of our funding, so we wasn’t able to get married at the timely fashion that we had planned for,” Newley wed Kareem Nelson said. “We found out it was free today. It kinda helped us out, you know, being that we lost everything we had.”“We’re very thankful,” Robyn Miller, Nelson’s bride said. “We’re actually blessed, because we didn’t know how we was gonna get married, because, like he said, around the time we was initially supposed to get married we got hit with the hurricane, so that set us back.”The Register of Deeds staff says they fully intend to continue the tradition.last_img read more

There should be a public consultation on MaltaGozo link – Delia

There should be a public consultation on MaltaGozo link – Delia

first_imgPartit Nazzjonalista leader Adrian Delia said that the Government should not go ahead with developing the permanent link between Malta and Gozo unless all the related studies are completed and published followed by a public consultation.Delia was presiding over an event during which Gozitan local council candidates were presented. Delia lambasted Muscat saying that the Government had forgotten that it was the PN that had initially mentioned the possibility of a permanent link between the two islands. The Nationalist leader said that Gozo needs serious investment to make the island more accessible, saying that there was no investment in either the fourth ferry or the fast ferry service.Delia reminded that it was during a PN-led government that the local councils were established while referring to recent comments made by Muscat in which he admitted that the local council elections were not his favourite election. The PN leader reiterated that the party was and will remain the party for local councils.The Nationalist leader said that three Administrative Committees, Marsalforn, Xlendi and Santa Luċija will not have their elections in May.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

Europe experiencing crime and corruption emergency – Daphnes family

Europe experiencing crime and corruption emergency – Daphnes family

first_img <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrint #OccupyJustice#OccupyJustice The family of Daphne Caruana Galizia have said that they believe the lack of action to idenfity those responsible for the murders of those trying to expose money laundering activities within Pilatus and the ALBV banks, ‘shows that Europe is experiencing a crime and corruption emergency and it is only a matter of time before someone else is killed.’They outline that because they have been allowed to continue to operate, ‘shows that the EU’s weakest states are facilitating crime throughout Europe’s internal market. The fact that two people attempting to force effective oversight were murdered in well-planned attacks, within less than a year of each other, and that in both cases the people who ordered the murders are still unknown, shows that Europe is experiencing a crime and corruption emergency and it is only a matter of time before someone else is killed.’Read more:Scottish firm implicated in Azeri Laundromat held an account at Pilatus BankMalta washes its hands off PilatusDaphne was investigating dirty money – Il Sole 24 OreFor this reason, the family of murdered journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia say they had filed a Suspicious Transaction Report last month with Latvia’s anti-money laundering authorities in an effort to hold one of its banks to account.The 31-page STR sent to Latvia’s Office for the Prevention of Laundering of Proceeds Derived from Criminal Activity, outlines the names of individuals that Caruana Galizia had been investigating and their connection to a coordinated money laundering network run by the Latvian ABLV Bank.  The family believes that those involved ‘are connected to her subsequent murder.’Much like the efforts of Caruana Galizia to investigate the similarly dubious Pilatus Bank and her eventual coordinated assassination, Latvian lawyer Martin Bunkus had also sought to bring an end to ABLV Bank. Bunkus was latterly murdered ‘in a well-planned attack, just seven months later.’They state that this will be the only way ‘to continue forcing accountability and to activate judicial authorities, though the responsibility for achieving this is not ours alone.’They conclude by saying that ‘We hope that this report brings new evidence to light, helps authorities across Europe bring criminals to justice and helps authorities prevent more murders by taking action to end impunity for the crimes and criminal networks that Daphne Caruana Galizia investigated and exposed. We also hope that others will recognise that they too are able to force accountability and will be inspired to take the necessary action to end impunity and restore the rule of law.’WhatsApplast_img read more

Uber is now available as a Universal Windows 10 app

Uber is now available as a Universal Windows 10 app

first_imgUber’s product team has now upgraded its smartphone only experience into an all-round Window Universal app. Image Credit: Window Scentral Advertisement Uber’s product team has now upgraded its smartphone only experience into an all-round Window Universal app. The app which was earlier locked down to just the smartphone for Windows 10 Mobile users has now evolved to an app that scales to tablets and desktops, powered by Windows 10.The cool bit to note here is that you can now actually call for an Uber ride from your desktop. Microsoft has commented that users will just need to register with their mobile number (like always) on the desktop app and you can book a ride directly from your desktop without the need to touch your Windows 10 powered smartphone.[related-posts]And the cool bits don’t end here. Uber has also included Cortana voice command support, meaning that you can now hail an Uber cab with just your voice. Obviously being a universal app, it works across devices. And the app also gets live tile support to keep users updated with the current status of their cab. – Advertisement – More importantly Uber users with new Windows 10 app also qualify for a free ride (a credit up to $20) if they use the code MSFTWIN10 under the promotions tab.Let’s just hope that this is the first of many Universal Windows apps to come as its high time that developer[First Post]last_img read more

What would happen if Mobile Money was permanently shut down

What would happen if Mobile Money was permanently shut down

first_imgAccording to Bank of Uganda, the value of transactions through Mobile Money at close of 2015 was UGX 32.5 trillion, up from UGX 900 billion. Image Credit: acumen Advertisement Ugandans woke up to a world with no access to social media platforms and Mobile Money services on the day of the 2016 General Elections. Whereas many users installed VPN apps to bypass the restrictions and access their favorite social media sites, it was only until late Sunday 21st that they could access Mobile Money.During this three day shutdown of Mobile Money services, many businesses were hit hard as many of the smaller businesses rely on it for many of their transactions, both for their operations and to receive payments from their customers. Bigger businesses also receive payments by Mobile Money and must have lost some sales during that shut down.The telecoms also incurred heavy losses during this three day shutdown. For example, MTN which is the market leader has an average of UGX 60 billion worth of transactions daily and hence lost the revenue from charges to those transactions during the shutdown. – Advertisement – The question that I ask myself is what if Mobile Money was permanently shut down either due to political reasons like what recently happened or due to an operational or economical hazard?Mobile Money was introduced in Uganda in 2009 and has seen tremendous growth over the years. In 2009, there were at least 1,000 users of mobile money. According to the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC), there about 19.5 million users now, which is almost 53% of Uganda’s population.According to Bank of Uganda, the value of transactions through Mobile Money at close of 2015 was UGX 32.5 trillion, up from UGX 900 billion. Image Credit: staticflickrThe performance of Mobile Money in Uganda has been absolutely spectacular. According to Bank of Uganda, the value of transactions through Mobile Money at close of 2015 was UGX 32.5 trillion, up from UGX 900 billion. The bulk of these transactions are through MTN Uganda which alone has over 60,000 registered agents.Since its introduction in 2009, Mobile Money has fostered economic development through financial inclusion, and has given millions of people access to basic financial services for the first time. Many of these people had been excluded from the commercial banking system because they probably live too far from the bank branches or do not have sufficient funds to meet minimum deposit requirements to open a bank account. In addition the network of Mobile Money agents is widely distributed in locations where it would not be economically viable to open a bank account.Mobile Money has been hailed for its convenience. One can pay for their bills in their comfort of their homes without making unnecessary queues at different offices and also save on transport costs.[related-posts]Abaho Titus a resident of Kiwatule, a Kampala suburb says, “I used to stand in long queues in the banking hall paying for my water and electricity bills. I also used to make weekly deposits in my SACCO in the bank too which was hectic. With Mobile Money all that is done in minutes at my convenience.”“I also pay my children’s school fees using Mobile Money and am able to send money for my parents’ upkeep in Mittoma viilage Bushenyi conveniently and easily,” he added.If Mobile Money were to be shut down, some of the players probably would not survive and would have to exit the industry. Be it the telecom companies or the numerous smaller businesses in the ecosystem that support the Mobile Money system, profitability would be difficult with this revenue stream removed.Uganda Revenue Authority would also lose earnings since the telecom companies are some of the biggest tax payers in the country. In the 2014 budget, the government imposed a tax on all Mobile Money transaction charges, so that would also be lost revenue.In conclusion, Mobile Money has become one of those things that we can’t imagine life without, and measures need to be put in place to prevent arbitrary shut downs and the resulting effects such have on the economy.last_img read more

Local Mobile Apps You Should Consider Having on Your Phone

Local Mobile Apps You Should Consider Having on Your Phone

first_imgAdvertisement Last week we had an article of recognizing some of the local mobile applications here in Uganda. We opened eyes to some of the people that never knew that these applications do exist. So the question is? What are some of these can you have on your phone. We gathered a few of them, hope you find them interesting.1.Utilities: MyMTN and Airtel Money Uganda (Available for Android and iOS) If you’ve one of these or both of them, then you won’t get worried of paying all your utilities in time, whether your far or near. These apps save you from using USSD codes once you’re launch the app, you will be to send money, buy airtime or data or voice bundles, pay your bills, access financial services and so forth. Say buy to USSD!1 of 2 Airtel Money Uganda app. MyMTN app.2.Banking and Finance (All these app are available on App stores) In this category, we won’t specify any applications. We have noticed that almost all banking institutions have mobile applications. This is one way customers/clients are able to withdraw, deposit money on their accounts minus s/he going to the bank or ATM. – Advertisement – Thus, you should consider having a mobile application for your bank for easy transactions.3.News and Blogs: Uganda Newspapers and PC Tech (Available for Android OS) If you want to be updated on what is happening around the country [in and out], you ought to have these applications with. Everyone loves to be kept updated. Uganda Newspapers feteches all its news from; Observer, Daily Monitor, Redpepper, Big Eye, Uganda Diaspora, Etop, Kawowo Sports, Orumuri, Rupiny, Chimp Reports, East African, Dignited, Bukedde, Investigator, New Vision and so forth.However, for anything related with technology, we advise you to have the Pc Tech app. You will be updated with all the latest tech news around the world.[related-posts]4.Market Place: Jumia Market, Jumia Food and Yoza (Available for Android and iOS) One of the applications you ought to have on your phones is a market place application. We have several of them like; OLX, Jumia House [previously known as Lamudi]. Set back and order for your product or service at your convenient place. If you don’t feel like preparing a meal today, your can order for your meal with Jumia Food [previously known as HelloFood], and it will be delivered at your door-step. Same applies to Jumia Market [previously known as Kaymu], do all your shopping online and on deliver.Alright, you have no time to do laundry, this is Yoza’s opportunity to do this for you, have the app on your phone and get your laundry done for you.1 of 3 Jumia Market Yoza Yoza5.Education: MUK thru and BrainShare* (Available for Android, * is also available on Windows store) MUK thru is a Makerere University mobile app for providing academic news around the campus, big events in the country. The app also gives performance evaluation part where students enter their marks per semester and their CGPA is calculated and stored along with their marks, and a graph to compare with the second class lower CGPA mark is plotted accordingly.The app is for all audiences including none Makerere University students.As for BrainShare you can discover fun in learning by attempting their fun filled online assessment, accessing past papers, class notes and collaborating with fellow students and expert teachers.1 of 3 Muk Thru BrainShare BrainSharelast_img read more

STARTERS ORDERS Saturday

STARTERS ORDERS Saturday

first_imgWhat’s your view?CALL STAR SPORTS ON 08000 521 321 [dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Saturday 21 MarchRACING2.30 FontwellStar Presenter 11/10 > 10/112.50 KelsoRacing Europe 11/2 > 4/13.35 BangorLong Lunch 7/1 > 3/13.45 NewburyStorm Force Ten 3/1 > 15/84.20 NewburyThe Unit 6/1 > 7/24.40 Gowran ParkEllaway Rose 7/1 > 9/2LIVE FOOTBALL12.15pm SKY21/20 Bournemouth 11/4 Middlesbrough 12/5 DRAW12.45pm BT SPORT1/3 Man City 9/1 West Brom 4/1 DRAW5.30pm SKY5/6 West Ham 7/2 Sunderland 5/2 DRAW(All prices subject to fluctuation)last_img

STARTERS ORDERS Sunday

STARTERS ORDERS Sunday

first_imgWhat’s your view?CALL STAR SPORTS ON 08000 521 321 [dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Sunday 15 NovemberRACING12.45 FontwellElement Quartet 10/1 > 6/112.55 CorkSt Stephens Green 4/1 > 3/1FOOTBALLLeague Two14:30 Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 1 HD10/11 Portsmouth 3/1 AFC Wimbledon 5/2 DRAW(All prices subject to fluctuation)last_img

STARTERS ORDERS Friday

STARTERS ORDERS Friday

first_imgWhat’s your view?CALL STAR SPORTS ON 08000 521 321 [dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Friday 10 June RACING MOVERS2.45 Newton AbbotOne For The Boss 9/1 > 9/27.50 GoodwoodSecond Serve 4/1 > 9/48.50 ClonmelKaty P 7/4 > evensANTE-POSTCaravaggio (Coventry) 3/1 > 9/4EURO 2016TODAYUEFA EURO 2016 Group A20:00 ITV / ITV HD4/11 France 10/1 Romania 7/2 DRAWSATURDAYUEFA EURO 2016 Group A14:00 BBC One / BBC One HD9/2 Albania 5/6 Switzerland 12/5 DRAWUEFA EURO 2016 Group B17:00 BBC One / BBC One HD / S4C / S4C HD15/8 Wales 15/8 Slovakia 2/1 DRAWUEFA EURO 2016 Group B20:00 ITV / ITV HD10/11 England 7/2 Russia 12/5 DRAW(All prices subject to fluctuation)last_img read more

STARTERS ORDERS Wednesday

STARTERS ORDERS Wednesday

first_imgHORSE RACING2.25 LingfieldBizet 7/2 > 9/42.35 YarmouthMarilyn 6/1 > 4/13.35 LingfieldHearty 5/2 > 6/43.45 YarmouthFirst Voyage 3/1 > 2/15.50 LingfieldWardy 3/1 > 9/4BET WITH STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321 [dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Wednesday 12 Julylast_img

Environmental Conference to Examine Population Issue

first_imgShareCONTACT: Lia Unrau PHONE: (713)831-4793E-MAIL: unrau@rice.edu RICE ENVIRONMENTAL CONFERENCE TO EXAMINE POPULATIONISSUEHuman population and sustainabilityis the topic of the seventh annual Rice Environmental Conference, which will beheld Feb. 6, 1999, at Rice Memorial Center on campus.The conference, “How Many is Too Many? Human Population and theSustainability of Our Planet,” is free and open to the public. Conference events include keynote speaker Judith Jacobsen, aU.S. delegate to the 1994 United Nations Conference on Population in Cairo, andthree panel discussions debating different facets of overpopulation. Paneltopics include women and population, religion and population, and population asan environmental issue.The conference will open with remarks by Nobel laureate andRice chemist Richard Smalley. The day’s events will also feature a career fairand expo as well as the winners of a student paper competition.The conference goal is to inform Houston citizens and sparkdebate in the environmental community. The conference strives to encourageopen-minded debate, and, as such, the Rice students who organize and manage theconference are committed to presenting as many diverse viewpoints on each topicto conference attendees as possible.In years past, the student-run conference has hosted speakerssuch as “Ishmael” author Dan Quinn and Texas land commissioner GarryMauro.Conference events for students only begin on the afternoon ofFeb. 5 as the culmination of “Get Trashed Week,” a weeklong function on the Ricecampus to raise environmental awareness. For example, students are asked to saveall the nonrecyclable waste that they generate for a contest to see whichstudent can use the least amount of trash, with the weigh-in occurring thatafternoon.Rice Environmental Conference Feb. 6 Schedule of Events10 a.m. Opening Remarks–Richard Smalley, Nobel laureate andthe Gene and Norman Hackerman Professor of Chemistry and professor of physics atRice University10:30 a.m. Panel: Women and Population11:30 a.m. Panel: Religion and Population 12:30 a.m. Paper Contest presentations1 p.m. Lunch and career fair and expo2 p.m. Keynote Speaker–Judith Jacobsen, U.S. delegate to the1994 United Nations Conference on Population in Cairo3 p.m. Panel: Population as an Environmental Issue4 p.m. Future Studies Presentation4:30 p.m. Closing RemarksFor more information or to register, contact student organizersKathleen Corr at (713) 630-8007, kcorr@rice.edu; or AlexBain at (713) 630-8128.### AddThislast_img read more

Children of married parents less likely to be obese

first_imgAddThis ShareDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduAmy Hodges713-348-6777amy.hodges@rice.eduChildren of married parents less likely to be obeseHOUSTON – (May 22, 2013) – Children living in households where the parents are married are less likely to be obese, according to new research from Rice University and the University of Houston.“Childhood obesity is a significant public health issue in our country, with nearly one-third of all U.S. children ages 2-17 overweight or obese,” said Rachel Kimbro, study co-author, associate professor of sociology at Rice and director of Rice’s Kinder Institute Urban Health Program. “Despite this, very little research has been conducted to explore the impact of family structure on this epidemic.”In a recent edition of the Journal of Applied Research on Children: Informing Policy for Children at Risk, research by Kimbro and colleagues shows that children living in a traditional two-parent married household are less likely to be obese (17 percent obesity rate) than children living with cohabitating parents, who have a 31 percent obesity rate. The obesity rate is also higher for children living with an adult relative (29 percent), single mother (23 percent) and cohabitating stepparent family (23 percent). The study did not evaluate children of same-sex couples, due to lack of available data. The higher rates for nontraditional parent families were observed even after the researchers accounted for factors associated with childhood obesity, including diet, physical activity and socio-economic status.The exception to this finding was children living with single fathers or in married stepparent households, who had an obesity rate of 15 percent.“Previous research has shown that single-father households tend to have more socio-economic resources than single-mother households,” Kimbro said. “And since socio-economic status is the single greatest predictor of health, it serves to explain why children in single-father households may be less likely to be obese.”The study, “Family Structure and Obesity Among U.S. Children,” examined the obesity rates of children living in traditional and nontraditional family structures in the U.S. The research sample of 10,400 children comes from the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study–Birth Cohort, a nationally representative study of U.S. children and their families designed to provide information on children’s development.Data collection for the study began in 2001. The primary caregivers of the children participated in the first wave of the in-home interviews when their children were approximately 9 months old. Data was subsequently collected when the children were 2 years old, in preschool (approximately age 4) and in kindergarten. The sample included children from diverse socio-economic, racial and ethnic backgrounds as well as an oversample of Asian, Pacific Islander, Alaska Native, American Indian, twins and low-birth-weight children. Forty-six percent of the children were racial or ethnic minorities, 25 percent were poor and 16 percent of the children had mothers without high school diplomas.The interviews included assessments of the children’s height, weight and other measures of development, such as cognitive functioning. The children were organized in eight mutually exclusive categories designed to account for the children’s current family structure and the one they were born into.The authors hope their research will inspire future studies of nontraditional family structures and their impact on health and weight.“For reasons we cannot fully measure, there appears to be something about people who marry and have a child that is fundamentally different than the other groups, and these factors are also linked to children’s weight,” Kimbro said.“Our hope is that this research will encourage further exploration of this topic,” said Kimbro’s co-author, Jennifer Augustine. “There is substantial research on how family structure matters to other domains of children’s development, yet little research on why marriage and other family structure types might matter for children’s obesity.”Kimbro and Augustine have already begun to lead this charge with a new project that examines the household-level processes associated with different family structures that may explain differences in young children’s risk of obesity.The research was funded by Rice University and the University of Houston. The study appears online at http://bit.ly/XVEWYk.-30-For more information, contact David Ruth, director of national media relations at Rice, at 713-348-6327 or david@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:Rice University Department of Sociology: http://sociology.rice.edu/Rachel Kimbro bio: http://sociology.rice.edu/rkimbro/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 3,708 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 77005last_img read more