A UN committee has told the UK government to produ

first_imgA UN committee has told the UK government to produce an annual progress report on how it is implementing the recommendations of a damning inquiry that found it guilty of “grave and systematic violations” of key parts of the disability convention.The committee of disabled human rights experts concluded last November that the government had violated the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) under the articles on independent living, work and employment, and social protection.But the committee on the rights of persons with disabilities has now made clear that it is not satisfied with the way the UK has responded to that inquiry.In its “concluding observations” on the progress the UK has made across the entire convention, the committee said the government should co-operate closely with disabled people’s organisations on implementing the recommendations made by last November’s inquiry report.And it said the government should provide information to the committee on its progress every 12 months until 2023, when the UK will be examined again on how it has implemented the convention as a whole.At the end of last month’s two-day public examination of the UK’s progress on implementing the convention (pictured), the committee’s chair, Theresia Degener, told the government’s delegation that its cuts to social security and other support for disabled people had caused “a human catastrophe”.And Stig Langvad, the committee member who led the UK examination, said he and his colleagues were “deeply concerned” about the government’s refusal to recognise the findings and recommendations of the committee’s earlier inquiry, and added: “We expect the state party to take the appropriate measures to address the recommendations of our inquiry report.”The concluding observations made sweeping criticisms of the UK government’s failure to implement its treaty obligations across the areas examined by last November’s report.The committee said it was concerned about the impact of government austerity measures, which had had “severe negative economic constraints” on disabled people.It pointed to the negative impact of the introduction of personal independence payment (PIP) on disabled people’s standard of living, and called for a review of the “detrimental impact” of the conditionality and sanctions regime associated with the out-of-work disability benefit, employment and support allowance (ESA).It said the government should carry out a cumulative impact assessment, to assess the overall impact of all the cuts and reforms to social security, and then work with disabled people’s organisations to tackle the fall in disabled people’s standard of living.It also called on the government to reverse both the cut of nearly £30 a week in payments to new claimants of ESA placed in the work-related activity group, and new government regulations that will make it far harder for people with experience of severe mental distress to secure mobility support through PIP.And it raised concerns about the failure to recognise disabled people’s right to live independently, cuts to spending on independent living, a lack of support services, the closure of the Independent Living Fund, and the “fact that many persons with disabilities are still institutionalised and deprived of the right to live independently and being included within the community”.And on employment, the committee said it was concerned about the “persistent employment gap and pay gap” faced by disabled people, the “insufficient” measures taken to prevent discrimination in the workplace, and the controversial work capability assessment, which is used to test eligibility for ESA.Ellen Clifford, a member of the national steering group of Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) – which played a key role in securing the inquiry which led to last November’s report  – welcomed the committee’s call for an annual progress report and “the fact that they pushed back, in spite of the government’s complete dismissal of the inquiry report.“Disabled people are very relieved that the committee stuck to their guns and said this is a very serious question, we are not going to let you get away with dismissing it and we want you to report back again every year.”John McArdle, co-founder of Black Triangle, welcomed the committee’s call for an annual report on the UK government’s response to last November’s inquiry report, which he said would “assist us to keep the rights violations under the spotlight”.He said: “It shows the ongoing sincere concern of the CRPD for what is happening to us in the UK.“It is very heartening but we do not expect the Tory government to do anything other than regurgitate the propaganda that was put before the committee.”Sarah Rennie, from the disabled women’s collective Sisters of Frida, welcomed the call for an annual update, but warned that government reports were “always vague and lack objective evaluation and hard data”.  She said: “We continue to call on the UK government to collect and analyse disaggregated data to strengthen its understanding of the multiple discrimination faced by disabled women from medical care and employment through to domestic violence.”A DWP spokeswoman said: “These concluding observations are the latest part of a standard review process that all member states that ratify the convention go through.“We are considering the full report in the context of cross-government work on disability issues, and will provide further information to ministers in DWP in due course.”She added: “We’re disappointed that this report fails to recognise all the progress we’ve made to empower disabled people in all aspects of their lives, and our ongoing commitment to furthering the rights of disabled people.“Almost 600,000 disabled people have moved into work over the last four years and we spend over £50 billion a year to support disabled people and those with health conditions – more than ever before, and the second highest in the G7*.“The UK is a recognised world leader in disability rights and equality, which is why we supported the development of the UN convention.“The UK has some of the strongest equalities legislation in the world, including the Equality Act 2010, and we will continue to make sure that these rights are protected.“This government believes that a disability or health condition should not dictate the path a person is able to take in life – or in the workplace.“This forms the foundation of our reforms to help disabled people realise their potential in the labour market and wider society.”*The other G7 countries are the USA, Japan, France, Germany, Italy and Canadalast_img read more

City to Flooded Residents We Cant Fix Floods

first_imgDespite its best efforts, the city will not be able to offer residents and businesses that suffer repeated flooding and sewer overflows a surefire solution. No matter how much money is spent, public utilities managers said at a meeting last night, a really big storm will still overwhelm the city’s sewer system. “When it’s filled to capacity, no more water can be entered in to the system,” said San Francisco Public Utilities Commission General Manger Harlan Kelly. “Engineers would love to build a bigger system but we’re talking billions of dollars and tearing up the street…We have to work with the system that we have.”San Francisco’s sewer system, most of which is about 100 years old, can process some 500 million gallons of water on a rainy day. Serious storms can bring down much more and in any big storm, 15th and Wawona streets, Cayuga Avenue at Glen Park, and 17th and Folsom streets are prone to flooding because the overflow works its way down from the city’s watershed to the bay and pool there as a result of the city’s topography, utilities staff explained. “This issues is one of those that has been very humbling to me,” said Supervisor David Campos in his remarks at the meeting. “There are limitations in what a governing agency can do [against] nature.” Nevertheless, utilities manager Stephanie Harrison did present three approaches to mitigating the problem. The first would be to construct a $260 million connecting tunnel from 17th and Folsom streets to a bigger, higher-capacity channel tunnel along the city’s eastern edge.  That would move more water away from affected areas, easing the bottleneck that forms in the city’s topographic basins. The catch? That bigger channel tunnel also doesn’t exist yet, and would cost some $800 million to build.Another option, Harrison said, would be to simply widen an existing water pipeline under 17th and Folsom to a 17-foot diameter. Collection boxes and other associated underground infrastructure would also have to be expanded. Unlike a new tunnel, which would simply involve an entry point for tunneling equipment, expanding old infrastructure requires opening up streets,  which means traffic snarls, utility interruptions, and higher construction cost – a total of $200 million. Finally, the city could ask parcel owners for permission to dig out storage tanks under parking lots and other empty spaces to catch some of the stormwater that would otherwise flood the surface. Though it’s the cheapest option in terms of installation, weighing in at just $110 million, staff warned that the tanks would need to be emptied and cleaned of debris after each rainfall.Putting any of these solutions in place would take between five and nine years, with most timelines for completion ending in 2024. It would take until 2017 for the city to even reach a final decision about which approach to take. “If we’re going to spend a lot of money, I want to solve a problem” said Harlan Kelly, general manager of the Public Utilities Commission. He and others also cited extensive planning and review processes in place to assure transparency in the use of taxpayer money.Residents weren’t impressed. “We are not asking you to protect us from flooding [at the surface],” said one resident. “We are asking you to fix your sewer system so it doesn’t overflow.” He said the pipes under 17th and Folsom, toward the end of the system, simply need to be made proportional to the combined capacity of upstream pipes. “It’s a little more complicated than that,” said Kelly. “I don’t think so,” the resident shot back. “What a joke,” said Blane Bachelor, a Cayuga Avenue resident. “There’s a section of residents in three districts bearing the brunt of the city’s crap.” Bachelor is one of the core members of Solutions not Sandbags, a group whose mission is to push the Public Utilities Commission toward major sewer improvements rather than short-term fixes. The latter are in ample supply – the city encourages residents to elevate their buildings, clean their drains, and purchase flood insurance (though residents objected that flood insurance rarely covers sewage back flow, which has damaged several homes). It also offers a program for reimbursing residents who install back flow preventers, flood barriers and other devices. At Thursday’s meeting, they announced plans to test interlocking modular flood walls around the southwest corner of 17th and Folsom streets, to keep water from flooding off the streets and into the below-grade yards of Hans Art auto shop and Stable Cafe.  “Is that the best they could come up with, the barriers?” asked Lisa Dunseth, who has not fallen victim to flooding but is also growing impatient with the city’s lack of major sewer improvements. She arrived at the meeting with a binder full of documents detailing plans to improve the sewer system under 17tha and Folsom streets – from in 1964. “In 1964, plans were made to fix the system. Now it’s 2015 and we have sewer flooding and now we’re going to have it streaming down our sidewalks instead,” she said.Malcolm Davis, who owns the building that houses Stable Cafe and works upstairs, said he had been told that a basin under the 17th and Folsom parking lot that is slated to become a city park had been taken off the table. At Thursday’s meeting, it was brought up again. “Really, if they lowered that piece of land by four feet, it could stop flooding in the area,” Davis said. “It feels like turning a huge ship.” 0%center_img Tags: Business • rain • real estate • water Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

Family of Man Killed in 22nd St Fire Sues Landlord

first_imgA fire investigation later indicated that the fire likely originated at some wiring inside a third-floor wall. In an answer to the complaint, landlord Hawk Ling Lou’s attorneys wrote that the family failed to state sufficient facts to make a claim, and that the death was not the result of any negligence on Lou’s part, and that Orellana’s own negligence was to blame. The answer also suggests that if there were defects, the tenant failed to notify the landlord in a timely manner to get the conditions repaired. It also says that the case is past its statute of limitations. It’s too early to tell whether the case will settle or go to trial – trials for the other five cases brought against Lou regarding the fire are set to begin in June of next year. Tags: 22nd Street fire • Fires • housing Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% 0%center_img Family members of Mauricio Orellana, a 38-year-old man killed in the January 28, 2015 fire at 22nd and Mission streets that displaced dozens of businesses and more than 60 tenants, have brought a wrongful death lawsuit against the property’s owner and management company.In the suit, filed in November by Orellana’s cousin Fernando Artiga on behalf of Orellana’s six siblings, alleges that the management company, fire systems company, and landlord failed to maintain the building in fire safe condition. That situation, they allege, lead to Orellana’s death.“The above-described fire and resulting damages that Decedent was subjected to is of a kind that does not normally occur unless someone was negligent,” the suit claims.According to reports from tenants after the fire, Orellana rented a closet or a closet-sized room in a one-bedroom apartment of the third floor. The night of the fire, he was likely caught unawares by the fire (as were many other tenants) because no alarms sounded. By the time firefighters reached him, Orellana’s heart had stopped. last_img read more

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Shallotte man killed after being struck by a car along highway 17

first_img The chief deputy coroner reports that Hill, who is 27, died at the scene from multiple traumatic injuries.The South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating. HORRY COUNTY, SC (WWAY) – Horry County’s Chief Deputy Coroner says Demontray Hill of Shallotte died from his injuries after being hit by a vehicle Sunday morning.The incident happened around 3:30 in the morning along the Northbound side of Highway 17 in Little River.- Advertisement – last_img

Rocky Point man killed in crash near Laney High School

first_img Sgt. M.W. King of the NC Highway Patrol says Maximino Lopez, 53, of Rocky Point was driving a Dodge Neon and heading south on N. College Road, when Hunter Jolley, 20, of Mooresboro, crossed the center line and hit him head on.Lopez was pronounced dead at the scene.Jolley was charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle and driving left of center. Sgt. King says there were no signs of impairment.Related Article: Highway Patrol investigating fatal hit-and-run near CalabashJolley was not taken to the hospital.Trooper M.A. Minshew is still investigating the crash. NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — One man died in an early morning crash in New Hanover County.It happened around 6:30 a.m. on N. College Road near Laney High School.- Advertisement – last_img read more

18Wheeler towed from Market Street after snow fall

first_img18-Wheeler being towed after the snow fall in Wilmington (Photo: Jenna Kurzyna/WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Traffic on Market Street in downtown Wilmington was tied up for a little while this morning as an 18-wheeler got stuck at the intersection of 3rd and Market and had to be towed out.That’s a good reminder that no matter how big or powerful your vehicle is you can still get stuck on icy roads.last_img

Hampstead man guilty of involuntary manslaughter in 2015 shooting

first_img A jury of nine women and three men reached a verdict at 3:57 p.m. Thursday after deliberating since Wednesday afternoon. Superior Court Judge Josh Willey sentenced Westberg to a minimum of 12 months and no more than 24 months in prison and mandatory alcohol counseling. The length of the sentence will be determined by the North Carolina Department of Correction.Westberg’s lawyer, Rick Miller, asked the judge to sentence Westburg to probation with no jail time. Miller argued Westberg is an honorably discharged combat veteran with no criminal record. He said sending Westberg to jail would only punish his two children.Click here to read more from StarNewsOnline. BURGAW, NC (StarNewsOnline) — A Hampstead man was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter by a Pender County jury Thursday in a June 2015 shooting death of his friend.Dennis Westberg, 37, shot and killed Larry Joshua Goodson, 35, at Westberg’s Moores Landing Road home in Hampstead.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Rival team drives hours to support New Hanover High after Florence

first_img00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — There’s nothing quite like the spirit of sportsmanship. One set of athletes reached out a helping hand to one school in our area.Athletes from Crest High School traveled for more than six hours to New Hanover High School to bring donations for students impacted by Hurricane Florence. Crest High lost to New Hanover’s baseball team for the state championship but Crest High School football player Nate Blanton says that shouldn’t stop an act of kindness, it should fuel it.Which is why he asked his coach to help.- Advertisement – “We always do service projects and I contacted him the night that I thought of it and asked if he would want to help me do it and he thought it was a great idea. And so we started planning that night and we asked our school, a lot of the churches around our town, they all pitched in and did a real great job helping us gather supplies,” Branton said.“There’s people that still don’t have power at their houses, there’s people that don’t have a roof over their houses, people that can’t even eat. They rely on school meals to eat. So this alone just the food, the supplies, the clothes makes a huge huge difference in our community,” New Hanover High school baseball player Alex Sniffen said.After bringing all the supplies, the two teams got lunch together and went to the homecoming game for New Hanover.last_img read more

I will continue working in defence of the people – Casa

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> Head of Delegation and PN MEP candidate David Casa said that the only assurance he could give to PL Head of Delegation and PL MEP candidate Alfred Sant was that nothing will stop him from working in defence of the people living on Malta and Gozo.Casa was referring to comments made by Sant during Xarabank, when the PL candidate asked Casa for assurances that he would support Prime Minister Joseph Muscat’s nominations for EU institutions.Casa said that he could only guarantee one thing, that nothing ‘will stop him from working in defence of the people’.‘MEPs have the power to change EU laws’  – AgiusPN MEP hopeful Peter Agius said that MEPs have the power to change EU legislation describing it as ‘extraordinary’.Commenting on Facebook, Agius said that he had witnessed the benefits of having competent individuals elected to the European Parliament and spoke about the art of persuasion. WhatsAppcenter_img SharePrintlast_img read more

RIM unveils Blackberry Torch 9800

first_imgAdvertisement  Meanwhile, RIM is scrambling to deal with suspicion from foreign governments threatened by the very thing that’s made the phones such a success in the corporate market — the assurance that a user’s e-mail is private.The United Arab Emirates announced over the weekend that it would block BlackBerry e-mail, messaging and Web browsing services starting in October because authorities don’t have enough access to communications from the devices. India is also pressuring the company for more access, but isn’t explicitly threatening a shutdown. – Advertisement – The conflicts pit national security against corporate security, and BlackBerry is caught in the middle. The company is closemouthed about the issue, hoping that quiet negotiations will resolve it, as it has in the past. At the same time, it is reassuring corporate customers that their e-mails are safe from snooping foreign governments.RIM, which is based in Waterloo, Ontario, sold its 100 millionth BlackBerry this year. It’s still the most popular smart phone in the U.S., ahead of the iPhone. It’s been holding its own against Apple Inc.’s phone, but in the last year, a new challenger has zoomed out of nowhere to put a dent in its market share: Google Inc.’s Android software, used by several phone manufacturers, including HTC Corp. and Motorola Inc.last_img read more

Chrome for iOS adds Facebook Google sharing

first_imgAdvertisement While this may seem like a fairly inconsequential addition to the app, it makes sharing much quicker and easier. Other changes sees problems with blank pages appearing in Incognito mode addressed and other issues that have been reported by users have also been fixed.Other changes that have been made to the app are mostly bug fixes and performance improvements. Problems with sync sign in are now accompanied by ‘more actionable’ error messages and problems with language detection during the welcome tour have also been addressed.Source: BetaNewslast_img read more

New iPhone and iPad expected on March 21st

first_imgAdvertisement A number of press invites have been sent out by Apple today, for an event slated to take place on March 21 at the company’s Cupertino headquarters in California.Apple has not shared what the event is highly  rumored that the giant is planning to unveil a 4-inch iPhone 5se at the event.It is also expected to launch a 9.7-inch iPad Pro, which will be a smaller version of the existing 12.9-inch iPad Pro. – Advertisement – One of the speculations is that Apple will also unveil  new MacBooks and Apple Watch tweaks.We will keep you updated in case any details come in.last_img read more

Read Receipts Comes to Twitters Direct Messages

first_imgImage Credit: ABC News Advertisement Micro-blogging website, Twitter Inc. in an announcement made on it’s official Twitter account, brings read receipts to its Direct Messages (DMs), letting twitter users send private messages and the time will be shown alongside a tick, to represent that the recipient has read the post.The feature is turned on by default, but you can disable it by going to Settings >> Privacy and Safety/Content >> slide/tick the Send/Receive read receipts to the left or right.“When someone sends you a Message, people in the conversation will know when you’ve seen it. If you turn off this setting, you won’t be able to read receipts from other people.” – Advertisement – Tech blog, Wired reports that, the changes were rolled out in twitter’s latest app update and users who have the feature will be notified of the change by an on-screen pop-up message when they open their DMs.New! Direct Messages are more dynamic than ever with read receipts, typing indicators, and web link previews. pic.twitter.com/VEU92V5Gqj— Twitter (@twitter) September 8, 2016Other new updates include; typing indicators and Web link previews.last_img read more

Pardew between rock and hard place

first_imgNewcastle v Man CityCapital One Cup7.45pm LIVE ON SKYBOTH TEAMS LOOKING TO BOUNCE BACKNewcastle boss Alan Pardew has a dilemma tonight. How much of a first team side does he want to select for the Carling Cup fourth-round tie against Man City in the knowledge that he has a Premier League game against Chelsea fast approaching on Saturday.Both Newcastle and Man City come here on the back of defeats in the Premier League but there’s no doubting Man City’s far superior record over the Toon.Man City have won the last eight meetings and are unbeaten in 14 (W12, D2) since Newcastle won 1-0 at home in the Premier League in September 2005.HEAD TO HEAD RECORD (Max last 10 only)Aug 2013 Premier Man City 4-0 NewcastleMar 2013 Premier Man City 4-0 NewcastleDec 2012 Premier Newcastle 1-3 Man CityMay 2012 Premier Newcastle 0-2 Man CityNov 2011 Premier Man City 3-1 NewcastleDec 2010 Premier Newcastle 1-3 Man CityOct 2010 Premier Man City 2-1 NewcastleJan 2009 Premier Man City 2-1 NewcastleOct 2008 Premier Newcastle 2-2 Man CityJan 2008 Premier Newcastle 0-2 Man CityNewcastle team (from): Krul, Elliot, Debuchy, Williamson, Good, Yanga-Mbiwa, Santon, Dummett, Tiote, Anita, Cabaye, Marveaux, Sissoko, Ben Arfa, Sammy Ameobi, Bigirimana, Obertan, Vuckic, Cisse, Remy, Gouffran, Shola Ameobi.Man City team (from): Pantilimon, Hart, Wright, Zabaleta, Richards, Kompany, Lescott, Nastasic, Boyata, Demichelis, Garcia, Kolarov, Clichy, Navas, Milner, Nasri, Silva, Toure, Fernandinho, Aguero, Negredo, Dzeko, Jovetic, Lopes.Sergio Aguero has scored in his last four matches, and has nine goals in his last seven appearances.It should be safe to assume there will again be goals between these two sides and also safe to assume Man City will dominate. Man City (-1) at around 6/4 with Star Sports looks the call.STAR FORECAST(stake between 0.5 and 10 points)6 points win MAN CITY (-1) around 6/4 IT IS FERGIE TIMESir Alex Ferguson’s memoir has set a new record for the fastest-selling non-fiction book.Released last week, figure’s show My Autobiography has echoed the 71-year-old’s managerial success with Manchester United by selling 115,547 to date.The hardback book – which has a cover price of £25 – notched up the biggest first week sale for a non-fiction title since official records began 15 years ago.According to industry magazine The Bookseller, the previous record-holder was Delia Smith’s How To Cook: Book Two.That title sold 112,000 copies in its first week, nearly 14 years ago.last_img read more

STARTERS ORDERS Tuesday

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£25 CASH Swansea City v Leeds

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£25 CASH Watford v Spurs

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Rice political scientist available to comment on former Argentine President N

first_imgShareCONTACT: Jessica StarkPHONE: 713-348-6777EMAIL: stark@rice.edu Rice political scientist available to comment on former Argentine President Néstor Kirchner’s death‘His death dramatically changes the 2011 presidential campaign’Rice University political scientist Mark Jones  is available to comment on the unexpected death of former Argentine President Néstor Kirchner and the impact it will have on the political landscape of Argentina. Kirchner served as president from 2003 to 2007, and his wife, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, currently holds the office. Jones provided the following commentary for attribution in news reports.“Former President Néstor Kirchner’s untimely passing was completely unexpected and dramatically changes the dynamics of the 2011 presidential campaign, in which Kirchner was expected to be the candidate for the governing Front for Victory. “Given President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner’s reliance on her husband for managing her government’s political operations, Néstor Kirchner’s death may also result in important changes in the political approach and strategies pursued by President Fernández de Kirchner during the final year of her current term in office.Jones, who is Rice’s Joseph D. Jamail Chair in Latin American Studies, professor and chair of political science and fellow in political science at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, can conduct interviews in English or Spanish and may be reached by contacting Jessica Stark at stark@rice.edu or 713-348-6777. AddThislast_img read more

CityBusters battle illness on public transit

first_imgCityBusters battle illness on public transitRice University students work with Houston METRO to sterilize air, kill pathogens on busesHOUSTON – (April 26, 2012) – The best place to enjoy a breath of fresh air may be a city bus, if Rice University students have their way. A team of graduating seniors has created a system for public transit that would continually clear the air of pathogens that can lead to tuberculosis (TB), flu and pneumonia.The CityBusters – Joseph Spinella, Jerry Lue, Sundeep Mandava, Grace Ching and Shidong Chen, all seniors – have installed a $500 device on a METRO bus in Houston that has proven effective at killing 99.8 percent of the pathogens that circulate through the air-filtering system. The device, called FluProof, incorporates high-powered ultraviolet lamps that sterilize the air on the fly.Spinella said research by others has suggested that buses, being enclosed public spaces, can provide an environment for the spread of TB and other diseases. “These are closed spaces where people are in close proximity, and you have an active air-conditioning system that’s continually mixing up the air and spreading it to all the passengers,” he said.The Rice project stemmed from the results of a study called the Houston Tuberculosis Initiative (HTI). Researchers worked from 1995 to 2004 to identify patterns of transmission in the region that – though the disease is still rare – has the second-largest TB population in the nation. They were surprised to find a correlation between riders of city buses and cases of tuberculosis. A study published last fall in the journal Tuberculosis put numbers to the risk by pointing out that some routes, particularly long ones, indicated a higher number of cases of the disease.The lead author of the HTI study prompted the Rice project when she decided to act on the research results. “We found we had a problem on the buses in Houston,” said Marsha Feske, a former graduate student at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and research fellow at The Methodist Hospital Research Institute. She is now an epidemiologist at the global biosciences company Becton Dickinson. “Knowing Rice had some expertise in tuberculosis, I contacted Maria Oden to see if the university could help.”Oden, a professor in the practice of engineering education and director of Rice’s Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen, pitched the idea to students looking for capstone design projects, which are required of all senior engineering majors at Rice. Five took on the challenge.With Feske, Oden and Rice bioengineering lecturer Matthew Wettergreen as advisers and METRO staffers offering technical help, the team came up with a streamlined system that falls well within the ability of a METRO bus to power it while surpassing even their own stringent requirements that FluProof kill 99 percent of airborne pathogens.The CityBusters team installed a unit on a working METRO bus and demonstrated it during the annual George R. Brown School of Engineering Design Showcase, held during Rice’s UnConvention open house April 12. “We have two lamps installed, one on each side,” said team member Lue as he stood at the back of the bus and pointed to one of the units above the seats. The unit was visibly glowing through a transparent cover. “All the air passes through both lamps from an overhead duct. Any air that’s exposed to the light will be sterilized, and any pathogens will be killed,” he said. “The overall design is fairly simple, but it does what it needs to do.”“Our design has a couple of unique features,” Spinella said. “We used reflective aluminum to line the inside of the ducts, which doubles the intensity of the UV lamps. We also used an air-flow sensor so that when the bus is running and air is flowing normally, we can be sure the lamps are on. When the air isn’t moving, the lamps turn off for power efficiency.”Tests on the FluProof-equipped bus included both UV intensity analysis and microbial air sampling. “When we cultured the air samples gathered from our bus, we discovered zero bacterial colonies,” Spinella said. “That was even less than what you would see in outside air, and much less than in a bus without our system installed.”Team members have filed for a patent on FluProof and hope to commercialize it. In the meantime, METRO will keep tabs on their progress.“When the opportunity arose to partner with Rice University and the students, we said, ‘We’re on board,’” said Andrew Skabowski, senior vice president of service delivery for Houston METRO. “We’ve been a facilitator, more than anything. All the engineering work was done by the students, and they were excellent. They worked very hard.“We want to do anything we can do to improve the environment within a bus for our passengers,” he said. “Cost and reliability are important factors to us, but we’ll take a serious look at whatever they come up with.”After local media reported on the CityBusters project last fall, the Houston Department of Health and Human Services took issue with the finding that bus routes are a risk factor for tuberculosis transmission, as detailed in the HTI study, and issued this statement: “Tuberculosis transmission has never been associated with public transportation. … Transmission of TB is most common among family members and other close associates; casual, irregular contact in a hallway or a bus is very unlikely to cause infection.” The statement noted UV light from sunlight is an effective disinfectant on buses during daylight hours, and that typical public transportation has good mechanical ventilation and frequent door openings.Despite their reservations, city officials also value the work Rice students are doing.“The Houston Department of Health and Human Services always appreciates the contributions of the academic community in preventing the transmission of communicable disease,” said Kathy Barton, chief of public affairs for the department. “The CityBusters initiative is worthy of further investigation, particularly for buses used in longer commuter routes that may have less air exchange due to fewer stops and may have more darkly tinted windows, which reduce the ambient ultraviolet light. Until sick people can be convinced to stay home, there will always be a need for innovative interventions.”-30- ShareSUMMARY: Rice University engineering students, in cooperation with Houston METRO, have designed a system to continually remove pathogens responsible for tuberculosis, flu and pneumonia from city buses.Rice UniversityOffice of Public Affairs / News & Media RelationsEditor’s note: Links to high-definition video and photos for download appear at the end of this release.David Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduMike Williams713-348-6728mikewilliams@rice.edu View a video demonstration of FluProof at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U1HUrM7GBRelated materials:Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen: http://oedk.rice.edu/Team CityBusters: http://oedk.rice.edu/Content/Members/MemberPublicProfile.aspx?pageId=1137258&memberId=5606689Houston Chronicle: http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/article/METRO-TB-link-prompts-search-for-solutions-2395917.phpThe Atlantic: http://www.theatlanticcities.com/commute/2011/11/are-city-buses-making-us-sick/579/Giving TB wheels: Public transportation as a risk factor for tuberculosis transmission: http://www.tuberculosisjournal.com/article/S1472-9792(11)00175-2/abstractIncluding the third dimension: A spatial analysis of TB cases in Houston Harris County: http://www.tuberculosisjournal.com/article/S1472-9792(11)00176-4/abstractHouston METRO: http://www.rideMETRO.org/Photos for download: 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 known for its “unconventional wisdom.” With 3,708 undergraduates and 2,374 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice has been ranked No. 1 for best quality of life multiple times by the Princeton Review and No. 4 for “best value” among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to www.rice.edu/nationalmedia/Rice.pdf. http://news.rice.edu/files/2012/04/BUS-release-3.jpgHigh-powered ultraviolet lamps installed on a Houston bus have proven to kill nearly all of the pathogens that flow through the air conditioning system, according to a student engineering team at Rice University. (Credit: Tommy LaVergne/Rice University)center_img http://news.rice.edu/files/2012/04/BUS-release-2.jpgA team of engineering seniors at Rice University created FluProof to kill pathogens that can spread pneumonia, flu and tuberculosis. A prototype was installed on a Houston METRO bus. (Credit: Tommy LaVergne/Rice University) http://news.rice.edu/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/BUS-release-1.jpgRice University students have designed a system that uses ultraviolet light to clear the air on city buses of pathogens that cause illness. From left: Grace Ching, Jerry Lue, Joseph Spinella, Shidong Chen and Sundeep Mandava. (Credit: Tommy LaVergne/Rice University) FacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThislast_img read more