The government appears to have scrapped its cross

first_imgThe government appears to have scrapped its cross-departmental disability strategy – which was aimed at “improving the lives of disabled people” – and abandoned any idea of replacing it.The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) yesterday refused to say what had happened to a review of its Fulfilling Potential strategy, which was announced by a minister nearly two years ago.The strategy was supposed to describe the government’s view of “a society where disabled people can realise their aspirations and fulfil their potential”.DWP also refused to comment yesterday when asked if the government still had a disability strategy.The initial stage of Fulfilling Potential was first launched in December 2011, but there have been no updates or progress reports on the strategy on the website of the government’s Office for Disability Issues (ODI) since November 2015.That progress report included Office for National Statistics figures which showed the proportion of disabled people who said they frequently had choice and control over their lives had plunged from 77 per cent in 2010 to just 66 per cent in 2013.One Fulfilling Potential publication stated, in 2013, that the strategy was “about making the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Disabled People a living reality for disabled people in Britain”.But the UN committee on the rights of persons with disabilities delivered its own verdict on that aim last August, when its chair told the UK government that its cuts to social security and other support for disabled people had caused “a human catastrophe”, which was “totally neglecting the vulnerable situation people with disabilities find themselves in”.In July 2016, Nicky Morgan (pictured), at the time the minister for women and equalities, announced that the government would be reviewing the Fulfilling Potential strategy during the summer and autumn of that year.She had been responding to the highly-critical report of a House of Lords inquiry into the impact of the Equality Act on disabled people.Morgan told the committee that she would use its evidence and wider conversations with disabled people to “help shape how we will take the strategy forward until 2020”.But there appear to have been no mentions of the review – or ministerial announcements on the strategy’s future – since Morgan made the announcement.And when asked this week by Disability News Service (DNS) whether the government still had a disability strategy, a DWP spokeswoman appeared to suggest there no longer was one.She said: “Disability in the UK is mainstreamed. This means that, whilst we promote disability issues across government, every department is ultimately responsible for considering disability in the development and implementation of policies.“This responsibility is made clear through the legislative duties placed on all public bodies via the public sector equality duty in the Equality Act 2010, and the Northern Ireland Act 1998 in Northern Ireland.”When asked what had happened to the review of the strategy, she said: “We are committed to improving the lives of disabled people and increasing their participation in society.“The Lords select committee and other reports have highlighted that disabled people expect different outcomes to the ones in 2013 for Fulfilling Potential, and we continue to explore ways of ensuring that disability rights are a reality for all disabled people.”When DNS asked her to clarify what she meant by that answer, she refused to comment further.And when asked if her answers meant the government no longer had a disability strategy, she again refused to comment.In January 2017, DNS reported that the government had failed to provide updated annual figures that could have exposed the failure of Fulfilling Potential, since ONS statistics showed in 2015 that the proportion of disabled people with choice and control over their lives had fallen from 77 per cent in 2010 to 66 per cent in 2013.The questions were asked by ONS on behalf of DWP, but no updated figures appear to have been collected.The government promised that new figures showing how disabled people’s experiences had changed would be published in 2016, but no fresh figures were ever published.In January 2017, DWP said that it had decided not to publish updated figures “after taking account of feedback from disabled people’s organisations”.When asked which disabled people’s organisations had provided this feedback, DWP said in a freedom of information response to DNS that it “came from individual stakeholder discussions which were not formally minuted”.It said in its January 2017 response that it was working instead on replacing these figures with “a series of work and health indicators”.There were concerns in 2017 that the government had failed to publish updated figures because they would demonstrate that cuts to spending in areas such as social care and disability benefits were having a damaging effect on disabled people’s right to independent living, and their access to education, housing, transport and other services.When asked whether this was why publication of the figures had been scrapped, the DWP spokeswoman said yesterday: “No. We spend over £50 billion a year to support disabled people and those with health conditions – more than ever before.“This figure is set to rise annually until the end of this parliament.”last_img read more

JON Wilkin was pleased with Saints start to the ne

first_imgJON Wilkin was pleased with Saints start to the new season but says they need to remain focused.The second rower was part of the side that beat Warrington 38-8 on Thursday.“It was a good performance but you can’t read much into the opening round of the year,” he said. “We wanted to start well and we did. There’s no use projecting about this team and where we can go though. I have been in teams that have been fancied before and we haven’t done the business.“What we need to do is win as many games as can and get to the big games… that is what very team wants to do.”Wilko was at the hub of a pack that got the better of Warrington’s forwards allowing Luke Walsh to do the damage at 7.“The pack did well,” he continued. “But the challenge for us is when we don’t have as much of the ball. Our size and strength then becomes a weakness as it can mean we aren’t as mobile. We will be paying attention to that in the coming weeks.“With the lion’s share of possession we are as good as any pack in the competition.“Luke Walsh’s contribution to the win can’t be underestimated though. His ruthless attention to the game plan made a lot of difference.“We’ve needed a seven for three four years; Luke is a 7 and I am thankful I don’t have to do it anymore!”Saints next test will come on Friday February 21 when they take on Hull FC.Tickets are now on sale for the clash at the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or by logging on here.last_img read more

Community Match SAINTS TV St Helens Women

first_imgA Leah Burke hat-trick, as well as tries from Lizzie Gladman, Zoe Harris, Emily Rudge and Tara Jones saw our Saints Women comfortably beat our big rivals, Wigan.It took 10 minutes for the Saints to take the lead as a sweeping move from right to left saw both Faye Gaskin and Jodie Cunningham involved before the latter threw a cut-out pass out wide to Burke, who powered her way over the try-line in the left-hand corner to give the hosts the lead. Gaskin’s conversion went wide so the score remained 4-0.The Saints then increased their lead in the 21st minute. Gladman picked up the ball close to the line, before she bulldozed her way over the line. Gaskin converted the try to increase the lead to 10-0 and that is how it remained until the break, with the Saints well deserving of their lead.Wigan looked to respond early on in the second half, but heroic goal-line defending by the Saints Women kept their opponents out and eight minutes into the half, we extended our lead. A smart dummy by Harris close to the line saw a gap open up and she made the most of it, running into the space and touching the ball down under pressure. Gaskin converted to extend the lead to 16-0.Saints then made it scores in back to back sets. A few tackles after the restart, Rudge made a great break, running 50 metres, before breaking a tackle to score underneath the sticks. a great try. Gaskin added the extras in front of the sticks to make it 22-0 with the Saints fully in control.On the hour mark, we were in again. Hooker Jones spotted some space at dummy half and seized the opportunity. Gaskin once again converting the try to make it 28-0.Burke then added her second of the game, fourteen minutes from time. A smart cut out pass from Gaskin down the left-hand side allowed Burke to touch the ball down in the corner. Gaskin’s conversion attempt went narrowly under the sticks, so the score remained 32-0.Saints completed the scoring three minutes from time, with their seventh try of the game. After we won a scrum on the Warriors’ ten metre line, the ball was moved from right to left, with Burke on the overlap to go over in the corner for her hat-trick and in the process secured our progression to the semi-final of the Coral Challenge Cup.Match SummarySaints: Cunningham, Avenell, Williams, B.Stott, L.Burke, Harris, Gaskin, Taylor, Jones, Lovejoy, Birchall, Rudge, Crowl.Interchanges – Gladman, Mullaney, D.Stott, R.Burke.Tries – L.Burke (3), Gladman, Harris, Rudge, Jones.Goals – Gaskin (4 from 7)Wigan: Greenfield, Tully, Temple, Holding, McMullan, Walsh, Harrison, Goodburn, Dwyer, Watson, Sibbald, Speakman, Molyneux.Interchanges – Hall, Dainty, Baggaley, BraggHT – 10-0FT – 36-0last_img read more

CFPUA files lawsuit against Chemours and Dupont

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Chemours is facing another lawsuit in federal court, this one filed by CFPUA.CFPUA announced Monday afternoon that they filed a complaint in federal district court against Chemours and Dupont.- Advertisement – It alleges that the conduct of Chemours and Dupont was “willful and wanton”, meaning that it was done with a reckless regard for the rights and safety of others, which provides a basis for punitive damages.GenX has been the talk of the Port City since June when it was revealed Chemours was discharged the unregulated chemical into the Cape Fear River.The discovery led to a new environmental law and an expanded state scene panel that is taking a closer look at GenX and its potential health effects.Related Article: Attorney General addresses ongoing Chemours litigationThe state has since ordered Chemours to stop discharging GenX into the river.Earlier this month, a Wilmington man filed a class action lawsuit against Chemours.last_img read more

Emergency services training takes handson approach

first_imgEmergency services meeting before training (Photo: Jenna Kurzyna/WWAY) PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Friday was day two of a four day training session where emergency services from across the area could experience real life situations.Pender County Emergency Management is training more than 100 people on how to be prepared for a variety of real life situations that could come their way.- Advertisement – “Oh you always learn something new ya know they put out different scenarios so you see something you’ve not seen before, so it gives you an opportunity to practice later on in case it happens in a real search,” K9 handler Nancy Culberson said.While at the campsite crews were sent out into the woods with a staged scenario to find a opossible lost hunter.“It’s not just like an everyday search that you go out here and train people out here in the field,” Pender County Emergecny Management Director Tom Collins said. “So there’s things we got to deal with one is the elements.”Related Article: First death during Hurricane Florence confirmed in Pender CountyMaking this training unique because of how hands-on and realistic it truly is for both beginners and experts.“We have people who have never participated in a search, so we married them with people that are experienced so it gives them an opportunity that they know what an experienced person does based on someone that’s been trained, but never actually been out on a search,” Collins said.As the training continues participants stay on-site 24 hours a day until practice becomes perfect.Collins said this will help them improve as a whole by giving different emergency services a chance to work together.last_img read more

School districts planning for walkouts on March 14

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Around the country, young people are working to stress the importance of doing more to keep schools free from violence. It’s why many plan to participate in a national school walkout this month, including here in the Cape Fear.Students from two schools in Brunswick County and Hoggard High in New Hanover County plan to walk out of their classrooms March 14. This is one month after the Parkland Massacre. They will be out of class for 17 minutes, one for each of the people killed during the school shooting at Stoneman Douglas High.- Advertisement – Students in New Hanover County will not be punished, to an extent.“No, at this point, we’re not planning on any punishments. Now if you left campus, that would be a different discussion. But if you’re walking out as part of some kind of protest and then back in, I think it’s an opportunity for us, as I said, to have those discussions with students,” Superintendent Tim Markley said.Brunswick County Schools say students will be allowed to participate in the planned protest. Each school will have a designated area which will be monitored by law enforcement during the 17 minutes.last_img read more

Updated Lifeline 25000 Dutch boats may have same problem seriously considering appeal

first_img Claus-Peter Reisch, captain of the humanitarian charity ship MV Lifeline, speaks as he leaves the Courts of Justice accompanied by his lawyers after a court hearing in Valletta, Malta May 14, 2019. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi During his address to the press, the Lifeline Captain Claus-Peter Reisch held up his own Dutch registration for the vessel.He explained that the vessel was registered in Amsterdam but now the Dutch authorities denied this, ‘This is in my opinion, impossible.’He concluded by calling on around 25,000 other applicants for boat registration in Holland to check their registrations, saying they might be having the same problems as the MV Lifeline.‘Check your registration, maybe it’s nothing, it’s not of value.’Claus-Peter Reisch, captain of the humanitarian charity ship MV Lifeline, shows a registration certificate as he speaks outside the Courts of Justice after a court hearing in Valletta, Malta May 14, 2019. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit LupiSeriously considering appealLawyers representing Lifeline captain Claus-Peter Reisch have said that they are ‘seriously considering’ appealing the court’s ruling that the Lifeline vessel was not sailing under the correct registration.Lawyer Cedric Mifsud told reporters outside the law courts in Valletta that Reisch had faced two charges, the first for the proper registration of the vessel and the second for the use of the vessel.Mifsud explained that the court found his client not guilty on the second charge and this was followed with the dismissal of the request for the vessel to be seized by the Maltese state.Read more:Watch: ‘It’s a legal obligation to save those at sea’ – Lifeline CaptainLifeline Captain will receive human rights awardLifeline: Captain to receive judgement after ChristmasWatch: Lifeline: required Dutch authorities documents fail to arrive once againIt was instead the first charge, that of the vessel not sailing under the proper Dutch registration. For this, Claus-Peter Reisch was fined €10,000 which would have to come out of his own pocket.Mifsud said that they will be ‘seriously considering an appeal’ believing that the procedures on registration had been ‘done properly.’He added that it had been a ‘surprise’ to them that the Dutch government had said that the registration had not been the proper one. This he states ‘should not be taken as factual truth’ and instead weighed up against, ‘geopolitical considerations.’  This was especially important when taking into account the testimony given by the Dutch government in court, Mifsud said.The appeal could be sought in the next 8 days, Mifsud added. SharePrint Lifeline co-founder Axel Steier speaks on the phone as he sits near Claus-Peter Reisch, captain of the humanitarian charity ship MV Lifeline, outside the Courts of Justice in Valletta, Malta May 14, 2019. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi Claus-Peter Reisch, captain of the humanitarian charity ship MV Lifeline, walks out of the Courts of Justice after a court hearing in Valletta, Malta May 14, 2019. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi Claus-Peter Reisch, captain of the humanitarian charity ship MV Lifeline, looks on as he walks out of the Courts of Justice accompanied by his lawyers after a court hearing in Valletta, Malta May 14, 2019. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi Claus-Peter Reisch, captain of the humanitarian charity ship MV Lifeline, shows a registration certificate as he speaks outside the Courts of Justice after a court hearing in Valletta, Malta May 14, 2019. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupicenter_img WhatsApp Saving lives is not a crime                              Flanking Reisch’s left, Lawyer Neil Falzon reiterated that they were not happy with the judgment and were seriously considering filing an appeal.However he welcomed the magistrate’s comments reiterated today that ‘saving lives of migrants out at sea is not a crime.’He said that the, ‘statement needs to be echoed loudly across the European Union.’Read more:Watch: EU flag-draped coffin accompanies Lifeline captain to court“I do not feel any guilt after saving 234 migrants” – Lifeline’s captainWatch: Lifeline found guilty over registration; fined €10,000The migrant rescue NGO Lifeline, has been found guilty and fined for not having the proper registration for their vessel.The court ruled that the NGO would have to pay a fine of €10,000 which would be distributed to the Maltese charities; Ursoline Sisters, Dar Emmaus, Dar Merħba Bik & Don Bosco Salesians.The court also explained that the vessel had not been seized because it did not belong to its captain, Claus-Peter Reisch.Reisch had previously been accused of not properly registering the Lifeline vessel and of disobeying the port authorities.Lifeline had been allowed to dock in the Maltese Ports on June 27th following the rescue of 234 people at sea and the ad-hoc agreement reached between eight EU Member states to distribute them. 1 of 6 <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> Lifeline co-founder Axel Steier speaks on the phone outside the Courts of Justice in Valletta, Malta May 14, 2019. 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Nokia introduces dualcharging options

first_imgAdvertisement “The majority of current Nokia devices already support micro-USB based charging; [in the future] this will be the industry standard. In addition, Nokia’s standard 2mm charger will continue to be supported,” a spokesperson said in the blog post.Nokia says that using a micro-USB port for charging, as well as data connections, will make life easier for customers and will reduce waste and the environmental impact of providing a charger with each new handset.“It is good that the concept of the universal charger which will help remove wasteful practices is now coming to market,” Greenpeace spokesman Tom Dowdall told ZDNet UK on Wednesday. “It’s a shame that it has taken so long, but it’s a promising concept. The next step is obviously for Nokia and other manufacturers to agree to sell handsets without a charger but it doesn’t sound like Nokia is quite at that point yet,” he added. – Advertisement – Universal chargerNokia says that it is already trialling a scheme to sell phones without any charger, although it could not confirm at the time of writing whether the scheme is active in the UK.“We have piloted no-charger sales packages in some countries, offering people the choice of not getting yet another charger included in the sales box when they get a new device,” a company spokeswoman told ZDNet UK on Wednesday.In June 2009, Nokia signed a memorandum of understanding with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) pledging to adopt a universal charger based on micro-USB technology.To date, 14 companies — including Nokia, Apple, Motorola, RIM, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, Huawei, Emblaze and Qualcomm, among others — have signed the agreement to adopt the new standard, which has been discussed in one form or another since 2007.znet.co.uklast_img read more

Apple Updates MacBook Pro with NextGen Processors Graphics Thunderbolt

first_imgAdvertisement “The new MacBook Pro brings next generation dual and quad Core processors, high performance graphics, Thunderbolt technology and FaceTime HD to the great design loved by our pro customers,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “Thunderbolt is a revolutionary new I/O technology that delivers an amazing 10 gigabits per second and can support every important I/O standard which is ideal for the new MacBook Pro.”Starting at $1,199 the new 13-inch MacBook Pro offers amazing value and performance in a compact design. The highly portable 13-inch MacBook Pro features Intel Core i5 and Core i7 dual-core processors up to 2.7 GHz and Intel HD Graphics 3000. The powerful 15-inch and 17-inch MacBook Pro models feature quad-core Core i7 processors up to 2.3 GHz and AMD Radeon HD graphics processors with up to 1GB of video memory for high performance gaming, pro video editing and graphics intensive applications.MacBook Pro is the first computer on the market to include the groundbreaking Thunderbolt I/O technology. Developed by Intel with collaboration from Apple, Thunderbolt enables expandability never before possible on a notebook computer. Featuring two bi-directional channels with transfer speeds up to an amazing 10Gbps each, Thunderbolt delivers PCI Express directly to external high performance peripherals such as RAID arrays, and can support FireWire and USB consumer devices and Gigabit Ethernet networks via adapters. Thunderbolt also supports DisplayPort for high resolution displays and works with existing adapters for HDMI, DVI and VGA displays. Freely available for implementation on systems, cables and devices, Thunderbolt technology is expected to be widely adopted as a new standard for high performance I/O. – Advertisement – The MacBook Pro now includes a built-in FaceTime HD camera with triple the resolution of the previous generation for crisp, widescreen video calls. With Apple’s innovative FaceTime video calling software, the new camera allows high definition video calls between all new MacBook Pro models and supports standard resolution calls with other Intel-based Macs, iPhone® 4 and the current generation iPod touch®. FaceTime is included with all new MacBook Pro models and is available for other Intel-based Macs from the Mac® App Store℠ for 99 cents. The MacBook Pro lineup continues to feature its gorgeous aluminum unibody enclosure, glass Multi-Touch™ trackpad, LED-backlit widescreen display, illuminated full-size keyboard and 7-hour battery.**As the industry’s greenest notebook lineup, every Mac notebook achieves EPEAT Gold status and meets Energy Star 5.0 requirements, setting the standard for environmentally friendly notebook design.*** Each unibody enclosure is made of highly recyclable aluminum and comes standard with energy efficient LED-backlit displays that are mercury-free and made with arsenic-free glass. Mac notebooks contain no brominated flame retardants, are PVC-free and are constructed with recyclable materials.Every Mac comes with Mac OS® X Snow Leopard®, the world’s most advanced operating system, and iLife®, Apple’s innovative suite of applications for creating and sharing great photos, movies and music. Snow Leopard builds on more than a decade of innovation and includes multiple features for portable computing such as Multi-Touch navigation, advanced wireless networking, easy file sharing, automated data backup and intelligent power management. The new iLife ’11 features iPhoto® with stunning full screen views for browsing, editing and sharing photos; iMovie® with powerful easy-to-use tools to transform home videos into fun theatrical trailers; and GarageBand® with new ways to improve your playing and create great sounding songs.Pricing & Availability The new 13-inch MacBook Pro, 15-inch MacBook Pro and 17-inch MacBook Pro are available through the Apple Store® (www.apple.com), Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers. The 13-inch MacBook Pro is available in two configurations: one with a 2.3 GHz Dual-Core Intel Core i5 and 320GB hard drive starting at $1,199; and one with a 2.7 GHz Dual-Core Intel Core i5 and 500GB hard drive starting at $1,499. The new 15-inch MacBook Pro is available in two models: one with a 2.0 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7, AMD Radeon HD 6490M and 500GB hard drive starting at $1,799 and one with a 2.2 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7, AMD Radeon HD 6750M and 750GB hard drive starting at $2,199. The new 17-inch MacBook Pro features a 2.2 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7, AMD Radeon HD 6750M and 750GB hard drive and is priced at $2,499.last_img read more

Microsoft Apps Team for Startups coming to Kampala

first_imgParticipants at one of the previous events at Outbox Hub in Kampala Advertisement Participants at one of the previous events at Outbox Hub in KampalaMicrosoft has launched the Africa Apps team, a group of Developer Platform Evangelists, to work with software developers in Uganda and Africa at large. The team is made up of experts on Microsoft technologies such as Visual Studio, Kinect, Windows Azure, Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, Bing Search and Open Source technology all dedicated to helping African developers build, scale and market their innovations across the World.The team is comprised of Dele Akinsade, the Developer Evangelist Lead for West, East and Central Africa (@dakinsade), Shehab Fawzy, the Team’s Windows 8 Developer Evangelist (@shehabafawzy), Dina Helmy, a Windows 8 Developer Evangelist (@bougyz), Ahmed Sabbour, a Windows Azure Developer Evangelist (@Sabbour), Omar Islam, the Kinect Developer Evangelist (@Omar_islam), Stephen Ebichondo, Visual Studio Developer Evangelist (@sebichondo), John Kimani, Bing Developer Evangelist (@kimanigakingo) and Annie Njenga, the Audience Marketing Manager for the Africa Apps team for West East and Central Africa (@anniewnjenga).The team is planning on making a tour of Makerere University as well as HIVE COLAB and Outbox Hub  where they will hold several interactive sessions with several groups including students and entrepreneurs. In these sessions, they will train attendees on how to use the different tools and technologies highlighting the possibilities around creating applications for the Microsoft environment and the Windows Marketplace. They will also be speaking about the various programs that are available for students, startups and faculty. – Advertisement – The team will be at the HiveColab on February 26th from 0900hrs and at Outbox Hub on March 1, 2013 as follows;TIME Hive Colab (February 26, 2013)Outbox Hub (March 1, 2013)0900hrs – 0930hrsIntroductionsIntroductions0930hrs – 1000hrsMicrosoft Programs presentationMicrosoft Programs presentation1000hrs – 1030hrsVisual Studio presentationVisual Studio presentation1030hrs – 1045hrsQ&AQ&A1045hrs – 1115hrsOpen Source presentationOpen Source presentation1115hrs – 1130hrsQ&AQ&A1130hrs – 1200hrsWindows Azure PresentationWindows Azure Presentation1200hrs – 1215hrsQ&AQ&A1215hrs – 1245hrsWindows Phone PresentationWindows Phone Presentation1245hrs – 1300hrsQ&AQ&A1300hrs – 1400hrsLunchLunch1400hrs – 1430hrsWindows 8 presentationWindows 8 presentation1430hrs – 1445hrsQ&AQ&A1445hrs – 1515hrsBing presentationBing presentation1515hrs – 1530hrsQ&AQ&A1530hrs – 1600hrsKinect presentationKinect presentation1600hrs – 1615hrsQ&AQ&A1615hrs – 1630hrsclosure + feedback sessionclosure + feedback sessionlast_img read more

FIFA Confirms Goal Line Technology for World Cup 2014

first_imgAdvertisement FIFA has announced that German company Goal Control GmbH will be the goal line technology provider for the 2014 World Cup finals following a successful trial at the Confederations Cup.Goal Control was awarded the contract for the Confederations Cup, plus the Club World Cup and the World Cup, in April but the deal was subject to the technology passing tests at the tournament in Brazil last summer.FIFA yesterday issued a statement that read: “Today’s announcement follows an evaluation process in which the relevant departments within FIFA examined the use of GoalControl-4D during the FIFA Confederations Cup. – Advertisement – “While there were no goal-line incidents in which the technology was required to determine whether a goal had been scored, the system met all necessary FIFA requirements and indicated every one of the 68 goals correctly. Importantly, there was also a high-level of satisfaction reported by match officials.“Furthermore, FIFA can today confirm that GLT will be used at the FIFA Club World Cup to be played in Morocco from 11-21 December 2013 and that GoalControl GmbH will be the official GLT provider for the event.“The use of GoalControl-4D in Morocco and Brazil will be subject to a final installation test at each stadium, which is a standard procedure as part of the official certification process defined in the GLT Testing Manual.last_img read more

SIMON NOTT Betting Racing at Taunton

first_imgSimon Nott is author of:Skint Mob! Tales from the Betting RingCLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS TAUNTON TUESDAY: Our roving reporter SIMON NOTT headed to Taunton on Tuesday and he wasn’t alone – it was a packed ‘half-term’ crowd in Somerset. Plenty of faces around too, how did the action between punters and bookies pan out?An excellent ‘half-term’ crowd turned out for Taunton races, don’t listen to the doom merchants, mid-week racing is far from dead. There were plenty of runners making up the seven-race card too, so everyone should have been happy.As usual there were plenty of ‘faces’ around, mostly lurking around ‘pro-punters corner’ by the rail next to the pre-parade ring. It was quite strange to hear Steve ‘Rucker’ Noyce commenting on a very well-dressed lady’s red and white striped coat in less than favourable terms inferring a resemblance to ice cream sellers. For those unaware why such comments would raise an eyebrow, a cursory glance at his #BettingPeople interview should enlighten you. CLICK HEREI had a chat with Bo Brown prior to the first, Bo’s current #BettingPeople interview had been the talk of the betting ring. He introduced me to his man Peter who was fielding the money on the joint, he’s the one that should have gone to Specsavers, see Bo’s video for further explanation. CLICK HERE2:10 Racing To School Riders Programme Selling Handicap HurdleThe opening race was a tricky one for punters, a very competitive selling handicap hurdle with lots of ‘ifs and buts’ for anyone delving into the form book to find the winner. Following the market in such races is often considered the better option for those compelled to bet. The significant money for the race was for the Michael Blake yard’s Iniesta 7/1 into 6/1. Following that in would have left punters with burnt fingers, unless they were on each-way because it found one too good in Roger Teal’s 7/1 winner Stonemadforspeed under Daryl Jacob, the winner had been easy to back easing from 11/2.2:40 Aspen Waite Complete Business Growth Service Novices’ HurdleThe second race on the card didn’t look as tricky with Jane Williams’ Montestrel and Paul Nicholls’ Scaramanga heading the market at 2/1 and 6/4 respectively. Coming into the straight the Williams charge was beaten but all looked to be going to plan for jolly backers. The Nicholls horse was going well with just David Pipe’s debutant Airton to best. Of course, anything trained by David Pipe is going to be respected but having gone of at 20/1 most backers would have assumed the gelding wasn’t fancied. Fancied or not it was a neck too good for the jolly at the line. The Pipe yard doing the betting ring a favour at Taunton, who’d have ever thought it ?A highly respected veteran member of the Press Room alluded to David being rather surprised at his charge’s victory but was no doubt glad to have ended a run of over 400 days without a winner at Taunton. There was a Racing Welfare ‘Volunteer Chaplain’ in attendance throughout the day, though I hasten to add there was no suggestion of divine intervention in the victory.3:10 British EBF Mares’ ‘National Hunt’ Novices’ HurdleMind you, the results went the way of the bookmakers again in the next when 9/1 shot Organdi landed the spoils. I bumped into a highly delighted racecourse regular who breathlessly told me that he’d fancied the first three home and backed them in combination forecasts and tricasts all to £1.50 stakes. He was waiting for the dividends to be declared then realised that it hadn’t been a tricast race so his bet was a £3 forecast instead. He’d have been even more gutted when he realised the Trifecta paid £1050.90 but I didn’t hang around to see his suffering. For understandable reasons our hero didn’t wish to be named and his punting ineptness publicised.3:45 Royal Bath & West Of England Society ChaseIt all went horribly wrong for the bookmakers in the next. One was telling me how he couldn’t work out how Jeremy Scott’s Orchardstown Cross was so short. It was 9/4 at the time. After it bolted in at 6/4 he was heard to lament ‘The two previous races hadn’t been ‘Taunton’ results, but the most last one 100% certainly bloody had been!’ Nasty.4:15 Greene King Handicap HurdleThe worm continued to turn against the bookmakers in the feature race when Paul Nicholls’ well-backed all morning 3/1 favourite Capitaine won from 25/1 result Sternrubin.  Capitaine provided the Ditcheat based trainer with his 3,000th career winner. The race was marred by the horrible looking falls of Misterson and Nube Negra and Flying Tiger at the second last which took the shine off the race for all.4:50 Roy Dunn Memorial Handicap ChaseAs always, the show must go on. There were still plenty of punters in the ring for the penultimate. Most of them wanted to be on Danboru which was steady at the 2/1 mark but shrank to 15/8 at the off. Those that followed the crowd did so to the poor house this time. Instead of the jolly old favourite landing the spoils it was Colin Tizzard’s 8/1 shot Tikkapick under Harry Cobden that got the money beating the market-leader into second and providing its pilot with a double on the day. Down in the ring local owner without a runner today Kit James had just had a touch but was feeling the cold and was off for a cup of tea to warm up.He wasn’t a bad judge either, as the books got to work on the concluding 17-runner handicap the temperature had taken a real tumble.5:20 Free Tickets Available For 11th March Mares’ Handicap HurdleSadly for the bookies, things didn’t really warm up much down in the ring. Jo on the Ivor Perry joint said that the money had been for Suzy Smith’s Sisania 7/1 into 11/2 and Harry Fry’s Goodnightsweetheart 9/2 into 7/2 but almost all on the exchanges not on course. Next door at Jack Bevan (est 1897) they had posted a photo of long-standing employee of the firm (estimated 1940) holding a tray of eggs (see below). One punter appeared to be either wanting to buy or back them, I wasn’t sure which. The race itself was run in twilight conditions and resulted in a desperate finish and a photo. The dimpsy conditions didn’t hinder the judge fairly quickly calling 7/2 favourite Goodnightsweetheart the short-head winner. The jolly won under late jockey replacement Kieron Edgar from 16/1 bookies result Lamh Ar Lamh. Certainly not the nightcap the bookies were after.Course commentator Ian Bartlett was seen possibly beating the course record out of the track to his car before the result was called and probably almost out of the county before the Racing Welfare Chaplain presented the winner’s trophy and thus solving the last riddle of the day!What price your eggs?Simon Nottlast_img read more

Rice experts available to comment on party conventions

first_imgRobert Stein bio: www.bakerinstitute.org/personnel/fellows-scholars/rstein ShareDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduAmy Hodges713-348-6777amy.hodges@rice.eduHOUSTON — (Sept. 4, 2012) — With the national convention right around the corner, the stakes have never been higher for the Democratic Party. Rice University historian Douglas Brinkley and political scientists Paul Brace, Mark Jones and Robert Stein are available to comment on the convention set for Sept. 4-6 in Charlotte, N.C.Brinkley, a fellow in history at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and a professor of history, can comment the history of political parties and party conventions in the United States and their impact on the race for president.Brace, the Clarence L. Carter Professor of Political Science, can discuss the American presidency, political parties, conventions, public opinion polls, electoral politics and candidates’ positions on the various issues.Jones, chair of political science and a fellow at the Baker Institute, can comment on local news angles, including Texas’ role in the conventions.Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science, can discuss public opinion polls, voting behavior, electoral politics and public policy.Rice University has a VideoLink ReadyCam TV interview studio. ReadyCam is capable of transmitting broadcast-quality standard-definition and high-definition video directly to all news media organizations around the world 24/7. For more information or to schedule an interview with Brinkley, Brace, Jones or Stein contact Amy Hodges at amy.hodges@rice.edu or 713-348-6777.-30-This news release can be found online at http://news.rice.edu/2012/09/04/rice-experts-available-to-comment-on-party-conventions.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNewsRelated materials: AddThis Douglas Brinkley bio: www.bakerinstitute.org/personnel/fellows-scholars/dbrinkley Mark Jones bio: www.bakerinstitute.org/personnel/fellows-scholars/mjonesPaul Brace bio: www.ruf.rice.edu/~pbraceLocated 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. 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.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

Nanocars taken for a rough ride

first_imghttp://news.rice.edu/files/2016/05/0602_NANOCAR-1-web-23sjboe.jpgMolecules that alight on a surface used to test nanocars look more like obstacles, according to researchers at Rice University and North Carolina State University testing the mobility of single-molecule cars in open air. (Credit: Rice/North Carolina State)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 3,910 undergraduates and 2,809 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 is ranked No. 1 for best quality of life and for lots of race/class interaction by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to http://tinyurl.com/RiceUniversityoverview. AddThis Share3Editor’s note: A link to an image for download appears at the end of this release.David Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduMike Williams713-348-6728mikewilliams@rice.eduNanocars taken for a rough rideRice, NC State researchers test single-molecule cars in open air HOUSTON – (June 1, 2016) – If you’re driving a nanocar on the open road, things are bound to get sticky.Rice University researchers who developed the first nanocars and colleagues at North Carolina State University found in recent tests that driving their vehicles in ambient conditions – exposed to open air, rather than a vacuum – got dicey after a time because the hydrophobic single-molecule cars stuck to the “road” and created what amounted to large speed bumps.The findings were reported in the American Chemical Society’s Journal of Physical Chemistry C.The work by Rice chemist James Tour, NC State analytical chemist Gufeng Wang and their colleagues came as Rice prepares to take part in the first NanoCar Race in Toulouse, France, in October. Rice researchers are members of one of five international teams that plan to enter the competition.Just like in the macro world, driving conditions are important for moving nanocars. Though the race will be run in an ultra-cold vacuum, the Rice researchers thought it wise to study how their latest model of nanocars would fare in a more natural setting.“Our long-term goal is to make nanomachines that operate in ambient environments,” Tour said. “That’s when they will show potential to become useful tools for medicine and bottom-up manufacturing.”The newest generation of Rice nanocars features adamantane wheels that are slightly hydrophobic (water-repellent). Tour said some hydrophobicity is important to help keep the nanocars attached to a surface, but if the tires are too hydrophobic, the cars could become permanently immobilized. That is because hydrophobic things tend to stick together to minimize the amount of surface area that is in contact with water. Things that are hydrophilic, or water-liking, are more amenable to floating freely in water, Tour said.In the latest Rice tests with the new tires, the nanocars were placed on surfaces that were either clean glass or glass coated with the polymer polyethylene glycol (PEG). Glass is the most frequently used substrate in nanocar research. Tour said the PEG-coated glass slides were used for their anti-fouling – nonsticky – properties, while the clean glass slides were treated with hydrogen peroxide so the hydrophobic wheels wouldn’t stick.He said the cars weren’t so much being driven as undergoing “directed diffusion” in the tests. The point, he said, was to establish the kinetics of nanocar movement and understand the potential energy surface interaction between the car and surface over time.“We want to know what makes a nanocar ‘hit the brakes’ and how much external energy we need to apply to start it moving again,” he said.The researchers let their cars run freely on a solid surface exposed to the air and tracked their movements by exciting embedded fluorescent tags.The cars that moved via Brownian diffusion slowed down during the 24 hours that the slides were under observation. Tour said slides absorbed molecules from the air; as more and more of these molecules stuck to the surface, the slides become progressively more “dirty” throughout the experiment. Each nanocar is a single, complex molecule that contains just a few hundred atoms, so any other molecules they encounter on the roadway are huge obstacles that act like sticky foam. Each collision with one of these obstructions makes the nanocar slow down, and eventually the cars become permanently stuck.Wang said that from an energy perspective — that is, the energetic relationship between the molecular cars and those that make up the road — molecules adsorbed from air generate many potential energy wells, just like puddles on the potential energy surface. These puddles can slow or permanently trap the nanocars.Tests showed that nearly twice as many of the cars appeared to move on the nonsticking PEG slides, and all moved a little faster than those on the bare glass.The researchers noted that they could not view the new models with scanning tunneling microscopes because those only work in a vacuum and they emit energy that could influence movement of the cars. For this reason, the researchers tagged each nanocar with a fluorescent marker and used confocal microscopes to track the cars’ movements.Co-authors of the paper are graduate students Victor Garcia-López and Pin-Lei Chu of Rice and graduate students Fang Chen and Tao Jin and postdoctoral scholar Bhanu Neupane of North Carolina State. Wang is an assistant professor of analytical chemistry at North Carolina State. Tour is the T.T. and W.F. Chao Chair in Chemistry as well as a professor of computer science and of materials science and nanoengineering at Rice.The National Science Foundation and North Carolina State University supported the research.-30-Read the abstract at http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acs.jpcc.6b01249.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Related materials:James M. Tour Group: http://www.jmtour.comGufeng Wang Group: http://www4.ncsu.edu/~gwang10/index.htmWiess School of Natural Sciences: http://naturalsciences.rice.eduNanoCar Race: http://nanocar-race.cnrs.fr/indexEnglish.phpImage for download:last_img read more

The Top 5 Reasons Diversity MBA Conferences Should Be on Your Recruiting

first_img About the AuthorMatthew KormanMatthew Korman is the Managing Editor of MetroMBA. Since graduating from Rowan University with a degree in journalism and political science, Matthew has worked as a music industry writer and promoter, a data analyst, and with numerous academic institutions. His works have appeared in publications such as NPR and Sports Illustrated.View more posts by Matthew Korman regions: Atlanta / Baltimore / Boston / Chicago / Dallas / Denver / Houston / London / Los Angeles / Miami / New York City / Online / Philadelphia / Research Triangle / San Diego / San Francisco / Seattle / Toronto / Washington, DC The Top 5 Reasons Diversity MBA Conferences Should Be on Your Recruiting Calendar Last Updated Oct 17, 2017 by Matthew KormanFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail center_img Pictured above: Tuck second-year MBA students Bianca Goins, Sadé Lawrence, and  Jodine Gordon.More than 10,000 MBA students, business school representatives, recruiters, and business executives filled the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia late last month for one of the largest career conferences serving minority professionals. The conference has been around since 1970, but for the first time this year the National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA) and Prospanica, the association of Hispanic professionals, joined forces to present it. The result was an incredible opportunity for attendees to network with companies and each other, take advantage of career development programming, and interview for and secure job offers from hundreds of companies spanning multiple industries.Cornell’s S.C. Johnson Graduate School of Management had a group of approximately 55 students attend, a mix of first-year and second-year students, according to Cynthia Saunders-Cheatham, Executive Director of Johnson’s Career Management Center. “It was double what we have had in recent years, and perhaps the largest attendance we ever had for an MBA diversity conference,” she said. “Having a joint NBMBAA/Prospanica conference, in addition to the Philadelphia location that was driving distance away [from Ithaca, NY, where Johnson is located], helped to drive attendance.” The connections that students made while there have already resulted in multiple job offers, she added.While securing a job or internship is a primary reason many MBA students choose to attend the National Black/Prospanica conference and others like it, that’s just one of many potential benefits events like this offer. Given that this most recent conference was right here in our hometown of Philadelphia, we went to check things out for ourselves. Through conversations with attendees, school representatives, and recruiters, we’ve compiled the following list of reasons why this year’s crop of applicants should be sure to add diversity MBA conferences to their recruiting calendar next summer and fall.1. Unparalleled Recruiter Access—Including Many That Don’t Come to CampusThe Career Expo, which took place on the last two days of the five-day National Black/Prospanica conference, filled a cavernous hall in the Convention Center and included booths from close to 300 companies spanning dozens of industries. Among them were coveted post-MBA tech employers like Google and Amazon, consulting industry leaders including Bain & Company and Accenture, and financial services firms such as BlackRock, Bank of America, and Morgan Stanley. There was a continuous gaggle at the Google booth, and one of its MBA internship recruiters, Tanya Choudhury, had to resort to wearing a sign by the second day explaining that she’d lost her voice.Big pharma and healthcare were also well represented, with booths attended by recruiting representatives from drug maker AstraZeneca to medical products and equipment company Zimmer Biomet and many in between. Leading consumer packaged goods (CPG) firms including PepsiCo, General Mills, and Proctor & Gamble were also there, as were oil and gas giants like BP, Chevron, and Exxon.Morgan Stanley was one of almost 300 exibitors in the conference’s packed Career Expo.But there were also plenty of organizations that are perhaps less top of mind as potential MBA recruiters—the Central Intelligence Agency, the U.S. Department of State, Teach for America, and USAID, for example—who were just as eager to share how highly they value the MBA skillset. Dozens of leading business schools also had booths, largely to provide support and serve as gathering places for students who were attending, but also with an eye out for promising diverse talent. For example, Roberto Martinez, a Senior Talent Acquisition Consultant for Dartmouth College—home to the Tuck School of Business—was eagerly distributing glossy handouts touting the school’s varied career opportunities, commitment to diverse hiring practices, and excellent benefits. “We’re here not only to support students but also to hire more diverse staff to campus,” he said.For Tuck second-year MBA student Bianca Goins, the breadth of companies at the expo was a big part of the draw. “I wanted a diverse group of companies to look at in a single spot,” she said. “There are so many companies here, and as second-year you can really come and pick and choose the experiences you want to have.”Tiffany Anderson, a second-year student at Emory’s Goizueta Business School, was also impressed by the sheer number of companies present. A self-proclaimed conference veteran, she also attended National Black last year, as well as conferences presented by the Forté Foundation, the Consortium for Graduate Study in Management, Management Leadership for Tomorrow, and JumpStart. “Out of all the diversity conferences, I would certainly say this is the flagship,” she said. “Wow! There are A LOT of companies here,” she recalled thinking to herself as she walked in. More so than last year, before National Black and Prospanica teamed up, she added.“I have seen the most people—students from many different schools and recruiters from many different functional areas of interest,” she continued. “It seems to be the most diverse in terms of attendees, degree of programming, and companies in attendance. For the majority of people, this is going to be one of the best to attend.” Anderson estimates that there were probably 30 or so Goizueta students there, a mix of first- and second-years.2. Multiple Touch Points and Opportunities for Face TimeFor some students, certainly, the primary purpose in attending the conference is to land a job. Second-year IU Kelley School of Business MBA student Henrique Barbosa, a native of Brazil pursuing travel hospitality, had a simple answer when asked why he was there: “To get a job!” He acknowledged that most of the firms he was interested in only conduct first-round interviews at the conference followed by second-round interviews on site, which lessened the likelihood of his leaving with an offer in hand. “But it would be great if it happened,” he said.But several other students were less interested in job or internship offers—or even in early round interviews. For Jodine Gordon (Tuck ’18), the biggest factor in her decision to attend was hearing success stories from Tuck grads whose higher-level touch points with conference recruiters later helped them secure offers. “I have a couple companies on my list, but really I just want to meet as many people as possible so they can get to know me and I can get face time,” she said.Sadé Lawrence, also a second-year student at Tuck, was likewise attracted by the opportunity to get in front of recruiters in person. “For a lot of opportunities you might be interested in, you start online at a website, applying through data base,” she said. “But coming here they now have a face with your name, and there are all kinds of organic connections that can happen,” she added. “It’s kind of amazing that you are able to build connections with people even at such a big conference, but you are. You make contacts and get lots of face time—so much more so than you can blindly through a website,” she continued. “What I have heard more of is people have an interaction with a recruiter here that leads to an interview later—here is more about entering the pipeline.”Tuck’s Goins has taken the opportunity to network with recruiters who don’t make it to Tuck’s campus, but also those who do. “With every interaction, you are getting a more nuanced understanding of the company and can take that information and use it in subsequent interactions.”3. Valuable Chances to Network with PeersGoizueta’s Anderson interned in operations at Google over the summer—an opportunity she got through another diversity conference—and has been offered a full-time position on the tech giant’s Mountain View campus after she graduates. Despite having that full-time offer in hand, attending the conference still made lots of sense.Kelley School second-year student Luis Vilchez Kupres, a native of Peru, also converted his summer internship—in supply chain operations at Cummins—into a full-time offer. So his reasons for attending the conference were not to get a job. ”I am here to support fellow Kelley first- and second-years and network a little more,” he said. He also gets to reconvene with students from other schools he met at last year’s Prospanica conference. “Often, you connect with somebody and they will help you connect with someone else,” he said. “Networking definitely helps—even among other MBA students.”Tiffany Anderson, Goizueta MBA ’18, a diversity MBA conference veteranFor the Google-bound Anderson, the value of peer networking can’t be stressed enough. Being able to connect with students from other schools is the part she finds most enjoyable—but it’s also strategic. “When candidates are selecting a school they like to look at the size of the network they are going to get—and that’s great,” she said. “But the way I see it, I don’t have to be at Stanford or Wharton because I have friends at Stanford and Wharton. So in a way that’s kind of my network, too.”“You have that domino effect,” she continued. If she’s trying to connect with someone at a company where she doesn’t have a contact or her classmates don’t have contacts, she can reach out to a friend at another school to see if there’s someone in their network. “Some might say, ‘Well, they’re a peer, they’re not an employer, they’re not going to get me a job.’ But there is so much more benefit to expanding your network. I don’t think everyone understands that.”Of course, peer networking can be a two-way street. “My motivation to expand my network comes from wanting to help others as well,” Anderson said. “When you are part of these diversity networks, one of the great things is you are going to have a friend who says, ‘Do you know someone who can help me with this?’ And I can say, ‘Well, I met someone at a conference who does that very thing and I’m happy to put y’all in touch.’”4. A Better Way to Gauge Company Culture, True Commitment to DiversityAnother recurring theme we encountered when asking students about what they valued most about the conference was getting an up-close, real-time glimpse of companies’ cultures. “You get to observe the way the people representing a company interact with one another and other candidates, and that can be very telling about the culture,” said Tuck’s Gordon.Who a company decides to send to the conference also sends a signal. “There is a difference when a company sends actual diverse talent—and that might mean sending someone in addition to the actual recruiter,” said her classmate Goins. “It think it says something to see actual diverse employees there who want to bring diverse talent back to the company.”While representation is important, authenticity is key. “When I have a conversation with someone from a company and I ask about what diversity initiatives the company has or what opportunities there are for people like me, I feel like you hear it in the answer if it is genuine or if it just sounds like it’s cookie cutter, from a script,” added Anderson. Not every company will have amazing success stories to point to, she continued. “Not everything is going to be rosy—some companies are working on it, and that’s okay,” she said. But for companies that say they want to have more diversity, she wants to see evidence of their commitment. “When I follow up and ask what they’re doing, I want a genuine answer, not just, ‘I don’t know.’”For Kelley students Barbosa and Vilchez Kupres, getting to meet with company recruiters at the conference also sheds light on how open those companies are to hiring international students. “Yes, especially for us internationals, we need to understand if they are willing to sponsor,” said Vilchez Kupres. “It’s one thing to hire Latins that were born in the U.S., it’s another thing to see that companies really want internationals who have experience working in other countries.”5. InspirationLast but certainly not least, students come to the NBMBAA/Prospanica conference to hear from trailblazing minority executives who have climbed the ranks to the highest levels in a business landscape that, despite progress, is still dominated by white men.“One of our students is very connected with NBMBAA, and her primary purpose in attending the conference was to get inspiration,” said Melissa Uyesygi, Associate Director of Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Washington Foster School of Business. Foster School representatives and students attend the conference each year, she said. This year, though, the cross-continental location and associated cost of attending, coupled with the fact that the conference fell during thKelley second-year MBA students Luis Vilchez Kupres and Henrique Barbosae very first week of classes at Foster, kept the numbers lower than usual. Still, for the student seeking inspiration as well as a classmate hoping to connect with financial services firms who don’t recruit on Foster’s Seattle campus, the conference seemed worth the trip.And for those seeking inspiration, it was abundant. A CEO luncheon panel discussion moderated by Carla Harris, Morgan Stanley vice chairman of wealth management, addressed the necessity of “next-level leadership” to drive results. The panelists—Marriot International CEO Arne Sorenson, GE Lighting President and CEO Bill Lacey, and Adtalem Global Education President and CEO Lisa Wardell—touched on everything from how they have faced their biggest challenges to the importance of servant leadership, with each offering up advice to the would-be CEOs in the audience on how to propel their leadership careers. “Just say ‘yes,’” counseled Sorenson. “Start living it now,” said Wardell. “It can’t be a job—it has to be a passion,” chimed in Lacey.Other headliners offering words of wisdom and hard-earned tips for success included award-winning journalist and TV personality Tamron Hall and Washington Post sports columnist Kevin Blackistone, among many others.As if the above weren’t reason enough to attend, the conference also included breakout sessions and workshops on topics ranging from “How to Make Your Side Hustle Your Main Hustle” and “Leadership in a Difficult Climate” to the “Business Side of Sports” and “Mastering the Career Pivot.” Case competitions, a pitch competition, and an array of social and networking events hosted by individual companies rounded out the conference’s five packed days of programming.As Johnson’s Saunders-Cheatham pointed out, the conference also serves to jumpstart the career search process for many students. “It shocks them into realizing what it takes to be ready for the career search,” she said.Next year’s conference will take place September 25-29, 2018, in Detroit, Michigan.This article has been edited and republished with permissions from Clear Admit. RelatedSociety Spotlight: The National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA)Although minorities have long been involved in the corporate sector, challenges remain for minority MBAs entering the workforce. Thankfully, organizations like the National Black MBA Association (NMBMAA) seek to address these challenges, provide resources, and create a community for minorities in business. NBMBAA: An Origin Story The NBMBAA began more…August 5, 2016In “Featured Home”Reaching Out MBA: 19 Years of LGBTQ SupportGetting accepted into graduate business school is no easy feat. With all of the preperation, applications, campus visits, and soul searching necessary, it’s nice when you have a helping hand. If you’re a member of the LGBT community, Reaching Out MBA could be just the hand you’re looking for. What…July 7, 2016In “Featured Home”11 Best MBA Clubs in San DiegoYour MBA is what you make it. If you sit back and passively attend classes, it won’t do you much good. But if your goal is to discover new opportunities, expand your network, and enhance your skills, then you need to participate outside of class. The truth is that if you…April 14, 2016In “Featured Home”last_img read more

American Airlines Attendants Say Uniforms Are Making Them Sick Want Full Recall

first_img  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   US Show Discussion American Airlines flight attendants are seeking a full recall of new uniforms, claiming the clothes have given them headaches, rashes, eye irritation, burning skin, as well as respiratory issues.According to a CNN Money report on Friday, Dec. 2, more than 1,600 health complaints have been lodged by flight attendants.The airline said that it has hired an independent lab to test the outfits for fit, wear, and allergic reactions. It also offered uniforms made of alternate materials.But the union, the Association of Professional Flight Attendants (APFA), said that the airline’s offer falls far short, saying it feels “a remedy that excludes a full recall of the uniform fails to adequately protect our members,” according to a statement sent to CNN.“To that end, APFA will continue to explore all legal options and consult with additional experts in the field to better understand the results of our ongoing independent testing as well as joint testing moving forward,” the union told Fox.The carrier says the adverse reactions are probably caused by allergies to wool. “They have the option to have a 100 percent cotton uniform or polyester,” Fernand Fernandez, American Airlines’ vice president of global marketing, told Fox News in September. “They look exactly the same, just different materials.” Speaking with CNN on Friday, an American Airlines spokesperson said that a third series of lab evaluations was concluded, and it is offering skin testing for flight attendants. “We know some people are having reactions and we’re looking into why,” the spokesman saidRelated CoverageFashion and the Uniform in America“We have no doubt the uniforms are safe,” he added.Approximately 80,000 American employees got new uniforms on Sept. 20, which included 25,000 flight attendants, AP reported.American Airlines spokesman Ron DeFeo, meanwhile, told The Dallas Morning News that the firm is taking the matter “very seriously.” “We obviously want to make sure every employee feels good in their uniform,” he said.American Airlines said that another round of testing is scheduled in tandem with the union. Sharecenter_img American Airlines Attendants Say Uniforms Are Making Them Sick, Want Full Recall By Jack Phillips December 4, 2016 Updated: December 5, 2016 Share this article In this April 13, 2009 file photo, American Airlines flight attendant Renee Schexnaildre demonstrates the overhead baggage area. (AP Photo/Donna McWilliam, File) last_img read more

Trumps Step out of Cars Twice on Parade Route

first_img US Share President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump twice got out of their vehicles to walk and wave to the crowd during their escorted trip from the Capitol to the White House.They first walked for about a block before reaching the Trump International Hotel, where the crowds on both sides of the street were at their loudest. As the Trumps neared the hotel, agents urged the couple to get back into their sedan.A large crowd of protesters had gathered on the opposite side of the street, while supporters and employees of the hotel cheered on the hotel side of the street.Later, the Trumps exited their sedan with their children and grandchildren in tow. An announcer roared, “Welcome home, Mr. President.” Share this article Trumps Step out of Cars Twice on Parade Route By The Associated Press January 20, 2017 Updated: January 20, 2017center_img U.S. President Donald Trump (C) waves to supporters as he walks the parade route with first lady Melania Trump (R) and son Barron Trump (L) during the Inaugural Parade in Washington, DC., on January 20, 2017. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Show Discussionlast_img read more

Fundraiser for Couple Who Died in Car Crash Just Weeks After Surviving

first_img Share this article Fundraiser for Couple Who Died in Car Crash Just Weeks After Surviving Las Vegas Shooting By Jack Phillips November 1, 2017 Updated: November 1, 2017 (Remembering Dennis & Lora Carver / GoFundMe) US News  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   center_img Share A couple who survived the mass shooting in Las Vegas died a few weeks later in a devastating car accident. Now, the daughter of Dennis and Lora Carver is starting a fundraiser in their name.Brooke Carver, the couple’s oldest daughter, confirmed the couple died less than a half-mile from their home in Riverside County, California, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. The vehicle hit a metal gate outside their community. Firefighters an hour to put out the blaze.“We’ve found some peace in knowing that our parents just loved each other so much that they had to go at the same time,” Madison Carver, their 16-year-old daughter, said. “They couldn’t live without each other.”During the Vegas shooting at the Route 91 Harvest music festival—where gunman Stephen Paddock rained gunfire down on a crowd of concert-goers—the couple had escaped with their lives.Before the crash, Lora started collecting bikes for the Temecula Bike Train, a California organization that donates bikes to kids.Brooke on Monday started a GoFundMe page to keep Lora’s dream alive. “Our parents were the most generous and happy people, they lived life to the fullest,” wrote Brooke Carver on the page. “They always taught me and my sister to work hard, play hard, be someone others can rely on and always give back.”So far, nearly $5,000 has been raised in their name.“With this money, me and my little sister will be purchasing bikes to donate to the Temecula Bike Train and serving underpriviledged kids in the Murrieta and Temecula area. One of our goals is to get 30 new bikes for this amazing organization,” she added. (Facebook)About a week after the crash that killed their parents, Brooke and her sister received a memento in the mail. The FBI found her father’s phone at the site of the shooting and mailed it back.“When we turned it on, all his photos and messages were still there,” Brooke said. “This is how we know they’re looking down and watching over us.” (Facebook)The daughters described their father as strong and independent, their mother as humble and generous. Three days after the massacre Dennis sent a bouquet of roses to his wife.“He just wanted to give my mom a reason to smile after the shooting,” Brooke said. “I swear they were more in love those two weeks than the last 20 years.”NTD TV contributed to this report Show Discussionlast_img read more

George the Giant Shark Visits Florida for the Winter

first_img Share George the Giant Shark Visits Florida for the Winter By Chris Jasurek February 7, 2018 Updated: February 7, 2018 On Jan. 16, 81 false killer whales stranded themselves on Hog Key.  Right whale sighting! A North Atlantic right #whale recently spotted in NW Florida by a beach resident has caused quite a splash: https://t.co/4FxCKErMX7 pic.twitter.com/D2z3poaeCD— MyFWC (@MyFWC) January 18, 2018 From NTD.tvRecommended Video: Wranglers Wrestle With Alligator to Remove Eggs From Nest Also, a right whale surfaced off Panama Beach, north of where George turned up, on Jan. 18, NOAA reports. These enormous marine mammals come south to give birth each winter.With all that food around, it is no surprise that George might come by for a snack.Savannah being tagged. (Ocearch.org screenshot) Savannah being tagged. (Screenshot via Ocearch.org)Sharks can be hard to track. They don’t need to come up to breathe, and their radio tags only ping satellites when the sharks come to the surface. Hello ? from Big Pine Key, Florida! https://t.co/Fc6PdkgRLY @OCEARCH @ChrisOCEARCH @CostaSunglasses #DontFearTheFin ? pic.twitter.com/XR1JQLQoKH— Miss Costa (@MissCostaShark) February 5, 2018 But George really is visiting Florida. And video evidence shows that sharks his size are comfortable swimming within a few yards of humans. (It can be assumed the humans are less comfortable.)George is one of about 30 great whites being tracked via radio beacon by a nonprofit group called OCEARCH. It started fitting sharks with satellite trackers in 2012 and hopes to eventually attach beacons to 60 of the fearsome predators.George was tagged about a year ago off the coast of Nantucket. His beacon surfaced on Sunday, Feb. 4, off Highland Beach, a campsite on the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Wilderness Trail in Everglades National Park, according to the Miami Herald. This is his second surfacing close to shore. Trackers at OCEARCH are waiting for one more ping from his radio beacon before they pronounce him a winter visitor.  Ten-foot, 1,000lbs great white shark called George is stalking the Florida coast off the Everglades https://t.co/eBiooqcPt1— Daily Mail US (@DailyMail) February 7, 2018 George might be just offshore, eating his fill, and no one would be the wiser. Or he might have departed for even warmer climes. Until he decides to cooperate, the folks at OCEARCH won’t know.The OCEARCH crew can say that there are at least two other great whites active in the Florida Gulf, TCPalm reported.A 12.5-foot female named Miss Costa pinged a satellite just south of Marathon and Big Pine Keys, on Monday, Feb. 5.On Jan. 31, an 8.5-foot female named Savannah surfaced near Clearwater Beach. Savannah was tagged in March 2017 and had covered more than 4,000 miles traveling as far north as Nova Scotia, Canada before returning to warmer southern seas. George is a great white shark but he isn’t really a giant—he was only 10 feet long and weighed just over 700 pounds when a shark research group tagged him in the waters off Nantucket, Massachusetts, in October 2016 (though he probably weighs over half a ton, now.)    Great white shark named George tracked near Everglades https://t.co/7PkDe9gISN pic.twitter.com/O2qkCiXjoN— TCPalm (@TCPalm) February 7, 2018center_img US News Share this article George the Great White Shark has surfaced off Highland Beach on Florida’s Gulf Coast. (Ocearch.org screenshot) Show Discussion “We’ll see where the next one shows up, but that’s pretty cool,” Bob Hueter, a senior scientist at Mote Marine Lab and chief science adviser at OCEARCH, told the Miami Herald.The group has been getting data from George for the past 18 months as he traveled up and down the Atlantic coast, swimming about 4,500 miles. He showed up three times around Florida last year, and in January of this year, sent a signal from the Gulf of Mexico west of Key West.Great whites don’t generally come into shallow water, said Everglades National park spokeswoman Denese Canedo.“It’s outside their normal habitat [in deep waters] and it is very, very rare that they would occur in our waters or our vicinity,” she told the Herald. “Our waters are very shallow and it’s just not conducive.”Great whites don‘t feed on people—regardless of what Hollywood says. Their diet is mostly composed of whales and seals. There have been two major whale strandings recently along the Florida Keys and the Gulf Coast.Twenty-five pilot whales beached along the coast from Kice Island, south of Naples, Florida, to Highland Beach on Jan. 25, according to the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve.      False killer whale stranding-area around scene in Everglades closed per the National Park Service-asking for no flyovers or boats for safety pic.twitter.com/XMHhTcsFMf— NOAA Fish Southeast (@NOAAFish_SERO) January 16, 2017  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   last_img read more

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first_imgQualityAuto 1080p720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Share this article Show Discussion Neighbors React to Discovery of Body That’s Likely of Maddox Ritch By Jack Phillips September 27, 2018 Updated: September 27, 2018 Neighbors have spoken out after body believed to belong to Maddox Ritch, a missing 6-year-old boy with autism, was likely discovered in North Carolina.The FBI Charlotte office said the boy’s body was discovered off Marietta Street and Old Dallas Highway. “With heavy hearts we announce a body believed to be 6-year-old Maddox Ritch was found at approximately 1 p.m. off of Marietta Street/Old Dallas Highway in Gastonia. Maddox’s parents have been notified of the discovery. The investigation is ongoing,” it said earlier in the day.“We are just heartsick… We prayed that this was not going to be the result of this thing,” one unidentified woman, a neighbor, said in a WBTV report.center_img Another woman told the outlet “it’s shocking to everybody.”His mother said that Maddox is autistic and cannot speak, which complicated the search and rescue efforts.Police told WSOC that identification of the body will be done by the medical examiner’s office. His cause of death is not yet known.maddox ritch scott missing The body of Maddox Ritch was found in Gastonia, North Carolina. (FBI)“I started worrying once I could not see him anyone,” father Ian Ritch told WRAL. “It’s torture. I just want my little boy back home. I want to give him a big hug as soon as I see him,” Ritch said.“He looked back at me and laughed like he normally does … he slowed down a little then he paced himself back up,” he said.Carrie Ritch, Maddox’s mother, gave a statement about the missing child.“Maddox is my whole world and my reason for living,” Carrie Ritch said, WRAL reported. “His smile is so contagious, and his laughter is so precious.” “We are just heartsick… We prayed that this was not going to be the result of this thing.”Neighbors who live near the area where crews discovered #MaddoxRitch’s body are beside themselves. “It’s shocking to everybody.”What we know » https://t.co/ggeuM1dxNM #FindMaddox pic.twitter.com/Rwr2SdxaOY— WBTV News (@WBTV_News) September 27, 2018 Share US News last_img read more