Statements submitted to MPs have provided further

first_imgStatements submitted to MPs have provided further evidence of widespread dishonesty among healthcare professionals who carry out disability benefit assessments, but their inquiry has had to be abandoned because of the prime minister’s decision to call a general election.Despite its inquiry into the personal independence payment (PIP) assessment process having to be scrapped, the Commons work and pensions select committee has published written evidence it has received from PIP claimants and disability organisations.The committee held an urgent evidence session about the assessment process in March, a hearing partly triggered by a Disability News Service (DNS) investigation, before seeking further written evidence.DNS had provided the committee with substantial evidence of widespread dishonesty among PIP assessors in the reports they prepare for government decision-makers.The DNS investigation revealed that assessors working for the outsourcing companies Capita and Atos – most of them nurses – had repeatedly lied, ignored written evidence and dishonestly reported the results of physical examinations.DNS has now collected nearly 200 examples of cases in which PIP claimants have said that healthcare professionals working for Capita and Atos produced dishonest assessment reports.DWP has consistently claimed that there is no dishonesty at all among its outsourced healthcare assessors.Inclusion London, the pan-London disabled people’s organisation, provided the most detailed written evidence of all the individuals and groups that contributed to the committee’s inquiry.It said in its evidence: “Again and again Disabled people are reporting that assessors have ignored written and verbal evidence and that reports do not reflect what occurred in the assessment.”Inclusion London quoted widely from evidence compiled by DNS, and concluded: “The extent to which false information is included in assessment reports cannot be attributed to one or two negligent assessors but indicates systemic failings with the current PIP assessment process.”It called for all assessments to be recorded, and for “a clear and accessible system for Disabled people to file complaints against assessors with an independent body and for complaint statistics to be made public”.It also called for a new PIP assessment, based on the social model of disability and created in co-production with disabled people, which focuses on “barriers and the impact of impairment on daily life rather than functionality”.Other written evidence submitted to the committee appears to confirm the conclusions of the DNS investigation.Among those who responded to a survey by Disability Rights UK (DR UK) was a healthcare professional with a first-class degree in physiotherapy.They said they had been “shocked by the level of errors, inaccuracies, omissions and, quite possibly, lies” in the assessment report compiled for their PIP claim, according to DR UK’s evidence to the committee.The respondent concluded that “the musculoskeletal assessment conducted was appalling and could not have provided sufficient information upon which a decision regarding my physical capabilities to carry out work for any period of time could be made.“Lies were also told about the content of the musculoskeletal assessment – data was recorded for tests which were not conducted.”Another DR UK survey respondent described how PIP decisions were often overturned on appeal due to “assessors making inaccurate statements, assessors making false statements, assessors incorrectly interpreting things the claimant said or did”.In its evidence to the committee, the mental health charity Rethink said that respondents to its own survey on PIP “felt that there was a discrepancy between what was discussed at the assessment and the content of the subsequent written report.“We received several examples of PIP applicants claiming that assessors had deliberately misinterpreted them and in… some cases included complete fabrications in their reports.”But the evidence compiled by the committee may now end up being discarded because the decision by Theresa May to call a general election on 8 June means that parliament was dissolved this week, leading to some committee inquiries having to be abandoned.Mark Lucas, a PIP claimant who has spoken out repeatedly about the “shockingly poor and dishonest” assessment system, and has given evidence to an inquiry into PIP assessments set up by Stoke-on-Trent City Council, said the decision to call an election was “another set back at the end of many set backs”.He said: “Clearly the health professionals have been dishonest and the government has gone to great lengths to ensure the PIP scam is kept quiet for as long as possible.“Everyone knows what has gone on is wrong but only few have voiced their concerns.“I am sure if we continue to have the same government the rights of persons with disabilities will be further abused.”A spokeswoman for the committee said the PIP investigation was “one of the inquiries that fell with the announcement of the election”.When the committee is reformed in the new parliament – probably in September – it could choose to relaunch the inquiry, but will be under no obligation to do so, but if it does it could choose to “keep and use the evidence they have now”, she said.last_img read more

Neighborhood notes BVHM principal steps down escooters be gone temporarily art festivals

first_img“There is a deep mistrust growing within the community with this administration and it is imperative it be addressed and that the new principal is properly briefed with an accurate state of the community,” one parent wrote in an email.Others were pleased with his efforts. “Mr. Zapien has always embraced voices of poor and immigrant families — the parents and grandparents and guardians of our most vulnerable students,” said a woman named Patricia, a grandparent of two students at the school. “His efforts have made us feel that a democratic process involving all voices will yield the best results.”It’s unclear who the new principal will be — and how that person will manage implementation of the new shelter that will host 20 homeless families in one of the school’s gyms. Whoever it is, the new principal will have a lot on their plate. Buena Vista is a bilingual school with a diverse student body. It is the product of a 2011 merger between Buena Vista, a sought-after Spanish immersion elementary school, with Horace Mann, an underperforming middle school. In some ways, it is still searching for its identity. –JMScooters will stay in the new pilot programFirst e-scooter companies, including Lime, Spin and Bird, must remove their scooters from all city streets and halt operations by June 4. Next, they must apply to be part of a program to put 1,250 scooters on the street in the first six months (up to 2,500 in the second six months) and agree to a long list of rules that will probably feel, to a lot of tech entrepreneurs, as constricting as a pair of too-small racing shorts. Oh, and they must share data. Apply here.  –LCCarnaval!We’ve written a preview of the two-day festival here.  It starts Saturday on Harrison Street between 16th and 24th Streets, and then begins again on Sunday at 25th and Bryant Streets with the parade that moves down 24th and then onto Mission Street.  –LCSo much for a holiday weekendThe SFMTA says, “All parking meters in the City will be enforced on Memorial Day Holiday.”Welcome Back, Boba Guys Boba Guys went on hiatus earlier this year to expand into a vacant storefront next door. That expansion is now complete, and all the Mission’s Boba Guys fiends can get their fix again. Except, maybe now, the lines won’t be as long. –JMIf you’re in the mood for an art and wine pairing this weekendAnthony Holdsworth hosts his monthly art exhibit this Sunday, May 27, in West Oakland. Anticipate vibrant and whimsical city and countryscapes from SF, Oakland, Italy and Mexico. If Saturday doesn’t work, you can catch the last day of The Changing Cityscape exhibit on Sunday, May 28, at Luna Rienne Gallery in SF. You’ll find work by Beryl Landau and Anthony Holdsworth, which was highlighted in the SF Chronicle. –MNSave the date: 20th St. Block Party on August 18Noise Pop is set to host its 6th annual block party-style event, complete with music, food and art activities. Admission is free and the event benefits local nonprofit Mission Language and Vocational School. Check site for upcoming music and culinary lineup. –MNEnjoy the long weekend! Buena Vista Horace Mann principal steps downPrincipal Richard Zapien of Buena Vista Horace Mann K-8 will not return to his post this fall.“Like you, I am a parent of two and have chosen a different professional path that enables me to spend more time with my own family,” he wrote in a letter to parents on Monday. Some parents, however, are questioning the timing of his departure, as Zapien was a key player in proposing a shelter for homeless families and students, which met its share of criticism. 0%center_img Tags: neighborhood notes Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

Where to watch the World Cup in the Mission even at 5

first_imgUsually a beacon of cultural identity, soccer also offers expat populations an occasion for remembrance, and a mingling of different generations. During the coming 31 days, Mission Local will chronicle the games as they are lived and breathed in the Mission, in text, photos and video. How much can we let sport alter our priorities and our sleep? How about our manners and vocabulary? What is the language of soccer in San Francisco? Click on the map below to check the hours and details for most every watering hole in the Mission. It’s illegal to sell alcohol between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m., but it’s not illegal to open up early and show World Cup games.  Email Address 0% Whether you are watching the games with family and friends, or in the company of a loyal bartender, let us know how you live the World Cup, and send your drink and big-screen tips to info@missionlocal.com. Through the eyes of the Mission, we will follow Peru’s first World Cup adventure in decades, Mexico’s attempt to get over the Round-of-16 curse, and Brazil’s bid for its sixth title. Along with locals and visitors, we will circle the neighborhood, in search of each group’s World Cup experience. Expect our next post over the weekend, as we follow the 10-game opening rush that gives us a hint of what is to come.center_img Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter With the broadcast beaming in from 10 to 12 time zones away, the event is also an invitation for breakfast gatherings and early-morning drinking on weekdays. For those so inclined, Mission Local has created a map of bars and eateries, to be updated during the next month. Some of them will even open before their normal hours to show important games scheduled earlier than 7 a.m. (matches will be played at very early hours, local time). It’s been gone four years since the last World Cup … did you miss it? The United States sure did.The FIFA World Cup, the quadrennial Holy Grail of soccer, kicks off today, Thursday, at 8 a.m. Expect to see a parade of national team jerseys in San Francisco’s Mission District — and, with the U.S. out of the tournament for the first time in 32 years, locals’ allegiances are flowing freely to the eight Latin American teams making the trip to Russia, most of which are well-represented in the neighborhood. Tags: football • soccer • World cup Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

HISTORY will be made on Saturday October 19 when E

first_imgHISTORY will be made on Saturday October 19 when England and Italy play their first ever Rugby League international in a friendly fixture at Salford.The match will take place just seven days before England kick-off Rugby League World Cup 2013 against Australia in the opening fixture of the 14-nation tournament at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium, where Italy face Wales on the same day in an eagerly-anticipated double-header.Italy are scheduled to fly in to England three days before the friendly which will provide both nations with a perfect opportunity to hone their preparations for the biggest sporting tournament the UK has hosted since the London Olympics and Paralympics in 2012.The RFL has agreed terms with Salford City Reds to host the historic fixture at Salford City Stadium and details of ticket availability will be announced shortly.England coach Steve McNamara said: “I am really excited by this opportunity, the match against Italy represents the final piece in the jigsaw for England and will allow us to put the finishing touches to our extensive preparations for Rugby League World Cup 2013.“We will go into the match on the back of an intensive warm-weather training camp in South Africa and the run out will be just what many of the players need.“It’s important that we hit the ground running come the World Cup and this game gives us the best chance to do just that.“Rugby League in Italy has made great strides in the last few years and I know they have strong ambitions themselves for the World Cup. It promises to be a memorable game for everyone.”Italy are coached by former Salford City Reds player Carlo Napolitano whose selection options were boosted last week when an Italian team comprised entirely of players from their domestic competition defeat Russia 38-18 in Este.Salford-born Napolitano said: “Playing England is the perfect preparation for Italy’s debut entry into the Rugby League World Cup.“The experience of playing one of the game’s top nations eight days before the World Cup kick off will be invaluable for the Azzurri.“It will provide me with a realistic gauge on how we are looking leading into our opening Cup clash with Wales in Cardiff.“Both Stave McNamara and I are good friends and we have been discussing such a game for a number of years. It is wonderful to have the game in my home town of Salford.“I hope the local Salford community support Italy as their second team and I would encourage all Italians in England to wear the Azzurri and attend the game.”The match will be played with unlimited interchange, allowing both nations to select every member of the RLWC2013 squads.last_img read more

Club First Team Match SAINTS TV

first_imgSaints saw off a stubborn Halifax team 26-2 at the University of Bolton Stadium to reach the Coral Challenge Cup Final at Wembley where we will face Warrington Wolves.And Roby is thrilled to be back at Wembley.“It feels fantastic to be back at Wembley. It’s great for us as a team, as a town, for the supporters, for the families and everybody involved, the staff at the club, everything. It’s just great to come here and get the job done today because obviously losing here last year, we wanted to right that wrong and luckily we did, and what a tough game it was.“I definitely think they’re a credit to the championship. I think it was two all after 32 minutes or something like that and we only went in at half time one try up and it’s a bit of a tough scenario going into a game like this where everyone expects you to win and rightly so we should do but Halifax, they didn’t half give it a dig today and I thought they just hung in there and carried on defending and defending and ultimately in the second half we improved a little bit the way we played and the amount of field position that we had and the amount of defending that they’d done probably took it out of them. But yeah, I thought they were fantastic.“I was just glad to be back in the team to be honest. I’ve been sat in the stands watching the lads put all the hard work in and I appreciate it so much from a team point of view and I just wanna go out there and do my bit. It was good to get back on the field with the lads today but there was some great performances, I think our outside backs, the way they carried the ball continuously all day got us out of a bit of trouble at times and obviously good to be back, and a happy memory this time around.“I think Saints vs Warrington are always massive games, a local derby and I am sure we will both take lots of fans. It is a fierce rivalry and the lads will be up for it, don’t worry about that. We are going to Wembley which is fantastic but at the back of my mind we are going there for a reason, we are not just going there to make up the numbers.”Tickets for Saints’ Coral Challenge Cup Final vs the Warrington Wolves, Saturday 24 August (KO 3pm) at Wembley Stadium, London, are now on General sale!last_img read more

40 percent wind policy rate hike requested for coastal dwelling policies

first_img The NC Department of Insurance received the filing from the NC Rate Bureau on Wednesday. The filing included a requested increase of 40.5 percent for wind policies, but a decrease of 20.8 percent for fire policies. That would make the statewide average 18.9 percent.According to maps, New Hanover County would see a 21 percent decrease in fire policies, but a 48 percent increase for wind policies.The filing will be reviewed by Department of Insurance experts to determine what, if any, rate adjustments are warranted. If NCDOI and the Rate Bureau do not initially agree on the proposed rate changes, a public hearing will be called in which both parties would present their cases to a hearing officer, who would then determine the appropriate rate level.Related Article: NC insurance commissioner to hold Wilmington, Bolivia town halls on flood insurancePeople wanting to comment on the rate request may do so in one of three ways:In person during a public comment forum from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, March 23,  in the Second Floor Hearing Room at the Albemarle Building, 325 N. Salisbury St., Raleigh.By email sent to: 2018DwellingandFire@ncdoi.gov. Comments will be accepted through March 23.By mail sent to: N.C. Department of Insurance, Attn. Tricia Ford, Legal Division, 1201 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1201. NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) —  The N.C. Rate Bureau has requested a statewide average rate increase of 18.9 percent for dwelling insurance policies.Dwelling insurance policies are policies for homeowners who do not live in the residences, including rental property, investment properties, and other properties that are not occupied full-time by the property owner.- Advertisement – last_img read more

FIRST ON 3 Judge dismisses former New Hanover elections directors lawsuit

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The lawsuit filed by former New Hanover County Elections Director Marvin McFadyen has been dismissed.In January of 2015, members of the New Hanover County Board of Elections filed a petition with the State Board to remove McFadyen from his position.- Advertisement – In the petition, the Board said that McFadyen had many problems, including conduct in the workplace, the management and handling of election day, and the protection of confidential material like the absentee military ballots that were accessible to a public computer terminal.In May of 2015, McFadyen sued to get his job back. He said the claims the county board used to fire him were false. He also says he was denied due process.In his lawsuit, McFadyen also wanted damages of at least $25,000, as well as a declaratory judgement on whether he was lawfully terminated and whether and final decision on the petition to file him was rendered.Related Article: New Hanover County Board of Elections canvasses votes, results standOn April 19, attorneys for the defendant and plaintiffs appeared before a judge, who dismissed the case.  According to the Order, it was the Court’s opinion that there are ‘no genuine issues as to any material facts as to the claims against New Hanover County Board of Elections.’The judge ruled that all the Plaintiff’s claims against New Hanover County Board of Elections, including Plaintiff’s claims for declaratory judgment were dismissed with prejudice.last_img read more

UNCW wins CAA tournament heading to College World Series Regionals

first_img(Photo: CAA Sports) HARRISONBURG, VA (WWAY) — The UNCW Seahawks Baseball team is heading to the College World Series after defeating Northeastern and winning the Colonial Athletic Association tournament.UNCW had two games to win one today after working through the first three days of the CAA’s unscathed, outscoring opponents 22-6 in that stretch.Today Northeastern took the morning game 3-2 to force a winner-take-all game for the conference title later in the evening.In Game 2, the “Omahawks” lived up to their nickname as the 7-4 victory over the Huskies clinched the conference crown and a berth in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2016.The NCAA will announce where UNCW will head for the regionals starting June 1st, this week.last_img

Two arrested on drugs weapons charges in Brunswick County

first_img Richburg is charged with the following:possession with intent to sell/deliver cocainetwo counts of possession of a firearm by a felonflee to elude arrest with a motor vehicletwo counts of possession of marijuana paraphernalia.In 2013, Richburg was previously convicted of armed robbery with a deadly weapon in Horry County. He is currently being held in the Brunswick County Detention Facility under a $75,000 bond.Anderson is charged with possession of a stolen firearm. He is being held under a $10,600 bond.Related Article: Hearing held for Wake Forest volleyball coach charged in college schemeThe sheriff’s office says they seized three guns and 2.5 grams of cocaine. Quinta Richburg and Charles Anderson (photo: Brunswick Co. Sheriff’s Office) BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Two people face numerous charges after a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Deputy pulled over a speeding car near Calabash and found a gun, drugs, and drug paraphernalia.The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office says Quinta Demarr Richburg, 24, of Shallote and Charles Junior Anderson, 54, of Little River were arrested Friday.- Advertisement – last_img read more

UPDATE Driver suspected of approaching kids cleared but similar report remains

first_img “Yeah I was concerned about it because we’re just a few doors down from where the incident is thought to have occurre,” said Hawkeswater neighbor Rob Dalessandro. “But I am glad that they were proactive and that they’re on top of it. It’s hard to discern who’s coming through your neighborhood and who’s good and who’s bad.”This evening a spokeswoman said investigators had located the car and cleared the driver of any wrongdoing.Meanwhile they are still looking for information on another case nearby.Related Article: Whiteville school bus driver accused of driving through blockade, hitting truckOn Thursday, a suspect approached two young girls while they were walking home from the school bus on Eastwood Lane in Olde Towne.“My daughters were walking from their bus stop when a car came flying by them and then pulled over open the door and came to grab them,” wrote the mother in a community group page.In that case, according to a social media post by the girls’ mother, a white male with dark hair drove by, pulled over, opened the car door and tried to grab them. The girls ran home safely. The mother said based on the description from the girls and after showing them some pictures they believe it may have been a grayish blue Pathfinder or Bronco with cardboard boxes behind the windows in the back seat.If you have any information, call Det. Leonard at (910) 363-7114 or call 911. BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office says investigators have found a car and driver believed to have been involved in a pair of incidents in neighboring subdivisions involving young girls.According to incident reports, Wednesday, someone followed two children in the Hawkeswater community off NC 133 near Belville Elementary investigators today looked at surveillance video from the neighborhood and released an image of a blue Ford Mustang.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Sheriff McMahon awarded Sheriff of the Year

first_imgSheriff Ed McMahon receives Sheriff of the Year award (Photo: New Hanover Co. Sheriff’s Office) NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics North Carolina has awarded New Hanover County Sheriff Ed McMahon the Sheriff of the Year award.According to a news release, this award is presented to the Sheriff who demonstrates a strong example, leadership, dedication and commitment to the NC Law Enforcement Torch Run. – Advertisement – 1 of 3 The Sheriff of the Year encourages his/her Office involvement in fundraising, local/state games, relay/Final Leg, and the mission of public awareness for the NC Torch Run in his/her county.The Sheriff was selected by the Torch Run Council and the Special Olympics NC Law Enforcement Torch Run staff.Sheriff McMahon also was awarded Gold Medal Award: Last year the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office raised over $17,233.00 for the Special Olympics North Carolina, ranking 21st in the state.Related Article: Alleged drug dealer charged in overdose deathIn addition, Sheriff McMahon was awarded the 50th Anniversary Torch, participating law enforcement agencies who raise $2,000 or more from runner pledges for their agency receive a torch 50th anniversary torch. Sheriff Ed McMahon receives Sheriff of the Year award (Photo: New Hanover Co. Sheriff’s Office) Sheriff Ed McMahon receives Sheriff of the Year award (Photo: New Hanover Co. Sheriff’s Office) Sheriff Ed McMahon receives Sheriff of the Year award (Photo: New Hanover Co. Sheriff’s Office)last_img read more

Support the Port among winners of disaster recovery grant

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) — A Wilmington organization will get a $25,000 grant to put towards health and wellness recovery from Hurricane Florence.The money is part of a bigger grant from the North Carolina Community Foundation.- Advertisement – The foundation gave out a total of $300,000 to organizations around the state.The founder of Support the Port says this is the biggest grant the group has ever received.Cedric Harrison says there is still so much work to be done after Florence. He says they will use the money to host a “Remember to Relax” series.Related Article: County, city leaders hold meeting to discuss affordable housing“One of the main things that we really need to recover from, that’s our mental state of mind,” Harrison said. “A lot of us were traumatized during that time during this disaster. We wanted to put together a series that helps people to make sure they take care of themselves, and to start recovering from the hurricane mentally.”Black River Health Services in Pender County will also receive grant money that will be used to train leaders in how to share critical information with Spanish-speaking residents during times of disaster.last_img read more

Maltese Court orders extradition of one of the most wanted in Europe

first_imgpolice.ukpolice.uk The Maltese Court has ordered that a man arrested in Malta, that is considered on one of Europe’s most wanted, be extradited. Court persecutor Magistrate Donatella Frendo Dimech, ordered that Christopher Guest More Jr, a 41 year old man from the UK, be extradited following confirmation of his identity using analysis of his fingerprints. He will stay in custody until his extradition back to the UK.Read: British fugitive arrested in MaltaThe man has insisted that his name is Andrew Christopher Lamb, and has contested the order for extradition saying he is not a wanted man.According to the Cheshire Police, Christopher Guest More Jr is wanted by the Police in connection to the murder of Brian Waters in Tabley, which took place around 16 years ago. It is believed that he likely fled the United Kingdom shortly after the incident on 19th June 2003.Read: One of Europe’s most wanted has ties with MaltaSky News stated that the victim, Waters, was tied to a chair, burnt, was attacked using a staple gun, was tied upside down, was beaten and sexually attacked using a metal bar. This information was published in Court in the United Kingdom in 2004. In a span of three hours, Waters suffered 123 wounds.WhatsApp SharePrint <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>last_img read more

Iaquinta handed twoyear prison sentence

first_imgFormer Juventus striker Vincenzo Iaquinta has been jailed for two years for illegal gun possession while his father, Giuseppe Iaquinta, was sentenced to 19 years for mafia association.A World Cup winner with Italy, Iaquinta also featured for Udinese, Padova, Cesena, Reggiolo and Castel di Sangro before hanging up his boots in 2013. The 38-year-old was one of 148 people standing trial for allegedly aiding the Calabrian mafia known as “‘Ndrangheta.”WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=a7617b59&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=128&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=a7617b59&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrintlast_img

Orange to exit Uganda market Sources say MTN may be the buyer

first_imgAdvertisement French Telecom operator Orange is considering an exit from the Ugandan market. The exit is going to to be from  several markets in Africa where it does not already hold a number one or two spot.This means an exit from Orange’s mobile businesses in Kenya, Democratic Republic of Congo and Niger, among others.In Uganda, the market is dominated by MTN and Bharti Airtel. Airtel acquired the third largest operator Warid Telecom for around US$100m from the Abu Dhabi Group in May 2013. – Advertisement – MTN has around 8.5 million subscribers in Uganda, while post-merger, Airtel has over 7.5 million.Sources say, the most logical buyer of the Orange Uganda unit could be MTN. The South African operator has previously been vocal about consolidation in the country, and will be keen to firm up its number one position, with second place Airtel gaining valuable ground.While Airtel is also clearly in acquisition mode across Africa, sources said it was unlikely the Indian telco would make a move for Orange Uganda so soon after its Warid buyout.Vodacom is thought to have made a bid for Warid Telecom Uganda, before losing out to Bharti Airtel, and although Orange Uganda is substantially smaller, the unit could give Vodacom a footstep in a market where it clearly sees potential.A decision by Orange to exit the Kenya market could be accelerated following the news that fourth place Essar’s yuMobile will be sold and split between Orange’s rivals, with Safaricom to buy yu’s infrastructure, and Airtel to get its 2.7 million subscribers.Source: TMT Financelast_img read more

The Generation Game

first_imgFalmouth StakesNewmarketTIME: 2.40pm, C4 and RUKLIGHTING UP NEWMARKETIt’s a shame that just the four runners go to post for the featured Etihad Airways Falmouth Stakes Group 1 this afternoon and staggering that no owner in the country wanted the £4,842 for finishing fifth !!It still should be a decent race and it’s the chance for Sky Lantern to show not only she’s the best of her generation but also that her generation are above average.She’s officially the best horse in the race with a BHA rating of 119 and has been particularly impressive in winning the 1000 Guineas and most recently the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot where she quickened inside the final furlong to beat outsider Kenhope into second and Irish 1000 Guineas winner Just The Judge into third.Further down the field, in eighth, was another of today’s rivals, Purr Along, who surely has no chances on turning that form around.Biggest danger is likely to come from Elusive Kate who ran well in fourth behind Declaration Of War in the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot. That was on her belated reappearance and she is entitled to have come on for that run.French raider Giofra is a real globe trotter but I’ve the feeling the ground might well be a little quick for her today. It was soft when she won this last year.In summary Sky Lantern. I know she’s short but it’s one of those that looks value at current odds and I think she will prove herself and her generation special today.STAR FORECAST(stake between 0.5 and 10 points)10 point win SKY LANTERN (2.40 Newmarket)(-6 points Thursday)GETTING HOTTERBritain has already been basking in sunshine for over a week but this weekend could bring the hottest day of the year so far.Temperatures on Friday are expected to reach 27C (80.6F) in some places but it is Saturday that looks like the scorcher.Forecasters say 32C (89.6F) is possible in southeast England.In July 2006 Wisley, Surrey, saw the mercury rise to 36.5C (97.7F) after a fortnight-long hot spell.The Met Office has said there is a 70% probability of heatwave conditions between 12pm on Friday and 8pm on Sunday.last_img read more

Rice University public finance and tax expert available to comment on federal

first_imgFacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThis ShareDavid Ruth713-348-6327druth@rice.eduRice University public finance and tax expert available to comment on federal budget and debt ceilingJohn Diamond, a fellow in public finance at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is available to comment on the ongoing negotiations between the White House and Congress on the federal budget, debt ceiling and possible government shutdown deadline of Aug. 2. Diamond recently authored an opinion piece for the Houston Chronicle titled ”A plan to move past the debt status quo.” He wrote, “The result of the ensuing debate should include both short-term cuts in deficits and long-term, meaningful constraints on future budget policies.” To read the full op/ed, visit www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/editorial/outlook/7657598.html#ixzz1TLQ1XuCP.To schedule an interview with Diamond, contact David Ruth, director of national media relations at Rice’s Baker Institute, at druth@rice.edu or 713-348-6327.More on Diamond:Diamond is also an adjunct professor of economics at Rice University and CEO of Tax Policy Advisers LLC. His research interests are federal tax and expenditure policy, state and local public finance, and the construction and simulation of computable general equilibrium models. His current research focuses on the economic effects of corporate tax reform, the economic and distributional effects of fundamental tax reform, individual portfolio allocation in the 2000s, and various other tax policy issues. He is co-editor of ”Fundamental Tax Reform: Issues, Choices and Implications” (The MIT Press, 2008). Diamond is the forum editor for the National Tax Journal and has served on the Joint Committee on Taxation, United States Congress (2000-2004). He has also served as a consultant on the efficacy of structural adjustment programs to the World Bank. He received his Ph.D. in economics from Rice University in 2000.last_img read more

Looks do matter

first_imgFacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThis Share6David Ruth713-348-6327druth@rice.eduAmy Hodges713-348-6777amy.hodges@rice.eduNew research from Rice and University of Houston says facial disfigurements negatively impact job applicantsPeople with birthmarks, scars and other facial disfigurements are more likely to receive poor ratings in job interviews, according to a new study by researchers at Rice University and the University of Houston.“Discrimination Against Facially Stigmatized Applicants in Interviews: An Eye-Tracking and Face-to-Face Investigation” was published online last month in the Journal of Applied Psychology and is one of the first studies to examine how individuals with facial blemishes fare in job interviews. The findings show that interviewers recalled less information about these candidates, which negatively impacted evaluations of the applicants.“When evaluating applicants in an interview setting, it’s important to remember what they are saying,” Rice Professor of Psychology Mikki Hebl said. “Our research shows if you recall less information about competent candidates because you are distracted by characteristics on their face, it decreases your overall evaluations of them.”Hebl co-authored the research paper with University of Houston professor and Rice alum Juan Madera.The research included two studies, the first of which involved 171 undergraduate students watching a computer-mediated interview while their eye activity was tracked. After the interview, they were asked to recall information about the candidate.“When looking at another person during a conversation, your attention is naturally directed in a triangular pattern around the eyes and mouth,” Madera said. “We tracked the amount of attention outside of this region and found that the more the interviewers attended to stigmatized features on the face, the less they remembered about the candidate’s interview content, and the less memory they had about the content led to decreases in ratings of the applicant.”The second study involved face-to-face interviews between candidates who had a facial birthmark and 38 full-time managers enrolled in a part-time MBA and/or a Master of Science in a hospitality management program, all of whom had experience in interviewing applicants for their current or past staff positions.Despite the increase in age, experience and education, the interviewers had a tough time managing their reactions to the stigma, Madera said. In fact, the effects of the stigma were actually stronger with this group, which he attributed to the face-to-face interview setting.“It just shows that despite maturity and experience levels, it is still a natural human reaction to react negatively to facial stigma,” Madera said.Both Hebl and Madera hope the research will raise awareness about this form of workplace discrimination.“The bottom line is that how your face looks can significantly influence the success of an interview,” Hebl said. “There have been many studies showing that specific groups of people are discriminated against in the workplace, but this study takes it a step further, showing why it happens. The allocation of attention away from memory for the interview content explains this.”This study was funded by Rice University. For more information or to schedule and interview with Hebl or Madera, contact Amy Hodges, senior media relations specialist at Rice, at 713-348-6777 or amy.hodges@rice.edu.-30-Related links:News video: Looks do matterStudy: “Discrimination Against Facially Stigmatized Applicants in Interviews: An Eye-Tracking and Face-to-Face Investigation”: http://psycnet.apa.org/psycarticles/2011-23754-001.pdfMikki Hebl bio: http://www.ruf.rice.edu/~hebl/Homepage.htmlJuan Madera bio: http://www.hrm.uh.edu/ContactUS/Faculty.asp?Contacttype=Bio&ContactID=150last_img read more

Notre Dame Mendoza Announces New Masters and More – Chicago News

first_img Last Updated Nov 8, 2018 by Jonathan PfefferFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail regions: Chicago Notre Dame Mendoza Announces New Master’s, and More – Chicago News RelatedChicago Business Schools Prepare Students For Future Careers in NonprofitsAccording to the Chicago Tribune, Windy City nonprofits reported a surge in spending and staffing in recent years. An annual survey by the CBRE Group, one of the world’s largest real estate companies, showed that 35 percent of Chicago-area nonprofits planned on expanding staff or office space, up from 24…August 2, 2017In “Featured Home”STEM Startups, Notre Dame’s New Master’s, and More – Chicago NewsLet’s explore some of the most interesting stories that have emerged from Chicago business schools this week. Why a Choice Doesn’t Feel Like a Choice When Morality Enters the Picture – Kellogg Insight In new research co-authored by Northwestern Kellogg Assistant Professor of Management and Organizations Maryam Kouchaki finds that…September 5, 2018In “Chicago”What Chicago MBAs Can You Earn the Fastest?Here’s a lesson everyone learns well before ever stepping foot into business school: time is money. Some students want to complete their MBA coursework as quickly and efficiently as possible. That’s where accelerated MBA programs come into play: in only 12 months, those who earn an accelerated MBA reenter the…March 8, 2018In “Chicago”center_img About the AuthorJonathan PfefferJonathan Pfeffer joined the Clear Admit and MetroMBA teams in 2015 after spending several years as an arts/culture writer, editor, and radio producer. In addition to his role as contributing writer at MetroMBA and contributing editor at Clear Admit, he is co-founder and lead producer of the Clear Admit MBA Admissions Podcast. He holds a BA in Film/Video, Ethnomusicology, and Media Studies from Oberlin College.View more posts by Jonathan Pfeffer Let’s explore some of the most interesting stories that have emerged from Chicago business schools this week.Notre Dame’s New One-Year Graduate Business Degree Focuses on Nonprofit Leadership – Mendoza Ideas & NewsThe Notre Dame University Mendoza College of Business recently launched a new one-year, 36-credit-hour lockstep Master of Nonprofit Administration (MNA) degree intended especially for nonprofit leaders.Angela Logan, the St. Andre Bessette Director of Nonprofit Professional Development, says, “ Students enter the program with ‘a servant heart,’ and we believe when they graduate, they will also have ‘a business mind.’”“The Notre Dame MNA affords students who have a commitment to serving the nonprofit sector an opportunity to learn from world-class faculty, who provide a solid business education to prepare them to lead global nonprofit organizations.”You can find out more about the brand new Notre Dame Masters program here. How Peer Pressure Can Lead Teens to Underachieve—Even in Schools Where It’s “Cool to Be Smart” – Kellogg InsightA new study from Northwestern Kellogg School of Management Professor of Managerial Economics and Decision Sciences Georgy Egorov finds that in “smart-to-be-cool” schools, “kids shy away from showing effort in front of their peers” either because they might “face a social stigma for publicly making an effort to excel” but in “cool-to-be-smart” schools, they simply may not want to “reveal their poor grasp of the material.”Egorov explains, “In a cool-to-be-smart school, students might be more likely to attend an after-school program if it is called “enrichment” rather than “extra help.” But in a smart-to-be-cool school, kids might find it more socially acceptable to seek “extra help” to avoid failing a class than “enrichment,” which suggests trying to excel.”According to the article, “the reasons why some students fail to take advantage of educational opportunities can differ greatly depending on the school’s overall culture.”“Administrators should understand their school’s culture when designing policies. For example, making class participation mandatory in a smart-to-be cool school could reduce the stigma of raising one’s hand. But in a cool-to-be-smart school, the same policy could provoke struggling students to disrupt class so they can avoid participating.”You can read more about Egorov’s study here.Student Innovator Re-imagining Restaurant Menus – Gies College of Business NewsThe Gies College of Business News recently profiled student Patryk Swietek, whose augmented reality app Menu3, which “allows customers to view a digital restaurant menu that features a 3D overlay of a dish right on their phone,” was a direct outgrowth of the iVenture Accelerator.”Swietek writes, “The iVenture Accelerator was on my scope of things to do before I even started here. I’ve known for a little while now that I want to pursue entrepreneurship, but I thought it would take a little while to start on a project worthy of iVenture.”Menu3 users can rotate photos for a 360-degree view to “help customers better understand portion sizes.” According to the article, Swietek’s first restaurant partner became Champaign’s Maize. They have since added Paris Super Crepes.iVenture director and co-founder Noah Isserman writes, “Patryk and the Menu3 team exemplify iVenture’s distinctive, community-focused approach to entrepreneurship.”You can read more from the Patryk profile here.last_img read more

A Year in Hope How Viral Photo of Mom Overdosing Led to

first_img Share this article A Year in Hope: How Viral Photo of Mom Overdosing Led to Recovery By Simon Veazey October 26, 2017 Updated: October 27, 2017  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Show Discussion US News A year ago, a photo of an overdosing mother that went viral became a graphic symbol of America’s opioid epidemic. Exactly one year on, however, and that same photo no longer marks the end of another tragic story, but the start of a new story—of hope. The photograph of Erika Hurt slumped unconscious in the driver’s seat, syringe in hand, shocked her so much when she saw it, that it marked a turning point in her life, she said.The image had been publicly released by the police to highlight the raw dangers of opioid addictions when they found Hurt had overdosed, with her baby son in the back of a car in Bartholomew County, Indiana. But it was the subject of the photograph—herself—who got a big awakening when she saw the picture on the evening news. “They exposed me and my addiction to the whole world,” Hurt, 26, told NBC. “I thought it was terrible.”A year later, and she is celebrating one year clean. In a Facebook post exactly one year after the photo on Oct. 22, she wrote: “Little did I know that day, my life was about to change, drastically. Today, I am able to focus on the good that came from that picture.” The photograph was taken in the town of Hope, by a police officer on Oct 22. 2016, just before medics revived Hurt from her near-fatal heroine overdose with a shot of Narcan. Hope Town Marshal Matt Tallent, released the image to local media. Hurt had been taken to a hospital and then onto Bartholomew County Jail. Erika Hurt and her son, pictured in Oct. 2017 (Erika Hurt/Facebook)In the meantime, the photograph had gone viral. When the evening news came on, Hurt saw the shocking image of herself for the first time. Tallent told NBC he had never meant to embarrass Hurt, or shame her into changing. With fatal drug overdoses doubling that year, he had wanted the image to serve as a warning of heroin’s dangers.He said it was unclear whether the photograph had had any impact on the local drug problem, but he believes it saved Hurt.“For this girl to have her life ripped up and then come back and be sober after everything that’s happened to her, that’s a story of success,” Tallent said.“I was so hurt and embarrassed. I had no clue that the picture had even been taken,” Hurt told NBC. “But at the same time, it was kind of a really big eye-opener to see myself like that.”Having pleaded guilty to neglect she was given a two-year suspended jail sentence that required her to go to an inpatient drug rehab program in jail. With the end of the program, Hurt was allowed to live at her mother’s under house arrest, and found a job in a plastic molding plant.Hurt was prescribed painkillers when she was 15, got hooked, and progressed to heroin.She managed to stop when she got pregnant, according to NBC, and stayed clean through the December 2015 birth of her son, Parker.Hurt said that she did not tackle her recovery alone. “I have a very large group of supporters standing behind me each and every day to help make sobriety possible for me!” she wrote on Facebook. Her Facebook feed is now full of images of a healthy and happy mother and son.Hurt said that she seriously debated for a month before whether to repost the painful picture that “displayed the absolute worst moment of my life.”“I’ve decided to repost the picture simply because it displays exactly what heroin addiction is. Also because I do not want to ever forget where the road of addiction has taken me.” Follow Simon on Twitter: @SPVeazey Sharelast_img read more