The equality and human rights watchdog has refused

first_imgThe equality and human rights watchdog has refused to withdraw its report to the UN on the implementation of its disability convention, despite omitting vital information that links government ministers with the deaths of benefit claimants.Only two weeks ago, three national disabled people’s organisations were forced to withdraw their own report to the UN, after admitting that their document failed to speak out strongly enough on links between the government’s welfare reforms and the deaths of disabled people who had been denied the benefits they needed.Disability Rights UK, Disability Wales and Inclusion Scotland agreed to strengthen their “shadow” report and resubmit it to the UN’s committee on the rights of persons with disabilities (CRPD), after the omissions were highlighted by Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) and Disability News Service (DNS).But now the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) – which funded the trio’s shadow report – has admitted that its own report to the UN has left out some of the same key pieces of evidence.This report was submitted by the UK Independent Mechanism (UKIM) – made up of EHRC, the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland, the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission and the Scottish Human Rights Commission – which is tasked with monitoring and promoting the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) in the UK.The UKIM report was sent to CRPD as part of the process which will lead to the UK government being questioned in public later this year on its progress in implementing the convention.But although it says that work capability assessments (WCAs) – which test eligibility for out-of-work disability benefits – “have been linked to some suicides and cases of deteriorating mental health”, the UKIM report fails to mention two Prevention of Future Deaths letters written by coroners to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), in late March 2010 and in early 2014.Both of those letters link flaws in the WCA process to the deaths of benefit claimants with mental health conditions.The first PFD report was written just weeks before the coalition government took power, but no action was taken by ministers on the coroner’s recommendations and the letter was not passed to the independent expert reviewing the WCA for DWP.The various documents omitted by UKIM show that other disabled people continued to die as a result of ministers’ failure to ensure that the necessary medical evidence is secured when a claimant has a mental health condition.The UKIM report also fails to mention a document written by Scotland’s Mental Welfare Commission (MWC), which linked flaws in the WCA and the death of Ms DE, a claimant with a mental health condition, in December 2011.An EHRC spokesman admitted that those three piece of evidence have been left out of the report.But he said the UKIM report had included a link to government-funded research by public health experts from the Universities of Liverpool and Oxford, which concluded in late 2015 that the programme to reassess people on incapacity benefit through the WCA was linked to 590 suicides in just three years.But when asked why it had ignored the three pieces of key evidence, which together link ministers with the deaths of benefit claimants, the EHRC spokesman said: “Because another source [the Liverpool and Oxford research report] was used that provided the same information, which was making the same substantive point.“For this reason, our submission will remain as it stands.”DPAC said it was “extremely concerned” by the omission, and wrote to EHRC this week to ask why it had omitted the “essential information” from its report.Members of DPAC’s steering group subsequently took part in a telephone conference call with an EHRC executive.Linda Burnip, co-founder of DPAC, said: “DPAC are deeply concerned that specific pieces of evidence which link the WCA to unnecessary claimant deaths have not been highlighted in any way by EHRC.“As they are the official monitoring body for the CRPD we feel this is totally unsatisfactory.“Two of the shadow reports – for DR UK and EHRC – have been produced by non-disabled people and more or less ignore the issues that are important to disabled people.“That the EHRC report summarized their perception of problems with the WCA process in 11 lines illustrates this point.“There is no sense of urgency in their report. These are people who have a cushy job and want to keep it.  “The mindset is that this is a technical, bureaucratic thing, not that it is really happening to actual disabled people.“Or worse, if it is happening to real disabled people it doesn’t really matter as long as the word limit [of their report] isn’t exceeded.”The EHRC spokesman said: “Our report, produced jointly with other members of the UK Independent Mechanism, clearly raises concerns about deaths linked to work capability assessments.“In particular, the report points to a recently published study of the link between the work capability assessments and deteriorating mental health and deaths.“As an independent, UN-accredited National Human Rights Institution, we have recommended that [CRPD] asks the UK government how it is ensuring that processes in place to deliver employment and support allowance, including work capability assessments, are compliant with the [UNCRPD].“For these reasons, our submission will remain as it stands.“We would encourage any organisation wishing to put forward additional evidence to submit this to [CRPD] by 27 February.”last_img read more

EXCITEMENT is already growing for the start of the

first_imgEXCITEMENT is already growing for the start of the season with the vast majority of the first team squad now beginning their pre-season preparations in the gym and on the the training field.The 2016 Home and Away shirts have been launched and we have already begun the build-up to the huge World Club Series clash against the Sydney Roosters, February 22.Now Keiron Cunningham has announced his squad numbers for the 2016 campaign.Mark Percival and Alex Walmsley have been promoted to the No.4 and No.8 shirts respectively.New signing Lama Tasi will wear the No.14 shirt and other new recruits Dominique Peyroux, Theo Fages and Jack Owens with wear the No.18, 19 and 22 shirts respectively.There are also new faces also from the Club’s Academy system with Calvin Wellington, Danny Richardson and others joining Ricky Bailey and Morgan Knowles who both made their debuts in 2015.Join that number now and secure your 2016 Membership package and take advantage of the Early-Bird pricing before Christmas Eve.    Secure your Number:Each member whether they renew or purchase Membership for the first time will be given a unique Membership number that they will keep for life. This number will then be used going forward for a range of exciting initiatives in the future bringing more value to loyal Saints fans.Your Benefits include:All your First Utility Super League and Super 8s home games included in one great membership package:Exclusive membership only merchandise and stadium offersExclusive local partner offers50% off Magic Weekend ticketsPriority match tickets for major games (T&C’s apply) Discounted away travelJunior membership holders get free access to all 2016 Saints away games (Subject to availability)last_img read more

Superstore

first_imgIn addition to our hugely popular sky blue and navy Summer Trainingwear range, we also have a selection of new polo shirts including our Lincoln and Monza designs, ideally suited for the Summer weather.We also have a brand new range of peaked caps as well as shorts, vests and other accessories with lines available in mens, womens and kids!Check out the New Arrivals section of the Saints Superstore here to view the latest products to drop.last_img

Renovated military resource lounge now open at UNCW

first_img The space was built in the Warwick Center to set up a support system for all military-affiliated students and their families.People got to check out the new lounge Monday afternoon, which has doubled in size.UNCW also launched the first university-based chapter of “in gear career.”Related Article: Have you seen her? Police search for missing womanIt’s a non-profit that helps military spouses build and keep their professional connections despite where they move next.“Time is of the essence,” UNCW Director of Military Affairs Bill Kawczynski. “If we can support them in every possible way, provide resources in any opportunity, work with them on career paths. Obviously these organizations such as In Gear Career and Hiring Our Heroes does make a difference. So come in, get your education, go on to your career.”The military resource lounge was built in 2015 and the university hopes the new expansion will help those who serve our country succeed. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — As UNCW gears up for another school year, they kicked off with an upgrade.A newly renovated military resource lounge is now open with a mission to help military spouses.- Advertisement – last_img read more

No changes in results after Brunswick County vote canvass

first_imgBRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — After the official count of votes from the Nov. 7 elections, all the results from Brunswick County are the same as they were on Election Night.This morning the Brunswick County Board of Elections canvassed the votes to make the results official.- Advertisement – The board recommended 13 supplemental absentee ballots for approval and 98 provisional for consideration.Perhaps the most anticipated certification was for H2GO Commissioner where Bill Beer, a candidate against building a reverse osmosis plant in northern Brunswick County finished behind two pro-reverse osmosis candidates, but ahead of the third reverse osmosis candidate Carl Antos.The official results for the three open seats are Ronnie Jenkins (1,996 votes), Rodney McCoy (1,822 votes) and Bill Beer (1,817 votes).Related Article: Ruling against asset transfer could lead to customer lawsuits towards H2GO“I’m disappointed that Carl did not come out ahead, but that’s life. Clean water to me is a moral issue and we’re going to continue to fight for that,” H2GO Commissioner Elect Rodney McCoy said.Beer’s victory tilts the balance of power on the board against building the plant.McCoy, one of the other winners said regardless of the outcome he will continue to make clean water his priority.“We’re going to have to be professional and work together. That’s life on a board, and it’s a little bit split,” McCoy said.Besides the H2GO board, other races the board looked into were Boiling Spring Lakes commissioner, Southport mayor and Sunset Beach council, which was separated by one vote.The two winners for Boiling Spring Lakes commissioner are Steven Barger (465 votes) and Guy Auger (245 votes).Jerry Dove won reelection as Southport mayor winning with 667. That’s 13 votes ahead of Joe Pat Hatem.“It was a very close race, and we feel like we ran a very good campaign. We were separated by 13 votes,” Southport mayor Candidate Joe Pat Hatem said.Hatem said he has a list of voters he will review, but ultimately supports the final decision.“If it does come to Mayor Dove winning reelection we wish him well he’s our mayor and we support him,” Hatem said.The winners for Sunset Beach Council are Charlie Nern (713 votes), John Corbett (689 votes) and Jan Harris (662 votes). E. Wilson Sherrill finished out of the running for the three seats by just two votes finishing with 660.None of the races changed from the order we saw on election night.Brunswick County Elections Director Sara Knotts said the results of those four elections are the only ones that can be challenged.Candidates who want to request a recount have until 5 p.m. Monday.New Hanover, Pender, Columbus and Bladen Counties results all remained the same from election night.last_img read more

Police arrest woman accused of intentionally striking pedestrian

first_img Courtnay Danielle Lawrence posted this photo of her damaged car following the hit-and-run on Feb. 6, 2019. (Photo: WPD) Related Article: Sheriff: 5-year-old North Carolina boy killed by crossfirePolice say their investigation into the hit and run revealed Lawrence intentionally attempted to strike the man, who is the father of her four children, and did hit the woman with whom he was walking.Magistrate Laura Barnes issued Lawrence a $25,000 unsecured bond.Lawrence will make her first appearance in New Hanover County District Court this afternoon. Lawrence is charged with assault with a deadly weapon, felony hit and run and driving without a license.The crash happened February 6 on Rutledge Drive. A man and woman were walking down the street when a black sedan swerved off the road and hit the woman. The man jumped out of the way.Investigators say they found a photo of Lawrence posing with the damaged car that was posted to social media immediately after the crash. 1 of 2center_img A woman was hit by a car on Rutledge Drive Feb 6, 2019. (Photo: Wilmington Police Department) Courtnay Danielle Lawrence (Photo: WPD) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) – Wilmington Police have arrested the woman wanted in a hit and run that left a woman with injuries.Police arrested Courtnay Danielle Lawrence, 21, on Tuesday night.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Japan to enter into an era of Beautiful Harmony

first_img SharePrint Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga unveils the new era name “Reiwa” at a news conference in Tokyo, Japan, April 1, 2019, in this photo taken by Kyodo. Mandatory credit Kyodo/via REUTERSJapan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga unveils the new era name “Reiwa” at a news conference in Tokyo, Japan, April 1, 2019, in this photo taken by Kyodo. Mandatory credit Kyodo/via REUTERS Japan declared on Monday the name of its new imperial era when Crown Prince Naruhito becomes emperor on May 1, with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe saying it emphasized traditional values at a turning point in the nation’s history.Crowds watching giant television screens across Tokyo roared and raised their phones to take photos as a sombre Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga held up a white placard with the new name – Reiwa – written in two characters in black ink.The country had been anxiously awaiting the new era name, or “gengo,” which is used on coins, calendars, newspapers and in official paperwork, and over time captures a national mood.The first character is most often used to mean “command” but can also mean “good” and “beautiful,” while the second means “peace” or “harmony”.The name emphasizes the beauty of Japan’s traditional culture and a future in which everyone would be able to achieve their dreams, especially young people, Abe said.“Our nation is facing a big turning point, but there are lots of Japanese values that should not fade away,” he told a news conference, adding the name signals that “our nation’s culture is born and nourished by people’s hearts being drawn beautifully together.”Naruhito’s ascension to the Chrysanthemum Throne will come a day after his father, Emperor Akihito, abdicates on April 30, ending the Heisei era, which began in 1989. He will be the first emperor to abdicate in Japan in over two centuries.The announcement came a month early so government offices and companies can update computer software and make preparations to avoid glitches when the new era begins.While use of the Western calendar is common, many Japanese count years by gengo or use the two systems interchangeably.JAPANESE POEMWhile the public response was generally positive, some people did not like the new name, pronounced “ray-wa.”“It’s a gentle, peaceful name,” said Masaharu Hannuki, a 63-year-old man outside Shimbashi train station where free special edition newspapers were handed out. “We want this to be an era where children can shine in a calm future.”Others said it sounded severe because the first character is used most often to mean “command” and “order.”“The idea that you should just give in to orders from those above you — that’s probably their wish but that doesn’t give me the sense they want peace for ordinary people,” said one Twitter user.For the first time, the new name was taken from an ancient Japanese source — an anthology of poems called the Manyoshu — instead of old Chinese texts.The characters are from a poem about spring that mentions soft winds and plum blossoms — references that scholars recognised but are not familiar to most people.Abe stressed the history and positive interpretation of the name. Experts also said it reflected his conservative political agenda that emphasizes national pride.“It’s a collection that expresses our nation’s rich culture, which we should take pride in, along with our nation’s beautiful nature,” Abe said. “We believe this national character should be passed along to the next era.”Makoto Ueno, a Manyoshu expert at Nara University, said the use of Japanese texts marked a significant change.“It means the gengo has entered a new chapter,” he said. “The system which originated with the Chinese emperor system has been made alive in Japan.”THE “REIWA” BUMPThe new name was a closely guarded secret, with officials involved forced to hand in their mobile phones and keep quiet.When it was finally announced, Internet users rushed to register domain names linked to “Reiwa“, which also sparked a jump in name-related stocks.Guidelines stipulated that the era name should be appropriate to the ideals of the nation, consist of two “kanji,” or Chinese characters, and be easy to write and read. It also can’t be a repeat of a previous combination.Scholars and bureaucrats had drawn up a list of candidates, and the cabinet made the final decision after consulting an advisory panel.There have been four era names in Japan’s modern history: Meiji (1868-1912), Taisho (1912-1926), Showa (1926-1989) and the current Heisei, meaning “achieving peace”.City offices and government agencies have been preparing for the new era name for months, aided by computer systems firms such as Fujitsu Ltd and NEC Corp. Many computer programmes have been designed to make it easy to change the gengo.Over time, the gengo comes to symbolise the national mood of a period, similar to how “the ’60s” evokes certain images, or how historians refer to Britain’s “Victorian” or “Edwardian” eras, tying the politics and culture of a period to a monarch.The three decades of the Heisei era saw the collapse of Japan’s frothy “bubble” economy, years of economic stagnation, a series of natural disasters and the spread of social media.“I hope it’s an era with no war and one where everyone helps each other,” said 13-year-old Miyu Sakamoto.WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

Nuns ask India government to ensure safety after school attack

first_img 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> Il-ħerba u l-ħsara fl-iskola Kattolika tas-sorijiet fl-IndjaIl-ħerba u l-ħsara fl-iskola Kattolika tas-sorijiet fl-Indja Religious sisters in India say they are “committed to our education ministry” after an attack which left several of them hospitalized in the southern state of Tamil Nadu on March 26.Members of the Hindu nationalist organization Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) attacked the Little Flower Higher Secondary School in Chinnasalem, physically assaulting – and even attempting to strangle – the nuns and causing around $150,000 in damage.The RSS is associated with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which has ruled India Since 2014, with Narendra Modi serving as prime minister. Religious minorities claim incidents of harassment against minorities – particularly Christians and Muslims – have increased since the party took power.A week in hospital“Two of our religious were discharged on April 3, after a week in hospital, where they were treated for the injuries as a result of the assault.  One of the nuns was treated for leg injuries, and severe abdominal/internal injuries, the other nun was beaten on her neck. Three other nuns were treated and discharged after a day, for injuries,” said Sister Devaseer Mary Siria Pushpam, the provincial of the Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.“This incident is also a sad reflection on the dignity of women. The attackers had no respect for us, even as women, one of our nuns, with abdominal and internal injuries was pinched on her stomach. This cannot be condoned,” she told Crux. “Women must be respected and treated with dignity. In our school, we emphasize dignity and respect, leadership, service and values essential for the upbringing of our children to be responsible adults.”Hundreds of people attacked the school after a teenage student committed suicide due to academic pressure ahead of an exam, some of them demanding money. They returned the next day, and classrooms were looted, windows were broken, and even the chapel was vandalized.Shock and painThe Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India issued a statement expressing “its shock, pain and hurt at the violence against the staff.”“We grieve the death of the young girl who committed suicide out of fear that she may not pass her 10th Standard Maths Public exam and that she would bring shame to her family and her parents. We offer our condolences to the family of the girl and offer them all our support and comfort. We pray for the repose of her soul.“We are however appalled and worried by the violence unleashed against the School staff and the Sisters and we condemn it unequivocally”. The Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Congregation, have been providing quality education for the last 74 years, to boys and girls from the most backward families.”The bishops’ statement  said the targeted violence against innocent students, staff and religious sisters is “unacceptable, reprehensible and disgraceful.”Attempt to strangulate nuns“That the group strategically divided itself and attacked the school and the boarding home systematically and simultaneously, manifests the murderous intent of the mob. The special targeting of the sisters, of the religious places in the campus and the sacrilegious attack on the crucifixes of the sisters, with attempts to strangulate the sisters with the chain holding the cross reveals the darkest side of human beings,” the statement continued.Although more than 200 people were involved in the assault, the authorities have only arrested 6 people, and detained two others for questioning.“However, all our religious sisters, are only speaking of forgiveness and mercy,” said Pushpam. “They have already forgiven their attackers from their hearts, but they want some system in place, to prevent any such incidents in the future,” she told Crux. “While we are committed to our education ministry, our safety has to be ensured.”WhatsApplast_img read more

Impeach me Ill jail you – Philippines Duterte dares foes to test

first_img <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrint FILE PHOTO: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte delivers a speech during their joint press statement with Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (not pictured) at Abe’s official residence in Tokyo, Japan May 31, 2019. Kazuhiro Nogi /Pool via ReutersFILE PHOTO: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte delivers a speech during their joint press statement with Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (not pictured) at Abe’s official residence in Tokyo, Japan May 31, 2019. Kazuhiro Nogi /Pool via Reuters Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has threatened opponents with prison if they try to impeach him, the latest in what a top U.N. official and an Asian lawmakers’ group this week called a pattern of persecution and assaults on free speech.Duterte vented his anger late on Thursday amid intense media scrutiny and accusations that he is siding with China over a June 9 sinking of a Filipino fishing boat by a Chinese vessel, which happened inside Manila’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).The maverick leader has echoed Beijing’s line that it was an accident, not an intentional ramming, and shrugged off the presence of Chinese fishermen inside the Philippine EEZ, saying he would allow it out of friendship.Some high-profile critics, among them a top judge and a former foreign minister, have called that a breach of the constitution, or worthy of his impeachment.“Me? Will be impeached? I will jail them all,” Duterte told reporters. “Try to do it and I will do it. Son of a bitch.”He added: “I am challenging you to do it. You really want to force my hand into it? Okay. You sons of bitches, do it. Yes. File it.”A report on Tuesday by the ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights chided the Duterte administration for what it said were threats and aggressive rhetoric and trumped-up criminal charges against opponents that amounted to “deliberate effort to muzzle critics and weaken checks and balances.”U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Monday said there was a “very real risk of violence” for Filipinos who speak out, noting threats were publicly made by state officials.While Duterte’s popularity and mandate have been bolstered by a recent midterm election, the sinking incident has put the domestic spotlight on cracks that are appearing in his much-trumpeted foreign policy of non-confrontation with China in return for economic incentives.Some analysts say China’s offers of high-interest infrastructure loans and promises of massive investments have won Duterte’s acquiescence, but with much of that yet to materialise and China further militarising its artificial islands and strengthening its fishing militia, Duterte risks looking like he is being duped.Asked on Friday about threats to jail opponents, presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo said Duterte was merely upset that people could not see he had the country’s interests at heart.“He cannot understand why people are against his policy,” Panelo told reporters.WhatsApplast_img read more

Naming of von der Leyen as EU executive chief not transparent –

first_imgEuropean Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker reacts during his meeting with the Finnish Prime Minister (not pictured) at the House of the Estates during the visit to the College of Commissioners of the European Commission in Helsinki, Finland, July 5, 2019. Emmi Korhonen/Lehtikuva via REUTERSEuropean Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker reacts during his meeting with the Finnish Prime Minister (not pictured) at the House of the Estates during the visit to the College of Commissioners of the European Commission in Helsinki, Finland, July 5, 2019. Emmi Korhonen/Lehtikuva via REUTERS European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said the process to appoint his successor, Germany’s Ursula von der Leyen, was not transparent and marked an unwelcome break with the practice of choosing parties’ lead candidates.“The process was not very transparent,” Juncker told a news conference in Helsinki on Friday, replying to a question about how EU leaders this week selected the next president of the EU executive. The nominee requires European Parliament approval.He added that his appointment five years ago was transparent as he was chosen by leaders after having campaigned in European elections.“Unfortunately it did not become a tradition,” Juncker said. “I was the first and the last spitzenkandidat,” he added, using the German word for lead candidate in EU elections.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

Facebook adds weather feature for eventgoers

first_imgAdvertisement Facebook is helping people know how to dress for an event, a new feature in its seemingly unending evolution that is puzzling because it offers users the chance to hop off the social networking site.Now when you set up an event on Facebook you can let guests know whether they should wear a jacket, sunglasses or snow boots thanks to an integration with the online weather service Weather Underground, a property of The Weather Channel located at wunderground.com.You might wonder why Facebook is doing this, since it makes big bucks by keeping users on its own site and looking at and clicking on ads. Is it merely a generous addition in the spirit of simply making its site more helpful and useful? It’s doubtful. – Advertisement – In reality, dropping weather info into its Events function is a product of a hackathon,TechCrunch reports. A hackathon, which is a big tradition at Facebook, involves computer programmers and others in the field collaborating on software projects.Regardless, for anybody not familiar with Weather Underground, this new Facebook feature is a good chance to snoop around on the crowdsourced weather site, which makes great use of a community of weather enthusiasts who like to blog about snowdrifts, droughts, floods and whatnot. And in addition to more weather data that you’d probably ever need, you can peruse millions of uploaded photos of things like blizzards, auroras and cool-looking clouds.To see the new weather information via Facebook, click on Events under Favorites on the left side of your Facebook page, then +Create Event on the top right. You won’t see any weather options quite yet. First, you need to let Facebook know where and when you’re holding your gathering, obviously.Oddly, event organizers then see a line item that details current weather conditions at the stated location — puzzling information considering odds are any event you’re setting up isn’t being held right now. However, once you send your invitation out to friends (or anybody if you make it public) people who view it will see forecasted weather data for the day of the event, although they might not know it unless they click on the link.If you’re a power Facebook user who really digs weather, you might also check out the Weather Underground Facebook app, which will do things such as post severe weather alerts to your wall and let you see what kind of weather your friends are experiencing in real-time.Credit: PCWorldlast_img read more

Get edible burgers pizza or chocolate using the Foodini 3D printer

first_imgAdvertisement A company called Natural Machines has introduced a 3D printer for food.The “Foodini,” as it’s called, isn’t too different from a regular 3D printer, but instead of printing with plastics, it deploys edible ingredients squeezed out of stainless steel capsules.The Barcelona-based startup is showing off the machine at the Web Summit technology conference in Dublin. – Advertisement – It says is the only one of its kind capable of printing a wide range of dishes, from sweet to savoury.“It’s the same technology,” says Lynette Kucsma, co-founder of Natural Machines, “but with plastics there’s just one melting point, whereas with food it’s different temperatures, consistencies and textures. Also, gravity works a little bit against us, as food doesn’t hold the shape as well as plastic.”Natural Machines points out that it’s designed to take care only of the difficult and time-consuming parts of food preparation that discourage people from cooking at home, and that it promotes healthy eating by requiring fresh ingredients prepared before printing.The company is working with major food manufacturers to create pre-packaged plastic capsules that can just be loaded into the machine to make food, even though they assure these will be free of preservatives, with a shelf life limited to five days. The printing process is slow, but faster than regular 3D printing. Other than being capable of creating complex designs, such as very detailed cake decorations or food arranged in unusual shapes, the Foodini can be useful for recipes that require precision and dexterity, like homemade pizza or filled pasta.The device at the moment only prints the food, which must be then cooked as usual. But a future model will also cook the preparation and produce it ready to eat.The company is completing a round of financing and plans to begin mass manufacturing in the second half of next year.Source: CNNlast_img read more

STARTERS ORDERS Friday

first_imgHORSE RACING12.45 Down RoyalMonbeg Notorious evens > 4/53.10 WarwickVikekhal 4/1 > 100/303.45 WarwickButlergrove King 5/1 > 5/24.50 NewcastleEternalist 5/2 > 2/16.05 DundalkBlitz 5/2 > 7/46.20 NewcastleKiwi Bay 12/1 > 9/19.05 DundalkMaster Ring 5/1 > 3/1LIVE FOOTBALLChampionship19:45 Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 1 HD5/4 Brentford 11/5 Fulham 5/2 DRAWFA Cup First Round19:55 BBC Two / BBC Two HD2/1 Eastleigh 13/10 Swindon Town 12/5 DRAWBET WITH STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321 [dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Friday 4 Novemberlast_img read more

STARTERS ORDERS Sunday

first_imgHORSE RACING2.10 KemptonJumping Jack 5/2 > 6/42.20 LeopardstownJames Cook 4/5 > 8/152.55 LeopardstownBaroness 11/4 > 2/13.50 SouthwellCoiste Bodhar 9/1 > 5/14.50 KemptonFight Commander 6/1 > 7/25.20 KemptonPresent Man 11/8 > evensFOOTBALLPremier League13:30 Sky Sports Premier League / Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Ultra HD100/30 Everton 5/6 Arsenal 14/5 DRAWBetfred Cup Semi-Final14:30 BT Sport 1 / BT Sport 4K UHD8/13 Rangers 9/2 Motherwell 16/5 DRAWPremier League16:00 Sky Sports Premier League / Sky Sports6/5 Tottenham Hotspur 12/5 Liverpool 5/2 DRAWBET WITH STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321 [dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Sunday 22 Octoberlast_img read more

STARTERS ORDERS Monday

first_img[dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Monday 23 October HORSE RACING2.30 PlumptonAction Replay 7/4 > 11/104.30 PlumptonOh Land Abloom 10/1 > 5/15.00 PlumptonBarney From Tyanee 10/1 > 2/15.10 WindsorBetsalottie 20/1 > 8/1FOOTBALLLa Liga19:00 Sky Sports Mix8/11 Real Sociedad 7/2 Espanyol 11/4 DRAWLa Liga20:00 Sky Sports Red Buttonevens Deportivo La Coruna 13/5 Girona 12/5 DRAWBET WITH STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

£25 FREE BET Huntingdon Tuesday

first_img£25 FREE BET IFANY RACE AT HUNTINGDON WON BY HEAD OR LESSWe are giving all starsports.bet NEW CUSTOMERS a £25 FREE BET if ANY RACE AT HUNTINGDON ON TUESDAY IS WON BY A HEAD OR LESS.You simply need to open an account and place a bet at evens or above, of at least £10, on any market at starsports.bet between 9am on Tuesday 19 March and 2pm on Tuesday 19 March. TERMS AND CONDITIONS(1) This promotion is for new account holders only. To qualify, you must open a new account at starsports.bet anytime from 9am on Tuesday 19 March to 2pm (GMT) on Tuesday 19 March.(2) In addition, you must place at least one bet online with starsports.bet before 2pm (GMT) on Tuesday 19 March. The bet must be for a stake of £10 (or more), on a selection at evens or above, on any market as displayed on the starsports.bet web site, excluding specials or enhanced odds markets.(3) The bonus promotional offer of £25 will be paid as a Free Bet if ANY RACE AT HUNTINGDON ON TUESDAY IS WON BY A HEAD OR LESS. The Free Bet will be valid for a period of 7 days from the point of issue and must be used within this period otherwise will expire.(4) If, for any reason, the event(s) do not take place or are declared void for betting purposes this offer will also be voided.(5) The bonus Free Bet, if successful, will be credited within 48 hours, direct to your online account.(6) Free Bets may not be used in conjunction with any other current promotion.(7) Star Sports reserve the right to withdraw or refuse any Free Bet promotion at any point.(8) Free Bet stakes are not returned with winnings.(9) Free Bet awards cannot be exchanged for cash.(10) Free Bet awards can be used online, tablet or mobile only.(11) The Free Bet must be used within the timeframe specified on the promotion details and may not be either part used or carried forward.(12) This promotion can only be used once per person and per account. Only one bonus can be awarded per person, household, shared computer or shared IP address. In the event of a customer opening more that one account to claim multiple offers we reserve the right to suspend/close duplicate accounts and void any bets placed.(13) Usual Star Sports Betting Rules and Terms and Conditions apply, these can be viewed at starsports.bet.(14) If you have any further questions about this promotion you can contact our customer service team cs@starsportsbet.co.uklast_img read more

Rice to host energy technologies forum for university techtransfer managers and industry

first_imgShareOffice of Public Affairs / News & Media RelationsMEDIA ADVISORYB.J. Almond713-348-6770balmond@rice.edu Rice U. to host energy technologies forum for university tech-transfer managers and industry reps Oct. 22-23Energy and higher-ed reporters welcome to attendHOUSTON — (Oct. 2, 2014) — What does the energy industry want from academia? Representatives from business development and intellectual property management will address that question when they meet with university technology-transfer reps who have responsibilities for managing energy portfolios during the Association of University Technology Managers’ (AUTM) Partnering Forum at Rice University Oct. 22-23. Journalists who cover the energy, tech-transfer and higher-ed beats are welcome to attend.“The top 10 energy companies are in Houston, so we’re focusing on oil and gas for this AUTM Partnering Forum,” said Nila Bhakuni, director of Rice’s Office of Technology Transfer and chair of the event. “We’re bringing together university and industry reps to explore potential energy research collaborations and licensing opportunities.”The agenda includes panel discussions on success stories of partnerships in academia and energy and on guidelines for effective technology transfer. Luncheon plenary speakers will discuss the energy industry’s expectations of universities.The Association of University Technology Managers is a nonprofit organization with an international membership of more than 3,200 technology managers and business executives. The majority of AUTM members are managers of intellectual property, which is one of the most active growth sectors of the global economy, and they work at universities, research institutions and teaching hospitals as well as at numerous businesses and government organizations.Who: University technology transfer reps from Auburn University, Case Western Reserve University, Colorado School of Mines, Duke University, Georgia Tech Research Corporation, Pacific Northwest National Lab, Rice University, University of Texas at Austin, University of Toledo, Vanderbilt University, Wake Forest University and other schools will meet with reps from Baker Hughes, BP, Chevron, Energy Ventures, ExxonMobil, GE Oil & Gas, National Oilwell Varco, Schlumberger LTD, Shell and other energy industry partners.What: Association of University Technology Managers’ Partnering Forum on Energy Technologies.When: Oct. 22 (evening networking reception at 6 p.m.) and Oct. 23 (forum from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.).        Where: Rice University’s BioScience Research Collaborative, 6500 Main St., Houston. (Oct. 22 reception is at Cohen House on the Rice campus, 6100 Main. St.)For the forum agenda and more information about this event, visit http://www.autm.net/Energy_Technologies/13710.htm.Journalists who want to attend should contact Paul Stark, AUTM communications manager, for press passes at pstark@autm.net or 847-559-0846.# # #Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,920 undergraduates and 2,567 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is just over 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked among some of the top schools for best quality of life by the Princeton Review and for best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to http://tinyurl.com/AboutRiceU. Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Office of News and Media Relations – MS 300, Rice University, 6100 Main St., Houston, TX 77005 AddThislast_img read more

Poll STAR Rice team sets sights on better voting machine

first_imgAddThis Share1David Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduJade Boyd713-348-6778jadeboyd@rice.eduPoll STAR: Rice team sets sights on better voting machineExperts work with Travis County to design secure, easy-to-use, e-voting systemHOUSTON — (Oct. 27, 2014) — At the urging of county election officials in Austin, Texas, a group of Rice University engineers and social scientists has pulled together a team of U.S. experts to head off a little-known yet looming crisis facing elections officials nationwide.According to a January report from the Presidential Commission on Election Administration, U.S. elections officials are facing an “impending crisis” as they look to replace the aging voting systems they purchased after Florida’s flawed 2000 election. The commission concluded that elections officials “do not have the money to purchase new machines, and legal and market constraints prevent the development of machines they would want even if they had the funds.”Rice experts (from left) Phil Kortum, Claudia Ziegler Acemyan, Dan Wallach and Mike Byrne are working to design a new electronic voting system that is both secure and easy to use. Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice UniversityBut a STAR (Secure, Transparent, Auditable and Reliable) voting system is on the horizon.At the behest of Travis County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir, Rice University experts in computer security, functional design and ergonomics are working with collaborators to design an unhackable voting system that will be cheaper than existing e-voting machines and just as easy for voters to use.STAR team member Phil Kortum, assistant professor of psychology, said security and usability often conflict in technology. A good example would be a 16-character password with upper- and lowercase letters, numbers and capital letters. While ultrasecure, such a password has little utility if the user can’t remember it.E-voting and computer security expert Dan Wallach, professor of computer science, has documented flaws in e-voting systems for more than a decade. He said working on STAR has been a real eye-opener for team members on both sides of the security-usability divide.“Security people have always said, ‘We need to be involved early in the design, because it’s a lot easier to fix a security problem before you’ve built the thing,’” Wallach said. “It turns out that usability people have been saying the same thing all along.”Rice University experts are helping design a new voting system that would make use of tablet computing technology to hold down costs and improve usability and security. Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice UniversityThe quest to build STAR began three years ago when DeBeauvoir spoke at a voting technology conference and asked the academics at the conference to work with her office to create an e-voting system with security features that are lacking in today’s market. For example, most e-voting systems offer no method for conducting a meaningful recount because there are no physical records — like paper ballots — that can be tallied.Wallach, a longtime advocate of paper ballot backups to e-voting systems, leaped at DeBeauvoir’s offer to help design a more secure e-voting alternative.“I told her I needed a lot more help to make this work, and we gradually built up a group that included several people at Rice and a number of others from across the country,” Wallach said.The team has met with DeBeauvoir and her staff several times to develop specifications that can be issued to a vendor to produce a STAR prototype. Wallach said the team hopes that the call for proposals will go out to vendors later this year, and it will likely take several years to refine and test prototypes. He and Kortum have landed a three-year $1.2 million NSF grant that will allow them to address a number of security and usability questions during those tests.“Voting is too important to experiment with, so you need to work out all the kinks before you put anything into the polls during a real election,” Wallach said. “I’d like to think we will have something ready in time to be used in the midterm elections in 2018.”It is unique for security and usability experts to work so closely on an e-voting system. STAR co-designer Mike Byrne, professor of psychology, said, “As far as we know, this is the first voting system where that has actually happened.”But Wallach said the ultimate success or failure of the project could hinge on how much it costs. The team, which includes Rice postdoctoral researcher Claudia Ziegler Acemyan, is working hard to build the system around commercially available tablet computers, a move that could result in a system that is about half the price of commercially available e-voting systems.“It doesn’t matter how good the system is if it costs too much,” Wallach said. “Our hope is to design something that’s both better and cheaper so that adoption becomes a no-brainer.”-30-High-resolution IMAGES are available for download at:http://news.rice.edu/files/2014/10/1027_VOTING-groupB-lg.jpgCAPTION: Rice experts (from left) Phil Kortum, Claudia Ziegler Acemyan, Dan Wallach and Mike Byrne are working to design a new electronic voting system that is both secure and easy to use.CREDIT: Jeff Fitlow/Rice Universityhttp://news.rice.edu/files/2014/10/1027_VOTING-screen-lg.jpgCAPTION: Rice University experts are helping design a new voting system that would make use of tablet computing technology to hold down costs and improve usability and security.CREDIT: Jeff Fitlow/Rice UniversityA copy of the NSF grant abstract is available at:http://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1409401Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,920 undergraduates and 2,567 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is just over 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is highly ranked for best quality of life by the Princeton Review and for best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go here.last_img read more

Finding The Best New York Executive MBA Programs

first_img An Executive MBA (EMBA) is an excellent option for motivated professionals looking to advance in their industry. Most EMBA programs are tailored to accommodate a full-time work schedule. According to U.S. News and World Report, the average salary for EMBA grads increased by about 14 percent just a few years ago. Whether you’re feeling stuck in your current position, or just looking to get ahead of rapid changes in your industry, an EMBA is a worthwhile investment. And for those living or working in the northeast, we’ve laid out some of the best New York Executive MBA programs.Lubin School of Business — Pace UniversityPace University’s Lubin School of Business affords students with the opportunity to earn an Executive MBA in 20 months. The program is flexible so that students can earn an EMBA without sacrificing their full-time employment. Classes include online courses combined with weekend residencies ever ten weeks. Overall, students are only required to spend 34 days on campus. The program combines individual and cohort-based work, so that students maintain independence while learning to work collaboratively. Columbia Business SchoolColumbia Business School’s EMBA curriculum is identical to the curriculum of the full-time MBA, but with a schedule that accommodates a nine to five job. There are several scheduling options in the EMBA program. Students can take classes every Saturday for 24 months, every other Friday and Saturday for 20 months, or then can do EMBA Americas which includes five to six day blocks once a month for 20 months. EMBA Americas is designed for executives living in the United States, Canada and Latin America.Stern School of Business — New York UniversityNYU’s Stern School of Business has a renowned EMBA program. In fact, U.S. News ranks Stern’s EMBA in the top five EMBA programs in the country. This program takes 22 months to complete and includes classes every other Friday and Saturday. Students only take two classes at a time, which allows a work-life balance for students juggling their education, families and full-time careers. Stern’s students will also gain access to their alumni network of 100,000 graduates.Gabelli School of Business — Fordham UniversityFordham University’s Gabelli School of Business provides an EMBA program that requires students to take courses for one three-day weekend per month over 22 months. Applicants must have seven years of work history before joining the program, and usually come in at an average age of 33-years old. EMBAs complete a concentration in management systems with supplemental courses in finance and business communication. Fordham boasts a tight-knit, loyal alumni network.Zarb School of Business — Hofstra UniversityStudents at Hofstra University’s Zarb School of Business can earn an EMBA in just 18 months. Fordham’s EMBAs meet on campus on alternate Saturdays and complete the rest of their coursework online. Though students are only on campus one day every other week, they will end up spending about 18 hours a month in classes. The program also includes one week abroad. Fordham’s EMBA students accrue a total of 41 credits.Zarb EMBA grads boast a hefty 100 percent employment rate upon earning their degree with a staggering $123,500 average annual salary just to start. Several EMBA alum of the most recent graduating class even managed to earn a starting salary north of $155,000.For more information on the best New York Executive MBA programs, check out our comprehensive NYC EMBA guide. Finding The Best New York Executive MBA Programs regions: New York City About the AuthorJillian MarkowitzView more posts by Jillian Markowitz center_img RelatedLubin to Hold Open House For EMBAPace University’s Lubin School of Business will host an Executive MBA open house on August 23 and August 24, 2014. Attendants will join current Executive MBA students during an actual residency, participate in classroom activities and team project meetings, and meet all of the EMBA faculty and staff. Participants will…July 30, 2014In “Featured Home”New York City MBA Programs Without GRE or GMAT RequirementsIt’s not a coincidence that many MBA programs offer flexible options for earning your degree: Such degree programs understand that most business students are already working professionals with busy schedules. Nonetheless, submission of GMAT/GRE scores is frequently a requirement to apply for an MBA program. The number of hours and…September 1, 2016In “News”Lubin Holds EMBA Open House EventsThe Lubin School of Business at Pace University will be holding two open house events for its Executive MBA program. The open house events will be held Jan. 10 and Jan. 11, 2015. Both of the events will be held at the Downtown Conference Center at Pace University. During the…January 5, 2015In “Featured Home” Last Updated Apr 11, 2017 by Jillian MarkowitzFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail last_img read more

London Business School Prof Warns of the Future for Tech Giants

first_imgLondon Business School Prof Warns of the Future for Tech Giants Last Updated Jan 12, 2018 by Kelly VoFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail Last year, tech giants such as Google, Amazon, and Facebook already started facing new regulations and pushback from government officials. For example, last November, the State of Missouri launched an investigation into Google to see if it had violated antitrust and consumer protection laws. Julian Birkinshaw, a professor of strategy and entrepreneurship at London Business School, thinks that’s only the beginning.“The tech giants are huge beasts, and there is a growing sense of unease about their power,” Birkinshaw said in a news article on the school website. He went on to talk about various fines already levied against big tech firms such as Google, which was ordered to pay €2.4 billion last June for abusing its internet search monopoly to promote its online shopping service. Facebook, meanwhile, got slapped with a €110-million fine by the European Union for providing misleading information about its takeover of WhatsApp.According to Birkinshaw, these examples are just the tip of the iceberg. “Over the coming year we can expect to see more of this aggressively activist approach in tackling companies with dominant positions,” he wrote. What’s driving this more aggressive regulation? Birkinshaw believes it has to do with the old supplier-manufacturer-distributor-consumer model, which doesn’t fit these new tech giants. Antitrust legislation wasn’t designed to cope with tech companies whose profitability increases rapidly alongside its growth.For example, Facebook has more than two billion active users, Google handles 42 percent of all U.S. digital advertising, and Amazon has all but eliminated would-be competitors. Birkinshaw sees no signs of these companies slowing down.“The more people who join Facebook or use Google, the more data the company can mine. The economies of scale become ever greater,” Birkinshaw wrote. “So we need to rethink the way we monitor the power of the huge companies now dominating the business landscape.”This article has been edited and republished with permissions from our sister site, Clear Admit. regions: Londoncenter_img About the AuthorKelly Vo    Kelly Vo is a writer who specializes in covering MBA programs, digital marketing, and personal development.View more posts by Kelly Vo RelatedAmazon Talks About Its Success and Recruiting at London Business SchoolIt’s not that surprising to hear about Seattle-based Amazon recruiting from top U.S. MBA programs such as the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, where it was the number-one recruiter in 2016, hiring 31 of the school’s MBA grads. What might be more surprising is the fact that Amazon…November 16, 2017In “Featured Home”Memorial Prize Awarded to London Business School ProfessorJulian Birkinshaw, Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at the London Business School, was awarded the Richard Beckhard Memorial Prize for an article called “Combining Purpose with Profits,” according to a press release from the school. The award is presented by MIT Sloan Management Review and recognizes their most outstanding article…August 26, 2015In “News”What They’re Saying: The Facebook FalloutIt seems puzzling to say a company that is worth nearly half a trillion dollars is venturing somewhere near zero degrees Kelvin, but if you were only reading headlines this week you’d get the sense that Facebook isn’t looking so hot. Since the break of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, the…March 30, 2018In “Featured Home”last_img read more