Month: July 2019

ELECTION 2015 Green party faces questions over as

first_imgELECTION 2015: Green party faces questions over assisted suicide backingThe Green party has been asked how it can justify calls for the legalisation of assisted suicide at the same time that it claims to be in favour of implementing the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. 23 April 2015 Election 2015: ‘Jury’ backs Greens, as Tories ignore inviteThe Green party has come out ahead of Labour and the Liberal Democrats after one of the first disability-related hustings of the general election campaign. 3 April 2015 ELECTION 2015: Cameron’s visit from ‘human cost of austerity’ projectA disabled artist-activist’s project to “make visible the human cost of austerity” in the run-up to tomorrow’s general election has visited the prime minister’s constituency, home to one of the most high-profile victims of his government’s austerity programme. 6 May 2015 ELECTION 2015: Golden Paralympian’s concern at government cuts to ‘safety net’A triple-gold medal-winning Paralympian has criticised the government for cutting funding for many disabled people with high support needs. 6 May 2015 ELECTION 2015: Lib Dem president’s bus horror ‘proves need for new law’The disabled president of the Liberal Democrats has complained of her “outrageous” treatment by a conductor who refused to ask a young dad to move his child’s buggy from the wheelchair space on a near-empty London bus. 30 April 2015 ELECTION 2015: UKIP refuses to back right to life, mobility, freedom from torture…UKIP has refused to back key parts of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, including disabled people’s right to life, and their right to freedom from exploitation, violence and abuse. 30 April 2015 ELECTION 2015: Labour promises WCA reform, an end to the bedroom tax… and cutsLabour has published an election manifesto that includes pledges on social care and welfare reform, but offers few new policies on disability rights. 16 April 2015 ELECTION 2015: SNP pledges to block coalition’s PIP and DLA spending cutsThe Scottish National Party has pledged to block plans to cut spending on disability benefits by £3 billion by 2017-18, if enough of its MPs are elected. 23 April 2015 ELECTION 2015: Greens offer five key pledges on social care and benefitsThe Green party have included five key pledges around disability benefits and social care in their manifesto, as well as suggesting sweeping long-term plans to reform the welfare state. 16 April 2015 ELECTION 2015: Coalition has led to in-work ‘discrimination, harassment and hardship’Disabled workers have faced deteriorating attitudes from employers, cuts to their legal protection, and “disintegrating” long-term job prospects under the last four years of the coalition government, according to new research. 30 April 2015 Election 2015: Tories dodge election hustings on disabilityThe Conservative party is refusing to defend its record in government on disability issues, after declining invitations to take part in three national disability-related election hustings. 10 April 2015 ELECTION 2015: Conservatives confirm plans for £12 billion welfare cutsThe Conservative party has made it clear in its election manifesto that it plans to make further sweeping cuts to social security spending, and scrap the Human Rights Act. 16 April 2015 ELECTION 2015: Tories refuse to say which human rights they will dumpThe Conservative party are refusing to say which vital protections they would scrap if they win the election and abolish the Human Rights Act. 23 April 2015 ELECTION 2015: UKIP would scrap WCA, bedroom tax… and care watchdogUKIP’s manifesto has significant policies on out-of-work disability benefits and social care, but offers little to suggest that disability rights would be a priority if the party won power. 16 April 2015 Election 2015: Tories dodge questions over disability benefit cutsThe prime minister has become the third senior Conservative figure in a week to refuse to say in front of television cameras whether his party plans to tax key disability benefits after the general election. 3 April 2015 ELECTION 2015: Bus tour highlights disabled people’s voting powerA five-day bus tour across London has helped raise the profile of disabled people’s potential voting power in next month’s general election. 23 April 2015center_img ELECTION 2015: Lawyers pledge free help for disabled voters on election dayDisabled voters who face polling station barriers at tomorrow’s general election will be able to secure free legal advice that could help them cast their vote. 6 May 2015 ELECTION 2015: Harper suggests backing for mental health treatment sanctionsThe Tory minister for disabled people appears to have accidentally admitted what many disabled activists feared: that a Conservative government would cut the out-of-work benefits of people with mental health conditions if they refused treatment. 30 April 2015 ELECTION 2015: Greens agree to debate their backing for assisted suicideThe Green party has agreed to take part in a public debate with disabled activists on its pledge to legalise assisted suicide. 1 May 2015 ELECTION 2015: Liberal Democrats want BSL recognition and a single assessmentThe Liberal Democrats have published a manifesto which – of the five main parties covering both England and Wales – appears to offer the most extensive series of proposals around disability rights. 16 April 2015 Election 2015: Conservative MP caught out misleading constituents on ILF closureA Conservative election candidate has been caught out misleading disabled constituents about the closure of the Independent Living Fund. 10 April 2015 ELECTION 2015: Labour’s disability manifesto chaosLabour’s launch of its disability manifesto has descended into chaos after major disagreements between a shadow minister and a leading disabled election candidate over how far it would go in government to address disability poverty. 23 April 2015 ELECTION 2015: UKIP’s silence on UN disability conventionUKIP is refusing to say whether it is in favour of key sections of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. 23 April 2015 ELECTION 2015: Plaid Cymru starts planning for more control over benefitsPlaid Cymru wants to develop an employment and social security system that does more to support benefit claimants into work, “dealing with people fairly” and “without the use of sanctions”. 23 April 2015 ELECTION 2015: Charity boss criticised by watchdog over Tory manifesto photoThe disabled head of a disability charity has been criticised by the charities watchdog after a full-page photograph of her was used – with her permission – in the Conservative party’s election manifesto. 17 April 2015 ELECTION 2015: Lib Dem president ‘astonished’ at manifesto’s disability benefits failureThe Liberal Democrats’ disabled president has told Disability News Service she is “astonished” that her party’s planned cuts to social security spending would not exempt all recipients of disability benefits. 23 April 2015 ELECTION 2015: Artist will broadcast her 650 austerity stories on eve of electionIn the last hours before election day, a disabled artist-activist will highlight the impact of government cuts, with a six-hour performance in which the stories of 650 people at austerity’s “sharp end” will be broadcast over the internet. 6 May 2015 ELECTION 2015: Two disabled activists barred from job-sharing MP bidsDisabled activists have been barred from standing as job-share candidates in at least two constituencies in next month’s general election. 15 April 2015 ELECTION 2015: DPOs announce ‘17 policies to reclaim our futures’Four leading disabled people’s organisations have issued a list of 17 policies they want the next government to implement in its first 100 days. 6 May 2015 ELECTION 2015: Greens demand IDS apology for ‘misleading’ voters on benefit deathsTory work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith is facing calls to apologise after he misled voters about sensitive information on benefit-related deaths that was unearthed by Disability News Service. 6 May 2015last_img read more

Developments in assistive technology over the next

first_imgDevelopments in assistive technology over the next few years have the potential to be “truly, truly transformatory” for disabled people, a fringe event at the Conservative party conference heard this week.Neil Heslop, chief executive of the disability charity Leonard Cheshire, who uses assistive technology himself, said that technology was “a massive force for good, if appropriately leveraged”.But he added: “As the economy becomes increasingly digitised, there are risks and dangers for people with disability missing out on those opportunities.”He said that everybody working in technology recognised that it was not perfect and “still has a very, very long way to go” in terms of accessibility.But he said that “the core thesis is that we are as a society at an inflection point and what we do and don’t do now and in a small number of years actually has the potential to be truly, truly transformatory”.The fringe event was hosted by Leonard Cheshire and the technology giant Microsoft.Hector Minto (pictured, second from right), “accessibility evangelist” for Microsoft, said that technology was “reaching further into society than it ever has before”, including the billion disabled people on the planet.He said: “We cannot design society digitally without purposefully including people with disability.“Otherwise we miss the one in seven [people who are disabled], and the price will be high.”Minto said that “every other industrial revolution the world has encountered” had paid a price for having to “add disability later”.He said there was now an opportunity to “wire in accessibility” into what was being done and he pointed to a free plug-in for the widely-available Microsoft PowerPoint software that he then revealed had been producing live subtitles for the meeting.Minto said Microsoft was increasing the number of disabled people it employed because it needed to include them “in our workplace, in our product groups, in our design teams”.And he said the company was also asking its corporate customers around the world to “unlock” the assistive technology that was already built into Microsoft software.Steve Tyler (pictured, far left), director of assistive technology for Leonard Cheshire, told the meeting that support with technology was often available when disabled people were in education or in work.But he said: “What about before you’re in work? That’s the time when you need to engage with technology.“Virtually every job that we do today has an element of technology, and that is increasing as time goes on.“So for me, a key part of what we need to do is invent a new mechanism that allows funding prior to work to engage people in technology and engage them in the learning and training and the use of it.”Hannah Rose (pictured, far right) told the meeting how assistive technology – including the use of speech recognition software, which allows her to dictate into her computer – had helped her pass her GCSEs, A-levels and a degree, after becoming disabled as a teenager.She later secured a job as a vetting officer with Cheshire police, following a work trial, where she has now worked for 10 years.She said: “It gives me that independence to carry out a fulfilling job, like I am serving a purpose, like everybody else in that office.“None of this would have been possible without having that assistive technology.“Without work I would be lost. It’s great to be able to contribute to society like any other person, and without the access to assistive technology this wouldn’t be possible.”The meeting also discussed the wider issue of disability employment.Dave Bracher, campaigns manager for Spinal Injuries Association, said: “There has to be a way of getting the message out there that employers who are not employing disabled people are really missing a trick, because of the skills and qualities that those people bring to the party.“I am not saying that I am any more special than anybody else in the room as an employee but what I am saying is that my experience of spinal cord injury, the year I spent in rehab, the three weeks I spent with locked-in syndrome, communicating by blinking… that gives me skills and qualities that any employer should be looking for.”Sarah Newton (pictured, second from left), minister for disabled people, told the meeting: “It isn’t acceptable that half of people with disabilities who want to work and could work are not in work. That is a lost talent pool for the whole nation.“There’s a lot of talk at this conference and the last conference about post-Brexit Britain and the future of our country after Brexit and one thing for sure is that we need to make sure that we are using all the talents in our nation going forward, and that must mean enabling more of those people to get into work and to thrive in work.”Heslop (pictured, centre) said: “If any large-scale organisation does not have a representative number of people with disabilities in its workforce [which he said was about 19 per cent] and frighteningly few organisations achieve that today, anyone who doesn’t should be dissatisfied and should be committing themselves to creating an inclusive workplace.”He added: “Anyone in a leadership position has to accept [that], and this is true of large charities like ours.“I’m completely dissatisfied with the proportion of disabled people we employ, and we are taking steps to get much better.”Tyler said there was “scary but increasing evidence” that employers were looking at people’s social media profiles at the earliest stages of recruitment and if they saw that those people were disabled they “are rejected before they even get in the door”.He said: “We need to find ways through technology of highlighting/flagging/preventing that kind of stuff from happening.” A note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS…last_img read more

LEON Pryce has thanked the fans for their support

first_imgLEON Pryce has thanked the fans for their support after he made his return from injury on Friday.The 29-year-old half back took to the field 20 minutes before the end of the match to end a long spell out on the sidelines.Pryce has suffered from a bulging neck disk and then a serious groin tear in the last 12 months.“It was good to be back and it was a massive buzz when I came on to the field,” he said. “It was one of the best feelings of my career. When I was waiting to get back on to the field, you could feel the anticipation in the air from myself and the crowd. It was a nice feeling and something I will never forget. The fans were awesome.“I was very nervous as it was like making my debut again. But in the end it was well worth it and it gave me a massive buzz.“The opening ten minutes were a bit tough, but it was a case of me getting back into it. It made me appreciate being able to play as the last 12 months have been hard.“I missed a lot of big games last season but this year, if I get a good run of games and stay fit, I’ll be ready for them.“But I know I have some work to do. It’s up to Royce really, but I think I will be off the bench for the next few weeks to build myself up.”Pryce has made 330 games in his career to date but admits the last 12 months have made him appreciate the game more.“I have played Super League since I was 16 and with the other competitions and internationals you can play none stop. You can get sick of playing. What this has done is made me realise I want to play week in week out – and you can’t play when you’re injured can you?”Tickets for Sunday’s Challenge Cup Quarter Final tie with Hull KR at the Stobart Stadium are still on sale. You can get yours by calling into the Stobart Stadium’s ticket office from 12pm on Sunday. You can also pay at turnstiles 1 and 2 in the North Stand.last_img read more

FIRST Utility Super League have teamed up with spo

first_imgFIRST Utility Super League have teamed up with sport music specialists Shoot Music to create #SuperLeagueMusic, the first interactive music playlist policy across a national sport league anywhere in the world.This ground-breaking partnership will bring the latest releases to the terraces of Super League matches and social media interaction between artists, clubs and fans.From the first fixture of the season Rugby League fans will be treated to brand new music from Super League supporting artists. The playlist for February 2015 includes new music from The Charlatans, Kaiser Chiefs, Catfish & The Bottlemen, The Subways, Noel Gallagher, Brookes Brothers and The Cribs.Each month artists and Super League clubs will regularly share information about the playlist via social media. Fans are encouraged to engage with the playlist via Twitter and Shazam, sharing the music they love and discussing the new music they are enjoying at stadiums.Every month one lucky fan will win music goodies. Shoot Music will pick this at random from fans using the #SuperLeagueMusic hashtag.Search for #SuperLeagueMusic on Twitter and follow @SuperLeague @ShootMusic @ShootMatchdayWatch the videos from #SuperLeagueMusic artists here: www.shootmatchday.comlast_img read more

MARC Sneyds drop goal broke Saints hearts as Hull

first_imgMARC Sneyd’s drop goal broke Saints hearts as Hull FC snatched a 17-16 win at Langtree Park.The scrum half kicked the one pointer moments after an effort from Theo Fages drifted just wide.It was harsh on Keiron Cunningham’s side who threw everything they had at their visitors.Indeed, both Lee Radford and Saints’ head coach agreed that a draw would have been the right result.Yet, it was that touch of magic from Sneyd’s boot that sealed the deal.Like Easter Monday, Saints began well.An early penalty put them on the front foot and Fages took full advantage by sliding a nice grubber for Joe Greenwood to put down.Walsh adding the extras.Saints continued to pile on the pressure and would have counted themselves unlucky not to increase the lead.Luke Walsh’s high ball was taken in the in-goal area in the 10th minute and then some quick play to the left saw Jordan Turner’s pass just go forward.Hull progressed into Saints’ half on a rare foray before the 20 minute mark and won a repeat set when Jon Wilkin was unlucky to have been called back for a knock on.Fonda went close – downed by Dominique Peyroux – but Houghton latched on to a great kick to level the scores up.Hull were on the up and Saints had to withstand a barrage of pressure before they struck next … and it came slightly against the play on their next attacking set.On the last Walsh went down the right hand side and looked set to kick to the right corner.But he reversed his effort to the left for Turner to take took advantage of the bouncing ball.He found Fages who threw a fine cut out pass for Dawson to cross in the corner.Owens converted from the touchline and seconds later Saints increased the lead once more.After a strong run from Peyroux it was swept left into the hands of Turner who bulldozed over for his second of the year.Hull are a different prospect this season though and they struck back just before half time.Saints gave a penalty away on their visitor’s twenty and from there Curtis Naughton polished off a fine move.Saints should have stretched their lead at half time though with the boot – but Owens, who had slotted one off the touchline earlier, missed from to the right of the posts after Luke Walsh was hit with a high shot.The second half was almost a complete flip of the first – Hull starting the better.McDonnell made a crucial tackle on Shaul within the first minute before James Roby knocked it dead for a drop out five minutes later.And on 54 minutes Saints defended back to back sets from two penalties and then backstopped yet another from a high shot.That defence was always going to take its toll though and Kirk Yeaman made the best use of some lethargic tackling to collect an offload and scamper over.Sneyd tagging on the two to bring it level.Saints were pulled for obstruction on their first significant attacking set of the half – on 63 minutes – and then Dawson made an important tackle on Steve Michaels.The home side then won a drop out with 10 minutes to go when Luke Thompson chased down a Jon Wilkin kick.But Saints couldn’t make the best of it – and Fages was wide with a drop goal on 75 minutes.Sneyd wasn’t with his though and despite a frantic effort the Saints couldn’t find a way back.Match Summary:Saints:Tries: Greenwood, DawsonGoals: Walsh (1 from 1), Owens (1 from 3)Hull FC:Tries: Houghton, Naughton, YeamanGoals: Sneyd (2 from 3)Drop: SneydPenalties:Saints: 6Hull FC: 6HT: 16-10FT: 16-17REF: James ChildATT: 10,242Teams:Saints: 23. Shannon McDonnell; 22. Jack Owens, 18. Dominique Peyroux, 3. Jordan Turner, 21. Matty Dawson; 19. Theo Fages, 7. Luke Walsh; 8. Alex Walmsley, 9. James Roby, 16. Andre Savelio, 20. Joe Greenwood, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 12. Jon Wilkin.Subs: 6. Travis Burns, 10. Kyle Amor, 15. Greg Richards, 17. Luke Thompson.Hull FC:1. Jamie Shaul; 19. Steve Michaels, 2. Mahe Fonua, 24. Kirk Yeaman, 20. Curtis Naughton; 3. Carlos Tuimavave, 7. Marc Sneyd; 8. Scott Taylor, 9. Danny Houghton, 10. Liam Watts, 12. Mark Minichiello, 21. Sika Manu, 11. Gareth Ellis.Subs: 16. Jordan Thompson, 17. Dean Hadley, 22. Josh Bowden, 23. Frank Pritchard.last_img read more

New chemistry teacher hired at Isaac Bear school replaces Kelly

first_imgJeff Gerken replaces Michael Kelly as the chemistry teacher at Isaac Bear Early College High School. (Photo: WWAY) NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The New Hanover County School Board fired Isaac Bear Early College teacher Michael Kelly earlier this month. Now, we know who is replacing him.Kelly facing dozens of charges related to sex crimes with minors.- Advertisement – As Kelly sits behind bars facing indecent liberties with a child charges, the school district has hired Jeff Gerken as his replacement.Gerken announced he would become a full time chemistry teacher at the early college high school in Tuesday’s H2Go board meeting.Gerken sits as the chair of the board, but outside of commission meetings he was an active math and science substitute teacher.Related Article: Thousands of books donated to New Hanover County schoolsGerken has a Bachelors of Arts in chemistry from Harvard University.last_img read more

Superintendent SitDown Whiteville City Schools

first_imgWHITEVILLE, NC (WWAY) — Whiteville City Schools Superintendent Kenny Garland stopped by Good Morning Carolina on Monday to discuss consolidation, school safety and more.One of the big topics in Columbus County is consolidation. On Friday, we heard from Columbus County Schools Superintendent Alan Faulk about why their district thinks it may be a good idea. Superintendent Kenny Garland explained why Whiteville City Schools do not agree. Garland said he believes that a merger would create a significant loss of state and federal funding. He says county commissioners want the districts to participate in a study on the financial, educational and emotional impact of merging Columbus County and Whiteville City Schools.- Advertisement – Garland also addressed Friday’s school shooting in Texas. “One of the things that I think of each time is if that were our campus, what could we do?” Garland said. “What can we do to prevent such acts of violence?”He explained that administrators are asked to review their safety plans and try to learn from what happened. When it comes to adding metal detectors to schools, Garland said the school district should look at a variety of things in regards to student safety. He wants to see a change in mindset of the way they have a traditional school day, including policies for pick-up and drop-off as well as visitors entering the buildings.Related Article: Legendary football coach Bob Lewis to be inducted in NCHSAA Hall of FameGarland strongly agrees there is a need for more counselors and mental health professionals in schools. He hopes the General Assembly will provide some resources for the next school year.Whiteville City Schools is currently also undergoing a new project at the high school. Garland explained there will be 71,000 feet of new construction with safety as a priority; however, the challenge is trying to hold classes on campus during construction. He said the construction should be done by January 2019.last_img read more

Allow all citizens to express their views regarding development – The KA

first_imgREUTERS/Yves HermanREUTERS/Yves Herman The Interdiocesan Environment Commission (KA) invited Maltese candidates for the European Parliamentary election to promote the KA’s bid, if elected, regarding alternatives in a development proposal financed by the EU. In a press release, it stated that to do so would be to allow all citizens of the EU to “be given an opportunity to express their views, effectively and at the right time”. The KA put in a proposal on the 5th of November 2018, highlighting the need for public participation in the preparation of a Cost-Benefit Analysis for projects which would be funded by the European Union. According to the KA, the President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani stated that the European Parliament shares this concern. He wrote that he forwarded the proposal to the rapporteurs in the committee on Regional Development, and that he believes the rapporteurs will take the KA’s views on board. WhatsApp <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrintlast_img read more

Brexit Party leads in UK European elections

first_img SharePrint <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> The Brexit Party has received the most votes in the UK’s European elections, with Leader Nigel Farage saying, “There’s a massive message here” and that he is prepared to take on the Conservatives and Labour in a general election.The pro-EU Liberal Democrats came in second, with the Conservatives and Labour suffering heavy losses, and the former expected to get less than 10% of the vote.Out of 64 MEPs declared so far, the Brexit Party has won 28, the Lib Dems 15, Labour 10, Greens seven, the Conservatives three and Plaid Cymru one.Read: Could UK govt be sued for denying EU nationals a vote?Anti-Brexit parties, which are in favour of another referendum, collectively took around 40% of the vote, compared with 35% for the two parties in favour of leaving the EU without a deal.The deputy leader of the Lib Dems, Jo Swinson, said the result should give hope to all of the people out of there who want to stop Brexit.WhatsApplast_img read more

Trump suspends tariffs on Mexico after deal on immigration reached

first_imgREUTERS/Carlos BarriaREUTERS/Carlos Barria U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday that he has indefinitely suspended the threat of tariffs against Mexico after reaching “a signed agreement” on immigration.“I am pleased to inform you that The United States of America has reached a signed agreement with Mexico,” Trump said on Twitter. “The Tariffs scheduled to be implemented by the U.S. on Monday, against Mexico, are hereby indefinitely suspended,” he said.“Mexico, in turn, has agreed to take strong measures to stem the tide of Migration through Mexico, and to our Southern Border. This is being done to greatly reduce, or eliminate, Illegal Immigration coming from Mexico and into the United States,” Trump said.WhatsApp <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrintlast_img read more

Tourist boat capsizes in storm killing 17 in Missouri

first_img <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=a7617b59&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrint Divers on Friday pulled the last bodies from the wreckage of a “duck boat” that sank a day earlier during a storm in a lake near a popular Missouri destination, killing 17 people in one of the deadliest U.S. tourist incidents in years.The World War Two-style amphibious vehicle was filled with 31 passengers including children when a microburst storm hit Table Rock Lake outside Branson, Missouri. A video of the incident showed it battered by waves.Duck boats have been involved in a string of deadly incidents that have killed more than three dozen people across the United States over the past two decades, by drowning and in crashes on land.Wendy Doucey, an office manager at the Stone County sheriff’s office, said divers on Friday morning recovered the last four bodies from the sunken duck boat, 80 feet (24 m) under water.“It’s important that we find out for sure what events did occur,” Missouri Governor Michael Parson said at a Friday morning news conference. “Today it’s just still early.”The incident began around 7 p.m. (0000 GMT) on Thursday after thunderstorms rolled through the area, when two duck boats were out on the lake, officials said. Both headed back to shore but only one made it.“From what I understand there was life jackets in the duck,” Stone County Sheriff Doug Rader told the press conference. He declined to say whether passengers had been wearing them.The National Transportation Safety Board and U.S. Coast Guard are investigating, officials said. Rader noted that the boat’s captain survived the sinking but the driver did not.Officials did not comment on the identities or ages of the other people who drowned.‘NEVER SEEN IT LIKE THIS’Rick Kettles, the owner of the Lakeside Resort General Store and Restaurant, said he had never before seen conditions on Table Rock Lake like Thursday’s.“I am 54 and I started coming here when I was 6 or 7 years old. I have been on my lake most of my life and I have never seen it like this,” Kettles said. “I am trying to figure out why the boats were out there. I don’t get it, having a captain’s licence myself.”A microburst is a severe, localised wind gust, blasting down from a thunderstorm, typically covering an area less than 2.5 miles (4 km) in diameter and lasting less than five minutes.The company that owned the duck boat, Ripley Entertainment, said it was working with families of the victims.“Our number one priority is the families and our employees that were affected,” spokeswoman Suzanne Smagala-Potts said on Thursday.Table Rock Lake is a 67-square-mile (174 sq km) reservoir on the White River.Duck vehicles are modelled on the landing craft used in the D-Day invasion and used on sightseeing tours around the world.Thirteen people died in 1999 when the duck boat they were riding near Hot Springs, Arkansas, sank suddenly. Following that incident, the NTSB warned the boats’ canopy roofs presented a hazard, making it difficult for people, even those wearing a life jacket, to escape when the craft begins to sink.“You drown if you do, you drown if you don’t,” said Robert Mongeluzzi, a Philadelphia lawyer who has represented victims of other duck boat disasters.The company that builds ducks, Ride the Ducks International LLC, agreed in 2016 to pay a $1 million fine after one of the vehicles collided with a bus in Seattle, killing five international students.The company admitted to failing to comply with U.S. vehicle manufacturing rules.Two tourists died in Philadelphia in 2010 when the duck boat they were riding in was struck by a tugboat on the Delaware River.Branson is a family-friendly tourist destination whose attractions include “Dolly Parton’s Stampede” dinner theatre, the Amazing Acrobats of Shanghai and a Titanic museum with a model of the sunken vessel’s front half.WhatsApplast_img read more

Dylan Cachia and Sarah Demicoli crowned Swimming Champions

first_img <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=a7617b59&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> Dylan Cachia and Sarah Demicoli were crowned champions once again as the Birkirkara St Joseph Open Water Swimming Championships drew to a close with the final race of the series.Dylan Cachia, who has won this title three years in a row, expressed his satisfaction of having had a good open water season which saw him register some personal bests. Andre Camilleri placed second, coming in three minutes and 41 seconds away from Cachia in the general classification. Third overall was Andrew Sultana.Sarah Demicoli has won the championship races since she started competing in them back in 2014 and she also registered a strong performance at the 10k race in the recently held European Junior Open Water Swimming Championships. Maya Schembri Rodgers and Leah Satariano completed the podium.Birkirkara St Joseph Sports Club also announced that Festina Watches will be the main sponsors of this year’s edition of the (Malta)-Gozo-Malta Open Water Swimming Competition 2018. The Race will also be supported by Leap Nutrition.All swimmers who qualified for this event are to submit their applications to the Club by not later than Saturday 11th August. An obligatory meeting for swimmers will take place on Tuesday 21st August at 7.00pm at the Mosta Local Council.For more information on the Festina Malta – Gozo – Malta and Festina Gozo – Malta swim please visit www.bkarastjoseph.comWhatsApp SharePrintlast_img read more

Samsung Puts An 8Core Processor Into Its New Galaxy A7 Smartphone

first_imgAdvertisement Last year Samsung released an eight-core version of the Galaxy S5, and now it has outed a dedicated octocore smartphone in its own right: the Galaxy A7.Korean firm teased the phone in 2014 and showcased it last week, according to a report, but now it is official with dual 1.8GHz and 1.3GHz quad-core processors (or 1.5GHz and 1.0GHz in the dual-SIM version) and a 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon chip. Those eight cores are great for handling multiple tasks, on paper, and are backed up with 16GB of memory, 2GB of RAM and a large 2,600mAh battery.There’s no word on launch dates, initial markets or pricing, although reports last week pegged it at around $420 off contract. – Advertisement – The phone runs Android KitKat and sports a 5.5-inch screen, making it larger than the Galaxy A3 and Galaxy A7 that were announced back in October. Like those two products, it is another slim, metallic bodied release from Samsung, which has long been criticized for using all-plastic bodies, including faux leather.Samsung has again focused on appealing to cameraphone enthusiasts. There is a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. On the software side, the Galaxy A7 software that Samsung claims can take a ‘wide’ selfie, while ‘auto selfie’ lets narcissists snap themselves using “a voice command or even a simple wave of the hand” –selfie sticks be damned.Samsung is also touting ‘Always Clear Voice Auto Control’ which reduces background noise in-call, multiple screen support for apps and a private mode that “adds an extra layer of security for important files and documents.”The introduction of the Galaxy A3, A5 and A7 over the past few months is interesting: Samsung is diversifying its focus beyond its flagship Galaxy S and Note families. The company is bracing itself for its first profit drop in three years, and its latest Galaxy S5 and Note 4 don’t appear to be selling as well as previous models.The Galaxy A3 and A7 were pretty focused on China, as we noted last year, but Samsung is birthing a new series of phones that offer something else to consumers. With a distinctly different design, marketing focus and lower prices, the Galaxy A series looks to be its Xiaomi-like effort at bringing a quality experience to the mid-range of the smartphone market.last_img read more

Restricting Internet Access Is Now a Human Rights Violation

first_imgAdvertisement Last week, a resolution passed by the 47-member United Nations Human Rights Council condemned  measures to intentionally prevent or disrupt access to or dissemination of information online in violation of international human rights law.The council called on all states to refrain from and cease such measures.Some of the nations which currently restrict access to information online like Russia, China, and Saudi Arabia were asked by the UN to strike that passage from the digital rights decree. – Advertisement – South Africa and India also called for its removal.The non-binding resolution also asks nations to harness the power of the Internet to empower women and persons with disabilities, as well as promote literacy and achieve sustainability goals.Recently, the Turkish government clamped down on news outlets, as well as Facebook and Twitter, after last month’s suicide attack on Istanbul’s Atatürk Airport that left 36 dead and another 147 wounded.Transparency reports published by Twitter show requests from courts and government agencies have skyrocketed from six per year to over 1,000 in the three years since the micro-blogging site started releasing data.Estimations from the Freedom House say that 34 per cent of the global population lives in countries that heavily restrict Internet access or content, and another 23 percent live in countries with partially restricted access.last_img read more

Baobab Network To Fund 25 African Startups in its Accelerator Program

first_imgTeam Matibabu of Uganda, (R to L); Shafik Sekitto, Brian Gitta, and Atwine Morris pictured working on their solutions Matibabu. Advertisement The Baobab Network an Africa social impact technology accelerator — has opened applications to African startups to receive a seed-fund of USD$25,000 to help scale their solutions driving innovation, economic growth and social change across the Sub-Saharan Africa.Since its inauguration in 2016, the network currently works with startups from Ghana, Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, DRC, Zambia and South Africa. Two Ugandan startups that have received the fund include; Matibabu, and MamaOpe.The network looks at exceptional founders solving big problems with their solution in MVP and prototype stage. The startups must have a viable business models that improves the lives of customers—and set for a global scale. Successful 25 startups receive a seed-fund of USD$25,000 (roughly UGX.92,121,250). – Advertisement – The network creates a tailor-made accelerator programme for each startup. They receive a week of consulting from industry experts. In addition assigned a dedicated Baobab Venture Partner for 24 months to help speed startup growth and get market and investor ready.[related-posts]Applications are open now (FOLLOW LINK). The first programme of the year kicks off in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Jan. 28th.Notably, Matibabu is a Non-invasive diagnostic kit used to detect malaria quickly and accurately without drawing blood. While MamaOpe is a biomedical smart jacket that helps tackle misdiagnosis of pneumonia.last_img read more

What goes down must come up Earth

first_imgShareCONTACT: Jade BoydPHONE: 713-348-6778E-MAIL: jadeboyd@rice.eduWhat goes down, must come up: Earth’s leaky mantleGeoscientists offer new model for degassing of Earth’s mantleA new analysis of the processes that constantly stir the Earth’s deep mantle is helping to explain how the mantle holds onto a portion of ancient noble gases that were trapped during the Earth’s formation.The research, which appears this week in the journal Nature, takes aim at a question that has vexed geoscientists for years: how to reconcile leading theories about the convection of Earth’s mantle with observations of ancient noble gases in volcanic rocks. Researchers at Rice University and Harvard University developed a new model to explain how noble gases — elements like helium, neon and argon — are lost from the Earth’s interior during mantle convection.“Most existing models find that convection should have left the mantle extensively depleted in ancient noble gases, unless part or all of the lower mantle has been somehow isolated,” said study co-author Helge Gonnermann, assistant professor of Earth science at Rice. “We set out to see if there was a mechanism that could both preserve ancient noble gases in the lower mantle and still be consistent with the existing framework for whole mantle convection.”On human timescales, the Earth’s surface seems to change very little. But geoscientists know the planet’s topmost layer, or lithosphere, is actually a series of interlocking tectonic plates that are in constant motion. When plates collide, mountain ranges form, and when they pull apart, as happens deep beneath the oceans, new crust forms by partial melting of the uppermost mantle. Plates also slide one beneath another in a process known as subduction, and seismologists discovered about 15 years ago that some subducted plates plunge deep into the Earth. In some cases, they even sink across the mantle transition zone, a layer about 660 kilometers deep that divides the Earth’s upper and lower mantle.“This was a real problem because the prevailing view in geoscience was that only the upper mantle was involved in this plate tectonic recycling process,” Gonnermann said. “One reason people believed this was because there appear to be relatively high concentrations of ancient noble gases in ocean island basalts, volcanic rocks found at volcanic island chains, such as Hawaii.”One of these ancient noble gases is helium-3, an isotope of helium that isn’t created by any process inside the Earth. Consequently, scientists know that virtually all the helium-3 found on Earth is left over from the planet’s formation. Helium-3 tends to get released from the mantle when it rises to form new crust. As the mantle cycles, from mantle to ocean crust and back to mantle again, geochemists expect to see less and less helium-3. While this is what’s observed in most basalt rocks formed from lavas erupting at mid-ocean ridges, there are exceptions, particularly in basalt rocks from Hawaii and other volcanic ocean island chains.Ocean island chains are thought to form when mantle plumes rise from the lowermost mantle to the Earth’s surface, where the mantle undergoes partial melting to produce basalt magma.“The presence of ancient noble gases in these basalts implies that they have remained locked inside the lower mantle since the Earth formed about 4.5 billion years ago,” Gonnermann said. “In contrast, most of these ancient noble gases appear to have leaked out of the upper mantle, because the plate tectonic recycling process allows noble gases to escape with the basalt magma as it continuously forms new ocean crust at mid-ocean ridges.”In the new study, Gonnermann and longtime collaborator Sujoy Mukhopadhyay, a Harvard geochemist, developed a model that could reconcile convection involving the lower mantle with the helium-3 measurements found in ocean island basalts.The model suggests that both the upper and lower mantle are involved in convection, but it affects them in different ways. Whereas the upper mantle has been extensively degassed through repeated tectonic cycling, the lower mantle has been recycling approximately once during the past 4.5 billion years.Continuous mixing of subducted plates into the lower mantle has been diluting the concentrations of ancient noble gases there. Instead of extracting ancient noble gases at their original concentrations, progressively smaller amounts are extracted at any given rate of tectonic cycling. Consequently, about 40 percent of the ancient helium-3 can still be present in the lower mantle, even though it may have undergone one complete tectonic cycling over the past 4.5 billion years.“Contrary to the conventional view that tectonic cycling of the lower mantle should result in extensive mixing between the lower and upper mantle, thereby erasing any differences in helium-3, we find that much of the tectonic cycling of the lower mantle essentially bypasses the upper mantle,” Mukhopadhyay said. “What goes down must come up: Slabs that subduct and mix into the lower mantle are balanced by mantle plumes, rich in helium-3, which rise from the lower mantle to the Earth’s surface without mixing significantly as they traverse the upper mantle.”The research is supported by the National Science Foundation and the University of Hawaii. AddThislast_img read more

Simmons Family Foundation awards collaborative research grants

first_imgShareCONTACT: Mike WilliamsPHONE: 713-348-6728E-MAIL: Simmons Family Foundation awards collaborative research grantsTeams from Rice University, Texas Children’s Hospital and The Methodist Hospital Research Institute study flu, newborn hearts, brain tumors and tuberculosisFinding ways to fight the flu, repair newborn hearts, eliminate brain tumors without surgery and diagnose tuberculosis quickly are the goals of research funded by the second annual round of grants by the Virginia and L.E. Simmons Family Foundation Collaborative Research Fund. The $3 million initiative to discover new ways to diagnose and treat diseases supports collaboration among researchers at Rice University, Texas Children’s Hospital and The Methodist Hospital Research Institute (TMHRI). Four projects chosen from 33 proposals involving 114 Rice, Texas Children’s Hospital and TMHRI scientists have been awarded one-year seed grants of $143,500. Successful initial findings will ideally lead the researchers to pursue further funding from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health and other organizations. The awards were announced today in a ceremony at the Houston offices of SCF Partners.The fund was formed to promote novel solutions to difficult medical problems through the combined expertise of Texas Medical Center scientists, engineers and physicians who might not otherwise collaborate.“Our family was incredibly pleased to witness the superb research that was conducted by the recipients during the first round of grant research,” said L.E. Simmons of last year’s awards, which funded initiatives to address breast and childhood cancers, hearing loss and identification of people at risk for tuberculosis. “Even more important is the collaboration that took place on both an institutional and individual level at these three institutions. “We were equally pleased to see that the level of quality of the proposals continued in the competition this second year and are excited to see the progress this year’s recipients will make on these scientific research and collaborative endeavors.”New way to fight fluJianpeng Ma, who holds a joint appointment as a professor in bioengineering at Rice and professor at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM), and Pedro Piedra, an infectious disease specialist at Texas Children’s Hospital and a professor in BCM’s Department of Molecular Virology and Microbiology, will use advanced computer modeling to analyze A/H3N2, an increasingly common strain of flu virus that kills thousands in the United States each year. By better understanding H3N2’s antigenic drift – a viral strategy for avoiding the human immune system – they hope to identify mutations that have the potential to cause an epidemic. Their ultimate goal is a more efficient way to design flu vaccines.Their work, they wrote, “is expected to have a far-reaching impact on the fields of influenza and other pathogens, such as HIV.” Ma and his colleagues recently published a paper that used a similar technique to find a weakness in the H1N1 “swine flu” virus that could lead to more effective vaccines.Infant hearts repairs that lastBirth defects are the No. 1 cause of infant deaths in the United States, and heart-related defects are the most common reason. Because these defects can frequently be identified in the womb, surgeons are often able to apply plastic patches to infant hearts shortly after birth.But such patches are only a quick fix, because they don’t grow with the child and can cause problems as time goes on. Jeffrey Jacot, an assistant professor in bioengineering at Rice who holds a joint appointment at Texas Children’s Hospital, proposes using stem cells from the mother’s amniotic fluid to grow a heart patch that will bind tightly to and grow with the child’s own heart. The tissue, which could be grown once a fetus is diagnosed with a heart defect, would be genetically identical to the child and could be implanted shortly after birth. Jacot wrote that such patches would “eventually degrade and become entirely replaced by cell-generated heart tissue.” He’ll draw on the experience of a team of co-principal investigators and collaborators that includes Jane Grande-Allen, a Rice associate professor in bioengineering; Jennifer West, Rice’s Isabel C. Cameron Professor, department chair for Bioengineering and a professor in chemical and biomolecular engineering; Anthony Johnson, a physician at Texas Children’s Fetal Center; Kenneth Moise, a professor of obstetrics and gynecology in the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine at BCM and also a member of the Texas Children’s Fetal Center; and Charles Fraser, chief of congenital heart surgery and cardiac surgeon in-charge at Texas Children’s Hospital.Helping immune system battle brain tumorsStephen Gottschalk and Yvonne Kew want to set a patient’s own immune system to work against glioblastoma multiforme, the most common form of brain tumor. Recent studies show such tumors often incorporate a virus called cytomegalovirus (CMV). The researchers hope to grow CMV-specific T-cells – the white blood cells that play a central role in humans’ immune system – from glioblastoma patients for future clinical studies. If they successfully isolate the cells, they will pursue funds for a clinical study to test CMV-specific T-cells in glioblastoma patients.Gottschalk is an associate professor in pediatrics and immunology at Texas Children’s Cancer Center and an assistant professor of pediatrics at BCM’s Center for Cell and Gene Therapy. Kew is an assistant member at TMHRI. Collaborators include Nabil Ahmed, an assistant professor of pediatrics at BCM; Robert Grossman, chair of the Department of Neurosurgery at The Methodist Neurological Institute; Michael Scheurer, an assistant professor of pediatrics at BCM and adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Epidemiology at The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center; Ann Leen, an assistant professor of pediatrics at BCM and an instructor at Texas Children’s Hospital; and Suzanne Powell, a pathologist at TMHRI.Microscope array will ID TBIdentifying patients who have drug-resistant tuberculosis now involves storing samples of sputum – saliva and respiratory mucus – in an incubator for several weeks to see if TB bacteria grow. But to stop the spread of TB, which kills nearly 2 million people a year, infected patients need to be treated quickly. Rice’s Rebecca Richards-Kortum and Edward Graviss of TMHRI are working on a low-cost “array microscope” that incorporates 24 miniature microscopes working in parallel to screen a patient’s entire sample simultaneously, which would reduce the chance of missing an infection. They are also developing image-processing algorithms that will automatically identify and quantify the presence of TB in microscope images and drastically cut the time it takes to diagnose the disease.“Effective and affordable antibiotic treatments for TB already exist,” they wrote, “which means improvements in diagnosis will directly translate into lives saved.”Richards-Kortum is Rice’s Stanley C. Moore Professor of Bioengineering, and Graviss is an associate member at TMHRI and a research scientist at the Center for Molecular and Translational Human Infectious Diseases. Collaborators are Rice’s Tomasz Tkaczyk, an assistant professor in bioengineering and electrical and computer engineering, and Mark Pierce, a postdoctoral research fellow.The Simmons familyL.E. Simmons is president and founder of SCF Partners, an investment firm that provides management expertise to energy service companies. He is a trustee of Rice and Texas Children’s Hospital and a board member of TMHRI.Virginia Simmons is vice president of the Simmons Family Foundation, which supports religious, art and cultural organizations, education, and youth and medical associations. For information on the Virginia and L.E. Simmons Family Foundation Collaborative Research Fund, visit FacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThislast_img read more

Conference at Rice University to look at Brazil as a model for

first_imgShareMEDIA ADVISORYDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduJeff Conference at Rice University to look at Brazil as a model for affirmative-action policies in Latin AmericaHOUSTON – (Feb. 25, 2013) – Leading American and Brazilian scholars will gather at Rice University March 5 for a conference on “Beyond Multiculturalism? Brazil as a Model for Affirmative-Action Policies in Latin America.”Who: Leading American and Brazilian scholars in the fields of anthropology, government, history and sociology.What: Conference on “Beyond Multiculturalism? Brazil as a Model for Affirmative-Action Policies in Latin America.”When: Tuesday, March 5, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.Where: Rice University, Fondren Library, Kyle Morrow Room, 6100 Main St.According to conference organizers, in the past few years Brazil has implemented trailblazing, yet controversial, affirmative-action policies that have turned attention to racial discrimination and exclusion in the country’s political, economic and educational spheres. The conference will examine the historical trajectory of race-based policies in Brazil, affirmative action vis-à-vis multiculturalism as a model for racial justice in Brazil and the United States, the extent of everyday violence and racial exclusion in rural black Brazilian communities and affirmative action as a way of reclaiming a “birthright” for Afro-Brazilians.The conference is free and open to the public and hosted by Rice’s Humanities Research Center, Americas Research Center, the Dean of Humanities and Race Scholars at Rice, a program of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research. For more information, including the full conference agenda, see For a Rice University map and parking information, visit of the news media who want to attend should RSVP to Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at or 713-348-6775.-30-Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,708 undergraduates and 2,374 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice has been ranked No. 1 for best quality of life multiple times by the Princeton Review and No. 2 for “best value” among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to  FacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThislast_img read more

Facebook Tops Glassdoors 100 Best Places to Work List

first_img About the AuthorMatthew KormanMatthew Korman is the Managing Editor of MetroMBA. Since graduating from Rowan University with a degree in journalism and political science, Matthew has worked as a music industry writer and promoter, a data analyst, and with numerous academic institutions. His works have appeared in publications such as NPR and Sports Illustrated.View more posts by Matthew Korman Last Updated Dec 7, 2017 by Matthew KormanFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail Employer review website Glassdoor, which allows users to read anonymous employee testimonials about employers, has revealed its annual “Best Places to Work” list, with familiar MBA recruiters Facebook, Bain & Co, and Boston Consulting Group (BCG) earning the top three spots.Why Facebook?Since 2011, the social media empire has been one of Glassdoor’s most praised companies to work for, earning a top five spot seven out of the past eight years, including three number one overall awards. Facebook employees are often given extensive benefits, including four months of paid maternity leave—a policy often considered a luxury in the U.S., which has no legally mandated paternity leave policies for employers. As well, earlier this year, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg announced the company would implement paid sick time for employees and family members.With increasing revenue streams, the company’s hiring numbers have continued to swell, with nearly 19,000 employees as of earlier this year—a 38 percent jump from March 2016 to March 2017. In fact, just this week, the company announced it will be adding 800 more jobs at its new London office. Data via Facebook, graphic by The Atlas/via Quartz.Of course, the central pitch to work at the social media monolith may be predicated on the payment of employees. According to Paysa, the average Facebook salary is north of $250,000 annually, combining base pay, bonuses, and equity. Most jobs at the company start at, at least, $70,000 USD annually, with business management roles starting at $135,000.The company has also made a concerted effort at diversifying its hiring. Speaking with Forbes, Lori Goler, vice president of people, said, “Diversity is critical to our mission at Facebook, because we serve a community of 2 billion around the world, and of course there’s diversity in that community.”The company, according to Forbes, employs between 33 and 35 percent women, and there has been considerable gains among women employed with computer science and engineering backgrounds, as well as a 500 percent increase in employment among those of African descent since 2014. In the interview, Goler added, “We’re nowhere near where we want to be, but we’re at least hearted to see that at least we can make some progress.”Check out Facebook’s graduate student recruitment page here.Consulting Companies Still ReignWhile certain statistics indicate a wave of MBA grads may be leaving consulting in favor of tech-centric employers, as evident by the recently released Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management employment report, consulting companies are remain one of the primary targets for MBA students and graduates, and for good reason.Bain & Co., like Facebook, has been endlessly praised by Glassdoor reviews, ranking among the top four best places to work every year since 2009. Like most of the companies on the year-end list, Bain offers ample benefits, including several months of paid maternity leave, comprehensive vacation and insurance policies, and one of the world’s best 401K offers. Fellow Boston metro company BCG also officers a considerable parental leave benefits package, retirement planning, and lofty salaries.Inside the New York City BCG office/Photo via BCG.Like Bain, BCG makes a concerted effort to bring in incredibly comparable MBA graduates, recruiting students from multiple prominent business schools like The Wharton School, NYU Stern, Columbia Business School, and many more.Some Traditional Companies Remain Steady, While Giants Like Apple StumbleTech empire Google, not surprisingly, held its place among the top 10 companies—having never fallen lower than eighth overall since 2012. Just outside of the top ranking companies, McKinsey & Co. stayed within the top 20, while other notable heavyweights like Microsoft (39th), Capital One (69th), Deloitte (77th), Accenture (83rd), and Apple (84th), the world’s most successful consumer company, fell to the lower ends of the list.Despite having the second most profitable year in company history, falling shortly behind it’s 2015 figures, Apple has been steadily dropping down Glassdoor’s annual Best Of list, posting its worst standing in the history of the ranking—nearly 50 spots worse than last year’s ranking of 36th overall.Considering, however, that the annual ranking is comprises of over 500,000 companies, this drop may not be as serious as it would appear. The overall Glassdoor rating for Apple was 4.3, in contrast to Facebook, which boasts a current 4.6 rating. The average Glassdoor rating for employers, for context, is 3.3.Some SurprisesNot every company included in the Glassdoor Best Of list could be considered a traditional MBA recruiters, including beloved U.S. west coast fast food chain In-N-Out Burger (fourth overall), growing athletic leisurewear empire Lululemon (sixth), wine company E. & J. Gallo Winery(14th), Delta Airlines (17th), and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (19th), which provides “Excellent dental and medical coverage,” according to an anonymous employee. Plus, “you work with people who don’t swear.”For a more extensive overview of the methodology behind the ranking, click here. regions: Atlanta / Baltimore / Boston / Chicago / Dallas / Denver / Houston / London / Los Angeles / Miami / New York City / Online / Philadelphia / Research Triangle / San Diego / San Francisco / Seattle / Toronto / Washington, DCcenter_img RelatedThe Top U.S. Entry Level Jobs and Internships of 2019While work life balance, benefits, growth potential, and job security all factors to consider in your job search, the fact is that base compensation is more than likely the high priority. Getting an MBA is a sure way to increase earning potential, but where should you begin to look for…May 29, 2019In “Amazon”London’s Largest MBA EmployersFor MBAs looking to begin a career in London, there is an array of amazing opportunities. Not only are there a number of top companies hiring large numbers of MBAs, but those with advanced degrees tend to earn more and witness more growth than those without. In fact, a recent analysis of…October 27, 2016In “Featured Region”Top Employers D.C.When you think about Washington, D.C., the first thing that probably comes to mind is politics, but the DC area offers so much more. The District of Columbia is officially home to 4.8 million people with a median household income of $93,200 and 48 percent of the population having attained…December 26, 2016In “Advice” Facebook Tops Glassdoor’s 100 Best Places to Work Listlast_img read more

Virginia Techs Director of MBA Programs Answers 5 Questions

first_imgVirginia Tech’s Director of MBA Programs Answers 5 Questions In our latest installment of the MetroMBA “5 Questions” series, we speak with Dana Hansson, the Director of MBA Programs at Virginia Tech’s Pamplin College of Business. Hansson talks about the school’s culture, the faculty, and the networking opportunities available for students.How would you describe the culture of Virginia Tech Pamplin?“We are a community of professionals seeking greater opportunities through learning and networking.  Our faculty scholars love to teach graduate students and build relationships,” says Hansson. “Our student body is engaged, curious and supportive.  Our MBA program is flexible, allowing you to choose the pace, which meets your lifestyle and select courses to expand your horizons.”According to Dean Robert Sumichrast, “Pamplin has large and expanding programs in Northern Virginia, including our MBA and other planned programs that take advantage of the business and government environment of the Washington metro area.”What type of student is the best fit for Pamplin’s MBA program (career goals, experience, interests, etc)?“Pamplin MBA students have professional experience and are ready to take the step in their career, be that seeking a promotion at their employer, shifting from one sector to another or making a pivot to something new such as launching a business concept,” explains Hansson. “Our students are service oriented, embracing the ‘Ut Prosim: That I May Serve at Virginia Tech,’ with many having military service. They enjoy the large and active alumni base, feeling a part of something dynamic.” Speaking of military service, MBA students with a military background looking to transition to a civilian career or move up the ranks will find lots of support at Virginia Tech. A few of the benefits provided include:Military application fee waiver.There are Student Affairs specialists available to liaison with the VA on your behalf.Financial aid is available including Post 9/11 help.Alumni and current students can speak with you about their experience.If there was just one piece of advice you could give to an MBA applicant considering Pamplin, what would it be?“Do your due diligence as you explore programs; learn the basics of the program, talk to current students, alumni of the program and faculty,” Hansson encourages. “You will be making a large investment in time and money, as well that from your significant others and employers, so make sure you have chosen the best program to meet your needs.”Dana Hansson, the Director of MBA Programs.To help you with your research, Pamplin regularly hosts information sessions all about their MBA programs.March 13: Evening MBA Information Session (Northern Virginia Center)March 14: All MBA Programs Information Session (online)April 9: Evening MBA Information Session (Northern Virginia Center)April 17: All MBA Programs Information Session (online)How accessible are Pamplin professors? Can you give an example?“MBA program faculty reside in Northern Virginia and have weekly office hours, and are available to meet you at your convenience,” Hansson says.  “Emails work well too.”In terms of faculty and staff, Pamplin is a very small college. This makes it a rather intimate experience. In addition, the school recently appointed “some of the most promising new and accomplished faculty from around the world,” says Dean Sumichrast. He admitted that this was an “intentional change” to increase diversity, raise expectations, and improve faculty research and teaching.In particular, the school has made prominent strides toward diversity. Among faculty, the percentage of underrepresented minorities is now 16 percent from 0 percent four years ago.Sumichrast also states, in the same speech, that the college is a very open and friendly environment, “An important part of community is becoming more welcoming and inclusive of everyone, and we have become more welcoming,” he says.What club would you recommend for a student to check out and why?“As our MBA program is a part-time offering, our students are busy with life and work,” Hansson explains. “Clubs are not available. However, we offer several networking and alumni mentoring opportunities each semester.”In regards to networking, the MBA Career Network, launched in 2014, is an opportunity to match MBA students with alumni volunteers. And with a vast Hokie Nation to choose from, there are many mentoring opportunities across Northern Virginia, Richmond, and Roanoke.As for opportunities beyond clubs, Evening MBA students can choose to participate in a study abroad course to gain international experience. This two-week study abroad portion, allows students to visit several multinational and international corporations, local businesses, and cultural venues. RelatedThe 5 Best DC Part-Time MBA ProgramsThe necessity of continuing to work while pursuing an MBA is a reality for many students. Part-time programs, built to fit into work and family schedules, are an increasingly sought after format for the MBA. The DMV metro area is home to some of the top part-time MBAs in the…March 21, 2019In “Baltimore”Friday News Roundup – Lehigh’s New Head of Executive Education, Ethics at VT, and MoreLet’s take a look at some of the biggest stories from this week, including the all new Wharton FinTech Center. Lehigh Announces New Head of Executive Education – Lehigh University News Lehigh University’s College of Business and Economics has announced the appointment of Alison McGrath Peirce as Director of the…March 22, 2019In “Chicago”5 Questions With Imran Kanga, Rotman’s MBA Director of AdmissionsIn our latest installment of the MetroMBA “5 Questions” series, we speak with Imran Kanga, Director of Recruitment & Admissions of the full-time MBA program at the Toronto Rotman School of Management. Kanga discusses what students should know before applying and the culture of the program. What type of MBA student…January 31, 2019In “5 Questions” regions: Washington, DCcenter_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 Last Updated Feb 21, 2019 by Kelly VoFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail last_img read more