Three disabled activists who took the government t

first_imgThree disabled activists who took the government to court in an unsuccessful bid to stop the closure of the Independent Living Fund (ILF) have called on Labour MPs to halt their attempts to topple their party leader.Anne Pridmore Gabriel Pepper (pictured) and Stuart Bracking have pointed out that Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn had been “unstinting” in his support for ILF-users throughout the campaign to prevent the fund’s closure.The trio were joined by Paul Taylforth, the father of a fourth former ILF-user who was involved in the court cases, in raising concerns about developments within the party.They sent an email outlining their concerns to Corbyn, deputy party leader Tom Watson, the shadow chancellor John McDonnell, the present and previous shadow ministers for disabled people, Debbie Abrahams and Kate Green, and Neil Coyle, a Labour MP and a former director of Disability Rights UK.They pointed out that Corbyn issued a statement on the day ILF closed in June last year pledging to campaign for it to be reinstated.Their court bids to overturn the government’s decision to close the fund were finally defeated in December 2014, prompting Tracey Lazard, chief executive of Inclusion London, to suggest that the move signalled “the end of the right to independent living for disabled people in the UK”.They said in this week’s statement: “The democratic election of Jeremy Corbyn last September instilled hope among many disabled people and their families that the Labour party had turned a corner, and would campaign hard to stop further austerity and cuts to public services and benefits.“A number of judicial reviews brought in recent years reflect the impact public service cuts are having on the lives of disabled people and their families.“While legal challenges are sometimes successful, they cannot achieve the impact and change an effective political campaign can.“Rather than sow further division, we would urge Labour MPs to remember who austerity and public sector cuts are hitting the hardest, and the lives now being destroyed by them.”They said there was a “desperate need for unity” among working-class people and said the Labour party and its MPs needed to “consider their responsibility and duty of care towards those who will continue to face the consequences if we fail to end austerity now”.They said this would only be possible if the party united behind Corbyn’s leadership and worked with trade unions and disability campaigners to “build a political movement to achieve this”.This week, Corbyn lost a vote of confidence among his own MPs by 172 votes to 40, and now faces a leadership challenge from former minister Angela Eagle.Yesterday (Wednesday), the former ILF-users were joined in their call by Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC), which issued its own appeal to Labour members to back Corbyn.In a statement on its website, it praised the “unstinting support” that Corbyn and shadow chancellor John McDonnell had given to both DPAC and disabled people.It said: “Both have spoken out and voted against every horror the Tories have imposed on disabled people.”McDonnell has sent a message to DPAC, urging all of its members and supporters “to support Jeremy if there is a leadership election”, and calling on non-members to join the party so they can vote for him.Only last month, research by Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People suggested that the government’s failure to ring-fence the funding it was handing to local authorities following the ILF closure was leading to a “postcode lottery” of support for former ILF-recipients.ILF was funded by the Department for Work and Pensions, and by last year it was helping nearly 17,000 disabled people with the highest support needs to live independently.But ministers decided it should be scrapped, promising instead that nine months’ worth of non-ring-fenced funding would be transferred to councils in England and to devolved governments in Wales and Scotland, to cover the period from its closure last summer to April 2016.The Scottish government has set up its own ILF for existing recipients in Scotland, while the Welsh government has set up a ring-fenced, local authority-run grant scheme that will run until at least 31 March 2017.The minister for disabled people, Justin Tomlinson, announced in February that the government would provide another four years of transition funding to local authorities in England in 2016-17 (£177 million), 2017-18 (£171 million), 2018-19 (£166 million) and 2019-20 (£161 million), but that the money would again not be ring-fenced.last_img read more

Over 40 Labour donors and longstanding members ha

first_imgOver 40 Labour donors and long-standing members have written to Jeremy Corbyn demanding that he “back a public vote without further delay”.The letter, sent to the Labour leader today, warns that “time is dangerously short” and “the current deadlock is slowly but surely wrecking the economy”.Citing Theresa May’s “dismal record as a negotiator” and “propensity to put party before country”, the party donors say they could not trust her to deliver the right Brexit result – even if parliament were to vote for Labour’s alternative Brexit plan.Many of the signatories are members of Labour’s Rose Network, and the list includes some who have donated hundreds of thousands of pounds to the Labour Party.Below is the letter to Jeremy Corbyn in full. Dear Jeremy,We write to you as long-standing Labour members and supporters, from business, public service and the professions.You were right to say in Wakefield earlier this month that “it’s the failed system, rigged against the many to protect the interests of the few, that is the real cause of inequality and insecurity”. This is responsible for high bills, rising debts, insecure work and people forced to use food banks.And that’s why we need a Labour government: to invest in vital industries; to help places that have been robbed of their future by the toxic combination of misguided economic policies, lack of investment and drastically declining public services.But despite defeating Theresa May’s destructive Brexit deal, we have so far failed to force a general election. And now the country is staring into the abyss as Tory extremists push for us to crash out of the EU with no deal at all.If this happens, working people will be hurt the most. There will be no money to invest in new technologies of the future – and no money for proud, generous communities that have been held back for decades.Labour policy is to consider all remaining options, including a public vote. But time is dangerously short, and the current deadlock is slowly but surely wrecking the economy. Even if parliament, against most expectations, were to vote for Labour’s Brexit plan, given the Prime Minister’s dismal record as a negotiator and propensity to put party before country, we could never trust her to deliver the result that Labour proposes and the country needs.We therefore believe that the party must move to the only logical conclusion: trust the people and ask them whether they still want to quit the EU now they know what Brexit really means.Time is running out. The economy is already bleeding. As longstanding and committed party members, we urge you to back a public vote without further delay.In solidarity,1.     Hamish Sandison, Chair Labour Business2.     Tommy Hutchinson, Founder CEO I-Genius3.     Cllr Jo Blackman4.     Kate O’Rourke, Lawyer5.     Stephen Kinsella OBE6.     Dame Glenis Willmott, Former Leader EPLP7.     Sir Ken Collins, Former MEP8      David Cockroft, Former General Secretary International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF)9.     Howard Pallis, Solicitor10.    Jon Browning OBE11.    Rt Hon Keith Hill12.    Prof. Rosemary Sales13.    Keith Lichman, Former Councillor14.    Gary Titley, Former Leader EPLP15.    Carole Tongue, Former MEP16.    David Harley CMG17.    Patrick Costello, Labour International18.    Monica Threlfall, Senior Lecturer19.    Nilly Sarkar, Labour International20.    Anne Page21.    Bruce Page, Journalist22.    Don Brind, Journalist23.    Anita Pollack, Former MEP24.    Robert McFarland, Chartered Accountant25.    Michael Rubenstein, Journalist26.    David Earnshaw, Chair Brussels Labour27.    Michael Hindley, Former MEP28.    Chris Pond,  Chair Lending Standards Board, Former MP,29.    Lorraine Pond, Former Mayor Tower Hamlets30.    Jo Wood, Labour International31.    Win Griffiths OBE, Former MEP and MP32.    Maggie Coulthard, Labour international33.    Frazer Clarke, Labour International34.    Peter Wragg, Labour International35.    Anne Corbett36     Paula Kahn37     Frances Pinter38.    Annie Hedge39.    Howard Gennmerster40.    Mike Vessey41.   Keir Fitch42.    Peter KenyonThis article was amended to reflect that not all of the signatories are current donors. Tags:Labour /Jeremy Corbyn /Brexit /Labour donors /People’s Vote /last_img read more

PAUL Wellens says he is expecting another great de

first_imgPAUL Wellens says he is expecting another great derby game when Saints take on Warrington Wolves at the Magic Weekend.As a Manchester City season ticket holder he’s regularly at the venue and has played for both his club and country on the surface.“It is a fantastic stadium to play in,” he said. “It will be a great game. Warrington have quality personnel and we always have great battles with them. Our last win at the Halliwell Jones was a fantastic game and I am sure it will be no different at the weekend. We are looking to build on our win at Headingley and Warrington are looking to come back from their defeat at home to Hull.”Saints captain admits the last few weeks have been tough – but Monday’s result shows that there is more than enough quality in the squad.“I have gone through periods in the past when we have lost games and I’ve been really despondent and down, but for some reason during this period I have been very calm and focussed and confident that things will turn out for the better. I remain confident that we are heading in the right direction.“It’s hard as I understand the fans want to watch their team play well and win. I am a Saints fan too as are my family. Maybe we have to have some short term pain and heartache to get back to success in the long term and go back to Grand Finals and Challenge Cups.“The real test of a team, of a club and its supporters is how you stick together when things aren’t going so well. If we can come through periods like this together we can certainly enjoy the good times.”He continued: “It’s important for us to work on the short term and build some momentum. If we focus on performing the results will take care of themselves and we will start climbing the ladder.”last_img read more

IN an interview this week with infamous Australian

first_imgIN an interview this week with infamous Australian Rugby League journalist Dean ‘The Bulldog’ Ritchie, Steve McNamara admitted that you can never guarantee success as a coach but he thinks the preparation his team are putting in will give them a chance to win Rugby League World Cup 2013.McNamara is on a three-week tour of Australia catching up with all the England-qualified players currently based in the NRL. It’s a busy time for him and a last chance to see those players in the flesh and have a face to face catch up before his final RLWC2013 squad takes shape.As he explained to The Bulldog: “I have met up with Souths, Melbourne and was up the Gold Coast when they played. I will visit James Graham and Canterbury this week. I will have a meal with James and the Burgess boys. We get together as much as we can. I was in Brisbane as well (for State of Origin) and also had a few sessions with the Broncos, watching Jack Reed and getting information.“We think we will be very competitive (at RLWC2013). We have some very good players in England and now a core of players not just playing in the NRL, but making a big impact.”Ritchie also put the big question to McNamara: “Can you win RLWC2013?”And McNamara was bullish with The Bulldog, saying: “We can. We will prepare ourselves to give us our best opportunity to perform well. You can never guarantee success and you can never guarantee you are going to win anything. But you can guarantee you will be the best prepared you can be going into the tournament and without doubt, we will be.”The England coach also made the point that the exodus of English players to the NRL will at least have the positive effect of staving off more attacks from rich Rugby Union clubs.McNamara said: “Rugby Union in England is very, very powerful and has been a threat to taking our players for a number of years, particularly since it went professional. The NRL salary cap has gone up through the TV deal so our players can now earn the same money and have the same profile on the other side of the world. We shouldn’t be scared of it; we should embrace it because it is protecting us from another enemy.”Tickets for the 2013 Rugby League World Cup are now on sale. Langtree Park will host Australia v Fiji on November 2 and you can buy your tickets here.last_img read more

Carolina Surf Condos to reopen

first_imgCAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — A building that was once shut down in Carolina Beach due to structural damage is no longer condemned. The town says Carolina Surf Condos will reopen.The town deemed these condos unsafe due to structural problems and corrosion in July, but now the condos are being renovated.- Advertisement – Assistant Town Manager Ed Parvin said the engineer is still in the process of analyzing what else needs to be finished. Crews were out working on the property Thursday afternoon.Parvin said people are happy with the progress. However, there is no set timeline on when the condos will reopen.last_img read more

Memorial continues to grow as vigil is held for Mariah Woods

first_img For many who came, Mariah and her story affected them all differently.“I am a mother,” said Angela Wiles who was a co-organizer of the vigil and one of the initial creators of the memorial.“I have a great grandson that is seven days older than Mariah,” said Carol Peebles who attempted to take part in the search and spoke at the candlelight vigil.Related Article: Officials: Student hit by vehicle near Onslow County school“We drive by the house everyday to take her to preschool, pick her up from preschool,” said Tiana Purdy who had to explain the entire story of the search and recovery to her daughter.Purdy is referring to her daughter, Harper, in fact, they both followed Mariah’s story closely. They were not able to take part in the search for her, but Harper wanted to let Mariah know she loves her.“So I told her that we can bring her something of hers that she wanted to bring,” said Purdy. “And this morning she asked me if she could make her a little card and asked if she could say ‘hi’ to God for her.”It a message of love like that that is shared with the hundreds of people that saw Mariah’s story across this area and the nation and ultimately devastated by how it all ended.“I really and truly think that we feel that we let her down,” said Purdy. “I think everyone feels that way.”Feeling that way or not, there has been an outpouring of support in the Onlow County community and around the family. The memorial for Mariah sits just yards away from her family’s home on Dawson Cabin Road.Now a fund for the family has been created at the local Navy Federal Credit Union. That along with the memorial as well as the vigil is the community’s way of working to heal and help the family in any way possible.“I knew that it would be big, I really did,” said Purdy. “And I don’t think anyone is ever going to forget Mariah.”There is another candelight vigil expected to happen at the memorial site Sunday evening around 5:30 P.M. There will also be a visitation service for Mariah Woods at the Jones Funeral Home in Jacksonville Wednesday evening. ONSLOW COUNTY, NC (WWAY) – People from across North Carolina gathered to remember Mariah Woods.Just three days since authorities believe they recovered the three-year-old’s body, a memorial near Onslow County continues to grow. It was the site of a community candlelight vigil Tuesday evening to pray, sing, and show love to Mariah.- Advertisement – last_img read more

UNCWs Ryan Jeffers tabbed by Twins in second round of MLB draft

first_img As a junior, Jeffers hit .315 with a Colonial Athletic Association leading 22 doubles and 16 home runs. He also paced the league in in base average (.460) and slugging percentage (.635).Jeffers was a first-team All-CAA catcher for the second straight season and was named to the NCAA Greenville All-Regional squad.The MLB draft continues on Tuesday. UNCW junior catcher Ryan Jeffers was selected by the Minnesota Twins in the second round of the Major League Baseball draft. (Photo: UNCW) WILMINGTON, NC (News Release) — UNCW junior catcher Ryan Jeffers was selected by the Minnesota Twins in the second round of the Major League Baseball draft late Tuesday.Jeffers, who was selected with the 59th overall pick, becomes UNCW’s highest draftee since 2008 when Brad Holt was picked by the New York Mets in the supplemental round following the first round.- Advertisement – last_img read more

WPD offers reward for info on hitandrun that shattered mans prosthetic leg

first_img On March 14, the victim and a friend were leaving the Greenfield Grind Skate Park at South 3rd Street and Park Street when the victim attempted the skate trick “ollie” over a pothole. While in the air performing the trick, the suspect vehicle reportedly struck the victim, who landed on the hood of the car. Police say the suspect braked abruptly, causing the victim to roll off the front of the vehicle. The driver then sped up, running over the victim’s right arm and his right leg, destroying the prosthetic leg, according to Wilmington police.The victim’s friend identified the suspect’s car as a mid-2000s red Mazda, Model 3 or 6. The driver is described as a middle aged man, in his late 30s or early 40s with a tan complexion and dark medium length hair.Anyone with information is asked to contact WPD at (910) 343-3609, use Text A Tip or call Crime Stoppers. (Photo: Pixabay) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered for information leading to an arrest in a hit and run that left a Wilmington man with an arm and hip injury, and a shattered prosthetic leg. Wilmington Police initially requested the public’s help with this case in April.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Jordan Azzopardis girlfriend is remanded in custody

first_imgCMRUCMRU Jordan Azzopardi’s girlfriend is being kept under arrest after she was accused of trying to bribe a man to not testify in Court.The details of the failed bride have transpired in Court on Thursday when Luke Vella testified that Azzopardi’s girlfriend had commissioned someone known as Mangion to call him and offer him €20,000 if he refuted to stand as witness in Court against her boyfriend.Back in Court on Friday, defence lawyer Franco Debono asked for the release of the woman whilst prosecutor Mark Mercieca objected as the accusations brought against her are very serious and she was on bail.Magistrate Ian Farrugia ordered for the woman to stay under arrest.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

Digital dump Ghana chocking with ewaste following donations from the West

first_imgAdvertisement Behind this apocalytic scene is the best of intentions gone awry. For decades, Western countries have been donating computers to West Africa with the hope of pushing the developing world into the digital age. Instead, the efforts have backfired, reducing many communities to massive piles of smoldering e-waste. Photographer Pieter Hugo spent a year documenting the digital disaster. The problem really began with the computers themselves: many were outdated, broken, and unusable. And they arrived in far greater numbers than anyone had originally expected. More than 50 million tons of discarded electronics are produced each year, according to the United Nations Environment Programme. And in Europe, only 25 percent of e-waste gets recycled. So in recent years the need for disposal alternatives has skyrocketed. The result has been unregulated shipping containers, marked “donations,” that land in developing countries, packed with e-waste. What had been an ad hoc development project quickly devolved into a scheme for companies to get around national regulations and cheaply dump dangerous garbage into ill-equipped and extraordinarily poor rural villages. – Advertisement – The result? In Agbogbloshie it is a treacherous treasure hunt. Villagers burn the discarded electronics to extract copper and other salable metals. Local manufacturers buy the commodities, offering one of the only steady income streams in town. Unfortunately, the fumes from the burning debris are extremely hazardous: in Agbogbloshie’s soil and water, there are high concentrations of lead, mercury, thallium, hydrogen cyanide, and PVC.As if poisons weren’t enough, Ghana is also one of the top sources of cybercrime in the world, according to the U.S. State Department. Hard drives containing sensitive personal data end up in the hands of criminals who comb through these dump sites to steal information. So the hazards of technological trash actually flow north as well as south.last_img read more

Man becomes the first Briton to receive an artificial heart

first_imgAdvertisement As the Guardian today notes, the operation has previously been successfully carried out in the US and elsewhere in Europe, but this is the first time the operation has been completed in the UK. The operation has major implications for cutting transplant waiting times in the future.The transplant team was led by Steven Tsui, consultant cardiothoracic surgeon and director of the transplant service. He underwent special training in Paris prior to the operation, assisted by Latif Arusoglu, an expert artificial heart surgeon from Bad Oeynhausen, Germany. Tsui said:“At any point in time, there may be as many as 30 people waiting for a heart transplant on our waiting list at Papworth, with one third waiting over a year. Matthew’s condition was deteriorating rapidly and we discussed with him the possibility of receiving this device, because without it he may not have survived the wait until a suitable donor heart could be found for him.” – Advertisement – The Total Artificial Heart is a modern version of the Jarvik-7 artificial heart. In 1986, a patient received a Jarvik heart which kept them alive for two days prior to receiving an actual heart transplant.Green is currently preparing to return home from hospital after the successful operation, and he said:“Two years ago, I was cycling nine miles to work and nine miles back every day but by the time I was admitted to hospital I was struggling to walk even a few yards. I am really excited about going home and just being able to do the everyday things that I haven’t been able to do for such a long time, such as playing in the garden with my son and cooking a meal for my family. I want to thank all the wonderful staff at Papworth hospital who have been looking after me and who have made it possible for me to return home to my family.”Source: TNW Newslast_img read more

Huawei P8 redefines the smart phone experience

first_imgAdvertisement Johannesburg – Style and glamour took centre stage in Johannesburg on Thursday, 02 July when Huawei introduced its latest masterpiece, the P8 smart phone at the Johannesburg Country Club.Johannesburg is the latest stop in a worldwide tour that has included stops in Bangkok, Singapore, New York and London, with newly appointed GM of Huawei Consumer Business Group SA, Charlene Munilall unveiling a smart phone that flawlessly balances artistry and creativity.“The goal of the Huawei P8 is to become the most user-friendly smart phone for consumers globally. Huawei seamlessly combines the best elements of style and durability in this device, delivering a revolutionary and premium user experience. The device symbolises our continuous commitment to provide customers with access to premium quality products” said Charlene Munillal, GM of Huawei Consumer Business Group SA. – Advertisement – The P8 embodies classic yet inspiring design, class-leading technology and ease of use that is bound to amaze and inspire its users. The Huawei P8 is undoubtedly the smart phone of choice for the fashion-conscious, visually stimulated modern user. The P8 will be available in South African stores and through all network operators from the second week of July.The P8’s outward appeal lies in its sleek, classical design that reflects its users’ sense of style and appreciation of performance and usability. Combining elegance, craftsmanship and durability, the P8 is manufactured using the latest Nano-injection moldings technology to deliver a one-piece aluminum body.Hardware and DesignThe sleek design combines comfort and ease of use, with the beveled body measuring a mere 6,4mm in height and weighing only 144g. Catering to the fashion conscious consumer who delights in choice, the Huawei P8 is available in silver, gold, black and grey.The P8’s 5.2’’ full HD display with a 1080p resolution completes the design of a handset that redefines elegance and a fully immersive experience.These physical attributes that perfectly blend human-machine design are enhanced by clarity of thought and ease of use in the user interface that delivers a new level of usability for applications impacting everyday life – at work and at play.This is by virtue of Huawei’s Emotion UI 3.0 (EMUI) user interface that redefines the user experience. Built on top of the Android 5.0 Lollipop operating system, EMUI offers what can only be called a containerized solution: it’s a look, feel and set of features unique to Huawei.Operating System and featuresAndroid Lollipop 5.0 on the P8 features a bold design that is responsive and allows for quick ways to view and respond to messages directly from the locked screen. It comes with automatic encryption to help protect data on the device if it is lost or stolen. The inclusion of SELinux running on all applications allows for protection against vulnerability and malware. Another great feature that comes part of the Operating System is when the screen is off, simply utter the words “OK Google” to access the full Google offering.This attention to usability detail is taken a few steps further with the ability to increase the volume by up to 58 percent above normal level in noisy environments, as well as the ability to cut out 90 percent of wind noise when using a headset or earphones with a single mic.Add to this the super hands-free functionality that enables clear hands-free speaker calls within two meters, and the built-in independent audio decoder chipset that doubles the music volume without sacrificing audio quality.All these features and functionality are powered by Kirin 930 Octa-Core 64-bit chipset, delivering outstanding performance that outpaces the smart phone market by 20 percent. The 2680mAh battery has been optimized through extensive research and development in the Huawei laboratories and offers 24 hours of standby power when only 10 percent battery power remains.This has been achieved by also applying Huawei’s unique battery management technology that includes features such as balancing brightness and energy consumption that provides 20 percent higher efficiency than comparative phones.The P8 is available with either 16GB or 64GB on-board memory, which can be supplemented with a micro SD card up to 128GB that fits into the dual SIM slot that alternatively accepts a second SIM card.4G enabledThe Huawei P8 is optimized for 4G/LTE data connections as well as enhanced network roaming – which is performed nearly three times faster than competitor phone models.By the same token, voice quality has been given a boost with Huawei’s Signal+ technology that provides seamless network connectivity, even when users are travelling on a train at a speed of up to 300 kilometers per hour.last_img read more

Password manager LastPass is now free across all your devices

first_imgAdvertisement Starting today, popular password manager and two-factor authenticator app LastPass is now  completely free.Previously, it was free on mobile, syncing all your passwords and logins across device and required a subscription to use.If you already have a free LastPass account, you will be able to sync between the browser extension and the mobile app, while those users who already paid for LastPass Premium will still have a few extra features like family sharing for up to five users, 1GB of encrypted file storage, YubiKey and other two-factor login integrations, desktop fingerprint identification and the ability to use LastPass for applications. – Advertisement – As a means of supporting the freemium model, the unpaid users will see ads showing up in LastPass.However, you may have to reconsider Premium subscription since it is at $1 per month, and will get rid of the Ads.last_img read more

STAR PREVIEW Arsenal v Napoli

first_imgThere’s no place like home for most football teams and that’s certainly the case for Arsenal as they face a crunch clash against Napoli. Unai Emery’s men have made the Emirates a genuine fortress at home, although their form has taken a Jekyll-and-Hyde approach to their form, given that their woes away from London have been present througout the campaign. In just the last week they made it ten wins on the spin at home with a routine 2-0 win over Newcastle and then they played like bottom half opposition when Everton were frankly flattered not to beat them by even more than 2 goals.This has, at times, jeopardised their progress in the Europa League; The Gunners lost in Belarus against BATE Borisov and in France against Rennes, but won both ties against them with strong displays at the Emirates. Facing a different class of opponent in Napoli, they simply must start on the front foot in this quarter-final.They can feel confident about being able to take Napoli here; at the Emirates they have beaten Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester United, and Emery does have the tools in the shape of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (set to start after being ill), Alexandre Lacazette, and Aaron Ramsey on his farewell tour. His chances would be improved if he could be able to call upon Laurent Koscielny who has been recovering from a foot injury, and Granit Xhaka, who has a groin problem.Arsenal v NapoliUEFA Europa League Quarter-Final 1st Leg20:00 BT Sport 2 / BT Sport 4K UHDHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches, past 10 years)DEC 2013 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Napoli 2-0 ArsenalOCT 2013 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Arsenal 2-0 NapoliNapoli are one of the best teams left in the competition but they have gone off the boil as Juventus have sealed Serie A; In their last two games they have lost at relegation-threatened Empoli and be held at home by Genoa. Carlo Ancelotti is very worried about his side’s defending and rightly so – they have no clean sheet in their last six.However, teams have not been able to keep them out. Napoli do boast an extensive amount of attacking riches in the shape of Jose Callejon, Arkadiusz Milik and Dries Mertens to name just and they have scored a goal in each of their last 10 games. However, that run does include two recent failures to win and Arsenal could take a lead over to Italy.The 3/1 on them winning a game with both teams scoring looks a fair price and so does the 8/1 on a 2-1 victory.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK ARSENAL TO WIN AND BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE 5 points win at 3/1 with starsports.betBACK ARSENAL 2-1 1 point win at 8/1 with starsports.betPROFIT/LOSS SINCE JAN 1 2017: PROFIT 229.72 points(excluding Premier League ante-post, BREXIT, Valero Texas Open, The Masters)last_img read more


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Poll finds Astrodomes fate too close to call

first_imgShareDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduPoll finds Astrodome’s fate too close to callHOUSTON – (Sept. 25, 2013) – Forty-five percent of Harris County likely voters support the county issuing a bond to raise $217 million to convert Houston’s iconic Astrodome into a convention hall and exhibit space, according to a new poll conducted by Rice University’s Center for Civic Leadership.The poll found that 35 percent oppose issuing the bond and nearly 20 percent are unsure. The poll was overseen by Rice political scientist Bob Stein and prepared for KHOU-TV and KUHF-FM as part of a series of studies being announced this week. Voters will go to the ballot booths Nov. 5.The sale of the bonds would result in an owner of a home assessed at $200,000 seeing their property tax bill increase by about $8 a year.The Houston Astrodome was the world’s first domed sports stadium when it opened in 1965, quickly becoming known as the “Eighth Wonder of the World.” The Harris County Sports and Convention Corporation unveiled plans for “The New Dome Experience” in June but has warned that failure of the ballot measure to pass would likely mean demolition for the stadium.The poll, conducted Sept. 11-20, included 650 Harris County residents and has a +/- 3.8 percent margin. The University of Houston Center for Public Policy Survey Research Institute assisted with the research.For more information, contact David Ruth, director of national media relations at Rice, at or 713-348-6327.-30-Photo courtesy: Tommy LaVergne/Rice UniversityFollow Rice News and Media Relations on 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 AddThislast_img read more

Most British scientists cited in study feel Richard Dawkins work misrepresents science

first_imgAddThis Share5Rice UniversityOffice of Public Affairs / News & Media RelationsDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduAmy McCaig713-348-6777amym@rice.eduMost British scientists cited in study feel Richard Dawkins’ work misrepresents scienceHOUSTON – (Oct. 31, 2016) – Controversial British evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins is well-known for his criticism of religion, but a new Rice University study of British scientists reveals that a majority who mentioned Dawkins’ work during research interviews reject his approach to public engagement and said his work misrepresents science and scientists because he conveys the wrong impression about what science can do and the norms that scientists observe in their work.Elaine Howard Ecklund. Photo by Jeff Fitlow.The findings in “Responding to Richard: Celebrity and (Mis)representation of Science” appeared in a recent edition of Public Understandings of Science and are part of a larger Religion Among Scientists in International Context study. The RASIC study includes a survey of over 20,000 scientists from eight countries. In the United Kingdom, 1,581 randomly sampled scientists participated in the survey, and 137 of them also participated in in-depth interviews.Although the researchers did not ask questions about Dawkins, 48 scientists mentioned him during in-depth interviews without prompting, and nearly 80 percent of those scientists believe that he misrepresents science and scientists in his books and public engagements. This group included 23 nonreligious scientists and 15 religious scientists. Approximately 20 percent of scientists interviewed – 10 scientists all identifying as nonreligious – said that he plays an important role in asserting the cultural authority of science in the public sphere. One biologist surveyed said Dawkins has “quite an important place in society” in his criticism of creationism and intelligent design.Elaine Howard Ecklund, the study’s principal investigator and the Herbert S. Autrey Chair in Social Sciences at Rice, said that some scientists, independent of their religious beliefs, do not view Dawkins as a good representative because they believe he conveys “the wrong impression about the borders of scientific inquiry.”“Scientists differ in their view of where such borders rest,” said David Johnson, an assistant professor at the University of Nevada in Reno and the paper’s lead author. “And they may even view belief in a deity as irrational, but they do not view questions related to the existence of deities or ‘the sacred’ as within the scope of science.”“Some people like Richard Dawkins,” said a nonreligious professor of biology. “He’s a fundamental atheist. He feels compelled to take the evidence way beyond that which other scientists would regard as possible. … I want [students] to develop [science] in their own lives. And I think it’s necessary to understand what science does address directly.”A nonreligious physicist said, “He’s much too strong about the way he denies religion. … As a scientist, you’ve got to be very open, and I’m open to people’s belief in religion. … I don’t think we’re in a position to deny anything unless it’s something which is within the scope of science to deny. … I think as a scientist you should be open to it. … It doesn’t end up encroaching for me because I think there’s quite a space between the two.”Dawkins has “gone on a crusade, basically,” another professor of biology said. “Although there is a lot of truth behind what he says, he does it in a way that I think is deliberately designed to alienate religious people.”Ecklund said it is important to note that none of the scientists interviewed questioned Dawkins’ integrity as a scientist. Rather, they were critical of his representation of science to the public.“In general, scientists in interviews emphasized promotion of science over the scientist, diplomacy over derision and dialogue over ideological extremism,” she said.Johnson said he hopes the research will help scientists learn to communicate science without alienating the public.“The best science communication does not begin with insults and arrogance,” Johnson said. “It encourages curiosity, open-mindedness and appreciation for science.”Kirstin Matthews, a fellow in science and technology policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, and Di Di, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Sociology at Rice, co-authored the paper.The research was funded by the Templeton World Charity Foundation and is available online at more information, contact Amy McCaig, senior media relations specialist at Rice, at 713-348-6777 or news release can be found online at Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Related Materials: Study link: Howard Ecklund website: http://www.elainehowardecklund.comPhoto link: credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University.Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,910 undergraduates and 2,809 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for happiest students and for lots of race/class interaction by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to you do not wish to receive news releases from Rice University, reply to this email and write “unsubscribe” in the subject line. Office of News and Media Relations – MS 300, Rice University, 6100 Main St., Houston, TX 77005last_img read more

Kennesaw Celebrates 25th Anniversary of the Michael J Coles College of Business

first_img About the AuthorMatthew KormanMatthew Korman is the Managing Editor of MetroMBA. Since graduating from Rowan University with a degree in journalism and political science, Matthew has worked as a music industry writer and promoter, a data analyst, and with numerous academic institutions. His works have appeared in publications such as NPR and Sports Illustrated.View more posts by Matthew Korman regions: Atlanta On the 25th anniversary of the renaming of the Michael J. Coles College of Business, Michael Coles is still taken aback.“I see my name on everything the College does, and it’s overwhelming,” Coles recently said, celebrating the anniversary on campus. “I can’t describe what it feels like having my name attached to something that is so much bigger than my personal life.” “It’s always extraordinarily humbling when I visit Kennesaw State, especially the Coles College,” Coles told KSU News. “I knew there was tremendous potential, but no one could have imagined how much it would grow. Whenever I walk into the [Burruss] Building, I am overwhelmed by what’s happening there.”Nearly three decades ago, Coles, the Great American Cookie Company co-founder and CEO of Caribou Coffee, joined the Kennesaw State University board of trustees. His growing interest in the business school—then commonly referred to as “Entrepreneurial U”—eventually lead him to guest lecture roles. In 1994, he cemented his legacy with the school through his donation via the Coles-Novak Family Foundation.Coles College of Business Dean Kathy Schwaig, at the Oct. 17 anniversary event, said, “It’s always a pleasure when we can bring Michael to the College. His story and his entrepreneurial spirit are truly inspiring.”Michael Coles, center, cutting the anniversary ribbon at the Michael J. Coles College of Business / Photo via David CaselliFormer Dean Tim Mescon, also in attendance at the Wednesday event, told Patrick Harbin at KSU News:“The naming allowed the Coles College to truly promote itself aggressively and in a most enthusiastic manner to the community at large. Michael loved the entrepreneurial spirit of the College and knew that, with his investment, he could make a profound and indelible impact on the institution.”The event also marks the release of Coles’ newest book, Time to Get Tough: How Cookies, Coffee, and a Crash Led to Success in Business and Life. Those in attendance at the event, including students, were lucky enough to receive a free copy of the book, along with a much-loved piece of cookie cake.You can find out more about the recent Kennesaw State Coles College anniversary here. Kennesaw Celebrates 25th Anniversary of the Michael J. Coles College of Businesscenter_img Last Updated Oct 19, 2018 by Matthew KormanFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail RelatedColes College Namesake Michael J. Coles Elected Board Chairman of Brand Group HoldingsMichael J. Coles, the namesake of Kennesaw State University’s College of Business, was recently elected chairman of the board of directors for Brand Group Holdings. Prior to his election as chairman, Coles served on the Brand Group Holdings board since 2011, and served as the former Chairman of Charter Bank…August 31, 2015In “Featured Region”Coles Inducts First Members to Business Hall of FameOn February 18, the Kennesaw State University’s Michael J. Coles College of Business held an inaugural induction ceremony for their Business Hall of Fame. The honorees are: Michael J. Coles – president & executive chairman, Global Onboard Partners Gene Henssler – president & CIO, Henssler Financial Connie Engel – partner, Childress…February 27, 2015In “Featured Home”Submissions Open for KSU Top Startup 100 Competition at ColesThe Kennesaw State University – Michael J. Coles College of Business has recently announced the opening of submissions for its annual KSU Top Startup 100 competition. Each year, the KSU Top 100 pitch competition is sponsored by the Robin and Doug Shore Entrepreneurship Center at Coles. The goal of the center is to…February 1, 2017In “Featured Region”last_img read more

Top MBA Jobs Senior Financial Analyst

first_img Working in financial services is one of the most coveted career paths for MBA graduates. It pays well; you can find a job anywhere in the world; and top companies recruit in finance. Unfortunately, all that means that there is a lot of competition. It can be tough to break into the financial services industry though rewarding. If you’re interested in this lucrative career field, becoming a financial analyst might be the best place to start. Let’s take a look at what senior financial analysts do, how much they earn, who’s hiring, and where to earn your MBA.What is a Senior Financial Analyst?A senior financial analysts focuses on data. They examine financial data and come to conclusions that can be used to help companies make effective and profitable business decisions. More specifically, financial analysts pay close attention to the pulse of the economy.They research macroeconomic and microeconomic conditions alongside business fundamentals to make accurate predictions about industries, sectors, and companies. By staying current on economic trends and business strategy, they can recommend when clients should buy or sell investments. Successful financial analysts always stay aware of current developments in their specialized field. They need to know what’s going on, and then from that information, be able to prepare financial models that predict future economic conditions. Think of financial analysts as experts in finance, who feel comfortable analyzing numerical data to write reports and generate solutions.According to the U.S News & World Report, working as a financial analyst is a great idea. In its “Best Jobs” ranking, they rate it as the 15th best business job and the 79th best job overall. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 10.9 percent employment growth for financial analysts between 2016 and 2026. An estimated 32,200 jobs should open up in that period.Senior Financial Analyst SalaryIn 2018, the median pay for a financial analyst in the U.S. was $85,660 per year, according to the BLS. However, it’s a fairly wide range. According to the U.S. News, the worst paid financial analysts (the lower 25%) earn $65,390 while the highest earners (top 25%) earn $114,908.It greatly depends on where you work, according to Glassdoor. At a company like Bank of America, you’ll earn anywhere from $58,000 to $135,000 a year depending on your level of experience. At Google, the range is $69,000 to $177,000, and at Boeing it’s $71,000 to $132,000.Starting Your Financial Analyst CareerTo get a job as a financial analyst, you at least need a bachelor’s degree in business. However, that will only get you in the door at the junior level. If you want to be a senior financial analyst, you need an advanced degree from graduate school, which is generally an MBA from a top business school program.That’s because you’re expected to have advanced quantitative skills in economics, finance, and statistics. You also require expert problem-solving skills, above-average communication skills, and the ability to crunch data to report clear, concise, and persuasive results.Financial Analyst MBA ProgramsOne of the finest business educational institutions in the world, NYU Stern’s finance department provides the necessary education for students seeking positions in industry, in financial institutions or in government or nonprofit institutions.Most top MBA programs send a large majority of their graduate into the financial services industry. It’s one of the most popular career fields, and top companies are always seeking MBAs interested in finance. However, there are a few business schools that stand out.Recently, the U.S. News & World Report just released its list of the “10 Best Finance MBA Programs.” Here are our top three choices:NYU Stern School of Business: Located in New York City, the financial capital of the world, NYU Stern offers an excellent MBA program for a career in finance. The curriculum spans everything from microfinance to global banking, sales and trading, public finance, and M&A. And in 2018, 33.8 percent of the graduating MBA class went into financial services—more than any other industry.University of Chicago Booth School of Business: 31.6 percent of the Class of 2018 went into financial services at Chicago Booth, probably because the school offers such a strong emphasis on finance. In fact, there’s a specific concentration for Analytic Finance, which teaches MBA students how to do cutting-edge analysis as practiced at hedge funds, investment banks, and risk management firms.Wharton School of Business: Wharton tops many lists for the most sought-after MBA program for financial services. Its curriculum places a heavy emphasis on analytical and theoretical concepts for high-level financial careers. There’s even a Wharton Finance MBA, which focuses on statistics, mathematics, and analytics. And 36.9 percent of the Class of 2018 accepted placement in financial services.Who’s Hiring?Financial analysts are needed by a wide variety of companies and in a wide range of industries. You can work for local and regional bans, insurance companies, real estate investment brokerages, and data-driven companies. However, typically, you’ll work in one of two major categories:Buy-Side Firms, investment houses that manage their own funds. These include private equity funds  (The Blackstone Group), mutual funds (Fidelity), and hedge funds (Bridgewater Associates).Sell-Side Firms, a firm that sells investment services to asset management firms. These include investment banks such as JPMorgan Chase, Goldman Sachs, and Morgan Stanley. RelatedNew Finance Careers Openings AnnouncedMany MBA graduates pursue careers in financial services after completing their degrees. Jobs in this field include product managers, financial analysts and asset managers, as well as roles in related emerging sub-sectors like FinTech. For MBAs looking to break into this field, check out our list of five exciting new…June 5, 2019In “Boston”Want To Become A Budget Analyst? How An MBA Can HelpManaging a budget can sometimes be a difficult task—even when it comes to your personal finances. It’s no surprise, then, that large companies require skilled individuals to analyze, manage and make important decisions based on finances. That’s where a budget analyst comes in. MBAs with a strong foundation in business…May 18, 2017In “Featured Home”Check Out Some New MBA Jobs at These Global Finance FirmsOne of the most lucrative careers an MBA can pursue is in financial services. Newer MBA jobs in this field include risk management specialists, financial analysts and asset managers, as well as roles in related emerging sub-sectors like FinTech. For MBAs looking to break into this field, check out our…January 30, 2019In “Capital One” 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 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 Last Updated Jun 25, 2019 by Kelly VoFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail Top MBA Jobs: Senior Financial Analystlast_img read more

Former President George HW Bush Wife Barbara Hospitalized

first_img HOUSTON—Former President George H.W. Bush was admitted to an intensive care unit on Wednesday, and his wife, Barbara, was hospitalized as a precaution, according to his spokesman.The 92-year-old former president was admitted to the ICU at Houston Methodist Hospital to “address an acute respiratory problem stemming from pneumonia,” family spokesman Jim McGrath said in a statement. McGrath said the former first lady was hospitalized as a precaution after experiencing fatigue and coughing.“Doctors performed a procedure to protect and clear his airway that required sedation. President Bush is stable and resting comfortable in the ICU, where he will remain for observation,” McGrath said in the statement.McGrath later told The Associated Press that doctors were happy with how the procedure went. The 41st president was admitted to the hospital on Saturday for shortness of breath.“So it’s just, how does his body respond. I don’t think there’s a whole lot of money to be gained betting against George Bush. We’re just kind of in a wait and see mode,” he said.McGrath said Barbara Bush, who is 91, hasn’t been feeling well in the last couple weeks, “and it finally just got to the point this morning where she said she wanted to take it out of committee and have the experts check it out.” McGrath said the move was precautionary. Bush’s chief of staff, Jean Becker, told the Houston Chronicle and KHOU-TV that Bush was expected to go home in a couple of days.Related CoverageGeorge H.W. Bush Writes Personal Letter to TrumpBush, who served as U.S. president from 1989 to 1993, has a form of Parkinson’s disease and uses a motorized scooter or a wheelchair for mobility. He was hospitalized in Maine in 2015 after falling at his summer home and breaking a bone in his neck, and was hospitalized in Houston the previous December for about a week for shortness of breath. He spent Christmas 2012 in intensive care for a bronchitis-related cough and other issues.Despite the loss of mobility, Bush celebrated his 90th birthday by making a tandem parachute jump in Kennebunkport, Maine. Last summer, Bush led a group of 40 wounded warriors on a fishing trip at the helm of his speedboat, three days after his 92nd birthday celebration.Related CoverageBush Daughters Welcome Obama’s as ‘Former First Children’Bush’s office announced earlier this month that he and his wife of more than 70 years, Barbara, would not attend Donald Trump’s inauguration this week due to the former president’s age and health.George Herbert Walker Bush, born June 12, 1924, in Milton, Massachusetts, also served as a congressman, CIA director and Ronald Reagan’s vice president.His son, George W. Bush, was elected president in 2000 and served two terms. Another son, Jeb—a former Florida governor—made an unsuccessful bid for the GOP nomination in 2016. Only one other U.S. president, John Adams, had a son who also became president.Related CoverageFormer Florida Gov. Bush Unlikely to Run for Office Again  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   US Former President George H.W. Bush and his wife Barbara Bush speak before the first half of an NCAAA college basketball game in Houston, in this file photo. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) Former President George H.W. Bush, Wife Barbara Hospitalized Barbara Bush hospitalized as former president is hospitalizedBy The Associated Press January 18, 2017 Updated: January 18, 2017center_img Share this article Share Show Discussionlast_img read more