A note from the editor For nine years Disability

first_imgA note from the editor:For nine years, Disability News Service has survived largely through the support of a small number of disability organisations – most of them user-led – that have subscribed to its weekly supply of news stories. That support has been incredibly valuable but is no longer enough to keep DNS financially viable. For this reason, please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support its work and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please remember 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… Cross-party MPs have raised a series of concerns with work and pensions secretary Esther McVey about the government’s treatment of disabled people on out-of-work benefits.Members of the Commons work and pensions select committee were questioning McVey (pictured) more than a year after her government introduced cuts of nearly £30 a week to payments to new claimants of employment and support allowance (ESA) placed in the work-related activity group (WRAG).Ministers were ridiculed when they first announced the cuts and argued they would “incentivise” those in the WRAG to find work.Claimants placed in the WRAG have all been found able to carry out some work-related activity but have been found not fit for work.The minister for disabled people, Penny Mordaunt [now the international development secretary], later promised to find a way to cut the living costs of people in the WRAG and “mitigate the £30”.But by the time the cuts were introduced, in April 2017, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) appeared to suggest that Mordaunt’s only success on living costs had been to ensure that new WRAG claimants would be told by their jobcentre work coaches how to secure the cheapest BT telephone tariff.Yesterday (Wednesday), SNP’s Chris Stephens asked McVey what work had been done to look at the additional costs faced by WRAG claimants.But she did not appear to have an answer and claimed instead that the cuts had been aimed at sick and disabled people who could “definitely do some work” and had allowed her department to invest more funds into supporting them into jobs.Stephens said the committee had received “a lot of witness evidence” that the cuts were “increasing stress and poverty for people in the WRAG” and had provided a “disincentive to get to work”.He said: “There’s a very real concern that people are moving into hardship if they are on ESA in the WRAG.”McVey said DWP was “testing and ensuring people aren’t going into hardship” but that its “focus” was to get those in the WRAG into work.She claimed that the proportion of families that included a disabled person and were living in absolute poverty had fallen since 2010.She said it was “not easy and we are learning as we go, we are learning from what we do. We are very focused on getting those people into work”.Tory MP Heidi Allen raised concerns about disabled people who claim the new universal credit and face the possibility of strict benefit conditions – such as being forced to carry out hours of job searches every week – as they wait for a work capability assessment.James Wolfe, DWP’s director of disability employment and support, said work coaches had “discretion” to make changes to conditionality for disabled people in this position.But asked by Allen if the work coaches making these important decisions about whether a claimant was well enough to meet these conditions were “health care experts”, he said instead that they were “skilled in knowing what someone can do and what the best steps are for them to get back into the labour market”.He added: “We are looking very closely at the whole health journey in universal credit.”He said there were not yet large numbers of people with health conditions coming onto universal credit so DWP was still “testing and learning, very carefully deciding who we might want to apply some conditionality to and then looking at what happens before those large numbers start coming through”.Asked by Allen what options DWP was looking at to ensure that not everyone was treated the same, he said: “The instructions our people have is very much to be cautious about this at the moment.“This is something that is going to evolve over a period of time as we start to get the numbers through. We are looking at it very closely.”But Allen said the committee was hearing of too many cases in which “discretion is not being fairly applied”, and she said: “I just worry. We have to get it right.”A previous session of the committee in May had heard from one disabled claimant of universal credit who told MPs how he had been sanctioned by DWP after missing a work-related meeting in a week in which he had been hospitalised twice because of multiple seizures.McVey claimed DWP was “monitoring closely” how different areas, job centres and work coaches use this discretion.Labour’s Neil Coyle told McVey, and Sarah Newton, the minister for disabled people: “In order to get more disabled people into work, there has to be trust with the department and with jobcentres in particular.”He told them that disabled people had seen DWP cut support for half a million claimants of disability living allowance in the move to the new personal independence payment.And he said that half a million disabled people were set to lose out financially in the move to universal credit, and that there had been a cut in the number of disability employment advisers, problems with Access to Work, and increased pressure through benefit sanctions and inaccurate disability benefit assessments.He asked what efforts ministers had made to assess the cumulative impact of all these cuts on disabled people’s ability and readiness for work.Wolfe did not answer this question, but said the proportion of disabled people in work was increasing, and the proportion of disabled people in absolute poverty had fallen.He added: “What I don’t accept is the sort of caricature of the department as being somehow the enemy of disabled people.”Coyle replied: “I can only go on my surgery [for constituents] and the feedback we have had here. It’s about trust.“The question is what assessment has been made of that impact of the changes on disabled people’s preparedness for work.”Wolfe suggested again that the cuts had led to an increase in the number of disabled people in work, telling Coyle: “The outcome is there in the disability employment statistics.”McVey said an extra £9 billion in real terms had been spent on supporting disabled people and those with health conditions with benefits [since 2010] and that the number of disabled people in work had increased by 600,000 [between 2013 and 2017].last_img read more

A Missionite Helps Hoist 75Foot Resist Banner in DC

first_imgMission activist, youth worker and muralist Nancy Pili Hernandez is one of seven protesters who were arrested on Wednesday after climbing a 270-foot crane in the nation’s capital as an act of peaceful defiance against the country’s new Administration.“We are hoping that people are looking up today and seeing that the resistance is strong although the opposition in front of us seems to be adamant about dividing the people of this country,” Pili Hernandez said in a video of the action.  Strapped in harnesses and bound together by ropes, the “string of activists” spent some 14 hours dangling against a clear blue sky with a view of the White House, where President Donald Trump issued executive orders to restart two controversial pipeline projects and to stall environmental policy. The protesters are associated with the environmental group Greenpeace and made national headlines after unfurling a 75-foot banner above a construction site that in bold, handwritten letters read “Resist” – a message for President Trump that they hoped would resonate in communities across the country. 0% Photo taken from Greenpeace USA Facebook page.Police arrested Pili Hernandez and six others who participated in the action on Wednesday evening after they descended the crane, and served them with charges of Second Degree Burglary, Unlawful Entry, and Destruction of Property.  The DC Police department issued a statement in which it deemed the group’s actions “extremely dangerous and unlawful.”As of January 26, Pili Hernandez could not be reached for comment, but in an 11-minute Facebook livestream on Wednesday, the San Francisco native could be seen atop the crane in the heart of Washington D.C., with the Washington Monument in the backdrop. Despite gusty winds and the imminent threat of arrest, Pili Hernandez smiled as she shared a message of nonviolent resistance with some 770,000 Facebook users who viewed the video, and others who watched from the streets below: “So we are going to spend some time in jail but it’s definitely worth it,” she said, adding that  “non-violent, civil disobedience is a tactic that has worked to mobilize people, teach people, to change things in a way that does not create wars, violence or destroy our spirits.”Pili Hernandez said in the video that the Administration has erased climate change as an issue, adding that “the default position of this administration is to bury their heads in the sand and act in denial during the largest crisis that humanity has ever faced, then our default position must be fearless resistance.” Other actions that President Trump has taken in his first week of office include orders to roll back Obamacare, direct agencies to step up deportation proceedings of undocumented immigrants, and construct a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Pili Hernandez said she intended for the action to inspire unity, instill hope and encourage peaceful opposition in communities impacted by the president’s orders and their supporters.“If our effort in conquering our fears has inspired you at all I hope that everybody can find ways to resist in our own lives, to work together to stop the pipelines from being built, to protect the water, to protect the land, to protect a woman’s right to choose, to protect gay marriage, to protect our brothers and sisters who are threatened with deportation,” she said. center_img Tags: advocacy • mission • protests Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

FANCY watching our First Utility Super League fixt

first_imgFANCY watching our First Utility Super League fixture at Warrington and our Ladbrokes Challenge Cup Semi Final with Leeds in style?Then bid on these great packages – and raise money for three great charities!Over the course of seven days, Ben Dawbarn, Rob Foden, Paul Dixon and Ross Clark are going to be climbing the highest four mountains in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.They will then fly over to climb the highest mountain in Europe – Mont Blanc – before heading back to London to take part in the Prudential 100 mile bike ride.They are doing this monstrous challenge for three charities very close to their hearts – gain, St.Roccos Hospice and Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospitals Charity.Ecoshred are offering four seats in a box on the halfway line for our game at Warrington on July 16 with a full hospitality package at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.Then on July 31 – at our Semi Final with Leeds – their box will be available on the halfway line with a full drinks and buffet package for eight people and also included is a Fitbit surge for one guest donated by Reward Health.For the first package – our game at Warrington – you can get involved, and raise funds, by texting silent bids to 07737 637 760 or through inboxing the Ecoshred Facebook page.Bidding closes on Tuesday July 14.For the second package, you can again text bids to 07737 637 760 or through the Ecoshred Facebook page.This one won’t be a silent auction and you can keep progress on the bids at the Ecoshred Facebook page.The Challenge’s Just Giving site is here.last_img read more

MOVEMBER have teamed up with England Rugby League

first_imgMOVEMBER have teamed up with England Rugby League to build some Mo’s amongst the wall of white!Sign up for ‪#‎Movember 2015 and join the official England Rugby League Movember fundraising team, captained by Jon Wilkin, “The Mo’s of St. George” at https://uk.movember.com/team/1938985The team page also details a discount code to get £5 off tickets at www.rugbyleaguetickets.co.uk/internationallast_img

OUR Official Travel Partner and sponsor of the Spo

first_imgOUR Official Travel Partner and sponsor of the Sponsors’ Lounge at Langtree Park, Hatton’s Travel, are offering day great trips this year that all fans can take advantage of.Check out the brochure below to find out more!You can find out more information and book on these trips by contacting them on 01744 811818 or by logging on to www.hattonstravel.co.uklast_img

Our Betfred Super League season gets underway with

first_imgOur Betfred Super League season gets underway with a mouth-watering clash against our fiercest rivals on Thursday January 31 (7.45pm) at the Totally Wicked Stadium.It’s not often the two biggest clubs in the game face-off so early in the campaign and this one is guaranteed not to be missed with so much at stake.Saints beat the Warriors twice last season and will want to get their season off to the best possible start against the 2018 Champions.New star signings Lachlan Coote, Kevin Naiqama and Joseph Paulo are also set to feature alongside the World’s Best Prop Luke Thompson and Golden Boot Winner – and World’s Best Winger – Tommy Makinson.Tickets can be bought by calling into the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium, telephoning 01744 455 052 or online here.last_img read more

La Bouche coming to the Wilson Center in February

first_img La Bouche has sold more than 12 million records worldwide. Some of their hits include “Be My Lover”, “Fallin’ in Love”, and “Sweet Dreams.”The duo is made up of front man Lane McCray, Jr. and Sophie Cairo.Members can buy tickets starting Thursday at 2:00 p.m. online at capefearstage.com. Related Article: Former CFCC president named as Bladen Community College presidentTickets go on sale to the public on Friday beginning at 10:00 a.m. online and at 2:00 p.m. at Ticket Central. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Time to pull out your plaid and choker necklaces, the 90s makes its return in February with the arrival of La Bouche.La Bouche, a big part of the the dance music scene in the 1990s, is making the only US stop of their world tour in Wilmington at the CFCC Wilson Center on Valentine’s Day.- Advertisement – last_img read more

ERA will be investigating vandalised rocks in Slugs Bay Mellieha

first_img 1 of 3 Newsbook.com.mt contacted the police to see if a report of vandalism had been made but the spokesperson said that no reports had been received.  They added that in such cases these reports are normally forwarded to other authorities.The ERA spokesperson explained that investigations will start next week and that they will be working with the police to find the person(s) responsible and also to seek compensation for such damages.WhatsApp SharePrint Facebook / John Zammit Facebook/John ZammitFacebook/John Zammit The Environmental Resources Authority say they will be investigating the cause of what appeared to be black oil-stained rocks in Slugs Bay Mellieha.ERA’s spokeswoman told Newsbook.com.mt that the authority had been made aware of the incident and explained that enforcement officers will be investigating the cause and trying to find the perpetrator.Their responses come after Newsbook.com.mt contacted ERA after images were posted on social media showing black stained rocks in Slugs Bay, Mellieha. The suspicion is that the black stain is the result of spilt engine oil.center_img Facebook / John Zammit Facebook/John Zammit <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

FIFA Banned Beats Headphones At The World Cup To Please Sponsor Sony

first_imgAdvertisement Dr Dre and Jimmy IovineSoccer world governing body FIFA, has banned the bulky Beats headphones, requiring players have to take them off when they are in World Cup stadiums for official matches and media events.This is because of a licensing agreement with electronics maker Sony Corp.The colorful high-end headphones created by rapper Dr Dre have become a ubiquitous soccer accessory. Neymar wore them as he stepped off the bus at the Castelao stadium of Fortaleza for Brazil’s last training season on the eve of their match with Mexico on Tuesday. – Advertisement – Suarez had them wrapped around his neck as he joked with his Uruguay team mates during a break at a recent practice.Acquired by Apple for $3 billion, Beats Electronics is known for “guerrilla marketing” tactics to bypass licensing barriers.During the 2012 Olympics in London, for instance, the company sent thousands of free headphones to high profile athletes including the U.S. basketball team and the entire British delegation, outsmarting official sponsor Panasonic.Officials at Beats were not available for comment on their strategy at the Olympics and this World Cup.A 5-minute film featuring Neymar, Suarez, Germany’s Mario Goetze, Netherlands’ Robin van Persie, Mexico’s Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez and other players wearing Beats headphones released days before the World Cup has been seen by 10.6 million people on YouTube.Its name? “The Game Before the Game”.Sony this month issued all players participating in the World Cup with a free set of its own headphones they can take to the games.But so far few players have been spotted with them wrapped around their necks.Source: BIlast_img read more

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 to be Launched Today

first_imgAdvertisement South Korean smartphone makers, Samsung Corp., will be launching their latest phablet flagship Note-series, the “Samsung Note 7” today at an event scheduled in New York at 11:00 am EDT (6:00 pm East African Time). Samsung Mobile Chief, DJ Koh confirmed that the Note 7 will have an upgraded software and significantly improved note features.Samsung named it’s new flagship Galaxy Note 7 instead of Galaxy Note 6, because;The Galaxy Note 7 will  complement the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, and unify the companies product portfolio.The Galaxy Note 7 will also minimize confusion about the latest mobile technology from the company, and provide full alignment with Galaxy S smartphones.Putting it’s naming aside, they’re reports showing leaked images of the Galaxy Note 7 appear hours before its official launch. – Advertisement – “The leaked images, which were first spotted by Mobipicker, give us a clear look at the front and back of the smartphone. The Gold color variant sports a dual-edge display, with the iris scanner sitting on the top bezel. There is also the S Pen slot at the bottom, while the power and the volume buttons are housed on the right and left respectively,” Gadgets 360 reports.We shall keep you posted as soon as the device is launched, however, you can still follow the live stream at samsung webiste if you have no invite.last_img read more

19 Firms in Kenya Were Victims of the Global Ransomware Virus

first_imgWannaCry Ransoware. (Photo Credit: Quartz) Advertisement Communication Authority of Kenya (CA) on Friday issued the update, noting the “WannaCryptor” virus has infected networks and computers the East African nation. At least 19 organisations in Kenya have been affected by the ransomware virus in an ongoing global hacking attack.The number is an increase from the previous five reported on May 13th by the authority in an attack that has affected over half a million users globally as anxiety mounts amid today’s deadline issued by the hackers, Xinhua reported.“The authority will continue working with stakeholders to mitigate the effects of such instances while encouraging parties to put in place preventive mechanisms,” said the authority’s director-general Francis Wangusi. – Advertisement – ICT Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru had named Kenyan banks as among institutions targeted in the large-scale attack against computers worldwide that began last week. He noted the software encrypts systems and denies the owner access to them, while the perpetrators demand payment using Bitcoin to allow access.“Individuals and organisations are discouraged from paying the ransom, as this does not guarantee access will be restored,” said Wangusi.[related-posts]The authority formed the National Kenya Computer Incident Response Team(National KE-CIRT) to help in the coordination of fighting the virus.CA said National KE-CIRT is working with other government agencies, banks, telecoms, academia and information technology experts to enhance security of Kenya’s cyber infrastructure.Almost 80% of Kenya’s servers are based on Windows, another 16 percent on unix or the Linux variant, making the country vulnerable.Industry experts noted that more companies are likely to be targeted before the end of the hacker’s deadline, but added tracking the firms may present a challenge as many businesses are likely to shy away from publicizing the attacks.Tens of thousands of computer users around the world are anxious as the deadline to pay ransom issued by hackers is set to end today.last_img read more

PREVIEW Liverpool v Arsenal

first_img[dropcap]G[/dropcap]ot there (in the end) yesterday with a nice 9/4 bet landed thanks to Man City defying a two goal handicap start.The column is now 51.88 points up since the start of the World Cup, which seems a long time ago now.Liverpool v Arsenal is always a cracking game but it’s hard to think we are going to get a repeat of the 5-1 scoreline (it was all over almost before it all started) from last season from ‘new’ Liverpool.Indeed, Arsenal will very much fancy getting something out of this, given they arrive on the back of two 4-1 wins. Against Newcastle in the Premier League and Galatasaray in the Champions League.Arsenal are also doing better, so far this season and are five points in front of Liverpool from 16 matches.HEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)Feb 2014 FA Cup Arsenal 2-1 LiverpoolFeb 2014 Premier Liverpool 5-1 ArsenalNov 2013 Premier Arsenal 2-0 LiverpoolJan 2013 Premier Arsenal 2-2 LiverpoolSep 2012 Premier Liverpool 0-2 ArsenalMar 2012 Premier Liverpool 1-2 ArsenalAug 2011 Premier Arsenal 0-2 LiverpoolApr 2011 Premier Arsenal 1-1 LiverpoolAug 2010 Premier Liverpool 1-1 ArsenalFeb 2010 Premier Arsenal 1-0 LiverpoolI didn’t share Brendan Rodgers appraisal of his teams performance midweek when beating Bournemouth in the Capital One Cup.Rodgers was eulogising after the match but for me it was much more a case of Bournemouth simply not getting the rub of the green and missing an absolute sitter early on which could have changed the whole complex of the match.It was only Liverpool’s third win in their last 11 games in all competitions so it’s premature to talk of tides being turned.It’s a tough call – but safest bet is probably the draw at around 5/2 with Star Sports.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-50 points)BACK DRAW at around 5/2 for 5 points with Star SportsRETURN SINCE START OF WORLD CUP: PROFIT 51.88 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

STARTERS ORDERS Tuesday

first_imgWhat’s your view?CALL STAR SPORTS ON 08000 521 321 [dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Tuesday 21 JulyRACING3.00 Ffos LasHillgrove Angel 15/8 > 6/46.30 WetherbyZaaneh 6/4 > 11/106.40 ChelmsfordKadrizzi 4/1 > 5/27.10 ChelmsfordExcellent George 5/1 > 11/4(All prices subject to fluctuation)last_img

STAR PREVIEW Fulham v Derby County

first_imgI haven’t gone (completely) mad but I think Fulham’s 1-0 defeat in the first leg might be the best thing that could have happened to them.It means they start tonight knowing exactly what they need to do and for an attacking side that aren’t goal shy that means it can be business as usual.If it had finished 0-0 in the first leg both teams would be so petrified to concede a goal and even if Fulham had won the first leg 1-0 they would have been caught in the ‘park the bus’ dilemma which is not their usual modus operandi.Fulham have knocked in 79 goals this season, a record only bettered by the champions Wolves (82) and some way ahead of Derby County (70).So they need to attack from the start and play their usual game. I’m absolutely certain it’s a match where the first goal will be absolutely crucial.Cameron Jerome’s header separated the two teams at Pride Park and they will resume knowing a Wembley trip against Aston Villa or Middlesbrough awaits for promotion to dreamland. Jerome bids to score in five consecutive games tonight for Derby whilst at the opposite end Aleksandar Mitrovic will again be pivotal for Fulham – he has been directly involved in 7 of Fulham’s last 12 goals.The same fixture finished 1-1 in the regular season and tonight Fulham bid to end their play-off misery which has seen them draw two and lose five of their previous seven play-off matches.Fulham v Derby CountyChampionship Play-Off Semi-Final 2nd Leg19:45 Sky Sports Football / Sky Sports Main EventHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)May 2018 CHAMPIONSHIP PLAY-OFF Derby 1 – 0 FulhamMar 2018 CHAMPIONSHIP Derby 1 – 2 FulhamNov 2017 CHAMPIONSHIP Fulham 1 – 1 DerbyApr 2017 CHAMPIONSHIP Derby 4 – 2 FulhamDec 2016 CHAMPIONSHIP Fulham 2 – 2 DerbyFeb 2016 CHAMPIONSHIP Fulham 1 – 1 DerbyDec 2015 CHAMPIONSHIP Derby 2 – 0 FulhamFeb 2015 CHAMPIONSHIP Fulham 2 – 0 DerbyOct 2014 CAPITAL ONE CUP Fulham 2 – 5 DerbyAug 2014 CHAMPIONSHIP Derby 5 – 1 FulhamFulham surely have to come out fighting and I’ll take the 7/5 with starsports.bet for them to win the first half.I also think, unlike the cagey first leg, there could be plenty of goals and will have an interest on over 3.5 goals at 21/10.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK OVER 3.5 GOALS 5 points win at 21/10 with starsports.betBACK FULHAM TO WIN FIRST HALF 6 points win at 7/5 with starsports.betPROFIT/LOSS SINCE JAN 1 2017: PROFIT 144.43 pointslast_img read more

California couple gives Rice University 15 million to redesign education of engineers

first_imgAddThis ShareCONTACT: Mike WilliamsPHONE: 713-348-6728E-MAIL: mikewilliams@rice.eduCalifornia couple gives Rice University $15 million to redesign education of engineers Alumni John and Ann Doerr hope to motivate engineers to become leaders and entrepreneurs Two Rice University alumni with engineering degrees – he a famed venture capitalist, she an environmental activist – have given their alma mater $15 million to transform the way engineers are educated. The gift from the Benificus Foundation, a private charitable organization set up by alumni John and Ann Doerr, will fund the new Rice Center for Engineering Leadership and raise the bar for engineering educators nationwide. The center’s mission is to broaden Rice engineering education by incorporating current and emerging crises facing society and developing personal leadership skills needed to solve pressing global problems. The gift supports Rice’s Centennial Campaign, which was launched today. ”We are grateful for this extraordinary gift, which is generous not only in amount but in vision,” said Rice President David Leebron. ”There is no limit to what talented and imaginative engineers will be able to achieve, and the education this gift makes possible will enable Rice to produce some of the great engineers who will help solve the big challenges facing our world.” ”We intend to be a beacon for other universities as we educate the engineers of the 21st century,” said Sallie Keller-McNulty, dean of the George R. Brown School of Engineering. ”We will think far outside the norm and emphasize communication, ethics and leadership across departments to revolutionize engineering education, and we plan to draw on technology, initiative, innovation and intuition.” Ann Doerr said, ”Our increasingly complex and global world demands great, ethical engineering leaders. And you can’t fake integrity.” ”The world’s best engineers are entrepreneurs and leaders,” added John Doerr. ”They’re willing to take risks. They know innovation matters but execution is everything. It takes leadership to change the world.” The search for the center’s first director is under way. ”We are looking for someone who has the determination and character to truly change the world,” Keller-McNulty said. John Doerr’s passion for engineering leadership has led him on a remarkable journey since his graduation from Rice, where he earned undergraduate and master’s degrees in electrical engineering before adding an MBA at Harvard, which recently gave him its highest honor, an Alumni Achievement Award. He started his career at Intel as an engineer, marketer and top-ranked sales executive. At venture-capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, he has become an entrepreneurial force as an early champion of Google and Amazon, among many other companies. His ability to recognize and help entrepreneurs commercialize innovation into winning products and services has placed him at No. 1 this year on Forbes Magazine’s Midas list of the world’s top 100 tech dealmakers. Doerr’s interests as an entrepreneur and philanthropist extend to innovative green technology, urban public education, fighting poverty and the advancement of women as leaders. Ann Doerr, who earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering at Rice, is an environmental activist and a trustee of the New York-based Environmental Defense Fund. The gift brings the Doerrs’ commitment to the Centennial Campaign to $22.5 million. A matching component of their donation could bring an additional $10 million to the center. Their other recent donations funded computational cancer research administered by the Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology and two endowed chairs, one named for Kennedy’s parents and currently held by Professor Krishna Palem and one held by Professor Keith Cooper. last_img read more

Two Rice University alumni win Fulbright awards

first_imgAddThis ShareNEWS RELEASEDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduTwo Rice University alumni win Fulbright awards HOUSTON — (July 1, 2013) — Two Rice University alumni have received Fulbright U.S. Student awards to help teachers of English in other countries improve foreign students’ English language abilities and knowledge of the United States during 2013-14.As Fulbright English teaching assistants, Ellen Bransford and Amanda Gutierrez will teach in Mexico and Spain, respectively, where they will also have an opportunity to increase their own language skills and knowledge of the host country.Selection for the Fulbright U.S. Student awards is based on academic and professional achievements, language preparation and personal qualifications. The awards include round-trip transportation to the host country, funding to cover room, board and incidental costs, and health benefits.Bransford, who graduated from Rice in 2010 with a B.A. in economics and political science, has been an elementary special education teacher in the Rio Grande Valley at IDEA Quest Academy in McAllen, Texas, for the past three years. In August she will begin teaching English at a secondary school in Mexico City for a year. A native of Memphis, Tenn., Bransford studied abroad in Peru while she was an undergraduate student at Rice and in Costa Rica when she was in high school. She plans to obtain a postgraduate degree in education and work with at-risk populations and serve students with special needs.Gutierrez graduated from Rice in May with a B.A. in kinesiology (concentrating in sports medicine) and a minor in global health technologies. This summer she is working as a research assistant with Rice 360°: Beyond Traditional Borders. In September she will teach English grammar and literacy to Spanish children at a secondary school in Madrid. Previously from New Orleans, the Houston resident taught Spanish literacy, English, science and math to children in Ecuador, Nicaragua and South Africa through various service fellowships as a Rice undergraduate student. She plans to attend medical school and pursue a Master of Public Health degree and career in medicine so she can have an impact on the lives of people in developing countries.Rice seniors, graduate students and alumni who apply for Fulbright awards work directly with the university’s Office of Fellowships and Undergraduate Research in the Division of Undergraduate Students.“We are pleased that Bransford and Gutierrez will have the opportunity to travel abroad and to further their teaching experience,” said Madalina Akli, assistant director of fellowships and undergraduate research. “For this fall, we’re working with 48 more Rice applicants for Fulbright Program award nominations.”More information on the Fulbright Program can be found at www.ofur.rice.edu.The U.S. Department of State sponsors the Fulbright Program, which is the flagship international educational exchange program of the U.S. government. The program is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the U.S. and people of other countries. The primary source of funding is an annual appropriation made by Congress to the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Rice University’s Office of Fellowships and Undergraduate Research in the Division of Undergraduate Students assist Rice students through the application process. More information can be found at www.ofur.rice.edu.# # #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 http://tinyurl.com/AboutRiceU. Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Office of News and Media Relations – MS 300, Rice University, 6100 Main St., Houston, TX 77005last_img read more

Rice expert available to discuss discrimination in Houstons housing market

first_imgShareDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduRice expert available to discuss discrimination in Houston’s housing marketHOUSTON — (Sept. 17, 2018) – Racial stereotypes coupled with institutional rules can exacerbate discrimination in the housing market, according to new research from Elizabeth Korver-Glenn, a scholar at Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research. Korver-Glenn is available to discuss the research with members of the media.“Although it may appear that society has changed a great deal since the Fair Housing Act of 1968, the reality is very different,” Korver-Glenn said.Her paper, “Compounding Inequalities: How Racial Stereotypes and Discrimination Accumulate across the Stages of Housing Exchange,” recently appeared in the American Sociological Review. The research draws on fieldwork and more than 100 in-depth interviews with real estate agents, developers, mortgage lenders, appraisers, landlords, housing consumers and other stakeholders in Houston’s housing market.The research revealed the following:Racial discrimination can occur in both vague and obvious ways. For example, even if someone doesn’t use explicitly racial language, which is illegal, Korver-Glenn said, they may still use words that signal race. For example, one realtor she interviewed said, “People ask me all the time, ‘Is this a black neighborhood? Is this area black?’ All. The. Time. And it’s hard! I just tell them to drive around … (and I say) ‘Oh, look! There’s a tires and tamales, all under one roof.’ (As though she’s pointing this out to a client.) ‘Oh, okay.’ (client responds).”Institutional rules can accelerate prejudice and discrimination. For example, when applicants apply for loans, they fill out forms that indicate race, ethnicity and sex, Korver-Glenn said. This information is used to make loan decisions and can influence an underwriter’s determination of risk through widely shared stereotypes about income and race, she said.Inequality collects across interactions. “During the process of buying a home, a buyer interacts with many people, and each interaction presents an opportunity for one person to evaluate another person,” Korver-Glenn said. “Often, this evaluation happens through the lens of racial stereotypes, and it is not just an isolated incident, it is many incidents linked throughout the process.”“I’m hopeful that this research can inform policy interventions aimed at changing the institutional rules that enable stereotyping and discrimination to persist,” Korver-Glenn said. “I also hope that my work informs how future studies attempt to capture contemporary forms of discrimination quantitatively.-30- AddThis Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Related materials:Kinder Institute website: https://kinder.rice.edu/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 3,970 undergraduates and 2,934 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is just under 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for lots of race/class interaction and No. 2 for quality of life by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to http://tinyurl.com/RiceUniversityoverview.last_img read more

Gupta MBA Earns Spot At The Super Bowl

first_imgGupta MBA Earns Spot At The Super Bowl Last Updated Apr 5, 2017 by Alanna ShafferFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail About the AuthorAlanna ShafferStaff Writer, covering MetroMBA’s news beat for Atlanta, Houston, and Dallas.View more posts by Alanna Shaffer Thanks to her strong business education from the University of Dallas – Satish and Yasmin Gupta College of Business , MBA graduate Kelly Jones was given the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to attend this years’ biggest sporting event: the Super Bowl.Kelly Jones, MBA ’15, was given the chance to attend the 2017 Super Bowl, which took place in early February at Houston’s NRG Stadium. The opportunity came about as a result of Jones’ employment with Legends Hospitality — the newest business partner of the Atlanta Falcons — but Jones believes it may also be a result of connections she made while at Gupta. “The connections I made through the MBA at UD proved extremely valuable to my career, because, honestly, without the guidance of Scott Wysong I wouldn’t be working for the Falcons today,” Jones commented.The string of events which ultimately led to Jones’ employment with the Falcons began after Wysong, Associate Professor of Management at Gupta and director of the MBA program, recommended that she attend a university career fair. The fair helped her land a job at the Dallas Stars before moving on to Atlanta.“Breaking into sports is hard,” Wysong said. “There are not a lot of jobs or a lot of people who want to work in that industry. I always encouraged our MBA students to volunteer, intern or do whatever they can to get their foot in the door.”With Wysong’s encouragement, Jones was able to get her foot in the door. Today she serves as a premium sales consultant with Legends Hospitality, a company which manages ticket sales for the Atlanta Falcons. Her job involves selling personal seat licenses (PSL) inside Mercedes-Benz Stadium to those who currently hold season tickets for the Falcon’s old stadium, the Georgia Dome. PSL Sales have been on the rise as the Falcons have worked their way to their second-ever Super Bowl, despite being on the losing-end of an infamous collapse to the New England Patriots.center_img RelatedJones Students Compete for Startup MoneyThe Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University held their fourth annual Owl Tank, an event modeled after ABC’s Shark Tank. Taneshia Barton ’10, founder and CEO of BlackBoxx and president of the Jones Graduate School Entrepreneurs Organization (JGSEO) welcomed everyone and explained the purpose of the…April 6, 2015In “Featured Region”Reaching Out MBA: 19 Years of LGBTQ SupportGetting accepted into graduate business school is no easy feat. With all of the preperation, applications, campus visits, and soul searching necessary, it’s nice when you have a helping hand. If you’re a member of the LGBT community, Reaching Out MBA could be just the hand you’re looking for. What…July 7, 2016In “Featured Home”Inside Rice’s MBA Student Government Leadership SummitTop-notch MBA programs aren’t just about coursework; they’re about the entire experience. Classroom learning can only take you so far. Employers want more than good grades and lecture attendance. They want practical experience, and that’s why the Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University recently held an MBA Student…December 2, 2016In “Advice” regions: Dallaslast_img read more

Top MBA Recruiters Merck

first_img Last Updated Mar 18, 2019 by Kelly VoFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail Top MBA Recruiters: Merck regions: Atlanta / Baltimore / Boston / Chicago / Dallas / Denver / Houston / London / Los Angeles / Miami / New York City / Online / Philadelphia / Research Triangle / San Diego / San Francisco / Seattle / Toronto / Washington, DC 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 center_img RelatedPharma Careers Highlight This Week’s Newest MBA JobsAs modern medicine and healthcare continues to advance, healthcare providers and pharmaceutical manufacturers require new hires with analytical abilities, business acumen and problem solving skills to help innovate. MBAs will be relied on to lead these firms, the miracle drugs they produce, and the lives they serve, into the future.…March 13, 2019In “Aetna”New MBA Jobs at Major Health Care Providers and Pharmaceutical FirmsAs Baby Boomers age and make up a more significant portion of the population, more Americans rely on health insurance providers and prescription drugs. In fact, Center for Disease Control stats show that more Americans are taking prescription drugs than ever. More patients and more drugs means a greater need…January 16, 2019In “Aetna”JHU Carey Professor Wins Award for Innovative TeachingToby Gordon, an associate professor at the John Hopkins Carey Business School, has recently received an award for innovation in teaching. On October 22, she received $1,000 from the Middle Atlantic Association of Colleges of Business Administration for her role managing Carey’s Discovery to Market technology transfer course. In the…October 30, 2013In “News” Global health care is one of the fastest growing sectors in 2019, with Deloitte expecting spending to reach $10.059 trillion by 2022. Thanks to aging and growing populations, you can expect a greater prevalence of chronic diseases, ultimately translating to exponential advances in innovative technologies, medicines, and care.For MBA graduates, this translates into a huge potential for job opportunities in the health care sector. In particular, there are opportunities for:New innovative technologies and personalized programs to engage with consumers.Better data security and ownership.Increased health care delivery and mobility.One of the companies at the leading edge of this sector is Merck. About MerckMerck & Co is an American pharmaceutical company—one of the largest in the world. Established in 1891 as a U.S. subsidiary of the German company, Merck (founded in 1668), the company is the seventh largest pharmaceutical companies by market capitalization and revenue. Headquartered in Kenilworth, New Jersey, Merck ranks 78th on the Fortune 500.In August 2014, Merck research and development had led to the approval of more new pharmaceuticals than any other company. The work covers six key research areas including:DiabetesInfectious diseases such as Hepatitis C, Antimicrobial Resistance, and HIVOncologyVaccinesAnimal HealthCardiovascular, Sleep Disorders, and Women’s HealthThe company has locations in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Kansas City, Philadelphia, Charlottesville, New York City, Boston, and more.Key Facts About Merck293 million people reached69,000 employees34 percent of roles held by womenOperations in more than 140 countriesSpent $7.9 billion in R&D in 2018$40.122 billion in revenue$2.394 billion in net incomeWorking at Merck as an MBAAs one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world, there are many opportunities for MBA graduates at Merck. Not only does the company offer multiple internships for nine to eleven weeks every summer, but for recent graduates, there’s an opportunity for a four- to six-month co-op assignment. MBAs can choose to work in a variety of fields including:Human and Animal Research and DevelopmentCommunicationsSupply ChainEngineering & ManufacturingFinanceMarketingInformation TechnologyThere are also entry-level and rotation programs to help develop an MBA graduate’s further develop their skills. These are ideal for any MBA graduate looking to improve their forward momentum. A few examples include:The Leadership Development Program: The LDP is a three-year opportunity to experience the core work necessary to manufacture and supply Merck’s products. Each employee will have three, one-year rotations aligned to either a technical, business, or operations focus.The Early Emerging Talent Rotation Program: The ETR program offers recent college graduates a chance to experience different areas of IT over two and a half years.What Employees Have to SayAccording to Payscale, Merck employers rank the company:3.6 stars out of 5 for satisfactionHighly stressfulHighly flexibleAnd on Glassdoor, out of 3,200 reviews, Merck receives a 3.7 out of 5 stars overall with 73 percent of employers willing to recommend the company to a friend. According to those self-same employers, the pros of working at Merck include a “great culture and work-life balance” (264 reviews) and “good benefits and good training programs” (223 reviews). On the flip side, 85 reviewers state that upper management doesn’t value staff. There’s also not as much opportunity for growth as there was in the past.According to Payscale, Meck employees earn an average annual salary of $97,000; the average is higher for those with MBA degrees.Here’s what employees have to say about working at Merck.So, it should be no surprise that Merck is ranked 4th in Best Workplaces for Giving Back in 2018 and 10th in Best Workplaces in Health Care & Biopharma in 2018.Compensation and BenefitsWhile there is no specific information available about how much an MBA at Merck can expect to earn, the average employee salary is $97,000, according to Payscale. When you break that down by degree, a Master of Science employee earns between $63k and $140k, and a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) earns between $59k and $175k. MBAs can assume that they would be on the upper end of that scale.As for benefits, Merck offers company-wide health and wellness, retirement, and insurance programs. There’s a defined pension plan as well as a 401(k) plan and more.Starting a Merck CareerTo start your career at Merck, MBAs should first consider a summer internship. These internships last 9 to 11 weeks and occur between June and August. Most internship opportunities can be found in Kenilworth, New Jersey. However, there are also internships in Boston, Philadelphia, Austin, San Francisco, and West Point. You can find a full list here.The Perfect MBA For a Merck CareerAccording to Paysa, around 7 percent of Merck employees have an MBA. As for where they earn that degree, that’s up to you. Several of the most prominent business schools to offer a healthcare-focused MBA include:The Wharton School – Health Care Management MBAColumbia Business School – Health and Pharmaceutical Management MBAUCLA Anderson – Health Care Management MBAAs for where Merck recruits. They head to universities across the U.S. including Penn State, Rutgers, NC State, Carnegie Mellon, Stanford University, Temple University, Drexel University, and more. Find more upcoming recruiting events here.last_img read more

Dallas Teacher Suspended After Video Shows Her Shooting Squirt Gun at Trump

first_img Dallas Teacher Suspended After Video Shows Her Shooting Squirt Gun at Trump By Epoch Newsroom January 27, 2017 Updated: January 27, 2017 Share this article US Share A teacher in Dallas was suspended after a video showed her pointing a water gun at a picture of President Donald Trump, yelling “die!”She allegedly shot the squirt gun at the Trump image in a classroom as her students watched. In the video, laughs can be heard in the background.The video was uploaded on an Instagram account of Payal Modi, an art teacher at a high school in Texas, the Dallas Morning News reported.“Today, we were made aware of a social media posting being circulated involving a teacher at W. H. Adamson High School,” a spokeswoman for The Dallas Independent School District told the paper.Teacher shoots Trump with a squirt gun while yelling “Die” in front of students. These are the idiots that are teaching our kids. Fire her! pic.twitter.com/VeztdKDMbd— Steve Hirsch (@Stevenwhirsch99) January 26, 2017“The teacher has been placed on administrative leave and the district has opened an investigation. This is a personnel matter and, as such, we cannot comment.” The video was uploaded on YouTube and elsewhere, with the video being prominently covered by conservative-leaning news websites and blogs.Students told KTVT they knew that Modi was joking.“Trump came out, and she shot at him—but, like, it was just a water gun. It’s no big deal,” Leslie Jaimes was quoted as saying.Officials told the station that threatening the president isn’t funny. center_img (Screenshot)  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Show Discussionlast_img read more