The Department for Work and Pensions DWP has bee

first_imgThe Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has been accused of a “brazen repetition of a known lie” about the impact on disabled people of one of the government’s major spending cuts, following the publication of a damning new report.The report by the Disability Benefits Consortium (DBC) found that social security reforms over the last decade – mostly under successive Tory-led governments – had hit disabled adults four times harder than non-disabled adults.It found that disabled people had lost out by an average of about £1,200 a year, compared to an average of about £300 for non-disabled people.The report, Has Welfare Become Unfair?, shows that the higher a person’s support needs, the more they have lost out, with someone with six or more impairments losing over £2,100 a year on average, compared to someone with one impairment losing about £700 each year.But when DWP was asked to comment on the report’s conclusions, it claimed that “disability benefits are exempt from the benefit freeze”.This is not true, which has been repeatedly pointed out to ministers and DWP press officers over the last three years.In March, the minister for disabled people, Justin Tomlinson (pictured), failed to apologise after telling the Commons work and pensions committee that “disability benefits were exempt from the benefits freeze”.In June 2018, his predecessor, Sarah Newton, made the same claim in a Commons debate.This apparently deliberate attempt to mislead the public about the working-age benefits freeze dates to its introduction in 2016 by the then chancellor, George Osborne.Disability living allowance, personal independence payment and the employment and support allowance (ESA) support group top-up are all exempt from the benefits freeze, which has frozen most working-age benefits at the level they were at in 2015.But there is no exemption for the main component of ESA or the top-up paid to those in the ESA work-related activity group (WRAG), which continue to be frozen.This means that every disabled person receiving ESA, the main out-of-work disability benefit – and its equivalent under universal credit – has been and will continue to be hit financially by the freeze, including by its impact on non-disability-related benefits.Although DWP could argue that the main ESA component is set at the same level as the mainstream jobseeker’s allowance, the WRAG top-up is only available to people with impairments that affect their ability to work.Bob Ellard, a member of the national steering group of Disabled People Against Cuts, said: “The DWP’s brazen repetition of a known lie shows they believe they are immune from being held to account.“I urge everyone reading this to sign the Justice for Jodey Whiting petition for an independent inquiry into the DWP, not just for the people who have died but for all who have suffered hardship and distress in dealing with the DWP. Let’s hold them to account.”The petition* calls for an independent inquiry into links between DWP and the deaths of benefit claimants, and was launched following the death in February 2017 of Jodey Whiting, 15 days after she had her out-of-work disability benefits mistakenly stopped for missing a work capability assessment.The Independent Case Examiner concluded earlier this year that DWP was guilty of “multiple” and “significant” failings in handling her case.The DBC report says the benefit freeze “has been a major factor in reducing the incomes of disabled people and pushing them into poverty”.And comments this week by both contenders for the Tory party leadership, Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt, suggest the freeze might not end next year as previously planned.Asked to comment on the department’s comment about the benefits freeze, a DWP spokesperson said: “On the DBC report, you have our statement and of course you are free to write up the story as you see fit.”The government has previously suggested that the main ESA element and the WRAG top-up** are included in the benefits freeze because they are “a work-related benefit”, rather than a disability benefit, even though they are benefits paid to disabled people.There was further misleading information in the DWP response to the DBC report, with the department claiming that “in many cases our reforms mean people will receive more money on average, with one million households gaining an average of £100 more on Universal Credit”.The department’s own equality impact assessment and the Office for Budget Responsibility have both made it clear that there would be both winners and losers from universal credit.But the DWP spokesperson claimed that – even though it had provided figures for those gaining from UC – the department did not publish figures showing how many million households would lose out through UC and by how much on average.The report by DBC – whose members include Inclusion London, Disability Rights UK and Transport for All – warns that when disabled people move onto universal credit there will be “dramatic increases in the levels of poverty among people who are already at a crisis point”.The report says this is a “disaster waiting to happen”.The report, funded by The Three Guineas Trust, concludes that changes to the social security system since 2010 have had a “devastating impact” on disabled people’s wellbeing and right to independent living.The report, which makes 22 recommendations for government action, concludes that people claiming disability benefits “are leading precarious lives characterised by financial insecurity, with immediate and enduring worries over money, bills and what the future may hold”.*Sign the Jodey Whiting petition here. If you sign the petition, please note you will need to confirm your signature by clicking on an email you will be sent automatically by the House of Commons petitions committee**New claimants placed in the WRAG after starting their claim from April 2017 onwards no longer receive the top-up A note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS…last_img read more

KEIRON Cunningham said Saints looked a little nerv

first_imgKEIRON Cunningham said Saints looked a little nervous at times during their win over Widnes but ultimately did the job.“The boys did well,” he said. “We played a little nervous at times which is probably understandable as there is a lot of pressure on them to perform. There is a big expectation at this club to play well.“We played carefree at times and we looked good and other times we looked nervous. In the first half we had 55 per cent of possession and completed at 90 per cent. We attacked really well in that period of the first half. It was good to get the win and there were good performances from certain individuals.“Mose (Masoe) went well. We started him to get that performance and I thought young Greg Richards was outstanding – he was brilliant.“Jordan Turner hasn’t had the best couple of weeks but I thought he was immense. He was one of the best players on the field. I also thought Tommy Makinson at full back did a great job for us. Converting from wing to full back is hard and he is learning from Paul Wellens who is one of the best there is.“We did lots of good things tonight – Widnes are a good side. They came and put the challenge down. It was a tough game and the boys came through it.”He continued: “It was good to welcome back Mark Percival. He is different class and does stuff you can’t teach. He is an immense talent and I’m sure will be a future international.“Matty Fleming did well in his second game too. He got caught out a couple of times but you get that with young players learning their trade. His debut was a high for him and to back it upm again, at home, with a super crowd… he will remember those games for the rest of his life.”Keiron said Luke Walsh took a knock towards the end of the game but is fine and the players will now have a couple of days off before turning to training, next week, to prepare for the visit of Wakefield.Tickets for that game are now on sale from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or online here.last_img read more

New report shows less students are dropping out across Cape Fear schools

first_img The drop rate for NHCS is 1.32% for the 2017-2018 academic year, which is a decrease from the previous year’s rate of 1.48%.Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus, Whiteville City, and Pender school systems also saw more students staying in school.In Bladen County, they saw a drop from 2.92%, down to 2.02%. In Brunswick County, the rates decreased from 2.48% to 2.24%.Related Article: Meet the man behind a third of what’s on WikipediaColumbus County saw only 1.63% drop out rate during the 2017-2018 school year. Whiteville City School drop-out rate decreased from 2.39% to 1.76%.Pender County Schools’ rate decreased from 1.85% to 1.48%.“This year continues our five-year trend of reducing the drop-out rate. When combined with the increasing graduation rate for all students, this is proof that the hard work of our principals and staffs is making a positive difference. We still have improvements to make, but I am encouraged that we are moving in the right direction,” Dr. Tim Markley, NHCS Superintendent, stated.Dr. Sherry Pinto, NHCS’ Drop Out Prevention Supervisor, leads the district’s Drop Out Prevention Committee. When asked about the continued improvements in the area of drop-out prevention, she said,  “We as a district and as dropout prevention teams, collaborating especially at the secondary level, have worked especially hard in the area of early warning and intervention processes. With the help of our monthly meetings and our district-wide transition documents, we are able to better identify students as being “at-risk” earlier than ever, and then provide needed guidance, strategies, and services to keep them on track to graduate on time with their cohort.”Read more from the report here. David Eason teaches a class at Laney High School in January 2016. (Photo: WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction has announced the dropout rates for public school districts across the state.New Hanover County Schools’ drop-out rate for the past school year continues to improve as it has for the past four consecutive years.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Parliament approves GRDA

first_imgThe draft legislation for the setting up of a Gozo Regional Development Authority (GRDA) had passed through the last stage of approval from Parliament at the end of the third reading. A vote was not taken on the act as no division was requested.In a press release, the Ministry for Gozo said that it believes that this is am important and historical step for the island’s regional development.No names have yet been made as to who will be on the Authority.The government did not approve the amendment proposed by the Opposition which asked for the representation within the Authority to not fall under the full remit of the Ministry for Gozo. The Opposition had previously declared that it was against the draft legislation as they believe that the Authority is just another measure to keep the Ministry for Gozo in full control without providing any autonomy.Partit Nazzjonalista (PN) shadow minister for Gozo Chris Said said that “the government felt that the Opposition should not be represented on this Authority”. He added that this authority is not just appointed but also controlled by the government and is not holding any executive powers.This draft legislation had caused negative reactions amongst stakeholders in Gozo particularly businesses. The Gozo Chamber of Commerce had stated that Minister for Gozo Justyne Caruana did not accept the proposal presented to her regarding board representation.In a press release, the Government stated that the authority will strengthen the institutional framework in Gozo and will ensure that the island will have a regional development strategy that could be updated according to the island’s social, economic and environmental frameworks exigencies.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

Watch Updated 44 migrants including 3 children disembarked in Malta

first_img Miguela Xuereb <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> Miguela Xuereb 1 of 5 44 migrants which include 3 children, have been disembarked at the AFM base at Haywharf.Those on board were earlier transferred from the Sea Eye rescue vessel ‘Alan Kurdi’. Marc Tilleycenter_img SharePrint Marc Tilley Miguela Xuereb A source told that the migrants originated from Syria, Libya, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Guinea.The youngest of the three children is understood to be 15 months old, while the other two are aged 3 and 5 years old.AFM had earlier told that those on board the ‘Alan Kurdi’ rescue vessel, were set to be transferred to a Maltese patrol vessel, bound for Malta.They did not, however, provide details of when the disembarkation will take place, although this was later confirmed to be 4.15PM local time.Unsere Crew an Bord der #AlanKurdi hat am Abend 44 Menschen gerettet, darunter vier Frauen und drei Kinder.Die Menschen gaben an, schon seit Samstag unterwegs zu sein. Auf See sei Ihnen dann der Treibstoff ausgegangen.— sea-eye (@seaeyeorg) July 8, 2019According to the vessel’s German NGO operator Sea Eye, the crew of the Alan Kurdi received a distress call about the migrants during Monday late afternoon.  It is understood that the migrants had been adrift in a wooden boat since Saturday. The rescue vessel promptly responded to the emergency.The rescue is understood to have been conducted in cooperation with the Maltese authorities.The news of the rescue comes only a few short days after the Alan Kurdi had rescued 65 asylum seekers which were later disembarked in Malta on Sunday evening.Updated (2): Asylum seekers rescued by Alan Kurdi disembark in MaltaWhatsApplast_img read more

4th submarine cable to Mombasa France Telecom LION2

first_imgAdvertisement Extending the LION cable to Kenya via the island of Mayotte, the 3,000 km LION2 cable will provide Mayotte with access to a broadband Internet network with 1.28 Tbps of total capacity. The new cable is being built a consortium that includes France Telecom-Orange and its subsidiaries Mauritius Telecom, Orange Madagascar and Telkom Kenya, and other service providers Emtel, Societe Reunionnaise du Radiotelephone and STOI Internet. Set to be ready for service in the first half of 2012, the LION2 cable will cost about $76 million with $42 million coming directly from France Telecom itself.LION2 is one of two major submarine cable networks France Telecom is helping to build out this year. In Africa, the French incumbent is working in conjunction with the Africa Coast to Europe (ACE) consortium to build a 23 country submarine cable network linking Southern Africa and Europe. – Advertisement – Source: read more

Breaking Virgin Passenger Plane Hijacked

first_imgAdvertisement A Virgin passenger plane has been forced to land in Bali after being hijacked.The plane which is currently at Bali’s international airport is a Virgin Australia plane which was flying from Brisbane.It is unclear what type of Virgin plane is involved. – Advertisement – According to an Indonesian transport official the captain raised the alarm after a passenger tried to enter the cockpit.We will keep you updatedlast_img

Africa Code Week 2016 to Tackle Continents Digital Skills Gap

first_imgAdvertisement More than 150,000 youth in 30 African countries this year are to be trained in fostering digital literacy and equiping the continent’s rising generation with job-relevant digital skills.SAP’s Africa Code Week 2016 will run from October 15 – 23, 2016, with thousands of free coding workshops and online trainings offered to children and youth aged 8 to 24.“Today literacy should go beyond just knowing how to read and write, even beyond digital literacy- knowing how to use computers. Basic literacy for the next generation should be about coding,’ commented Jean Philbert Nsengimana, The Minister of Youth and ICT of the government of Rwanda. – Advertisement – The Africa Code Week 2016 kickoff coincides with The World Economic Forum (WEF) on Africa in Kigali, Rwanda, on May 10 – 12*.The World Economic Forum estimates that Africa’s growth will be just below 5% this year as the global economy continues to suffer. The continent has the fastest growing digital consumer market and the largest working-age population in the world. At the same time, African companies are scrambling to fill positions with employees who possess the right digital skills. Only one percent of African children leave school with basic coding skills.Africa Code Week 2016 workshops for younger aged groups (8-11, 12-17) will be based on Scratch, a learning platform developed by the MIT Media Lab to simplify coding.Students will learn coding basics and program their own animations, quizzes, and games. Ages 18 and 24 will be taught Introduction to Web Technologies (HTML, CSS,Javascript, PHP, SQL), a workshop that will give them a basic understanding of typical website architecture while teaching them how to create a fully operational, mobile-friendly website.Africa Code Week 2016 will be organized by SAP and hundreds of partners spanning local African governments, NPOs, NGOs, educational institutions and businesses including the Cape Town Science Centre, the Galway Education Centre, Google, AMPION, the King Baudouin Foundation, and ATOS.“Digital literacy is the currency of the digital economy. Africa Code Week is a powerful way to spread digital literacy across the continent and contribute towards building the skilled workforce needed for Africa’s sustainable growth. SAP is proud to spearhead such a meaningful initiative in partnership with more than 100 local and international organizations from the public and private sector,” commented Brett Parker, Managing Director SAP Africa.The initiative will run in Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Cameroon, Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Ethiopia, The Gambia, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.Critical to the success of the program is the training of thousands of teachers, parents and educators across the 30 African countries. Between the kick-off today and the start of Africa Code Week 2016 in October, SAP will conduct thousands of train-the-trainer sessions to help prepare them for the initiative. In addition, access to OpenSAP online courses enables further scale and impact.2015 hugely surpassed expected participation Africa Code Week – the largest digital literacy initiative ever organized on the African continent – was launched by SAP and partners in 2015 with the goal of training 20,000 young people across 17 African countries. That goal was surpassed with an impressive 89,000 youth introduced to coding by 1,500 trained trainers across 17 countries in 10 days.last_img read more


first_imgWelcome to Starters Orders. Our new daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Tuesday 20 August4.00 YarmouthExcellent Aim 11/4 > 7/46.30 LeicesterDon Padeja 9/4 > 15/86.40 WorcesterTulla Emerald 25 > 12In the golf we’ve seen support for Jim Furyk in The Barclays tournament this week.last_img

STAR PREVIEW Punchestown Day One

first_img[dropcap]I[/dropcap]t’s nice when a project comes together and it did at Dean Court last night when there wasn’t a moments worry (for once) with the recommended HT/FT full time recommendation on Bournemouth.The profit on the daily preview column now stands at 90.97 points since the World Cup last year !!!All eyes on Punchestown this afternoon for the start of the 2015 Festival – run on expected good to yielding ground.Not the easiest punting card today – three odds on favourites – an impossible looking handicap and two bumpers with a high number of debutants making them even more trappy than normal.The money buyers will no doubt be out in force in the Herald Champion Novice Hurdle at 4.20 where red hot favourite Douvan probably doesn’t need even to reproduce the same level of form he showed when storming clear to win the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival. Certainly it’s hard to see how Sizing John (second favourite in today’s race and third at Cheltenham) can turn around the seven lengths he was beaten by. The others have 20lb and more to find on the formbook.The meeting starts with a likely odds-on shot in the shape of Wish Ye Didnt – although this one is very much priced on the reputation of connections rather than anything she has shown on the racecourse. Trainer Enda Bolger has won four of the last five runnings of this and although Wish Ye Didnt looks to have the profile of a horse likely to extend the run – at odds on with no wins from seven starts I don’t want to pay to find out.The Champion Chase at 5.30pm must have given Ruby Walsh some headaches. He’s chosen Champagne Fever over the Mullins stable companions Felix Yonger and Twinlight. I’m not sure though. Champagne Fever looked in need of a break to me when well beaten in the Melling Chase at Aintree last time out.Don Poli is a highly unoriginal selection for day one – but he was so impressive when winning the RSA Chase at Cheltenham that he has to again carry my money today in the Champion Novice Chase. A 10 point bet to hopefully edge us closer to the 100 point profit level. A better priced pick tomorrow – promise!RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-50 points)BACK DON POLI (6.40 Punchestown) for 10 points at SP with Star SportsRETURN SINCE START OF WORLD CUP: PROFIT 90.97 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more


first_imgWelcome to Starters Orders. Star Sports update with our key market movers for the day and sign up specials.Thursday 30 MayHORSE RACING3.10 WetherbyFirst Dance 15/2 > 4/15.55 SandownSneaky 3/1 > 7/47.05 SandownSparkle In His Eyes 7/2 > 5/2LIVE FOOTBALLNO LIVE GAMESSTAR PROMOTIONSlast_img

Judge Ed Emmett to speak Feb 21 at SSPEEDs Harvey conference at

first_imgShare1David Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduJade Boyd713-348-6778jadeboyd@rice.eduJudge Ed Emmett to speak Feb. 21 at SSPEED’s Harvey conference at RiceHOUSTON — (Jan. 30, 2018) — Harris County Judge Ed Emmett, Houston “flood czar” Stephen Costello and Texas State Climatologist John Nielsen-Gammon will join dozens of experts Feb. 21-22 at Rice University to discuss how the Houston region moves forward from 2017’s historic Hurricane Harvey flooding.What: “Urban Flooding and Infrastructure: Moving Forward From Harvey” is sponsored by Rice’s Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters (SSPEED) Center.Who: Speakers will include SSPEED’s Phil Bedient and Jim Blackburn, Harris County Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator Bill Wheeler, meteorologists Jeff Linder and Eric Berger, former National Hurricane Center Director Bill Read, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Jerry Cotter and Corragio Maglio and Dutch flooding expert Matthijs Kok.The complete program and list of speakers are available here.When: Feb. 21-22.Where: Rice University’s BioScience Research Collaborative, 6500 Main St.Members of the news media who want to attend should RSVP to Jade Boyd, associate director of news and media relations at Rice, at or 713-348-6778.-30-Helpful links:SSPEED Center: map: map: info: media relations: 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 quality of life and for lots of race/class interaction and No. 2 for happiest students 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 AddThislast_img read more

Albers School of Business Receives 23 Million Donation

first_img About the AuthorKelly Vo    Kelly Vo is a writer who specializes in covering MBA programs, digital marketing, and personal development.View more posts by Kelly Vo Albers School of Business Receives $2.3 Million Donation To be eligble for any of these opportunities, students must fill out a FAFSA form and apply to the Albers School of Business and Economics graduate program. Scholarship award amounts vary. For more information, visit the school’s official Financing Your Education page. regions: Seattle The Seattle University’s Albers School of Business and Economics recently received a $2.3 million donation, one of the largest gifts in the school’s history. The gift came from the estate of Mary Agnes and Raymond Guernsey, a local Seattle couple, and will be used to establish a new scholarship fund.The Mary Agnes and Raymond Guernsey Endowed Scholarship Fund will be used to help improve the diversity of undergraduate students at the Albers School and help students with significant financial need. To be eligible for the scholarship, students must be enrolled full time in the Albers School and demonstrate financial need. The first eligible class to receive the award will be students entering the School in the 2018-19 academic year.Upon receiving the gift, Dean Joe Phillips said in a recent news story, “Albers is very grateful to receive this gift from the Guernsey’s. These scholarship funds will give more students access to the transformative education provided by Seattle University and Albers.” Other Albers School ScholarshipsThere are quite a few other scholarships available to Albers School graduate and undergraduate students. MBA candidates have the opportunity to receive the Albers Professional MBA Merit Scholarship. To be eligible, candidates will need to fill out the application, which includes a brief essay, and submit their responses by September 1, 2017. Recipients are selected based on their GMAT score, undergraduate performance and essay response.Other scholarships include:Albers Alumni ScholarshipAlbers Graduate Students Endowed Scholarship FundCayo Wilson ScholarshipDorothy Dupar Lynch ScholarshipPhysio-Control ScholarshipRonald Wilby ScholarshipAnd more. RelatedA Closer Look at Regional Financial Aid Packages for MBA ProgramsFinancial aid packages for MBA programs can vary depending on a school’s location, endowment and even prestige. In general, competitive MBA programs may use generous financial aid packages to help recruit top candidates. While most schools offer the option of federal direct Stafford loans or federal direct Graduate PLUS loans…December 30, 2015In “Advice”Stern Receives $5.75 Million for Scholarship FundingThe Stern School of Business at New York University has received $5.75 million from alumnus Leonard Stern. This gift will go towards the establishment of The Leonard N. Stern New York City Scholarship. The scholarship will provide support to exceptional New York City high-school seniors who aim to study business…February 18, 2015In “News”SDSU Raises $800 Million in University-Wide Fundraising CampaignTen years ago, San Diego State University launched a fundraising campaign to benefit the university’s students, faculty and staff. In 2007, that goal was just to raise $500 million. In 2014, the goal was increased by half to $750 million. Thanks to a successful fundraising year so far, The Campaign…May 8, 2017In “Featured Region” Last Updated Aug 7, 2017 by Kelly VoFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail last_img read more

These Rutgers MBA Students are Trying to Get Millennials Back Into Bread

first_img Last Updated Jan 24, 2018 by Jonathan PfefferFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail regions: New York City RelatedRutgers Professor Receives Lifetime Achievement AwardRutgers Business School Supply Chain Management Professor Don Klock was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2014 Procurement Leaders Global Awards. Klock was awarded by the Procurement Leaders Advisory Board for his time spent as long time proponent of procurement and a leader of the growth of the…June 2, 2014In “Featured Home”Rutgers Business School Names New DeanRutgers Business School-Newark and New Brunswick has appointed Dr. Lei Lei as dean of the school. Dr. Lei will begin her role in the position Jan. 1, 2015. Lei follows Glenn Shafer who has led RBS as dean since 2011. A combination of Dr. Lei’s accomplishments as an academic leader,…November 12, 2014In “Featured Home”US News Ranks Rutgers in Top 50 MBA ProgramsU.S. New & World Report recently named the Rutgers Business School one of the top 50 MBA programs in the US. Both the full-time and part-time programs received this honor. Rutgers also snagged Bloomberg Businessweek’s number one spot in MBA employment in the U.S., which makes sense given that Rutgers has…June 2, 2017In “Featured Region” About the AuthorJonathan PfefferJonathan Pfeffer joined the Clear Admit and MetroMBA teams in 2015 after spending several years as an arts/culture writer, editor, and radio producer. In addition to his role as contributing writer at MetroMBA and contributing editor at Clear Admit, he is co-founder and lead producer of the Clear Admit MBA Admissions Podcast. He holds a BA in Film/Video, Ethnomusicology, and Media Studies from Oberlin College.View more posts by Jonathan Pfeffer center_img These Rutgers MBA Students are Trying to Get Millennials Back Into Bread Ah, millennials, the capital death swarm destroying unlovable chain restaurants, housing, napkins, beer, golf, diamonds, the banking industry, and Sears, among other things, has moved onto the bread industry like a blind cavalcade of killer bees. Allegedly.To combat the ceaseless destruction of our much beloved … bread … MBA students at the Rutgers Business School recently helped out local company Hudson Bread , a North Bergen artisanal bakery, to raise brand awareness among the demographic.Hudson Bread collaborated with Dean Lei Lei and Assistant Professors of Professional Practice Erich Toncre and Marc Kalan to “organize a competition that would challenge students to create a branding strategy” for the company, which “captured the essence of the company, from its ownership to the quality of its ingredients,” according to Hudson Bread’s VP of operations Ray Million. Rutgers marketing and supply chain major Kristen Tse, along with Brian Lilien, Alyssa Nungra and Akshay Patel, took home the $6,000 grand prize for a campaign strategy that would “refresh the company’s social media accounts and use Google Adwords to make its digital marketing more effective,” while calling on Hudson Bread to “play up its organic qualities.”RBS winners Akshay Patel, Alyssa Nungra, Brian Lilien and Kristen Tse/Photo via RutgersToncre explains, “[Students] have a great opportunity to apply what they learned in the classroom in developing a marketing campaign to increase the brand awareness and engagement for a “real life” client and see the results in “real time.”Hudson Bread president Mark Kolodziej writes, “There are a lot of agencies we could have hired, but we wanted something unique.”last_img read more

Oregon Case Jury Delivers Blow to Government in Lands Fight

first_img  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   FILE – In this Monday, Jan. 4, 2016, file photo, members of the group occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge headquarters stand guard near Burns, Ore. The leaders of an armed group that took over a national wildlife refuge in rural Oregon have been found not guilty of conspiracy and possession of firearms at a federal facility. A jury on Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016, exonerated brothers Ammon and Ryan Bundy and five others of conspiring to impede federal workers from their jobs at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File) PORTLAND, Ore.—A jury delivered an extraordinary blow to the government in a long-running battle over the use of public lands when it acquitted all seven defendants involved in the armed occupation of a national wildlife refuge in rural southeastern Oregon.Tumult erupted in the courtroom Thursday after the verdicts were read when an attorney for group leader Ammon Bundy demanded his client be immediately released and repeatedly yelled at the judge. U.S. marshals tackled attorney Marcus Mumford to the ground, used a stun gun on him several times and arrested him.U.S. District Judge Anna Brown said she could not release Bundy because he still faces charges in Nevada stemming from an armed standoff at his father Cliven Bundy’s ranch two years ago.The Portland jury acquitted Bundy, his brother Ryan Bundy and five others of conspiring to impede federal workers from their jobs at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, 300 miles southeast of Portland. The jury could not reach a verdict on a single count of theft for Ryan Bundy.Defendant Shawna Cox speaks at left as supporters hug outside federal court in Portland, Ore., Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016. A jury exonerated brothers Ammon and Ryan Bundy and five others of conspiring to impede federal workers from their jobs at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. (AP Photo/Don Ryan) Defendant Shawna Cox speaks at left as supporters hug outside federal court in Portland, Ore., Oct. 27, 2016. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)Even attorneys for the defendants were surprised by the acquittals. “It’s stunning. It’s a stunning victory for the defense,” said Robert Salisbury, attorney for defendant Jeff Banta. “I’m speechless.”The U.S Attorney in Oregon, Billy J. Williams, issued a statement defending the decision to bring charges against the seven defendants: “We strongly believe that this case needed to be brought before a Court, publicly tried, and decided by a jury.”The Oregon case is a continuation of the tense standoff with federal officials at Cliven Bundy’s ranch in 2014. Cliven, Ammon and Ryan Bundy are among those who are to go on trial in Nevada early next year for that standoff.While the charges in Oregon accused defendants of preventing federal workers from getting to their workplace, the case in Nevada revolves around allegations of a more direct threat: An armed standoff involving dozens of Bundy backers pointing weapons, including assault-style rifles, at federal Bureau of Land Management agents and contract cowboys rounding up cattle near the Bundy ranch outside Bunkerville.Daniel Hill, attorney for Ammon Bundy in the Nevada case, said he believed the acquittal in Oregon bodes well for his client and the other defendants facing felony weapon, conspiracy and other charges.“When the jury here hears the whole story, I expect the same result,” Hill told The Associated Press in Las Vegas. Hill also said he’ll seek his client’s release from federal custody pending trial in Nevada.U.S. Attorney Daniel Bogden in Nevada, however, said the acquittals in Portland should have no effect in the Las Vegas case. “The Oregon case and charges are separate and unrelated to the Nevada case and charges,” Bogden said.Brand Thornton celebrates after hearing a verdict outside federal court in Portland, Ore., Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016. A jury exonerated brothers Ammon and Ryan Bundy and five others of conspiring to impede federal workers from their jobs at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. (AP Photo/Don Ryan) Brand Thornton celebrates after hearing a verdict outside federal court in Portland, Ore., Oct. 27, 2016. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)Ammon Bundy and his followers took over the Oregon bird sanctuary on Jan. 2. They objected to prison sentences handed down to Dwight and Steven Hammond, two local ranchers convicted of setting fires. They demanded the government free the father and son and relinquish control of public lands to local officials.The Bundys and other key figures were arrested in a Jan. 26 traffic stop outside the refuge that ended with police fatally shooting Robert “LaVoy” Finicum, an occupation spokesman. Most occupiers left after his death, but four holdouts remained until Feb. 11, when they surrendered following a lengthy negotiation.Federal prosecutors took two weeks to present their case, finishing with a display of more than 30 guns seized after the standoff. An FBI agent testified that 16,636 live rounds and nearly 1,700 spent casings were found.During trial, Bundy testified that the plan was to take ownership of the refuge by occupying it for a period of time and then turn it over to local officials to use as they saw fit.Bundy also testified that the occupiers carried guns because they would have been arrested immediately otherwise and to protect themselves against possible government attack.The bird sanctuary takeover drew sympathizers from around the West.It also drew a few protesters who were upset that the armed occupation was preventing others from using the land. They included Kieran Suckling, executive director of the Center for Biological Diversity, who called the acquittals disturbing.“The Bundy clan and their followers peddle a dangerous brand of radicalism aimed at taking over lands owned by all of us. I worry this verdict only emboldens the kind of intimidation and right-wing violence that underpins their movement,” Suckling said.One of Ammon Bundy’s attorneys, Morgan Philpot, had a different perspective after watching Mumford get tackled by marshals. “His liberty was just assaulted by the very government that was supposed to protect it, by the very government that just prosecuted his client — unjustly as the jury found.”There’s another Oregon trial coming up over the wildlife refuge.Authorities had charged 26 occupiers with conspiracy. Eleven pleaded guilty, and another had the charge dropped. Seven defendants chose not to be tried at this time. Their trial is scheduled to begin Feb. 14. Oregon Case Jury Delivers Blow to Government in Lands Fight By The Associated Press October 28, 2016 Updated: October 28, 2016 US center_img Share this article Share Show Discussionlast_img read more

Young People Arent Skeptical of Fake News

first_img(PORTRAIT IMAGES ASIA BY NONWARIT/Shutterstock) Show Discussion Share this article Young news consumers have trouble distinguishing credible sources from unreliable ones, according to a new report.For example, they often can’t tell the difference between advertisements and news articles, or they can’t identify the source of a story.“Many people assume that because young people are fluent in social media they are equally perceptive about what they find there,” says Sam Wineburg, a professor at Stanford Graduate School of Education and the report’s lead author. “Our work shows the opposite to be true.”Wineburg founded the Stanford History Education Group (SHEG), which released the report. The researchers began their work in January 2015, well before the most recent debates over fake news and its influence on the presidential election.The scholars tackled the question of “civic online reasoning” because there were few ways to assess how students evaluate online information and to identify approaches to teach the skills necessary to evaluate news sources.How to Judge Facebook FeedsThe authors worry that democracy is threatened by the ease at which disinformation about civic issues is allowed to spread and flourish. “Many of the materials on web credibility were state-of-the-art in 1999. So much has changed but many schools are stuck in the past,” says Joel Breakstone, the director of SHEG, which has designed social studies curriculum that teaches students how to evaluate primary sources. That curriculum has been downloaded 3.5 million times, and is used by several school districts.Related CoverageIn Macedonia’s Fake News Hub, Teen Shows AP How It’s DoneThe new report covered news literacy, as well as students’ ability to judge Facebook and Twitter feeds, comments left in readers’ forums on news sites, blog posts, photographs, and other digital messages that shape public opinion.The assessments reflected key understandings the students should possess such as being able to find out who wrote a story and whether that source is credible.The authors drew on the expertise of teachers, university researchers, librarians, and news experts to come up with 15 age-appropriate tests—five each for middle school, high school, and college levels.“In every case and at every level, we were taken aback by students’ lack of preparation,” the authors write.Sponsored ContentIn middle school they tested basic skills, such as the trustworthiness of different tweets or articles.One assessment required middle schoolers to explain why they might not trust an article on financial planning that was written by a bank executive and sponsored by a bank. The researchers found that many students did not cite authorship or article sponsorship as key reasons for not believing the article.Another assessment had middle school students look at the homepage of Slate. They were asked to identify certain bits of content as either news stories or advertisements. The students were able to identify a traditional ad—one with a coupon code—from a news story pretty easily.But of the 203 students surveyed, more than 80 percent believed a native ad, identified with the words “sponsored content,” was a real news story.Verified: The Blue CheckmarkAt the high school level, one assessment tested whether students were familiar with key social media conventions, including the blue checkmark that indicates an account was verified as legitimate by Twitter and Facebook.Students were asked to evaluate two Facebook posts announcing Donald Trump’s candidacy for president. One was from the verified Fox News account and the other was from an account that looked like Fox News. Only a quarter of the students recognized and explained the significance of the blue checkmark.Related CoverageGoogle Also Gets Fooled by Fake Election News And over 30 percent of students argued that the fake account was more trustworthy because of some key graphic elements that it included.“This finding indicates that students may focus more on the content of social media posts than on their sources,” the authors write. “Despite their fluency with social media, many students are unaware of basic conventions for indicating verified digital information.”Google SearchesThe assessments at the college level focused on more complex reasoning. Researchers required students to evaluate information they received from Google searches, contending that open internet searches turn up contradictory results that routinely mix fact with falsehood.For one task, students had to determine whether Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, believed in state-sponsored euthanasia. A typical Google search shows dozens of websites addressing the topic from opposite angles.“Making sense of search results is even more challenging with politically charged topics,” the researchers say. “A digitally literate student has the knowledge and skill to wade through mixed results to find reliable and accurate information.”In another assessment, college students had to evaluate website credibility. The researchers found that high production values, links to reputable news organizations, and polished “About” pages had the ability to sway students into believing without very much skepticism the contents of the site.Teach ThemThe assessments were administered to students across 12 states. In total, the researchers collected and analyzed 7,804 student responses. Field-testing included under-resourced schools in Los Angeles and well-resourced schools in the Minneapolis suburbs. College assessments were administered at six different universities.Wineburg says the next steps to this research include helping educators use these tasks to track student understanding and to adjust instruction. He also envisions developing curriculum for teachers, and the Stanford History Education Group has already begun to pilot lesson plans in local high schools.Finally, the researchers hope to produce videos showing the depth of the problem and demonstrating the link between digital literacy and informed citizenship.“As recent headlines demonstrate, this work is more important now than ever,” Wineburg says. “In the coming months, we look forward to sharing our assessments and working with educators to create materials that will help young people navigate the sea of disinformation they encounter online.”The Robert R. McCormick Foundation funded the study.Source: Stanford University Young People Aren’t Skeptical of ‘Fake News’ By Stanford University December 6, 2016 Updated: December 14, 2016 US Original Study  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Sharelast_img read more

Car Explodes After Man Sprays Deodorant and Lights Cigarette

first_img(Benjamin Chasteen/The Epoch Times) A car exploded after a man sprayed an aerosol deodorant and then lit a cigarette inside a car in Baltimore on Thursday, March 1, CBS Baltimore reported.The blast blew the car doors open, tore part of the roof from the car, and ripped out the windshield. A nearby car was also damaged.The man was taken to a hospital. Police say he is lucky to be alive and conscious.The explosion took place in the parking lot of The Restaurant Store where the driver is a frequent customer.A manager at The Restaurant Store told CBS he rushed out of the store and called 911 when he heard the explosion.Authorities classified the incident as a “violent rumble” rather than an explosion since there was no fire. Photos from the scene show that the vehicle belonged to Farm-to-Table Catering, a Woodstock, Maryland, business.The car, a black Chevrolet HHR, is emblazoned with the company slogan: “We breed ’em and feed em.’” That business is part of Braglio Farms, a family owned and operated farm established in 1962.The farm breeds and rears pigs and cows. The company serves the pork and beef in their own restaurants in addition to offering the products to customers.A phone call to Braglio Farms led to a voicemail. The company did not immediately respond to a Facebook message.From  QualityAuto 720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video Follow Ivan on Twitter: @ivanpentchoukov US News Car Explodes After Man Sprays Deodorant and Lights Cigarette By Ivan Pentchoukov March 1, 2018 Updated: March 1, 2018 Recommended Video: How Doctors in China Turn into Murdererscenter_img Share this article Show Discussion  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Sharelast_img read more

Melania Trump Makes Major Announcement—It Will Impact Millions

first_img First Lady Melania Trump unveiled her official platform from the White House’s Rose Garden on Monday, May 7, focusing on the welfare of children.The unveiling is significant as it marks the first time Trump has officially laid out her formal policy goals as the first lady. Previously she had worked on combating a range of issues such as cyberbullying, neonatal opioid effects, social inclusion, and internet safety.Her campaign, dubbed “Be Best” will help to combat issues facing children today and will include three main pillars centered on wellbeing, social media use, and opioid abuse.“Together, I believe we should strive to provide kids with the tools they need to cultivate their social and emotional health,” Trump said at the event. “Most importantly I will continue to travel and speak to children directly to speak about issues they face.” US First Lady Melania Trump announces her “Be Best” children’s initiative in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC, May 7, 2018. (SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)Her campaign will work to promote the people, organizations, and programs that are helping children overcome these issues. President Donald Trump,  also at the event, helped sign a proclamation declaring the day “Be Best” day, in honor of the first lady’s new platform.Earlier at the event, the president made remarks acknowledging the first lady’s role during the past year. Melania Trump has visited schools, hospitals, and families who were dealing with the effects of the opioid epidemic.“Melania, your care and compassion for our nation’s children, and I have to say this, and I say to you all the time, inspires us all,” the President said. “Everywhere she has gone, Americans have been touched by her sincerity, moved by her grace, and lifted by her love.” US President Donald Trump signs a proclamation alongside First Lady Melania Trump after she announced her “Be Best” children’s initiative in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC, May 7, 2018. (SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)A recent CNN/SSRS poll reflects the president’s comments, showing the first lady has experienced a significant surge in support from both women and Democrats.Fifty-seven percent said they now have a favorable impression of the first lady.“It remains our generation’s moral imperative to take responsibility and help our children manage the many issues they are facing today, including encouraging positive social, emotional, and physical habits,” Melania Trump said. “By acknowledging there are many important issues, and knowing these problems cannot be solved overnight, I believe we can change the way we think and talk about issues facing children today.”Also joining the first lady in the announcement were children who had written to her and whom she met during her first year. She asked some of them to stand up during her speech as audiences applauded in return at the packed event.Melania Trump has always shown interest in helping children. Just last month she turned the Blue Room at the White House into a classroom and invited middle-school students to discuss the thoughts and issues that they face.The first lady herself has a 12-year-old son, Barron Trump.Last year in September, Melania Trump addressed the United Nations and called for world leaders to “step up” and help children in need. In the speech she discussed countries suffering from poverty, trafficking, disease, illiteracy, and drug issues, adding that children were “hit first and hardest.”“No child should ever feel hungry, stalked, frightened, terrorized, bullied, isolated, or afraid, with nowhere to turn,” the first lady said last year. “We need to step up, come together, and ensure that our children’s future is bright.” QualityAuto 1080p720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video Show Discussion  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Recommended Video: First Lady Makes a Plea to Promote Compassion to Children  Rewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video Follow Bowen on Twitter: @BowenXiao3 US News Melania Trump Makes Major Announcement—It Will Impact Millions By Bowen Xiao May 7, 2018 Updated: September 28, 2018 Share this article Sharelast_img read more

Judge Reaffirms Dismissal of Bundy Case

first_img Show Discussion US News Judge Reaffirms Dismissal of Bundy Case By Petr Svab July 4, 2018 Updated: October 5, 2018 A federal judge has affirmed her previous decision to dismiss the case against Cliven Bundy, his two sons, and Ryan Payne for their 2014 armed standoff with federal agents over cattle grazing rights on federal land.District Judge Gloria Navarro denied the government’s request to retry the case and instead stood by her Dec. 20 ruling of a mistrial.“The Court finds that the Government has failed to provide the Court with a reason that would warrant reconsideration,” she wrote in her July 3 ruling.Navarro previously dismissed the case upon finding “that the Government willfully failed to disclose potentially exculpatory, favorable and material information” to the defense—a so-called Brady violation.Bundy, 71; his sons Ammon, 45, and Ryan, 42; and Payne, 34, were charged in March 2016 with conspiracy and other offenses because they allegedly “planned, organized, led, and/or [participated] as gunmen in the assault, all in order to threaten, intimidate, and extort the officers into abandoning approximately 400 head of cattle that were in their lawful care and custody.”The 2014 armed standoff was the result of a decades-old dispute over grazing rights. Bundy refused to sell his grazing rights in Bunkerville, Nevada, in 1993, after the federal government included the land in hundreds of thousands of acres designated for conservation of the desert tortoise, The Washington Post reported. Refusing to pay fines for using the land and getting his permit revoked, Bundy declared defense against a federal land grab and continued to graze cattle on the land.On April 5, 2014, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) officials rounded-up cattle they found on the disputed land. After six days of armed resistance from Bundy and his associates, federal agents backed down and returned the cattle they had seized.Two years later, Bundy was arrested in Portland, Oregon.One of six Brady violations the judge acknowledged concerned a 2012 FBI Behavioral Analysis Unit assessment, which concluded there was a “low to moderate risk of violence” by Cliven Bundy and that the BLM was “trying to provoke a conflict,” The Oregonian reported.Epoch Times reporter Giuliana Manca contributed to this report. Share Share this article Watch Next:How Communism Seeks to Destroy HumanityCommunism has caused the deaths of more than 100 million people over the last century through famine, political killings, and genocide. Follow Petr on Twitter: @petrsvab  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Rancher Cliven Bundy poses for a photo outside his ranch house west of Mesquite, Nev., on April 11, 2014. (George Frey/Getty Images) last_img read more

Alarming Number of Chicago Minors Shot or Killed in Wave of Shootings

first_imgChicago Police officers and detectives investigate a shooting where multiple people were shot in Chicago on Aug. 5, 2018. (Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images) The killings in Chicago have left more than 100 children dead, with hundreds of others suffering injuries from gunshots.Data compiled by The Chicago Tribune shows that since September 2011, at least 174 minors, or those under the age of 17, have been killed in the violence-plagued city.Ove that same time period, 1,665 children have been shot.About 7.4 percent of those in the Tribune’s database don’t include an age, so the actual number of incidents could be higher, the outlet noted.In 2018 alone, 83 minors have been shot and nine have been killed, including a one-year-old girl.Deaths of Minors SkyrocketIn 2011 and 2012, dozens of children were hit by bullets but none died. Starting in 2013, deaths of minors have climbed into the dozens. In 2017, 38 children were killed by gunshots while another three occurred that weren’t associated with a shooting. A two-year-old boy, Lavontay White Jr., was one of those shot dead. In total, 246 minors were shooting victims last year. Lawmakers, a range of groups, and regular residents of the city have been scrambling for ways to stop the violence that has raged on city streets for years now. But they’ve struggled to put together a response and cut the number of shootings down.“We can’t survive another year of mayhem,” Rep. Danny K. Davis (D-Ill.), told Fox News. “The stress and strain of it is so great. Everyone seems to be on different pages and there are constant crosses and difficult situations to bear.”Dozens of people are typically shot in Chicago during a one week period, sometimes even over one weekend. Some blame the police force while others say the violence is primarily fueled by gangs.“It’s disheartening,” Davis, who moved to Chicago in 1961, said. “It seems as though over a period of time, the population has lost a great deal of hope. Kids are shooting one another out there on the streets.” Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel listens as Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson speaks about Chicago’s weekend of gun violence during a news conference at the Chicago Police Department 6th District station in Chicago on Aug. 6, 2018. Chicago experienced one of it’s most violent weekends of the year, after more than 70 people were shot, with 12 fatalities. (Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images)Crime AnalysisAccording to the University of Chicago’s Crime Lab, the clearance rates on shootings, or the percentage of cases solved, are below 20 percent. That means eight out of 10 shooters were never arrested or convicted.The lab found that shooting victims often had prior arrests, mostly for violent crimes. On average, shooting victims in 2015 and 2016 had almost 12 prior arrests, according to the lab, reported former director of Illinois Department of Corrections Peter Bensinger in the Chicago Sun-Times.Jens Ludwig, director of the Crime Lab, told a City Club audience earlier this year that poverty is a contributing factory.“One of the ways Chicago is different is that our social conditions are not anything like those now in New York City and Los Angeles,” Ludwig said. “We are not just the most segregated city in America, but the level of concentrated poverty we have in our neighborhoods is unlike anything in Los Angeles or New York. You would not find an Englewood or Garfield Park anywhere in Los Angeles and New York.”The Chicago Tribune editorial board said that “Gang life is a substitute for hope in isolated neighborhoods” and that “Every shooting invites a retaliatory attack.”The board blamed the violence on 5,000 to 10,000 “thugs and drug dealers.”“It’s the same individuals that continuously commit these crimes,” Chicago Police Department Superintendent Eddie Johnson told the Tribune.From Follow Zachary on Twitter: @zackstieber  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Share this article Alarming Number of Chicago Minors Shot or Killed in Wave of Shootings By Zachary Stieber September 1, 2018 Updated: September 1, 2018center_img Share US News Show Discussionlast_img read more