The Arts Council has announced that it is to spend

first_imgThe Arts Council has announced that it is to spend more than £2.5 million on a programme that aims to increase the number of disabled people in senior leadership roles in England’s arts and cultural organisations.The £2.57 million Change Makers programme, which is also aimed at black and minority ethnic potential leaders, will provide bursaries to fund training placements for nine disabled leaders.Arts Council England (ACE) hopes the bursaries will allow them to gain the necessary experience, knowledge, skills and confidence to compete for future posts as artistic directors, chief executives or other senior positions.One of the disabled people who has secured a grant is artist and arts leader Jess Thom, already well-known through her performing alter ego Touretteshero.She will work with Battersea Arts Centre on an 18-month senior leadership training and development placement, where she will pilot a “relaxed venue” that will take “an inclusive approach at every level”, work on a major new production that will premiere next autumn, and curate a week-long “relaxed festival” at the arts centre in spring 2018.Amit Sharma, currently associate director of the disabled-led theatre company Graeae, will join The Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester as associate artistic director for 18 months, where he will direct two productions, and join the theatre’s senior management team.Hannah Kayi Mason, an emerging black and disabled leader in the visual arts, will work with The Art House and other artists and arts organisations on a series of co-productions and solo projects.Another of the nine is James Rose, who has secured a training placement at Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (BSO), with the help of a private donation.Over 18 months, from June 2017, he will create, curate and direct a new ensemble of disabled and non-disabled musicians, which he will conduct, and which will deliver a series of performances and workshops across the region.Rose (pictured), who uses a head-baton to conduct, said: “The prospect of developing a new ensemble for the BSO comprising of players with and without disabilities is an exciting one.“This will not only provide a platform for new talented musicians, but it will also be used as a vehicle to inspire those who have disabilities to engage with classical music – whether it be playing or listening.”Abid Hussain, ACE’s diversity director, said: “We’re committed to ensuring the diversity of England is better reflected at a leadership level across the arts and cultural sector.“Through our Change Makers programme, these 20 disabled and black and minority ethnic leaders will have an inspiring and transformational opportunity to realise their leadership potential, giving them the confidence and the experience to take their next step into a senior leadership role, helping to shape the future of our sector.”Picture by Hanazushi Rhodes, Royal Academy of Musiclast_img read more

A disabled woman who took her own life after being

first_imgA disabled woman who took her own life after being told she had lost a benefits appeal had written a letter to civil servants describing the unfairness of the face-to-face assessment that had led to her losing her support.The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) took just six days to decide her initial appeal, not long enough for Susan Roberts (pictured) to submit any evidence that could have backed up her claim for personal independence payment (PIP).A DWP civil servant even told her – in a letter dismissing this initial appeal, known as a mandatory reconsideration – that there was no evidence that she could have submitted that would have changed her mind.Two months later, she received another letter, this time telling her that a tribunal had also rejected her appeal.The body of Susan Roberts was discovered the following day by a care worker at her warden-assisted flat near Tunbridge Wells, Kent, surrounded by letters telling her that she would not be entitled to PIP.She had also placed a note by her side that informed healthcare professionals that she did not want them to attempt to resuscitate her.An inquest into the 68-year-old’s death did not record a verdict of suicide, but her daughter is convinced that she took her own life, because of the way she died, and because her body was discovered surrounded by her PIP paperwork and the “do not resuscitate” notice.Hayley Storrow-Servranckx is convinced that her mother would still be alive today if it was not for the flawed PIP system, and the assessment she had been given by an Atos healthcare professional. Disability News Service (DNS) first reported on the case last week but has now seen the letters Susan Roberts left beside her when she died.She had previously received an indefinite award of disability living allowance, at the higher rate of mobility and the low rate of care, but the documents show that she was told by DWP on 19 February 2016 that she was not entitled to PIP.She scribbled several notes on this letter, showing where she disagreed with the conclusions that had been reached following her face-to-face assessment.The documents suggest that the assessor – and then the DWP decision-maker – decided that she could wash and bathe unaided, manage her own toilet needs without any help, express and understand verbal information and engage with other people unaided, walk more than 200 metres, and plan and follow the route of a journey without help, and could do all of these things safely, reliably and repeatedly.But she said that she could not do any of these things.Among the documents seen by DNS is a letter she wrote on 29 February. It appears that she had intended to send it to the DWP decision-maker who was considering her mandatory reconsideration.But a DWP notification that told her that the mandatory reconsideration had already been rejected appears to have arrived before she had a chance to send her letter.DWP had taken just six days to reject her appeal, with a civil servant telling her that “it was not felt any further evidence we received would change the findings based on your assessment”, and again giving her zero points for every single PIP criteria.In her letter, she had written: “I request that you read this through carefully – this is my life after all, and I am in a considerable state of depression at the moment, after receiving your decision about my claim for PIP.”She describes the impact of ME on her daily life, which she said provided a window of just two or three hours every day in which she was free of symptoms such as exhaustion, dizziness and inability to concentrate.She says she has chronic, progressive ischaemic heart disease, and was experiencing “excruciating pain” from a gall bladder that could not be removed because of her heart condition.Her letter also describes how a care worker visited her every day to provide painful rectal irrigation and then give her a shower, how she was deeply depressed and had been so “for a long time”, and that her doctor knew that she wanted to die.It also says that she would be “virtually housebound” without her Motability vehicle – which she had had to return after losing her higher rate mobility benefits – and that she had been considered too ill to work since 2001.She says in the letter: “The over-riding problem I have is that my ME – for 80 per cent of every day of my life – renders me incapable of all else except deep and prolonged sleep!!“When I first had a DLA car, I had good days and bad days – I do not have anything but bad days every day now.”It is not clear whether this or any other similar letter were ever posted, but she asked the tribunal to hear her appeal based only on written documents, and she was told, in a letter sent on 17 May, that that appeal had been rejected.The tribunal had granted her six points for her daily living needs, not enough to claim even the standard daily living rate of PIP, and zero points again for mobility. By this time she had had to return her Motability car.She took her own life on 19 May, which it is now believed was just a day after she received the letter from the tribunal.There have been many cases involving deaths connected with claims for out-of-work disability benefits and the work capability assessment (WCA) system, but this appears to be the first time a death has been closely linked to someone losing their support in the move from DLA to PIP.DNS has now collected many more than 100 cases of PIP claimants who have raised serious concerns about their assessments, following a two-month investigation that suggests an institutional problem that spreads across DWP and the two private sector contractors – Atos and Capita – that assess PIP eligibility on its behalf.Last week, a DWP spokeswoman insisted there was “no evidence to suggest any link” between the death of Susan Roberts and her benefit claim, and that neither DWP nor Atos believed they had made any mistakes in this case, pointing out that the independent tribunal had “upheld the original decision”.It had failed to comment on the latest information by noon today (Thursday).Atos does not currently respond to requests to comment on stories from DNS.last_img read more

Supervisors Approve Tenant Protections Against Fires

first_imgCampos’ measure will also require landlords to upgrade their alarm systems by 2021 and require landlords of buildings with six or more units to add fire blocks (which prevent fires from spreading across buildings). Landlords would have to make the changes immediately if they are doing upgrades costing $50,000 or more.Both Campos’ measure and one introduced by Supervisor Katy Tang will require landlords to notify their tenants of various fire safety features of their buildings, along with maintenance updates. Under Campos’ measure, property owners will have to notify their tenants of existing requirements for smoke alarms, and file reports on their compliance with the city every two years. Tang’s measure requires landlords and homeowners’ associations to provide information about fire safety to residents of buildings with three units or more, and ups the requirement to include fire safety training for buildings with 16 or more units.“We’re really working to make sure that our tenants, especially in multi-unit buildings, are better prepared for fires,” Tang said, “and to prevent them from occurring in the first place.”Wiener’s legislation will mean that residents displaced by fires will get a leg up in the selection process for filling below market rate housing units. The addition of this category comes alongside a bigger one – Wiener’s legislation legislates a preference for affordable housing units that applies to anyone living or working in San Francisco. Though that was already sometimes applied by the Mayor’s Office of Housing in practice, the measure makes it official.‘All of us have seen, at one point or another, the devastation it causes when one of these fires happen,” Wiener said. “Even if you are well to do, it is incredibly traumatic…But if you are lower income, it can destroy your life.” 0% San Francisco supervisors on Tuesday unanimously approved three proposals aimed at protecting renters from the repercussions of structure fires by prioritizing them for affordable housing and requiring landlords to provide more information to tenants and to the city.All three pieces of legislation were passed on first reading unanimously and will become law after another Board of Supervisors vote and mayoral approval.The most expansive measure, introduced by Supervisor David Campos, would require landlords to submit an “action plan” – detailing things like contact information, how they would regulate access to the damaged building and when reconstruction might be complete. “This is actually a very critical piece,” Campos said. “What happens in many of these fires is that the tenants don’t even know what’s going on.”center_img Tags: City Hall • Fires • housing • SFFD Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

MORE than 40000 tickets have been sold for the Ru

first_imgMORE than 40,000 tickets have been sold for the Rugby League World Cup Final at Old Trafford on November 30.RLWC2013 General Manager, Sally Bolton said “The sport of Rugby League has a long standing relationship with Manchester United. Old Trafford is a fantastic, proven arena for our extraordinary game and from day one we had planned for the final to be there.“We have a great relationship with the club and are working closely with them to deliver this world class event, the pinnacle of our sport.“Over 40,000 tickets have now gone for the final and three price categories of tickets have completely sold out. The Rugby League World Cup Final is the must-see sports event of 2013 in the UK and fans are responding to that.”The Rugby League World Cup 2013 is the next major sporting event to be held in the UK following London 2012. Hosted by England and Wales, 14 nations will compete over six weeks of competition which kicks off at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff on October 26 with what organisers have billed as ‘The Greatest Show that Rugby League has ever seen’.Tickets are now on sale for RLWC2013, with 55% of tickets priced £20 or less. To make sure you’ll #bethere buy now at or call our 24 Hour Ticket Hotline on 0844 847 2013.last_img read more

ADAM Swift scorched home for four tries but Saints

first_imgADAM Swift scorched home for four tries but Saints ultimately went down 33-26 in Catalan.In an end to end contest Zeb Taia’s late effort secured the spoils for the home side.A breathless first half saw Swift grab a hat-trick to leave Keiron Cunningham’s men ahead at the break.Jordan Turner supplied the pass for two of them whilst Shannon McDonnell laid on the other – as well as going under the sticks himself.The second half – one which Saints dominated for long periods – was less free-flowing but equally as compelling.Swift cancelled out Morgan Escare’s effort to set up a barnstorming finish before Taia did the rest to finally break the visitor’s resolve.Saints started the game well and tagged the opener in the first couple of minutes.Luke Walsh’s clearing kick and great defence forced an error from Morgan Escare – and Swift began his assault on the scoreboard.The kick was inch perfect into the in-goal area; leaving the fullback with no option other than to collect and step into the field of play.But as he did he was bundled into touch by a very energetic Jon Wilkin – giving Saints a scrum.The ball then came left, through Walsh, Burns and McDonnell – in his second game this season for the club – for Swift to go over in the corner.Burns missing the conversion.Catalan forced two drop outs as they pinned back the visitors but Saints defended the trouble.The home side then won a penalty and Benjamin Garcia scored after the video referee ruled there hadn’t been an obstruction in the build up.Scott Dureau putting them in front.Buoyant, Catalan were on the front foot and were awarded a number of penalties which got them down the field.And the Dragons went further ahead when Dureau caught Zeb Taia on a good line.Saints were guilty of not respecting the ball and as a result were being pegged back.But on 26 minutes Swift scored again following a fantastic pass from Jordan Turner.Walsh kept the ball alive, got it to the centre who offloaded and allowed his wingman to power over.It was the perfect response following Catalans’ try and at the half hour mark they scored again.After forcing a drop-out Saints recycled the ball – Turner offloaded – and Swift went over.A lovely first half hat-trick from the flyer!And it got better as on 35 minutes McDonnell went in for his first of the year – again thanks to a superb exchange of passes between Walsh, Roby and Burns.But Garcia replied almost immediately after some great handling from the Dragons to make it a two point game at half time.Saints began the second half in the ascendancy having a set… and a penalty… on the Dragons’ line.Catalan weathered the storm and on 52 minutes almost went ahead but Tommy Makinson stopped a certain Fouad Yaha try.Unlike the first 40, the second wasn’t as free flowing as the conditions and defences got on top.But after dominating in terms of chances and possession Saints conceded as Escare broke through.Dureau tagged on a penalty to make it 26-20 but Saints pulled it back with a superb try right from inside their own half.Walsh sent the ball wide, Josh Jones made the break and Swift did the rest.Saints needed to keep their nerve but the harshest of penalties – Richards bizarrely called for ball stealing in a one on one tackle – under Catalan’s sticks allowed them to clear.Taia then showed some wonderful footwork to go under the posts with less than five minutes remaining.Saints tried to set up a frantic finale but Dureau’s drop goal, on the stroke of full time, took it away from them.Match Summary:Dragons:Tries: Garcia (2), Taia (2), EscareGoals: Dureau (6 from 7)Drop: DureauSaints: Tries: Swift (4), McDonnellGoals: Burns (0 from 2), Walsh (3 from 3)Penalties: Dragons: 13Saints: 6HT: 20-18FT: 26-33REF: James ChildATT: 8,886Teams:Dragons: 1. Morgan Escaré; 20. Damien Cardace, 18. Benjamin Garcia, 4. Willie Tonga, 27. Fouad Yaha; 6. Todd Carney, 7. Scott Dureau; 8. Olivier Elima, 9. Ian Henderson, 10. Rémi Casty, 11. Zeb Taia, 17. Elliott Whitehead, 24. Jason Baitieri.Subs: 12. Louis Anderson, 13. Gregory Mounis, 21. Julian Bousquet, 26. Sta Robin.Saints: 34. Shannon McDonnell; 2. Tommy Makinson, 17. Mark Percival, 3. Jordan Turner, 5. Adam Swift; 6. Travis Burns, 7. Luke Walsh; 10. Kyle Amor, 9. James Roby, 14. Alex Walmsley, 12. Jon Wilkin, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 18. Luke Thompson.Subs: 4. Josh Jones, 8. Mose Masoe, 19. Greg Richards, 25. Andre Savelio.last_img read more

Club First Team Match

first_imgTwo early tries from Lachlan Coote and then Jonny Lomax’s 100th Saints try put us in control before a further three tries from Theo Fages and a Tommy Makinson double capped off a dominant first half display.Makinson secured his hat-trick in the second half and Lomax added a second try as Saints bounced back to winning ways with a 38-2 victory with Coote picking up four assists on a day when Sean Long waved goodbye.The visitors started the game on the front foot and were ahead in the 4th minute after an Oliver Russell penalty after Saints were penalised for holding down in the tackle.Saints hit back in typical Saints fashion as Alex Walmsley crashed through the defensive line and then offloaded to Fages who fed Coote to score. Coote added the extras giving Saints a 6-2 lead.Saints were in again on the next set as the ball was switched from right to left and a neat kick through from Mark Percival found Lomax who touched down for his 100th Saints try. Coote extending Saints lead to 12-2.Saints were in full flight and the third try came quickly after as a sweeping move out to the left hand side finished with Coote providing the cut out pass to Makinson who finished in the corner. Coote unable to add the extras off the touchline leaving the score at 16-2.Saints fourth try came from Fages as Coote caught the Giants defence off guard and provided a lovely offload to Fages to score.The fifth try followed on the very next set as Fages found Coote and yet again the impressive full back provided the inch perfect cut-out pass to Makinson who walked in at the corner. Coote then converted brilliantly from the touchline to give Saints a 26-2 lead heading into the half time.Saints started the second half as they ended the first. Makinson over in the corner for his hat-trick after taking another superb pass from Coote.Saints were in again minutes later after a short ball from Fages found Lomax who raced in to double his tally with Coote adding the two as we bounced back to winning ways with a seven try haul.Match SummaryStarting 13: Coote, Swift, Naiqama, Makinson, Percival, Lomax, Fages, Walmsley, Smith, Thompson, Taia, Knowles, Paulo.Interchanges: Amor, LMS, Bentley, Ashworth.Tries: Coote (11), Lomax (14,55),Makinson (18,32,52) Fages (27)Goals: Coote (5 from 7)Huddersfield Giants:Starting 13: Mcintosh, Young, Turner, Wardle, Senior, Gaskell, Russell, Matagi, O’Brien, English, Hewitt, Melor, MurphyInterchanges: Frawley, Lawrence, Ta’ai, CloughPenalty: Russell (1 from 1)HT: 26-2 FT: 38-2 REF: S.MikalauskasATT: 9,527last_img read more

Boater charged after crash along Southport waterfront

first_imgSOUTHPORT, NC (WWAY) — The driver of a boat that crashed in Southport last night faces multiple charges.Ofc. Matt Criscoe of the NC Wildlife Resources Commission tells WWAY Kevin Harrell, 51, of Wilmington, is charged with operating a motor vessel under the influence of an impairing substance and careless and reckless operation of a motor vessel.- Advertisement – Wildlife Resources says the boat had four people on it heading south toward Southport around 7 p.m. when a second boat was traveling northward. Witnesses told officials the boat hit the second wake from the northbound boat and the bow quickly submerged.Criscoe says all four men were thrown from the boat.Officials say the force also caused the driver to hit full throttle. The boat then drove full speed through three docks as well as a docked boat before coming to a stop on the bulkhead.Related Article: Southport man helps create ‘Air Force One Experience’The four passengers were rescued by neighbors who got in their boats and went out into the waterway to pick them up.Criscoe says Harrell and two passengers were treated at the scene. The third passenger was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center, where he was treated and released overnight.last_img read more

Carolina Beach considers raising taxes to increase police pay

first_img Council talked about potentially raising property taxes. Mayor Joe Benson says for example, if you own a $200,000 home, you could expect to pay an extra $60 a year.Benson emphasizes that this would only happen if the money would go towards something defensible.One of those things that he thinks is defensible is police pay.Related Article: Carolina Beach warned on declining fund balanceAfter a pay study was done on the police department, Benson says they would be able to justify raising police pay.“It was very defensible,” Benson said. “The intent was to raise the pay of our police officers who do an incredible job, day after day. Particularly in the summer, to a level that’s comparable to area municipalities. To area towns.”Benson says all of these changes are only possibilities and they are still up for discussion. CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — One agency in Carolina Beach could see a bigger paycheck in the coming years.At a town council meeting Tuesday morning, officials talked about potentially rolling out some new changes for next year’s budget.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Voting documents to start being delivered

first_imgVoting documents will be delivered by the Police daily as of Tuesday 23 April until Saturday 4 or 5 May according to the electoral district. The distribution of voting documents will take place between 8-1pm and 3-9pm.The Electoral Commission notified those persons whose name appears in the latest version of the Electoral Register published on 13 April about the delivery of voting documents at the address where the voter is registered.In a statement the Commission explained that it is necessary that at the place of residence there shall be a responsible person over 16 years of age who is a relative, and/or resides or works thereat to receive the voting document/s.According to electoral law political party representatives are permitted to accompany the police officer during the delivery. These representatives are supplied with an authorisation tag issued by the Electoral Commission, to be shown on demand.The Commission urged the voters to keep their documents safe as one will not be allowed to vote without them on polling day.WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

Mizzi Cardona and Scicluna must be made to exhibit copies of Egrant

first_img SharePrint <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> Three ministers who seem to have quoted from the Egrant inquiry report should exhibit copies of the document as part of the proceedings, rule of law NGO Repubblika is arguing.In an urgent application filed on Tuesday, lawyer Jason Azzopardi appearing for Repubblika asked Magistrate Claire Stafrace Zammit to order Tourism Minister Konrad Mizzi, Economy Minister Chris Cardona and Finance Minister Edward Scicluna to present copies of the document they had quoted from in earlier proceedings.The three ministers appear to have quoted from the Egrant inquiry report which is not available to the public, as only the conclusions of the report prepared by then Magistrate Aaron Bugeja were made public. The document had cited parts of what appears to be part of the proces verbal of the Egrant inquiry report as part of their defence against Repubblika’s legal team request for them to face criminal proceedings in connection to the VGH deal.In the application, Azzopardi argued that a document referred to by a witness or a party to the case has to be either in the public domain or at least be accessible to the other party and more importantly to the court.‘The above mentioned Ministers had the gall to quote from a document which the same duty Magistrate has no access to, thus making a mockery of her,’ Repubblika argued in its application.Repubblika also called upon the court to declare a breach of the principle of equality of arms and ordered the respondents to exhibit the document from which they quoted in their reply to their initial application in its entirety, that is Magistrate Bugeja’s proces verbal.READ: AG refuses to issue European Investigative Order on VGH-linked bank accountsWhatsApplast_img read more

Southgate agrees new 4year contract

first_img <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=a7617b59&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> England manager Gareth Southgate is close to signing a new 4-year deal with the English FA that will see him earn more than £3m per year. The 48-year-old guided England to the semi-finals of this year’s World Cup and is expected to lead his young side at Euro 2020 and at the World Cup in 2022.Southgate was first appointed as England manager on an interim basis after Sam Allardyce was sacked in 2016. Allardyce’s reign ended after just 67 days when the Telegraph published the results of an undercover investigation that showed the former West Ham and Bolton Wanderers coach negotiating a fee of £400,000 to represent a company that was hoping to profit from Premier League transfers.WhatsApp SharePrintlast_img read more

The First Man To Tweet With His Eyes

first_imgAdvertisement Tony became paralyzed from the neck down following a severe stroke in 2005 which left him with an inability to use almost all voluntary muscles except for his eyes. The syndrome leaves sufferers with a perfectly functioning mind but nonetheless in need of constant support. In his Twitter campaign, Nicklinson expresses his suffering and battles for his wish to be euthanized.The technologyThe technology used to send his tweet is far more sophisticated than a simple ‘blink once for yes, twice for no’ system that we’ve seen in the past. Instead, the software tracks his eye movements over an online keyboard and translates this into text on screen. – Advertisement – As a technology, this is nothing particularly new; we’ve seen it a number of times in recent years’ headlines. What is new however is its application. It is an amazing thing that a man who would otherwise be reduced to simple yes/no responses is now able to communicate with supporters across the world, and Nicklinson’s right-to-die court battle is strengthened by some 37,000 followers on his Twitter page.His Twitter usageSince his first tweet, Nicklinson has become hugely active on the micro blogging site posting multiple new comments every hour. Whilst it seems clear that his main purpose on Twitter is to publicize his struggle, he also shows a more light-hearted nature through comments about Father’s Day and his dog’s flatulence.  He recently commented on his disbelief that so many people could find his life interesting, but his gaining over 2000 followers in 24 hours begs to differ.The futureThe online campaign has once again drawn attention to the power of Twitter and ‘trending’. Comments on video hosting website YouTube have occasionally been condemning of his wishes, but the phenomenal support witnessed demonstrates that a lot of good can come from social networking and that it’s not all scare stories.Nicklinson’s future is as of yet unknown. His court case continues and in reply to speculation that his Twitter fame may help to restore his love of life, he commented simply that he’ll hear the judgment first and decide on that second.Source: techtalkafricalast_img read more

Send with Care offers an insurance cover for every MTN Mobile Money

first_imgElectrical Student, Jean Louis Thomas writes a text message to a friend downtown Port-Au-Prince, Haiti, June 5, 2010. Advertisement Send with Care,  a micro insurance joint venture between MMI Holdings and MTN Group which was announced in September this year offers an insurance cover “aYo Send with Care and aYo Recharge with Care” for every transaction you make via MTN Mobile Money.1. Adding aYo Send with Care to your MTN Mobile money account Once you add “aYo Send with Care Cover” to the money you send with MTN Mobile Money, aYo will triple every amount you’ve sent, and pay it out directly to your beneficiaries in case you pass away or be hospitalized. The payments are made in 12 equal monthly installments, which expires 120 days after purchase. For instance, when you send 30,000 UGX to Tom, aYo will triple this to 90,000UGX. Therefore, the more transactions you send, the more your cover increases. All you need to do is send at least once every 120 days to ensure your beneficiaries are always covered.[related-posts]How to use the aYo Send with CareAnyone with an MTN Mobile Money account can Send with Care. Dial *165*1*4# to access the aYo Send with Care menu to get started. Follow the prompts to continue…. – Advertisement – 2. aYo Recharge with Care Once you sign up you mobile phone for aYo Recharge with Care, you get 30 days free cover every time you load MTN airtime. The more airtime you load, the more your cover amount grows. Life cover pays out to your family in the unfortunate event of your passing, and hospital fees pay straight into your MTN Mobile Money account if you spend one night or more in hospital due to an accident.How to set up your phone with aYo Recharge with CareDial *296#, and choose the first option (Sign Up).You’ll need to choose the type of cover you’d prefer; MyHospital where you’ll receive your MyHospital cover in full, paid out directly to your MTN Mobile Money account to help you take care of hospital bills, or MyLife to look after your family and take care of school fees, funeral expenses or other household expenses once you pass on. You can change this cover at any time or boost your cover so you have both. For every entry, follow the given prompts to finish up with registration.Select a beneficiary for your aYo Recharge with Care policy. Should you ever pass away, they will receive your MyLife cover payout.Choose a friend or family member to act as MyCaretaker; person does not have to be MyLovedOne, but they must be able to handle your affairs if you are unable to do so.last_img read more

HTC 10 and HTC One M9 Users Receive the Android 70 Nougat

first_imgHTC One M9 receiving the Android 7.0 Nougat update. Advertisement Earlier this month Chinese-based smartphone markers, Huawei Corp. announced a number of it’s phones including; the Huawei Mate 8, Huawei P9, Huawei P9 Lite to get Android 7.0 Nougat Update in the first quarter of 2017, their rivals Taiwan-based consumer electronics firm, HTC Corp. didn’t sit back to wait till the year ends. On Monday the company announced through their Official Twitter Page, it begun rolling out Android 7.0 Nougat Update to unlocked HTC One M9 users.HTC Twitter Page writes that the “HTC One M9 unlocked variants will start receiving the update, though Carrier variants will have to wait till early 2017.”After promising HTC 10, HTC One M9, and HTC One A9 users that they will receive the update sometime in the fourth quarter, the company finally let HTC One M9 receive the update, after HTC 10 users received the update last week.Android Nougat will begin rolling out to the unlocked #HTCOneM9 starting late this evening. Carrier variants to follow early next year.— HTC USA (@HTCUSA) December 5, 2016 – Advertisement – According to Gadgets 360 news, the update should arrive via an OTA, and to manually check if you’ve received it, use the Settings menu.So it’s only HTC One A9 users remaining to get the Nougat update. According to the company, HTC One A9 users might get the Nougat update within 15 days.[related-posts]last_img read more

The Unboxing and First Impression of the Infinix Zero 5 A Promising

first_imgAdvertisement Transsion Holdings brand Infinix, as promised, globally unveiled its newest flagship in the Zero series; the Infinix Zero 5 smartphone becoming the successor to the Infinix Zero 4 in Dubai – 14th of November this year. And as promised, the all-new Infinix Zero 5 sports dual rear cameras with support for optical zoom and portrait mode becoming the first smartphone in the infinix production to come lined with the now trending feature. The dual camera is one of the selling points of the flagship.The Infinix Zero 5 comes in a black and red well sealed packaging (or you might say box). On opening/unwrapping, the 5.98-Inch flagship is seen appearing on top with a red sealing screen touch cover, underneath are the accessories that come alongside the phone – i.e. the data/charging cable, the power adapter, earphones/headsets, and a user manual. – Advertisement – We strongly advise buyers not to accept this package with a broken seal. It might be a counterfeit or you might Indeed get something else other than the Infinix Zero 5. Take caution when buying one. The phablet is already available at all Infinix stores, and other related stores, and you can also find it online.The Infinix Zero 51 of 8 Infinix power adapter and data/charging cable Infinix Zero 5 earphones/headsets The Infinix zero 5 back view The Infinix zero 5 front view Infinix zero 5 out of the box Accessories and the Infinix zero 5 aligned together The Infinix zero 5 spots a dual rear camera setup The fingerprint sensor appears below the dual rear camera setupFirst ImpressionsThe dual camera system with a primary 12MP f/2.0 camera and a secondary 13MP f/2.6 2x telephoto camera with 2x optical zoom over the primary lens. On the front is a 16MP f/2.0 camera with flash. The rear camera gives you the ability to shoot in a manual mode – the one thing I really found interesting for a photographer like me.The USB-C charging connector. USB-C is definitely a major step in the right direction, and more companies are starting to adopt it. This brings more flexibility, better data transfer speeds, and even better sound.In my opinion, I loved the fact that the rear cameras were set in horizontal setting, compared to its predecessor where the setting was vertical.The ability to multi-task.Editor’s Note: This publication got the champagne gold color variant of the Infinix zero 5. And after 3 weeks of use, we shall have a full review.last_img read more

Dunn Awards support breakthrough research

first_img Return to article. Long DescriptionJonathan SilbergBuck Samuel of Baylor, Jonathan Silberg of Rice and Grant Hughes of UTMB are developing high-throughput genetic strategies to treat the vast community of microbes known as the microbiome that resides in organisms, including humans.They hope to enhance CRISPR-Cas9 gene therapy through injection-free methods for targeted genetic mutations and create better tools to map microbiomes, starting with model nematodes. Ultimately, they want to develop tools that make comprehensive genetic maps of microbial systems to identify targets for future therapy.Samuel is an assistant professor of molecular virology and microbiology, integrative molecular and biomedical sciences, quantitative and computational biosciences and developmental biology. Silberg is an associate professor of biochemistry and cell biology. Hughes is an assistant professor of pathology.Existing drugs may target antibiotic resistanceTor Savidge of Texas Children’s Hospital and Ashok Chopra of UTMB want to combat drug-resistant pathogens by disrupting bacteria’s protective responses during infection.Citing 700,000 global deaths due to multiple antibiotic-resistant microbes every year, the researchers have identified two of what they hope are many current drugs that may provide broad protection against multiple antibiotic-resistant pathogens. Because the drugs are already deemed safe for use by the Food and Drug Administration, the researchers do not expect to have to go through rigorous regulatory processes for approval to use the drugs against infectious diseases.Savidge is a pathologist and assistant director of the Microbiome Center at Texas Children’s and an associate professor of pathology and immunology and pediatrics at Baylor. Chopra is a professor of microbiology and immunology at UTMB.Hematopoiesis and inflammation symposiumEmily Mace of Baylor and Texas Children’s will lead a symposium planned for this year. Co-principal investigators are Stephanie Watowich of MD Anderson and Pamela Wenzel of UTHealth.The event will bring together professionals in hematology, immunology, cell biology, biophysics and oncology to discuss the complex interactions of immune cell generation, function and regulation. The organizers hope to generate new collaborative research, especially among early career scientists.Mace is an assistant professor of pediatrics, Watowich is a professor of immunology and Wenzel is an assistant professor of pediatric surgery.-30-Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNewsRelated materials:John S. Dunn Foundation: http://johnsdunnfoundation.orgBioScience Research Collaborative: https://brc.rice.eduGulf Coast Consortia: http://gulfcoastconsortia.orgLocated 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 3,879 undergraduates and 2,861 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for 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 Robert Raphael AddThis Return to article. Long DescriptionRobert RaphaelRobert Raphael of Rice and Francois St-Pierre of Rice and Baylor plan to develop genetically encoded indicators that sense voltage dynamics in mammalian auditory systems.The researchers’ optical method will use green fluorescent proteins to sense changes in voltage in sensitive stereocilla, the part of hair cells in the inner ear that handle the translation of mechanical sound pressure into electrical signals the brain can decode. They expect their sensors will be useful to neuroscientists who want to map rapid voltage transients and for tracking activity in fast-spiking neurons.Raphael is an associate professor of bioengineering. St-Pierre is an assistant professor of neuroscience at Baylor and an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at Rice.Genetic maps of microbiomescenter_img ShareNEWS RELEASEEditor’s note: Links to high-resolution images for download appear at the end of this release.David Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduMike Williams713-348-6728mikewilliams@rice.eduDunn Awards support breakthrough researchResearchers target hearing loss, genome editing of the microbiome, antibiotic resistanceHOUSTON – (Jan. 4, 2018) – Three teams of scientists at Rice University and other Gulf Coast Consortia (GCC) institutions have earned research seed grants from the John S. Dunn Collaborative Research Awards, and a fourth group won a grant to support a Texas Medical Center symposium on blood cell formation and inflammation.This year’s winning teams will use the grants to study hearing, the microbiome and drug-resistant pathogens.The annual program that began in 2008 supports new collaborations among researchers associated with Rice’s BioScience Research Collaborative (BRC) and their partners at other institutional members of the GCC. The program is funded by the John S. Dunn Foundation and administered by the GCC.The Dunn Foundation is a longtime supporter of collaborative research through the GCC, which builds interdisciplinary research teams and training programs in the biomedical sciences that involve the computational, chemical, mathematical and physical sciences. GCC member institutions include Rice University, Baylor College of Medicine, the University of Houston, the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB), the Institute of Biosciences and Technology of the Texas A&M Health Science Center and the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.The research seed grants are for $98,000 each. A separate workshop award is for $8,000. The awards support projects that foster interdisciplinary and multi-institutional research at the BRC.Sensors will detect voltage in ears’ stereocilia Jonathan Silberglast_img read more

How NYC Business Schools Help the Underprivileged Applicants

first_img regions: New York City RelatedGetting Your Money’s Worth: The Return on Investment of the Chicago MBAAlthough a growing number of business schools throughout the country are offering part-time or Flex MBA programs, many ambitious business students still choose to pursue their education full-time. However, the often high price of tuition combined with two years of lost income can be a huge deterrent in students choosing…October 26, 2017In “Featured Home”The Best MBA Return on Investment in the Houston MetroOne of the top things an MBA looks for when choosing a business school is the return on investment. Return on investment, or ROI, is one of the most common profitability ratios, and an easy way to determine if an MBA is “worth” your time and money. We took a look…August 31, 2017In “Featured Home”Return on Investment: Getting Your Money’s Worth in Washington DCEarning an MBA is a big commitment in terms of both time and financial resources. Attending school in Washington, D.C. will open students up to a wealth of job and internship opportunities. However, with the cost of living and education in the financial capitals of the US rising at an…October 17, 2017In “Featured Home” How NYC Business Schools Help the Underprivileged Applicants Last Updated Feb 7, 2018 by Jillian MarkowitzFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail center_img About the AuthorJillian MarkowitzView more posts by Jillian Markowitz Pursuing an MBA is a shrewd move for anyone looking to earn a competitive salary right out of school. Though attending a renowned school can up the price tag of earning an MBA, it may also increase the overall return on investment. According to an article in U.S. News & World Report, “… graduates of top-tier business schools usually earn higher starting salaries than their peers who went to lower-ranked schools.”It’s not jut the opportunity to have a lucrative job right out of school that makes a high starting salary appealing. An enviable starting salary could mean more earning potential down the line. However, a top-tier school may seem out of reach for low-income applicants. After all, how can you enjoy the return on investment if you can’t afford to invest in the first place?Luckily, many prestigious business schools offer resources for students from different socioeconomic backgrounds. Below, we’ve outlined the resources available for low-income applicants at five of New York City metro’s best business schools. How NYC Business Schools Help the UnderprivilegedColumbia Business SchoolColumbia Business School offers need-based awards to many students, which may result in anywhere from $7,500 to $30,000 in tuition support. Nearly half of applicants receive need-based scholarships, which are automatically renewed at the start of the second year. Columbia students can also apply for private and federal loans. To create incentive for students to choose careers in public and nonprofit fields, the school offers a Loan Assistance Program for students who utilize their education to pursue these paths. Students are eligible to apply for this program for up to five years after graduation. Depending on the extent of students’ debt, they may receive anywhere from $2,000 to $10,000 of annual support. Columbia students may also receive merit-based scholarships, such as the Columbia Fellows Program, which may cover full or partial tuition and is granted to applicants with an outstanding track record in leadership and creativity.Stern School of Business—New York UniversityNYU’s Stern School of Business offers a variety of scholarships for high-achieving applicants. According to the school’s website, nearly a quarter of students who enter the full-time MBA program receive a merit-based scholarship. There are also additional merit-based opportunities for students coming from different backgrounds and perspectives. Scholarships like the Advancing Women in Business Scholarship and the Forte Fellowship are particularly geared toward female-identifying students, to support women in business. The ROMBA Fellowship aims to help LGBTQ students succeed in business education. The Consortium Fellowship exists to increase the number of minorities such as Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, and African Americans in business school as well.Gabelli School of Business—Fordham UniversityAt the Fordham University Gabelli School of Business, graduate students may be eligible for federal financial aid, merit scholarships, or a variety of graduate assistantships. Awards based on academic excellence range from $10,000 to full tuition. Exceptional students may be eligible for awards like the Dean’s Premier Scholarship, which includes a $20,000 living stipend, and may include a stipend toward one of Fordham’s global programs. Students can also apply for a plethora of need/merit-based scholarships, like the Hitachi Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship, which seeks to help underrepresented minorities finance their education.Rutgers Business School, Newark and New BrunswickThe Financial Times ranked Rutgers Business School among the top 50 MBA programs for return on investment in 2017, citing a 130 percent increase in salary for students within three years of completing their degree. Moreover, the school’s website states that, “More than 80 percent of Rutgers students receive some form of financial aid.” Moreover, at $31,011 per year (not including fees), this program is far more affordable than many other prestigious schools. Students can apply for federal or private loans, grants, and an array of scholarships. In addition to the awards offered by the Rutgers Business School Graduate Scholarship Fund, the Rutgers website lists 30 fellowships, scholarships, and partnerships. The Ralph Bunche Fellowships, for example, provide tuition remission, and a $15,000 living stipend to minority students from disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds.SC Johnson Graduate School of Management—Cornell UniversityAround 30 percent of entering the SC Johnson Graduate School of Management students receive some level of scholarship support. Scholarships like the National Society of Hispanic MBA’s (NSHMBA) and the TOIGO Fellowship specifically seek to help underrepresented minorities. The MD MBA Dual Degree Program and Lee Family Scholarship supports students on the rigorous path to receive their MD/MBA. Additionally, Cornell’s Park Leadership Fellows Program awards full tuition to up to 25 MBA applicants annually. The award is granted based on personal and professional achievements, academic performance, social contributions, and leadership. Students can also apply for federal and private loans.last_img read more

Ontario Business Concerns Leadership and the Economics of AI – Toronto News

first_img Toronto‘s finest business schools have provided valuable marketplace insight to their communities this week. We’ve outlined some of the high points below.Ontario Business Bankruptcies Up 39 Per Cent – CBC NewsCorporate bankruptcy is on the rise in Ontario. According to Madhu Kalimipalli, Professor of Finance at the Wilfrid Laurier University’s Lazaridis School of Business and Economics, the higher cost of borrowing for corporations could be to blame.“A lot of these businesses … are the ones who had a tough time servicing their bank loans,” Kalimipalli says in a recent CBC News interview. Kalimipalli posits that the pending NAFTA agreement between Canada, the U.S., and Mexico (CUSMA), as well as the real estate slowdown in the GTA may have also been factors in the corporate bankruptcy rise.Kalimipalli does not believe the increase in bankruptcies are necessarily cause for alarm. It is possible that the pending U.S. approval of the  NAFTA agreement could reverse the bankruptcy trends, as long as government attempts to alter it do not have unintended consequences down the line. You can learn more about Ontario business bankruptcy here.Don’t Just Be a Leader, Become a Global Inspiration; Almas Jiwani Delivers a Riveting Keynote Address at Ryerson University – Global NewswireAlmas Jiwani, President of Emeritus UN Women National Committee Canada, recently delivered the keynote speech for the Women in Information Technology Management (WITM) at Ryerson University’s Ted Rogers School of Management at the Emerging Leaders Project (ELP). Jiwani spoke about utilizing technological advances to achieve more “sustainable and inclusive” societies around the globe.In the speech, Jiwani says:“We have come a long way with technology, and it has changed our world. It has not only changed the way we work, live, and conduct business, but has also helped create a bridge that connects us to millions across the globe. The age of social media has made it possible for today’s leaders to create a bigger impact, and has empowered them with the ability to reach out to people in different and remote parts of the world and be an inspiration to them to learn, dream bigger, and achieve more.”Jiwani is also CEO of the Almas Jiwani Foundation, which seeks to “empower women, girls and marginalized communities through focused projects that directly address disparities in equality, education, entrepreneurship and energy rights.”Learn more about Jiwani’s speech and ELP here.Joshua Gans Weighs In On Marketing Disruption – ForbesForbes recently published a comprehensive interview with Joshua Gans, Chair of Technical Innovation and Entrepreneurship Professor of Strategic Management at University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, revisiting some of the themes in his 2016 book The Disruption Dilemma. In particular, Gans speaks about disruption in marketing.He addresses the future of marketing with advances in AI, saying, “AI can do only a limited range of what we might call cognitive functions,” Gans said, “What it can’t do is exercise judgment and understand what the trade-offs are in decisions.”According to Gans, exercising judgment in this way is, “an essential part of any creative process.”Gans is also the Chief Economist at Rotman’s Creative Destruction Lab (CDL), a seed-stage program for tech-based companies. CDL is dedicated to helping innovators grow their ideas and attain the funding necessary to bring their ideas to the marketplace.You can read more from the full Joshua Gans interview with Forbes‘ Paul Talbot here, and watch Gans’ discuss AI at Rotman below. RelatedGender Wage Gap Study Completed By Wilfrid Laurier ProfessorGender equality has been in the spotlight. There’s no doubt that women in business and MBA programs experience a gap in pay and job placement—as evidenced in our recent article. But while everyone has been talking about it, that’s not enough. What are we doing about it? Tammy Schirle, an…April 18, 2016In “Featured Region”The Best MBA Clubs in TorontoWhile getting your MBA at a top program is a great goal, if that’s all you do, you’re missing out on a myriad of opportunities to expand your skills and your network. Course work is important, but there’s so much more you need to do to get the most out…March 14, 2016In “Featured Region”Wilfrid Laurier Alzheimer’s Research Making Significant StridesResearchers in the business technology management program at the Wilfrid Laurier University Toronto Campus are making a huge impact in the study of early Alzheimer’s detection. Josephine McMurray, an assistant professor in Laurier’s business technology management program, is taking part in a new innovative study that will examine the use of…January 30, 2018In “Featured Region” About the AuthorJillian MarkowitzView more posts by Jillian Markowitz Last Updated Jan 30, 2019 by Jillian MarkowitzFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail center_img Ontario Business Concerns, Leadership, and the Economics of AI – Toronto News regions: Torontolast_img read more

Parent Holds Teacher Hostage as California School Goes into Lockdown

first_img Share this article Parent Holds Teacher Hostage as California School Goes into Lockdown By Jack Phillips October 31, 2017 Updated: October 31, 2017 Show Discussion (Google Maps)  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   I’m outside Castle View Elementary in Riverside. Police and fire have blocked off Shaker Drive.— Brian Rokos (@Brian_Rokos) October 31, 2017 Share RIVERSIDE UPDATE: Police say school has been evacuated, area where barricade is occurring is isolated— CBS Los Angeles (@CBSLA) October 31, 2017 Other details were not made clear.According to ABC7, Officer Ryan Railsback said, “One other adult, possibly a teacher or a staff member, was believed to be inside the classroom with the parent.” US News A school in Riverside, California, was evacuated after a parent reportedly barricaded him or herself inside a classroom, officials said Tuesday, Oct. 31.NBC Los Angeles reported that a parent is holding a teacher hostage at Castle View Elementary School, at 6201 Shaker Drive.All 670 students were evacuated to a park off-campus, said the Riverside Unified School District in a statement.“Unfortunately, at this time we cannot release any students until the lockdown order has been lifted,” the statement said. “We will communicate with you again as soon as the situation is resolved and give you further instructions on student pickup.”last_img read more

Man Shot Dead in Starbucks Was Part of a Drug Deal Had

first_img Chicago officials revealed more details about Thursday’s shooting at a Starbucks in the Uptown neighborhood that left one man dead and two wounded.The man who was killed had just completed a drug deal and was carrying narcotics and a gun when he was gunned down, police told the Chicago Sun-Times on Friday.Sauvignon Watkins, a father of two, was identified as the victim, confirmed Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.The drug deal began near Broadway and Wilson, said Town Hall District Cmdr. Marc Buslik, adding that Watkins and a 24-year-old man who wounded by the gunfire were involved in the drug deal. His identity was not released.A 12-year-old boy was also shot. The 12-year-old and the 24-year-old were waiting for Watkins in the Starbucks when the gunman, clad in a ski mask, opened fire, Buslisk said. However, police later told the Sun-Times that the boy was “not connected to the incident,” and they confirmed that he was shot in the groin and is in good condition.“As far as we can tell, this was not a random act,” Buslisk added. Alderman James Cappleman, who represents the area, wrote on Facebook: “Appears victim completed narcotics transaction outside, ran into Starbucks and was shot, later died. Police continuing investigation.” Cappleman slammed the Starbucks, claiming that other drug deals have been done there.“I will not tolerate businesses that do not work with the police and my office to maintain safety,” he said in a statement, as the Sun-Times reported later.  “We have had issues for years with illegal activity at this business, with very little response or help from Starbucks’ management to correct the problems.”Witnesses described the scene. Man Shot Dead in Starbucks Was Part of a Drug Deal, Had a Gun By Jack Phillips November 3, 2017 Updated: November 4, 2017  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   UPDATE: Man killed in Uptown Starbucks shooting was carrying weapon, narcotics, police say –— ABC 7 Chicago (@ABC7Chicago) November 3, 2017 The Chicago Tribune reported that two people were killed three were injured in shootings across Chicago, including the Starbucks incident. In another incident, a 29-year-old man was found shot dead in a car in the far South Side’s Roseland neighborhood at around 10:05 p.m. Police: Man killed, 2 others wounded in shooting at N. Side Starbucks— Fox5NY (@fox5ny) November 3, 2017 Sharecenter_img Share this article “Heard two shots, then a pause. I grabbed my wife and kind of pushed her down and said, ‘Shots!’ Then there were three more, almost within a few seconds,” said Mike Swaiko, a witness, ABC7 reported. “It was gunshots. By the time we got in there, they had already, like, told everyone to get cover,” said Maureen Swaiko, another witness.Starbucks issued a statement Thursday night on the shooting. “We were saddened to learn of the passing of a young man and the injury of two others as a result of gun violence at our store,” it said, adding that it will keep the store closed Friday.The suspect hasn’t been caught yet. The shooting is still under investigation. UPDATE: Man killed in Uptown Starbucks shooting identified –— ABC 7 Chicago (@ABC7Chicago) November 3, 2017 (Google Street View) US News Show Discussionlast_img read more