Every one of the countrys biggest companies shoul

first_imgEvery one of the country’s biggest companies should ensure they have a “disability champion” on their board by 2020, according to a new report co-authored by a leading disabled social entrepreneur.The report also calls on the boards of Britain’s biggest 350 businesses to include disability as a formal agenda item at least once every year.Leading From The Front is a review of research and best practice in the field of disability, and has been written “with a board-level audience in mind”.Its co-authors are Mike Adams, the disabled chief executive of the social enterprise Purple – formerly Essex Coalition of Disabled People – and David Gracie, director of legal services at the accountancy and consultancy giant KPMG.They conclude that becoming “disability inclusive” as an employer opens up organisations to “a wider talent pool, different ways of doing things and a far broader customer base”.As well as appointing a board-level champion who is accountable for disability issues and regularly tabling disability as an agenda item, employers should also promote disability issues to their suppliers, networks and audiences, they say.They also say that employers should sign up to the government’s much-criticised Disability Confident scheme. Adams himself has previously raised concerns about how the scheme was working.The report also says that large employers – both in the private and public sector – should use their power to bring about permanent change in the way their suppliers address disability.And it says employers should secure the right specialist support on disability, to help them “navigate those potentially tricky first conversations and get the right policies in place from the very start”.The report says the value of the “purple pound” – the collective spending power of disabled people in the UK and their families – is an estimated £249 billion a year.It says that three-quarters of disabled people have walked away from a business because of poor disability awareness – costing businesses £420 million a week – while inaccessible websites and apps cost £11.75 billion in lost revenue in the UK in 2016.And it says that one academic study found 92 per cent of consumers felt more positive about companies that employed disabled people.But it also points out that less than one in 10 businesses have a defined strategy for targeting disabled consumers.The report says that Mars UK saw sales of Maltesers increase by 8.1 per cent – double its target of four per cent – after a series of adverts featuring disabled cast members (pictured), in its most successful campaign in 80 years.Agnes Fletcher, an equality advisor to Arsenal, which became the first professional football club to achieve Disability Confident “leader” status, spoke in the report of the Arsenal For Everyone initiative, which includes a long-term commitment to disability.The club’s management team take the lead on diversity, with the initiative promoted at every level of the organisation, helping staff understand the importance of disability issues, she says in the report.Fletcher, a former director of policy and communications at the Disability Rights Commission, says: “Being open about these issues also benefits Arsenal’s employer brand and status as an inclusive place to work.“The latest equality and diversity survey showed that more employees and casual staff are identifying themselves as disabled.“So being disability inclusive doesn’t just open up Arsenal to a bigger fanbase but a wider talent pool too.”Sarah Newton, minister for disabled people, said that about 6,000 employers had now signed up to Disability Confident, which aims to challenge employers’ attitudes towards disability and help remove workplace barriers faced by disabled people.She said that if an employer signs up to Disability Confident it “sends a powerful message to potential employees that they will get the support they need to thrive in the workplace”.She said: “Disability Confident can offer your organisation a valuable support network and guidance to help you create a more inclusive workplace.”The report says that most of the experts interviewed for the review spoke about the importance of the people at the top of organisations “setting the right tone” on disability.Adams said: “Put simply, disability is board business. It affects everyone associated with your company – your customers, your staff, and your stakeholders.“Having spoken to some of the most forward-thinking businesses of all sizes when it comes to disability, a common thread quickly emerged – the tone is set by those at the top.“We need more leaders to follow suit and create a new culture in which disabled people aren’t just accommodated but embraced because everyone understands their true potential.”last_img read more

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Controversial displacement study leads to strife between Planning Department Mission antigentrification activists

first_imgA controversial study — until now largely unseen — has sparked discord between the San Francisco Planning Department and Mission District anti-gentrification activists.  The report, completed in early June by a UC Berkeley Ph.D graduate student in economics named Kate Pennington, asserts that the probability of being legally evicted does not increase for tenants residing within a kilometer of new construction in San Francisco. In some cases, the study concludes, new construction might actually decrease the chances that a legal eviction notice is served in its close proximity. The study’s conclusion is anathema to the deeply held beliefs of Mission anti-gentrification advocates, whose everyday work is based on the notion — which they say is supported by a preponderance of anecdotal evidence — that new market-rate development is a driver of displacement. So it is not surprising that Mission District activists have come out swinging.  And, coincidentally or not, the report has yet to be widely released or publicized by the city. Planning Department spokeswoman Gina Simi, however, denied that the city has buried the report. Rather, “the department does not have a practice of making intern projects publicly available.” To obtain a copy of the report, one would have to know of its existence and request a copy, as Mission Local did. The study’s critics have complained that it is “incomplete,” only a “draft” and does not differentiate the racial and economic status of evicted tenants.“What they’re studying is legally noticed Rent Board evictions, and that’s a very narrow slice of the displacement pie,” said Peter Papadopoulos, a policy analyst with the Mission Economic Development Agency, a nonprofit that works with residents and small businesses, and also acts as a housing developer in the Mission. The Planning Department, however, is standing by the study. Nobody denies that the report focuses exclusively on legal evictions — which, while only one measure of displacement, is often used in studies such as the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project and various others.“Ms. Pennington’s work is important and high-caliber,” AnMarie Rodgers, the director of citywide planning, wrote Mission Local in an email. ‘There is no evidence that legal eviction became more likely … ’Pennington’s analysis is narrowly focused on whether new construction increases the likelihood of receiving an eviction notice. She drew data from eviction notices submitted to the San Francisco Rent Board as well as those filed with San Francisco Superior Court from 2003 to 2017, and then matched them up with projects constructed in the same period.She tested for three variables: whether evictions are influenced by proximity to the project, neighborhood characteristics, and whether the project is market-rate or affordable — all over the five years before and after a project is built. Ultimately, she concludes: “I find that new construction does not increase the likelihood of legal eviction. This is true not only for market-rate housing, but also for affordable housing and building replacements. It is true in all neighborhoods, from the Mission to the Outer Richmond.”Furthermore, Pennington found that a unit located within a quarter-kilometer of a new project is a quarter of a percentage point less likely to receive an eviction notice three years after the project was built.“This offers evidence of a mild supply effect, with building more housing helping to reduce the likelihood of legal eviction over time,” Pennington writes. Department denies burying a report claiming new construction doesn’t lead to evictions KryptoniteAnti-gentrification activists are not happy with the study’s conclusions. Market-rate development “contributes to direct displacement because landlords cannot resist the lure of higher rents and therefore employ various means to get tenants out … ” Scott Weaver, a lawyer for the merchants association Calle 24 wrote in a May 16 letter to Planning Department Director John Rahaim. The letter essentially warns that the city department might humiliate itself by focusing on such a narrow set of data. “Reliance on Rent Board Notices in making any conclusions will cast serious doubts on this study,” Weaver wrote. Alternately, Pennington’s report could serve as a cudgel for the city’s YIMBY (Yes In My Back Yard) faction, which fervently advocates for a glut of new construction at all levels of affordability.  Papadopoulos, the MEDA policy analyst, said the danger of the report — which he insists is incomplete without culturally sensitive data, such as the income levels and demographics of the displaced parties, is “that we end up with unsound policies that have unintended displacement impacts on the same very vulnerable residents who are not captured in the study.”   This is not the first time the Planning Department has heard this complaint. The department, in fact, consulted with these very activists about the study as it was being conducted. Their concerns, throughout the process, were the same: The study is too narrowly focused and leaves out those who might be disproportionately affected by evictions.Latest contentious chapterPennington’s report, titled “The Impact of housing Production on Legal Eviction in San Francisco,” is a contribution to an ongoing — and extremely heated — debate over whether the construction of market-rate housing contributes to displacement amid an ongoing housing and affordability crisis throughout the Bay Area. It builds on previous studies that assert new construction does not contribute to gentrification and displacement — in particular, a 2016 study by the UC Berkeley Urban Displacement Project that, in part, concluded that market-rate development had an “insignificant effect on displacement,” as well as a study by the California Legislative Budget Analyst that the construction of market-rate development is the best solution easing displacement pressure on low-income households. Although these studies concluded that new residential development does not contribute to displacement — and actually eases housing prices at the regional level — neither one measured the so-called “spillover” effects of new development at the neighborhood level — meaning whether the neighborhoods are distinctly impacted by new construction. That’s where this most recent Planning Department study comes in, measuring the probability of legal eviction notices near new development at the block-to-block level. In addition to their complaint that the study potentially negates disproportionate hardships heaped upon poor minorities, activists also say the study is based on incomplete data. Weaver, the Calle 24 lawyer, noted that the study does not measure the “nonpayment” evictions that are not submitted to the Rent Board. “These non-payments (evictions) constitute anywhere from 40 percent to 60 percent of all just-cause evictions and more likely disproportionately impact poorer communities,” he said in an email. Pennington says Weaver is correct that not all nonpayment evictions were measured in the study, since many of them are not documented. However, she says some 5,000 of them were included, as they were either filed with the Rent Board or included in court filings. And Pennington stressed that the study does not claim to capture all forms of displacement. The paper, she said, focuses on just one thing: the effect of new construction on legal evictions. “The study acknowledges and discusses ways in which these data do not capture the full universe of eviction events in San Francisco,” she said in an email. “And [it] suggests that, for this reason, the results here should be thought of as [just one indicator of] the impact of new market-rate construction on eviction.” She said she intends to expand on the study by tracking the effects of new development on neighborhood-level rental prices — one of the indicators her critics felt was missing from this first study. That research, she said, is already underway. center_img Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter Email Addresslast_img read more

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ALEX Walmsley scooped a plethora of awards at Sain

first_imgALEX Walmsley scooped a plethora of awards at Saints End of Season Dinner – which was sponsored by Robinsons Brewery and the Roofing Consultants Group.The big forward was named the Club’s Player of the Year as well as Players’ Player of the Year and Founder Members Player of the Year.He said: “This is a great honour and a real shock. We have a great team at St Helens and to be honoured by my teammates, my friends and the fans, is superb.“I’m fortunate enough to be in a profession that was my childhood dream and be at a prestigious club too. I’m playing with the likes of Jon Wilkin and James Roby and learning all the time. Keiron has done a lot of work with me and I am appreciative of everything he has done.”Elsewhere, Mark Percival and Andre Savelio were given the Founder Members Player of the Year and the Club’s Player of the Year respectively whilst Jordan Olmez and Morgan Knowles won the 16s and 19s gongs.There were also mementos for Kel Coslett and Phil White who are retiring from their roles at the club.Award Winners:Cultivate Creative U16s Scholarship Player of the Year: Jordan Olmez2Kleen Under 19s Player of the Year: Morgan KnowlesFounder Members Young Player of the Year: Mark PercivalFounder Members Player of the Year: Alex WalmsleyPlayers’ Player of the Year: Alex WalmsleyRoofing Consultants Group Young Player of the Year: Andre Savelio Robinsons Runner up Player of the Year: James RobyRobinsons Player of the Year: Alex Walmsleylast_img read more

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First Team Match

first_imgSmith, fresh from signing his contract extension at the club, is included in the 19 after missing out in the win over Hull KR last week as Jack Welsby is left out.James Roby, who talked this week about his fond memories of Wembley is named and will be looking to lead Saints into the quarter final, with the draw being made after Wigan Warriors clash with Warrington Wolves, live on BBC.Matty Costello retains his place and Adam Swift is included again. Once again Holbrook has the luxury to pick from three halves with Danny Richardson, Theo Fages and Jonny Lomax all named.Luke Thompson, Mark Percival and Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook are still out with injury. ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————–St.Helens 19 man squad:1. Jonny Lomax, 2. Tommy Makinson, 3. Kevin Naiqama, 5. Regan Grace, 6. Theo Fages, 7. Danny Richardson, 8. Alex Walmsley, 9. James Roby, 11. Zeb Taia, 12. Joseph Paulo, 15. Morgan Knowles, 16. Kyle Amor, 17. Dom Peyroux, 18. Adam Swift, 19. Matty Lees, 20. Jack Ashworth, 21. Aaron Smith, 23. Lachlan Coote 24. Matty Costello.Giants 19 man squad:1. Darnell McIntosh, 2. Jermaine McGillvary, 4. Jordan Turner, 6. Lee Gaskell, 7. Matt Frawley, 8. Paul Clough, 9. Kruise Leeming, 10. Suaia Matagi, 11. Aaron Murphy, 12. Alex Mellor, 14. Adam O’Brien, 15. Oliver Roberts, 17. Ukuma Ta’ai, 19. Matty English, 23. Oliver Russell, 29. Sam Hewitt, 31. Louis Senior, 32. Innes Senior, 35. Joe Wardle.Tickets for Saints’ Coral Challenge Cup Round Six clash with the Huddersfield Giants at the John Smith’s Stadium on Sunday (kick off 6:05pm) are on sale from just £10 for adults. Click here for more information.last_img read more

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Man pleads guilty to selling heroin near Wilmington school

first_imgMichael Rahee Walker (Photo: NHC District Attorney’s Office) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A Wilmington man plead guilty to multiple charges Wednesday including selling heroin near DC Virgo Middle School.Michael Rahee Walker, 25, entered pleas of guilty for the illegal possession of a firearm as a convicted felon, possession of a stolen firearm, selling  and delivering a controlled substance within 1000 feet of a school, and selling heroin in New Hanover County Superior Court.- Advertisement – Walker was sentenced to 2-4 years in prison.Last November, officers with the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office and the Wilmington Police Department were patrolling the Hillcrest community. Officers detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from the car where Walker was sitting. During a vehicle search, officers located two firearms. Walker admitted that a Glock handgun located and seized from underneath the front passenger seat belonged to him. This firearm had been reported stolen out of Horry County, SC.Walker had previously been convicted of possession with the intent to sell and deliver a schedule one controlled substance on April 2013.Related Article: Dunkin’ Donuts loses food service permit due to health violationOn January 6, officers with the City County Task Force saw Walker at the corner of Brown and Nixon Streets in what appeared to be a drug deal. After a brief foot pursuit, officers detained Walker and seized eight bindles of heroin. The location at the corner of Brown and Nixon Streets is within 1,000 feet of DC Virgo Middle School.Walker may be eligible for habitual felon status if he commits a felony upon his release from prison.last_img read more

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Man facing slew of drug charges following 2month investigation

first_img NHSO says Turner was stopped on Martin Luther King Jr Parkway and was found to be in possession of trafficking amounts of heroin, cocaine and crack cocaine.Detectives searched Turner’s home located on Walnut Street and found an additional trafficking amount of heroin, marijuana and manufacturing aids. Detectives also found a loaded handgun.Deputies say there was approximately 1,000 grams of cocaine, 31 grams of heroin, over 950 bindles of heroin and 15 grams of marijuana.Related Article: 3 charged in toppling of Confederate statue ‘Silent Sam’Turner is being held at the New Hanover County Detention Facility under the following charges:Trafficking heroin by possessionTrafficking heroin by manufacturingTrafficking heroin by transportationTrafficking cocaine by possessionTrafficking cocaine by transportationTrafficking cocaine by manufacturingPWIMSD heroinManufacturing heroinManufacturing cocainePWIMSD cocainePWIMSD marijuanaManufacturing marijuanaPossession of firearm by a convicted felonMaintaining a dwellingMaintaining a vehicleSimple possession of marijuanaPossession of drug paraphernalia Gerick Diwell Turner was arrested on September 4, 2018 for drug charges. (Photo: NHSO) WILMINGTON,NC (WWAY) — A Wilmington man was arrested after a 2-month long drug investigation by the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office.Detectives arrested Gerick Diwell Turner, 40, in Wilmington late Tuesday night.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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GOP candidate Board change limits chance of new election

first_img The board was investigating alleged ballot fraud by an operative hired by the Harris’ campaign.A five-member board with three Democrats and two Republicans is expected to be named by Jan. 31. The law then requires that four of the members vote to order a new election.But three members also must vote to certify the election. Unofficial returns show Harris defeated Democrat Dan McCready by 905 votes in the 9th District race. Mark Harris (Photo: WBTV) CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Republican in the nation’s last undecided congressional race says he believes changes to North Carolina’s elections board mean a new election is less likely.Mark Harris told The Charlotte Observer on Friday he believes the possibility of new election “dropped significantly” when a judicial panel last month dissolved the nine-member State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Yahoo shuts down early web search engine AltaVista

first_imgAdvertisement Yesterday, Yahoo Inc. sent AltaVista.com to the Internet graveyard to rest alongside order-almost-anything venture Kozmo.com and the butler from Ask Jeeves. The once popular search engine  lost ground with the rise of Google and was purchased in 2003 by Yahoo!, which retained the brand but based all AltaVista searches on its own search engine.AltaVista was introduced in 1995, three years before Google Inc. was founded. Eclipsed by Google in the early 2000s, AltaVista’s star had already faded by the time Yahoo acquired it as part of its $1.7 billion purchase of Overture Services Inc. in July 2003. Overture had bought AltaVista earlier that year from Massachusetts-based CMGI Inc.[related-posts] – Advertisement – Yahoo announced AltaVista’s fate on its Tumblr page late last month. Search industry expert Danny Sullivan likened AltaVista to a bright child neglected by its parents.“You were loved. You really were,” Sullivan wrote in a blog post eulogizing the site. “People did not want to leave you. But despite adding new features, some of which Google copied, you couldn’t keep up with the pace and innovation of that company, which decided against becoming a portal like your corporate masters ordered for you.”Indeed, AltaVista’s decline began after it expanded to become more like Yahoo, offering a bevy of online services instead of sticking solely with search. By the time the site reversed course, it was too late. Its finances were sinking and Google was on the rise.Yahoo’s June 28 announcement of AltaVista’s end is brief. It’s buried as the eighth item on a list of other services the company is shutting down. Along with the mention of AltaVista’s July 8 expiration date, the post says only: “Please visit Yahoo Search for all of your searching needs.”According to data from online research firm comScore, most people in the U.S. use Google for their search needs, followed by Microsoft’s Bing. Yahoo is in third place.Source: 9Newslast_img read more

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The experts speak on whether internet access can truly go global

first_imgThe experts speak on whether internet access can truly go global. Image Credit: Phys Advertisement RAMA MWENESI Founder, E-MAGINE The work of tech giants will make internet globally available, but not necessarily accessible or affordable. Will their projects involve local communities and benefit them?E-magine began in 2009/10 and is working locally to increase internet access in underserved areas. We have eight projects in four countries – Zambia, Kenya, Sierra Leone and Brazil – and are seeing great results that help to understand how people are adopting technology.MIKE CASSIDY Vice president , Project Loon, Google Two-thirds of the world’s population does not have internet. For those in rural or hard-to-reach areas, getting it is challenging. – Advertisement – Project Loon is a network of balloons which float in the stratosphere, twice as high as aeroplanes. By partnering with telecom companies we can reach much further out into rural and remote areas of a country in a cost-effective way. Our balloons can last over 100 days and travel over 17m km collectively. From one balloon we can now provide coverage to an area approximately the size of Rhode Island (4,000 sq km) — that’s four times larger than our previous coverage area.By taking to the air, we can get rid of connectivity problems and provide internet to billions of people who don’t have it.[related-posts]MARIYA ZEHLEVA Advertisement Assistant professor in the department of computer science at University at Albany, New York I hope that internet connection will become worldwide. However, I am not sure if we will ever reach the point where everyone has the same online experience. Rural residents are quick to realise how mobile phones, SMS and internet can benefit them. They no longer need to take unnecessary trips to the town, they can check what is a fair price to sell their crops, buy used cars from Japan and they can stay in touch through, say, Facebook. Rural residents use the internet much like those who live in cities.Connectivity depends on infrastructure, which is concentrated in cities. So there is a need for alternative solutions. Academia and industry are making good progress in creating infrastructure-less cellular and areal networks, and using unused broadcasting frequencies (TV white space, also known as TVWS). Technological progress, however, is not the only factor for improved rural connectivity. Understanding of people’s needs along with favourable policy is crucial to achieving universal connectivity.AMY O’DONNELL ICT in programme lead, Oxfam The internet is a catalyst for the way people communicate, access information and gain opportunities. It is a concern that the digital divide pervades – giving voice to those who already have it, while disproportionately excluding the marginalised. Promisingly, many providers are seeing the opportunity to reach those who still do not have internet connectivity.But focus needs to shift from accessibility to the meaningful use of the internet. Are local communities involved in generating content to make it useful for them? Are services suitable for the needs of specific groups such as women and do they tackle barriers such as illiteracy?Oxfam is trying to use the internet to increase people’s access to meaningful information that can improve their opportunities and livelihoods. Internet Now! is running in 100 communities in Uganda. These are small computer centres that employ young people affected by conflict from the Lord’s Resistance Army, while giving them access to an agricultural commodity platform – information which is very valuable to their community. [The Guardian]last_img read more

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Google To Offer Bounty Hunters USD200000 For Finding Any Android bug

first_imgBusinessman using smart phone to pay for his online products.(Photo Courtesy) Advertisement Hoping to attract more researchers and engineers to the bug bounty programme, US-based internet search firm, Google Corp. according to media report has increased its bounty to USD$200,000. This follows after a malware called Judy hit over 36.5 million Android-based phones, hence prompting the search firm to increase the bounty for finding a bug in Android Operating System (OS).Judy is one such case of how an open and free mobile operating system (OS) can be exploited by malicious app developers.According to Check Point, dozens of malicious apps were downloaded between 4.5 million to 18.5 million times from the Play Store. Some of the malware-affected apps have been discovered residing on the online store for several years. – Advertisement – Most security flaws we hear about now affect old builds of the OS or require clever social engineering to get the user to weaken device security, ExtremeTech reported on Friday.The versions of Android being released now are more secure than what Google was putting out years ago and as a result no one has managed to claim Google’s largest bug bounties for Android.Notably, Google started the bug bounty programme for Android about two years ago in which the security researchers, who demonstrate an exploit, get a cash prize — the amount of which varies based on the severity of the hack. Then, Google gets to fix the bug and avoid future security issues.last_img read more

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Pellegrini era starts at the Etihad Stadium

first_imgMan City v NewcastlePremier League8pm SKYIt’s the Week 1 final match tonight with Manchester City at home to Newcastle under the new regime of Manuel Pellegrini.Pellegrini has already strengthened the City side over the summer and it’s hard to see Newcastle getting a result tonight.They’ve only ever taken a point in their last ten Premier League meetings and Man City will be keen to get off to a flyer especially as their principal market rivals Man United and Chelsea have already got off the mark in style.Mar 2013 Premier Man City 4 – 0 NewcastleDec 2012 Premier Newcastle 1 – 3 Man CityMay 2012 Premier Newcastle 0 – 2 Man CityNov 2011 Premier Man City 3 – 1 NewcastleDec 2010 Premier Newcastle 1 – 3 Man CityOct 2010 Premier Man City 2 – 1 NewcastleJan 2009 Premier Man City 2 – 1 NewcastleOct 2008 Premier Newcastle 2 – 2 Man CityJan 2008 Premier Newcastle 0 – 2 Man CitySep 2007 Premier Man City 3 – 1 NewcastleAn interesting stat for tonight is that City were the only team to score in every home game last season.With a new manager to impress and a City side keen to send a message out – I’m keen on both superiority and goals tonight and will stake accordingly.STAR FORECAST(stake between 0.5 and 10 points)10 points MAN CITY (-2) at around 7/410 points OVER 2.5 GOALSlast_img read more

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STARTERS ORDERS Saturday

first_img[dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Saturday 7 JuneRACING2.00 DoncasterLiberty Sky 4/1 > 9/45.05 MusselburghEutropius 4/1 > 5/26.15 NewcastlePallister 3/1 > 6/4What’s your view?CALL STAR SPORTS ON 08000 521 321last_img

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PREVIEW Hartlepool v Blyth Spartans

first_img[dropcap]T[/dropcap]onight is a rarity.Firstly, a rare trip for me to the Victoria Park ground in Hartlepool for the match of the day – and secondly a rare live football game on BBC2 on a Friday night !Yes, the ‘magic of the Cup’ is very in evidence tonight for Hartlepool v Blyth Spartans.It’s being billed as a ‘derby’ but RAC route finder has the two towns 41.78 miles apart so whether this is technically true is debatable. But enough pedantry.In poker parlance the second round of the FA Cup is like getting past the ‘bubble’ stage in poker. That’s the point of the tournament where you can still leave with nothing. A place in the third-round hat can be priceless for the lower league teams with the possibility of a big name Premier League rival next.The market has the two teams pretty level tonight which in itself is hard to ponder at first glance. There is, after all, two divisions between them and Hartlepool enjoy home advantage over their Evo-Stik North side rivals.Drilling deeper down though and the current form would point more towards Blyth Spartans though who come here on the back of just two defeats from their last 11 away fixtures and face a Hartlepool side who are propping up League Two with a shocking goal difference of -20. So there might not be that much between them. Hartlepool United v Blyth SpartansFA Cup 2nd Round7.55pm LIVE ON BBC2Blyth Spartans are only part-timers.Peter Jeffries (goalkeeper) is a scaffolder, Matty Wade (midfielder) makes oil platforms and Jarrett Rivers (winger) works in a newsagents. What was I saying about the magic of the cup.The Spartans also have a decent record in the FA Cup and made the third round in the 2008/9 season before getting beaten, only 1-0, by Blackburn.Again central to their hopes tonight will be forward Robbie Dale, who is a survivor from the heroics of 2008/9 and has also scored in every round so far this season.I’m not sure Hartlepool will be looking forward to this too much because they have a lot to lose and Blyth everything to gain.In terms of a bet I’m sticking with a draw at 100/30 with Star Sports and a return leg, some 41.78 miles away.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-50 points)BACK DRAW at around 100/30 for 6 points with Star SportsRETURN SINCE START OF WORLD CUP: PROFIT 15.63 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

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STARTERS ORDERS Saturday

first_img[dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Saturday 10 JanuaryRACING12.25 KemptonVery Intense 6/1 > 3/11.30 LingfieldSpellmaker 6/1 > 4/12.20 PunchestownDouvan 1/3 > 1/43.00 WarwickShantou Bob 6/5 > evens3.55 WetherbyCosmic Tigress 11/4 > 7/43.40 LingfieldSwift Cedar 5/1 > 3/13.45 KemptonWhitby Jack 9/1 > 11/2FOOTBALLLiverpool are drifting –  all the money Sunderland.What’s your view?CALL STAR SPORTS ON 08000 521 321last_img

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BENS BLOG An Ocean of BookieHaters

first_imgThe ocean of people, who have such empty lives, all they can think about is finding ways to be offended on behalf of others, has most certainly now successfully drowned this country’s Licensed Bookmakers.Recently, I tasked my PA, Margaret, with finding a training course, in video camera work, for our social-media team.On sourcing a recommended company, Margaret then emailed them, and received the attached, tragic response.I am the first to agree that Licensed Bookmakers should behave properly and represent to the best of their abilities, our industry.But there should now be a list published of the following type of Punters:KnockersMany of whom will have ruthlessly sent decent Independent Bookmaking people out of business.ChargebackersThose who cancel their payments that have been made, saying their card was stolen. Of course, the Police are never interested – why help a Bookie?Free-HittersThose who self-exclude and then re-enter using a slightly different name or address to get past the system. If they win; they draw. If they lose; they cry for a refund.It is high-time that the Gambling Commission started protecting Bookies, and that this, now fashionable, hatred of Bookmakers is dulled right down and the easily offended look at; THE BEHAVIOUR OF PUNTERS.Over and out, B xlast_img read more

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Drop in childhood obesity cannot be explained by health behaviors

first_imgAddThis Share3Rice UniversityOffice of Public Affairs / News & Media RelationsNEWS RELEASEDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduAmy McCaig713-348-6777amym@rice.eduDrop in childhood obesity cannot be explained by health behaviors HOUSTON – (May 18, 2016) – While a reported drop in obesity rates among U.S. children has been heralded as positive news, more work must be done to understand exactly why that drop occurred, according to researchers at Rice and Temple universities.A 2014 study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showed a decline in the prevalence of obesity among 2- to 5-year-olds between 2003-2004 (a 13 percent child obesity rate) and 2011-2012 (a 7 percent child obesity rate); however, the study did not identify the health and demographic factors linked to the decline. Rice and Temple researchers replicated the CDC’s study with 1,900 children between the ages of 2 and 5 in an attempt to explain the changes. Their discovery: The 6 percent drop in childhood obesity cannot be explained by changes in maternal or child health behaviors such as smoking cessation, breast-feeding or physical activity.“Even though maternal and child health behaviors changed in important ways, none of these changes contributed to the decline in obesity overall or for boys or girls,” said the study’s lead author, Ashley Kranjac, a postdoctoral research fellow in Rice’s Department of Sociology and the Kinder Institute Urban Health Program, and co-author Robert Wagmiller, an associate professor of sociology at Temple. Their research paper, “Association Between Age and Obesity Over Time,”appeared in the April edition of Pediatrics.The obesity rate was lower in 2011-2012, when older children between the ages of 2 and 5 were no more likely to be obese than the younger children in this age range, compared with 2003-2004, when older children in this age group were more likely to be obese than younger children between the ages of 2 and 5.“We show that in 2011-2012 a smaller proportion of children lived in low-income households, had mothers who smoked during pregnancy, had mothers who did not breast-feed, had high daily energy intake, spent significant time involved in sedentary activities and frequently ate out,” the authors said. “And we found that a higher proportion of children engaged in physical activities for significant amounts of time. Despite these differences, the main reason for the decline in the obesity rate is that children surveyed in 2003-2004 were more likely to be obese as older children. However, this was not true for children surveyed in 2011-2012.”Kranjac and Wagmiller said their research shows that more must be done to understand the factors that influence childhood obesity.“If the association between age and obesity observed from 2011 to 2012 persists for subsequent groups of children, the obesity rate for young children will remain at or near the lower rate observed at this time,” Kranjac said. “Even more encouraging, if this weakened association between age and obesity persists as these children advance into middle and late childhood, significant reductions in obesity in later childhood can be expected, as well as significant declines in the overall rate of childhood obesity over time.”-30-For more information or to request a copy of the study, contact Amy McCaig, senior media relations specialist at Rice, at 713-348-6777 oramym@rice.edu.This news release can be found online at http://news.rice.edu/.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Related Materials:Ashley Kranjac bio: http://sociology.rice.edu/Content.aspx?id=4294967361Study link: http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2016/04/12/peds.2015-2096.Photo link: http://news.rice.edu/files/2016/05/shutterstock_167517386-1f92f9i.jpgPhoto credit: Shutterstock.Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,910 undergraduates and 2,809 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for best quality of life and for lots of race/class interaction by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to http://tinyurl.com/RiceUniversityoverview.last_img read more

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Rices David Alexander earns UK honor

first_img David Alexander AddThis Return to article. Long DescriptionDavid AlexanderThe appointment was announced as part of the Queen’s Birthday Honours List, which recognizes exceptional achievement and service to the U.K. All British honors are awarded on merit and are conferred by Queen Elizabeth II on the advice of the Foreign and Commonwealth Secretary.The OBE was founded in 1917, but honors have been bestowed on the monarch’s birthday since the reign of Queen Victoria in the mid-19th century.“This is a very well-deserved honor,” said Karen Bell, British consul general in Houston. “Dr. Alexander’s steadfast commitment to strengthening U.K.-U.S. relations across the fields of science, higher education and business has been a tremendous help to our work in the region.”“I am extremely honored to be receiving this recognition,” Alexander said. “The special relationship that exists between the U.K and the U.S. is incredibly important and is exemplified by our many partnerships in scientific research and education.“My passion has always been to build on that relationship for the advancement of space exploration in its many forms,” he said. “I am humbled to have my work recognized in this manner and look forward to continuing to promote our two countries’ shared excitement for space for years to come.”Alexander said it has been a “privilege to work with so many great people in Houston and the U.K.”Alexander joined the Rice faculty in 2003. He specializes in solar research and leads the Rice Space Institute, whose mission is to become a world leader in space science research and space technology development by fostering interdisciplinary research and education in collaboration with academic, business, industry and government partners.He currently serves on the advisory boards of SpaceCom, Deep Space Industries and the Sasakawa International Center for Space Architecture at the University of Houston and on the editorial boards of ROOM: The Space Journal and Space Science Reviews. He has been named a GlobalScot by the Scottish government, appointed to the UNESCO Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems Subcommittee on the Science of Space and is a member of the board of directors of the American Astronautical Society.He has a Bachelor of Science degree in natural philosophy and astronomy and a Ph.D. in relativistic cosmological models from theUniversity of Glasgow, Scotland.Alexander’s OBE will be conferred at an investiture to be held at Buckingham Palace later in the summer.-30-Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Related materials:Rice Space Institute: http://rsi.rice.eduRice Physics and Astronomy Department: http://www.physics.rice.eduWiess School of Natural Sciences: https://naturalsciences.rice.eduImage for download: Share1NEWS RELEASEEditor’s note: A link to a high-resolution image for download appears at the end of this release.David Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduMike Williams713-348-6728mikewilliams@rice.eduRice’s David Alexander earns UK honorSpace scientist named Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British EmpireHOUSTON – (June 12, 2018) – David Alexander, a Rice University professor of physics and astronomy and director of the Rice Space Institute, has been named an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his efforts to link the United States and United Kingdom in the space industry and higher education. David Alexander http://news.rice.edu/files/2018/06/0618_OBE-1-WEB-20x9i97.jpgCAPTION: David Alexander. (Credit: Rice University)Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,970 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 http://tinyurl.com/RiceUniversityoverview. Return to article. Long Descriptionlast_img read more

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Company Battle Accenture vs AT Kearney

first_img Consulting positions are among the most coveted roles for MBA graduates—and international management consulting firms Accenture and A.T. Kearney are teeming with opportunities for MBAs.Dublin, Ireland-based Accenture is a Fortune Global 500 company that offers professional services in addition to management consulting. In addition to the many awards Accenture has received in recognition of its global leadership in finance, it has also been ranked for 15 consecutive years on Forbes’ Global 2000 list.A.T. Kearney, headquartered in Chicago, offers consulting to over 75 percent of the Fortune Global 500, spanning a diverse array of industries like aerospace and defense, transportation, healthcare, and oil and gas. Accenture vs AT Kearney: SalariesManagemant Consulted compares the base salaries made by MBA graduates at both companies in 2019, finding that the compensation was pretty comparable—A.T. Kearney offers $158,000 per year and Accenture offers $150,000 per year.However, each company has a unique approach to bonuses. A.T. Kearney offers up to $44,100 while Accenture offers $30,000 to all employees in their first year after receiving their MBA. Top performers are rewarded with an additional $15,000. Accenture offers a very valuable $80,000 tuition reimbursement to select MBA grads.Accenture vs AT Kearney: Company CultureWhen it comes to culture, A.T. Kearney emphasizes collaboration over analysis, striving for creative strategies to keep up with an ever-changing marketplace.A.T. Kearney has been recognized many times for their progressive initiative with regard to workplace equality. TransparentCareer ranks the company in the top 30 for satisfaction among MBA graduates. However, it is important to note that the same blog also reports that up to 80 percent of an MBA graduate’s time working at A.T. Kearney may be spent in transit.A.T. Kearney has long recognized the importance of workplace diversity and it enforces a strict no-harassment policy. It has created networks for women, POC, and LGBT to reinforce a sense of community and belonging in the workplace. It has also been recognized for its progressive policies, having scored a perfect 100 for seven years straight in the Corporate Equality Index and received an award in 2017 for Best in Class for Diversity Leadership in Diversity MBA Magazine.From 2015-18, it was also ranked as one of the “Best Places to Work” by the Human Rights Campaign and from 2013-17 as one of the “Top 100 Firms for Working Families and Women” by Working Mother.Working Mother has lauded A.T. Kearney for years as one of the best career landing spots for working mothers in the U.S.Accenture regularly ranks highly on lists that highlight forerunners in workplace culture. It were ranked second overall for eight consecutive years in Business Today/PeopleStrong’s “Best Companies to Work For” and 16th for four consecutive years in the Sunday Times “Best 25 Big Companies to Work For.”Accenture is also committed to workplace equality, aiming for a gender balanced workforce by 2025. It is committed to creating Culture of Equality, citing the imperative of workplace diversity for a thriving business.It has been recognized for the efforts by being included two consecutive years on the Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index and 16 consecutive years on Working Mothers’ 100 Best Companies and the list of Best Companies for Multicultural Women.Accenture vs AT Kearney: VersatilityAs noted above, MBA graduates employed at A.T. Kearney can expect to travel frequently as part of their work. They have over 3,600 employees in offices in more than 40 countries across the Americas, Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Asia Pacific.Accenture, a much larger company, has more than 435,000 employees serving clients in over 120 countries, as well as offices in 52 countries. Company Battle: Accenture vs AT Kearney 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 Last Updated May 2, 2019 by Jonathan PfefferFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail center_img regions: Atlanta / Baltimore / Boston / Chicago / Dallas / Denver / Houston / London / Los Angeles / Miami / New York City / Online / Philadelphia / Research Triangle / San Diego / San Francisco / Seattle / Toronto / Washington, DC RelatedLondon’s Largest MBA EmployersFor MBAs looking to begin a career in London, there is an array of amazing opportunities. Not only are there a number of top companies hiring large numbers of MBAs, but those with advanced degrees tend to earn more and witness more growth than those without. In fact, a recent analysis of…October 27, 2016In “Featured Region”Your Future A.T. Kearney Career is Waiting for YouFor many organizations, finding a candidate with an MBA degree on their resume is a shortcut to knowing how well they will succeed at the company. With the strong foundational business skills the degree provides, companies can feel safe hiring an MBA student or graduate. Founded in the mid 1920s, A.T.…December 14, 2017In “Featured Home”New York City’s Top 5 Highest Paying MBA InternshipsMBA students are, likely, infinitely familiar with the hectic world of internships. “Another lowly internship?” may be a question that pops into the minds of many students as they advance into post-graduate education. But what they may not realize is that the right internship can not only provide a vital…September 26, 2018In “A.T. Kearney”last_img read more

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US Trade Official Declares China an Unprecedented Threat to World Trade System

first_img Share this article WASHINGTON—China’s manipulative trade practices and economic model represent an “unprecedented threat” to the world’s market-based economy and U.S. interests, said U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, in a speech on Sept. 18.It was the first major public speech given by Lighthizer, a long-term critic of China’s trade practices against the United States. Lighthizer told a crowd of over a hundred at the Center for Strategic and International Studies that China represents the one challenge facing the administration that is “substantially more difficult than those faced in the past.”“The sheer scale of their coordinated efforts to develop their economy, to subsidize, to create ‘national champions,’ to force technology transfers, and to destroy markets in China and throughout the world, is a threat to the world trading system that is unprecedented,” said Lighthizer.Lighthizer was referring to the hundreds, if not thousands, of Chinese state-owned enterprises (SOE) that are institutionally protected and promoted by the Chinese communist regime, hence known as the “national champions” of the Chinese economy.Not only do Chinese SEOs receive extensive protection from the Chinese regime against foreign competition, they are also often the culprits of intellectual property theft from foreign companies. A large number of American companies has fallen victim to such abusive tactics by the regime, resulting in massive job losses for American workers, according to Lighthizer and many other critics of China’s trade practices.“Unfortunately, the World Trade Organization is not equipped to deal with this problem,” Lighthizer said. “WTO and its predecessor, the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, were not designed to successfully manage mercantilism on this scale.” “We must find other ways to defend our companies, workers, farmers, and indeed, our economic system. We must find ways to ensure our market-based economy prevails.”Cargo ships berth at a port in Qingdao, east China's Shandong Province on June 8, 2016. (STR/AFP/Getty Images) Abusive trade practices by the Chinese state-owned enterprises have inflicted significant harm on American companies and will be dealt with by the Trump administration, according to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer. Showing cargo ships berthed at a port in Qingdao, China. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)Lighthizer did not reveal any specifics about the ongoing investigation into Chinese intellectual property theft, a process that was started by President Donald Trump on Aug. 14. He revealed, however, that the investigators receive “an awful lot of complaints” from executives of American companies that have been hurt by the abusive practices of the Chinese regime, with many complaining that they have been forced to give up their technology and corporate secrets to their Chinese competitors.Hawkish StanceLighthizer’s comment on Sept. 18 is the latest signal that the Trump administration remains steadfast on the campaign pledge of taking a hardline stance on trade policy with China, despite the departure on Aug. 19 of White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, who was widely thought to be the administration’s primary advocate of a hawkish stance against China.Lighthizer is not the only “trade hawk” inside Trump’s administration. Peter Navarro, an economist who is known for his outspoken criticism of the Chinese regime and its trade practices against the United States, was selected by Trump to head the newly created National Trade Council and is believed to be playing a key role in forming the administration’s trade policies. Share US Trade Official Declares China an ‘Unprecedented Threat’ to World Trade System By Paul Huang September 18, 2017 Updated: September 23, 2017 Show Discussioncenter_img Asia & Pacific United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said on Monday that China’s manipulative trade practices and economic model represent an “unprecedented threat’. (Paul Huang/The Epoch Times)  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   last_img read more

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