The governments decision to appoint a second cons

first_imgThe government’s decision to appoint a second consecutive Tory peer to lead on the equality watchdog’s work on disabled people’s rights could put its status as a leading international human rights institution in jeopardy, according to a former commissioner.In a long-delayed appointment, Lord [Kevin] Shinkwin has replaced his fellow Conservative peer Lord [Chris] Holmes as the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s (EHRC) disability commissioner.There are now fears that the four-year appointment, made by minister for women and equalities Justine Greening, could put at risk EHRC’s status as an “A-rated” national human rights institution (NHRI).The United Nations has made clear through its Paris Principles that NHRIs must be independent of the government.Sir Bert Massie, who chaired the Disability Rights Commission before it was merged into the new EHRC and was himself an EHRC commissioner, said the appointment of two consecutive Tory peers to the post could pose a risk to its A-rated status.He said: “If the perception is that the equality commission is a tool of the Conservative party, it cannot legitimately be said to be independent.“It is getting more and more difficult to say it is totally independent.”He said he had known Lord Shinkwin for years and liked him, but questioned whether he had been the strongest candidate.He said: “I don’t know who all the candidates were. Of those I do know, there were some I would say had a stronger track record, and that’s the issue: it’s about credibility.“To have two Conservative peers consectively makes it look political rather than trying to make sure you have the most appropriate people on board, and that is a worry.”He said he feared that Lord Shinkwin (pictured) would not have the confidence or track record to speak out against his own government, which has “attacked disabled people in such a sustained way on social care, housing, the benefits system… there has been attack after attack after attack”.Sir Bert said the Conservative government was making the same mistakes that the Labour government had made when it set up the EHRC and made the commission “highly-biased in favour of Labour” and as a consequence “didn’t get the full debate” in internal discussions and failed to “challenge the government sufficiently”.And he said Lord Shinkwin’s appointment showed again that the commission should be taken away from direct government control, with responsibility given instead to a cross-party parliamentary committee.Asked if it was concerned about its A-rated status, an EHRC spokesman said: “We are an independent and robust defender of equality and human rights that holds the government of the day to account and our record demonstrates that.“All our commissioners work in the best interests of the commission and we have a strong programme to deliver over the next year and beyond as we work to make Britain a fairer society.”As well as being an EHRC board member, it was assumed that Lord Shinkwin would chair the commission’s new disability advisory committee (DAC), which will replace its disability committee – which was scrapped on 31 March – but will not have the same legal powers.But the commission said it was still “considering what arrangements for chairing and membership of the new DAC will ensure we are best-placed to develop strong arrangements for engaging with disability stakeholders for the future”.Lord Shinkwin himself spoke out in the Lords last September to back calls to reinstate the disability committee, which he said was “essential if the commission is to enjoy the confidence of the disability community”.He also called in the same speech for the government to take a “more robust approach” towards businesses that failed to meet their obligations to disabled people under the Equality Act.Since his appointment to the Lords in October 2015, Lord Shinkwin has spoken in the Lords on issues such as the charitable sector, his concerns about the impact of Brexit on European Union staff working in the NHS, and on disability equality.Last December, he voted against the government when the crossbench peer Baroness Deech – backed by EHRC – tried unsuccessfully to introduce measures that would have forced licensed premises to obey laws on accessibility when renewing their alcohol licences.Lord Shinkwin, who served on the National Disability Council that advised the Conservative government on the implementation of the 1995 Disability Discrimination Act (DDA), told fellow peers in December: “I have to say that 21 years on from the DDA, I am suffering not from my disability but from a sense of déjà vu.“Despite the milestone that the act represented both for disabled people and for the Conservative party, disabled people are still waiting.“The regrettable fact is that the passage of time has not been matched by the passage of progress.”He added: “Accepting this amendment would enable the government to prove to disabled people that they mean what they say when they commit to building a country that works for everyone.”He avoided voting last year when crossbench peers launched a bid to over-turn the government’s controversial plans to cut payments to new claimants of employment and support allowance placed in the work-related activity group by £30-a-week, a measure that was implemented earlier this month.But last month he supported “discriminatory” new government regulations that will make it far harder for people with experience of severe mental distress to secure mobility support through the extra costs benefit personal independence payment (PIP).He told fellow peers: “Taxpayers surely understand that conditions such as visual impairments and learning disabilities, where these are severe and enduring, are much less likely to fluctuate than, for example, psychological distress.“Indeed, it makes sense that people who cannot navigate due to a visual or cognitive impairment are likely to have a higher level of need and therefore face higher costs.​”He then appeared to suggest that he could not support providing the extra mobility benefits for people with severe mental distress until his local council stopped handing him parking tickets and provided him and other disabled people with their own parking bays, and the state stopped imposing “such indefensible extra costs on disabled people”.Nearly all of his written interventions in parliament have been connected to his interest in pro-life issues, particularly his efforts to introduce a private member’s bill that would outlaw disability discrimination in abortion  laws.His bill would make it illegal to carry out an abortion on the grounds of disability on a fetus that was more than 24 weeks old, unless there was a risk of serious, permanent damage to the mother or her life was at risk.During a debate on his bill in February, Lord Shinkwin accused the renowned fertility expert Lord Winston of “crass insensitivity” for “hijacking” the disability equality bill of a disabled peer “in order to advance a blatantly discriminatory eugenic agenda”.The conservative Christian blog Archbishop Cranmer described Shinkwin’s EHRC appointment as “good news for all who care about conservative and Christian apprehensions of equality, rights and justice”.It added: “He is not only devout in his Christian faith, but tireless in the application of his theology to the cause of conservative philosophy.”Following his appointment to the Lords, Lord Shinkwin received “research and support services” from an employee of the pro-life charity Right to Life, although that support ended in May 2016.He is also a trustee of the National Council for Palliative Care, and before he became a Tory peer had worked for the Royal National Institute for Deaf People, Macmillan Cancer Support, Cancer Research UK and The Royal British Legion.David Isaac, EHRC’s chair, said: “Lord Shinkwin brings a wealth of experience and we welcome him to the board as a commissioner.“We look forward to working with him on our many projects to improve equality, fairness and human rights for all.”Meanwhile, Disability Rights UK (DR UK) has appointed Kamran Mallick to replace Liz Sayce as its chief executive, following her decision to retire.Mallick is currently chief executive of the London disabled people’s organisation Action on Disability, and previously worked for the spinal injury charity Aspire and ran his own business.He is on the board of Inclusion London and the Lyric Hammersmith theatre, is chair of Candoco Dance Company, and is a member of Transport for London’s independent disability advisory group.He was not available to comment on his appointment, but said in a statement: “I am delighted to be joining the country’s foremost user-led disabled people’s organisation at such an exciting stage in its development. “Disability Rights UK is working hard to expand its reach to all disabled people, and people with long-term health conditions, and ensure it is their lived experiences which influence policy change.“I am looking forward to working with the trustees and staff team and building on the organisation’s achievements to date.”Anne Beales, DR UK’s chair, added: “There were some exceptionally strong candidates for the post of chief executive and we’re delighted to be welcoming Kamran, who comes with wide ranging experience and a strong track record in the disability rights 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Formerly Homeless App Maker Enters District 9 Race

first_imgAfter the 2008 recession, work was scarce. Jackson blew through his savings and ended up bouncing among homeless shelters for eight months. He took advantage of a cooking program offered at the Next Door shelter, got a place in the Mission District, and partnered up with tech workers to install wi-fi in homeless shelters around the city.He is now working on rolling out an app that connects homeless people to city services and says he fields calls from people around the country interested in using his model. Public office, however, held greater promise.“I figured I could do more as a supervisor,” Jackson said. “I’ve gotten a lot done without a lot of money.”Homelessness and housing would be the cornerstone of Jackson’s campaign. Meeting with social workers, finding food, and nailing down a place to stay at night was a full-time job when Jackson was homeless. He’s convinced the process can be streamlined at the city level to transition people into housing more quickly.But sheltering the homeless, also requires building more, he said.  Jackson will push for 40 percent affordable housing in private developments and wants more mixed-income developments, fewer 100 percent affordable projects.“I don’t believe in housing poor people together,” he said, saying he would avoid putting up fully affordable housing towers near each other. This, he said, is the case in the Tenderloin.Jackson is the only candidate who has personally navigated the bureaucratic hurdles faced by the city’s unhoused masses, but he’s facing a full field of better-financed and higher-profile candidates vying to replace termed-out Supervisor David Campos. Hillary Ronen, Campos’s chief of staff, is well-financed and has pulled in heavy local endorsements from politicos and unions. The progressive half of the Board of Supervisors has lined up behind her, and her union endorsements will bring hundreds of volunteers for door-to-door flyering. Josh Arce has a history of union organizing and sits on the board of the non-profit housing developer Mission Housing. He is also backed by strong unions and has even deeper pockets, but the money he’s raised so far is reserved for another local campaign and he has not yet submitted finance filings for the supervisorial race.Edwin Lindo — born and bred in the Mission — has amassed a formidable war chest but is not yet racking up heavy-hitting endorsements. Lindo’s local roots and neighborhood activism — he was heavily involved in the Mission moratorium and frequently participates in protests against police shootings — may give him an edge in the district.Rounding out the field are Iswari España and Melissa San Miguel, two relatively unknown candidates who have not yet disclosed their financial situations. España works as a job training officer at the Human Services Agency and has lived in the Mission since his childhood. San Miguel, another Mission native, is an education consultant formerly employed by the National Center for Youth Law. Such a full field of candidates — many of whom have no significant political experience — is no surprise in a race to replace a termed-out supervisor, said Jim Stearns, a political consultant with a history of working for progressives in the city.“It’s very common when you have an open seat for a bunch of people to join the race,” Stearns said, adding that most of the candidates would “have a tough time putting together the resources to be top-tier.”The District 9 race is key for the so-called progressives on the Board of Supervisors. They won a 6-5 majority last November that could be threatened by the upcoming elections, since progressive Supervisors Eric Mar, Campos, and John Avalos are termed-out this November.That leaves the traditionally progressive Districts 1, 9, and 11 up for grabs, and a loss in any of those would likely change the balance on the board until 2018.For his part, Jackson says such political calculations are one of the problems with city hall. He and others in this campaign say that elected officials have ignored local issues in favor of city-wide power grabs, and adds that “people forget why they’re in positions” of power.And he’s not naive about his odds.“I probably won’t be elected, but I’ll make them talk about some serious things,” he said. Tags: election 2016 • Elections • homeless Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% 0%center_img Darcel Jackson, a formerly homeless man who was widely profiled last year after working to bring wi-fi to San Francisco shelters, just became the sixth candidate to enter the race for District 9 supervisor. Jackson promises to run the thriftiest campaign in San Francisco history, saying he won’t accept individual donations more than $10 — the limit is $500 per individual for supervisorial campaigns — because he doesn’t want the election controlled by moneyed interests.“I don’t want to owe anybody any favors,” he said.The 55-year-old was an ironworker for 16 years before an accident in which he dropped a tool on his leg convinced him that his construction days were over. “I got to the age where I couldn’t hang off of a 30-story building and weld,” Jackson said.last_img read more

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SF Small Sites Affordable Housing Could Get Funding Boost

first_img“This actually makes it easier for [developers] to sell a project because the neighborhood knows they can trace the fees paid directly back to the neighborhood,” Campos said.“Everyone thought it was kind of a no-brainer,” said Peter Cohen, the co-director of the Council of Community Housing Organizations, which was involved in pushing the measure. Under current law, developers who build projects with more than 10 units must either build affordable housing on site, build affordable housing off-site, or pay an in-lieu fee that goes towards a general affordable housing fund. The new law adds a fourth option to pay money into the Small Sites Program equivalent to the in-lieu fee — the cost of 20 percent of the total units. Unlike the in-lieu fees, however, the Small Sites fees would not go to a city-wide fund but would have to be spent locally. The buildings purchased under the program must have average tenant incomes at 80 percent of area median income or below, which is $77,550 for a family of three. Additionally, the buildings must be rentals, vacant, co-ops, vacant, or homes that have been foreclosed upon.If a building within a mile of the project cannot be found in two years, the fee paid would go into the city’s general Small Sites fund for purchase of buildings city-wide.Jeff Buckley, a senior housing advisor to the mayor, described the measure as an anti-speculation tool. Older buildings with long-term tenants in poor conditions are ripe for real estate flippers. The new law, he said, would give neighborhoods like the Mission more funding to prevent displacement.“This program is designed to take a building off the speculative market,” he said.The program only applies to new construction with between 10–25 units, meaning that the majority of upcoming developments in the Mission District would be ineligible. Of the 2,544 units in the pipeline for the neighborhood, only 200 are in projects eligible for the program. Still, that could generate millions of dollars for purchasing homes in the Mission District. The fee paid varies per unit size, but ranges from $150,000 for a single-room occupancy studio to $520,000 for a four-bedroom. A hypothetical project with 20 one-bedroom units — which must pay $270,000 each — would pay a fee equivalent to four of those units — or $1,080,000. Since buying Small Sites buildings comes in at between $250,000-$300,000 per unit, that single project could purchase three to four units and keep their tenants in place.“When you start adding these all up, maybe a unit on site, maybe two units of as Small Sites payment, it starts having an aggregate impact,” Cohen said.Luis Granados, the executive director of the Mission Economic Development Agency, which has a history of buying Small Sites buildings in the Mission District, was more skeptical. He said the Small Sites option was a good change to the fee structure, but that he would prefer to see the city increasing the amount of resources it gives towards affordable housing.The proposed law, he said, would only shift resources developers are already required to pay, not increase the total amount of money available for affordable housing construction or purchase.“It’s not more resources, it’s allocating resources differently,” he said. “It’s a good option, but it’s not growing the pot.”Campos agreed in part. He said the measure “doesn’t necessarily add new money” city-wide but does mean that neighborhoods like the Mission District will get funding that may have gone elsewhere before.The measure will be introduced at the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday before it goes to committee. It will then go back before the board for an up-or-down vote and to the mayor’s desk to be signed into law.Campos, for his part, was hopeful for its passage. He said the agreement between him and Mayor Lee on the measure would give it bipartisan support at the board.“It’s fair to say that the mayor’s office and our office don’t always agree, so the fact that both of us are putting it forward together is a sign that this cuts across political lines,” he said. Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% A city program meant to keep at-risk tenants in place and transform small buildings into permanently affordable housing may get a funding boost soon thanks to new legislation to be introduced today at the Board of Supervisors. Supervisor David Campos and Mayor Ed Lee are introducing a measure on Tuesday that would allow private developers in San Francisco to contribute to the Small Sites Program, which purchases existing housing with low-income tenants and turns it into affordable housing.  That money would be reserved for buying buildings with two to 25 units within a mile radius of the proposed housing development. That will ensure that the housing will be reserved for the neighborhood where the project is located.“We need every funding available to come to the neighborhood,” said Supervisor Campos. Neighborhoods, like the Mission District, that see market-rate development will have new funds that must be spent nearby, he said. Plus, developers may be able to quell opposition by promising their impact fees are spent locally, he added.center_img 0%last_img read more

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SOMETIMES scorelines lie and this is one of those

first_imgSOMETIMES scorelines lie and this is one of those times. Don’t get me wrong, the Saints played some fantastic sunshine Rugby League to win 82-0, but the Scorpions pushed them all the way, never giving up in attack or defence until the final whistle and are a credit to the burgeoning Welsh Rugby League, writes Graham Henthorne.The scores were close in the first quarter with the Saints finding themselves only 6 points to the good, Chris Webster celebrating his first start in the Red Vee with a great try sprinting in form 60 metres.In fact twice the Saints had to withstand sets of six on their own 10 metre line scrambling for dear life to keep out a Scorpions side well marshalled by the lively hooker Connor Farrer.But once Ben Parry had taken André Savelio’s round the man pass to sprint into the corner for the score, the Saints never looked back.Four further tries followed. Matt Cooke’s powerful and play the ball gave Matty Fozard the impetus to jump out of dummy half. Lewis Charnock then gathered his own grubber to the line for the try.Quick hands from Charnock, Cooke and Savelio put Connor Dwyer clear on the left for the fourth try before Jack White finished a length of the field effort. Tilley fed Savelio who put Corey Lee away down the right, his inside ball found the supporting Charnock onto Brandon Lewis only for White to outpace the full back for a sparkling try.The final try of the half was a simple charge over from close range from Brad Ashurst after a Scorpions fumble from Charnock’s massive up and under had given the Saints field position.The players were reminded to be professional in the second half, not to let their concentration slip and resume where they had left off. They did it in spades leaving the Scorpions dizzy at times trying to contain them.Savelio punished a Scorpions knock on in the first minute of the half reaching over to score his first before Fozard got his just deserts for hunting the kicker on the last when he charged down the kick on half way and won the race to the line.Savelio again used his big hands to reach out to score at the posts before Leon Tatlock started and finished a blinder. From the kick off the winger burst through the line fed onto White who in turn fed Charnock, he turned the full back fed it back left to Dwyer and out again to Tatlock who finished the 103 metre move by diving over under the black dot.Corey Lee put the score back on even time taking a peach of a short ball from prop come stand off Brad Ashurst to scorch in from 40 and it was left to Greg Richards to score the last of the tries in the purple patch around the hour mark, the big prop taking White’s pass and handing off the full back to score.At this point the Saints could have run into triple figures but the Scorpions dug in and restricted the Saints to only two more tries.Lewis Galbraith finished a handling move by rounding his opposite number on his way to the posts.Then Charnock rounded off a commanding display with ball in hand with his second try taking Corey Lee’s pass, and a majestic kicking display in difficult conditions with his thirteenth goal from fourteen attempts.Where do you start? All 16 were very good, Matt Wood went off concussed in the 6th minute, but one or two were slightly better. James Tilley ran all day, Matty Fozard sparked the attack into life off the bench and Lewis Charnock provided the direction sadly lacking at times this season.Match Summary:Saints:Tries: Corey Lee, Ben Parry, Lewis Galbraith, Leon Tatlock, Lewis Charnock 2, Jack White, Greg Richards, Chris Webster, Connor Dwyer, André Savelio 2, Matty Fozard, Brad Ashurst.Goals: Lewis Charnock 13.South Wales Scorpions:Tries:Goals:Half Time: 34-0Full Time: 82-0Teams:Saints:1. Corey Lee; 2. Ben Parry, 3. Matt Wood, 18. Lewis Galbraith, 5. Leon Tatlock; 6. Lewis Charnock, 7. Jack White; 8. Greg Richards, 9. Tom Roughley, 16. Chris Webster, 13. Connor Dwyer, 12. André Savelio, 11. James Tilley. Subs: 10. Brad Ashurst, 14. Matty Fozard, 15. Brandon Lewis, 17. Matt Cooke. South Wales:1. Jack McKenzie; 2. Alex Jones, 3. Nathan Morgan, 4. Chris Leyshon, 5. Ben Burgess; 6. ewis Barnett, 7. Jacob Morgan; 8. Osian Phillips, 9. Connor Farrer, 10. Rhys Fitzgerald, 11. Rhys Anderson, 12. Luke Kell, 13. Mike Connor. Subs: 14. Josh Brown, 15. James Mason, 16. Ed Jones.last_img read more

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SAINTS Players Associations 34th Annual Dinner wi

first_imgSAINTS Players Association’s 34th Annual Dinner will take place on Sunday June 2 at Langtree Park.Ray French and Lenny Lowe will co-host the afternoon along with comedian Mike Farrell.The occasion will also see another former player inducted into the Hall of Fame.Tickets are available from Ste Leonard or Geoff Pimblett at the club for £27.50.For further details contact info@saintsrlfc.comlast_img

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SAINTS Ladbrokes Challenge Cup Sixth Round tie wi

first_imgSAINTS’ Ladbrokes Challenge Cup Sixth Round tie with Hull FC will take place on Sunday May 8 at Langtree Park.The game will kick off at 4.30pm and tickets are now on sale.Prices are:Members: West Terrace: Adult – £15, OAP / Young Adult – £11, Junior – FREENorth and South Stands (Gold): Adult – £22, OAP / Young Adult – £15, Junior – FREENorth and South Stands (Silver): Adult – £20, OAP / Young Adult – £14, Junior – FREENorth and South Stands (Bronze): Adult – £18, OAP / Young Adult – £13, Junior – FREENon-Members:West Terrace: Adult – £18, OAP / Young Adult – £13, Junior – £5North and South Stands (Gold): Adult – £25, OAP / Young Adult – £17, Junior – £5North and South Stands (Silver): Adult – £23, OAP / Young Adult – £16, Junior – £5North and South Stands (Bronze): Adult – £21, OAP / Young Adult – £15, Junior – £5Junior Members must collect their FREE tickets before match day.Membership discount pricing will end on Saturday May 7 (4pm).To buy your tickets call into the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, call 01744 455 052 or go online here.Membership Cards are not valid for this game.Hospitality Details Can Be Found Here.last_img read more

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Saints head to Leeds this evening for a Round 20 B

first_imgSaints head to Leeds this evening for a Round 20 Betfred Super League clash.And the in-form forward says the trip is always one he picks out.“Headingley is always a great place to go,” he said. “It was where I played my third first team game for Saints.“The crowd is always noisy and electric and it always makes for a good game.“We’ve had an up and down season, but if we take each week as it comes and keep fighting hard for the two points every week then we have a good chance of the top four.“Every week is going to be tough now. It is like a cup final every week and we need to be on the money to give ourselves a shot.”Saints beat Leeds 6-4 in the opening game of the season – and go into the clash buoyed by last week’s last gasp win over Salford.last_img

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On the eve of the new Betfred Super League season

first_imgOn the eve of the new Betfred Super League season the 27-year-old has put pen to paper on a deal that will see him remain at the Saints until the end of season 2022.“This is superb news not only for the St Helens club but for the British game,” Saints Chairman Eamonn McManus said. “Alex is an international class player who has been at the forefront of the sport over the last few seasons.“He has established himself as one of the best forwards in the game and it is fair to say he can only get better too.“We know Alex was courted by several NRL clubs and I have no doubt that this signing will be a boost for everyone in Super League.”Alex’s meteoric rise to Super League and the international scene is nothing short of remarkable.Less than seven years ago he was playing amateur rugby league for Dewsbury Celtic as well as student rugby league for Leeds Met.He was picked up by Batley in 2012, joined Saints a year later and was fast-tracked into the first team.He has since gone on to play 147 times for the club, scoring 23 tries.A Man of Steel nomination followed in 2015 alongside two Top Metre Maker awards before overdue recognition at international level with England in last year’s Rugby League World Cup.He also won the Grand Final with Saints in 2014.“Alex is the leader in our pack and this contract means we can continue to build around him for the foreseeable future,” Saints Head Coach Justin Holbrook added. “He has tremendous go forward and work-rate to go alongside his professional attitude and standard he sets for the younger members of our squad. His story should also serve as a message to those in all levels of our game.“It is a massive bonus for our Club to have Alex re-sign on the eve of the 2018 season. There has been a lot of interest from clubs in the NRL and deservedly so. I believe Alex is the best forward in Super League and showed his qualities even further for England in the recent World Cup.“Alex is not only a fantastic player but more importantly a tremendous person and the fact he has decided to extend his contract with us proves to our Club and the Community that he loves playing for St Helens.“I know he will be doing his absolute best to make us successful now and in the future.“I am personally very excited about having Alex remain at the Club and all Saints fans should be also.”last_img read more

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Coast Guard restores offshore radio communications along NC coast

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (NEWS RELEASE) — Coast Guard Sector North Carolina restored radio communication capabilities Friday after losing it Thursday.Coast Guard Sector North Carolina reported a loss of radio communication capability Thursday.- Advertisement – The Coast Guard could monitor radio traffic offshore and urged mariners to use extreme caution throughout the North Carolina Captain of the Port Zone.Repairs were completed around 4 a.m. Friday. An HC-130 Hercules airplane was launched Thursday night to monitor radio communications in the North Carolina Captain of the Port Zone until repairs were completed.Mariners are reminded to check all safety equipment, carry a fully charged cell phone, and file a float plan with a friend or family member before getting underway.Related Article: Holiday weekend brings more boaters, more dangersIf in distress, mariners should attempt to call Sector North Carolina at (910) 343-3880.last_img read more

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Two arrested one still wanted in Whiteville robbery

first_imgDaheem Durrant and Rhasheem McMillian (Photo: Columbus Co. Sheriff’s Office) WHITEVILLE, NC (WWAY) — A man and woman driving behind the Tractor Supply and Big Lots parking lot Saturday afternoon were flagged down by three men and robbed.Whiteville Police say it happened around 3:30 p.m. at Whites Crossing Lane.- Advertisement – According to Whiteville Police, while they were responding to the robbery, dispatch told them that the victims, a man and woman, were chasing the suspects.The victims told 911 the suspects were in a white Chevrolet Malibu.An officer saw the car and stopped at the corner of Martin Luther King Blvd and West Walter Street. The officer saw the car heading towards him at a high rate of speed, saw the car change direction, and believed they were going to hit his vehicle. The officer backed up to avoid being hit and as the car sped past him he resumed following them.Related Article: $750,000 bond for man accused of poaching Venus flytrapsThe suspects’ car eventually got stuck in the mud and the three men inside ran off.One officer saw one man get out with what appeared to be a gun. The officer chased the men through a nearby tunnel, where they eventually ended up in the rear of a house on Best Alley.Two of the suspects were caught by Whiteville Police officers.The Columbus County Sheriff’s Office helped search for the third suspect, who is still wanted.Police arrested Rasheem Mikale McMillan,24, and Daheen Kevin Durrant, 23.McMillan is charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, assault with a deadly weapon on a government official, and resist, delay, obstruct.Durrant is charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, assault with a deadly weapon on a government official, and resist, delay, obstruct, driving with license revoked and possession of marijuana.Durrant and McMillian are each being held under a $40,000 bond.last_img read more

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DEQ Part of Cape Fear River reclassified as swamp

first_imgCape Fear River (Photo: WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A major portion of the Cape Fear River in our area is now being classified as a swamp. Wilmington City council members are not happy about it.An agenda briefing Monday morning got heated as they listened to Elizabeth Kountis from the Department of Environment Quality explain what that means.- Advertisement – The Cape Fear River from Tumor’s Creek to Snow’s Cut used to be classified as SC or secondary recreation, but it now includes SW which means the PH and the dissolved oxygen are lower than they were before.“This classification is aimed at looking at the water as it is now,” Environmental Senior Specialist Elizabeth Kountis said. “It is not meant to enhance, restore. It doesn’t improve it. It doesn’t degrade it. It is to reflect what it is today.”City council members say it seems like the DEQ is not trying to protect our water and plan to oppose the new classification Tuesday.Related Article: Report: River’s industrial chemicals come from plant, othersThe EPA still has to vote on approving the new classification.last_img read more

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Pro bono attorneys offer help filing FEMA appeals and reconsideration

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Were you denied assistance from FEMA after Hurricane Florence? The North Carolina Pro Bono Resource Center wants to help you get the money you deserve.Volunteer attorneys from across North Carolina have been hosting FEMA appeal and reconsideration clinics at community colleges in impacted communities. Saturday, 20 attorneys met at Cape Fear Community College to assist local residents. Staff Attorney Katherine Asaro says the clinic is a calm space for attorneys to guide survivors through the difficult documentation.- Advertisement – “A lot of the local attorneys were impacted by these storms too so, when they volunteer, they have this added dimension that they truly understand what’s happening and have been through a lot of these processes,” said Asaro. “…same with the paralegals so they are incredibly invaluable.”Survivors whose appeal has already been denied can still ask FEMA to reconsider its decision if they can present compelling new evidence, like a late-arriving letter from their insurance company, to support their claim.Survivors who want to file an appeal or reconsideration can attend these clinics to learn more about their rights and get free help from a North Carolina pro bono attorney.Related Article: Free hurricane benefit concert Saturday in WilmingtonAsaro says this is a pilot relief project with the North Carolina Resource Center. The next clinic will be held on Saturday, February 23 at Carteret Community College in Morehead City. The address is 3505 Arendell Street. There will be a morning session from 9:30 AM to 12 PM and an afternoon session from 12:30 PM to 4 PM.The final session will be held on Wednesday, March 6 in Trenton, NC.Survivors must register in advance to meet with a pro bono attorney at no cost. Survivors can register for free at ncprobono.org/assistance. No registration is required to attend the educational presentation. Visit their website for more details.last_img read more

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Local leaders lobby in Raleigh for hurricane recovery funding future support

first_img “We need action. That means that we need funding,” said Kinston Mayor Don Hardy.That dire need for funding is why these Eastern North Carolina mayors formed what they call an alliance – and headed to Raleigh together – to fight for funding together. New Bern Mayor Dana Outlaw says with the need for recovery still so great in our region, we can’t afford to to miss out on a penny of state and federal help.“This was a 13 million dollar storm for New Bern. We’re used to 3 and 4 million dollar clean ups. So this was going to financially devastate our city,” Outlaw said.Related Article: Peterson files bill to reinstate film tax credit programAlso feeling the pinch, Boiling Spring Lakes.Barger said Boiling Spring Lakes had just over $21 million in damages. They lost three dams, had excessive flooding, and people in temporary housing. So far, they have completed about $1.5 million of storm recovery but they’re trying to bridge the gap between city funding and FEMA funding.The city of 6,700 people only has a fund balance of around $2 million, a far cry from what recovery will cost.“You can see the problems we’re currently having,” Barger said. “We still have $18 million of work to do. Our ability to go forward and complete these recovery projects is really going to be hard.”The need for funding goes beyond just recovery efforts. City leaders and lawmakers both agree that equally as important is improving how we handle the next storm, not if— but when— it comes.“We need to be prepared, not a day late but a day early,” said Senator Harper Peterson.”We are about 5 months away from Hurricane Season and we don’t know what’s going to happen in that point in time,” said Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo.And since heavy flooding during the hurricane left some people cut off from emergency responders, improving that transportation infrastructure is number one on the list.“Probably almost half our land was covered by water after the hurricane. All our major roads pretty much closed, secondary roads. You couldn’t get around in Pender County,” said Pender County Commission Chairman George Brown. “Three road completely severed New Hanover County and Pender County from Raleigh.”Even though the discussion  took place between state and city leaders, you too can be part of the alliance to help the area bounce back from Florence. One of the things mentioned  during that discussion is the difficulty small businesses are having after the hurricane.Many have closed down or moved away— and that hurts our economy. By going to your local shops, cafes and restaurants, you can help rebuild our business— and our economy— and help make Eastern North Carolina that much stronger. Local leaders travel to Raleigh to discuss hurricane funding (Photo: WCTI) RALEIGH, NC (WCTI/WWAY) — City leaders from all over our area paid a visit to the state capitol today with one goal in mind, to be a voice for those still recovering from Hurricane Florence.Mayors from Wilmington, New Bern, Kinston, Wallace, Surf City and Boiling Spring Lakes Mayor pro tem Steven Barger came together and traveled hours to make sure lawmakers don’t forget the need for funding.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Son sentenced to life in Bolton double murder

first_img In 2014, the bodies of Jeannette Thut, 74, and Donna Gore, 55, were found behind a home in the 2300 block of Blacksmith Road in Bolton when deputies arrived to follow up on a missing persons report.Two years later, in February of 2016, investigators arrested Gore’s son and his girlfriend, Megan Haynes, and charged them with murder.Gore was strangled and Thut was stabbed about 15 times.Related Article: Judge scolds man for laughing about gross salsa violationFamily members told WWAY all four were living on the same Bolton property at the time of the murders.Reynolds was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole.Haynes is scheduled to go on trial later this month. Justin Gray Reynolds and Megan Alicia Haynes COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The man accused of killing his mother and her friend, then leaving their bodies in a storage shed, pleaded guilty to two counts of first degree murder.District Attorney Jon David said Justin Reynolds entered the plea in a Columbus County courtroom on Wednesday.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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AFM member arraigned in court over fuel theft

first_img SharePrint A member of the Armed Forces of Malta has appeared in court today over the theft of fuel from an AFM storage facility.According to AFM, the arrest and subsequent arraignment of the individual followed an internal investigation carried out by the organisation after doubt and suspicions were raised about slight imbalances in fuel stores.They state that the inquiry was immediately opened to determine the facts and if a criminal offence had been committed.They add that the information was passed to the police who carried out a further investigation leading to the arrest.In light of this, AFM states that it has started arrangements to modernise its fuel systems in order to avoid future abuse and better control consumption.WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

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British court rules Uber is legal in London

first_imgDrivers of the capital’s famous black cabs have been protesting for months, that the app was undercutting their business. Image credit: Independent.co.uk Advertisement Taxi-hailing service Uber is legal in London, Britain’s High Court ruled on Friday, following months of protests from drivers of the capital’s famous black cabs that the app was undercutting their business.Unlike the taxis, which can be flagged down in the street and use a meter to calculate fares, Uber allows customers to book and pay for a taxi using an app on their smartphones.It also provides a second app for drivers to calculate the cost of a journey. – Advertisement – The court had been asked to decide whether that technology breaks laws which prohibit the use of taximeters in private hire vehicles in the British capital.Judge Duncan Ouseley ruled on Friday that the app could not be considered a taximeter and was not therefore illegal.“A taximeter… is not a device which receives GPS signals in the course of a journey, and forwards GPS data to a server located outside of the vehicle, which calculates a fare … and sends the fare information back to the device,” he said.Cab drivers have staged high-profile protests in London, arguing that Uber bypasses local licensing laws. Demonstrations have also been held in other cities around the world including Paris and Sao Paolo.Last month the mayor of Rio de Janeiro said he would ban the app in the city.The court’s decision is however separate from a consultation which London’s transport authority launched last month, proposing tougher rules which could hit the San Francisco-based app, whose investors include Goldman Sachs and Google.Under those plans, firms would have to provide a booking confirmation at least five minutes before a journey starts and allow cabs to be booked up to seven days in advance.They could not show vehicles for immediate hire via an app and must specify the fare prior to the booking being accepted as well as a range of other proposed changes.[Reuters]last_img read more

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20 of the Best Free and Premium eCommerce Themes

first_imgA screenshot of a free WooCommerce theme. Data shows that eCommerce is driving the growth in consumer spending although figures could be higher if online merchants improved users’ experience on their sites. Advertisement We guess today every merchant takes eCommerce seriously. It’s obvious that worldwide Internet expansion has contributed considerably to the transformation of trade and store transactions. Statistical data always sound more convincing, so let’s use the language of numerals.For example, online retail sales are predicted to reach £52.25bn in the UK this year. This is a 16.2% increase over 2014 when the total stood at £44.97bn. This equates to 15.2% of all retail sales in the UK and means that, on average, UK consumers will spend £1,174 online in 2015, which would make them the most frequent online shoppers in Europe. By comparison, the average German is predicted to spend £1,023 while in France the figure is £847. BTW, the figures come from a study conducted by RetailMeNot and the Centre for Retail Research.The data indubitably shows that eCommerce is driving the growth in consumer spending across Europe. – Advertisement – However, the above figures could be increased if online merchants tried their best to improve users’ experience on their sites. According to a series of surveys, 44% of shoppers said they are more likely to purchase online if they are able to pick up in-store, and that 62% are more likely to shop online if they can return an item in-store.New data from Walker Sands says that the offer of free shipping and returns goes a long way, with consumers saying they’d not only shop online more frequently and across more product categories, but would also buy expensive items online without seeing them first. 76% of consumers now say they would spend more than $100 online on a product without seeing it first (up from 70% in 2013). Free shipping (83%) continues to be the top reason consumers say they would shop more online. Free returns can help drive higher eCommerce sales for big-ticket items – nearly three times as many consumers (27% vs. 10%) would purchase a product online costing more than $1,000 without seeing it first, if returns were free.And what about the mobile traffic? Mobile traffic to eCommerce sites is rising but, globally, still only accounts for one third of visits. The conversion rates are also slightly lower, as is the average order value. Data from Ipsos and PayPal show that mobile shopping is growing at nearly four times the rate of overall online spending in the UK. From 2013-2016, the UK average compound annual growth rate for mobile spending is projected at 36% vs. 10% for overall online spending. However, this is mainly due to the relatively small base size for mobile commerce. As a percentage, smartphone shopping accounts for, on average, 8% of UK online spending while shopping on tablets accounts for only 6%. In comparison, laptops, desktops and notebooks together account for 86%.And now let’s have a look at that small fly in the ointment. The average rate of cart abandonment in 2015 is 68%. That means two-thirds of the time online shoppers add to their basket only to leave the items there. We are sure that you don’t want your store to be in this loss category. How do you launch a really irresistible online store that will be loved by users and would avoid cart abandonment? It’s not that complex, especially when you use pre-designed themes developed by professionals.Actually, you can view some of the bestselling eCommerce themes for the most popular platforms like PrestaShop, OpenCart, WooCommerce, Shopify and Magento right now. Some of them are premium and some are free. All of them are beautiful, trendy, user-friendly and feature-rich. Of course, premium ones come to you with a solid package that offers solutions for any type of business. Free support is also included. But maybe you are a web development guru and don’t need all those extensions, plugins, widgets, advanced features or anybody’s help at all, because you can do everything yourself. Anyway, no matter which theme you choose, it will save you time, effort and money. You will exploit TemplateMonster’s vast experience to your benefit. And you know what? We are sure it will help you to succeed.Premium eCommerce ThemesStyler PrestaShop Theme The theme for this clothing store is designed in neutral grey colors, so it fits both male and female apparel shops. It is responsive and supplied with other modern features like Bootstrap and On-line chat. The theme is Search Engine friendly, has Sample Data Installer, Theme Color Switcher and so on.Demo | More DetailsExtreme Clothes & Gear PrestaShop Theme The design is great for extreme sports clothing and gear stores. It is very visually appealing thanks to Parallax and Background video. You can switch between Carousel and Slider gallery scripts at customization. The theme supports five languages, so you will be able to sell your goods not only locally, but also overseas.Demo | More DetailsKnives PrestaShop Theme A very nice cheerful theme for a kitchen utensil shop. It has a very impressive slider, showing the best items offered at the store. Categories are supplied with Accordion feature. The products have Quick View option, which is really useful as it helps the buyer to examine the item closely before the purchase.Demo| More DetailsHipster OpenCart Template This uncommon design and terrific font solution will draw alternative clothing buyers’ attention without fail. It has everything for successful eCommerce: Product Quick View, Social Options, Newsletter popup, Background video, clean code, Admin Panel, Bootstrap and lots of other cool features. Read the theme’s extensive documentation and click the ‘More details’ link for further info.Demo | More DetailsInfant Clothing Store OpenCart Template The theme for this kids’ clothing store is made in joyous rainbow colors. Such kind of childish design is highly relevant for the theme. The site has a full set of features, necessary for high conversion rates. It is Responsive and Crossbrowser Compatible. Subtle HTML plus JS animation add interest when you browse the website. Google Web Fonts provide perfect content legibility.Demo | More DetailsElectronic Store OpenCart Template The theme was designed for home and office electronics stores. It is clean; the author uses colors that are easy on the eyes. Left sidebar boosts website navigation. Slider features the latest gadgets. Nice icon-based buttons call customers to action. The products are supplied with star rating, which helps hesitant and prudent buyers to make a choice.Demo | More DetailsMonstroid WordPress Theme This theme is absolutely special. It is multi-purpose, with 39 child themes in the package. All of them are WooCommerce compatible, so you will be able to choose the right design for your business niche. We recommend that you take time to read about Monstroid yourself, as it is impossible to tell you about all of its features in a few short sentences.Demo | More DetailsNatural Foods WooCommerce Theme The theme is a brilliant solution for food and beverage stores. It is supplied with two sliders, which save space on the page and make it more dynamic. The theme is built on Cherry Framework, so it possesses all its functional features and is extremely easy to customize.Demo | More DetailsCar Audio Video WooCommerce Theme This dark theme for car audio and video stores has a luxury look. Parallax, Background video and Lazy Load effect make it really impressive. The possibility of integrating both Audio Player and Video will help you make your car store one of a kind.Demo | More DetailsCanyon Shopify Theme This sport clothing store is designed in trendy material style. Bright colors attract potential customers’ attention. Timer creates the atmosphere of urgency, so important for higher conversion rates. The theme is equipped with Admin Panel, Bootstrap, On-line chat, Responsive layout, Search Engine Friendly settings and lots of other goodies.Demo | More DetailsWine Responsive Shopify Theme The theme is really great for online wine stores. Parallax effect significantly improves users’ experience on the site. Due to Lazy Load effect, site visitors won’t sit before an empty monitor screen waiting until the content of your site has uploaded. The theme possesses the power of Bootstrap and a selection of other features.Demo | More DetailsMedical Equipment Responsive Shopify Theme The theme has been designed specifically for medical equipment stores. It looks extremely clean. The design can be called futuristic, which is great as it conveys the message that only the latest medical devices are being sold here. Modern life-saving equipment is shown at the slider. Green elements and animated effects maintain the visitor’s interest in the site.Demo | More DetailsKetty Clothing Magento Theme A very stylish website for clothing stores. Lots of white space focuses users’ attention on the products on offer. Some layout elements have fixed position. Huge banners considerably simplify site navigation. New and special products are showcased in sliders. The logos of famous brands help to increase the visitor’s trust in the company.Demo | More DetailsClean Theme Magento Theme This theme is good for selling mobile phones and home and office electronics. The latest models are shown in a slider. Colored stickers guide users’ eyes and help to find the most beneficial offers. Parallax creates the illusion of depth and perspective. The theme is translated into four languages by default and prices can be viewed in three currencies. You can integrate video into your page to make product descriptions or other information easier to comprehend.Demo | More DetailsCulinary Spices Magento Theme The theme is best for spice stores. It has a pinned transparent mega menu that constantly stays before the users’ eyes but does not prevent them from seeing the whole picture. New products are presented in a slider and show functional buttons on hovering. You can choose between Accordion, Carousel and Slider gallery scripts. The theme is responsive, SEO friendly, and ready for video integration.Demo | More DetailsFree eCommerce themesFree PrestaShop Theme for Book Website Demo | DownloadFree OpenCart Theme for Mobile Shop Demo | DownloadFree WooCommerce Theme for Drug Store Demo | DownloadFleur-de-lis Shopify Theme Demo | DownloadFitness Magento Free Theme Demo | DownloadIt’s always up to you which way to go. You may choose any of the premium themes shown here or save and download a free one. In any case, we will be happy to hear from you. Which theme did you like the most? Which eCommerce platform do you prefer and why? Your comments are welcome at the comment section. And, please, don’t forget to share this blog post on social networks if you like it.last_img read more

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STARTERS ORDERS Sat Movers Specials

first_imgWelcome 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 19 MayDAILY SPECIALS HORSE RACING2.05 NewmarketOld Persian 5/6 > 4/73.40 NewburyAddeybb 5/1 > 100/306.20 DoncasterStay Classy 18/1 > 15/2FA CUP FINALFA Cup Final17:15 BBC One / BT Sport 2 / BT Sport 4K UHD15/8 Chelsea 19/10 Man Utd 2/1 DRAWBET NOW starsports.bet or 08000 521 321last_img

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Rice U study Performance measures for CEOs vary greatly

first_imgShareDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduJeff Falk713-348-6775jfalk@rice.edu Rice U. study: Performance measures for CEOs vary greatlyHOUSTON – (April 16, 2014) – As companies file their annual proxy statements with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) this spring, a new study by Rice University and Cornell University shows just how S&P 500 companies have tied CEO compensation to performance. The study found large variations in the choice of performance measures, and the researchers said that companies tend to choose measures that are informative of CEO actions.“On average, firms rely mostly on accounting-based performance measures, among which they put heavier weights on income measures, sales and accounting returns,” said David De Angelis, an assistant professor of finance at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business.” Our findings are in line with predictions from optimal contracting theories: Firms with complex activities and large growth opportunities tend to tie a larger fraction of the awards to market-based measures rather than to accounting-based measures.”De Angelis co-authored the paper with Yaniv Grinstein, an associate professor of finance at Cornell’s Johnson Graduate School of Management. The paper is forthcoming in the Review of Finance.The impetus for the study was the SEC’s December 2006 ruling requiring enhanced disclosure on how firms tie CEO compensation to performance. The authors used this newly available data to study the terms of performance-based awards in CEO compensation contracts in companies listed on the S&P 500, the stock index consisting of the largest and most prominent U.S. companies. The sample included 494 firms that belonged to the S&P 500 as of December 2007. For each firm they studied the respective fiscal year 2007 proxy statement section related to CEO compensation.In general, the authors found that companies pre-specified the CEO’s performance goals over several performance measures. On average, 79 percent of the estimated value of performance-based awards is based on accounting-performance measures, 13 percent is based on stock-performance measures and 8 percent is based on nonfinancial measures.The authors found that larger firms and firms with larger growth opportunities tend to rely more heavily on market-based measures, and firms that are more mature tend to rely more heavily on accounting-based measures. Sales are used by firms with larger growth opportunities, and accounting returns are used more heavily by more mature firms with fewer growth opportunities. The researchers also found that firms in similar sectors tend to adopt similar performance measures.Their findings related to firm characteristics and performance measures suggest that firms tend to choose performance measures that are more informative of CEO actions.“In growth firms, where CEO optimal actions are improving long-term growth opportunities, end-of-year accounting performance measures are likely to be less informative of optimal CEO actions,” the authors said. “For these firms, stock price performance, which captures investors’ perception regarding firms’ long-term growth opportunities, is a more informative measure.”Among accounting measures, the study found that growth firms tend to rely on sales-growth measures, which again capture CEO actions associated with growth. In contrast, in mature firms, where the CEO’s focus is on maximizing value from existing operations, end-of-year accounting performance measures are more informative of CEO actions.Two interesting findings from the study require further examination, the authors said. “First, a large portion of CEO awards is given at the discretion of the board. How exactly this portion of the awards is determined is an interesting topic for future research. Second, we find that CEO shareholdings have little association with the level of market-based awards in the CEO contract. This result is puzzling because we expect CEO shareholdings to act as a substitute to the market-based awards. We believe that further investigation of this result is another fruitful area for future research.”The recent trend of $1 salaries among high-profile CEOs such as Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg or Hewlett-Packard’s Meg Whitman might indicate that CEO shareholdings is an important consideration in compensation decisions. De Angelis said that restricting the salary to $1 could send a positive signal showing the CEO believes in the company and, thus, is an opportunity to boost the company’s stock price. “These CEOs are likely to own a large stake in the firm, so the incentives coming from the compensation are rather small compared with the incentives associated with their holdings,” De Angelis said. “This $1 salary tack could send a positive signal to the market, meaning the stock price might increase and potentially earn the CEO even more through their holdings.”For a copy of the study, “Performance Terms in CEO Compensation Contracts,” e-mail jfalk@rice.edu.-30-Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Related materials:De Angelis bio: http://business.rice.edu/David_De_AngelisLocated 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 3,920 undergraduates and 2,567 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6.3-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice has been ranked No. 1 for best quality of life multiple times by the Princeton Review and No. 2 for “best value” among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go here. AddThislast_img read more

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Oxford Saïd MBA Employment Rises Alongside Tech Industry Interest and New School

first_img RelatedBreaking Down the 2018 Financial Times Top Finance MBAs ListBig technology companies might be attracting top MBA talent, but they’re not the only ones in the running. Though the finance sector hasn’t seemed as popular in recent years, MBA employment is still holding its own in the industry. The difference is the types of jobs that the finance and…May 10, 2018In “Featured Home”Tech Grads Surge in New Northwestern Kellogg Employment ReportThe Kellogg School of Management released new employment data and statistics from the Class of 2017. According to the school, 94 percent of Kellogg’s full-time MBA Class of 2017 received an offer within three months of graduation. “Kellogg leaders take a multidisciplinary approach to solving complex business challenges,” said Matt…November 28, 2017In “Featured Home”NYU Stern Launches New Tech and Fashion & Luxury MBAsINSEAD, watch out. New York University Stern School of Business is getting into the one-year MBA game—and leveraging its New York City location in a major way. Stern announced yesterday that it will launch two new May-to-May MBA programs, one in tech and a second in fashion and luxury. In…May 11, 2017In “Featured Home” There’s no doubt that the tech industry and the MBA are becoming cozier. From fintech to well-known tech firms, MBAs are chasing after jobs at tech companies and vice versa. And this shift has definitely been felt and reflected at the University of Oxford Saïd Business School.Over the last several weeks, the school has been talking up the importance of tech. It starts with the release of the latest Oxford MBA employment report, revealing that the employment rate had risen to 91 percent. It continues with the revelation that more MBAs are heading into the tech industry than ever before. From there, Saïd released a new research report, “Understanding Chief Digital Officers” to find out about this new position and how people can succeed in this new tech role. As we said, it’s been a few busy weeks. So, we’ll take you on a brief deep-dive of the latest Oxford Saïd MBA tech news Oxford MBAs Exhibit Mobility, Capability, and Interest in TechAlthough the UK is still facing a challenging economic environment, Oxford Saïd MBAs are overcoming. This year, the employment rate rose to 91 percent, and the average salary increased to £71,550, both of which are reliable indicators that Oxford MBAs are well set for their future careers. As Stuart Jagot, the Director of Career Development says, “Results demonstrate the international mobility and capability of the Oxford MBA.”Jagot calls it a “tech revolution” with a significant number of MBA graduates launching successful tech careers. And much of that success is due to the school’s relationship with the industry.For example, MBA student Daniel Peach worked in consulting before he took a year out to study at Oxford Saïd. From there, he built upon his tech credentials and analytical roles until he eventually landed an internship with Google. “Oxford Saïd’s relationship with Google was extremely helpful,” says Daniel. “The careers team also gave me some great preparation for the interview—particularly on behavioral aspects.” And he’s not the only success story.MBA student Marla Woodward made the successful transition from product manager to a tech sector internship at Cisco. And William Ou made the transition to the fast-evolving world of fintech, thanks to his MBA at Oxford Saïd.“When I arrived in Oxford there was so much going on with blockchain technology which, honestly, I had never heard of. In one of the many company presentations at the School, I met the people from Blockchain.info, the world’s most popular bitcoin wallet, where I eventually did my Summer Internship and got into the cryptocurrency/blockchain world.”The new Digital Marketing Pathway for tech-minded students has been an enormous help. The pathway provides access to General Assembly online curriculum, which helps students develop the tech skills they need for their future careers. There’s also the Oxford Saïd Careers Academy, which helps MBA students with career development planning, guidance, practical exercises, and 1-1 coaching in their career of choice. Together, these programs have helped Oxford Saïd students become successful in tech careers. (Learn more.)Oxford Saïd Goes Inside the Role of Chief Digital OfficerFor the aforementioned “Understanding Chief Digital Officers” paper, the business school interviewed 41 Chief Digital Officers (CDOs) in 13 countries to understand who they are, what they do, and how they can be successful. Researchers found that the role was full of “challenging contradictions” with a severe lack of clarity around the role and a wide range of tensions.Lead author Gillian Brooks says:“The CDO role has typically been created by large, established companies who can feel under threat from digital disruption in their markets as well as being excited by the opportunities that new technologies can offer. But there is no consensus on the ideal background or qualifications for a CDO, where the role should sit in the organizational structure, or even what a CDO does.”The authors explain that CDOs are forced to do their job and define it at the same time with other C-suite executives having no understanding of what a CDO does. This makes the CDO role highly dependent on the goodwill and support of the CEO because if they’re not on board with their position, then nothing gets done. At the same time, while a CDO’s role is transformative, it’s also transient, since many times they can end up making themselves redundant.Author Michael Smets, Associate Professor in Management and Organization, says:“We discovered that, whatever their background, the most successful CDOs were those who are comfortable with uncertainty and ambiguity. They embrace complexity and paradox by finding ways to make seemingly incongruent, contradictory elements of their roles fit together.” The combination of Oxford Saïd’s MBA curriculum, which supports tech, and the School’s tech-centric research and career development have made the tech industry attractive for Saïd MBAs. And it doesn’t look like that interest will wane anytime soon.You can learn more on the school’s website and check out the full report here. Oxford Saïd MBA Employment Rises Alongside Tech Industry Interest and New School Research regions: Londoncenter_img About the AuthorKelly Vo    Kelly Vo is a writer who specializes in covering MBA programs, digital marketing, and personal development.View more posts by Kelly Vo Last Updated Nov 23, 2018 by Kelly VoFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail last_img read more

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