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first_imgA note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS… The health secretary has been confronted by a campaigner after government figures revealed the number of hospitals charging disabled people to use their carparks rose by 12 per cent in just a year.Kush Kanodia, a disabled ambassador for Disability Rights UK (DR UK), said NHS trusts that charged disabled patients to use their carparks were guilty of direct discrimination under the Equality Act.He asked Hancock: “What are we to do when the people we trust to deliver our healthcare fail to show compassion or inclusion?”But he said neither Hancock nor NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens responded to his request for support for his campaign to end the charges at hospitals in England, which he launched last week with support from DR UK.Devolved governments in both Scotland and Wales have scrapped all hospital parking charges, not just those for disabled patients.Kanodia (pictured) raised his concerns at The King’s Fund’s annual leadership and management summit.He launched the campaign last week after accusing executives of Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust – where he is a patient governor – of “disgraceful” behaviour by deciding to introduce parking charges for patients with blue badges at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital.The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) this week declined to condemn those trusts that have introduced charges, saying only that it believed NHS trusts should offer “concessions” to disabled people using their carparks.NHS Digital figures show that the number of hospitals that charge disabled people to park rose from 132 in 2014-15 to 155 in 2017-18, an increase of 17 per cent in just three years.The largest increase came in the last year, with an increase of 12 per cent from 139 hospitals in 2016-17 to 155 in 2017-18.Hancock’s predecessor, Tory leadership candidate Jeremy Hunt, had pledged to tackle the problem in August 2014.Hunt said then that concessions should be available for disabled people.But in a post on his own website, Hunt says the government is “firmly committed to reducing central interference in matters that can only be understood locally, and setting car parking charges falls into this category”.A DHSC spokesperson declined to say if the department was in favour of scrapping all parking charges for disabled people, or if Hancock was concerned about the rising number of trusts that impose such charges.But he said in a statement: “Patients and their families should not have to deal with the extra stress of complex or unfair parking charges.“Our guidelines make clear that concessions should be offered, including for disabled parking, and we expect trusts to be following these. “We will continue to work with the NHS to ensure these principles are applied consistently to end variation and put the interests of patients first.”A spokesperson for Chelsea and Westminster Hospital said its charges would be capped at £3 per vehicle and no decision had yet been made on when they would be introduced.She said: “This still represents a significant concession compared to all other users of the car park. Where there is evidence of poverty then there will be no charge.“This was a very difficult decision to make in a challenging financial climate.“We intend to use the income generated to reinvest in facilities and clinical resources for our disabled patients, including plans to increase the number of disabled parking spaces.“If we don’t make any charge for disabled parking we will have to find an additional £200,000 every year.”She denied that the trust would be breaching the Equality Act by introducing the new charge.last_img read more

SF Mission Candidates Talk Homelessness

first_imgThis is the third of our “43 Questions” series, in which we ask the four candidates for District 9 supervisor a question a week until November 8, 2016. This week we asked our candidates to weigh in on homelessness.From Supervisor Scott Weiner’s remarks that homeless encampments “need to go away” to Mayor Ed Lee’s plans to move the homeless from downtown to make room for the Super Bowl — something that, despite official accounts to the contrary, seems to be happening — homelessness was a hot-topic this week.Since the Mission District is often ground zero for homeless issues, with its sprawling encampments and frustrated residents, we wanted to know how our next supervisor — whoever it is — would approach the problem.Respuestas en español aquí. 0% Tags: Board of Supervisors • election 2016 Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%center_img Question #3All agree that building more permanent housing for the homeless is essential. Besides this, what would you do to address homelessness in the short-term, and what is your position on dismantling homeless encampments, particularly in the Mission?Iswari España, Training Officer with the San Francisco Human Services AgencyTo deal with the issue, I propose new legislation to revise existing policies. We should ease restrictive guidelines to facilitate goal-oriented services, by taking into consideration feedback from direct service providers.  We should be sensitive to their barriers of employment, and mental health while we provide services to change their existing situation.  I would support the creation of short-term to permanent employment.  People need viable employment opportunities to survive. Camp abatement is not a solution because the housing system is not seamless with the community. We must create temporary to long term housing considering and respecting displaced people’s properties.Edwin Lindo, Vice-President of External Affairs at the Latino Democratic ClubWe have 7,600 homeless in SF. The bay area region must step up to address the need collectively, because it’s a regional issue.We must support innovative approaches like the Navigation Center on 16th and Mission — we must also look at other cities for effective initiatives. Utah has provided housing to their homeless population, and saving a lot of money.Tent encampments are the result of no housing, strict shelter policies, and some scared to even sleep in shelters. Seattle has taken a novel approach to support residents of encampments — creating temporary living areas while helping residents find transitional housing.Hillary Ronen, Chief of Staff for Supervisor David CamposReal solutions to homelessness have been ignored by Mayoral administrations for decades. Dismantling the encampments under the freeways without providing alternative shelter only pushes homeless people into our doorways and sidewalks of our neighborhood — forcing our residents to deal with a problem that should be the City’s responsibility. Every night shelter beds go empty in San Francisco because of bureaucratic red tape and misguided policies. Permanent navigation centers, micro-housing shelters, and increased mental health services have worked in other cities and will work here if all of City Hall acts together to make them a priority.Joshua Arce, civil rights attorney and Community Liaison for Laborers Local 261Tonight, 3,000 San Francisco children have no bed and thousands more of our brothers and sisters don’t have a roof over their heads. Last night I co-sponsored a unanimous SF Democratic Party resolution authored by Rebecca Prozan and the Coalition on Homelessness urging the City to implement the Coalition’s groundbreaking 5-year plan on family homelessness.  As Supervisor I’ll work to implement this plan.It adds affordable housing and rapid re-housing subsidies and would move homeless families into vacant housing authority units, among other important steps.Homelessness is yet another tragic consequence of our housing crisis. We must take immediate action.We hope our weekly column will also remind people to vote. San Francisco turnouts are notoriously low, and if you have recently moved or have not yet registered to vote, here is the page you will need to update your registration or to register for the first time.If you have your own questions to ask the candidates, please send them to info@missionlocal.com with the subject line “One Question.” last_img read more

Mission District Candidates Split on Google Bus Issue

first_imgThe so-called Google buses have been protested widely in the Mission District and throughout San Francisco, despite some new evidence that tech workers simply turn to cars when their shuttle routes are interrupted.The city has recently been considering changes to the program that would involve creating hubs rather than multiple stops. At present, the buses pick up passengers throughout San Francisco and transport them to their workplaces in the South Bay including Apple, Google, Facebook and Yahoo.Many of the private shuttle stops are in the Mission District, and we asked our candidates to weigh in on the system.What do you think about the commuter shuttle program? What would the system look like in the next few years — expanded or cut back — and how? The corporate shuttle program arose largely because Caltrain cannot accommodate the 35,000 workers that travel on shuttle buses between San Francisco and San Mateo and Santa Clara counties each day and because the South Bay refuses to allow development of housing to accommodate its workforce. These are huge problems that must be fixed to eliminate the need for this private transportation system.Until then, there are two facts about shuttles that any policy maker can’t ignore. One, they reduce congestion and pollution by daily removing thousands of cars off our city streets. And two, the cost of homes and rates of eviction are significantly higher in areas close to corporate shuttle stops.I believe we need to acknowledged corporate shuttles for their environmental positives, while at the same time creating regulation to offset traffic snarls, bus blockage, and the effects of displacement near shuttle stops.In the short term, I support shuttle permitting, reasonable caps on shuttles, as well as common sense fees for using city infrastructure that go to the building of affordable housing and transit equity.Melissa San Miguel submitted a response that did not address the question, but instead spoke to the recent police shootings in Baton Rouge and St. Paul. 43 Questions is a weekly series — started 43 weeks before Election Day — to question the candidates running for District 9 supervisor. Send us questions to info@missionlocal.com and let us know in comments or in an email if you think candidates have answered as asked. I do not mind embracing change when it is fair for everyone. It seems like they are only trying to accommodate big corporations and a select group of neighbors.Hillary Ronen, Chief of Staff for Supervisor David Campos Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%center_img 0% Respuestas en español aquí.Joshua Arce, civil rights attorney and Community Liaison for Laborers Local 261San Franciscans have been commuting by car to Silicon Valley for decades, Caltrain is already at max capacity, and the shuttle program reflects years of effort by policy makers, transit agencies, and employers to provide efficient alternatives that significantly reduce congestion and carbon emissions.The results of the recent SFMTA survey indicate that a hub system would encourage many workers who commute down the peninsula to stop taking the bus and begin driving to work. This would have big environmental consequences and would be counter-productive, suggesting to me that the proposed hub system would defeat the purpose of the shuttle program.Instead, I propose we continue to work with neighbors and riders to adjust existing shuttle routes as necessary, enforce shuttle labor standards, and consider revenue-generating options that support MUNI as we make the shuttle program permanent in its current form.Iswari España, Training Officer with the San Francisco Human Services AgencyThese shuttles do not contribute anything but traffic, the loss of parking spaces and inconvenience Muni and bike riders in our neighborhoods. Once these programs/services start providing tangible benefits back to the neighborhoods; show their contributions with transparency, we can contemplate a hub in our neighborhoods.For now, I think the program should be cut back until SFMTA works fairly for all us. The SFMTA has only given us hikes on parking meters and fines, and no bike parking.last_img read more

KEIRON Cunningham has expressed his happiness at s

first_imgKEIRON Cunningham has expressed his happiness at signing a new deal at the Saints.The head coach and club legend penned a contract until the end of 2018.“The club initially gave me a two-year contract and I suppose it was a trial period to see how I bedded in,” he said. “A lot of people think I got the shot because of my playing career – and yes, I’m sure it helped – but I work really hard off the field to improve as do all the coaches here to prepare the team the best we can.“The contract extension rewards that effort and gives me stability and time to work with the team. It’s a case of not just trying to fix things but developing for the future. Now we can look forward.“At the end of the year everyone dwells and thinks about what ifs. Hindsight is a wonderful thing. It’s how to stop those what ifs as a coach. We were close and a kick away from the Grand Final last year but that is sport and we have to move on.“We have recruited well and the players we have brought in are versatile. We are well covered should we get injuries… and history shows we will do.”He continued: “Of course there is pressure on me to succeed – as a player it was no different too. I feel I have to win a trophy every year. Saints before the Super League era wanted to be there or thereabouts but now there is an expectation. It is a business too; as a coach I have to understand that when we do well the club does well too.“You have to get used to the highs and lows and that expectation. No team can be on the top of their game for all the rounds of this comp.“It’s managing those low points and I feel as a squad and coaching staff we are well equipped to do that.”last_img read more

Smithfield Foods donates 100K to the local food bank

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — 100,000 congratulations are in store for the Wilmington community.Smithfield Foods donated $100,000 to the Wilmington branch of the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina, which serves over 70,000 people.- Advertisement – After 38 years of serving, the food bank still works to its mission of making sure no one goes hungry.“Our main expectation around the giving is that they simply expand their reach,” said Smithfield Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs Keira Lombardo. “…our hope is that they can use this funding to expand and help more people. ”Lombardo says Wilmington is home to many Smithfield employees.Related Article: Historic Bellamy Mansion needs volunteers to assist with storm clean upThis was a big step for Smithfield Foods to kick off Hunger Action Month.last_img read more

Pope to visit central Italy areas recovering from earthquakes

first_img <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> Pope Francis at an earthquake hit city in Italy two years agoPope Francis at an earthquake hit city in Italy two years ago The Vatican announced on April 6, 2019, that Pope Francis on June 16, 2019, will visit the earthquake-affected areas of the diocese of Camerino-San Severino Marche, Italy.The August 24, 2016, earthquake that struck near the Italian hill town of Amatrice claimed nearly 300 lives. About two months later, various quakes hit the same region, including a 6.6-magnitude earthquake on Oct. 30, the largest to have hit Italy in more than 30 years.While only two died in the October quakes, a number of towns, including Norcia, the birthplace of Saints Benedict and Scholastica suffered serious damage.Pope Francis will arrive by helicopter at the sports centre of the University of Camerino at 8.45 a.m. where he will be recieved by Mgr. Francesco Massara, Archbishop of Camerino San Saverino in the region of the Marche; Dr Luca Ceriscioli, President of the Marche region; Dr Iolanda Rolli, Prefect of Macerata and other dignitaries.Visit emergency housingHe will proceed to visit the emergency housing structures and the families domiciled in them.This will be followed by a visit to the Cathedral and then he will meet the Mayors of the municipalities of the diocese.At 10.30 a.m. the Pope is scheduled to celebrate Holy Mass in Piazza Cavour followed by the prayer of the Angelus. The Holy Father than will have lunch with the priests of the diocese.At. 3.00 p.m. Pope Francis will return to the Vatican.WhatsApp SharePrintlast_img read more

Moneyval Malta needs to use time wisely to implement report demands –

first_img SharePrint <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> The Institute of Financial Services Practitioners has responded to news of the upcoming Moneyval report saying that Malta should use what time it has ‘wisely’ to remedy problems as well as hoping what action is taken is ‘undertaken and maintained by the relevant authorities in a manner that is effective, fair and proportional.’The body explains that although it hasn’t had access to the report or what the government intends to do in order to fix problems outlined by Moneyval, it stresses that the government should be doing more to better enforce anti-money laundering efforts. It adds that such efforts were crucial to Malta’s future reputation and the effectiveness of its financial services.IFSP’s comments come following the upcoming publication of the Moneyval report into Malta’s efforts to combat money laundering and finance going towards terrorism.Malta had been warned that if it failed to make drastic changes within a year, it faced being blacklisted.One possibility is that Malta could be placed into what is called an ‘enhanced follow up.’ This process is for countries with serious problems or deficiencies facing them if they do not make progress. Hungary, Iceland and the Isle of Man, have all faced this previously.Moneyval’s Plenary Session then decides on whether to place a country within this based on its effectivenss and technical compliance.While hoping that Malta’s institutions will use time effectively to act on the changes proposed, IFSP says it is wants to work with them to rehabilitate and make more transparent Malta’s financial institutions and dealings. This, they say, will improve their integrity and reputation.WhatsApplast_img read more

WhatsApp is now powering over 100 million calls each day

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Chinese manufacturer TCL has bought all the global rights to the BlackBerry

first_imgBlackBerry will turn it’s focus to mobile security now. Photo Credit PC Mag Advertisement If you are a Blackberry fan, this is not good news!Yesterday, it was announced that the global rights to the BlackBerry name have been sold to Chinese manufacturer TCL.TCL currently produces phones under the Alcatel marque, and are behind the DTEK50 and DTEK60. – Advertisement – With the acquisition. TCL, will be able to produce, market, and sell BlackBerry branded phones, as well as provide customer service. What remains of BlackBerry Limited will assist in software and services.However, the deal has exceptions when it comes to India and Indonesia, where BlackBerry has agreements with local manufacturers, and there’s still a lot of enthusiasm for the BlackBerry brand. It also doesn’t cover Nepal, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka.Let’s wait and see what TCL will do with the Blackberry brand.last_img read more

Ugandas Brian Gitta Nominated For The 2019 Rolex Awards

first_imgBrian Gitta Founder and Team Lead of Matibabu pictured working on his project. Photo/Rolex Awards Advertisement Brian Gitta; Founder and Team Lead of Matibabu is among 10 finalists of the 2019 Rolex Awards. The awards support individuals with projects that advance human knowledge, protect cultural heritage or help preserve natural habitats and species.Brian as the only African finalist with other finalists from France, Argentina, Canada, U.K, America, India, Brazil, and Pakistan.Brian and his team have developed Matibabu — a novel device that uses magnets and a custom-made device called a ‘matiscope’ into which a patient inserts a clean finger. The device then uses a red beam of light and magnets to detect the malaria parasite. The parasites are detecting from a substance called haemozoin crystals. The machine then gives a reliable reading in minutes, without the need of drawing blood. – Advertisement – According to the team, the goal is to improve diagnostic accuracy, in particular for the early stages of the disease. In addition, convince doctors and patients they no longer need blood tests.After five generations of prototypes, the Matiscope is now undergoing clinical trials — upon success Brian and the team plan to deliver it to hospitals throughout Uganda and Kenya.Since the Rolex Awards inauguration in 1976, it has received over 32,822 applications from 190 countries and awarded 140 winners. The awards were introduced to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Oyster chronometer, the world’s first waterproof watch and a symbol of the innovation that the Awards programme supports.Notably, we think Matibabu is a great device that will revolutionize the health industry in Uganda. The team has won/received funds from investors, venture companies among others to improve their product this explains the ‘five generations of prototypes’.In 2018, Brian won the Africa Prize for Engineering from the Royal Academy of Engineering Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation. He become the first Ugandan to win the prestigious prize, and the youngest winner to date – following its previous events.To vote for Brian (FOLLOW THIS LINK).last_img read more

STARTERS ORDERS Monday

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£25 FREE BET England v Pakistan

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Oilproducing countries have options to coexist with climate action says Baker Institute

first_imgAddThis ShareDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduJeff Falk713-348-6775jfalk@rice.edu Oil-producing countries have options to coexist with climate action, says Baker Institute expertHOUSTON — (Aug. 29, 2018) – Oil-producing countries are adopting a variety of strategies to shield their industries from climate action, seeking not just to survive but to recast their businesses in ways that provide competitive advantages, according to a working paper by an expert in the Center for Energy Studies at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.Oil tanks at the Ras Tanura terminal in Saudi Arabia. Credit: 123RF.com/Rice University“Climate Strategy for Producer Countries: The Case of Saudi Arabia” was authored by Jim Krane, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at the Baker Institute. Krane, whose research explores the geopolitical aspects of energy with a focus on the Middle East and OPEC, presented the draft at the Aug. 2 Gulf Research Meeting at the University of Cambridge in England.Krane’s working paper explores in particular a less-studied climate strategy: near-term actions that Saudi Arabia and other producer states have taken or may take in the next few years to maintain oil exports amid emerging restrictions on fossil fuels.Like other large producers of carbon-intensive fossil fuels, Saudi Arabia finds itself at the center of the global climate conundrum, increasingly recognized as major fossil fuel producer, exporter, subsidizer and consumer, Krane said. “Saudi Arabia also stands to become an early and significant victim of climate change, since its arid geography and harsh summer climate is highly vulnerable to damage,” Krane wrote.“Some of the strategies that Saudi Arabia has developed would alter the nature of its future participation in the oil business,” Krane wrote. “From simply supplying energy commodities, the kingdom is increasing its involvement in importing markets and in sustaining oil-consuming technology.”Krane’s paper divides the strategies into three forms:Oil-funded governments will “dig in” to protect their oil and gas industries by making them more competitive than those of rival producers, particularly on the basis of greenhouse gas emissions. “Saudi Arabia has succeeded in reducing the carbon dioxide and methane emissions from its upstream oil sector and as a result, the carbon intensity of its crude oil is lower than almost all competing grades,” Krane said. As governments begin imposing carbon taxes, Saudi Arabia could actually benefit from a carbon tax that differentiates among grades of crude oil. Saudi Arabia is also investing heavily in “climate-proof” uses for oil and gas, such as petrochemical production, which converts oil and gas into plastics rather than burning it.Governments also “join in” with global climate action, pursuing pledges to reduce greenhouse gases in line with the 2015 Paris agreement. These pledges give producer countries increased international environmental credibility while providing useful political cover for unpopular domestic actions like Saudi Arabia’s reform of energy subsidies. Externally, however, producer governments prefer climate actions that protect demand for fossil fuels, supporting technologies like carbon capture and storage and reductions in natural gas flaring.Producer governments are also lobbying for a go-slow approach to climate action, cautioning that fast-paced decarbonization is expensive and unrealistic. They argue that some damage from human-caused climate change would be preferable to drastic schemes to slash emissions.While this paper applies these strategies to Saudi Arabia, other producer countries should be expected to take similar steps, Krane said. “The realization that the world is over-endowed with hydrocarbon reserves that may never be produced is forcing a strategic alteration in oil market behavior,” Krane wrote. “Oil and gas markets appear likely to grow more competitive, with producer states vying for market share and differentiating products based on environmental criteria.”In conclusion, Krane said a fourth strategy offers greater promise than the other three: Diversification beyond the oil and gas business. “For companies, particularly shareholder-owned oil companies, diversification is part of the constant challenge of adjusting to evolving markets,” he wrote. “When governments nationalized their oil concessions in the 1970s, the big Western oil companies created new opportunities elsewhere. Climate action is hastening the next major shift in the energy business.”For producer countries, non-oil diversification also makes sense, Krane said. “Some of the more prudent producers have created new economic sectors that complement and eventually can replace those facing the risk of climate action,” he wrote. “Ironically, a robust fossil fuel export sector is useful in funding investments aimed at diversifying beyond fossil fuels. Some oil producers have taken steps in this direction. The United Arab Emirates — and Dubai in particular — have built diversified economies that are already unwinding lopsided dependence on oil exports and prices. Saudi Arabia is in the initial stages of a similar effort.”To schedule an interview with Krane, contact Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at jfalk@rice.edu or 713-348-6775. The Baker Institute has a radio and television studio available.-30-Related materials:Working paper: www.bakerinstitute.org/media/files/files/b4de024d/ces-krane-climate-strategy-082818.pdfKrane bio: www.bakerinstitute.org/experts/jim-kraneFollow the Baker Institute via Twitter @BakerInstitute.Follow the Baker Institute’s Center for Energy Studies via Twitter @CES_Baker_Inst.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Founded in 1993, Rice University’s Baker Institute ranks among the top three university-affiliated think tanks in the world. As a premier nonpartisan think tank, the institute conducts research on domestic and foreign policy issues with the goal of bridging the gap between the theory and practice of public policy. The institute’s strong track record of achievement reflects the work of its endowed fellows, Rice University faculty scholars and staff, coupled with its outreach to the Rice student body through fellow-taught classes — including a public policy course — and student leadership and internship programs. Learn more about the institute at www.bakerinstitute.org or on the institute’s blog, http://blogs.chron.com/bakerblog. last_img read more

What is a Summer Internship and Why Should I be Interested

first_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 RelatedWhere Can I Get My Summer Internship?In part one of our primer on MBA internships—”What is a Summer Internship and Why Should I be Interested?”—we took a closer look into the benefits of having a summer internship and where to start to look for one. Today, we’ll start to dive deeper into what types of opportunities…May 15, 2018In “Advice”Look Out for These Boston InternshipsIf you’ve read MetroMBA’s look at how summer internships play a crucial role for MBA students, you’re probably already familiar with the many benefits of interning during your MBA career. Between forging professional connections, gaining hands-on experience, and top tier salaries, MBA students have lot to gain from seeking out…June 26, 2018In “Advice”Guide to MBA Internships in the Washington DC MetroMBA internships can be just as important as a job for business school students. This makes a lot of sense — your mba internship will play a huge role in whatever job you end up landing post graduation.  Whereas many MBAs may only have experience in classrooms or in case…April 15, 2016In “Featured Home” Last Updated May 8, 2018 by Alanna ShafferFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail About the AuthorAlanna ShafferStaff Writer, covering MetroMBA’s news beat for Atlanta, Houston, and Dallas.View more posts by Alanna Shaffer center_img What is a Summer Internship and Why Should I be Interested? The idea of an internship may evoke images of coffee runs and paperwork for many business students, but in reality summer internships can be a crucial—and incredibly lucrative—part of every student’s business education and early career.Around the country and world, top companies open their doors each summer for students interns to gain on-the-job experience, make professional connections, and get a glimpse at what their post-MBA future has in store. Many business schools now even require an internship between a student’s first and second years in their MBA program.But what really is a summer internship, and why is it seen as so important for MBA students? We take a look at why the summer internship plays such a crucial role for business students, and the ways you can make the most of your experience. What is a Summer Internship?Although the idea of internships began as an opportunity for medical students to gain hands-on experience in the field, they can be found today in nearly every industry, organization, and type of institution. From massive corporations to the smallest nonprofit, summer internships have become a key part of both running a business and starting a career. And with the win/win nature of most summer internships, it’s understandable why: the student gets to spend their summer break making connections, gaining experience, and often making money, while the company gets temporary help from someone who just might eventually become a dedicated employee. Because of the invaluable on-the-job skills attained during an internship, many business schools now even require them between a student’s first and second year.But the reason to get a internship goes beyond the experience that can be gained over the course of a summer or semester: a LinkedIn survey looked at the 3.5 million users with internships in their job history and discovered 600,000 users who returned to those same companies in full-time positions. Furthermore, he industries in the survey that boasted the highest likelihood of an internship becoming a full-time job are well aligned with an MBA’s experience—31 percent of internships in accounting and 25 percent of internships in management consulting became full-time jobs.Even for those who don’t return to the same company they interned for to work full-time will find that having an internship on their resume speaks volumes for potential employers. With 86 percent of employers looking to hire recent MBA graduates (according to a GMAC survey)—a figure that continues to grow—it’s more important than ever to be able to easily demonstrate your value and experience to prospective employers.How Do I Find a Summer Internship?While it’s not impossible for students to venture out on their own and apply directly for internships they want, one of the best parts of being in an MBA program is having the support and resources of the business school behind you. Especially since so many programs now require internships as part of the MBA process, the university has become a crucial part of helping students to find the perfect internship for their interests and career goals.A quick look at employment reports from a major university like NYU’s Stern School of Business can reveal just how important a school’s career development office can be when it comes to finding that perfect internship. At NYU Stern, 76.4 percent of internship offers accepted by the Class of 2017 were facilitated by the school, compared with just 23.6 percent initiated by the students. And while roughly half of the offers initiated by students came from existing personal contacts, the school facilitated offers came from a variety of different sources. Whether it was on-campus scheduled interviews at the school, job postings, Stern supported activities like clubs and conferences, business school alumni or career fairs, the school was able to lead students to internships in consulting, entrepreneurship, healthcare, media and entertainment, and more.Why Other Benefits are There to a Summer Internship?Even if the thought of building a professional network and opening the potential for full-time employment through an internship sound appealing, it’s likely you still have money on the mind. It’s understandable, too, since so much of the discussion surrounding internships today bring one word to mind: unpaid.It’s certainly true that unpaid internships make up a large portion of the summer internships that are available, and for many students it’s not fiscally possible to lose a summer of working to gain professional experience. Thankfully, business schools understand this and strive to find students internships that will not just fit their career goals but their financial goals as well.Due to the level of the work and time commitment, most internships for MBAs are paid, and often pay quite well. So no need to sacrifice career growth for summer funds—in fact, the two things go together perfectly! While it varies slightly by industry, summer interns in the Class of 2018 at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management made a monthly average salary of anywhere from $3,500 (nonprofit industry) to $10,734 (consulting).Summer internships can be a crucial part of the MBA experience, and it’s clear to see why: with the potential of an internship to turn into a full-time job and the financial benefits of the experience, MBAs should be banging down the door for the opportunity. But thankfully they don’t have to. Business schools and their career development offices have made it a priority to get students the internship of their dreams at the salary perfect for their wallets.last_img read more

Four Children Honored by Township After Saving Woman From House Fire

first_img Four Children Honored by Township After Saving Woman From House Fire By NTD Television August 17, 2017 Updated: August 17, 2017 The children saw smoke coming from the house highlighted in this image from the playground on the right. (Google Maps) Four quick-thinking youngsters were honored on Wednesday for saving a woman from a house fire in Pennsylvania.The children acted fast when they spotted smoke coming from a house near their playground. One quickly dialed 911, while the others ran over to the house and knocked on the door, 6ABC reported.If they hadn’t, Kayla Hobbs, who was sleeping on the second floor of her parents’ Elkins Park home, may have woken up too late.“They’re amazing because usually, if I was somebody I wouldn’t be the first person to just run over here. And they just ran over here and said ‘Your house is on fire,’ and called police before I even got to call police. They really saved me because I thought someone was cooking out,” Hobbs said.View of the playground and 1711 Willow Ave. where the children woke up the unsuspecting woman while her house was burning. (Google Maps) View of the playground and 1711 Willow Ave. where the children woke up the unsuspecting woman while her house was burning. (Google Maps)Aliyah Greenwood was the first to see the smoke. She ran to tell her sister and friends. They first thought that the smoke was coming from a barbecue, but as they got closer they saw the flames and knew they had to act fast. According to the Washington Post, a fire marshal said that the house could have been destroyed if the fire had burned much longer.The four children, ages 10 to 13, were hailed as heroes at the township commissioners meeting for their honorable actions during the June fire.Casset Bowleg, 13, said that he got the moral fortitude and bravery to act from what his mother taught him.Elkins Park (Google Maps) Elkins Park, Pennsylvania. (Google Maps)“My mom always told me to care about other people and respect other people, help other people, and all that stuff. It’s just an honor to be getting this reward,” he said.The homeowner treated the children for a trip to the local go-cart track and arcade.Elkins Park is a community in the Montgomery county in Pennsylvania.From NTD.tv Share  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   center_img Share this article Show Discussion US last_img read more

Police Close Case on Death of Teen Found in Freezer Family Disagrees

first_img Police Close Case on Death of Teen Found in Freezer, Family Disagrees By Ivan Pentchoukov October 21, 2017 Updated: October 24, 2017 Police closed the investigation into the death of 19-year-old Kenneka Jenkins, whose body was found in a hotel walk-in freezer, but her family says that some evidence points to potential foul play.Police in Rosemont, a suburb of Chicago, released troves of documents from their investigation this week, shedding light on what happened after Jenkins went to a party at the Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare Hotel & Conference Center at 1:13 a.m on Sept. 9.The surveillance videos, police audio files, and volumes of police reports add up to a detailed timeline of events leading up to Jenkins’s death, but her family still believes that the teen’s death was not an accident, CBS reported.The family’s attorneys said that photos of Jenkins when she was found in the freezer are too graphic to release and raise further questions about the circumstances of her death.“Frankly, [the] photos depicting how [Jenkins] was found raise more questions about what happened to [her] than they answer,” attorney Larry Rogers Jr. said in a statement. “The pictures are graphic and disturbing images and inexplicably show portions of [her] body exposed.”Controversy about the teen’s death swirled online after a video from the party was posted online. Many of those who watched the video suspected foul play, but police said they did not discover any evidence of such even after they followed leads posted by people on social media. The Rosemont police said that they interviewed 44 people during the investigation, 30 of whom attended the party at the hotel. Those interviews, combined with surveillance video and police audio enabled Chicago Tribune staff to construct a detailed timeline of the evens from Sept. 8 to Sept. 10.• Sept. 8, 11:30 p.m.: Jenkins and her friends leave her home. They plan to see a movie, but then decide to go to a friend’s birthday party at a hotel. They stop to pick up a Bluetooth speaker, alcohol, energy drinks, and marijuana.Sept. 9, 1:13 a.m.: Jenkins is seen entering the hotel with three other females.• Sept. 9, approximately 1:30 a.m.: Jenkins sends a text message to her sister. This is the last text she sent.• Sept. 9, 1:36 a.m.: The Facebook live video, which later stirred controversy appears online. Some said Jenkins can be seen in the reflection of the sunglasses of the female in the video.• Sept. 9, 2:17 a.m.: Jenkins posts a Snapchat of herself that looks like it was taken in a bathroom. According to witness interviews, she spent her time dancing, drinking, and talking to friends.• Sept. 9, around 3 a.m.: Jenkins and her friends prepare to leave the party. As they wait for an elevator Jenkins realizes she is missing her phone and some other belongings. He friends go back to look for her things. When they return, she is gone.• Sept. 9, 3:25 to 3:32 a.m.: Hotel surveillance videos show Jenkins tottering through hallways and bumping into walls. She eventually walks through an unused kitchen and out of view. That moment was the last she was seen alive.• Sept. 9, about 4 a.m.: The teen’s friends call her mother and ask if she has arrived home. They then say they cannot find her.• Sept. 9, about 5 a.m.: The friends come to the home of Jenkins’s mother with her car. The friends say they left the hotel after searching for her.• Sept. 9, about 7:15 a.m.: Jenkins’s mother and family call the police after they spend about an hour at the hotel inquiring about the missing teen. The dispatcher suggests waiting for a few hours to see if the teen arrives home.• Sept. 9, 1:16 p.m.: Police file Jenkins into the missing persons database and begin searching the hotel.• Sept. 9, 8:29 p.m.: Police are sent to the hotel on reports that Jenkins’s mother is knocking on room doors looking for her daughter. The officers view surveillance footage of Jenkins entering the hotel and check the room where the party took place, but find nothing suspicious. They leave the hotel and ask the family to call if any new information surfaces.• Sept. 10, 12:23 a.m.: Surveillance video shows a hotel worker walking through a kitchen and out of sight toward the walk-in in cooler and freezer. The video then shows the worker summoning a police officer. A paramedic says the teen’s heart is not beating and that her body is frozen.• Sept. 10, 12:48 a.m.: The teen is pronounced dead.• Sept. 10, about 1:15 a.m.: Police inform Jenkins’s mother that her daughter is dead. There are 20 family members at the hotel at this time.• Sept. 10, 4:52 a.m.: Jenkins’s body is wheeled into the kitchen where a worker places a blanket over her.• Sept. 10, 5:07 a.m.: The teen’s mother and sister are brought to the kitchen to identify the body. They then walk out of view and the video shows the freezer where Jenkins was found.From NTD.tv Follow Ivan on Twitter: @ivanpentchoukov US News Share  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Share this article Show Discussionlast_img read more

Texas Mom Accused in the Deaths of her 2 Daughters–Just Hours After

first_img  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   US News Then, Sarah Henderson tried to shoot her husband. “The pistol misfired and that’s when he was able to take the pistol away from her and call law enforcement,” the sheriff told Fox4.Officials revealed that she had been planning the killings for two weeks. A motive is still being determined.“The only thing she told us was that she had smoked some marijuana early in the evening,” Hillhouse told WFAA. “She was very blunt. We just don’t have any answers as to why.”Neighbors said that they heard the woman cursing all the time at her kids.“We could hear her yelling and cussing at the girls,” Jaylne Palmer told Fox4. “Terrible language. ‘Get you’re blah blah blah in here.’”According to the Dallas News, when the gun malfunctioned and her husband took it from her, she implored him to shoot her. The Dallas News published excerpts from the husband’s 911 call.“Please just shoot me,” she said.“I’m not shooting you, no,” he said. “No, I can’t.”Records show that Jake told the 911 operator that she told him: “Babe, I just shot the kids.”As he was on the phone, he told the operator that she kept trying to take the gun away, and she was also trying to choke herself.“Why did I do that, babe?” Sarah asked him. “What’s going on here?”“Nothing’s going on, that’s what I keep telling you,” he told his wife.“She keeps saying somebody’s after her,” Jacob told the operator. “She keeps saying people are coming. There’s nobody even here.”“Babe, why didn’t you tell me to calm down?”, she added.“I told you that last night, you said you were fine. Why didn’t you say something?” he said.The Texas Rangers, Child Protective Services, and Henderson County district attorney’s office are investigating.The two girls had attended Southside Elementary School in Mabank, officials said.“It’s a life-changing event for everyone—not only the family, but all the first responders that responded to the call. It’s something that you don’t ever forget,” Hillhouse said to KXAS-TV. Show Discussion Sheriff: Mom planned shooting daughters https://t.co/K1b7mf1BUY pic.twitter.com/XPMd4G9FLJ— FOX 4 NEWS (@FOX4) November 3, 2017 Sharecenter_img Share this article Texas Mom Accused in the Deaths of her 2 Daughters–Just Hours After a Deputy Was There By Epoch Newsroom November 3, 2017 Updated: November 3, 2017 (Henderson County Sheriff’s Office ) A mother in Texas was arrested and jailed after allegedly killing her young daughters just hours after police visited her home in response to a call that she was suicidal, reports said.The girls, KayLee, 7, and Kenlie, 5, Henderson, were found dead in their Payne Springs home, Fox 4 Dallas reported on Thursday. Sarah Henderson, 29, was charged with murder in the case.“Her husband had told EMS that she felt like people were out to get her and that’s pretty much all the information that we’ve got at this time,” Henderson County Sheriff Botie Hillhouse told the Fox affiliate. “Deputies spoke to them. Everything appeared to be fine. There [were] no signs of violence. Everybody said they were okay. Nobody was suicidal.”Jake Henderson said he was worried that Sarah, his wife, was suicidal, prompting the emergency call. He then called back and said everything was fine, but a deputy was sent there to make sure there were no issues.Later that evening, Jake Henderson said he woke up and found that his wife shot their daughters.last_img read more

Woman in Indianapolis Calls 911 From SUV as She Sinks Into Pond

first_img Share Share this article Divers in a hole in the ice of a retention pond in southern Indianapolis on Dec. 31, 2017, where a woman’s SUV went under the water. (Indianapolis Fire Department)  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON    QualityAuto 1080p720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video One bystander reported seeing the car leave the parking lot of Sundance Apartments, go over a curb, and onto an embankment on the pond. It then drove about 150 yards onto the ice before it broke through and sank. Tracks on the ice of a retention pond in southern Indianapolis on Dec. 31, 2017. (Indianapolis Fire Department) A hole in the ice of a retention pond in southern Indianapolis on Dec. 31, 2017. (Indianapolis Fire Department)Emergency dispatchers tried to guide the woman to an exit during when she said, “It’s coming in, it’s filling up,” the Indianapolis Star reported. Almost two minutes after she called for help, her phone went dead.When firefighters from the Indianapolis Fire Department got to her, the car was mostly submerged, but they could still hear her banging on the windows.They tried to reach her with a ladder but were unable to. A few minutes later, a dive team arrived and went into the water to get her. A firefighter on the ice of a retention pond in southern Indianapolis on Dec. 31, 2017, where a woman’s car went under the water. (Indianapolis Fire Department) Rescuers on the ice of a retention pond in southern Indianapolis on Dec. 31, 2017, where a woman’s SUV went under the water. (Indianapolis Fire Department) Divers in a hole in the ice of a retention pond in southern Indianapolis on Dec. 31, 2017, where a woman’s SUV went under the water. (Indianapolis Fire Department) A diver on the edge of a hole in the ice of a retention pond in southern Indianapolis on Dec. 31, 2017, where a woman’s SUV went underwater. (Indianapolis Fire Department)They broke the window of the vehicle’s sunroof and were able to pull the woman out.She was about 12 feet under water when they got to her, and she was rushed to the hospital in critical condition. Her name has not yet been released.“It’s unclear as to how or why she was on the ice, but she came from a parking lot area, got onto the pond somehow and drove about 150 yards before, either she realized she was on the pond, or she was driving and the pond just broke through, we’ll never really know until we can talk to her,” Reith told Fox59.The fire department said that calls to dispatch reported that there was more than one person in the vehicle, but after going in to search for more, determined that she had been alone. The woman also confirmed that she was the sole occupant of the vehicle. Rescuers on a retention pond in southern Indianapolis on Dec. 31, 2017, where a woman’s SUV went under the water. (Indianapolis Fire Department) Rescuers on a retention pond in southern Indianapolis on Dec. 31, 2017, where a woman’s SUV went under the water. (Indianapolis Fire Department) Rescuers on a retention pond in southern Indianapolis on Dec. 31, 2017, where a woman’s SUV went under the water. (Indianapolis Fire Department)Rescuers also tried to get the woman’s SUV out, but had to admit defeat when their gear froze.Temperatures that day, according to Weather Underground, averaged 5 degrees.As of Jan. 2, the woman remained in critical condition at Eskenazi Hospital, Reith said.She also said that due to the weather, they haven’t been able to retrieve the vehicle.From NTD.tv Follow Holly on Twitter: @HollyGailK Firefighters in Indianapolis rushed to a retention pond on the city’s south side on New Year’s Eve after a woman called 911 from her sinking car.“It’s filling up. It’s cold,” she shouted to an emergency dispatch operator at about 8:30 p.m., the Indianapolis Star reported.“Dispatch had been on the phone with the person in the car and the call dropped as soon as she started to go under the water,” IFD Battalion Chief Rita Reith told Fox59.Multiple people who witnessed the SUV drive onto the pond also called the police. Show Discussion Woman in Indianapolis Calls 911 From SUV as She Sinks Into Pond in Below-Freezing Weather By Holly Kellum January 2, 2018 Updated: January 2, 2018 US News last_img read more