Ministers appear to have failed to hand a crucial report about the work capability assessment – warning it put at risk the lives of thousands of people with mental health conditions – to the expert they commissioned to review the test.An investigation by Disability News Service (DNS) suggests that work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith (pictured) and employment minister Chris Grayling neglected to pass on a legal letter written by a coroner in the wake of the suicide of a disabled man, Stephen Carre, in 2010.The letter – written under Rule 43 of the Coroner’s Rules – said Carre’s death had been triggered by being found “fit for work”, and it called for a review of the policy not to seek further medical evidence from a GP or psychiatrist if a claimant has a mental health condition.A coroner could only write a Rule 43 letter – a system replaced in 2013 – if he or she believed that the evidence they heard in an inquest “gives rise to a concern that circumstances creating a risk of other deaths will occur or will continue to exist in the future”.It is the second letter uncovered by DNS to have been written by a coroner to warn about the failure to seek further medical evidence when assessing the fitness for work of someone with a mental health condition, and was written more than three years before a similar report into the death of Michael O’Sullivan, from north London.Although the Rule 43 letter relating to Stephen Carre was sent to the Labour work and pensions secretary, Yvette Cooper, it arrived on 30 March, just a few days before the start of the 2010 general election campaign.Rule 43 gave ministers 56 days to respond to the letter, but nothing – apart from what is believed to have been a holding reply by the department’s permanent secretary on 4 May 2010 – had been sent to the coroner by October 2010, five months after Duncan Smith and Grayling had taken up their posts in the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).And the letter does not appear to have been passed by ministers to Professor Malcolm Harrington, who was appointed by Grayling to review the “fairness and effectiveness” of the WCA for the government in late June 2010.Harrington has told DNS that he believes he was not shown the coroner’s report.He said: “I cannot recall the report. Nobody brought it to my attention that I can remember.“If I had known about that coroner’s report, I would have said that this was something else we need to look at.“I am a doctor, I know about coroner’s reports. Coroner’s reports are something that you don’t ignore.”He said the need to secure further medical evidence was a consistent concern during the three reviews he carried out, and he made it clear in his third – a recommendation that has still not been implemented by the government, three years later – that decision-makers should “actively” consider seeking further medical evidence.He said that, if he had been shown the coroner’s letter, it would almost certainly have led to him making recommendations far earlier about the need to seek further medical evidence.He said this was particularly important for claimants with mental health conditions, like Stephen Carre.He said: “Of course! They weren’t picking up this additional information that should have been right up front. It would have brought forward the best evidence.”Asked how he felt about Grayling’s apparent failure to pass on this information to him, he said: “No comment.”Stephen Carre, who lived alone in Eaton Bray, Bedfordshire, had been found “fit for work” after an assessment by a doctor working for the government contractor Atos Healthcare, with the final decision that he was not eligible for out-of-work disability benefits – again, with no effort made to consult his doctor, psychiatrist or community psychiatric nurse – made by a DWP civil servant.He took his own life in January 2010, just days after learning that a reconsideration of the decision, by DWP, had confirmed that he was “fit for work” and so not eligible for employment and support allowance (ESA), the out-of-work disability benefit launched by the Labour government in October 2008.His father, Peter, told DNS that Atos, its assessor and DWP had all failed Stephen.He said: “Anyone could have seen that Stephen was incapable of work. It is totally beyond me how they could have found him fit for work.“If they had gone to his GP or his psychiatrist, I have no doubt the result of his assessment would have been different and he would probably still be with us today.”The Ministry of Justice has confirmed that although it has a copy of the coroner’s report into the death of Stephen Carre, it has no record of a DWP response, even though DWP had a legal duty to respond to the report.The office of the coroner who wrote the report, Tom Osborne, has not yet been able to confirm whether he received a response, because the relevant files are being retrieved from the archives.But Harrington said: “If they didn’t respond, they are definitely in breach of the regulations.”Despite the coroner’s letter, a DWP spokesman said: “Suicide is a tragic and complex issue and there are often many reasons why someone takes their life, so to link it to one event is misleading.”The spokesman said that a response was sent to the coroner on 4 May 2010, but he has yet to confirm that this was merely an acknowledgement of the Rule 43 letter, or a holding response.DNS has seen a letter sent to Peter Carre on 6 October 2010 in which the coroner said he had “yet to receive a substantive response” to his Rule 43 report from DWP.Asked whether Grayling, who is now leader of the House of Commons, and Duncan Smith responded to the coroner’s letter and carried out the review of the issue raised by the coroner, he pointed to the five independent reviews of the WCA, carried out by Harrington and Paul Litchfield, and to the “significant improvements” made to the assessment since 2010.He said these improvements included “improving the opportunities people have to present medical evidence”, and improvements to the process for people with mental health conditions, while he said the percentage of people with mental health conditions receiving the highest level of ESA support “has more than tripled since 2010”.He said: “The WCA now has a much greater focus on what someone can do and on the impact of mental health conditions on someone’s capability to work.”The DWP spokesman said claimants were “encouraged to provide all evidence that will be relevant to their case at the outset of the claim, including medical evidence supplied by their GP or other medical professionals”, while WCA assessors are “expected to seek further evidence” if it would help them award ESA without the need for a face-to-face assessment.He said DWP decision-makers “assess all available evidence and seek more if required to reach their decision”.But he admitted that DWP was still in discussions with Maximus – which took over the WCA contract from Atos earlier this year – to “pilot new evidence-seeking processes for claimants with mental health conditions”, more than five years after Stephen Carre’s death.Asked whether Grayling and Duncan Smith were shown the letter, he said: “I don’t know. I can’t answer that question.”He also claimed he did not know whether anyone in the press office had asked Duncan Smith about the coroner’s letter.And asked whether the two ministers ensured that Harrington was shown the coroner’s letter, he said: “I’m not able to answer that. I don’t know the answer to that.“What I do know is that Malcolm Harrington had access to a huge range of information. Whether he saw this one particular letter, I don’t know.”In a written statement to questions from DNS, the spokesman declined to say whether Duncan Smith and Grayling would apologise to the families of Stephen Carre and Michael O’Sullivan.Osborne’s Rule 43 letter emerged through a freedom of information request by DNS to the Ministry of Justice.The request was submitted* after DNS uncovered a coroner’s report written in January 2014, following the death of Michael O’Sullivan, a father-of-two from north London, which said that the decision to take his own life had been triggered by being found fit for work.Questions about the O’Sullivan case were raised twice last month at prime minister’s questions, by the SNP’s Westminster leader, Angus Robertson.The O’Sullivan family said in a statement: “We would like to extend our sincere condolences to the Carre family and our sincere sympathies for their son, Stephen, whose untimely death mirrors our father’s in many tragic ways.“Peter Carre has shown great resilience in reliving this tragedy in such a public manner.“Having to relive our loss two years on has been very distressful and upsetting, but we felt that anything positive that could be learned from our father’s death was worth it.“We stand by what we have always said, that the WCA is not a fit or a fair way to assess people with a mental health disability or any disability.“It is heart-wrenching to hear that in 2010, three years before our father took his own life, Stephen Carre did the very same due to the cruel WCA.“Had the DWP acted as it should have done in Mr Carre’s case, had it learned from its failings then, we firmly believe that our father’s death would have been preventable.“Instead we are forced to spend another Christmas without our much-loved father. It is utterly devastating. Our family is shattered beyond repair.”Atos refused to respond to requests for a comment.*The Stephen Carre report did not emerge at the same time as the Michael O’Sullivan report because legislation was updated in 2013, which meant references to the two reports were filed in separate online locations by the Ministry of Justice. The post-2013 reports are available in full, but the Rule 43 reports are only available in summary
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Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS… The government could be forced into court to defend its failure to make the much-criticised universal credit benefit system accessible to disabled people.A parliamentary meeting held to mark the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) on Monday – and to call for universal credit to be scrapped – heard that disabled campaigners are now seeking claimants willing to help challenge the government’s apparent breach of equality laws.Inclusion London’s Disability Justice Project (DJP) is considering various possible legal challenges, which could include the failure of jobcentres to make the process accessible for disabled people forced to apply for universal credit, and the failure to assess the impact of the system on disabled people.Another possible legal challenge could address how the rollout of universal credit has led to disabled people losing accessible housing, or not being able to secure housing that meets their access needs.DJP is also examining the impact of sanctions and conditions imposed on disabled people through universal credit and whether that could form the basis of a legal action.Tracey Lazard, chief executive of Inclusion London, and also representing the Reclaiming Our Futures Alliance, told the parliamentary meeting that it was a “disgrace” that the government had never carried out an equality impact assessment of the universal credit system, even though it “disproportionately affects disabled people”.She said universal credit was “fundamentally inaccessible”, with an online system that appeared to have been designed to exclude hundreds of thousands of people from using it, and which disregarded the many disabled people who have never used the internet, and the hundreds of thousands who only have sporadic online access.She added: “We also happen to think it is legally challengeable under the Equality Act, so we are looking for people who might be interested in making that challenge*.”Lazard said she could not think of a better event to mark IDPD because universal credit provided a “live, current danger to disabled people now” and despite recent government concessions it “continues to be devastatingly unfit for purpose”.She said: “Rather than motivating people into work, as this government claims, there is now irrefutable evidence that this hostile and threatening use of sanctions and conditionality is deeply damaging.”She said there was a “growing number of deaths linked to universal credit” and “widespread experience of a downward spiral of sanctions, debt, food and fuel poverty”, and even destitution, and a regime that was “instilling terror and anxiety in hundreds of thousands of disabled people”.Lazard said universal credit had been “ideologically designed” to be “punitive and hostile”, and she said disabled people must “refuse to be guinea pigs” in the government’s “ideological experiment”.The event was organised by the TUC disabled workers’ committee, Unite the union and Disabled People Against Cuts, and was hosted by Labour’s shadow minister for disabled people, Marsha de Cordova.Dave Allan, chair of the national disabled members’ committee of Unite, reminded the meeting that the annual TUC Congress unanimously approved a motion he had moved in September that called on the Labour party to shift its stance on universal credit and promise to scrap the system.Labour’s policy is currently to simply “pause and fix” universal credit rather than scrapping it.The motion had previously been approved by disabled trade unionists at May’s TUC Disabled Workers’ Conference.Allan said there was a need for a broad alliance to “put massive pressure” on the government to scrap universal credit.But he said there was also a need to pressure Labour’s frontbench to commit to scrapping universal credit.Dorothy Gould, a freelance researcher, trainer and consultant for the National Survivor User Network (NSUN), said people with serious psychological trauma were seeing their mental distress “severely” worsened by the “huge problems associated with universal credit”.She said people were finding themselves “trapped in a cycle of assessment, rejection and appeals”, and she said the assessment system was “particularly unsuitable for people in mental distress”.NSUN has been collecting individual accounts of the impact of universal credit.One woman has told NSUN how the fear of disability cuts over the last two years had given her the most severe mental breakdown she had had in 44 years, involving eight months of illness, six weeks in a psychiatric unit and six months of recovery, which was ongoing.She told NSUN: “Now my biggest fear has been realised. The Department for Work and Pensions has cut all my disability payments and with two weeks’ notice.”Everything carefully built up over the last 17 years of self-management to provide some form of stability “has been taken away within two weeks”, she said, and added: “I don’t know where to turn, I’m in despair and in great danger of another major relapse. I have felt suicidal.”Gould said NSUN was urgently calling on the government to address the “trauma and injustice” caused both by universal credit and people’s experience of the Mental Health Act (see separate story).Dr Liz Okokon, co-disability officer and women’s officer for Dulwich and West Norwood Labour party and a Unite activist, who works in the NHS, said it was important to feel “positive and hopeful” because “so many people are not going to give up and give in”.She said: “We can do something about this, we can make a difference, we can change.“There are dreadful stories but [we should remember] the fact that we have our trade union movement behind us, activists from all corners behind us.”She pointed out how the telling of individual stories of the Windrush scandal had brought it to the mass media.She said: “Telling these stories really is really important.“We must remember that we are valued as people, not just as commodities, not just those who will go out and bring in a couple of tax dollars.“We have value as people and we need society to remember all of us have value, and not just how many cogs we can put on a wheel.”Miriam Binder (pictured), from Disabled People Against Cuts, said it was important to recognise that universal credit was being introduced “at a time of unprecedented cuts in our social infrastructure”.She said: “The whole universal credit process is essentially draconian and not fit for purpose.“It is punitive and takes no heed of the personal circumstances of those who are obliged to turn to it.“Universal credit has led to destitution, homelessness, illness, exacerbated disabilities and death.”She added: “It needs to be stopped and scrapped. No ifs, ands or buts about it.”The parliamentary event came just two days after a national day of action by Unite against universal credit saw 90 different actions across the country.Sean McGovern, co-chair of the disabled workers’ committee, said activists now needed to persuade Labour to scrap universal credit.He said universal credit was an “atrocious social policy” that had already killed “innumerable people” and activists needed to discuss the campaign to scrap universal credit with constituency Labour parties and trade unions.He said there would not be a formal campaigning alliance but groups needed to work together, including disabled people’s organisations and other grassroots groups, to push for universal credit to be scrapped under a Labour government.*Disabled people who have ongoing problems or concerns with universal credit or have had problems in the last couple of months, and are interested in a potential legal challenge on these or other grounds, can contact Svetlana Kotova at Inclusion London by emailing: Svetlana.Kotova@inclusionlondon.org.uk although Inclusion London cannot offer advice on individual claims.Picture by Ann Galpin
Tags: my mission Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% “This has been happening for a while, right? It’s just that I’d never actually seen it,” he said. “And I looked at it and thought, ‘I guess this feasibly applies to me.’ ”But, instantly, he also understood the value of art as a form of activism.“How else do you get such easy access to the issues that are present in the community?” he said.Since then, Joshi has often walked through the neighborhood’s alleys where murals run from end to end, in hopes of encountering artists at work. When he comes across them, he shoots their portraits and gets them to talk about themselves — it’s Joshi’s way of examining the city’s internal tensions from yet another angle.To Joshi, those artists may be the most tragic casualties of the city’s housing affordability crisis, since their departure could cheat his peers out of the same eye-opening moment that he experienced.Joshi said he worries most about the people who are “so inoculated by the belief that tech is egalitarian, that they don’t recognize their own biases.”He originally shared that egalitarian mindset. He had attended university at New South Wales, Australia, directly following high school, ultimately earning a master’s degree in medical and biomedical engineering, and then a PhD in the same field soon after. Then, he almost immediately set off to work in San Francisco’s tech sector in 2007, at Industrial Light and Magic.At the time, he said, “I felt very strongly that you can do anything you like if you put your mind to it.”But, living on the border between the Mission District and Potrero Hill, and taking the long bus ride to his job in the Presidio every day, he suddenly found himself interacting with “real people, frankly,” for the first time, he said. Some were well-off. Others were poor and uneducated. The more people he met, the less valid his worldview seemed. It needed amending.Yes, he concluded, most people were capable of great feats, but only if they had two things first: the inclination, and ample free time.Joshi witnessed that first-hand when he volunteered as a photography instructor at First Exposures, a mentoring program for teenagers with troubled backgrounds.“Some of them were just creative geniuses,” he said. But because they came from low-income families, some of the kids worked part-time jobs to help their parents pay the bills, and they had trouble keeping up with the class schedule.“In an environment where they would have the free time, they would thrive and be amazing. But the practical reality is that the situation they’re in — stuff that they have almost no control over — prevents them from achieving their massive potential.”Joshi, on the other hand, knows where he’ll get his next meal, and that he’ll probably never have trouble supporting his family. He worries that his level of comfort is a barrier to relating to people, he said.“How do you have empathy with someone who is being evicted from their house? How? That situation is alien to me. And it’s not because I don’t care — I imagine that it would be horrible, but I just don’t know what it’s like.”But few are entirely safe from the city’s burning real estate market, and someday Joshi and his family might have to leave their building, which does not grant them rent control. The Bayview-Hunters Point area is a likely destination, he said, though he suspects that his new neighbors might see him as a gentrifying interloper.“And that’s rough,” he said. “The burden is on us, to show our neighbors that we care.”Earlier profilesMy Mission: Roger MarencoAutos and Booze, a Mission Bartender with a Passion for Cars En Español.This is one of several profiles of the people who make the Mission District what it is today. They are part of our My Mission Zine. You can buy a copy here. Bhautik Joshi will be the first to tell you that he’s a total dork — for technology, photography, art and even dorkiness itself.That’s why, when he discovered San Francisco’s misfit-friendly culture, Joshi and his family decided to put down roots on the outskirts of the Mission District, where they have lived for about a decade. But as a senior software engineer for photo-sharing site Flickr, Joshi has become acutely aware of the neighborhood’s smoldering culture war and his place within it.The recent, massive influx of workers from the technology sector has long been blamed for indirectly raising real estate prices, which have displaced many longtime residents. When letters started popping up all over the Mission District in 2012, urging tech workers to leave, Joshi said it was a wake-up call in more ways than one. 0%
Tags: police Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% Davis advises in the report that San Francisco wait to decide on Tasers until after the SFPD has made “sustained and substantive progress” on the 272 recommendations from the Department of Justice.“To make a decision about CED use, without addressing the issues that arose from these discussions, would be a disservice to the process started for the overall implementation of DOJ recommendations,” Davis concludes in the report.On the youth’s trepidation around the police, she writes, “I hope that SFPD is committed to addressing these perceptions and fears.”The report was prepared for the Police Commission and the Human Rights Commission in the runup to the decision on Tasers.In it, the Davis offers a comprehensive view of the community meetings. The Human Rights Commission, comprised of 11 members, has not taken a vote on the issue.“Why do we need more weapons now, when crime is decreasing? Why not focus more on community?” One person wrote on an index card at a community meeting on Tasers in September.“There are enough weapons to use against US.” Someone else wrote, writing in capital letters for emphasis.Others, but not nearly as many, wrote that Tasers could protect people in danger, or asked, “Would Tasers have saved Mario Woods?”The San Francisco Human Rights Commission compiled these comments, along with a quantitative breakdown of the questions, issues and concerns raised at two city-wide community meetings and three smaller focus groups held in September and October.The overwhelming majority – 87 percent – of those who attended the two meetings were against the SFPD acquiring Tasers. Most objected because they believed the weapons, touted as a less-lethal option for cops, are dangerous.Many specifically said that Tasers ran against the practice of de-escalation, others cited statistics of Taser-related deaths and injuries.For the 12 percent of attendees who supported Tasers, the most common refrain was that cops needed less-lethal options. Others believed the police would be able to prevent crime more effectively with the electrical devices.How much the report of these meetings will influence how the Police Commissioners vote is unclear.At the second community meeting held at City College on 19 September, President of the Commission Julius Turman assured the crowd that “their voices and opinions” would reach the Commission.The Police Commission will hold a special meeting to discuss Tasers on 3 November at 5 p.m. at City Hall in Room 250.An earlier version of this story reported in the headline that the Human Rights Commission made the recommendation to wait on Tasers. This was in error. The recommendation was made by Sheryl Davis, the executive director of the Human Rights Commission. The commissioners have taken no vote on the issue. All during the fall, the Human Rights Commission held community meetings with hundreds of San Francisco residents to hear from them on whether the San Francisco Police Commission should approve Tasers for the San Francisco Police Department.For Sheryl Davis, the executive director of the Human Rights Commission, what struck her from the meetings was the inescapable fear youth hold about encounters with the police.Many of the more than 60 youths who attended a focus group held in Potrero Hill said they were “resigned to the fact that something negative would happen if they encountered the police.”The pervasiveness of this feeling lead Davis to recommend to the seven-member Police Commission that they vote against Tasers. She will present the report and its findings to the Police Commission this Friday when the Commission may make its final decision on arming the force with Tasers. 0%
SAINTS have announced their squad numbers for the 2014 season.New signing Mose Masoe has been given the ‘8′ shirt with Luke Walsh taking over number 7 from Jonny Lomax who has moved to number 1.Kyle Amor (16), Richard Beaumont (20) and Matty Dawson (26) join them to make up the new boys for 2014.Club Captain Paul Wellens has been given the number 17 shirt whilst also retained for the 2014 campaign is Anthony Laffranchi (14), Ade Gardner (21) and Mark Flanagan (15).Connor Dwyer (34) and Andre Savelio (33) have been promoted into the first team.As is inevitable with a large squad, some of the younger players will be going out on loan and we will announce details shortly. As with 2013, we will also be utilising the dual-registration system with our partner clubs.Dom Speakman (Barrow) and Nathan Ashe have left the club and we wish them all the best in future.The squad:1. Jonny Lomax2. Tommy Makinson3. Jordon Turner4. Josh Jones5. Adam Swift6. Lance Hohaia7. Luke Walsh8. Mose Masoe9. James Roby10. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook11. Sia Soliola12. Jon Wilkin13. Willie Manu14. Anthony Laffranchi15. Mark Flanagan16. Kyle Amor17. Paul Wellens18. Alex Walmsley19. Paul Clough20. Richard Beaumont21. Ade Gardner22. Mark Percival 23. Joe Greenwood24. Gary Wheeler25. Ant Walker26. Matt Dawson27. Greg Richards*28. Luke Thompson*29. Jordan Hand 30. Carl Forster31. James Tilley32. Lewis Charnock*33. Andre Savelio*34. Connor Dwyer35. Alex Clare*These players are eligible for the Under 19s competition in 2014.Remember, you can get the name of your favourite player on your 2014 replica shirt for just a tenner! Click on the personalisation options when ordering the fantastic home or away shirts for next season.
ALEX Walmsley was named Top Metre Maker at the Steve Prescott MBE Man of Steel Awards last night.The forward racked up 4,092 in a stellar season for the club.He missed out on Man of Steel to Zak Hardaker who also beat out his Rhinos’ teammate Adam Cuthbertson for the top prize.Elsewhere, Wigan Warriors stand-off George Williams picked up Young Player of the Year, Leeds Rhinos were named 2015 Super League Club of the Year and Warrington Wolves took home the Foundation of the Year accolade.Other awards included Brian McDermott (Coach of the Year), Kevin Sinfield (Top Gun), Danny Houghton (Hit Man) and Jermaine McGillvary (Top Try Scorer).Retiring Super League players Garreth Carvell (293 appearances), Ade Gardner (266), Lee Gilmour (407), Wayne Godwin (235), Kylie Leuluai (225), Adrian Morley (316), Jamie Peacock MBE (436), Kevin Sinfield MBE (452), Chev Walker (258) and Paul Wellens (439) were also presented with Outstanding Contribution Awards to mark their long service to the competition having made mroe than 200 Super League appearances.The award winners in full from the 2015 First Utility Super League Man of Steel awards are as follows:Hit man – Danny Houghton (Hull FC) – 1,359 tacklesTop metre maker – Alex Walmsley (St Helens) – 4,092 metresTop try-scorer – Jermaine McGillvary (Huddersfield Giants) – 27 triesTop Gun – Kevin Sinfield (Leeds Rhinos) – 85.37 percentOutstanding Contribution – Garreth Carvell, Ade Gardner, Lee Gilmour, Wayne Godwin, Kylie Leuluai, Adrian Morley, Jamie Peacock, Kevin Sinfield, Chev Walker, Paul Wellens.Foundation of the Year – Warrington WolvesFirst Utility Super League Club of the Year – Leeds RhinosFirst Utility Super League Young Player of the Year – George Williams (Wigan Warriors)First Utility Super League Coach of the Year – Brian McDermott (Leeds Rhinos)The Steve Prescott MBE Man of Steel – Zak Hardaker (Leeds Rhinos)
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Advertisement Microsoft 4Afrika and the University of the People (UoPeople), a tuition-free online university, will this year fund 1,000 African students to study an associate degree.The agreement allows applicants from the 53 member states in the continent to compete for the scholarships once they have enrolled in the university, starting the second semester.All the students, including those whose applications are accepted, will however be required to still pay an application processing fee, ranging from U$10 to US$50, and an exam fee of US$100 per each course taken in the first semester. – Advertisement – The university said admitted students can then request financial aid from the Microsoft 4Afrika scholarship program.According to the two organisations the programme will help in improving the lives and the community of all successful applicants, thus transforming the continent.“Through this program UoPeople and Microsoft will support 1,000 African students to graduate with a world-class academic degree from UoPeople, helping to change the lives of the students, their families and communities and ultimately transforming the continent,” reads a statement on the university’s website.Apart from the associate degrees those awarded scholarships will be eligible to participate in other skill and work experience at the university, as well as additional programmes including mentorship, training, internship and employment opportunities at Microsoft and partner companies.Interested candidates coming from non-English speaking countries will be required to complete an English language qualification test.Credit: Humanipo
Image Credit: IT Web Africa Advertisement The Kenya government has revealed that it will now borrow the Brazilian model to establish computer labs in schools instead of its initial plan to buy a laptop computer for each school-going child.The communication was announced by the Education Cabinet Secretary Prof Jacob Kaimenyi last week who said the ministry has studied the Brazilian computer project for schools which it implemented with the support of UNESCO and found that the same model which has been implemented in India, Indonesia, and Nigeria can replicated in Kenya.Brazil’s Education Ministry established computer lab in all schools and signed a deal with TV Escola, a Brazilian School TV Programme, to explore the media convergence in broadening the interactivity of TV content used in formal and distance education. – Advertisement – Ministry officials late last year visited Brazil to familiarize themselves with the UNESCO-backed computer lab project for schools and assess how it can be rolled out in the country.“We had to behave like a river for when it is blocked it has to find another route,” said Kaimenyi in relation to government’s move to opt for computer labs instead of lap tops in the face of the court case.The government’s plan by the Jubilee government was set to deliver 1.3m laptops to school children and would cost more than $600m (53bn Kenyan shilling). Implementation will begin this year.The project falls under the first key pillar of the Jubilee Manifesto, Unity (Umoja), where the government promised to raise education standards.Via CIO
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Ribblesdale StakesRoyal AscotTIME: 3.05pm, C416.5 POINTS PROFIT YESTERDAYAl Kazeem won well yesterday to give the column an 11/4 winner and recoup the day ones losses on Animal Kingdom with interest.The opening two favourites have been well backed on Star Sports today as you can see from our Starters Orders daily column on this site.They are both trained in Ireland and given the record of the Irish trained runners this week we are particularly nervous about them.For me, Alive Alive Oh looks a filly of huge potential and I think she’ll handle both the step-up in distance and class to land the Ribblesdale.She has won her last two starts in Ireland by an aggregate of over 10 lengths and the form has worked out well too.Any rain would be a bonus and the defection of Oaks third The Lark certainly helps her chances.She has a stack of Group 1 entries and looks out of the top drawer.STAR FORECAST(stake between 0.5 and 10 points)6 points win ALIVE ALIVE OH (3.05 Royal Ascot)(+16.5 points Wednesday)CRYING COCKLES AND MUSSELS ALIVE ALIVE OHThere could well be a few renditions of this at around 3.08pm this afternoon and around the bandstand at Ascot tonight..
Bookmaker Says “The Only Way is OUT” For The CountyStar Sports have made Essex the most likely county to vote to leave the EU in the UK’s forthcoming referendum- with an odds-on price of 4/7 to leave, and 5/4 to stay. Meanwhile Scottish and Northern Irish voters are strongly fancied to vote to remain in the EU.Jamie Loughead, Star Sports spokesman, comments:Overall we make the UK odds-on at 2/5 to vote to stay in the EU, but regionally the picture is very mixed. We make East Anglian counties Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex all odds-on to vote against staying in Europe. There seems to be great anti-European feeling across much of the East of England, as far north even as Grimsby and as far south as Hastings. There isn’t a North/South divide on the referendum, there’s an East/West divide.He continued:The large metropolitan cities all look likely to vote to stay in the EU, and those in Scotland and Northern Ireland are staunchly behind remaining in the EU.Which Way Will UK Regions Vote In UK Referendum?London STAY 1/8 London LEAVE 5/1Essex STAY 5/4 Essex LEAVE 4/7Manchester STAY 1/3 Manchester LEAVE 9/4Liverpool STAY 2/7 Liverpool LEAVE 5/2Birmingham STAY 2/5 Birmingham LEAVE 2/1Suffolk STAY 11/10 Suffolk LEAVE 4/6Norfolk STAY 6/5 Norfolk LEAVE 8/13Northern Ireland STAY 1/10 Northern Ireland LEAVE 6/1Scotland STAY 1/12 Scotland LEAVE 13/2Wales STAY 1/2 Wales LEAVE 6/4England STAY 8/15 England LEAVE 11/8(Bet settlement based on official Government figures for EU Referendum result to be held by 2020. The boundaries of cities to be settled at the discretion of Star Sports, but based upon commonly-accepted city parliamentary constituencies. Star Sports decision is final)
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AddThis ShareCONTACT: David RuthPHONE: 713-348-6327 E-MAIL: email@example.com Rice Management Company will focus on investmentsRice University has created an internal company that will focus exclusively on managing the school’s investments.Named the Rice Management Company, the new organization will be led by Scott W. Wise, who became president of the company Oct. 1.Although the company is part of the university and not a separate legal entity, it has its own bylaws and a separate board of directors appointed by the Rice Board of Trustees. It replaces the board’s Investment Committee.Jim Crownover, chairman of the Rice Board of Trustees, said a number of Rice’s peer institutions have formed similar companies to manage their endowments.“The performance of the endowment is crucial to Rice’s long-term success,” he said, noting that the endowment accounts for approximately 45 percent of the university’s annual budget. “The Rice Management Company will allow us to have a more focused approach to governing and managing the endowment. It will also allow us to tap the experience and skills of top investment professionals across the country by bringing in outside members to the board of directors.”The company’s business is currently conducted by 13 investment professionals and three administrative support staff members. The company’s chair and the majority of its board will be Rice trustees, and several external advisers will be elected to the board. Crownover and Rice University President David Leebron will serve as ex officio members. Wise said the new organizational structure is essential to recruiting external experts. “Our theory was that if we approached qualified outside investment professionals who are not Rice trustees and asked them to serve on the board of directors of a management company, we would get a better response than if we approached those same people and asked them to be a member of an investment committee that reported to a board they aren’t on,” Wise said. “The discussions I’ve had with candidates for the board prove this true. Being on the board of a management company focused on the Rice endowment means something to them.”The reorganization transferred some of Wise’s responsibilities, such as internal audit and risk management, to other administrative areas of the university. This will allow Wise and his staff to devote full attention to investment management, including asset allocation, investment manager selections and terminations, investment performance and endowment spending. The Rice Board of Trustees will continue to establish asset allocation criteria for the endowment, with implementation oversight provided by the company’s board.“I think this is going to be exciting, challenging and provide a strong foundation for managing the university’s endowment for many years to come,” said Wise, who will continue to report to Leebron and remain part of Rice’s senior management team.“Rice is very fortunate to have Scott overseeing its investments,” Leebron said. “Rice’s endowment fared better than many of our peer universities’ during the recent economic slump, and things should only get better now that Scott will be dedicated solely to managing investments.”Under Wise’s leadership, Rice’s endowment has grown from $990 million in 1989 to $3.61 billion as of June 30, 2009. This reflects an 11 percent average annual compound investment return over that 20-year period. The one-year investment performance as of June 30, 2009 reflects an 18.2 percent loss as the country weathered the worst economic and market downturn since the Depression of the 1930s, plus normal spending from the endowment. During that same period, U.S. stock markets were down 26 percent and world markets were down 30 percent.Wise has a B.A. in economics from Rice and a master’s in accounting from the University of Texas at Austin. He joined the Rice staff as comptroller in 1979. He served as associate treasurer and associate vice president for financial affairs from 1986 until 1989, when he was appointed treasurer. He has been vice president for investments and treasurer since 1992. In 2006, Wise was among the four finalists for Institutional Investor magazine’s Endowment of the Year Award.
Where Toys R Us Went Wrong, Sawyer International Business Etiquette, and More – Boston News RelatedMIT Hackathon Yields Planned Parenthood for Substance Abuse – Boston NewsLet’s explore some of the most interesting stories that have emerged from Boston business schools this week. Planned Parenthood for Substance Abuse Idea Wins MIT Enterprise Management Lab Hackathon – MIT Sloan Newsroom MIT Sloan’s 2018 Enterprise Management Lab hackathon recently came and went. This year’s winning concept applied Planned…May 14, 2018In “Boston”Sawyer Announces High School Summer Program, US News Rankings and More – Boston NewsLet’s explore some of the most interesting stories that have emerged from Boston business schools this week. New Summer Program for High School Juniors and Seniors – Sawyer Business Blog The Suffolk University Sawyer Business School recently announced the launch of its Stepping Stone program, which gives 11th and 12th-graders the opportunity…April 3, 2018In “Boston”MIT Breaks Down Starbucks Response to Recent PR Nightmare, and More – Boston NewsLet’s explore some of the most interesting stories that have emerged from Boston business schools this week. What Starbucks Got Wrong—and Right—After Philadelphia Arrests – MIT Sloan Newsroom Following Starbucks’ PR nightmare this past April in which an employee at a Philadelphia Starbucks had two African American patrons arrested after…May 31, 2018In “Boston” Last Updated Apr 12, 2018 by Jonathan PfefferFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail About the AuthorJonathan PfefferJonathan Pfeffer joined the Clear Admit and MetroMBA teams in 2015 after spending several years as an arts/culture writer, editor, and radio producer. In addition to his role as contributing writer at MetroMBA and contributing editor at Clear Admit, he is co-founder and lead producer of the Clear Admit MBA Admissions Podcast. He holds a BA in Film/Video, Ethnomusicology, and Media Studies from Oberlin College.View more posts by Jonathan Pfeffer regions: Boston Let’s explore some of the most interesting stories that have emerged from Boston business schools this week.Here’s What Sunk Toys R Us – MIT Sloan NewsroomExperts from MIT Sloan offered a few choice insights into what Toys “R” Us, whose future currently remains in flux, could learn from the hiccups along its 70 year-long history.Senior lecturer in work and organization studies Peter Kurzina writes that Toys “R” Us “ignored Amazon eating their lunch, thus failed to prepare and meet the challenge of competition.”Associate professor of finance Andrey Malenko, a fellow MIT Sloan colleague, also critiqued the toy giant’s enormous debt burden. “If you’re running a business that might be sensitive to e-commerce, to the recession, then loading up on debt as much as [Toys “R” Us] did, it’s very risky and you probably shouldn’t do it.” In March 2018, Toys “R” Us announced it would be closing all US and UK locations.Read more of the duo’s analysis here.International Business Basics – Sawyer Business BlogThe act of doing business across cultures often entails unexpected byproducts that Sawyer addressed in its recent “Business Protocol Across the Globe” forum, organized by Colombian native Laura Reales, BSBA ‘18.“What if I wanted to move to another part of the world, like Saudi Arabia or France or China? How could I make connections with people so that I don’t look ignorant of their culture? So I decided to create a space where it was ok to talk about those differences.”Read here to learn the answers to questions like, “What’s the proper way to present a business card in China?” and “What’s a good way to begin a negotiation in Turkey?”Alumnus’ Company serves the Housing Needs of a Vulnerable Community – D’Amore-McKim BlogThe Northeastern University D’Amore-McKim School of Business profiled alum Andy Rosenthal, a 2007 alum who abandoned a lucrative career in hedge fund software to co-found the Terenbinth Group, which has become the “largest, family-owned provider of housing to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.” Rosenthal explains his company’s model.“We’re a real estate company focused on providing quality, safe, affordable housing to a vulnerable community,” Rosethal said in the interview. “In short, we find homes, fix them up, customize them to suit the tenants—think wheelchair accessibility, replacing door knobs with door levers, waterproof flooring, installing roll-in showers, etc.—and then rent them directly to the individuals.”The company’s 68 homes currently accommodate more than 225 people across the state of Indiana and it’s looking to expand. You can learn more about the Terebinth Group’s plans here.What are the Best Real Estate MBAs in Boston? – MetroMBAEarlier this week we highlighted the three strongest Boston metro schools that can help you earn your way into the real estate industry: Harvard Business School, MIT Sloan, and the Babson College F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business.Regarding Babson, writer Jillan Markowitz writes:“At Babson College’s F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business, MBA students can pursue the finance concentration, which offers several courses in real estate. Students can rake courses like Real Estate Financial Modeling, Real Estate Fundamentals, or Real Estate Development. According to recent Olin graduate employment statistics, 10 percent of the 2017 MBA class landed jobs in real estate. This number may not seem overwhelming, but it dwarfs the percentage seen in many MBA programs (usually about two to three percent).”Learn more about the best real estate programs in Boston here.
Show Discussion LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON Lisa Hochstein, a former star on “Real Housewives of Miami,” was slammed on social media for posting a photo of herself and her family posing in front of a plane about to escape Hurricane Irma in Florida.Hochstein and her husband, plastic surgeon Leonard Hochstein, and their 2-year-old son can be seen smiling in front of the airplane.After she posted the image on Instagram, a torrent of criticism ensued. Some called her “tone deaf” and launched other epithets at her.Hochstein’s former co-star on “Real Housewives” Joanna Krupa, even slammed her decision to upload the photo.“All those [expletive] posting and showing off w their private jets in Miami, why don’t u offer help families and animals that can’t get out?” Krupa said on Twitter, according to reports. “Otherwise stop posting and showing off when people and animals are being left behind during this catastrophic hurricane. Idiots!”Hochstein defended the move. “EVERYONE IS POSTING ON SM about how they escaped! This happens to be mine and I don’t need to apologize or hide to ANYONE ABOUT HOW WE DO SO,” Hochstein said, Yahoo! reported.“We also did not have paper work for our dogs to fly commercial as every vet was closed and every flight was booked and there is no way in hell we would leave them behind,” she continued. “Fortunately we were able to get a plane to take them with us.” An electrical worker repairs stop lights the morning after Hurricane Irma swept through Naples, Fla., on Sept. 11, 2017.“We weren’t originally going to leave partly because of the dogs and a few other things….and waited until the last minute when we realized that this thing wasn’t slowing down which definitely made it difficult to get out,” she added. “We did not want to risk it with our little angel Logan.”Then, she said she is “praying for everyone” who has been affected by Irma, which hit the Florida Keys as a Category 4 storm on Sunday morning. At least a dozen people in the United States were killed by the storm.“I’m praying for everyone who already has been devastated by this hurricane and pray that Somehow by a miracle Florida is not hit so hard. We did not want to risk it with our little angel Logan. And YES we let some friends stay at our home because it’s a little safer then [sic] theirs!” she wrote, according to E! News. “They will be fine!!! Material things can be replaced lives cannot #staysafe.” People push a flooded car off a street following Hurricane Irma in North Miami, Fla., on Sept. 11, 2017. (Reuters/Carlo Allegri)To donate to the Red Cross’ Hurricane Irma relief fund, go here. US Reality TV Star Criticized for Posting Photo of Private Jet Evacuation Ahead of Hurricane Irma By Jack Phillips September 12, 2017 Updated: September 12, 2017 Share this article Share
LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON OJ Simpson practices his putting skills and plays on new iPhone after reuniting with daughter https://t.co/TwiOJJCrFa— Daily Mail US (@DailyMail) October 4, 2017 Simpson’s departure from jail was carefully planned. A decoy van drove on the main street, while Simpson and his friend Tom Scotto drove off on an unmarked dirt road. A cameraman caught up with the duo’s white SUV at a gas station.Simpson sat in the back seat, still in his preferred prison outfit: jeans, jean shirt, and white sneakers. When asked how it feels to be free, he said, “I been in a car for the last five hours, so how do I know how it feels to be out?” “Man, how in the world? Have y’all been stalking me. I been in nowhere USA for the last nine years doing nothing. Nothing has changed in my life! What do you guys. I mean, what do you guys expect? There’s nothing changed,” he added. “God bless, take care, you guys! Nothing’s changed!”Simpson had five boxes of belongings in the car from his nearly decade-long stint in prison.Also on Sunday, Simpson went to a McDonald’s restaurant according to his lawyer. Follow Ivan on Twitter: @ivanpentchoukov O.J. Simpson attends his parole hearing at Lovelock Correctional Center in Lovelock, Nev. on July 20, 2017. Simpson was serving a nine to 33 year prison term for a 2007 armed robbery and kidnapping conviction. (Photo by Jason Bean-Pool/Getty Images) Convicted felon OJ Simpson spent his first full day of freedom playing golf, playing on an iPhone, and meeting his daughter Arnelle, Daily Mail reported.Simpson, 70, was released from the Lovelock Correctional Facility on Sunday, Oct.1, after serving 9 years in prison for an attempted armed robbery.The former professional football player had $400,000 waiting for him that had accumulated from his NFL pension. He moved into his temporary residence in Las Vegas which is equipped with a pool and a putting green.Simpson spent most of Monday practicing golf putts on the green beside his home. He wore a white Titleist golf visor, blue mesh shorts and a pair of white orthopedic sneakers. Share this article US News Share Simpson has plans to move to Tampa, Florida, closer to the children he had with Nicole Brown: Sydney and Justin. That move is on hold until a parole officer approves Simpson’s relocation to another state.According to multiple people close to Simpson, he plans to spend the first few weeks of freedom on his three favorite things: family, friends, and golf. Here’s How OJ Simpson Spent His First Day Out of Jail By Ivan Pentchoukov October 4, 2017 Updated: October 5, 2017 @TMZ Oj Simpson randomly in a Verizon store because of course he needs to get his Instagram right. #juiceisloose pic.twitter.com/8uGVxWvzJz— Raphael (@RBfree850) October 4, 2017 Somebody found OJ Simpson after his release… Yall better leave this man alone before he has a flashback!!! ??? pic.twitter.com/iKyGoBH4um— JRSportBrief (@JRSportBrief) October 2, 2017 OJ Simpson, newly freed from prison, immediately begins the hunt for real killers of Nicole Brown Simpson. Not really; he goes golfing. pic.twitter.com/l7yGp4TfPw— Mike Sington (@MikeSington) October 4, 2017 During a break from golf, he was photographed sitting in a lounge chair beside the pool fiddling with what looked like a new iPhone. Simson’s lawyer, Malcolm LaVergne, said that the device was the one thing his client desired most while in prison.Later in the day, Simpson met with his daughter Arnelle. The two sat beside each other while Arnelle showed Simpson something on her iPhone, possibly a tutorial. Simpson went to jail in 2007, just months after the first iPhone was released. Show Discussion
Share Share this article Legionnaires Sickens 12 in Calif.; 9 at Disneyland By Reuters November 12, 2017 Updated: November 12, 2017 US News LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON Mickey (L) and Minnie Mouse (R), accompanied by Disney characters, dance to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Tokyo Disneyland during a ceremony at the Disney theme park in Urayasu, suburban Tokyo on April 15, 2013. (Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP/Getty Images) Show Discussion Disneyland has shut down and decontaminated two cooling towers following an outbreak of Legionnaires disease that sickened 12 people, nine of them guests or employees at the theme park in Anaheim, county health officials said on Saturday.One of the three cases of the respiratory illness not linked to Disneyland was fatal in an individual who had additional health issues, said Jessica Good of the Orange County Health Care Agency. The chief medical officer for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, Pamela Hymel, said in a written statement that after learning of the Legionnaires cases, park officials ordered the cooling towers treated with chemicals to destroy the bacteria and shut them down.Cooling towers provide cold water for various uses at Disneyland and give off a vapor or mist that could have carried the Legionnella bacteria.Disneyland, which opened in 1955 and attracts tens of thousands of visitors a day, is owned by The Walt Disney Company.Hymel said that local health officials had assured them that there was no longer any risk to guests or employees of the park.There was no information on the condition of the remaining 11 victims, due to patient confidentiality laws.Good said an investigation of Legionnaires cluster discovered that the 12 people sickened by the serious lung disease had traveled to, lived in, or worked in Anaheim during the month of September.Ten of the victims, who ranged in age from 52 to 94, were hospitalized.Legionnaires disease is caused by the Legionella bacteria and can cause potentially fatal respiratory illness and pneumonia. Older people and those with health issues are particularly at risk.According to the Orange County health agency Legionella is becoming more common in the United States and in Orange County, where 55 cases have been reported through October 2017, compared with 53 for all of 2016 and 33 in 2015.Symptoms develop 2 to 10 days after exposure, the OCHCA said, and include fever, chills, cough, muscle aches, and headaches. It is treated with antibiotics, which can improve symptoms and shorten the length of illness.The disease is not contagious.
Wow, Matt Lauer was just fired from NBC for “inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace.” But when will the top executives at NBC & Comcast be fired for putting out so much Fake News. Check out Andy Lack’s past!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 29, 2017 Matt Lauer on NBC’s “Today” at Rockefeller Plaza on Nov. 20, 2012 in New York City. (Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images) Share this article Share Matt Lauer, a 20-year veteran on the “Today” show, was fired following an internal review by NBC of allegations of sexual misconduct.According to NBC News, the “inappropriate sexual behavior” took place during the 2015 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. The behavior also continued after the games.President Donald Trump responded on Twitter to the firing of Lauer, saying “Wow, Matt Lauer was just fired from NBC for ‘inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace.’”“But when will the top executives at NBC & Comcast be fired for putting out so much Fake News. Check out Andy Lack’s past!” US News Trump Responds to NBC Firing Matt Lauer over Sexual Misconduct Allegation By Jasper Fakkert November 29, 2017 Updated: November 29, 2017 Trump has frequently raised concerns about fake news reporting on him. Research published by Pew Research Center on Oct. 2 showed that reporting on Trump has been the most negative compared to other presidents over the past 25 years.NBC found itself in hot water in early October after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called out the media organization for false reporting on him.“While I’m new to Washington, I’ve learned that there’s some that try to sow dissension to advance their own agenda by tearing others apart in an effort to undermine Trump’s own agenda,” Tillerson said at the time.In a separate tweet, Trump also questioned two other people at NBC.“So now that Matt Lauer is gone when will the Fake News practitioners at NBC be terminating the contract of Phil Griffin? And will they terminate low ratings Joe Scarborough based on the ‘unsolved mystery’ that took place in Florida years ago? Investigate!”Phil Griffin is MSNBC’s president and is responsible for the channel’s programming, which includes Morning Joe and The Rachel Maddow Show. Both shows are frequently critical of Trump. ‘Morning Joe’ hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski on Jan. 7, 2012. (Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)The unsolved mystery, involving Morning Joe co-host Joe Scarborough, that Trump likely referred to is the death of a congressional aide who worked in a district office of Scarborough.Twenty-eight year old Lori Klausutis was found dead in Scarborough’s district office in Okaloosa County, Florida, on July 19, 2001. She had been working for Scarborough, then a Republican Representative for Florida, since May 1999.An Associated Press article published by the Naples Daily news on July 21, 2001, said that: “Preliminary findings from the medical examiner’s office showed no foul play or any outward indication of suicide, said Police Chief Steve Hogue.”An article published in The St. Petersburg Times on Aug. 28, said the medical examiner had determined Klausutis lost consciousness as a result of an abnormal heart rhythm, after which she fell and hit her head on a desk, causing her death.Scarborough has denied having any involvement with her death.During a testy exchange between Markos Moulitsas, founder and publisher of Daily Kos, who was a regular guest on MSNBC, and Scarborough on Twitter in 2010, Moulitsas brought up the issue of Klausutis’ death. DailyKos website Founder and Publisher Markos Moulitsas (R) during a taping of ‘Meet the Press’ at the NBC studios on Aug. 12, 2007. (Alex Wong/Getty Images for Meet the Press)“Like story of a certain dead intern. RT @JoeNBC: Luckily for the White House, the media has been negligent on this story since Day 1,” Moulitsas wrote.Scarborough responded by saying, “Unbelievable. You have a long history of spreading lies suggesting I am a murderer.”Moulitsas says he received a message from Griffin after the incident saying he would no longer be booked on the channel for a while.Moulitsas’s website ran an article in December 2016 making the case that there are unanswered questions regarding Klausutis’s death that need to be investigated.If you enjoyed reading this article, support our independent journalism by sharing it on social media. Follow Jasper on Twitter: @JasperFakkert LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON Show Discussion