The proportion of Department for Work and Pensions

first_imgThe proportion of Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) staff who say they have been victims of disability discrimination at work in the previous 12 months has risen by about 50 per cent in just four years, Civil Service figures have revealed.The annualCivil Service People Survey shows the number of DWP staff sayingthey had personally experienced disability discrimination at work in the past12 months rose by 150 (more than 10 per cent), from 1,462 in 2017 to 1,612 in2018.And theproportion of all DWP staff reporting disability discrimination rose by about12 per cent, from about 2.55 per cent of all employees in 2017 to about 2.85per cent in the 2018 survey.This was anincrease of about 50 per cent since the 2014 survey, when 1.91 per cent ofthose responding to the survey said they had experienced disabilitydiscrimination at work in the previous year.But thefigures are even more striking when compared with the number of disabled staff employedby DWP.The latestCivil Service figures, from November 2018, show that only 7.7 percent of DWP employees declared that they were disabled.Thissuggests, according to calculations by Disability News Service (DNS) – whichDWP has failed to comment on – that more than a third of disabled DWP staffexperienced disability discrimination at work in 2018.Theproportion of DWP employees who have experienced any kind of discrimination hasalso continued to increase in the last four years, from 11 per cent in 2014 to14 per cent in 2018.It is justthe latest evidence of worsening levels of discrimination within the governmentdepartment responsible for the much-criticised Disability Confident scheme and will further strain the scheme’s credibility.DWP itselfhas been awarded the status of Disability Confident Leader, the highest ofthree levels within the scheme, which aims to work with employers to “challengeattitudes towards disability” and “ensure that disabled people have theopportunities to fulfil their potential and realise their aspirations”.Lastweek, DNSreported how DWP repeatedly failed tomake reasonable adjustments for disabled people who were recruited to buildbridges between jobcentres and the local community through its CommunityPartners scheme.InNovember, thedepartment admitted failing to keep track of how many complaints by staffthrough its internal grievance system were based on allegations of disabilitydiscrimination.Earlierthe same month,new research showed that the EmploymentTribunal had dealt with almost 60 claims of disability discrimination takenagainst DWP by its own staff over a 20-month period.And last summer, figures provided to the work and pensions select committee by Sarah Newton (pictured), the minister for disabled people, showed that nearly 7,000 employers that had signed up to Disability Confident had promised to provide just 4,500 new jobs for disabled people between them, an average of less than one per employer.Marsha de Cordova, Labour’s shadow minister for disabled people, declinedto comment on the DWP discrimination figures this week.But David Gillon, a prominentdisabled critic of the Disability Confident scheme, said: “IfDWP can’t even tackle a rapidly increasing disability discrimination problem,never mind resolve it, then how can they justify retaining their DisabilityConfident Leader status, and their leadership of the entire DisabilityConfident programme?”He said that a total of 1,612 incidents of disability discrimination wasmore than six per working day.He said: “A core responsibility of a Disability Confident Leader is beingan example to others, and teaching lessons learned across the DisabilityConfident community. “There is precisely zero evidence of DWP doing this, or evenacknowledging that they have a problem, so the justification for theirretaining Disability Confident Leader status appears absent. “In fact, their failure to acknowledge the issue argues strongly for theremoval of their Leader status.”He said it was “particularly disturbing” that the number of incidents ofdisability discrimination reported “far exceeds” those in areas such asethnicity and sexual orientation, which was “the reverse of the pattern seenfor harassment in the general population from police and Crown ProsecutionService figures”. He added: “This strongly suggests that the issue may be a cultural onerelated to views of disability within DWP or the Civil Service as a whole.”A DWP spokesperson refused to say if Newton was concerned about thefigures, why DWP thought the figures had risen so sharply over the last fewyears, and why it thought there had been another year-on-year increase in 2018.She also refused to say if Newton thought the figures suggestedcomplacency by ministers about discrimination, whether they suggested DWP was institutionallydisablist, and whether DWP should still be able to call itself a DisabilityConfident Leader.But she said in a statement: “We areabsolutely committed to ensuring all colleagues, including those withdisabilities or health conditions, get the support they need to thrive.“The department has a duty ofcare to its colleagues and aims to lead by example as a Disability Confidentemployer, following best practice in recruiting, retaining and developingdisabled staff. “We take very seriously any reports of disability discrimination from colleagues, while taking active steps to promote equality.”A 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…last_img read more

SAINTS have announced their squad for Sundays Sto

first_imgSAINTS have announced their squad for Sunday’s Stobart Super League Round five away trip to Huddersfield Giants.Ade Gardner returns to the 19-man list whilst Jamie Foster sits out.The squad is:1. Paul Wellens, 2. Ade Gardner, 3. Michael Shenton, 4. Sia Soliola, 5. Francis Meli, 6. Lance Hohaia, 7. Jonny Lomax, 9. James Roby, 10. Louie McCarthy Scarsbrook, 11. Tony Puletua, 12. Jon Wilkin, 13. Chris Flannery, 14. Anthony Laffranchi, 15. Mark Flanagan, 16. Paul Clough, 17. Gary Wheeler, 19. Andrew Dixon, 20. Lee Gaskell, 21. Tommy Makinson.Nathan Brown’s Huddersfield Giants squad is:1. Scott Grix, 2. Michael Lawrence, 3. Leroy Cudjoe, 4. Lee Gilmour, 5. Jermaine McGillvary, 6. Kevin Brown, 7. Danny Brough, 8. Eorl Crabtree, 9. Luke Robinson, 10. Keith Mason, 13. David Faiumu, 14. Shaun Lunt, 15. Larne Patrick, 17. Joe Wardle, 18. Jason Chan, 20. Luke George, 21. Aaron Murphy, 24. Adam Walker, 29. Greg Eden.The game kicks off at 3pm and the referee is Phil Bentham.Stat Pack:Super League Summary:Huddersfield won 4St Helens won 27 (includes wins in 2009 and 2010 play-offs)Ups and Downs:Huddersfield highest score: 40-18 (H, 2011) (also widest margin)St Helens highest score: 68-18 (H, 1998) (Widest margin: 68-18, H, 1998; 54-4, H, 2007)last_img read more

Before our match with Hull KR last Friday he predi

first_imgBefore our match with Hull KR last Friday he predicted that James Roby would finally score the try that would take him to 100 in the Red Vee.He also told the skipper exactly how it would be scored too.“I’ve been on 99 tries for a while now and before the game I was in the changing rooms set next to Louie,” he said. “He’s a bit of an oracle at times and he said I was going to score and it would be a little barge over close to the line.“And that happened! I am made up to score 100 tries … it sounds quite impressive doesn’t it? I’d be happy if I didn’t score another one for the rest of my career!”Hopefully that is tongue in cheek as Saints will want Roby and his teammates to firing on all cylinders this Friday!The captain has scored 13 tries in 45 games against the Rhinos.Tickets for Friday’s game remain on sale from the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium, by calling 01744 455 052 or online here.last_img read more

The boys will be put through their paces as they h

first_imgThe boys will be put through their paces as they head into their final run before the festive period and you can meet them afterwards too.We’re training on the 3G surface at Ruskin Sports Village in St Helens from 9am and it is anticipated the session will finish around 10.30am.The address for Ruskin Sports Village is Ruskin Drive, St Helens, WA10 6RP.Hope to see you there!last_img

Two people charged in Brunswick County murder

first_img The shooting occurred Friday night in the area of Carlon Rd. NW and George Daniels Rd. NW in Longwood around 6:30 p.m.The victim was 30-year-old Anthony Scott Beers.According to arrest warrants, Powell threatened to kill Beers the week before the murder.Related Article: NC music teacher accused of forcing adult student into sexual servitudeBeers was transported to Grand Strand Regional Medical Center where he died Sunday morning. BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office has charged two people in connection with Friday’s fatal shooting in Longwood.According to a release from Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Emily Flax, Eugene Anthwon Powell, 23, was charged with murder, communicating threats, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana. Summer Lynn Gray, 21, was charged with accessory to murder after the fact, and possession of cocaine.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Man sentenced for stealing from 10 New Hanover Co businesses

first_imgAndre Kennedy (Photo: NHSO) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A Wilmington man pleaded guilty Tuesday to breaking into and stealing from ten different New Hanover county businesses in 2017.Superior Court Judge Jay D. Hockenbury sentenced Andre Kennedy, 53, as a habitual felon and will spend at least 7 1/2 years behind bars.- Advertisement – According to the district attorney’s office, these break-ins occurred between February 2017 and May 2017, and were investigated by the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office and the Carolina Beach Police Department. In almost all of the cases, Kennedy would take a brick, rock, or cinder block and shatter the front door of the business. At that point Kennedy would enter and steal the money from the cash register or the cash register itself.On May 17, Kennedy and his vehicle, a red Toyota Camry, were caught on video during a breaking and entering to Top Wok located at 1401 North Lake Park Boulevard in Carolina Beach. During that break in, Kennedy threw a cinder block through the front glass door and stole $30 from the cash register. As a result of the video, Detective Tony Adams with the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office was able to link Kennedy to nine other break ins in the county, almost all with the same mode of entry.Kennedy was also identified because in 2009 he committed multiple break ins in New Hanover County in exact same manner, and in at least one instance, the same exact location.Related Article: Woman accused of stabbing boyfriendIn 2009, Kennedy was sentenced to 80-96 months for multiple breaking and enterings and larcenies to New Hanover County businesses as well as being sentenced as a habitual felon for break ins out of Wake County. Kennedy also committed these crimes by shattering the front door of the business with an object then stealing the cash register.Kennedy even drove a red Toyota Camry during that crime spree. Kennedy was released from prison on December 26, 2015last_img read more

Rick Springfield to perform at Wilson Center

first_img He’s also an actor who appeared on several shows, including the CW’s “Supernatural” and the ABC soap opera “General Hospital”.The concert is April 25 at 7:30 pm. Tickets start at $36.Tickets for the show go on sale Friday, June 29.Related Article: Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons concert in Wilmington canceledYou can buy them online here or here. You can also get them at Ticket Central. Rick Springfield (Photo: CFCC) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — 80s sensation Rick Springfield is performing at the Wilson Center in April, Cape Fear Community College announced this morning.Springfield is a Grammy-award winning singer and songwriter known for many hits, including “Jessie’s Girl”, “Don’t Talk to Strangers,” and “Love Somebody.”- Advertisement – last_img read more

CFPUA responds to multiple sanitary sewer spills in Wilmington

first_imgCFPUA (Photo: Hannah Patrick/WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — All the rain and the saturated ground has caused lots of sanitary sewer spills in Wilmington.The Cape Fear Public Utility Authority released a statement saying crews responded to a number of incidents in the Burnt Mill Creek area Tuesday.- Advertisement – The spills were on Grady Avenue, 21st Street, Klein Road, 12th and Chestnut streets and at the Wallace Park Sand Box.There was also a large spill on Market Street.CFPUA estimates that 7,7000 gallons were discharged into Burnt Mill Creek.Related Article: Higher demand for water puts strain on utility authorityWater samples have been taken and the spill has been reported to the NC Division of Water Quality.last_img read more

Watch We will take all necessary measures – Debono

first_img SharePrint <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> Jean Pierre Debono found his seat back in parliament following an executive meeting which voted on who is to get the vacated seat by MP David Stellini. Debono will be co-opted to parliament after he got 42 votes, while Kevin Cutajar who had contested on the thirteen district and was next in line to be elected to parliament secured 40 votes.READ: Updated: ‘The person with more responsibility than me should do the same’ – resigning Exec PresidentREAD: PN Exec Committee to decide on Stellini replacement; Said says choose CutajarREAD: Kevin Cutajar interested in Stellini’s seatSpeaking to the media outside Partit Nazzjonalista’s headquarters in Pietà, Debono said that the Party will take all the appropriate measures. However he failed to provide such examples.Debono stressed on the need to have a detailed discussion on the results obtained by the party in the recently held elections. He said that if activists leave the party, then the party will not find its strength.The newly chosen MP who had already served a short while until Delia’s co-option, said that an internal discussion is needed prior to speaking to the media about the concrete actions needed.When asked by how would he rate his performance as chief political adviser, Debono said that his role is chief political coordinator but did not comment further.Speaking about the Executive Committee President Mark Anthony Sammut’s resignation, Debono said that there were many points on which he agreed however he did not agree with his resignation. On Sammut he concluded by saying that he voted for him to stay on, however Sammut’s decision was final.WhatsApplast_img read more

400 cigarette stubs collected in 20 minutes at Blue Lagoon Bay

first_img <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrint WhatsAppcenter_img Many people are taking to collecting and disposing properly of cigarette stubs that get left on the beaches around Malta. One of these groups of people managed to collect 400 cigarette butts in just 20 minutes from the Blue Lagoon Bay in Comino.In a post on Facebook, a woman stated that the Maltese bays and eco-systems have become nothing short of a garbage tip.She also asked why smoking is still permitted in zones such as Ta’Ċenċ in Gozo, why there are no heavy fines for those who leave their litter behind them, why such infractions are not monitored and why single use plastics are still being used by Maltese establishments.10 litres worth of cigarette butts collected from Golden BayA few days ago, Camilla Appelgren and other environmentalists performed a clean-up exercise at Golden Bay in which they collected 10 litres worth of cigarette stubs.last_img read more

Aaron Bugeja to preside over the trial of Caruana Galizias murder trial

first_img <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> Newly-appointed judge Aaron Bugeja who was responsible for the Egrant inquiry when he was a magistrate, was drawn by lot to preside over the trial of the three men accused of murdering journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.READ: Men suspected of Caruana Galizia murder to stand trialVincent Muscat, Alfred and George Degiorgio were formally charged with the murder of the journalist, after the Attorney General filed a bill of indictment.The three men were arrested in December 2017 and have spent the last 19 months in custody as evidence was compiled against them in court.According to Maltese law, suspects must be served with a bill of indictment within 20 months of facing charges or else be eligible for automatic bail.Mr Justice Bugeja was promoted judge in April. As a magistrate he had led the magisterial inquest into third Panamanian offshore company Egrant which lawyer Pawlu Lia ordered on behalf of his client Prime Minister Joseph Muscat and for which he had set the parameters. Mr Justice Bugeja had found no evidence to support the claim that Egrant was owned by Muscat or his wife Michelle Muscat.The main conclusions of the report, which amount to some 3% of the “voluminous” inquiry report were published in July 2018. However the full report remains unpublished.Bugeja’s promotion to a judge is also subject to a constitutional case filed by civil rights NGO Repubblika which is arguing that the recent appointments to the bench should be declared null and void until the recommendations put forward in the legal opinion by the Venice Commission are fully implemented.READ: Chief Justice will not recuse himself from judicial appointments caseIt is not known when the trial will start.WhatsApp SharePrintlast_img read more

Samsung orders changes to stop child labour

first_imgAdvertisement Samsung has ordered its Chinese suppliers to change their hiring practices after a watchdog group said it had found evidence of child labour. The Korean giant said its own investigation had not corroborated the allegations but that it would introduce new rules including more stringent identity checks. In future contracts will be immediately terminated if evidence of child labour is uncovered, it added.The audit of 105 Chinese suppliers and 65,000 workers did find violations of overtime laws. Samsung said it would allow them two years to “resolve” their practices.The internal investigation follows a report published in September by China Labor Watch, which said it found abuses at six factories owned and operated by Samsung and two of its suppliers’ facilities. As well as child labour, the alleged violations included forced overtime work amounting to more than 100 hours a month, unpaid work and 11 to 12 hours of standing.Attention turned to Samsung, the world’s largest mobile phone maker, after its main rival Apple was embarrassed by labour law violations at the vast factories that make iPads and iPhones. – Advertisement – “Samsung takes concerns about working conditions in China seriously,” a Samsung spokesman said today.Source: Telegraphlast_img read more

Google Unveils ARCore to Bring Augmented Reality to Millions of Android Devices

first_img(Denis Linine/Shutterstock)IT11-GOOGL-012517-shutterZurich, Switzerland – 20 April, 2016: sign on the wall of the Google office building. Google is a multinational technology company specializing in Internet-related services and products.Stock photo ID: 560123689Editorial credit: Denis Linine/Shutterstock Advertisement Alphabet Inc’s Google on Wednesday unveiled tools to make augmented reality apps for mobile devices using the Android operating system, setting up its latest showdown with Apple’s iPhone over next-generation smartphone features.Phone-based augmented reality (AR), in which digital objects are superimposed onto the real world on screen, got a huge boost from the popularity of the Pokemon Go game. The game, launched in the United States in July last year, sent players into city streets, offices, parks and restaurants to search for colourful animated characters.Analysts expected the game to make USD$3 billion for Apple over two years as gamers buy “PokeCoins” from its app store. – Advertisement – Google’s take on the technology will first be available on the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Google’s own Pixel phone. The company said in a blog post that it hoped to make the system, called ARCore, available to at least 100 million users, but did not set a date for a broad release.Apple in June announced a similar system called ARKit that it plans to release this fall on “hundreds of millions” of devices.Google and Apple will jockey for the attention of customers and software developers who will build the games, walking guides and other applications that would make AR a compelling feature.Many tech industry leaders envision a future in which eyeglasses, car windshields and other surfaces can overlay digital information on the real world. Google and Microsoft have already experimented with AR glasses.“AR is big and profound,” Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook told investors earlier in August. “And this is one of those huge things that we’ll look back at and marvel on the start of it.”Apple and Google have had to make compromises to bring the technology to market.[related-posts]In Apple’s case, the Cupertino, California-based company decided to make its AR system work with devices capable of running iOS 11, its next-generation operating system due out this fall.This means it will work on phones going back to the iPhone 6s, which have a single camera at the back and standard motion sensors, rather than a dual camera system found on newer models such as the iPhone 7 Plus or special depth-sensing chips in competing phones. That limits the range of images that can be displayed.Google initially aimed to solve this problem with an AR system called Tango that uses a special depth-sensor, but only two phone makers so far support it. With ARCore, Google changed course to work on phones without depth sensors.But the fragmentation of the Android ecosystem presents challenges. To spread its AR system beyond the Galaxy S8 and Pixel phone, Google will have to figure out how account for the wide variety of Android phone cameras or require phone makers to use specific parts.Apple, however, is able to make its system work well because it knows exactly which hardware and software are on the iPhone and calibrates them tightly.Michael Valdsgaard, a developer with the furniture chain IKEA, called the system “rock solid,” noting that it could estimate the size of virtual furniture placed in a room with 98 percent accuracy, despite lacking special sensors.“This is a classic example of where Apple’s ownership of the whole widget including both hardware and software is a huge advantage over device vendors dependent on Android and the broader value chain of component vendors,” said Jan Dawson, founder and chief analyst of Jackdaw Thomson Reuters 2017last_img read more

Sprinter Saver

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Getting to the TOPP of Houstons air pollution

first_imgShare Getting to the TOPP of Houston’s air pollutionScientists gauge ozone with daily weather balloon launches As state environmental regulators prepare to implement Texas’ latest plan to bring Houston into compliance with federal clean air standards, researchers from Rice University and Valparaiso University are conducting the first systematic survey of ozone levels in the air above Houston using weather balloons. The Tropospheric Ozone Pollution Project, or TOPP, is measuring ozone levels from ground level to altitudes of more than 100,000 feet. Daily balloon launches continue through August 12. Lightweight instrument packs on the balloons radio information about atmospheric ozone levels to computers on the ground, giving researchers a clear picture of how much ozone is present in each layer of the atmosphere above Houston. Prior to this study, all long-term ozone monitoring in Houston was limited to surface measurements. “Ours is the first study to look at ozone in each layer of the atmosphere above Houston,” said lead researcher Gary Morris, assistant professor of physics and astronomy at Valparaiso and adjunct assistant professor of physics and astronomy at Rice. “Over the past year, we’ve seen that high levels of ozone extend much higher than previously believed, up to three or four miles in some instances.” Begun last summer with $40,000 seed funding from Rice’s Shell Center for Sustainability, TOPP won a two-year, $100,000 grant from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. The TCEQ funding will pay for 80 launches this summer and next. The majority of the balloons are launched from Rice’s Academic Quadrangle, but TOPP is increasing its scope this summer, looking beyond the immediate Houston area to get a regional baseline and to look for ‘downwind’ effects from Houston’s ozone pollution. “TCEQ is interested not only in characterizing the ozone above Houston, but also in finding out where that ozone ends up,” Morris said. “To that end, they’ve given us extra money to launch about 15 percent of our balloons from sites that are 80-100 miles from the city.” TOPP researchers have launched several balloons at Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches and at Lamar University in Beaumont. They launched their first balloon at Texas A&M University in College Station in late July and have plans to launch more balloons there. “Without knowing the full magnitude of Houston’s ozone problem, policy makers will have a difficult time implementing effective solutions,” Morris said. Morris and his team ask that residents keep an eye out for their instrument packs, which parachute back to earth at the end of each flight. Those lucky enough to find one can earn $30 by following the directions on the styrofoam box and mailing it back to Rice. Houston air often exceeds federal standards for ground-level ozone. Ozone poses a health risk for people with respiratory problems, and persistently high levels of ozone also can destroy plants and reduce crop yields. Federal regulators have given the Houston-Galveston region until 2007 to comply with federal air quality standards for ground-level ozone. The region faces severe penalties — including the loss of federal highway dollars — if it fails to clean up its air. VALPARAISO CONTACT: Dustin Wunderlich 219-464-5114 FacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThis RICE CONTACT: Jade Boyd 713-348-6778 last_img read more

Trustee emeritus Elkins remembered

first_imgShareTrustee emeritus Elkins rememberedFROM RICE NEWS STAFF REPORTSJames Elkins III, who served as a Rice University board member for 18 years, died of an apparent heart attack June 10 while vacationing with his family in France. He was 58. In a joint statement, Rice Board Chairman Jim Crownover ’65 and President David Leebron reflected on the loss of the longtime Rice and Houston leader: “The Elkins family is truly one of the first families of Houston, personally shaping the advancement of our city to the unique stature and reputation it enjoys today, including its medical center, academic institutions, arts organizations and charitable groups. “The Elkins have been a cohesive force in so many of Houston’s achievements, bringing broad and visionary commitment to the future of our community. For so many years, Jim was the leader of the Elkins’ contributions in these areas. He exerted influence and care through his governing role in organizations too numerous to list. He was a key adviser to so many people and causes, including the two of us, and his calm, interested and compassionate manner made him truly unforgettable to work with.”A native Houstonian, Elkins received a bachelor’s degree in economics from Princeton University and an MBA from the University of Texas School of Business. After working for Morgan Guaranty Trust in New York, he returned to Houston in the late 1970s to pursue a career with the now-defunct First City National Bank. His most recent business venture was Houston Trust Co., an asset management firm that he co-founded.Elkins served on Rice’s board as a term governor during 1980-1984, 1986-1990 and 1996-1998 and as a trustee from 1998 to 2006, when he became a trustee emeritus. Since retiring from the board, he continued to serve on the Academic Affairs Committee and as an informal adviser to many at Rice.“There was hardly a month in the past 30 years that Jim did not think of Rice and make an effort on behalf of Rice,” Crownover said.In addition to serving on Rice’s board, Elkins was a trustee of Baylor College of Medicine, the Methodist Hospital, Texas Children’s Hospital and St. John’s School, which he attended from kindergarten through ninth grade. Other beneficiaries of his community involvement were the Children’s Museum of Houston, the Houston Museum of Natural Science, the Houston Parks Board, the Houston Zoo, the Salvation Army, the Retina Research Foundation, the Wortham Foundation, St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, the Vivian L. Smith Foundation and the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.Elkins is survived by his wife, Jenny, their seven children and his two sisters.A memorial service was held June 15 at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church. JAMES ELKINS III Long Description AddThislast_img read more

Webinar The GRE® General Test for Business School What You Need to

first_img Stand out from the crowd with a stellar business school application.Thinking of going to business school? Join Clear Admit CEO Eliot Ingram and GRE® General Test expert Matt Bashi-Kadlubowski for a free webinar.Tuesday, October 24, 201710:00am Eastern TimeSign Up Today About the AuthorMetro MBAView more posts by Metro MBA [Webinar] The GRE® General Test for Business School: What You Need to Know 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 There also will be time for a Q&A with our presenters—an opportunity you don’t want to miss!Sign Up TodayCan’t make it?Don’t worry. Register for this webinar anyway and you’ll get a recording sent to you after the webinar has completed.This article has been edited and republished with permissions from Clear Admit.center_img In this online information session, you will be provided with an overview of taking the GRE® General Test for business school, including tips on how to do your best on the test so you can stand out to your top schools.Attendees will receive:Overview of the GRE® General TestGrowth of MBA Programs Accepting GRE® ScoresRegistration TipsWhat to expect on test dayGetting and sending your scoresTools to help you prepare Last Updated Oct 16, 2017 by Metro MBAFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail RelatedChoosing Between the GRE and GMATGRE and GMAT: Which One to Take? As you begin to explore an MBA education, the question of whether to take the GRE or GMAT may soon arise. While the GMAT has traditionally been the test that MBA applicants take, more and more top graduate business programs are starting to accept…September 28, 2015In “Admissions Tips”Dallas MBA Programs That Do Not Require The GMAT/GREIf test anxiety figuratively siphoned off your oxygen supply like the death grip of a boa constrictor when you took the SATs, who knows what deadly, metaphorical anaconda might show up if you dared to schedule a GRE or GMAT. For those lucky few of you bound for business school…January 10, 2017In “Admissions Tips”Boston MBA Programs without GMAT and GRE RequirementsLet’s be honest: Nobody likes taking tests. And knowing that one test could have a significant impact on your education can make you feel like you’re in a pressure cooker. The GRE and GMAT are just two examples of tests that can leave talented, intelligent students waking up sweating. There are other…September 26, 2016In “Featured Region”last_img read more

Hurricane Irma Will Devastate the US FEMA Chief Says

first_img Hurricane Irma Will ‘Devastate’ the US: FEMA Chief Says By Reuters September 8, 2017 Updated: September 8, 2017 Share this article  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   US Anticipating that Hurricane Irma will “devastate” part of the United States, U.S. officials were preparing a massive response to the storm, the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said on Friday.With Irma set to hit Florida as early as Saturday night, parts of Florida was expected to lose electricity for days, if not longer, and more than 100,000 people may need shelter, FEMA Administrator Brock Long warned at a news conference.“Hurricane Irma continues to be a threat that is going to devastate the United States in either Florida or some of the southeastern states,” Long said.University of Wisconsin models of Hurricane Irma's possible path as of Sept. 8, 2017, 8 a.m. EST. (University of Wisconsin) University of Wisconsin models of Hurricane Irma’s possible path as of Sept. 8, 2017, 8 a.m. EST. (University of Wisconsin)Irma was a Category 5 hurricane, the most dangerous measure by the National Hurricane Center, before being downgraded to Category 4 early Friday after pummeling islands in the Caribbean.The United States has experienced only three Category 5 storms since 1851 and Irma is far larger than the last one to hit the United States in 1992, Hurricane Andrew, according to Long. (NOAA) (NOAA)He warned people not to ignore evacuation orders.“They need to get out and listen and heed the warnings,” Long said.Officials have thousands of personnel ready to respond and millions of meals and liters of water in place nearby, Long said.The National Weather Service said that Friday was the last day to evacuate before winds would start to reach unsafe speeds in Florida.Airlines added extra flights from Florida on Thursday before announcing plans to halt service from some southern Florida airports starting Friday afternoon.U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price called Irma a “remarkably dangerous storm and the window to get yourself in the right spot … is closing rapidly.”Price said the main hospital in St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands was closed after being damaged by Irma, and critically ill patients were being evacuated to Puerto Rico or other islands.On Friday, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 316-90 to approve a measure to more than double funding to $15.25 billion for FEMA and local block grants to handle natural disasters after the Senate passed the measure Thursday, 80-17.FEMA’s disaster assistance fund could have run out of money Friday without action. President Donald Trump is expected to sign the measure Friday.The measure also extends the life of the National Flood Insurance Program through Dec. 5. It had been set to expire Sept. 30. center_img Share Hurricane Irma reached historic proportions on Wednesday, Sept. 6, becoming the only Atlantic or Eastern Pacific hurricane on record with sustained winds of 185 mph for over 24 hours, according to Eric Blake, a scientist with the National Hurricane Center. (NOAA) Show Discussionlast_img read more

NBC Pledges to Air NFL Anthem Protests During Super Bowl LII

first_img Show Discussion A top NBC sports executive producer said that the network planned on airing coverage of national anthem protests, if they happen, during the NFL’s upcoming Super Bowl LII.“The Super Bowl is a live event … and when you’re covering a live event, you’re covering what’s happening. So if there are players that choose to kneel, they will be shown live,” said Fred Gaudelli, via Adweek, at the Television Critics Association winter press tour. Executive Producer of Super Bowl LII, Fred Gaudelli, speaks onstage during the Television Critics Association Press Tour at The Langham Huntington, Pasadena on Jan. 9, 2018 in Pasadena, California. (Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)The gesture could give the anthem protests that started in 2016 an even bigger stage. Last year’s Super Bowl had the fifth highest viewership of any TV broadcast ever, according to Fox News. But criticism against the NFL for the anthem protests has risen while viewer ratings have dropped. They were declining before the 2017 season, and are expected to continue that decline during the playoffs, CNN reportedWhen asked about empty stadiums and diminished television viewership, Gaudelli and sportscaster Al Michaels cited other reasons.“Obviously, you can watch the game anywhere on any device there is. If your team isn’t having the season you’d hoped they have, if the weather is bad…I think there are a lot of factors and to pin it on one thing I think is erroneous,” said Gaudelli at the meeting, via Variety. On-air talent Al Michaels speaks onstage at the ‘Sunday Night Football’ panel during the NBCUniversal NBC Sports portion of the 2014 Summer Television Critics Association at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 14, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)“Most of the seats in most of the stadiums have been sold, but you go to Atlanta, where they just opened up a new stadium. They have behind the lower bowl a 100-yard almost mall. You’ve got stores, you’ve got bars, you’ve got restaurants, you’ve got games for the kids,” added Michaels.The pair spoke at the Television Critics Association press tour, a twice a year event showcasing the latest ventures by top media networks. According to their website, the association “represents more than 200 professional journalists who cover television for publications across the United States and Canada.” Executive Producer Fred Gaudelli and sportscaster Al Michaels speak onstage during the NBCUniversal portion of the 2018 Winter Television Critics Association Press Tour at The Langham Huntington, Pasadena on Jan. 9, 2018 in Pasadena, California. (Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)The NFL anthem protests have been a source of contention since they began in 2016. Former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick credits his initiation of the protests with his current inability to gain employment in the NFL and has tried to take legal action. Within the NFL, the protests have been a source of confusion for management, players, and players organizations, who have expressed different ideas of how to handle the issues they have brought up.Opposition to the protests comes down from the highest level of government. President Trump has expressed his disapproval via Twitter and in speeches. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell hasn’t publicly taken a definite stance on the protests. The Super Bowl could reveal a larger picture of how the protests have affected the NFL’s image, at its largest yearly event.  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Share US News NBC Pledges to Air NFL Anthem Protests During Super Bowl LII By Colin Fredericson January 10, 2018 Updated: January 10, 2018 Recommended Video: Corvette Chase NBC Sports executive producer of Fred Gaudelli and sportscaster Al Michaels speak onstage during the NBCUniversal portion of the 2018 winter Television Critics Association Press Tour at The Langham Huntington, Pasadena on January 9, 2018. (Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images) Share this articlelast_img read more