The Conservative party has promised to force local

first_imgThe Conservative party has promised to force local authorities to plan for the provision of accessible housing for disabled and older people, if it retains power in next month’s general election.The party also announced that employers who recruit disabled people – and employees from other groups, such as care-leavers – would be given a year’s “holiday” on their national insurance contributions for that member of staff.On social security, the manifesto says the party has “no plans for further radical welfare reform in this parliament”, but it stops short of promising there will be no more reforms at all or ruling out any further cuts to disability benefits.Instead, it warns that a Conservative government would continue to ensure a “sustainable” welfare system, with help “targeted at those who need it most”.The manifesto also shows that the Conservatives have dumped their target of halving the disability employment gap in five years – which it made little progress in achieving over the two years of the last parliament – in favour of a new target of finding jobs for one million more disabled people over the next 10 years.It promises to “harness the opportunities of flexible working and the digital economy to generate jobs for those whose disabilities make traditional work difficult”, and to provide “advice and support” for employers in hiring and retaining disabled employees.It also says the party will “push ahead” with its plans for tackling hate crime, including disability hate crime, even though the four-year action plan the Conservative government published last summer was condemned for its “totally disrespectful” failure to address problems around disability-related hostility.There are also promises that a Conservative government would “review” regulations – and amend them “if necessary” – on access to licensed premises such as pubs and restaurants, blue parking badges and housing.This includes a commitment to review building regulations on the accessibility of new homes.These pledges suggest the party may have been listening to some of the concerns raised by a major report by a House of Lords committee last year on the impact of the Equality Act on disabled people, and last month’s report on disability and the built environment by the Commons women and equalities committee.The manifesto says it will support the provision of “specialist housing where it is needed, like multigenerational homes and housing for older people, including by helping housing associations increase their specialist housing stock”.This would ensure government-supported housing programmes include suitable provision of housing for older and disabled people, and that councils plan for such provision in their own local planning policies and local housing programmes.There are 18 mentions of “disabled”, “disability” and “disabilities” in the 88-page Conservative manifesto, although all but five are contained in a three-paragraph section on disability policies.The party had previously announced plans to replace the “anachronistic” Mental Health Act and address the increasing numbers of people in mental distress who are detained under the act.The party has promised that the new mental health treatment bill will include “revised thresholds for detention”, and new codes of practice to “reduce the disproportionate use of mental health detention for minority groups, especially black men”.Prime minister Theresa May (pictured) has also promised further powers to protect people from discrimination in the workplace through “sweeping changes” to the Equality Act – offering more protection to those with fluctuating mental health conditions – and to fund an extra 10,000 mental health staff working in the NHS by 2020, although the manifesto now promises “up to” 10,000 more mental health professionals.Labour has pointed out that the number of mental health nurses and doctors working in the NHS in England has fallen by more than 6,600 since 2010.The party’s mental health announcements were greeted with accusations of “hypocrisy”, after user-led groups pointed out that Conservative social security policies, including the coercion and bullying of benefit claimants, had created and worsened mental distress.last_img read more

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first_imgA note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS… Labour is facing mounting anger from disabled anti-cuts activists over its refusal to call for the government’s universal credit benefit system to be scrapped.Much of the anger has been directed at shadow work and pensions secretary Margaret Greenwood, who instead of pledging to scrap universal credit – at Labour’s annual conference in Liverpool this week – announced a lengthy review of social security policy.It comes little more than a year after a disability equality roadshow – led by her predecessor Debbie Abrahams – covered many of the same issues and asked disabled people across the country what they would like to see from a new social security system.But anger has also been directed at the unions.Earlier this month, trade unions voted at the annual TUC Congress to call on the Labour party to shift its policy stance and promise to scrap universal credit.But this week, two unions appeared to retreat from that pledge by putting their names to a motion to the Labour conference that called instead for a “fundamental overhaul” of universal credit.The motion was moved by USDAW and seconded by GMB.Paula Peters, a member of the national steering group of Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC), said DPAC would “hold Labour to account” and “if need be we will take the fight to them”.She said: “The anger is building and it is palpable.“The mantra ‘for the many, not the few’ is ringing a bit hollow at the moment. I don’t think it applies to people who are unemployed or disabled people.”She said the actions of the unions in moving and seconding a motion that called for university to be paused and fixed – just weeks after voting for it to be scrapped – was “a massive slap in the face”.As a result of Greenwood’s “lacklustre” speech, which Peters said was “another fudge”, DPAC is calling on campaigners to write to the MP – and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, shadow chancellor John McDonnell and shadow minister for disabled people Marsha de Cordova – “about how they feel about Labour not stopping and scrapping universal credit and what they felt about her speech”.Greenwood explicitly called in her speech (watch from 2 mins 15 secs) for the government to “stop the rollout of universal credit and fix its many flaws” rather than for it to be scrapped.Senior figures in the party, including McDonnell, de Cordova, and Greenwood, all suggested to varying degrees during the week that the party was moving closer to calling for universal credit to be scrapped, but none of them said that explicitly.Greenwood told the Mirror that scrapping universal credit was “something we’re sort of in the process of looking into” and that the party was not ruling it out.But de Cordova, who was the most outspoken of the three, told DNS (see separate story): “I believe Labour needs to come up with its own alternative.“The party are not quite as close [as I am] to saying stop and scrap but you know what, if something isn’t working maybe there is no value in tinkering at the edges.”McDonnell told a fringe event hosted by the PCS union: “There are discussions about what we do about universal credit, do we scrap it or reform it or whatever.“Some of this is semantics. It needs transformation in a way that enables people to operate an effective and efficient system, both from the staff point of view and the claimants’ point of view, but also we’ve got to find the resources that lift people out of poverty.“Part of that will be the introduction of the real living wage, £10 an hour, part of it will be the restoration of trade union rights, so people will be properly represented, part of it will be the restoration of collective bargaining… but there will also be the need for a social security net to protect people.“So our job now in the coming months, and all of you will be engaged with this, is how do we redesign the system so the net is effectively lifting people out of poverty and is effective in ensuring no-one falls through that net. That’s the challenge that we have got.”McDonnell (pictured, right, with Greenwood, second from left) said later in the fringe, in answer to a question about universal credit: “All the messages we are getting at the moment is that this is a system that just doesn’t work, won’t work, and therefore not only needs reform but needs replacing.“That is the debate that we will have as we go forward.”But Peters told Disability News Service that disabled people and others were going to get “walloped” by the migration of existing claimants – including those on employment and support allowance – onto universal credit from next year.She said: “They have missed a really good opportunity to announce they are scrapping universal credit.”In response to the announcement of a review of social security policy, she said: “We have sat down at so many round-table events and talked and talked and talked and talked to Labour for quite a few years.“We don’t need words from Labour, we need action. We are fed up with meetings and talking and little from it. Words are meaningless, we want action, not words.”last_img read more

IT can reduce your risk of major illnesses such a

first_imgIT can reduce your risk of major illnesses, such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer by up to 50% per cent and lower your risk of early death by up to 30 per cent.It’s free, easy to take, has an immediate effect and you don’t need a GP to get some. Its name? Exercise.According to a recent NHS study, exercise is the miracle cure we’ve always had, but we’ve neglected to take our recommended dose for too long and our health is now suffering as a consequence.Whatever your age, there’s strong scientific evidence that being physically active can help you lead a healthier and even happier life.People who do regular activity have a lower risk of many chronic diseases, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke and some cancers.Research shows that physical activity can also boost self-esteem, mood, sleep quality and energy, as well as reducing your risk of stress, depression, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.“If exercise were a pill, it would be one of the most cost-effective drugs ever invented,” says Dr Nick Cavill, a health promotion consultant.Health benefitsGiven the overwhelming evidence, it seems obvious that we should all be physically active. It’s essential if you want to live a healthy and fulfilling life into old age.It’s medically proven that people who do regular physical activity have:up to a 35% lower risk of coronary heart disease and stroke up to a 50% lower risk of type 2 diabetes up to a 50% lower risk of colon cancer up to a 20% lower risk of breast cancer a 30% lower risk of early death up to an 83% lower risk of osteoarthritis up to a 68% lower risk of hip fracture a 30% lower risk of falls (among older adults) up to a 30% lower risk of depression up to a 30% lower risk of dementia A Modern ProblemPeople are less active nowadays, partly because technology has made our lives easier. We drive cars or take public transport. Machines wash our clothes. We entertain ourselves in front of a TV or computer screen. Fewer people are doing manual work, and most of us have jobs that involve little physical effort. Work, house chores, shopping and other necessary activities are far less demanding than for previous generations.We move around less and burn off less energy than people used to. Research suggests that many adults spend more than seven hours a day sitting down, at work, on transport or in their leisure time.Alun Peacock, Managing Director of gymBUG, St Helens’ newest gym – and the matchball sponsor when we take on Huddersfield this Saturday – agrees with the research findings: “To stay healthy or to improve wellbeing, it is our feeling that adults need to do two types of physical activity each week: both aerobic and muscle-strengthening activity. However, we also realise that the level of physical activity each person needs to do depends on their age and physical ability.“At gymBUG we are sympathetic to this and have designed a workout space to cater for absolutely all abilities and experiences, from first-timers to seasoned athletes. By bringing this facility to St Helens at affordable prices we have also ensured that getting fitter is now available to all.”Join online at or visit us today.last_img read more

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first_imgTHIS is sure to be one of the hottest products that have ever come in to the Saints Superstore.The Super League 2014 – Grand Final & Season Review is a double DVD set which features four hours of highlights from a historic season.The set comprises: Disc 1 – Full Season Review – featuring highlights of the key games from the 27 rounds involving all 14 clubs and all the play-off games, alongside interviews with a number of players and coaches. (2 hours approx)Disc 2 – Saints v Wigan Grand Final in full including with Sky commentary, post match celebrations & interviews (2 hours approx)It’s priced at £14.99.To buy pop into the Saints Superstore or log on here.last_img read more

Barbershop finds new home after shopping center fire

first_img “Anytime there’s a bad situation, you can’t always give up,” said Quail Alston.When the Village Plaza Shopping Center burned down more than three months ago, it was a huge blow to both businesses owners and the neighborhood who relied on it.Residents who were within walking distance must now find other options.Related Article: WFD: House fire the result of cooking left unattended“It’s kind of hard for people that don’t have transportation,” said Alston.Alston owned Quail’s Quality Cuts at Village Plaza, and he wanted to find a location nearby that was convenient for his customers.Just one day after the fire, he found a vacant store on Castle Street.He says the only thing that survived from the old shop was the sign.“We had to put the place together as much as we could, and we started work immediately,” said Alston.With help from customers and friends, Alston turned the store into a barbershop all his own, complete with wall art of his beloved Philadelphia Eagles donated by customers.“It’s not luck, it’s not anything else, we think it was a blessing from God. Because you don’t get another business the next day,” said Alston.Alston hopes the other businesses put out by the fire will recover too.“You got to keep your head and stay strong, and God will work it out, you know, you just got to believe,” he said. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) —  More than three months after Wilmington’s Village Plaza burned down, the future of the businesses it housed remains unclear. But one shop has been able to move forward.Quail’s Quality Cuts was a staple of the shopping center. Even though they lost virtually everything to fire, the owner says he feels blessed.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Cape Fear River Watch presenting film discussion about water and GenX

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — On Thursday, Cape Fear River Watch will show a film about the drinking water crisis in West Virginia and the introduction of GenX in the Cape Fear River.“The Devil We Know” is described as a film that “unravels one of the biggest environmental scandals of our time”. A group of citizens in West Virginia take on a powerful corporation after they discover it has knowingly been dumping a toxic chemical – now found in the blood of 99.7% of Americans – into the drinking water supply.- Advertisement – The film is free to attend and scheduled to start at 6 p.m. at Thalian Hall. After it ends, there will be a discussion from 7:30-8 p.m. Attorney Robert Bilott will join Cape Fear Riverkeeper Kemp Burdette. Bilott represented 70,000 citizens whose drinking water was contaminated. Their 19-year-long battle culminated last year in a $670.7 million settlement by DuPont and spin-off Chemours.The trailer for “The Devil We Know” is available here.To register to attend the screening and discussion, click here.last_img read more

Southport issues mandatory evacuations ahead of Florence

first_img A mandatory evacuation for Southport residents starts at 8 a.m. Wednesday.Click here for the latest closing and delays. 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% Surf City will not resume dune restoration until November2:24Gov. Cooper tours Fair Bluff Fire Station, talks hurricane recovery0:55School supply giveaway aims to help those affected by Florence1:41Northside Pool repairs almost complete0:30Support the Port among winners of disaster recovery grant0:56Vet receives a free roof after losing one to Florence0:55HOPE NC INTERVIEW3:25Hampstead woman loses home in Florence, surprised with help 10 months later2:04Tropical Integrated Warning Team meeting helps agencies prepare during hurricane season1:56US 421 bridge work continues after Florence washout0:47Teens help those affected by Hurricane Florence, Matthew2:08Florence victims face 100-degree days in FEMA trailers1:04Volunteers desperately needed to assist with building efforts after Hurricane Florence3:39Hurricane shifts sand in coastal waters, could increase swimming threats2:13First responders join WARM in hurricane recovery efforts0:59Oak Island Pier set to reopen Wednesday0:25Oceanic Restaurant ready to dive in on Mother’s Day0:30Possible return date for Jervay community released2:18New Hanover Schools hourly employees won’t get paid for five days2:14Hurricane Recovery round table gives residents access to mroe help post-Florence2:10Brunswick Town Historic Site museum reopens Saturday1:00Wilmington man meets paramedics who saved his life hours before hurricane2:20Rep. David Rouzer talks Mueller report, storm recovery4:24Spruce up your yard at annual spring plant sale in Burgaw0:47RESIDE Disaster Relief Shelter holds rubbon cutting0:54Students say “Thank you” to first responders1:25AG sues Florida tree removal company for alleged price gouging in Wilmington2:14’Cross Creek Hero’ continues to lend a helping hand2:17USO shows appreciation to the coast guard, shutdown, hurricane0:52Proposed tax credit could assist repairs for historic homes in disaster zones2:04Two New Hanover schools to move into new buildings next month1:26NC students write book about experience with Hurricane Florence1:22Luncheon highlights ’growth and transformation’ in downtown Wilmington0:32Gov. Roy Cooper says downtown Wilmington ’revitalized’ after Florence2:02Community rolls together to get topsail beach skating rink back open after storm1:36Cape Fear Garden Club plants the seed for Airlie Gardens’ Florence recovery0:57Wilmington firefighters honored for rescue during Hurricane Florence1:50Rep. David Rouzer talks rebuilding damaged dike in Bladen County1:40Fix to Kelly dike system still in limbo following community conversation2:13Neighbors fight to stop construction of ’essential’ hospital water system2:31County, city still waiting on millions in Florence reimbursement1:51Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo talks Florence recovery 6 months after storm1:51Boiling Spring Lakes: Only 40% of recovery completed since historic hurricane2:26Owner moves to new location after Florence wipes out iconic restaurant1:06Pender community surfs its way to recovery months after storm1:27ONLY ON WWAY: Gov. Cooper gives recovery update six months post-Florence7:42’This is a miracle’: Whitestocking community gets help to rebuild church2:19Bethlehem Baptist Church is on the road to recovery after Florence1:22800+ Pender students still displaced several months after historic hurricane1:58Are some homes worth the renovation after Hurricane Florence?1:17Free seeds offer easier start to families replanting0:54Cape Fear Volunteer Center needs help moving Florence survivors into new homes0:53Florence survivor finds new housing, not out of the woods yet0:31Rebuild continues almost 6 months since Hurricane Florence1:35Rebuild continues almost 6 months since Hurricane Florence2:19Florence destroys Pender County farm, help comes from across country2:07How can we improve for next time? Pender reviews storm response to Florence1:40USS Battleship North Carolina continues to battle Mother Nature1:54Will Carolina Beach businesses reopen in time for start of season?2:05FEMA assistance starts to end, Florence victims still without homes2:07New Hanover County issues Hurricane Florence after action report1:22Veteran forced out of garage after Florence moves into camper0:31Gov. Cooper proposes funding aimed to help schools recovering from Florence1:44Florence clean up efforts ongoing1:54Pender Co. ends Hurricane Florence state of emergency0:16Volunteers needed to clean up Ev-Henwood Nature Preserve in Leland0:30University breaks ground on new student housing0:57Topsail Island is back open post-Florence1:38Barfield: ’State of the county is strong’2:17Habitat breaks ground on 4 new homes in Wilmington0:54Volunteer attorneys could help homeowners denied help from FEMA4:06Pro bono FEMA clinic for those affected by Hurricane Florence4:06First ever pender county state of education and economy held in burgaw1:52Wrightsville Beach restaurant closed since Florence starts rehiring staff0:53Hurricane Florence victims can still apply for disaster mitigation0:55Are you ready for breakfast?1:00Historic grounds reopens after shutdown1:27Hurricane Florence recovery summit brings survivors together1:31New Wrightsville Beach school planned with storms, floods in mind0:33TX official offers affordable housing advice after experiencing Hurricane Harvey1:04Whitestocking residents welcome truckload of donations from Pennsylvania3:06FEMA hosting meeting to address flood mitigation questions, concerns3:39University still repairing classrooms and apartments four months after hurricane0:30Cooper to Trump: End shutdown so NC can rebuild after Hurricane Florence0:33Experts say affordable housing is in more trouble following Florence0:58Stranger drives across country to reunite NC boy fighting cancer with his dog2:19Will a $2M flood plan save the Battleship North Carolina parking lot?1:05Woman says Florence damage is severely affecting her health1:54When you can learn more about applying for buyouts on flood-prone homes0:25Pender County students to receive free meals through January 310:20Animal aid group says majority of supplies lost after theft1:02Duke energy wants customers to help with $760m storm cost0:44Find out how you can help the environment by getting rid of your Christmas tree1:02New study researches how Hurricane Florence could have impacted pregnancies2:16Ward gives back to his community during the holidays1:32Gov. Cooper reflects on efforts to rebuild following Hurricane Florence3:14Gov. Cooper: 2018 was a tough year for North Carolina2:37Man designs ornaments made from Florence debris0:38Businesses team up to host Hurricane Florence recovery fundraiser0:56Rain lowers ’Christmas on the Square’ turnout0:54XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings SOUTHPORT, NC (WWAY) — The mayor of Southport issued a State of Emergency for the city Monday afternoon as Hurricane Florence tracks closer to the Cape Fear.A mandatory evacuation for all visitors and tourist Monday, voluntary for residents.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Oak Island issues voluntary evacuation for residents

first_img Click here for the latest closures and delays. (Photo: Oak Island) OAK ISLAND, NC (WWAY) — A State of Emergency has been declared by the Town of Oak Island ahead of Hurricane Florence.A mandatory evacuation was ordered for visitors and tourists at noon Monday. A voluntary evacuation for residents and non-resident property owners went into effect Monday.- Advertisement – last_img

Two rescued after 50ft yacht catches on fire near Carolina Beach

first_img Wild says he was the first to respond to the scene and saw the yacht engulfed in flames.Wild told WWAY the fire spread quickly and had to get the pair off as soon as possible.“I could feel the heat from the boat as I was tying up to it,” Wild said. “I threw a line to one of the guys on board and we were about to start getting some of his personal items off the boat and we quickly learned that we didn’t have time. A window popped and the fire really took off. I don’t think he even grabbed his shoes. He come on my boat and we took off.”Related Article: Person injured after being hit by car in Carolina BeachCoast Guard and law enforcement also responded to the scene.Wild says the men on the boat were transporting it from New York to it’s owners in Florida. WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Two men were unharmed during a yacht fire in the Intracoastal Waterway Thursday afternoon, according to TowBoat U.S.Captain and Co-owner of TowBow U.S. Matt Wild says at approximately 1:35 p.m., a 50-ft Prestige motor yacht around the Myrtle Grove Sound area near Carolina Beach reported an engine fire.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Man arrested for armed robbery at Wilmington gas station

first_imgSurveillance photos of suspect in armed robbery on March 31, 2019. (Photo: WPD) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The man believed to be suspect in an armed robbery in Wilmington is behind bars.Wilmington Police say Eddie McCracken, 54, was arrested by US Marshals Task Force and WPD Wednesday morning.- Advertisement – He allegedly robbed the Phoenix Mart at 2238 S 17th Street early Sunday morning.Police say McCracken is charged with armed robbery and is currently being held at the New Hanover County Jail.last_img read more

Canetuck Community Center to receive National Register of Historic places status

first_imgPENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — During the early 20th century, Booker T. Washington and Julius Rosenwald partnered with communities across the South to build, what was considered at the time, state-of-the-art schools for African-American children living in rural and impoverished areas.Many of those schools were constructed in rural areas across North Carolina and a number of these historic schools in Pender County have survived.- Advertisement – After years of being fascinated by these old wood-frame buildings that African Americans built generations ago, Filmmaker Claudia Stack conducted extensive research on the topic and produced a film to help document this important part of history.“Rosenwald Schools were schools that African American communities built in partnership with the Julius Rosenwald Fund,” Stack said. “Booker T. Washington came up with the idea, and got philanthropist Julius Rosenwald to donate money and he would match the amount of money that communities raised.”The African-American people who lived in these communities were paying their taxes to the federal government and having to raise money again in order to build schools in which their children could meet to receive an education in the segregated South.Related Article: UNCW to host 4th Annual Cape Fear Minority Enterprise Development WeekDr. Richard T. Newkirk is a long-time Ivanhoe resident and knows how important these schools were to the black community.“The schools were actually the central place for what went on in the community,” Newkirk said.Since many of the Rosenwald schools were built using sub-standards building materials, there was a notion that the educational quality of the schools was also sub-standard.On the contrary, Newkirk said the teachers mostly lived within the community and knew the children and their parents very well. The teachers also expected a high level of accountability from the students.“We were told ‘You’re black, you’re going to be black all your life, you may have to know twice as much to get the same job for half the pay. We’re not here to hear you complain,’” and Newkirk added, “There was a focus on, here’s the opportunity [its up to you] to take advantage of it.”So why have so many Rosenwald schools survived all these years in Pender County?“Pender County has been a little more economically oppressed say than New Hanover County so a lot of those wood structures survived due to the dedication of alumni groups or some churches and individuals who purchased them and preserved those buildings,” Stack said. “Even though Pender County did not build the most Rosenwald schools, they may still have the most schools still standing in the state.”In 2016, Stack and Lyndon Kyle Holt produced a documentary entitled “Under the Kudzu” which was shown at the National Trust for Historic Preservation Conference about Rosenwald Schools at Tuskegee. The 55-minute documentary traces the history of two Pender County Rosenwald Schools.In the Pender County community of Currie, you’ll find the Canetuck Community Center. It is a restored two-room Rosenwald School in which Betty Thompson helped obtain the National Register of Historic places status.On Saturday, there will be a plaque unveiling at the center which is located at 6098 Canetuck Road in Currie. The event will be from noon until 3 p.m. Attendees are urged to register in advance by going to read more

Watch Deaf mother relates how her daughter became her listening medium

first_imgA deaf mother who shares her experiences on her blog called A Silent World spoke about how her two-year-old girl has become her listening medium. At such a tender age, little Emily is already capable of communicating with her mother in sign language.In her latest blog, Anabelle Xerri shares with her readers how little Emily was taught to sign from the very start and how now she is able to speak in three different languages – Maltese sign language, Maltese spoken language and English spoken language.Xerri continued to say that this demonstrated how important and helpful it is for a deaf infant to be taught sign language, saying that a baby’s first year is the most crucial for the grasp of languages. <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> WhatsAppcenter_img SharePrintlast_img read more

Its here The July 2010 Issue

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Apple bought Lightning trademark from HarleyDavidson

first_imgAdvertisement Apple officially landed the European trademark over the weekend on the Lightning name for its new mobile connector, but local regulatory filings show that Apple had to buy the rights from motorcycle maker Harley-Davidson.As the patent blog Patently Apple first reported, Harley had been granted the Lightning trademark in Europe in 2005 for a line of motorcycles and parts, though it doesn’t appear that the company ever brought any bikes to market with that name. Harley-Davidson did not respond to a request for comment.Apple was officially granted two European trademark registrations for “Lightning” on Nov. 24. The trademarks were only partially transferred from Harley, meaning that Hogs could carry the Lightning name in the future. – Advertisement – Financial terms of the deal weren’t disclosed.The trademarks Apple received cover a broad list of items, from motorcycle electrical parts and speedometers to audio and video equipment. They also cover vending machines, slot and pinball machines, Christmas tree ornaments, golf tees, cat toys, television sets and eyeglasses.Though the list was likely generated by Harley to cover all of its potential marketing bases, the TV and eyeglasses inclusions piqued some interest in the blogosphere. Could Apple be planning an iTV, or glasses that include the Lightning connector? If so, the company is now covered — in Europe, at least. An Apple spokeswoman was unavailable to comment for this story.Apple unveiled its new eight-prong Lightning connector in September when the company debuted the iPhone 5. It’s much tinier than the 30-pin connector that had been Apple’s standard since 2003, and it now helps power the iPad Mini, fourth-generation iPad and much of the iPod lineup, in addition to the latest iPhone.Though Apple says the smaller connector was necessary to miniaturize its product lineup, customers with legacy hardware have cried foul that Apple is charging $20 and up for an adapter. Cheap knockoffs have made their way to market, despite new restrictions put in place by Apple to prevent copycats.Credit: CNNlast_img read more

How ads in Facebook Messenger could look like

first_imgFB Messenger. Image Credit: CNCB Advertisement Facebook Inc. reportedly plans to start rolling out ads in its standalone chat app, Messenger, in the second quarter, but we may have just gotten our first taste of what they could look like.Jonathan Tzou, director of marketing at GSV Labs, screenshotted a promotion for Uber that appeared at the top of his Messenger app:Uber ad appearing on Facebook Messenger. Image Credit: Business InsiderTzou has never used Uber through Messenger before, and this promotion wasn’t in a message thread, so it’s unclear whether this is another kind of ad that Facebook is thinking of using broadly or something that is exclusive to Uber. – Advertisement – TechCrunch’s Josh Constine and Jon Russell reported that when Facebook rolls out Messenger ads it will be in the form of allowing businesses that already have chat threads with consumers to send them messages with sale announcements or product information.Earlier this month, sources told The Information’s Cory Weinberg that the ride-hailing app started integrating with Facebook Messenger in December, but consumer usage of the feature has been slow.So, there’s also a chance that this could be a non-paid relationship between Uber and Facebook, too, as the social network tries to encourage developers who are considering plugging into the Messenger platform.[Business Insider]last_img read more

Government to give Sh15 billion per year to support ICT innovations

first_imgAdvertisement President Yoweri Museveni has directed the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning to put aside Ugx 15 billion every year to support young ICT innovators and help in the construction of two ICT parks in Uganda.In a letter dated 5th September 2015, he instructed the Minister of Finance, Matia Kasaijja to release the money to the Ministry of ICT.This comes a week after UCC organized the ICT Innovators Forum, where innovators and tech entrepreneurs asked Frank Tumwebaze, the Minister for Information to secure funding and build more incubation hubs to help them develop and commercialize their products. The New Vision reports that Frank Tumwebaze also promised to secure land to for an ICT park. – Advertisement – President Museveni also commended the Ministry of ICT for mobilizing a number of young ICT graduates and professionals involved in the innovation of IT and other digital solutions into a forum.A direct quote from the letter read; “This is, therefore, to direct that, without distorting the set budget priorities, to rationalize from the already existing funds for youth livelihood and science innovation fund and get out a portion of money of at least 15bn per year to support this other category of youth involved in ICT innovations and also the development of the ICT parks.”@ recent #innovatorsforum @UCC_Official this was requested 4. #Govtlistens @skaheru @nbstv @OfwonoOpondo @ntegeb— Frank K Tumwebaze (@FrankTumwebazek) September 8, 2016Minister Frank Tumwebaze also promised to overlook the setup of a committee of experts from academia,government and the private sector to help filter potential ICT innovations to receive support from this fund.A commtt of experts frm academia,govt & private sector will b set up 2 judge potential ICT innovations 2support. @NITAUganda1 @UCC_Official— Frank K Tumwebaze (@FrankTumwebazek) September 8, 2016last_img read more

Houston National College Fair planned for April 15

first_imgAddThis ShareCONTACT: B.J. AlmondPHONE: (713) 348-6770E-MAIL: balmond@rice.eduHouston National College Fair planned for April 15 Free event gives students and parents a chance to meet with admission reps High school students and their parents can meet one on one with admission representatives from more than 200 colleges and universities at the Houston National College Fair April 15.The free event will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. at the George R. Brown Convention Center.”This is a great way for underserved students to get help navigating the complex process of applying to college,” said Tamara Siler, senior associate director of admission for Rice University, which will have a booth at the fair. ”Experts in admission and financial aid who can speak Spanish and Vietnamese as well as English will be available to answer questions.”A wide range of national and international, public and private, two-year and four-year colleges and universities will be represented at the fair.  The National Association for College Admission Counseling is sponsoring the event, which will be hosted by the Texas Association for College Admission Counselors.For a list of colleges exhibiting at the fair, tips for preparing for the fair and directions to the convention center, visit, e-mail or call 800-822-6285.last_img read more

Microchip fingerprints used to lock out chip pirates

first_imgShareCONTACT: Jade BoydPHONE: 713-348-6778E-MAIL: Microchip fingerprints used to lock out chip piratesRice original technology lets patent-holders remotely activate chipsPirated microchips — chips stolen from legitimate factories or made from stolen blueprints — account for billions of dollars in annual losses to chipmakers. But a series of novel techniques developed at Rice University over the past year could stop pirates by allowing chip designers to lock and remotely activate chips with a unique ID tag. When a chip is locked with the new technology, only the patent-holder can decipher the key and activate the chip — meaning knockoffs and stolen chips are worthless. “Ours is the first remote-activation scheme that protects integrated circuits against piracy by exploiting their inherent, unclonable variability,” said the technology’s original inventor, Farinaz Koushanfar, assistant professor in electrical and computer engineering at Rice. “We use slight variations that arise in modern manufacturing to create a unique, digital identification that acts like a fingerprint for each chip, and we integrate that into the chip’s functionality.” The original work was presented last August at the USENIX Security Symposium in Boston. Since the invention of the method, Koushanfar has collaborated with a number of researchers to build upon her original scheme. Last October, at the International Conference in Computer Aided Designs, Koushanfar and Rice graduate student Yousra Alkabani, in collaboration with Miodrag Potkonjak from UCLA, showed the first method that could continuously check, control, enable and disable a chip’s operation online by integrating the chip’s fingerprints into its functionality and actively checking them during operation. This month, Koushanfar and colleagues at the University of Michigan, Igor Markov and Jarrod Roy, will unveil a new form of the technology called ”EPIC: Ending Piracy of Integrated Circuits” at the IEEE Design Automation and Test Conference in Europe. The latest method is based on public key cryptography and works for chips that already have a built-in cryptography module. In all tests and research published during the past year, the new technology has proven to be stable, unclonable and attack-resilient. “The public tends to overlook hardware piracy and focus instead on the well-known and oft-publicized problem of software piracy,” Koushanfar said. “But some intellectual-property experts who have studied both estimate that the economic losses from hardware piracy is more severe compared to software piracy.” Hardware piracy has become increasingly problematic as the skyrocketing costs of microchip production have led chip-design companies to get out of the manufacturing business. When design and manufacturing are done by different companies, the design company’s sole asset is the intellectual property (IP) associated with the integrated circuit’s (IC) blueprints. Hardware makers have tried a number of approaches to safeguard designers’ IP, including stamping chips with watermarks, registering legitimate chips in databases and requiring the one-time use of an ID to unlock a chip’s functionality. But safeguarding individual ICs – and not IPs – is the unique aspect and contribution of Koushanfar’s work. Koushanfar said her original technology and her subsequent collaborative work stand apart from previously tried schemes because the ID generated in her scheme is derived directly from the chip itself, and without the ID, the chip will not function. “The chip itself provides the key,” she said. “There is no way to steal it because it doesn’t exist until the chip is actually made, and once made, only the designer knows how to decipher the key.” For her original invention, Koushanfar has received the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Young Faculty Award last year. Both the National Science Foundation and DARPA presently fund Koushanfar’s research. Koushanfar is also the director of the Texas Instruments DSP Leadership University program at Rice and has close industrial-level collaborations on her hardware security projects. AddThislast_img read more

Clark Atlanta Announces New Dean and More – Atlanta News

first_imgClark Atlanta Announces New Dean, and More – Atlanta News Last Updated Mar 8, 2018 by Max PulciniFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail It’s time for a newsflash! Let’s take a look some of the biggest business school and MBA news coming out of Atlanta metro this week.Silvanus J. Udoka Named Dean of Clark Atlanta University’s School of Business — Clark Atlanta NewsAccording to a press release issued by the school, Clark Atlanta University President Ronald A. Johnson announced the selection of Silvanus J. Udoka, Ph.D., as dean of the university’s School of Business Administration. The current professor and chair of the Department of Management will enter his new role on June 1, 2018.“I am honored to have been selected to serve as dean of Clark Atlanta University’s School of Business Administration,” Udoka said. “The history of the institution and the storied reputation of the School of Business Administration is palpable and the opportunities to create a transformative, innovative learning environment — attributes that first compelled me to pursue this assignment — align with my own mission to produce business and industry leaders who will not only compete successfully within the contemporary business environment, but apply critical thought, analysis and creativity to develop new market paradigms across vast sectors of the global economy. We are going to do great and exciting new things at Clark Atlanta.”You can read more about Udoka’s promotion here. 25 Alumni Recognized During Emory Entrepreneur Awards — Emory Business NewsLast month, the Emory Entrepreneur Network and Emory Alumni Association recognized 25 entrepreneurs Emory University alumni at the second annual Emory Entrepreneur Awards. According to the school, the awards celebrate alumni entrepreneurs who have innovated in their start and industry.Several of the recent Emory entrepreneur honorees pose during last month’s event / Photo via“As you’ll see tonight, we’ve got a really good diversity of different folks from different industries and different business that they’ve created,” Steve Greenfield, co-president of the Emory Entrepreneur Network said. “Thankfully, with the support of folks like the Emory Alumni Association and Goizueta, we’ve finally gotten some momentum behind this.”You can see the list of honorees here.New Mentoring Program Pairs MBA, Master’s Students With Professionals — Georgia State University NewshubThe J. Mack Robinson College of Business recently launched a graduate mentoring program that helps MBAs build relationships with seasoned industry veterans. The new six-month program matches mentors using an algorithm that examines factors such as industry, years of experience, career goals, and expected outcomes.“We are employing the latest technologies to ensure our new graduate mentoring program is another way in which we deliver on our vision that ‘no one gets closer to business than Robinson,’” dean Richard Phillips said.Learn more about the mentoring program here.These are the Top 5 Contenders for Amazon’s HQ2, According to Bank of America – Business InsiderIn non-school news, a handful of Bank of America industry insiders believe that Atlanta can very well be the final destination for HQ2, Amazon‘s much publicized soon-to-be second headquarters.“Bank of America considered two factors in choosing the cities: how closely each city mirrors Seattle (the site of Amazon’s current headquarters), and how attractive the city’s financial, employment, education, business, housing, transportation, and innovation sectors are.”Amazon’s Seattle headquarters / Photo via Elaine Thompson/Associated Press.The company has not yet released details of its pending final selection. You can read more about the industry expert’s predictions here. regions: Atlantacenter_img RelatedCAU Ranked Among Top HBCUs in the NationThe Clark Atlanta University – School of Business was recently ranked among the top historically black college and universities (HBCUs), coming in as the 18th best in the country. The school advanced a spot this year over its 19th place in last year’s ranking. Improvements such as the university’s graduation rates, first-year retention…September 20, 2016In “Featured Region”Your Guide to Atlanta Marketing MBA ProgramsWith a GDP of $304 billion, the Atlanta metro boasts the eighth-largest GDP in the United States. The city features the country’s third-largest concentration of Fortune 500 companies, including Coca-Cola, The Home Depot, Delta Air Lines, AT&T Mobility, Chick-fil-A, UPS and Newell-Rubbermaid, as well as more than 1,250 multinational corporations.…April 20, 2017In “Featured Home”Clark Atlanta Partners with Delta Air Lines to Offer New Scholarship Honoring AlumOn October 29th, 2015, Clark Atlanta University Business School announced recipients for the new Delta Air Lines Tiffany Jackson-Pugh Angel Wings Legacy Scholarship Award, honoring a CAU alumna and business leader at Delta Air Lines. Graduate students in the supply chain, engineering or business disciplines at CAU will be eligible…November 10, 2015In “Featured Region” About the AuthorMax PulciniMax Pulcini is a Philadelphia-based writer and reporter. He has an affinity for Philly sports teams, Super Smash Bros. and cured meats and cheeses. Max has written for Philadelphia-based publications such as Spirit News, Philadelphia City Paper, and Billy Penn, as well as national news outlets like The Daily Beast.View more posts by Max Pulcini last_img read more

Top MBA Recruiters Breaking Into Personal Care Empire LOreal

first_imgTop MBA Recruiters: Breaking Into Personal Care Empire L’Oreal 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 Considered by many as the world’s top beauty brand, L’Oreal is well known for its well-known fragrances, hair, nails, makeup, and skincare products, with a portfolio boasting legendary brands like Maybelline, Garnier, Redken, and Ralph Lauren. Headquartered in Clichy, Hauts-de-Seine, France, the company has also become a surprisingly strong top MBA recruiter. Lets take a look at what business school students need to know about the personal care empire.The History of L’OrealL’Oreal was founded in 1919 by Eugène Paul Louis Schueller, who ten years earlier developed a hair dye formula called Auréale. In 1920, the company employed three chemists, and by 1950, that figure grew to nearly 100. After decades of substantial growth, the company employees nearly 20,000 chemists. While the company got its start in the hair-color business, today it specializes in all types of cleansing and beauty products. In fact, L’Oréal currently markets thousands of individual hair color, permanents, hair styling, body and skin care, cleansers, makeup, and fragrance products.Working at L’OrealL’Oréal is a truly international: The company currently has 36 different brands, operating in 140 countries and employs more than 82,000 people worldwide. It’s also ranked among the top 20 most diverse and inclusive companies in the world, with a workforce made of 158 nationalities speaking 58 different languages.According to L’Oreal, 48 percent of the company’s American executives are women and another 37 percent of its American employees are people of color. Other interesting tidbits about the company’s diversity initiatives include:L’Oreal is certified by EDGE (Economic Dividends for Gender Equality) and GEEIS (Gender Equality European and International Standard) in 29 countriesEquileap rated L’Oréal as the top performer for 2017 regarding gender equality.The United Nations granted L’Oréal the CEO Leadership Award for Gender EqualityL’Oreal is included among the top 100 Bloomberg 2018 Gender-Equality IndexL’Oréal employed 1,238 people with disabilities in 2017Named one of the best places to work by Universum and Working MotherMBAs at L’OrealEach Fall, L’Oréal begins actively recruiting for summer MBA internships, including opportunities in marketing, finance, and R&D. L’Oréal’s USA Summer Internship program ranked 8th in the U.S. in 2017, as voted on by interns across the country in a survey organized by WayUp. Each summer sees an new batch of 15-25 MBA candidates working at L’Oreal in various like marketing, finance, and supply chain roles.Let’s take a closer look at the Operations Summer Internship Program for MBAs at L’Oreal. This internship gives students the opportunity to work in the company’s day in and day out activities. MBAs will be given opportunities to steer their own projects over the course of eleven weeks.Additional internship components, according to WayUp, include:Project management & presentation skills trainingCommunity service & volunteer activitiesTechnical tours: learn about the state of the art technology & automation through manufacturing plants and supplier visitsEarly consideration for a full-time opportunity upon graduationExposure to senior managementNetworking and development activitiesWhat Does L’Oreal Look For in MBA Candidates?Excellent verbal and written communication skills, the ability to problem solve operations issues, and strong organizational skills and multi-tasking ability in a fast paced environment are just a few things L’Oreal looks for in an MBA. L’Oreal employees are expected to effectively work independently and in a cross functional team while also demonstrating a strong sense of urgency with the flexibility to shift gears as priorities change.L’Oreal recruits MBA talent through on-campus events and Brandstorm, the firm’s global case study competition. MBAs from universities across the world forms teams of three to develop an idea for one of L’Oreal’s countless brands. Ultimately, three teams will be announced the winners of the competition.The showdown pits top American students with their European counterparts, with the Finals taking place in Paris on May 17, 2018. In fact, the European-based company has strong partnerships with several Europe’s top business schools, including INSEAD, HEC Paris, ESADE Business School, and Oxford Saïd.Innovating For the FutureL’Oreal has previously been named as one of the world’s most innovative companies by Fast Company and Forbes. New MBA hires at L’Oreal will ultimately be tasked with carrying these innovations forward. Some will be able to be on the front lines of innovation at Founders Factory.In 2016, L’Oréal announced its investment in Founders Factory, a multi-sector digital accelerator and incubator. Co-founded by Brent Hoberman, Henry Lane Fox and Jim Meyerle and based in London, L’Oréal became Founders Factory’s exclusive partner for investments in Beauty tech startups worldwide.Following the announcement, L’Oréal and Founders Factory committed to investing five early-stage startups and co-creating two new companies every year. Founders Factory’s entrepreneurs and experts provide support and advice to participating startups, as well as working with L’Oréal to jointly build and launch new products and services.L’Oréal didn’t become the world’s leading beauty corporation overnight. The company has been thriving for more than a century, thanks largely to smart innovations and investments like Founders Factory, as well as the talents and diversity of its employees. Will you be next? Last Updated May 3, 2018 by Max PulciniFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail center_img Related About the AuthorMax PulciniMax Pulcini is a Philadelphia-based writer and reporter. He has an affinity for Philly sports teams, Super Smash Bros. and cured meats and cheeses. Max has written for Philadelphia-based publications such as Spirit News, Philadelphia City Paper, and Billy Penn, as well as national news outlets like The Daily Beast.View more posts by Max Pulcini last_img read more