More than half of people 58 per cent who receive

first_imgMore than half of people (58 per cent) who receive care and support services in England have seen their quality of life fall in the last year, according to a new survey by a disabled-led expert group.A similar survey carried out last year found 45 per cent said their quality of life had fallen over the previous year.The survey has been carried out by the Independent Living Strategy Group (ILSG) – chaired by the disabled crossbench peer Baroness [Jane] Campbell – and published by the charity in Control, and focuses on the impact of cuts to social care on people’s independence and basic human rights.Baroness Campbell (pictured) said the survey proves that increased social care funding is needed to prevent disabled people from an “extreme risk” of harm and help develop a “radically” new system that “positively” supports independence and well-being.The survey has been published in the run-up to the chancellor’s autumn statement later this month.A quarter of those questioned said they had been told by their local authority in the last 12 months that their support packages would be reduced because of cuts or savings*.Baroness Campbell told Disability News Service (DNS): “If we don’t properly invest in our care and support system now, deeper cuts to people’s individual support are inevitable year-on-year, as the population increases.“This lack of investment is already having expensive financial and moral consequences, as our 2016 survey reveals.”Meanwhile, the Health Foundation, The King’s Fund and the Nuffield Trust concluded in a new report this week that cuts and rising demand will leave adult social care facing a £1.9 billion funding gap next year.And the Local Local Government Ombudsman said in its annual report into adult social care complaints that it had seen a 25 per cent rise in complaints about home care – 65 per cent of which were upheld – as well as a six per cent increase in complaints and enquiries about all areas of adult social care (to 2,969).Baroness Campbell says in the ILSG report that the survey aimed to discover whether the Care Act 2014 – potentially the “most exciting, creative and positive move forward in the history of local authority care and support services” – was “working in practice”.But the group warned that these duties had been imposed on local authorities at a time of “unprecedented cuts to their funding”, with adult social care departments forced into budget savings of 26 per cent over four years, the equivalent of £3.53 billion.A third of respondents (33 per cent) said that their level of choice and control over their support had fallen in the previous year, compared with just under 30 per cent in last year’s survey.And almost two out of five respondents (38 per cent) said they were having to rely more on family and friends for support, while more than a quarter (27 per cent) said they were having to pay more towards the cost of their support.Of the 95 people responding to the survey who previously received money from the Independent Living Fund (ILF), more than two-fifths (41 per cent) said the amount of support they received had fallen since ILF’s closure in June 2015, while nearly a third (32 per cent) said the quality of their day-to-day support had worsened since it closed.Baroness Campbell told DNS: “Our strategy group believes that extra funding is not simply required to prevent older and disabled people from extreme risk, but urgently needed to develop a radically new system which positively supports people’s independence and well-being.“After all, this was supposed to be the central aim of the government’s Care Act, which has yet to deliver.”She said the survey showed that councils were now placing “severe restrictions” on how people can use personal budgets or direct payments.She said: “This is counter to the Care Act’s aim, which is to empower local authorities to give more choice and control over how support is delivered.“They said they have no choice due to the funding shortage.“Shockingly, half of respondents reported that support now is only available for very basic personal care – an indication that people who need support are often condemned to a very limited existence.”The report was released just four days before the UN’s committee on the rights of persons with disabilities published a report that concluded that the UK government had committed “grave or systematic violations” of disabled people’s rights, including actions that “have hindered various aspects of their right to live independently and be included in the community” under article 19 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.Baroness Campbell said the survey demonstrated why the government had been found to be “failing miserably” in its responsibilities under article 19 of the convention.About half of ILSG are disabled people, and many represent disabled people’s organisations or user-led grassroots groups, including the Spartacus network, Shaping Our Lives, Inclusion London, Hammersmith and Fulham Coalition Against Cuts, Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People and Disability Rights UK.The survey was based on responses from 485 people who have support in England, including people who fund their own care, with the vast majority of the responses coming from service-users under the age of 65.*91 of the 363 survey respondents who answered this question said they had been told their support (or the money available for their support) would be reduced because of cuts or savingslast_img read more

Campaigners from across the country gathered outsi

first_imgCampaigners from across the country gathered outside parliament this week to call for an end to unsafe “shared space” street designs, which risk turning public spaces into “no go zones” for many disabled and older people.The protest (pictured) was organised by the National Federation of the Blind of the UK (NFBUK), and attended by members of Transport for All (TfA), and campaigners from Save Our Green Lanes, Enfield Town Residents Association and East Dunbartonshire Visually Impaired People’s Forum.They were joined by Michael Pringle, whose three-year-old son Clinton was killed after he was hit by a vehicle in a shared space scheme while on holiday in Jersey last year.Protesters later delivered a letter to the prime minister at Number 10, which calls for an end to all shared space street developments.Shared space schemes usually remove kerbs and controlled crossings, encouraging vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists to share the same space, but posing greater risks for partially-sighted and blind people, as well as other disabled people, including many of those with mobility impairments, learning difficulties or who are deaf.The NFBUK letter also calls for standard height kerbs and controlled crossings to be retained in all street schemes; an audit of all existing shared space developments, and for them to be made “accessible for all”; and for the current shared space guidance to be replaced with an “inclusive design approach”.TfA member Kasia Kubaszek, a guide dog-user from Hammersmith, west London, who attended this week’s protest, said she wanted an end to spared space developments.On one occasion, she was walking to the Albert Hall along Exhibition Road, a shared space scheme, and had to ask a stranger to walk with her because she felt so frightened.She said: “I felt terrified. I felt as though I was walking in the middle of the road, but I wasn’t.“I don’t think I would do it again unless I really, really had to. At any point, I felt as if a car could drive into me.“Even when I think about it now it makes me feel so anxious.”On another occasion, her guide dog Carrie was walking with her along High Street Kensington – another shared space scheme – and because there was no kerb she led her in front of a car, which fortunately stopped before it hit them.Karl Farrell, from Hackney, north London, who also took part in the protest, and is a member of both NFBUK and TfA, said that shared space areas produced “an unequal contest” between cars and pedestrians, particularly if the pedestrian was blind.He said: “Losing controlled crossings… these crossings are important because you know where you stand with them, you know what your position is, and you proceed to cross when you have the right of way.”But with shared space-type “courtesy crossings”, he often has no idea when to cross, because cars can be very quiet, as are cycles.He said: “In that situation, I might be stepping out into danger.”Earlier this summer, five NFBUK members hand-delivered a letter to the prime minister to ask for an independent inquiry into shared space developments “in order to regain the rights of residents to walk their town streets once again without needing to negotiate right-of-way with drivers of moving vehicles by sight, a task which is impossible for blind and vision-impaired people to carry out”.Catherine Smith, TfA’s campaigns and outreach officer, said: “We’ve heard from countless disabled and older people who are afraid to walk through shared spaces.“The government must act to stop our public spaces from becoming no go zones for disabled and older people.”Last month, the Department for Transport’s draft transport accessibility action plan – which is out for consultation – said the department was working with the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation on a review of shared space and other street design projects, which aims “to provide clarity on how such schemes should be designed and developed”.The action plan says the review should “reinforce to designers that improving inclusivity is not just one of many objectives for a scheme, but must be embedded within the process”.DfT says in the draft plan that it will “consider the need to revise guidance in the light of those recommendations”.last_img read more

Brief Bomb Scare Closes St Lukes Hospital in SF Mission

first_imgA brief scare over a “suspicious device” at the Salvation Army building on the corner of Cesar Chavez and Valencia streets caused the evacuation of the center’s 125 employees and rehab patients on Tuesday morning, as well as the lockdown of nearby St. Luke’s Hospital.After some 40 minutes, a police bomb squad determined the device was a fake.A worker with the Salvation Army — who wished to remain anonymous — said employees there “found a bottle with liquid insides attached to what looked like sticks of dynamite” inside the loading dock of the building’s donation center. A police spokesperson said a manager then became concerned and called 911, prompting the immediate evacuation of the building at 10:15 a.m.A construction worker at the nearby St. Luke’s construction site — who also wished to remain anonymous — recounted his evacuation. 0% “They told us there was a bomb threat across the street so all of us had to leave the site,” he said, adding that a group of workers were moved back a block to wait for the greenlight to head back to the construction site. “We waited there for about an hour and we had to wait for the okay to get back to work.”Sergeant Davin Cole said officers were called to the scene and made a determination that the Explosive Ordnance Disposal team was needed to investigate the device.“They came down, looked at it, and determined that it was designed to look like a suspicious explosive device,” he said. The bomb squad was called out, which determined that the device was a hoax after some 30-40 minutes, he said, but that it was made to look like a bomb.“It’s possible that it was intended to scare the public but we don’t know. It may have just been a joke. Somebody [might have] made it at home and it ended up here at Salvation Army,” he said, adding that the device was in a brown paper bag.“It was definitely designed to make someone think it could be an explosive device but it also has signs that it was meant to be a hoax,” he said without specifying what signs pointed to a hoax.By 11:30 p.m., employees of the Salvation Army were being allowed back in the building and the lockdown at St. Luke’s had been lifted.Police cordoned off Cesar Chavez Street in front of St. Luke’s Hospital for a little more than an hour Tuesday morning. Photo by Laura Waxmann. center_img Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

LUKE Walsh will be a Saint in 2016 after he agreed

first_imgLUKE Walsh will be a Saint in 2016 after he agreed to take up his third year option with the Champions.The scrum half signed from Penrith Panthers for the 2014 First Utility Super League campaign and impressed in the early stages of the year before a broken leg curtailed his season.He has featured this year too taking his appearances in the Red Vee to 23 – scoring 181 points in the process.Currently sidelined after an operation on his ankle he is expecting to feature again in the next couple of weeks.Luke said: “It was an easy decision to make. The club and the fans have been great to me especially after the injury and it felt like the right thing to do. I now want to win things.“It has been frustrating for me since the injury; the leg break healed fine but the ankle was grumbling. That is all fixed now and I’m looking forward to getting back on the field. It has been torture really because I had a great start.“I wanted to play a lot more footy not only for me but the fans too. My motivation is to come back and repay their faith this year and next.”He continued: “The combination between me and Travis Burns is exciting and this season on the training field and in the games I played it felt like we’d never been apart. Hopefully, we both stay healthy and then we can get the team going in the right direction.“I’m hoping to be back in the next week or so.“The fans have been unreal to me and my family as has everyone in St Helens. The office staff, coaches and medical staff, as well as Eamonn McManus and the board have been unbelievable and I hope to repay that faith with some silverware.”last_img read more

Trippin out 911 call released after man allegedly shoots in air gets

first_img Deputies say last night Dunbar crashed into another car in New Hanover County, fired shots into the air and then got naked in the area of Market Street near Torchwood Boulevard and Bayshore Drive.New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Lt. Jerry Brewer said after the initial crash, Dunbar got out and shot four or five times into the air.That’s when Brewer said Dunbar got naked and ran into the woods nearby. Brewer says Dunbar then ran back to the car and got dressed. By then, deputies confronted Dunbar and took him into custody. No one was hurt.Related Article: Man arrested for armed robbery at Wilmington gas stationDunbar is in jail under $2,500 bond.We tried to talk to Dunbar in jail, but declined our request. Dunbar did tell us this was out of character for him and said someone gave him something that had him “trippin’ out”.A 911 call from a person driving near Bayshore Drive explains to dispatch what they saw.Caller: “I don’t know what’s going on but they just came by going 100 miles per hour and then ran off the road and wrecked. Now, they are coming back in to the middle of the road with their pants off. I don’t know what’s going on.”Dispatch: “Was another vehicle involved?”Caller: “No, a single car accident… Oh s**t, he’s got a f***ing gun!”Dispatch: “Can I get a description?”Caller: “I turned around, someone is shooting a gun up in the air.”Dispatch: “How many shots have been fired?”Caller: “They shot like 3 or 4… The person looks like they are losing their mind.”Hear the call tonight on WWAY News at 11. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A man accused of wrecking his car, firing shots and getting naked faces several charges.The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office says Derrick Anthony Dunbar, 33, is charged with going armed to the terror of the public, indecent exposure and violation of a local ordinance.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Body found in Columbus County

first_imgCOLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The Columbus County Sheriff’s Office is investigating after a man’s body was found this afternoon.The body was found shortly after 12:30 this afternoon.- Advertisement – Investigators say the man was found in a ditch off 410 by the county line.The death is being handled as suspicious.last_img

Thanksgiving appetizers dont have to be difficult to prepare

first_img His advice is to do things in advance and don’t worry over any part of the meal.For recipes on the appetizers featured in this ingredient click here. NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Making a perfect appetizer for Thanksgiving doesn’t have to be a chore.  Chef Craig Love says “you need to have something to snack on while your meal is finishing and guests are arriving.”As chef of Surf House Oyster Bar in Carolina Beach, Love says you should always reach “for locally sourced ingredients.”  He also advises you to buy the best cheeses and crackers you can for snacking.- Advertisement – last_img read more

School board holds regular meeting amidst mounting scandals

first_img “I wish the board had listened,” said Lynn Shoemaker, who along with others, alerted the school board to issues of handling complaints related to sexual assault.In a news release on July 1 District Attorney Ben David said he and Sheriff Ed McMahon asked SBI to investigate whether there was a violation in law, including the handling of sexual offense claims allegedly brought to the attention of New Hanover County Schools administration.“Our focus is on whether anyone employing Kelly knew of his behavior and should bear any responsibility,” wrote attorneys with two local law firms announcing private investigations into school official on Tuesday. “Many of our clients are reliving their injuries as a result of recent news coverage. Victims are still coming forward.”Related Article: Victims of Michael Kelly file civil lawsuit against former teacher, county school leadersShoemaker says much of what’s happening now; the media coverage, the multiple investigations, and the victims weighing their options of a lawsuit, all could have been avoided.“I really wish that the board had listened to us seven months ago when we asked them to investigate what was going on,” said Shoemaker.WWAY’s Andrew James requested Superintendent Tim Markley comment on the recent actions of Holliday and the DA’s office, but he declined to comment. Chair Lisa Estep did share a message for parents.“What you have to keep in your heart are the victims in all of this,” Estep said. “We’re going to work hard in any area that we need to work hard in, and again the bottom line to me is the safety of our students.”No votes or decisions came out of the closed session from the special meeting. CCSettingsNo subtitlesEnglish 00:00 -03:05 03:05 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — New Hanover County school board members met Tuesday for their regular meeting. The meeting was preceded however by a special meeting.This all comes just over a week since the abrupt retirement of deputy superintendent Rick Holliday and the District Attorney’s announcement to seek the SBI’s help in investigations towards district officials. All of it stems from the guilty plea by former Isaac Bear and Laney High School teacher Michael Kelly.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Man knifed in St Julians

first_img SharePrint A man was grievously wounded after he was knifed in the face during an argument in St Julian’s, Tuesday morning.District Police and the Rapid Intervention Unit arrived on site and found a 25 year old man with wounds in his face.From preliminary investigations, police concluded that the man was wounded by means of a sharp and pointed weapon. A 44 year old man from St Julian’s is being investigated further by the Police.The victim from St Paul’s Bay is being hospitalized.Two men arraigned in Gozo CourtThe police arraigned in court two British men aged 25 accusing them of grievously wounding another man on July 14. The case occurred in Xlendi Road, limits of Munxar.The men pleaded guilty to the charges brought against them and were granted bail under various conditions.Inspector Bernard Charles Spiteri led the prosecution.WhatsApp <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

Google releases first official Blogger app for iPhone

first_imgAdvertisement The app allows you to publish from multiple Blogger accounts, post images from the gallery or the camera and label your blog posts. There is also support for tagging a post with a location. You can save your posts as drafts or publish them immediately and browse the list of drafts and posts in your archive.The app seems to stick to the Google ‘less is more’ aesthetic, with a two-tone orangesickle interface. You also can’t do much more than write and publish. No formatting, no image adjustment, not even a choice of fonts or even a button to add a link. It seems incredibly bare-bones at this point. There are a dozen other alternatives that offer more features on the App Store. It is a start, however, and Google seems to like dropping apps like this and then iterating on them in public, so hopefully we’ll see some updates coming in the future that add the basic necessities. There have been other apps for iOS that allow publishing to Blogger, like BlogPress, but this is the first official one. You can grab the Blogger app now on the App Store. – Advertisement – Source: TNW NEWSlast_img read more

Uganda Orders Investigation Of Huaweis Fiber Optic Grid

first_imgThe Ugandan government ordered a probe into the national fiber optic project currently being developed by China’s Huawei Advertisement The Ugandan government has ordered a probe into the national fibre optic project currently being developed by China’s Huawei Technologies in the country.The Ugandan government ordered a probe into the national fibre optic project currently being developed by China’s HuaweiAccording to The New Vision in Uganda, President Yoweri Museveni has sent a letter to Prime Minister Amama that reportedly says he had “received intelligence information that Huawei used inferior cable type G-652 instead of type G-655.” – Advertisement – The president claims that if this is true, the new fiber cable backbone would not be equipped to handle the kind of traffic it was designed for.The president’s letter also says that the “cables were buried at a shallow depth of 0.9 meters” and this could create problems with vandalism and other threats to the network’s security.The network saw Rwanda spend $38 million to cover a distance of 2,300 kilometers to connect 35 sites. Uganda will spend over $62 million to cover 2,100 km.“This means Rwanda spent $16,521 per kilometer while the cost to Ugandans is $29,523 per kilometer, which ICT experts say is inflated,” reported New Vision.Museveni said he has intelligence claiming “that there were efforts to steal money from the government by inflating the costs involved in digital migration for broadcasting.”It is unclear what course of action would be taken if the government’s intelligence is proven correct.Information used in the Article from IT News Africalast_img read more

Nokia releases an Asha phone with a dedicated WhatsApp button

first_imgAdvertisement HTC and Nokia have previously released handsets with Facebook-devoted buttons, but this marks a first for WhatsApp thanks to  Nokia  releasing a mobile phone with a dedicated WhatsApp physical button.The feature triggers the cross-platform messaging app which offers a free alternative to SMS texts.Analysts suggested the move would make WhatsApp the text app of choice on the handsets, but suggested it would have limited impact on the wider mobile phone market due to it’s limitation to a few mobile phone models.Nokia’s Asha 210 runs on the firm’s proprietary Series 40 operating system and will be targeted at consumers in emerging markets looking for a cheaper alternative to the Finnish firm’s Windows Phone range and other companies’ smartphones. The OS supports third-party web apps and software written in the Java programming language. – Advertisement – To achieve a targeted retail price of £47 ($72) Nokia decided that the device’s 2.4in (6.1cm) screen would not be touch-enabled.Users have to use its built-in Qwerty keyboard and navigation button to launch and operate apps, so having a dedicated key gives WhatsApp an edge over alternatives on the handset.In addition owners of the phone are offered a subscription to the app for the device’s lifespan rather than having to pay the normal annual fee.Nokia  however refused to reveal the financial terms of the arrangement and said it would monitor customer response before deciding whether to include the feature on any of its other devices.According to a study published by tech consultancy Ovum, WhatsApp is the world’s third most popular social messaging service after Facebook Chat and Google Chat.“WhatsApp is doing quite well in emerging markets, but you have local players who are outstripping it simply because they are more culturally specific and can therefore outshine the US firm,” said Neha Dharia, an analyst at Ovum.Since Nokia’s Asha range is predominantly targeted at consumers in Asia, Africa and the Middle East any benefits from the tie-up will come from those territories.WhatsApp Messenger is a cross-platform mobile messaging app which allows you to exchange messages without having to pay for SMS. WhatsApp Messenger is available for iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, Windows Phone and Nokia and those phones can all message each other because WhatsApp Messenger uses the same internet data plan that you use for email and web browsing, there is no cost to message and stay in touch with your contactsInformation from BBC News was used in this Article.last_img read more

Tier III data centre goes live in Lagos

first_imgAdvertisement West Africa’s first Tier III data centre has gone live in Lagos with 3,000 rack spaces, positioning itself as the “future” of “disaster recovery, data storage and cloud-based data centre services” on the continent.Rack Centre, part of the Jagal Group, is claiming to be first to go live in the region and a leader in the market. – Advertisement – Steve Brookman, Rack Centre’s managing director, said: “There have been a number of announcements recently from companies saying that they will deliver data centre services in the future, but the difference here is that Rack Centre is now live and operating, and I would encourage companies to come and see the future in operation today.”Once completed, the data centre is expected to cover more than 6,000sqm and is located at the centre of Ikeja on a 20,000sqm site.The site is 23 metres above sea level and within a private estate with eight levels of physical security to ensure “uncompromised security”.Brookman said: “Nigeria is the largest country in Africa, and Rack Centre’s revolutionary data centre will out Nigeria at the heart of the global growth in disaster recovery and applications development.”last_img read more

Uganda to extend ecargo tracking system to Kenya

first_imgAdvertisement In order to curb theft and diversion of goods destined for its market through the port of Mombasa, Uganda will extend its Electronic Cargo Tracking System (ECTS) into Kenyan as part of strategy.The two countries have struck a deal on the scheme to be implemented in a few months, Uganda Revenue Authority said .“We are currently finalising the cost estimates of the requirements. Thereafter, we will do the procurements and go ahead with full implementation,” the commissioner for customs, Richard Kamajugo said.The main transit routes to Uganda from the port of Mombasa have been mapped for coverage by the Internet-based tracking system. When all is done, goods destined to Uganda will be monitored all the way from Mombasa and Nairobi in Kenya up to their destinations in Uganda,” the official said. – Advertisement – [related-posts]Launchd in May 2014 and already active in Uganda, the tracking system comprises satellites, a central monitoring centre and special electronic seals fitted on cargo containers and trucks, which give the precise location of goods in real time.The system triggers an alarm whenever there is diversion from the designated route, an unusually long stopover or when someone attempts to open a container.The system also helps to seal loopholes that cause the country losses in revenue through suspected under-declaration of the value of exports or theft of cargo.“Over the past few months of implementation, the system has helped to foil highway robberies among other anomalies before cargo gets to its destination or crosses the border into another country,” Mr Kamajugo said.Via CIOlast_img read more


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BENS BLOG City Horseracing Formula 1 style

first_imgOver and out, B x ​ [dropcap]W[/dropcap]hat a fabulous article in the Sunday Times (article below), yesterday, regarding the prospect of racecourses, being laid out, temporarily, like Formula 1 surfaces, in cities around the world, for horseracing to then take place on.Okay, so we all know, that such a move is 100/1 to come to fruition, but this is what our sport needs, Blog. Some fizz. Imagine if they pull it off, the spectacle would be incredible, as Ryan Moore pushes one of our Glorious Queen’s horses, to the front, just as the runners head past Buckingham Palace!This would add all the innovation and new interest our game sorely needs. I wish the organisers, the best of luck, and shall be applying for a (or several!) pitches immediately..!!last_img read more

STARTERS ORDERS Thurs Movers Specials

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MIT Sloan Hosts 6 Womens Week Events for Female MBA Candidates

first_img RelatedMIT Sloan Admissions Hosts Women’s Week, August 3rd – 6thThis post has been republished in its entirety from original source The MIT Sloan School of Management admissions team has planned a series of events this week designed to showcase the diverse paths and accomplishments of its women students and graduates to prospective female applicants. The week, which will take…August 4, 2015In “Featured Region”MIT Sloan Celebrates 4th Annual Women’s Week in 7 Cities WorldwideThe MIT Sloan School of Management’s #MITSloanWomen campaign just celebrated its fourth anniversary. One of the cornerstone events of the campaign, which offers female prospective applicants and current MBA students new ways to interact with the school and build their post-graduation careers, is the annual Women’s Week. Since 2014, Women’s Week has brought female MIT…August 13, 2018In “Boston”Sloan to Host Women’s WeekThe MIT Sloan admissions staff is launching a series of events this summer that are designed to showcase the school’s network of accomplished women students and graduates. Women’s Week, a week of activities in early August, will feature three panels in different cities as well as an online chat, all…July 30, 2014In “Featured Home” MIT Sloan Hosts 6 Women’s Week Events for Female MBA Candidates At MIT Sloan School of Management, advancing women in leadership is a core commitment. For starters, the student-led group MIT Sloan Women in Management offers female MBA students a range of opportunities to help propel their careers. Sloan also puts on an annual Women’s Week to showcase for prospective female applicants what the Sloan MBA student experience is like and the many paths its accomplished alumnae pursue. Women’s WeekEach year, starting in August, the MIT Sloan admissions team hosts a Women’s Week in six cities across the United States. These events are designed for prospective female MBA applicants and feature women alumnae and others talking about the program and their experiences as Sloan women.“MIT Sloan Women’s Week was started in 2014 to share the opportunities at MIT Sloan’s MBA program among female leaders in business while also showcasing the tremendous impact women from MIT Sloan have on the world,” explains Shauna LaFauci Barry, MIT Sloan Associate Director of Admissions. “Each year we have a new theme that aligns with our MIT Sloan mission, and this year’s theme is ‘MIT Sloan Women: Creating Ideas Made to Matter.’” Each event follows a TED Talk−like format with a panel of local alumnae from MIT Sloan’s two-year MBA, Sloan Fellows, and Executive MBA programs. In addition to a main presentation by a notable alumna, each of the two-hour events also includes an alumnae panel and a networking reception. The events are designed to be interactive and collaborative, encouraging attendees to communicate with each other.“The ultimate goal of Women’s Week is to expose women to a variety of stories showcasing how an MBA has served as a gateway to meaningful careers,” says Barry. “We do this through a panel of successful alumnae who share their stories followed by a networking reception.”This year’s first two Women’s Week events take place tonight, August 7th, in Chicago and New York City. Additional events are planned for August 8 in Washington D.C., August 9th in San Francisco, and August 10th in Los Angeles and Cambridge, MA.“This year, in addition to our in-person events, we will also be hosting a LiveStream event and a corresponding social nomination campaign where students, faculty, and alumni can share an inspirational #MITSloanWomen story,” adds Barry.A LiveStream video from the August 10 Cambridge event will allow women from anywhere in the world to participate in the panel and discussion as if they were attending in person. Women can join 10 minutes prior to the event or jump into the conversation at any point. It’s a unique opportunity for female MBA candidates who cannot attend any of the events in person but still want a chance to take part in the discussion.Insight from a Women’s Week SpeakerEllen Rice, a 2016 MBA graduate, has been a speaker at Sloan’s Women’s Week events in the past and is a current panelist. To her, the events are a wonderful opportunity for women to interact.“It’s like going to a concert where you can actually meet the rock stars,” she says. “I love meeting socially-minded women, from engineers to budding entrepreneurs, who are passionate about their work and the communities they touch.”Beyond that, she also feels the events are a significant opportunity for women to understand their impact not only in the business world but also within the Sloan MBA program. “Sloan’s Women’s Week is important because it reinforces the role and impact women have at Sloan,” says Rice. “Women at Sloan lead—from classroom discussions to launching startups. All these roles are highlighted during the week. “The Success of Women’s WeekSo far, the Women’s Week events have proven a resounding success. “Last year, approximately 1,000 women registered for the week’s events,” says Barry. “Interest in the program continues to evolve and, this year, we added a new city.” Los Angeles is the latest addition to the Women’s Week lineup. “We are excited to see high registration numbers already,” Barry adds.As registration for Women’s Week events has grown, so too have MIT Sloan’s admissions numbers for female applicants. “Our female applications continue to grow each year, and we are consistently around 40 percent in terms of our female enrollment,” Barry notes. “We have seen that attendees at these Women’s Week events make great connections, are more engaged with us, and tend to apply at a higher rate” than attendees at some of the school’s other admissions events.As for what women attendees can expect to take away from each Women’s Week event, Rice shares: “I want women to understand their differentiating factor (a little MIT nerd joke): their totally female selves. We all have unique gifts and talents. Sloan will bring them out and give women the tools and network to launch.”To attend one of the Women’s Week events, you can sign up on the MIT Sloan website here.This article has been edited and republished with permissions from Clear Admit. 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, DCcenter_img Last Updated Aug 7, 2017 by Kelly VoFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail About the AuthorKelly Vo    Kelly Vo is a writer who specializes in covering MBA programs, digital marketing, and personal development.View more posts by Kelly Vo last_img read more

Tropical Storm Nate Kills 22 in Central America Heads for US

first_imgPeople in a neighborhood are evacuated due to the danger of a mudslide during heavy rains by Tropical Storm Nate in Alajuelita, Costa Rica October 5, 2017. (REUTERS/Juan Carlos Ulate) Share this article US News  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Sharecenter_img Tropical Storm Nate Kills 22 in Central America, Heads for US By Reuters October 6, 2017 Updated: October 6, 2017 Show Discussion SAN JOSE —Tropical Storm Nate killed at least 22 people in Central America on Thursday as it pummeled the region with heavy rain while heading toward Mexico’s Caribbean resorts and the U.S. Gulf Coast, where it could strike as a hurricane this weekend.In Nicaragua, at least 11 people died, seven others were reported missing and thousands had to evacuate homes because of flooding, said the country’s vice president Rosario Murillo.Emergency officials in Costa Rica reported that at least eight people were killed due to the lashing rain, including two children. Another 17 people were missing, while more than 7,000 had to take refuge from Nate in shelters, authorities said.Two youths also drowned in Honduras due to the sudden swell in a river, while a man was killed in a mud slide in El Salvador and another person was missing, emergency services said.“Sometimes we think we think we can cross a river and the hardest thing to understand is that we must wait,” Nicaragua’s Murillo told state radio, warning people to avoid dangerous waters. “It’s better to be late than not to get there at all.”(NOAA) (NOAA) Costa Rica’s government declared a state of emergency, closing schools and all other non-essential services.Highways in the country were closed due to mudslides and power outages were also reported in parts of country, where authorities deployed more than 3,500 police.The Miami-based National Hurricane Center (NHC) said Nate could produce as much as 15 inches in some areas of Nicaragua, where schools were also closed.Nate is predicted to strengthen into a Category 1 hurricane by the time it hits the U.S. Gulf Coast on Sunday, NHC spokesman Dennis Feltgen said.At about 11 p.m. EDT Nate was some 95 miles east-southeast of the Honduran island of Guanaja, moving northwest at 12 mph, the NHC said.Blowing maximum sustained winds of 40 mph, Nate was expected to move across eastern Honduras on Thursday and enter the northwestern Caribbean Sea through the night.The storm will be near hurricane intensity when it approaches Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula late on Friday, where up to 8 inches (20 cm) of rain were possible, the NHC said.Nate is expected to produce 6 to 10 inches of rain in southern Honduras, with up to 15 inches in some areas, the NHC said.The NHC said a hurricane watch was issued from Morgan City, Louisiana, to the Mississippi-Alabama border, including metropolitan New Orleans, Lake Pontchartrain, and Lake Maurepas.The flooded Tiribi river is seen during heavy rains of Tropical Storm Nate that affects the country in San Jose, Costa Rica October 5, 2017. (REUTERS/Juan Carlos Ulate) The flooded Tiribi river is seen during heavy rains of Tropical Storm Nate that affects the country in San Jose, Costa Rica October 5, 2017. (REUTERS/Juan Carlos Ulate)U.S. officials from Florida to Texas told residents on Thursday to prepare for the storm. A state of emergency was declared for 29 Florida counties and the city of New Orleans.“The threat of the impact is increasing, so folks along the northern Gulf Coast should be paying attention to this thing,” the NHC’s Feltgen said.In Mississippi, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency plans to release as a precautionary measure 40 million gallons of acidic water from storage ponds at a Pascagoula waste site.The release to a drainage bayou is intended to prevent a greater spill during the storm, the EPA said, adding there are no anticipated impacts to the environment.Major Gulf of Mexico offshore oil producers including Chevron, BP plc, Exxon Mobil Corp, Royal Dutch Shell Plc and Statoil were shutting in production or withdrawing personnel from their offshore Gulf platforms, they said.About 14.6 percent of U.S. Gulf of Mexico oil production and 6.4 percent of natural gas production was offline on Thursday, the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said. last_img read more