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first_imgThe government’s scheme aimed at encouraging employers to take on disabled staff is “trivially easy to abuse” and allows organisations to describe themselves as “Disability Confident” even if they do not comply with anti-discrimination laws, new research suggests.Disability Confident was relaunched this month, but disabled researcher David Gillon says his analysis shows it is little better than the scheme it has replaced, the much-criticised Two Ticks.The scheme has also been criticised this week by a leading organisation of employers, the Business Disability Forum.Gillon’s analysis comes just days after Disability News Service revealed that many of the organisations that have signed up – and have declared themselves “disability confident” – have troubling track records when it comes to their attitudes to disabled people, including outsourcing giants Capita and Maximus, as well as Northampton police, which has had to refer two separate incidents involving young autistic men to the police watchdog.Gillon says Two Ticks was “a sham” and “rarely policed”, but Disability Confident was even weaker in some key areas.He says: “The reality for disabled people was that employers would sign up to Two Ticks, add the logo to their headed paper in order to impress their customers and the great and the good, and then carry on not employing disabled people in just the same way they always had.”He says employers will be able to do exactly the same if they sign up to Disability Confident.Research published in 2014 by academics at two business schools showed that less than one in six (15 per cent) organisations that displayed the Two Ticks symbol kept all five of its commitments, while almost one in five (18 per cent) carrried out none of them.But Gillon says that employers can get away with keeping fewer commitments than under Two Ticks and still display the Disability Confident logo, while any pretence at monitoring by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has been dropped.Under the newly-relaunched scheme, employers can apply for three levels: Disability Confident Committed (level one), Disability Confident Employer (level two) and Disability Confident Leader (level three).Employers can reach the first two levels simply by assessing themselves on their own performance, after which DWP will send them a badge and a certificate that they can use to promote their “disability confidence”.It is only if they want to become a Disability Confident Leader that their self-assessment has to be “validated” by another organisation.Gillon says employers can declare themselves Disability Confident by doing less than under Two Ticks, because at level one – the level likely to be chosen by most employers – there is no longer a requirement to provide disability equality training for all staff, and no annual self-assessment of how to improve.And he says that the new commitments that were not offered by Two Ticks, and which an employer must make under Disability Confident level one  – such as making reasonable adjustments for disabled staff and jobseekers, and ensuring an inclusive and accessible recruitment process – are no more than are required under the Equality Act.Of the nine level one options, of which they have to to choose only one, an employer could become Disability Confident simply by offering unpaid work experience.At level two, employers must make more commitments, but most of them would be considered reasonable adjustments under the Equality Act, says Gillon, while there are still no checks on whether the employer is carrying out these pledges.One of the few strong new measures is to encourage suppliers and partner firms to be Disability Confident, and to identify and share good practice with them, he says.But employers can still assess themselves as level two – and be assessed successfully by another organisation as a level three employer – if they have an inaccessible environment for both employers and customers.This is because “providing an environment that is inclusive and accessible for staff, clients and customers” is only an “option”, and so an employer can choose another option instead.Gillon says this suggests that membership as high as level three can therefore be granted to employers that are still breaching the Equality Act.And he says it is also possible to achieve Disability Confident level three – becoming a Disability Confident Leader – without employing a single disabled person.He concludes: “We were promised a stronger scheme with increased external supervision, [but] we have been delivered a weaker scheme with no external supervision.“The replacement for Two Ticks turns out to be worse in almost every respect.“It is trivially easy to look at the way that Two Ticks was abused and see that Disability Confident further enables that abuse rather than preventing it.”The Business Disability Forum, a membership organisation, formerly known as the Employers’ Forum on Disability, which “makes it easier and more rewarding to do business with and employ disabled people”, is also critical of aspects of Disability Confident.George Selvanera, the forum’s strategy and external affairs director, said the process of improvement on disability employment was “not straightforward” and requires “strong leadership and must always be grounded in the lived experience of disabled candidates and employees themselves”.The forum runs its own Disability Standard, a “best practice management tool that helps employers plan and measure their disability improvements across 10 functional areas of any organisation”.Selvanera said that Disability Confident was “helpful in drawing light on the benefits for employers from recruiting and retaining disabled people”, but he said the forum believed that level two status should “only be available to employers that are experienced at employing disabled people”.He said: “It seems risky to the scheme to have employers self-assess and then publicise that they’re confident at recruiting and retaining disabled people when they don’t have any actual experience, whether in the past or currently, of doing so.“We think as well that it will be helpful to make sure only organisations with appropriate expertise are validating organisations as Disability Confident Leaders.”He added: “It’s not yet clear what metrics Disability Confident will use to measure success and its own contribution to the recruitment and retention of the one million plus extra disabled people the government aims to have in paid employment as part of halving the disability employment gap.“So we think it’s important also we must not have excessive expectations of what Disability Confident on its own [will] deliver.”A DWP spokeswoman dismissed Gillon’s analysis.She said: “The researcher appears to have misunderstood the scheme. The scheme was developed by a task group that included employers, disability charities, and disabled people*. “This has helped ensure a balance between a scheme that is accessible and straight-forward for employers to use – particularly smaller employers – whilst being rigorous and commanding the confidence of disabled people.”And she suggested that Disability Confident could not be compared directly with Two Ticks.She said: “The new scheme is fundamentally different and explores a whole range of employer practices to ensure disabled people can be successfully recruited, retained and developed.“Building on the previous two ticks scheme, we have worked with employers and disabled people to develop a new Disability Confident assessment and accreditation scheme, that is both accessible for employers, particularly smaller ones, and rigorous enough to command the confidence of the disabled community.”Asked whether employers could call themselves Disability Confident while still breaching the Equality Act, she said: “Legally all employers must comply with the Equality Act.“The DC scheme is about encouraging employers to be inclusive and to do more in recruiting, retaining and training disabled people.”And asked if employers could achieve level three status with no disabled employees and an inaccessible environment for staff and customers, she said: “The scheme has been designed so that all employers, regardless of size or sector, can sign up.“Some employers may not be in a position to take on permanent employees but can still offer opportunities including apprenticeships, training or supported internships.“‘Proactively offering and making reasonable adjustments as required’ is a core action within the Disability Confident Employer level (page eight) and ‘Ensuring there are no barriers to the development and progression of disabled staff’ is also a core action (page 19).”But Gillon said in response to the statement: “As a replacement for Two Ticks, Disability Confident is confused, opaque, and has gaps so wide you could sail a supertanker through.“It could have been so much better, and could easily be reworked to address its flaws.“But ultimately, the disability employment gap will only be filled when employers treat disability as normal and employ disabled people as they would any other.”*In July, Mike Adams, the disabled chief executive of Purple (formerly ecdp) – and a member of the task group – said he would have liked to have seen the new version of Disability Confident “much stronger and more ambitious”.Picture: David Cameron speaking at the original launch of Disability Confident in 2013last_img read more

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New concerns have been raised about the government

first_imgNew concerns have been raised about the government’s Disability Confident employment campaign, after a leading disabled social entrepreneur said that some businesses could be finding it easier than intended to secure the highest level of accreditation.Mike Adams, chief executive of the social enterprise Purple, said he was concerned that some organisations providing Disability Confident accreditation might not be as strict on potential “leaders” – the highest of the three Disability Confident levels – as they should be when carrying out the validation process.Disability Confident has previously been heavily-criticised, with critics arguing that it is easy for employers to sign up to the scheme, but still continue to discriminate against disabled people.The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has itself been validated as a Disability Confident leader, despite being found guilty of “grave and systematic violations” of the UN disability convention, and a Civil Service survey showing that more than 1,400 disabled DWP civil servants had claimed they had faced discrimination in the workplace.Purple offers a strict, detailed accreditation process for employers that want to be approved as Disability Confident “leaders”, but Adams fears that other organisations offering accreditation are making the validation process far easier.He said he believed there was a “quality assurance issue” over how validation is carried out, and that the government had not been clear enough about which organisations can carry out this process.Adams said that Disability Confident would only work if the organisations carrying out the level three validations were as thorough in their demands as Purple is.The organisations carrying out the validation might not even be accredited themselves as a Disability Confident “leader”.Adams said: “The issue is, it is not in the public domain who did the validation.“If Disability Confident is going to be the driver that the government want, then it has got to set out its real credentials around what it is and how people get it.“We have had people come to us and go, ‘Your template is a bigger hurdle than the template DWP use and you’re charging us. We could go somewhere else and get it for free and the hurdle’s not so big.’“And we go, ‘Well, don’t come to Purple then.’ We’ve done that on a number of occasions.”Adams said he still believed that the government had “missed a trick” by not insisting that organisations should also be accredited on how “disability confident” they are in the relations with their disabled customers, and not just on their disability recruitment and employment policies and procedures.He is still pushing the government on this issue.But he does still believe that Disability Confident is a useful way of having “different conversations with businesses”.Only last week, one of the organisations that Purple has validated as a Disability Confident “leader” said that it was about to appoint its first disabled employee as a result of being “inspired” by the training they had received from Purple.He said: “On some levels you can say Disability Confident is just a bit of paper, but what we are starting to see is real changes, real impact on the ground.“In the organisations that we have a relationship with, we are starting to get traction.“If you come to Purple and we take you through Disability Confident, we scrutinise everything that gets said and we ask challenging questions, and we expect them to have an action plan.”A DWP spokesman said: “We frequently hear from employers, disabled representative groups, and disabled people themselves that Disability Confident is a big step forward from what went before.“It is much more comprehensive, assessing a wide range of practices and procedures that employers need to follow to successfully recruit, retain and develop disabled people, and coupling that with advice, guidance, case studies and more so employers can get better.“Disability Confident has always been seen as a journey. Employers can progress up through the levels, but even if they reach DC Leader stage we encourage them to continue to develop and improve their practices.“And the scheme itself will continue to develop to ensure it keeps up to date with best practice and continues to be respected and valued.”He added: “Mike Adams was part of the original task group that developed the Disability Confident scheme and keeps in touch with the department about further possibilities for developing the scheme.“He has raised these and other points with us and we will work with him and other experts to consider them and see where it makes sense to incorporate them.”Adams was speaking as Purple launched a new campaign to encourage retail and hospitality businesses to provide disability awareness training to their in-store staff, and to sign up to Disability Confident.Help Me Spend My Money has been backed by the shopping centre owner intu, Marks and Spencer and the Institute of Directors.It calls on businesses to sign up to Purple’s charter, which commits them to provide disability awareness training to instore staff, provide an accessible website, provide key customer information in large print, Braille, and easy read formats, and sign up to Disability Confident.And it points out that – according to the Extra Costs Commission set up by Scope – three quarters of disabled people have left a shop or deserted a business because of poor disability awareness or understanding.Adams said that that research was backed up by the disabled people and their families that he spoke to in the day he spent at intu Lakeside shopping centre when launching the campaign last week.They described how retail staff would often “swerve down the aisle to avoid having to meet a disabled customer” because of a fear of “saying something that is unintentionally offensive or wrong”. He said: “What we have been saying is that can be rectified through your customer service training that you should be having anyway.”Adams said that organisations that sign up to the charter “absolutely have to do something”, rather than just express support for its principles.He said that “investing in disability confidence isn’t just about social responsibility, there’s also a big commercial opportunity to be had if you get it right”.Almost exactly a year ago, Adams announced that the disabled people’s organisation (DPO) he ran, ecdp, was ending its commitment to being a user-led charity in a bid to become a national player in the employment support market, and was relaunching as Purple, a community interest company.A year on, Adams says he has no regrets about extending the services the organisation offers away from a focus solely on providing services to disabled people and towards also finding disabled people permanent jobs and supporting businesses to become Disability Confident.Despite that change in focus, Purple – which no longer calls itself a DPO, although three-quarters of its board are still disabled people – has secured disability-related contracts worth more than £650,000 in the last two months, including direct payments support contracts in both Essex and Cambridgeshire, and it is hoping to secure another direct payments support contract in the north of England.Adams said: “Our absolute commitment to the legacy services, of what ecdp stands for, absolutely remains, as we build the offer to business as well.”Picture: Adams (centre) with intu’s Helen Drury and Alexander Nicholl, at intu Lakesidelast_img read more

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Much of Mexican Museums preHispanic collection insignificant or fake

first_imgThe findings were published in a June report written for the museum by Dr. Eduardo Perez de Heredia Puente, who has worked with México’s National Institute of Anthropology and History and has extensive experience in the Yucatán. It is the first of several reports that will be done on the museum’s permanent collection of more than 16,000 pieces.“I was shocked,” said Andrew Kluger, the chairman of the museum’s board.The problems with the permanent collection does not end there. Kluger estimates that upcoming evaluations may conclude that as much as half of the museum’s permanent collection may be less than “museum quality.”In addition to the pre-Hispanic work, the Museum’s collection includes 5,000 examples of Popular Art; 2,500 of 20th Century Latin American and Mexican art; 1,500 of Colonial Art and 1,000 of Chicano art, according to its website.  All of these will be evaluated.The June report on the museum’s pre-Hispanic collection found that it contains “a good number of modern workshop ceramics, imitating the archaeological ones…..from bad to good copies, including some good and high-end forgeries.”The items reviewed in the June report came from gifts made from some 50 different donors, according to the museum.Of the 85 artifacts that the report qualifies as “allegedly” museum quality, the report recommends that 24 be tested using an analysis technique that provides “an absolute date for the production (the firing event) of the piece…”Some of the exceptional pieces in the collection are a “Vase of the Four Wind Gods,” and a Mayan carved stone.The June report is in sharp contrast to Perez de Heredia Puente’s assessment in May of a gift from Berkeley Professor John Casida and his wife Kati. After reviewing their gift of 80 pieces, Perez de Heredia Puente wrote that the collection is “an extraordinary assemblage of Native American works of art…preserved in prime condition..”“They did a magnificent job of getting top pieces,” Kluger said of the Casidas.The majority of its pre-Hispanic collection will either be offloaded, used for educational purposes or loaned to smaller museums.Kluger stressed that there is value in giving permanent loans to smaller museums. Moreover, he said, culling the collection will save money in insurance and storage rates, which he described as “through the roof.”The museum’s early acquisition strategy was set on accumulating a permanent collection and being a community archive. That has changed.“Basically the museum was not functioning as an international museum,” he said of the more than four decades since it was founded by Peter Rodriguez. The Mexican Museum began in 1975 at 1855 Folsom St. and then moved in 1982 to Fort Mason.“It was accepting everything,” Kluger said.That strategy served a different time, but in 2012, the museum became an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution. That designation, as well as substantiating and building the quality of its permanent collection, will enable the Mexican Museum to loan and borrow work from world class museums, he said.Sari Bermúdez, a former Minister of Culture for México who is overseeing the evaluations of the Mexican Museum’s collection, said that even having 160 or so pieces from the pre-Hispanic era that are considered museum quality, “is a very good amount and quite valuable.”The ongoing evaluation and documentation of its collection, Kluger said, will also raise the museum’s stature.“If you have the Smithsonian designation and want to make it a destination museum and to borrow and lend with other museums like the national museums of Mexico,” the value of the permanent collection has to be established, he said.Already, the museum is evaluating gifts such as the one from the Casidas before agreeing to make them part of the museum’s permanent collection.Recently, Marta Turok Wallace, a Mexican anthropologist and expert on Popular Art, assessed a gift from Andy and Trudy Goldberg of Connecticut and concluded that “almost all” of the nearly 800 pieces were of “museum quality,” according to Bermúdez.Turok Wallace will look next at the museum’s permanent collection of Popular Art and expert evaluations of the museum’s other collections will follow, Bermúdez said.All are part of the Museum’s move to a permanent home and its shift to becoming a world-class museum.For decades the museum struggled to raise the money for a permanent home, but in the next few years it will move to a permanent home on the first four floors of a luxury condo tower at 701 Mission St. on Jessie Square. Already, the Contemporary Jewish Museum and St. Patrick’s church are on that square.Vase of the Four Wind Gods, one of the pieces that met the tests of authenticity and significance. 0% Correction: In an earlier version of this story, Andrew Kluger, the chair of the Museum’s board attributed the pre-Hispanic collection to a gift from Nelson Rockefeller.  He was in error.  Mr. Rockefeller’s gift represents a major portion of the museum’s Folk Art collection, not the pre-Hispanic collection.  An evaluation of nearly 2,000 artifacts of the Mexican Museum’s pre-Hispanic collection has found that only 85 are “allegedly” of museum quality.The rest, in short, are period pieces of less significance or fakes.Or, as an expert concluded, the vast majority of the pre-Hispanic collection’s 1,774 artifacts failed two tests: “authenticity and a high degree of historical, artistic and/or cultural values.”center_img Tags: arts • culture Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

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From the Archives Can a New Generation of Texans Revive the Dream

first_imgMission to MarsBy Katy VineFrom “The Martian,” originally published in February 2018In a cavernous warehouse behind a strip mall about three miles from the Johnson Space Center, Franklin Chang Díaz has been tinkering with an unorthodox idea for the past thirteen years. The lab for his eleven-person company, Ad Astra, is roughly the size of a Barnes & Noble. But in the center of the room, rather than rows of romance novels, there are three stacks of gadgets resembling hi-fi stereo components. Along the back wall is the main event: a forty-ton stainless-steel cylindrical chamber that sits like a thirteen-foot-tall beer keg tipped on its side. If Franklin is right, this is the engine that will take us to Mars.Jeff Bezos in West TexasBy Dan SolomonFrom “How Do We Feel About Space Exploration Companies Buying up a Bunch of Cheap Texas Land?,” originally published in November 2013If you pass through Van Horn, you might be surprised to encounter the beautiful and historic Hotel El Capitan, which was [recently] renovated to the tune of $2.5 million. There’s little that makes Van Horn, whose per-capita income is $13,775, an obvious location for a higher-end hotel with an upscale restaurant/bar on its ground floor. But if you spend an evening in the Hotel El Capitan bar, you’re likely to get your first clue: there will probably be some contractors who work with Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin aerospace company enjoying steaks and watching basketball, before heading out in the morning to install, say, a liquid nitrogen system at the “Corn Ranch” facility that Blue Origin operates nearby.Elon Musk in South TexasBy Domingo MartinezFrom “Countdown to Liftoff,” originally published in August 2016While an environmental-impact statement produced by the FAA acknowledges that [SpaceX’s launchpad] will bring traffic and noise to the Las Palomas Wildlife Management Area–Boca Chica Unit and the Laguna Madre, it seems a bit optimistic about lasting consequences. It projects that wildlife habitat will shift naturally and wetlands will hardly be affected. Larger birds and animals—the piping plover, the northern aplomado falcon, the ocelot and jaguarundi, the sea turtles—won’t be affected, it says. Only time will tell whether this turns out to be true. Still, it’s a risk that needs to be taken: compromise is the way of the world, and for [Brownsville] to move into the now, the now needs the beach.That’s Not How Bruce Willis Did It in the MovieBy Madelyn HerzogFrom “NASA Presentation on Asteroid Detection ‘Not Reassuring,’ ” originally published in March 2013In a presentation to the House, NASA officials revealed their plan of action if they were to discover an asteroid three weeks away from obliterating the Earth: they would “pray.” Hope you enjoyed your free ride. To get back in the saddle, subscribe! Sign UpI agree to the terms and conditions. Enter your email address Subscribe If you fill out the first name, last name, or agree to terms fields, you will NOT be added to the newsletter list. Leave them blank to get signed up. You’ve read your last free article Last Name This article originally appeared in the July 2019 issue of Texas Monthly with the headline “From the Archives: To the Future!” Subscribe today. First Namecenter_img Sign up for free access This Week in Texas(Weekly)The best stories from Texas Monthly Subscribe now, or to get 10 days of free access, sign up with your email. Cancel anytime. Never Miss a StorySign up for Texas Monthly’s State of Texas newsletter to get stories like this delivered to your inbox daily. The State of Texas(Daily)A daily digest of Texas news, plus the latest from Texas Monthly Editor’s Desk(Monthly)A message from the editors at Texas Monthly Why am I seeing this? Already a subscriber? Login or link your subscription.last_img read more

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MARK Flanagan said Saints character shone through

first_imgMARK Flanagan said Saints’ character shone through as they beat Wigan 16-12 on Friday night.The 26-year-old produced a stunning pass for Tommy Makinson’s first and then defended like a demon to keep the Warriors at bay.He wasn’t the only one, of course, and he says that spirit was key to the win.“It was a great victory,” he said. “Derbies are always tough encounters and losing Luke Walsh early provided us with a bit of adversity. Wigan have injuries too though and it made a great spectacle for the fans and went down to the wire. Thankfully we came out on top.“We showed a lot of character and at half time we knew it would likely go down to the final minute.“We were on our own line, defending set after set, busting ourselves, covering for our teammates and doing those little one per centers that make the difference.“Wigan are a good side and we handled them well.”Hull KR are next up for Saints on Sunday and ticket details are here.last_img read more

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SAINTS Academy face a do or die clash with arch ri

first_imgSAINTS Academy face a do or die clash with arch rivals Wigan this Saturday.Derek Traynor’s men will host the Warriors at Langtree Park with a 12pm kick off.The winner will progress to the Grand Final to take on Warrington after they edged Saints 36-32 last weekend.Saints were good for their 32-30 lead but the Wolves sneaked it right at the death.Entry for the game will be £5 and £2.last_img

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PreBlack Friday Shopping deals bring out the deal grabbers in Wilmington

first_img There were some big deals, several shoppers saved upwards to hundreds of dollars. On of them was Allison Wright. She waited for about six hours before getting her ticket to get a big screen. When her ticket rang up, she had saved $720.“It’s all worth the wait,” Wright said.A wait that for some people was an all day affair.Related Article: Golden Corral customer helps save choking baby on Thanksgiving“I think the line started about 4:30 this morning,” said Daniel Douglas who was with his family at the front of the line.Douglas and his family had a plan though. His mom had set up shop, waiting outside since Wednesday. He came and took over the graveyard shift, and then she rejoined him and his family later with food from the Thanksgiving meal. All of this scheming and prep to make sure that they did not miss out on the big deal.“Me and her are getting a TV, she’s getting a TV, they’re getting a TV. Everybody else is getting, I don’t know,” Douglas laughed.Everybody else is getting in at least some of that holiday shopping.“I don’t want to give you my game plan,” laughed one shopper. “I don’t know you like that. I don’t want to see you at like Toys-R-Us.”So most folks have other things on their list than just a big screen, but some scored major savings. Definitely the man who was first in line.“It’s originally 499 and we got it for 179,” said Douglas who we caught back up with as he was checking out.The day of giving wasn’t all wasted on waiting out on the deals though. Douglas still found a way to make it a little time for family.“Well being here for over twenty four hours that gave me and her to stop life for a minute and be together one on one,” he said. “And whenever she got here it was all fun and we’re just keep having the fun.” WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) –  Whether they were all fueled up from turkey dinner or just that drive to catch a deal, shoppers hit the stores in force tonight in Wilmington.Doors opened at the South College Road Best Buy with shoppers lined around the building. The store only allowed a certain amount in at a time so no mad dashes here to grab those deals on new TVs.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Coast Guard rescues boaters along Intracoastal Waterway

first_img It happened near Channel Marker 71A near Shallotte River around 10:30 a.m.The coast guard says the boaters are out of the water and are safe.No word on how many people were on board.Related Article: Florence floods parts of Columbus Co. left alone by Matthew BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The US Coast Guard Station Oak Island rescued boaters who were in the water after an accident along the Intracoastal Waterway.According to Brunswick County dispatch, the call came in that a boat hit the channel marker post.- Advertisement – last_img

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Small Business Administration lowinterest loans available to homeowners renters

first_imgA small business owner places an “Open” sign in his window. (Photo: USAF) PENDER COUNTY, NC (Press Release) — Small Business Administration (SBA) disaster assistance loans are available to homeowners, renters, businesses, and non-profit organizations of all sizes that were affected by Hurricane Florence.SBA offers disaster assistance loans up to $200,000 to homeowners for the repair or replacement of disaster damaged or destroyed real estate. Homeowners and renters are also eligible to borrow up to $40,000 to repair or replace disaster damaged or destroyed personal property. Automobiles that were damaged by the disaster are also eligible for disaster assistance loans.- Advertisement – Businesses and private non-profit organizations of any size may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace disaster damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory, and other business assets.For small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture, the SBA offers the Economic Injury Disaster Loans to help meet working capital needs caused by Hurricane Florence. Economic Injury disaster loans are available regardless of whether the business suffered any physical property damage.The disaster loans interest rates are as low as 2 percent for homeowners and renters, 2.5 percent for non-profit organizations and 3.675 percent for businesses and economic injury, with terms up to 30 years to repay the disaster loan. Loan amounts and terms are set by the SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition.Related Article: Belville town leaders update storm damage relief efforts at open forumThe application filing deadline is Nov. 13. To apply, go online to https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.last_img read more

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Double Homicide son possible killer father also killed in the past

first_imgThe corpses of the two women that have been reported missing on Tuesday have been found in field limits of Għaxaq. Marija Lourdes and Angele Bonnici, who are mother and daughter, have been reported missing earlier this week.The field is situated in Triq Santu Kristu and is close to the victims’ residence. Police stated that they have found the dead bodies following an an investigative exercise on the possible whereabouts of the two women.Reports are surfacing that the son of one of the victims has admitted of killing his mother and sister.Magistrate Caroline Farrugia Frendo is leading the inquest and has appointed a number of experts to assist her in the case.Like father like son? The victims of the double homicide have had their fair share of tragedy in the past. The husband and father of two victims had killed the neighbours in a heated argument.Paul Bonnici was sentenced to 31 years in jail after he was found guilty of killing his neighbours Joseph and Carmela Dalli in front of their home in Għaxaq following a heated argument back in 2000.WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

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Linux alternatives to popular Windows Software

first_imgAdvertisement Are you new to Linux, are you finding it hard to adjust to the Linux environment  and are wondering where you can get an application for Linux that is similar to the XYZ program on Windows.Sit back and relax, today we present yo you programs that could be considered roughly equivalent to certain popular Windows applications.The Linux programs might not have all the features which can be found in Windows proprietary software, but again some may actually have more features than the windows software.Windows AppLinu AppDescriptionMicrosoft Office, OpenOffice.orgOpenOffice, KOffice, Siag Office, Libre OfficeOffice packageWordOOWriter, KWord, LaTeXWord ProcessingNotepad, Wordpad, TheGun, EditPlus, SciTEKWrite, Kate, BlueFish, Gedit, JoeText EditorsAccess, dBase, Foxpro, ParadoxKexi, OOBaseDatabaseExcel, Lotus123, QuattroProOOCalc, KSpreadSpreadsheetVisioKivio, yedDiagrammingPowerPointOOImpressPresentation softwareMicrosoft Project ManagerImendio Planner, Kplato, MOOS Project Viewer, MrProjectProject managementOutlook, Thunderbird + Lightning, SunbirdKontact, BALSA, Thunderbird +Lightning, SunbirdPersonal information managersAlcohol 120%, Discjuggler, Easy CD Creator, Nero Burning ROMK3b, XCDRoast, moreCD burningQuicken, Microsoft Money, TurboTaxGnucAsh, KMyMoney, CrossOverOffice with Quicken, lazy8ledgerAccountingActiveSyncSynCESynchronization with Windows Mobile devicesWinEdt, TeXnicCenterKile, Texmaker, LyXLaTeX IDEsVeritas Backup Exec, Cobian BackupUniSon, Veritas Netbackup, moreBackupGoogle DesktopBeagle, Recoll, Google DesktopDesktop SearchNorton GhostPartition Image, g4u, Mondo, ddDisk imagingNorton Partition MagicQTparted, GPartedDisk partitioningDisk Size ExplorerFile Light, KonquerorDisk usage analyzersFilemon, Regmonsyscalltracksystem call tracking (file monitor & others)WinMerge, SyncToyMeld, Unison, Synkron, rSyncFile synchronizationWindows Update, Add/Remove programsapt-get, Aptitude, portage, rpm,urpmi, yast, yum, SynapticEvery Linux distribution has an infrastructure to manage installed software which is quite different from Windows. For instance, all updates are handled by a single program. See package management.WinRunnerxautomationautomating interactive applications7-Zip, Winzip, WinrarKarchiver, File Roller, ark, hjsplit;command line toolsArchiverschkdskfsckcheck your file system (and the hard disk beneath it) for errorsDaemon Toolsmount, GMount-ISOISO mountingDisclibgWhereDisk cataloging programsDreamweaver, NVU, KompoZerOOWeb, moreWeb DesignQuark, Quark Express, Microsoft PublisherScribusDTP softwareAdobe Acrobat PDF ReaderAdobe Acrobat Reader, Xpdf, Kpdf, Ghostview, Evince; morePDF readersAdobe Acrobat Distiller, PDFCreatorCUPS-PDF, OpenOffice.org, kprinter — can convert to pdf. morePDF authoringAdobe Acrobat PDF editorpdftk, pdfedit, pdfjam, pdf studio, morePDF editing toolsSilverFastxSane, VueScanscanningFinePrintpage-crunch, mpage, Kprinter, psnup/PSutils, pdfnup/PDFjamDocument printing/reformatting toolsWindows Movie Maker, Adobe Premiere Elements,MultiquenceCinelerra, KDenlive, LiVES, Kino, AviDemuxVideo EditorsWindows Media Player, PowerDVDMPlayer, Xine, Totem, Kaffeine, VLCVideo PlayersWinamp, Sonique, iTunes, aTunesamaroK, aTunes, XMMS, noatun, RhythmBox, xine will play aac and wma,BansheeMusic PlayersVideorathinliquidfilmVideo converterTMPGEnc DVD Author, Roxio DVDitBombono DVDDVD authoring softwareSIA Smaart LiveBRP-PACUSound analysisOTSAV, OTS Turntables, Serato, Traktor, Virtual DJ, PC DJ,Mixxx, UltraMixerMixxx, UltraMixerAudio & video play out (DJ/presenter)NoteWorthy Composer, MuseScore, LilyPondMuseScore,LilyPondMusical score typesettingMicrosoft Paint, Kid Pix, Tux PaintTuxpAint, KolourPaintBasic raster painting programsIrfanview, ACDSeeXnView, GQView, Mirage, GThumbImage viewersGuitarPro, TuxGuitarTuxGuitarGuitar tablature editorsCorel Draw, Adobe IllustratorInkscapeVector graphics editorsCakewalk/Sonarkmid, kmidi, RosegardenMIDIAudio Catalyst, dbpoweramp, CDexGrip, AudacityAudio EditorsAudacity, Cubase, CoolEdit, GoldWave,Cakewalk/SonarArdour, Rosegarden, Audacity, GNUsound, BeastDigital audio workstation softwareAdobe Photoshop,Corel Photo-Paint, GIMP, GIMPShopGIMP, GIMPShop, Krita, Pixel (non-free high quality), LightZone (non-free high quality)Raster graphics editors3D Studio MAX, Blender, MayaBlender, Maya, Softimage, K-3D3D modeling software – Advertisement – Credit: Linux Questionslast_img read more

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Tech firms on alert as US top court takes up class action

first_imgGoogle Inc, Facebook Inc, eBay Inc and Yahoo Inc filed court papers backing Spokeo, a people search website. Image Credit: WashingtonPost Advertisement The U.S. Supreme Court will consider on Monday whether to nip in the bud a class action lawsuit against online search service Spokeo Inc in a case closely watched by Silicon Valley companies that face similar claims.If the court rules for Pasadena, California-based Spokeo and finds that a consumer lawsuit cannot proceed when the plaintiff cannot show he is being harmed, it could curtail a recent wave of class action cases against online companies.Google Inc, Facebook Inc, eBay Inc and Yahoo Inc filed court papers backing Spokeo, a people search website. – Advertisement – If similar cases are allowed to proceed against other companies, any user of their services who alleges a legal violation based only on a technical violation of a federal statute could “pursue a multi-billion dollar statutory damages claim despite the lack of injury,” the brief said.The case gives the conservative-leaning Supreme Court another chance to limit class action litigation as it has in a series of rulings including a major 2011 victory for Wal Mart Stores Inc.“We think this case presents the opportunity … to close the door on non-injury class actions,” said Jason Matthes, Spokeo’s general counsel.Facebook, Google and Yahoo have all faced similar lawsuits over violations of different federal laws. As many online companies have millions of users, a case can quickly snowball into a multimillion dollar class action.Without class action status, a case involving an individual plaintiff presents a much smaller risk to a company.Kate Todd, an attorney with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s legal arm, called the Spokeo dispute an example of plaintiffs’ lawyers “pushing the boundaries” of the types of cases that can be pursued.[related-posts]In the Spokeo case, plaintiff Thomas Robins sued in California on behalf of himself and a potential class under the Fair Credit Reporting Act, which requires consumer reporting agencies to provide correct information. There is a maximum $1,000 penalty per violation.Robins, who was unemployed when he sued in 2010, had claimed his Spokeo entry had damaged his job-seeking prospects because it contained inaccurate information. The entry, for example, said Robins has a graduate degree, which he called incorrect.“In today’s age, consumers are increasingly concerned about their online reputation,” said Robins’ attorney, Jay Edelson, whose firm specializes in suing tech companies for privacy violations.The high court is currently considering two other class action cases. One involving claims against advertising firm Campbell-Ewald Co was argued last month.The other, concerning a lawsuit against food producer Tyson Foods Inc, will be argued on Nov. 10.[Reuters]last_img read more

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Taxify Launches Taxify Go For Drivers With Lower Fuel Consumption Vehicles

first_imgCustomer using a Taxify Taxi. Advertisement With the growing tension in the ride-hailing business, we’ve to say ride-hailing firms are doing all their best to have customers take their side. From expanding to more markets, to affordable prices and discounts, to convenience, and so forth. Recently, moto-taxi hailing firm; safeboda was reported to have expanded its market to Kenya, however there was no official mention/comment from the company.As of today, Taxify Uganda has launched a new service dubbed Taxify Go, that will allow drivers with smaller, lower fuel consumption vehicles an opportunity to access earnings. It has been rumored multiple times, how these drivers of these ride-hailing firms are largely affected by the cost of fuel which end up resulting into a strike by the drivers.Taxify Go is Taxify’s economy category with pocket friendly fares. The category consists of smaller 4-seater cars with 1300cc engines that consume less fuel, resulting in lower operational costs to drivers and therefore more affordable fares for riders. – Advertisement – The Operations Manager of Taxify Uganda, Julian Byamugisha, in a statement said, “We’ve recognized that as our customer base expands, and they grow accustomed to using the ride hailing service, people are now moving to a point where they want more options on how they can get around the city. There is also a rising number of drivers who want to use smaller engine capacity vehicles. This category serves the needs of both the drivers and riders.”The Taxify Go option launches at a 15% off discounted price. The Base Fare will be UGX800, UGX400 per km, UGX70 per minute, and a minimum Fare of UGX3000. The company says its drivers will be compensated by bonuses to ensure their earnings are not affected by the price discount.“The pricing for this category has been developed carefully so as to appeal to riders desiring a more affordable way to move around as well as driver-partners who would like to gain access to more earnings. Drivers will be able to take more trips with this new category,” Julian said.Unlike Safeboda, and DailJack who only looked at the moto-taxi industry, Taxify took both options for hailing a taxi or a moto-taxi, with its biggest competitor being Uber who also have both taxi and boda hailing options. Taxify launched its taxi services in October, 2017 in Kampala, and their moto-taxi in February this year while their competitors Uber, launched in June, 2016 then their moto-taxi option in March this year.[related-posts]last_img read more

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DAVY RUSSELL Naas Saturday

first_imgThe much needed rain has arrived at last. I can certainly vouch for that having got soaked riding work this morning! The rain was torrential but a bright spot was that Paloma Blue jumped well when I schooled him over fences.Also news in the last 24 hours that Presenting Percy is set to make his seasonal reappearance in the John Durkan Memorial at Punchestown on 9th December. He’s well in himself and it looks the perfect comeback race for him over two and half miles as he bids to step up in trip further on in the season. It’s always a great race and I’m already looking forward to it.The jumps season really warms up this weekend in Ireland with excellent cards at Naas on Saturday and Navan on Sunday. I’ll be back with a new blog on Saturday evening with my thoughts on Sunday’s rides which include Dortmund Park in the Lismullen Hurdle and Doctor Phoenix in the Fortria Chase.Despite the downpour on Friday and more rain forecast I can’t see the ground at Naas being any worse than yielding, which just goes to show had badly it’s been needed.I’ve got four booked rides on the card. I’m not involved in the Grade 3 Poplar Chase at 12.30 but it looks a race to savour with Footpad and Saint Calvados set to renew rivalry. They last met in the Arkle when it went firmly the way of the Willie Mullins trained runner.SATURDAYNAASMASTERMIND (1.05pm Fishery Lane Hurdle)A tough ask for my fella here in a race deep in quality if not quantity. Saldier, Espoir D’Allen and Mr Adjudicator are hard to split and a lot will simply come down to the one that’s the most forward. Mastermind does enjoy a fitness edge, given he ran really well in Galway when a close up fourth 12 days ago but the balance of his hurdles form would suggest he’s in at the deep end and would probably need a career best.DALLAS DES PICTONS (1.40pm)Looks a lovely prospect but a lot of Gordon’s (Elliott) have been needing the run as we have struggled to get work into them on the faster ground. Dallas Des Pictons joins the stable from France where he won a couple of races and hopefully he’ll run a big race for us in a race that doesn’t look too deep a contest on paper at least.NICOLE’S MILAN (2.15pm)Has had a wind op since his last flight fall in Cork and often they can need a run after that procedure. He’s been working well at home but does carry a bit of condition. He’s got some solid form but we need everything to be be sound in the jumping department. This looks an open race.BURREN LIFE (3.25pm)21 runners in a beginners chase so we’ll need our fair share of luck! It’s a very competitive one too with classy hurdlers Bacardys and Any Second Now in opposition. Burren Life gave me a good spin the last day at Tipperary when he finished second over 2m 7f and drops back in trip today. That should have blown the cobwebs off him but this is much tougher.DAVY YOUR SAYIf you have a question for Davy drop us a line at content@www.starsportsbet.co.uk and we’ll try and include in the next blog…last_img read more

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Rice Professor Named to National Academy of Engineering

first_imgShare Contact: Philip Montgomery Phone: (713) 831-4792 Rice Professor Named to National Academy of Engineering The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) elected Riki Kobayashi, a Rice University professor of chemicalengineering, as a member of the academy. He was one of 77 engineers in the United States elected to the NAE during the annual February induction. The NAE is a national advisory body of the federal government. Election to the body isconsidered one of the highest honors conferred on engineers. The letter announcing the elections said the academy elects members based upon their “important contributions to engineering theory and practice including significant contributions to the literature of engineering theory and practice and those who have demonstrated unusual accomplishment in the pioneering of new anddeveloping fields of technology.”“I am delighted that Riki has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering, a well deserved honor,” said ClarenceMiller, chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering at Rice. “For many years, he has been a central figure in the department’s research program in thermodynamics, which is widely recognized for its excellence. Riki and his coworkers have designed and built many novel types of equipment to allow improved measurements of properties of a wide range of fluids over a wide range oftemperatures and pressures.” George Hirasaki, a Rice professor of chemical engineering and a member of the NAE, said, “Perhaps more than any other living individual, Professor Kobayashi has provided the engineering database for the natural gas industry. The Gas Processors Association recognized this outstanding lifetime accomplishment in their first Donald L. Katz Award. His work was characterized in a 1987 AIChE symposium in his honor as `one of the century’s most prolific and lasting efforts in thermodynamic and transportproperties.’” Hirasaki said Kobayashi had the vision to pioneer the measurement of hydrocarbon vapor-water-gas hydrate equilibrium; the use of gas chromatography to measure vapor-liquid and vapor-solid equilibria, phase transitions and molecular diffusivity; and the useof laser light scatter to measure properties in the critical region. Some recent industrial applications of Kobayashi’s work include the design of CO2 processing facilities for enhanced oil recovery and design criteria for dehydrating natural gas in North Slope andNorth Sea production to prevent hydrate formation. Most recently, Kobayashi along with two research associates, Fouad Fleyfel and Kyoo Song, have submitted a paper for publication announcing their discovery of the mechanism that allows gas and water to form an icy mixture called hydrates. Hydrates plague the natural gas industry by forming icy plugs that prevent thetransmission of gas through pipelines. Rice University is an independent, coeducational, nonsectarian private university dedicated to undergraduate teaching and graduate studies, research and professional training in selected disciplines. It has an undergraduate student population of 2,584, a graduate and professional student population of 1,489 and a full-time faculty of 448. ### FacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThislast_img
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Breakthrough method in growing replacement cartilage

first_imgFacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThis Share CONTACT: Jade Boyd PHONE: (713) 348-6778 E-MAIL: jadeboyd@rice.edu Breakthrough method in growing replacement cartilage Rice bioengineers pioneer techniques for knee repair A breakthrough self-assembly technique for growing replacement cartilage offers the first hope of replacing the entire articular surface of knees damaged by arthritis. The technique, developed at Rice University’s Musculoskeletal Bioengineering Laboratory, is described in this month’s issue of the journal Tissue Engineering. “This has significant ramifications because we are now beginning to talk, for the first time, about the potential treatment of entire arthritic joints and not just small defects,” said lead researcher and lab director Kyriacos Athanasiou , the Karl F. Hasselmann Professor of Bioengineering . Athanasiou’s new self-assembly method involves a break from conventional wisdom in bioengineering; almost all previous attempts to grow replacement transplant tissues involved the use of biodegradable implants that are seeded with donor cells and growth factors. These implants, which engineers refer to as scaffolds, foster the tissue growth process by acting as a template for new growth, but they always present a risk of toxicity due to the fact that they are made of materials that aren’t naturally found in the body. In the newly reported findings, Athanasiou and postdoctoral researcher Jerry Hu, using nothing but donor cells, grew dime-sized disks of cartilage with properties approaching those of native tissue. In a follow-up study due for publication soon, graduate student Christopher Revell refined the process to produce disks that are virtually identical to native tissue in terms of both mechanical and biochemical makeup. In a third, and perhaps most impressive breakthrough, Athanasiou and Hu used the self-assembly approach to grow the entire articular surface of the distal femur. Each of these unbroken samples were tailored three-dimensionally to fit a specific rabbit femur. “If you told me 10 years ago that we would be making entire articular end caps via self assembly I would have said you were crazy,” said Athanasiou. “The fact that we can do this is an indication of how far the discipline of tissue engineering has progressed.” Unlike cartilage, most tissues in our bodies – including skin, blood vessels and bone – regenerate themselves constantly. Tissue engineers try to capitalize on the body’s own regenerative powers to grow replacement tissues that can be transplanted without risk of rejection. Donor cells from the patient are used as a starting place to eliminate rejection risks. Most tissue engineering involves honeycombed plastic templates or hydrogels called scaffolds that are used to guide colonies of donor cells. Donor cells can be either adult stem cells or other immature cells. Athanasiou’s latest work was done using chondrocytes, or cartilage cells. Athanasiou, a former president of the international Biomedical Engineering Society, helped pioneer the development of coin-sized scaffolds in the early 1990s that are now the state-of-the-art clinical option for repairing small defects in articular knee cartilage. His lab is also working on techniques to grow replacement knee menisci, the kidney shaped wedges of cartilage that sit between the femur and tibia and absorb the compressive shock that the bones undergo during walking and running. Over the past 18 months, he and his students Adam Aufderheide and Gwen Hoben have perfected methods of growing meniscus-shaped pieces of cartilage, but they are still trying to perfect the mechanical strength of the engineered meniscus tissue, which must be able to withstand up to an astounding 2,400 pounds per square inch of compressive pressure. Athanasiou’s research is funded by Rice University and the National Institutes of Health. High-resolution images are available at http://www.rice.edu/media/cartilage.html . last_img read more

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Scholar to discuss rise of the United States in the 19th century

first_imgFacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThis Howe received his bachelor’s degree from Harvard and his doctorate from the University of California at Berkeley.The event is sponsored by the Rice Department of History.Members of the news media who want to attend should contact Franz Brotzen at franz.brotzen@rice.edu or 713-348-6775. ShareCONTACT: Franz BrotzenPHONE: 713-348-6775EMAIL: franz.brotzen@rice.eduScholar to discuss rise of the United States in the 19th century at April 15 lecture at RiceDaniel Walker Howe, professor of history emeritus at the University of California at Los Angeles and author of the Pulitzer-Prize-winning book, “What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, 1815-1848,” will speak at Rice University April 15. The lecture is free and open to the public.Howe’s presentation begins at 4 p.m. in Sewall Hall’s room 309 on the Rice campus, 6100 Main St. For directions, go to http://www.rice.edu/maps/maps.html.The lecture is titled “What Hath God Wrought: The Communications Revolution of the 1840s.” It will reflect Howe’s argument that improvement in transportation and communications technologies like the railroad and telegraph drove the major social, political and economic changes that took place in the United States during the period.“What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, 1815-1848,” was published by Oxford University Press in 2007 as part of the prestigious series the Oxford History of the United States.In addition to his position at UCLA, Howe is also the Rhodes Professor of American History Emeritus at Oxford University. He is also the 2011 Lewis P. Jones Visiting Professor of History at Wofford College.last_img read more

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Racial makeup of labor markets affects who gets job leads

first_imgFacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThis ShareRice UniversityOffice of Public Affairs / News & Media RelationsNEWS RELEASEDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduAmy McCaig713-348-6777amym@rice.eduRacial makeup of labor markets affects who gets job leadsHOUSTON – (Jan. 13, 2016) – The racial composition of a labor market plays a significant role in whether workers find out about job leads – regardless of the race of the worker, according to new research from Rice University and North Carolina State University (N.C. State).The study found that in a job market that was 20 percent white, there was a 25 percent probability that a respondent had gotten an unsolicited job lead in the past year. But in a market that was 80 percent white, there was a 60 percent probability of a respondent having gotten such a lead.“We wanted to understand how the racial composition of job markets affected the availability of job leads for workers,” said Steve McDonald, an associate professor of sociology at N.C. State and lead author of the study published in the journal Social Currents. “We found that race matters and that race-related bias in recruiting can adversely impact job opportunities for workers in minority-dominated occupations.”The results held true for workers of all races, even when researchers controlled for things like gender, age and the size of each worker’s social network.The findings indicate that employers in white labor markets are more likely to use social networks and informal approaches to recruit workers.James Elliott, an associate professor of sociology at Rice University and co-author of the study, noted that the findings also indicate that when minority workers do receive unsolicited job information, it tends to lead to employment where that type of unsolicited information then dries up.“In other words, the flow of job leads changes based not on you as an individual but on the race of people doing your job,” Elliott said.“Presumably, this is due to a preference — conscious or subconscious — for white workers,” McDonald said. “One of the things this drives home is that, if businesses take diversity seriously and want to diversify their workforce, they need to look beyond their social networks for job candidates.”The researchers evaluated data from a survey of 642 workers from the 23 largest U.S. cities in 11 broad occupation groups, such as management, sales and the service sector. Specifically, the researchers looked at information that survey respondents provided in each city on their job and the number of unsolicited job leads they received in casual conversation over the previous year. The researchers then used census data to determine the racial composition of the labor market in each respondent’s city and occupation group.The researchers are now building on this work by examining larger samples of workers, more specific occupation categories and smaller geographic areas within cities.The paper, “Race, Place and Unsolicited Job Leads: How the Ethnoracial Structure of Local Labor Markets Shapes Employment Opportunities,” was published online Dec. 22.-30-Follow Rice News and Media Relations on Twitter @RiceUNews.Related materials: James Elliott bio: https://sociology.rice.edu/Content.aspx?id=2147483801Photo link: http://news.rice.edu/files/2016/01/0118_ELLIOT-b1-2j9eska.jpgPhoto credit: ThinkStockPhotos.comlast_img read more

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Rice U study Safety has many meanings for parents with children in

first_imgShareJeff Falk713-348-6775jfalk@rice.eduRice U. study: Safety has many meanings for parents with children in schoolsHOUSTON – (Feb. 5, 2018) – Safety, just behind family and community engagement, is one of the most import drivers of parents’ satisfaction with their child’s school. “In traditional public schools, safety is just as important in driving overall satisfaction as teachers, and even more important than academics and learning,” according to a study by scholars at Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business.Credit: 123RF.com/Rice UniversityIn contrast, safety is slightly less important than teachers among charter-school parents.The inaugural 2017 Collaborative for Customer-Based Execution and Strategy (C-CUBES) Benchmark K-12 School Study is based on a nationally representative online survey of 7,259 parents conducted during October through November. The goal of the ongoing study is to provide an evidence-based approach to incorporate the stakeholder input in strategic planning and execution for public schools. The margin of error was plus or minus 1 percent at the 95 percent level of confidence.The meaning of safety may not be well understood by many school leaders and district administrators, the study’s authors said. A multivariate analysis conducted by the research team identified five components that represent 77 percent of the overall concept of safety:Children are physically safe (22 percent).Children are mentally safe (20 percent).Students are free of violence (14 percent).Schools use adequate disciplinary measures in dealing with disruptive students (12 percent).Schools are consistent and fair in enforcing disciplinary policies (9 percent).“Safety in schools is not an elusive concept,” said study leader Vikas Mittal, the J. Hugh Liedtke Professor of Marketing at Rice. “By focusing on these five concrete areas, public schools can improve parent satisfaction with safety, which should help them to attract and retain families.”“We now have evidence, using the voice of the customer, that safety includes both physical and mental safety of children. More importantly, it has a component of consistency and fairness in developing and enforcing school policies. Our study shows the three biggest drivers of overall satisfaction are safety along with teachers and family and community engagement.”According to the National Center for Education Statistics, 65 percent of public schools reported that one or more violent incidents had taken place, which amounts to an estimated 757,000 incidents during the 2013-14 school year. “School safety is a real issue for children enrolled in our schools,” Mittal said.Additional members of the research team include Jihye Jung at Rice and Shrihari Sridhar and Yixing Chen at Texas A&M University.C-CUBES released its inaugural 2017 study on public schools and parent satisfaction, which focused on family and community engagement, Nov. 29. A summary can be viewed here. A second study, released Dec. 5, found that traditional public schools are less likely to earn an A or A-plus from parents than private or charter schools are. A third study, released Dec. 14, found that traditional public-school parents who are “very dissatisfied” with their child’s school are 2.5 times more likely to switch to a charter school than parents who are “very satisfied.”For more information about and insights from Jones School faculty research, visit the school’s Rice Business Wisdom website, http://ricebusinesswisdom.com.-30-Follow the Jones Graduate School of Business via Twitter @Rice_Biz.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews. AddThislast_img read more

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International Shakespeare troupe to perform at Rice

first_img Return to article. Long DescriptionThe world-acclaimed Actors From The London Stage will perform “King Lear” at Hamman Hall.The international touring theater troupe based in London and at the University of Notre Dame will be in residency at Rice from Jan. 28 to Feb. 2, 2019. They will perform “King Lear” at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 31, Feb. 1 and Feb. 2 at the university’s Hamman Hall, 6100 Main St.Tickets are $15 for Rice students, alumni, faculty, staff and senior citizens; $20 for general admission; and $10 per person for groups of 10 or more. Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling 713-348-4005 or emailing hamman@rice.edu.Founded by famed actor Patrick Stewart, Actors From The London Stage is now in its 38th year. Beginning as an educational program developed by Homer Swander at the University of California, Santa Barbara, the troupe tours up to 20 universities each year to provide communities, students and faculty the opportunity to experience dynamic and enriching performing arts.All roles will be played by five veterans of classical theatre: Richard James-Neale, Tricia Kelly, Ffion Jolly, Fred Lancaster and Jonathan Dryden Taylor. The performers all hail from prestigious theater companies including the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal National Theatre of Great Britain and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and have made numerous appearances in film and television.The troupe’s residency is underwritten by the Alan and Shirley Grob Endowment for Shakespeare and the Grob Fund for Shakespeare in Performance, with additional support from Rice University’s Department of Visual and Dramatic Arts and the Department of English.For more information on the performances, visit http://vada.rice.edu. For a Rice University map and parking information, visit http://rice.edu/parking.-30-For more information, contact Katharine Shilcutt, media relations specialist at Rice, at 713-348-6760 or kshilcutt@rice.edu.This news release can be found online at http://news.rice.edu/.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.For a Rice University map and parking information, visit http://parking.rice.edu.Related information:Actors from the London Stage: https://baylinartists.com/actors-from-the-london-stage-biography/Rice Department of Visual and Dramatic Arts: https://vada.rice.edu/Rice Department of English: https://english.rice.edu/High-resolution images for download:https://news.rice.edu/files/2018/12/KL-011-RETOUCHED-PRINT-1sm85mg.jpghttps://news.rice.edu/files/2018/12/KL-029-RETOUCHED-PRINT-1tkz7f0.jpgLocated on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,970 undergraduates and 2,934 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is just under 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for quality of life and for lots of race/class interaction and No. 2 for happiest students by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to http://tinyurl.com/RiceUniversityoverview. Share2Rice UniversityOffice of Public Affairs / News & Media RelationsMEDIA ADVISORYKatharine Shilcutt713-348-6760kshilcutt@rice.eduInternational Shakespeare troupe to perform at Rice Actors From The London Stage will perform ‘King Lear’ at Hamman HallHOUSTON — (Dec. 10, 2018) — “Nothing can come of nothing,” utters Lear as he begins his slow descent into madness in William Shakespeare’s tragedy “King Lear.” The world-acclaimed Actors From The London Stage are set to bring the tragic tale of Lear, his three daughters and the many warring noblemen to life at Rice University. The world-acclaimed Actors From The London Stage will perform “King Lear” at Hamman Hall.center_img AddThislast_img read more

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