Furious disabled campaigners have attacked MPs o

first_img“Furious” disabled campaigners have attacked MPs on a Commons committee for refusing to ask the minister for disabled people about figures showing attempted suicides among people claiming out-of-work disability benefits doubled between 2007 and 2014.The new figures, showing how suicide attempts rocketed after the introduction of the work capability assessment (WCA), emerged last week and were passed to the Commons select committee on work and pensions, as well as at least one member of the committee, Labour’s Neil Coyle, in advance of yesterday’s evidence session with Sarah Newton.The session was part of the committee’s inquiry into the government’s assessments for personal independence payment (PIP) and employment and support allowance (ESA).Activists yesterday expressed their anger at the committee’s failure to ask Newton about the figures.One said it was “disgraceful”, another said she was “furious”, while a third prominent campaigner said she was “stunned”.A leading mental health campaigner said the failure was “a dereliction of duty by the whole committee”.The new analysis of NHS statistics, prepared by the independent social research institute NatCen and published by Disability News Service (DNS) for the first time last week, shows that in 2007 – a year before the introduction of the much-criticised WCA – 21 per cent of incapacity benefit (IB) claimants told researchers they had attempted suicide at some point in their lives.The following year, IB began to be replaced by ESA, with eligibility tested by the WCA, under the New Labour government.But by 2014, following six years of the WCA – and four years of social security reforms under the new coalition government, and austerity-related cuts to disability benefits and services – more than 43 per cent of claimants were saying they had attempted suicide.Over the same period, the proportion of adults questioned for the Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey (APMS) who were not claiming IB (in 2007) or ESA (in 2014) and had attempted to take their own lives remained statistically stable (6.0 per cent in 2007 against 6.7 per cent in 2014).The figures strongly suggest that government cuts and reforms, and particularly the introduction of the WCA, have had a serious, detrimental – and sometimes fatal – effect on the mental health of a generation of claimants of out-of-work disability benefits.After learning that the minister would be questioned this week, DNS and at least one other campaigner had passed on this research to the committee, which is chaired by Labour MP Frank Field.After DNS drew Coyle’s attention to the figures, five days before the hearing, he said: “I’m sure it will be raised.”A committee spokeswoman also agreed, the same day, to forward the information to “the specialists developing the briefing for the session”.Yesterday, the committee spokeswoman refused to comment on the failure to ask the minister about the figures.Coyle had also failed by noon today (Thursday) to respond to messages left with him and his office.Denise McKenna, co-founder of the Mental Health Resistance Network, said: “Any MP who remains silent about this rise in self-harm and suicidal ideation should be held to account.“The failure of the committee to mention these figures constitutes a dereliction of duty by the whole committee.“These figures should have been the first item on their agenda and we can barely believe that they weren’t even mentioned.”    She added: “We are only too well aware of why Tory committee members would want to suppress these figures, but it seems extraordinary that Labour MPs are repeatedly missing opportunities to flag up the appalling effects of welfare reform, and this begs the question of why they are choosing to do so.“It may be that they feel implicated in the carnage that is currently being visited upon disabled people, since it was Labour who introduced the WCA, or it may be that some in the Parliamentary Labour Party actually agree with the brutality of the benefits system.“We had been hoping that under the present Labour leadership our best interests would be promoted but this doesn’t seem to be what is happening.“If disabled people are to support Labour wholeheartedly, they need to improve their support for us.“While we can berate the Labour party for helping to suppress these appalling figures, we don’t want to forget the cruelty of Tory MPs who are pressing forward with reforms that they know are driving people to suicide.”Linda Burnip, a co-founder of Disabled People Against Cuts, said: “It is disgraceful that members of the work and pensions committee have failed to ask the minister about the horrendous increase in attempted suicides when they had such a good opportunity to do so.“They have totally failed disabled people by this blatant omission and it is clear to see that Heidi Allen’s tears [the Tory committee member was reported to have cried in the Commons chamber after Field described the impact of universal credit on his constituents] didn’t last long and that Neil Coyle’s concerns are very limited.”John McArdle, co-founder of the Black Triangle campaign, said: “We are all bitterly disappointed that the NHS NatCen suicide figures were not raised in parliament today by the work and pensions committee.“The abject failure to speak out on the issue of the shocking increase in the rate of suicide and self-harm among our disabled community leads us to one conclusion: that there exists a conspiracy of silence between the Labour and Conservative parties on this, the gravest and most scandalous of issues. “Disabled people and the families and friends of those who have either died or attempted to take their own lives by their own hand as a direct consequence of being put through the WCA disability assessment regime will today be asking themselves why the committee are not holding the government to account.”Mo Stewart, who spent years researching the “totally bogus” WCA for her book Cash Not Care: The Planned Demolition Of The UK Welfare State, said: “I was stunned to learn that the disturbing evidence of the reported 43 per cent of attempted suicides of ESA claimants was not raised at committee.“This detailed detrimental impact of the ESA claims process on public mental health makes the minister’s evidence to the committee even more suspect, as she attempted to insist that the assessors were professional and empathetic to the claimants; a claim that was challenged by members of the committee.”Dr Jay Watts, a consultant clinical psychologist and member of the campaigning Alliance for Counselling and Psychotherapy, who first brought the 2014 figures to the attention of DNS, said: “One wonders about the committee’s purpose if not to call the government to account, and listen to such clear, robust and indisputable evidence.“I am furious, frankly, that this question remained unasked, leaving claimants in desperate straits over Christmas, no doubt reading articles that claim this is the year the country began to take mental health seriously.”She added: “How is it possible that the minister for disabled people was not asked about the doubling of attempted suicide rates so clearly linked to the policies of her department?“How was she not asked to justify government policies in the wake of the thousands who have died as a result of the brutality of the ESA system?“What greater priority could there be than immediate reform to stop the misery, despair and impoverishment which is leading so many disabled people to die by suicide?”Last week, Watts said the figures showed “the greatest increase in suicide rates for any population that I can recall in the literature”, and pointed out that they were taken from “the largest, most reliable data set on the mental health of the nation out there”.last_img read more

Developments in Development Right Commodity or Investment

first_imgDevelopments in Development is a “weekly” column recapping real estate, business, planning, zoning and construction news.How should we treat housing? As a commodity like bread or gas? As an investment? As a human right?Writing about development and housing a good deal, my observation has been that these three attitudes toward housing seem to more or less distinguish three schools of land-use thought. The thing is, to co-opt some of the comments from this week’s Planning Commission meeting about the Mission Action Plan 2020, that adherents to all three of these schools probably have more in common than our bitter local housing wars might indicate. 0% Some thought-provoking articles I was directed toward this week: The Guardian has this profile of the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to housing for the UN Human Rights Council and her recent report positing that housing should be seen a human right. And the New York Times has this column exploring how regulation has throttled housing supply and made it impossible to move to cities like San Francisco. Both of these, by the way, are worth taking the time to read fully, but here is what struck me about reading them side by side: Both point the finger at the Housing As An Investment philosophy. “Housing is particularly prone to bubbles because, in contrast with other products, we seem to want it more when it is expensive and less when it is cheap,” writes Conor Dougherty in the Times Piece. And from the Guardian’s Patrick Butler, regarding the housing rapporteur Leilani Farha: “The middle class, she notes, have so far been generally complicit, benefiting from rising house prices.”They take aim at two different concerns. Dougherty’s concern is the regulation of land use, which drives up the value of land to an untenable point. Farha’s is the problem of housing bought by wealthy investors, often foreigners who do not go on to live in their investment, which drives up costs but doesn’t add the residents that keep neighborhoods thriving. But for both, the attitude toward housing as an investment, not a basic good, is a problem.Having read that, it might be worth revisiting this, admittedly now somewhat dated, report by 48Hills that found almost half of newly built condos in the city sit empty. One twist on the housing-as-investment mentality that’s being tried out around the world is crowdfunding major real estate developments, as detailed in this longread by Curbed. The idea there is to make investing in skyscrapers no longer a pastime open only to the wealthy elite, but to open it up to much smaller sums in contributions – that still come with returns on investment. That potential for community investment in housing is not lost on the locals. While we’re not seeing people pass the hat for office towers, the so-called Neighbor-to-Neighbor fund is what fronted the money for the Precita Eyes building purchased as affordable housing by MEDA last year. And I have heard from one of the investors that that money has been fully repaid. In the meantime, the city continues to grapple with its regulations (to the chagrin of the reader who sent me the New York Times piece) on housing. Currently at hand is a discussion about how much housing should be built for which income brackets.  That of course is a relevant and important conversation in a city where teachers qualify for and desperately need low-income housing, but it has no control over what happens on the open market. Which is where we get commodities like this local gem: A three-bed two-bath apartment inside V20 for rent for $6,500 a monthWasn’t I just complaining last week about how single rooms are now impossible to get for more than $1,300? Yes I was, and citing a real estate site that arrived at price-per-room costs by dividing the monthly cost of rentals on the market by the number of rooms. And by that measure, the three-bed above fits right into the mix, at $2,100 a month.And yet Socketsite reports that the per-room cost of apartments has actually dropped since 2015. Their calculation considers living rooms in that definition – “as have plenty of roommates over the past couple of years,” which is a fair point.Even $2,100 a month for a room is still better, though, than $90 a night for a Airbnb (tinder)box in the Sunset. Apparently the city thought so too, having now cited the owner of that Airbnb for code violations, which they will consider abated if he reduces the occupancy of the home to 14 people in five bedrooms. Which makes me wonder…how many of these pods were there!?Before I let that one go, I have to just mention that the minimum stay at that location on Airbnb is now listed as 30 days, which would have brought these boxes up to $2,700 a month. I would say building a box nexus in your house to bring in that kind of dough is taking Housing As An Investment to truly absurd lengths. As I’m sure Airbnb would remind me, this extreme case doesn’t illustrate what most middle-class folks who invested in their home as an asset do with short term rentals. Which of course I understand. But then there’s this other problem that Inside Airbnb is pointing to, as told by The Real Deal:“Whites make up 13.9 percent of the overall population in [predominantly black] neighborhoods, but disproportionately account for 74 percent of the Airbnb host population, according to the summary. When it came to earnings, white hosts in these neighborhoods pocketed …73.7 percent of the income earned in these neighborhoods.”Depending on whether or not you believe facial recognition software applied to profile photos is a viable way of distinguishing someone’s race, that appears to confirm local fears about rental housing in formerly low-income neighborhoods accelerating gentrification.Locally, a working group meant to be convened to figure out how to best regulate Airbnb has yet to materialize, delayed while San Francisco mediates a lawsuit filed against it by two homesharing giants.  center_img Tags: development • Developments in Development • housing Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more


first_imgIn partnership with YMCA St Helens, Y Sports, Teardrops and St Helens Sports Development, The Saints Community Development Foundation (SCDF) is urging Saints fans and business leaders from across the town to commit to sleeping out in the Totally Wicked stadium for one night as part of the charity’s first ever Saints Sleep Easy fundraising event.Taking place on Friday 15th March 2019, as part of YMCA’s National Sleep Easy Week, the Saints Community Sleep out will ask those taking part to give up the comfort of their own bed for the night and commit to raising Funds to be split three ways between SCDF, YMCA St Helens Sports and Teardrops.Mark Jennings said: “This is a unique new initiative to shine a light on the rising issue of homelessness in our communities. It won’t be an easy event to take part in but that’s the point – as well as raising money we want our fundraisers to gain a first-hand experience of what life is like for an increasing number of people in our region.”Craig Richards from Saints Foundation added “We are determined to continue utilising the Totally Wicked stadium in imaginative ways to benefit the community, above and beyond match days. The size of the stadium means this is the ideal space to run an event like this – there is room for plenty of people to take part so we’re urging as many people as possible to join us. We’ve already had a fantastic response to the event, thanks to all those who have committed to joining us in March.”“This event is an ideal way to raise awareness of homelessness and offer people the opportunity to experience a small part of a rough sleeper’s day. It will also help to raise funds for our hub so we can continue to support those who endure this night after night and all those who are vulnerable in our community. So please grab your sleeping bag and get involved”. Said Shauni Ward from TeardropsBusiness leaders from Cash Converters, Biffa and the Co-op distribution have also already signed up to take part.There is a £20 registration fee to take part in the Saints Sleep out and participants are asked to raise funds through sponsorship. All funds will come to SCDF in the first instance and then be split between the three charities to support their homeless programmesTo take part in the saints Sleep out, register here.For more information, please contact craig.richards@saintsrlfc.comOne night can make a lifetime of difference.last_img read more

First sea turtle nest in NC shows up on Brunswick County beach

first_img 1 of 12 (Photo: Alison Graves) (Photo: Alison Graves) Shortly after, the Oak Island Sea Turtle Protection Program was contacted and volunteers showed up at the site. Graves say the volunteers made a barrier around the nest, measured the turtle’s trail, and took one egg for DNA sampling. (Photo: Alison Graves) BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Sea turtle nesting season began May 1 and it didn’t take long for the first nest to show up along the Carolina coast. The first one was found in Oak Island last week.Alison Graves was walking the beach last Thursday morning when she came across a loggerhead sea turtle making her way back into the ocean from laying eggs. – Advertisement – (Photo: Alison Graves) Volunteers said in approximately 55-60 days the baby turtles would hatch and make their way back to sea.Graves say the sea turtle staff told her this was the first report of a sea turtle nest in North Carolina this season. (Photo: Alison Graves)center_img (Photo: Alison Graves) (Photo: Alison Graves) (Photo: Alison Graves) (Photo: Alison Graves) (Photo: Alison Graves) Loggerhead turtle in Oak Island on May 10, 2018. (Photo: Alison Graves) (Photo: Alison Graves)last_img read more

North Brunswick Band prepares for Independence Day Parade in DC

first_img The band applied, and the parade committee accepted them.“It means a lot, to play in front of a lot of people, and show them what our talent is and represent North Carolina,” Daveon Troy, a senior snare drum player, said.“It means that we’re doing something right,” North Brunswick Band Director Christopher Cook said. “It means that our kids are really focused and they practice hard and it means that we’re being noticed.”Related Article: VP Pence scheduled for NC fundraiser benefiting TillisCook said the honor means a lot — especially after Hurricane Florence.“We had about half of our students that were impacted, some of which had to move out of their residence,” Cook said. “You know, I had a few students that couldn’t come back to school right away because they were trying to find a place to live.”The group has a fundraising goal of $30,000 dollars for the trip. Part of the money will come from donations and part will come from the Scorpion Arts Summer Camp.“This is an opportunity not just for us to fundraise, but for us to reach out to elementary students and get them interested in the arts,” Cook said.The band held their first outdoor practice of the summer on Tuesday. Students practiced in heavy sweatshirts and sweatpants to simulate the heavy uniforms they will wear in the parade.“What we’re trying to do is, we’re trying to keep the kids safe,” Band Director Christopher Cook said. “Get them used to the heat. So we put on sweatpants to simulate our uniforms, so that when we march, we can kind of get accustomed to the heat. We’re not just out here the whole time. We actually take a cool down period.”“A lot of conditioning,” Cole Fleming, a senior trombone player, said. “It’s going to be really hot in Washington, DC on the Fourth of July so it’ll be a lot of marching around the school.”Students say being a part of the band takes hard work and dedication — qualities that should shine bright on the national stage this Fourth of July.“Some students have never left Leland, let alone the state of North Carolina,” Cook said. “So this is just an opportunity for them to experience something different and to know that the world is big and you can explore and go wherever you’d like to go to.”The band leaves for Washington, DC July 3, 2019.Cook says the band is close to reaching their fundraising goal. To help them reach their goal or to learn more about the program, click here.There will also be Fourth of July festivities happening in the Cape Fear.Cook doesn’t want people to forget about the South Brunswick and West Brunswick bands which will be performing locally in the NC Fourth of July Parade in Southport. BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A Brunswick County marching band will be representing North Carolina on the national stage in Washington, DC this Fourth of July.Last year, Senator Thom Tillis nominated the Marching Scorpions to represent North Carolina in the 2019 National Independence Day Parade.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Kevin Cutajar interested in Stellinis seat

first_img SharePrint Kevin Cutajar has expressed his interest in being part of the Maltese Parliament, after multiple people nominated him to take former PN Member of Parliament David Stellini’s seat following his resignation.Read: Stellini’s resignation letter; “Politics is no longer benefiting the country”Sources confirmed this with Newsbook.com.mt, while Cutajar also informed a high-ranking person in PN about his interest.At around 5:00pm, Cutajar, who was yesterday elected as a Councillor of Xagħra, posted on Facebook that he will be attending PN’s Executive meeting, to request Stellini’s seat. He said that this will also please the Gozitans’ will.Read: Kevin Cutajar or Jean Pierre Debono ?Read: Who will take Stellini’s place on Saturday?Read: Debono eyes Stellini’s Parliamentary seat – DeliaWhatsApp <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

Puli confirms that report stating that he is not contesting internal elections

first_img <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> SharePrint Partit Nazzjonalista (PN) Secretary General Clyde Puli said that a report stating that he will not be contesting elections for the role of Secretary General within the party is fictitious and referred to it as “fake news”.Puli has stated this on Facebook after The Times of Malta stated that he (Puli) is not considering running again for the election of the PN Secretary General. He added that he had answered the question set by The Times’ journalist with six sentences and that only one sentence was published.Clyde Puli insisted that he has no intention of leaving the PN in its darkest hour and will continue to serve the party until necessary and with the party’s interest at heart.The General Secretary also said that that it is not true that he is happy with the May 2019 election results.WhatsApplast_img read more

Emirates Airbus 319 Luxury Private Jet Service Emirates Executive Launches Online Booking

first_imgAdvertisement Emirates, one of the world’s fastest growing airlines, has announced the launch of its luxury private jet service which can now be booked onwww.emirates-executive.com. Customers seeking unsurpassed luxury in travel can book a tailor-made experience on Emirates Executive, the ultra-spacious Airbus 319 aircraft, and enjoy new technology and design to meet the most discerning traveller’s requirements.Available in English and Arabic, the Emirates Executive website offers visitors a glimpse of the bespoke experience through a video that takes the customer on a journey showcasing the aircraft and offers an insight into its premium features. Customers can then ‘start their journey’ via the request form and define a travel experience that meets their exacting demands and specifications.“Everybody who flies economy commercially wants to be in first class and everybody who’s in first class wants to fly private,” said Khalid Al Zarouni – Emirates’ Country Manager for Uganda. “We have seen an increasing demand in the private travel segment, and now with the launch of Emirates Executive online consumers can book their luxury travel experience conveniently from anywhere and enjoy the high-quality of service and attention to detail associated with Emirates.” – Advertisement – Providing a private charter service to most locations worldwide and beyond the existing Emirates network, the aircraft offers a new configuration with a high level of comfort and service for up to 19 passengers. Always pioneering, Emirates Executive introduces many firsts from private suites to a large multi-functional lounge area on-board, making it a service versatile enough to provide diverse travel options for both the private customer and corporations alike.The configuration of the A319 Emirates Executive aircraft is based on two main zones. The first area is a wide dining and executive lounge at the front of the aircraft designed to seat up to 12 passengers, combining a work area and a rest zone with two large sofas surrounding four mechanically-activated tables and two 42” HD LCD screens. The second distinct area comprises 10 Private Suites each featuring a fully lie flat seat and a 32” HD LCD screen.The suites are complemented by a large and elegant Shower Spa, equipped with a full-height shower, featured innovations like a floor heating system, decorative serigraphy on mirrors and marble accents, as well as luxury, all-natural skincare products.Customers can also enjoy a variety of multi-course culinary options from Emirates’ award-winning menus, and the finest selection of hot and cold beverages, as well as customised options to suit any palette or dietary requirement. The aircraft is equipped with state-of-the-art technology including Emirates’ award winning in-flight entertainment (ice) with up to 1,500 channels of on-demand entertainment, as well as a live TV, video conferencing facilities and high-speed internet and mobile phone connectivity.The personalised service for customers includes booking an aircraft at short notice and a premium chauffeur drive service. The A319 aircraft is supported by a dedicated team of highly trained and experienced inflight crew and ground staff.For enquiries – please call +97147081121/1122 or visit www.emirates-executive.comlast_img read more

Huawei starts installation of the NigeriaCameroon Submarine Cable System

first_imgAdvertisement Installation of the Nigeria-Cameroon Submarine Cable System (NCSCS) has started with Huawei Marine Network handling the process.Huawei Marine Networks  says that the cable which will span 1100 km is Cameroon’s first wholly owned submarine cable with investment provided by the Cameroon government.It will directly link Kribi in Cameroon with Lagos in Nigeria, delivering 12.8 Tbps of capacity to broadband users in both countries by the end of 2015. – Advertisement – The NCSCS will utilise Huawei Marine’s Wavelength Division Multiplex (WDM) and Optical Transport Network (OTN) technologies and incorporate the world’s first titanium-cased six-fibre pair repeater.Huawei Marine’s second generation RPT 1660 represents a substantial advancement in innovation as it is not only the smallest repeater but also 40 percent lighter than any other optical amplifier.The slim-line titanium casing supports enhanced burial capability through simultaneous lay and burial beneath the seabed. This reduces marine installation costs and associated system risk.As a part of Cameroon’s strategic plan for building a National Broadband Network, the NCSCS system will significantly enhance the development of e-government, e-trade, e-education and e-health programmes which is a boost to the economic and commercial development.[Via]last_img read more

World Summit on the Information Society Forum 2017 Advances Global Support of

first_imgAdvertisement A significant stride forward was achieved last week by the information and communication technology (ICT) for development community at the World Summit on the Information Society Forum 2017 (WSIS Forum 2017), attended by more than 2,000 stakeholders from 163 countries. Participants came together to share experiences, knowledge and perspectives; and to announce new tools and initiatives to use ICTs to advance the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in such critical areas as ICT-centric innovation, accessibility, gender equality, youth empowerment, e-health and cyber security among many others.WSIS Forum 2017 was held 12-16 June in Geneva, and included the participation of more than 85 high-level government and civil society representatives, as well as 500 remote interventions and thousands following the webcast. The forum was chaired by Mr Jean Philbert Nsengimana, Minister of Youth and ICT, Government of Rwanda, and co-organized by ITU, UNESCO, UNCTAD and UNDP, in close collaboration with all UN agencies.“I congratulate the global WSIS community on another successful forum. The progress made here in Geneva last week – whether on providing five million youths with digital skills, improving digital accessibility, or giving countries the tools to advance their digitalization – will be felt around the globe. It was a clear demonstration of the important role that ICT plays in realizing the SDGs and improving livelihoods,” said ITU Secretary General Houlin Zhao. – Advertisement – The concrete outcomes of WSIS Forum 2017 will enable stakeholders to strengthen implementation of WSIS Action Lines and the alignment of the WSIS and SDG processes. These actions included:UN Group on the Information Society (UNGIS) reiterated commitment to the implementation of the WSIS Action Lines and alignment of the WSIS and SDG processes. ITU was appointed as the Chair of UNGIS for 2017-2018, while UN Regional Economic Commission for Africa was appointed as the rotating Vice Chairman to strengthen the regional perspective.UN Regional Commissions committed to strengthen regional level WSIS action through multi-stakeholder platforms and a series of regional face-to-face meetings. It is anticipated that WSIS will be included in the UN Regional Coordination Mechanisms and WSIS4SDG will become one of the pillar of the regional SDG Forums.ICT4SDG mobile application built on WSIS Action Lines and SDG Matrix launched by the University of West Indies and ITU, strengthening the WSIS Stocktaking Process.Ministerial Round Table participants emphasized importance of WSIS Action Lines framework as key UN framework for work on the information and knowledge societies, and reiterated that many national digital agendas were built upon it. They also emphasized the value of the WSIS Forum as the only UN platform for exchanging best practices and advancing implementation of ICTs4SDGs. Many ministers also expressed continued support and strengthened commitment to the WSIS process.The Partnership on Measuring ICT for Development launched a Task Group on ICT for SDGs, which will prepare a thematic list of ICT indicators aimed to complement the monitoring framework for measuring progress towards the achievement of the SDGs.The forum also included the announcement of the WSIS Prizes 2017 winners and champions, which represented all seven continents and all five WSIS stakeholder groups.last_img read more

BENS BLOG A Bootlegger spotted in the bettingring at Romford

first_img[dropcap]I[/dropcap] was delighted to hear, when at Romford, that the bookmakers strictly don’t use Betfair, but instead hedge with each other.But I ask this question, Blog: Why was there a bootlegger in the betting-ring, allowed to take bets on Betfair, and then bet back with the bookmakers at a bigger price?The bookmakers pay £200 a night to bet there, have to go to the BAGS meetings, AND EMPLOY PEOPLE.What does the Bootlegger bring to the party? NOTHING.In other news:I went for dinner tonight with a pro-punter.He told me that when he has had an account restricted, to SP only, on his horse bets, he then adopts the following tactic:He calls the firm, dithers on the line, saying he can’t find his account number, and when the race has started, waits for his selection to shorten, in say the first 15 seconds of the race, then calls a bet. The dirty snide! I’ve always said it: PUNTERS = NOT NICE PEOPLE!!He did give me a tip though: The Tories to get an overall majority. He’s taken 11/2 and 5 and makes the bet a 3/1 chance.His reasoning:1) The Tories have a far bigger advertising budget.2) They are a better organised ‘machine’.3) Too many Labour voters will be watching Jeremy Kyle and forget to vote! BOOM BOOM!!Over and out, B xlast_img read more


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Rice Professor Available for Comments on CometJupiter Collision

first_imgShare Contact: Philip Montgomery Phone: (713) 527-4672 Rice Professor Available for Comments on Comet-Jupiter Collision Thomas Hill, a distinguished faculty fellow in space physics and astronomy at Rice, is available to comment on the impending collision between Jupiter and the remnants of the Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9. The comet is expected to begin smashing into Jupiter on Saturday, July 16. Astronomers have speculated that the comet, which is moving at the speed of 130,000 miles per hour, could collide with Jupiter with the force of a billion tons of TNT. The collision may create plumes of hot gases that flash beyond the cloud cover of Jupiter. Major astronomical instruments including the Hubble Space Telescope, the powerful Keck Telescope in Hawaii and space probes like Galileo will be focused on Jupiter. Hill can be reached at his Rice office at (713) 527-4651 or his home at (713) 665-5825. ### FacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThislast_img read more

Hormones effect on plant growth studied

first_imgAddThis ShareCONTACT: B.J.AlmondPHONE: (713) 348-6770EMAIL: balmond@rice.eduHORMONE’SEFFECT ON PLANT GROWTH STUDIEDRice University biologist hopes findingsabout auxin will be useful to agricultureA Rice Universitybiologist’s genetic research on a weed hormone might lead to a betterunderstanding of how that hormone affects plants that humans rely on for foodand fiber.Bonnie Bartel, assistantprofessor of biochemistry and cell biology, is trying to figure out how levelsof the hormone auxin are regulated in the plant Arabidopsis thaliana. This weedis ideal for genetic research because its generation time is only six weeks andall 25,000 of the genes in its genome have been sequenced.Auxin causes plants tobend toward light and also promotes root development. The latter function iswhat Bartel’s research group observes to identify mutant plants, because theytend to sprout irregular roots.“Our approach is to lookfor mutant plants that are defective in various aspects of the metabolism ofauxin,” Bartel said. “Those mutants allow us to identify defective genes, whichin turn helps us identify the enzyme made by those genes that is important forauxin metabolism.”But the process istime-consuming and tedious. To isolate the mutants, researchers grow tens ofthousands of seed on a solution that contains either auxin or an auxinprecursor, a chemical that the plant normally converts to auxin. After eightdays, the plants have grown enough for their roots to be inspected. Theresearchers have to eye each of the plants in search of mutants that reveal adefect in the gene that converts the precursor to the hormone. Seeds from themutants can be used to grow plants for further study.“It can take severalyears to identify the gene that is defective,” Bartel said. “Once we know whichgene is defective, we study where in the plant that gene is expressed, and thenwe study biochemically what the protein encoded by that genecatalyzes.“We would like tounderstand all the inputs and outputs of the auxin pool in the plant and how theplant regulates them, because this hormone controls the size of cells,” sheadded. Because Arabidopsisthaliana is closely related to other flowering plants, Bartel is hopeful thatwhat she learns about hormone regulation will be useful toagriculture.Her work is supported bythe National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the U.S.Department of Agriculture and the Robert A. WelchFoundation. Rice University is consistently ranked one of America’sbest teaching and research universities. It is distinguished by its: size-2,700undergraduates and 1,700 graduate students; selectivity-10 applicants for eachplace in the freshman class; resources-an undergraduate student-to-faculty ratioof 5-to-1, and the fifth largest endowment per student among Americanuniversities; residential college system, which builds communities that are bothclose-knit and diverse; and collaborative culture, which crosses disciplines,integrates teaching and research, and intermingles undergraduate and graduatework. Rice’s wooded campus is located in the nation’s fourth largest city and onAmerica’s South Coast. last_img read more

Rices LGBT oral history project to be celebrated Aug 17

first_imgAddThis ShareMEDIA ADVISORYDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduJeff Falk713-348-6775jfalk@rice.eduRice’s LGBT oral history project to be celebrated Aug. 17HOUSTON – (Aug. 9, 2013) – Rice University’s Center for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality (CSWGS) is collaborating with Houston Public Library (HPL) to host “Who Will Tell Our Stories? Celebrating Houston’s LGBTQI Oral Histories” from 10:30 a.m. to noon Aug. 17 at the downtown library’s Julia Ideson Building, 550 McKinney St.The event celebrates a student-led CSWGS community research project that has been collecting the oral histories of Houston lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community members. Since the project’s inception in 2007, more than 100 oral histories have been recorded and are in the process of being archived in the Woodson Research Center at the university’s Fondren Library.The program will consist of a reception and remarks by Caroline Castillo, oral history and outreach librarian with HPL’s Houston Metropolitan Research Center; Arden Eversmeyer, founder and director of the Houston-based Old Lesbian Oral Herstory Project; Brian Riedel, Rice professor in the practice of humanities and CSWGS assistant director; and Rice junior Cristell Perez, a summer oral-history intern with the Houston Area Rainbow Collective History (ARCH) consortium, of which CSWGS is a founding member. Perez will show a short film she created this summer on the oral history project. The event will conclude with an audience discussion on the future of the project.For more information about ARCH and CSWGS’s community research project, visit http://houstonarch.pbworks.com.Members of the news media who want to attend should RSVP to Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at jfalk@rice.edu or 713-348-6775.-30-Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Located 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 3,708 undergraduates and 2,374 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice has been ranked No. 1 for best quality of life multiple times by the Princeton Review and No. 2 for “best value” among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to http://tinyurl.com/AboutRiceU. last_img read more

Random DNA hightech math universal microbial diagnostic

first_imgLocated 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 3,910 undergraduates and 2,809 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for happiest students and for lots of race/class interaction 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. AddThis Share3David Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduJade Boyd713-348-6778jadeboyd@rice.eduRandom DNA + high-tech math = ‘universal microbial diagnostic’Rice University researchers find way to ID many pathogens with few DNA probes HOUSTON — (Sept. 28, 2016) — Rice University scientists have invented a technology that could potentially identify hundreds of bacterial pathogens simply, quickly and at low cost using a single set of random DNA probes. Rice’s “universal microbial diagnostic,” or UMD, uses pieces of randomly assembled DNA and mathematical techniques that were originally pioneered for signal processors inside digital phones and cameras.In a paper online this week in Science Advances, Rice’s research team used lab tests to verify that UMD could identify 11 known strains of bacteria using the same five random DNA probes. Because the probes are not specific to a particular disease, the technology provides a genomic-based bacterial identification system that does not require a one-to-one ratio of DNA probes to pathogenic species.Rice University researchers (clockwise from left) Richard Baraniuk, Amirali Aghazadeh and Rebekah Drezek have invented a technology that could potentially identify hundreds of bacterial pathogens simply, quickly and at low cost using a single set of random DNA probes. (Photo by Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)“If a laboratory today wants to test for 200 known pathogenic species, they need 200 different tests, each with its own specific DNA probe that was designed specifically to bind with DNA from a particular pathogen,” said study co-author Richard Baraniuk, the lead scientist on the new study. “Our technology is fundamentally different. With a small set of DNA probes, we can test for a large number of species.”The new study includes several computer simulations, including one that shows how a random selection of five probes can identify 40 different strains of bacteria, and another that demonstrates how the system can accurately differentiate between 24 different species of Staphylococcus.Baraniuk said UMD could help in treating and limiting the spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, which cause at least 2 million infections and 23,000 deaths each year in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.“In many U.S. hospitals, it still takes several days to definitively identify the specific bacterium that’s making someone sick,” said Baraniuk, Rice’s Victor E. Cameron Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. “The lack of rapid bacterial diagnostics can promote antibiotic resistance. Having an accurate, efficient and rapid system for identifying infectious pathogens quickly and inexpensively would help, and such a system would also be a valuable tool for public health, defense, global health and environmental science.”Historically, scientists identified bacteria by first culturing a sample — a process that takes several days — and then examining the organism under a microscope. More recent genomic identification methods that use polymerase chain reaction, or PCR, and genomic sequencing can be faster but require expensive equipment and training as well as a specific DNA probe for each pathogen to be tested. The probes are snippets of complementary DNA from a known disease. If the DNA from a patient’s sample binds with the complementary DNA in a disease probe, the diagnosis is positive for that disease.“Probe A is only good for finding bacterium A, and probe B is only good for finding bacterium B,” said study lead author Amirali Aghazadeh, a graduate student in electrical and computer engineering in Baraniuk’s lab. “Manufacturing such a probe for a new disease can take days to months and also requires expensive facilities that are only available in developed countries.“With universal microbial diagnostic, we won’t need new probes or to change any other parts of the sensing hardware,” he said. “For any newly discovered bacterial strain, we can just adapt the software a little bit, and then the same platform can identify the new bacterium like any other.”Rather than identifying a target strain based on a 100 percent match with a specific probe, Rice’s system tests how well the target DNA binds with several different random segments of complementary DNA. UMD uses a mathematical technique called compressive sensing, which was pioneered in the field of digital signal processing. With compressive sensing, the disease DNA need not bind with 100 percent of the probes. Instead, the UMD system measures how well the disease DNA binds with each of the random probes and creates a specific binding profile for the test organism. It then uses deductive reasoning to determine whether that profile matches the profile of any known pathogens.“We believe the system will be most useful for rapidly and accurately looking for known targets, such as any organism on the World Health Organization’s list of known pathogens, but another advantage of this method is that we get useful information even for organisms that have never been sequenced before,” said study co-author Rebekah Drezek, professor of bioengineering and of electrical and computer engineering. “We’d be able to tell what pathogen a new disease is most closely related to.”Additional co-authors include former Rice graduate students Adam Lin of Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Mona Sheikh of Nuna Inc. and Allen Chen of the Food and Drug Administration; and Baylor College of Medicine’s Joseph Petrosino, Lisa Atkins and Coreen Johnson.The research was supported by the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the National Cancer Institute and the Medical Scientist Training Program at Baylor College of Medicine.-30-High-resolution IMAGES are available for download at:http://news.rice.edu/files/2016/09/0928_UNIVERSAL-hor-lg-174oor1.jpgCAPTION: Rice University researchers (from left) Amirali Aghazadeh, Richard Baraniuk and Rebekah Drezek have invented a technology could potentially identify hundreds of bacterial pathogens simply, quickly and at low cost using a single set of random DNA probes. (Photo by Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)http://news.rice.edu/files/2016/09/0928_UNIVERSAL-ver-lg-2iwzj1p.jpgCAPTION: Rice University researchers (clockwise from left) Richard Baraniuk, Amirali Aghazadeh and Rebekah Drezek have invented a technology that could potentially identify hundreds of bacterial pathogens simply, quickly and at low cost using a single set of random DNA probes. (Photo by Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)The DOI of the Science Advances paper is: 10.1126/sciadv.1600025A copy of the paper is available at: http://advances.sciencemag.org/content/2/9/e1600025Baraniuk home page: http://web.ece.rice.edu/richb/last_img read more

Looking for love online may impact how humans evolve

first_imgFacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThis Share1Rice UniversityOffice of Public Affairs / News & Media RelationsEXPERT ALERTAmy McCaig713-348-6777amym@rice.eduLooking for love online may impact how humans evolveAhead of Valentine’s Day (Feb. 14) and International Darwin Day (Feb. 12), expert available to discuss how online dating could affect evolution HOUSTON – (Feb. 11, 2019) – Anybody looking for a Valentine’s Day date in cyberspace might want to consider this prediction from an evolutionary biologist: Online dating could affect how humans evolve in the future.“The way in which humans are choosing their sexual partners is changing rapidly,” said Scott Solomon, an associate teaching professor in the Department of BioSciences at Rice, author of “Future Humans: Inside the Science of Our Continuing Evolution” and the author and instructor of “What Darwin Didn’t Know: The Modern Science of Evolution.” “In most species that reproduce sexually, the way in which they choose their sexual partners has a major impact on their evolution.”Solomon said the proliferation of web- and app-based dating options over the past 20 years may be affecting men and women differently.“We already know that evolution influences traits that have to do with how attractive we are to the opposite sex and how people perceive attraction in the opposite sex,” Solomon said. “Men rely more on vision cues in determining attractiveness, but women rely on a wider range of cues, including vision and smell.”For example, women use smells to determine how genetically similar they are to a man, he said.“Studies show that women tend to prefer men who are not too genetically similar, which likely evolved to prevent incest and/or to increase genetic variability in offspring,” Solomon said.But that evolved cue doesn’t help much when a woman is looking for a partner online. As a result, Solomon said, online dating offers more of an evolutionary advantage to men.For more information on Solomon, visit https://solomon.rice.edu. To schedule an interview, contact Amy McCaig, senior media relations specialist at Rice, at 713-348-6777 or amym@rice.edu.Rice University has a VideoLink ReadyCam TV interview studio. ReadyCam is capable of transmitting broadcast-quality standard-definition and high-definition video directly to all news media organizations around the world 24/7. Rice also has a professional Skype setup with lighting.-30-This news release can be found online at http://news.rice.edu.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Related materials:Scott Solomon bio: http://solomon.rice.edu/Scott Solomon photo: https://bit.ly/2SstMkiPhoto credit: Rice UniversityFollow Scott Solomon on Twitter @ScottESolomon.International Darwin Day hashtag: #DarwinDayCharles Darwin photo (public domain): https://bit.ly/2MQCAv3Located 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 3,962 undergraduates and 3,027 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 lots of race/class interaction and No. 2 for quality of life 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.last_img read more

The QS World MBA Tour Is Coming To Los Angeles

first_img About the AuthorMatthew KormanMatthew Korman is the Managing Editor of MetroMBA. Since graduating from Rowan University with a degree in journalism and political science, Matthew has worked as a music industry writer and promoter, a data analyst, and with numerous academic institutions. His works have appeared in publications such as NPR and Sports Illustrated.View more posts by Matthew Korman The QS World MBA Tour Is Coming To Los Angeles The QS World MBA Tour will be stopping in Los Angeles on Saturday, January 27, 2018.Potential graduate school applicants attending these events will have an opportunity to connect with alumni from many of the most prestigious schools in the world, including the likes of The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, Harvard Business School, the Stanford Graduates School of Business, and much more.Details on the event website read as follows: “The QS World MBA Tour gives you the opportunity to network with admissions directors and alumni from over 120 business schools around the globe. Our fairs feature top local and international business schools presenting a diverse range of programs to choose from and a chance to apply for a pool of exclusive MBA scholarships, totaling $7m [million]! The QS World MBA Tour takes place in 23 cities across the US and Canada; find an event in a city near you and discover the many benefits that an MBA has to offer.”Registration and further details for the Los Angeles event can be found here. For those not in the metro, check out the rest of the QS World MBA Tour dates, listed below. RelatedThe QS World MBA Tour Is Coming To New York CityThe QS World MBA Tour will be stopping in New York City this Saturday, January 20. Potential graduate school applicants attending these events will have an opportunity to connect with alumni from many of the most prestigious schools in the world, including the likes of The Wharton School at the University of…January 17, 2018In “Events”The QS World MBA Tour Is Coming To Washington DCThe QS World MBA Tour will be stopping in Washington DC on Tuesday, January 23, 2018. Potential graduate school applicants attending these events will have an opportunity to connect with alumni from many of the most prestigious schools in the world, including the likes of The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, Harvard Business…January 17, 2018In “Events”The QS World MBA Tour Is Coming To ChicagoThe QS World MBA Tour will be stopping in Chicago on Wednesday, January 25, 2018. Potential graduate school applicants attending these events will have an opportunity to connect with alumni from many of the most prestigious schools in the world, including the likes of The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, Harvard Business School,…January 17, 2018In “Chicago”center_img Boston: Thursday, January 18, 2018 – 4:30 – 9 p.m.New York: Saturday, January 20, 2018 – 1:30 – 6 p.m.Washington DC: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 – 4:30 – 8:30 p.m.Chicago: Thursday, January 25, 2018 – 4:30 – 8:30 p.m.Los Angeles: Saturday, January 27, 2018 – 1:30 – 6 p.m.San Francisco: Sunday, January 28, 2018 – 1:30 – 6 p.m.Vancouver: Tuesday, January 30, 2018 – 4:30 – 9 p.m.Montreal: Thursday, February 1, 2018 – 4:30 – 9 p.m.Toronto: Saturday, February 3, 2018 – 1:30 – 6 p.m.Registration and more information on the QS World MBA Tour events can be found here. Last Updated Jan 18, 2018 by Matthew KormanFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail last_img read more

Northwesterns Advice on Real Deal Work Inclusivity and More – Chicago News

first_img regions: Chicago Let’s explore some of the most interesting stories that have emerged from Chicago business schools this week.How to Make Inclusivity More Than Just An Office Buzzword – Kellogg InsightMany organizations claim to value diversity, but even successful leaders at diverse organizations may fall short when it comes to inclusion.“Inclusion is about welcoming, developing, and advancing a diverse mix of individuals,” explains Ellen Taaffe, an Assistant Professor of Leadership and Director of Women’s Leadership Programs at the the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management.“It’s about making all people feel valued, including changing practices that might unfairly benefit any one group, and making sure that everyone feels they have the same opportunity to advance and make an impact. Creating that environment is where the real challenge lies.”Taaffe recommends making the business case for inclusion. “The message is clear: this will help all of us because it will open us up to new ideas and help us think differently. You might not need this with every group, but it’s good to have proof points just in case, to offset the concerns people might have.” “As disruption occurs across industries, new ideas are needed from more diverse perspectives to be more innovative and competitive in our rapidly changing world.”You can read the full article here.Will More Companies Follow MasterCard’s Lead? – Gies School of Business NewsMasterCard announced this past week that it will drop the name from its logo “in select contexts.”The credit card company hopes customers will recognize the brand solely based on its iconic interlocking red and yellow circles. U. Illinois Gies School of Business Professor of Business Administration, Yuqian Xu, co-authored a paper titled “The Impact of Mobile Payment Channel on Consumer Consumption: Evidence from Alipay,” which highlights the growing popularity of digital payment methods that may lead to fewer credit card transactions.“By taking the word ‘card’ off their logo, we’re seeing Mastercard embrace this trend of consumers moving toward more digital payment methods. I think this is a smart move letting the public know they’re adjusting with technology. Eventually we’re going to see credit cards having a progressively smaller market share as digital payment methods grow.”Xu adds, “Credit card companies need to view the move toward digital payments as an opportunity for them, instead of as competition. Traditional credit card companies have a large market share already, so if they increase their digital payment capabilities, they’ll be able to keep their original customers and acquire new ones as well.”You can read more from the recent Gies interview here.Chicago Booth’s Marianne Bertrand Wins New Swedish Prize in Economics and Management – Chicago Booth NewsThe University of Chicago Booth School of Business has yet another accolade added to its ranks.Marianne Bertrand, the Chris P. Dialynas Distinguished Service Professor of Economics, is the newest winner of the Jan Söderberg Family Prize in Economics and Management. This prize awards a leading international scholar under the age of 50 who has made a discovery or contribution within the fields of economics and management. Bertrand was awarded the prize for her scholarship in issues that includes “inequality, discrimination, and sexism,” according to the school.Marianne Bertrand, the Chris P. Dialynas Distinguished Service Professor of Economics, is the newest winner of the Jan Söderberg Family Prize in Economics and Management. / Photo via chicagobooth.edu“I find it most interesting to push the boundaries of economics,” Bertrand says. “I am convinced that satisfactory answers to many of the questions that interest me cannot be provided by solely looking at market incentives or restricting the human decision-making process to strict rationality assumptions.”She explains, “For example, it is difficult to fully understand the sources of the gender wage gap or the sources of racial prejudice without tapping into the tools of sociology and psychology. Similarly, it is difficult to fully explore the sources and consequences of income inequality without paying attention to the role of political institutions, power and influence.”Fredrik Andersson, Dean at Lund University School of Economics and Management and chair of the prize committee, praises Bertrand:“Marianne Bertrand is one of the world’s most prominent applied micro-economists. We see her work as an inspiration for researchers in both economics and management. Her focus on issues such as inequality and discrimination also align well with our core research agenda.”You can read more about the award and Professor Bertrand here. Last Updated Feb 7, 2019 by Jonathan PfefferFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail RelatedChicago Business Schools Prepare Students For Future Careers in NonprofitsAccording to the Chicago Tribune, Windy City nonprofits reported a surge in spending and staffing in recent years. An annual survey by the CBRE Group, one of the world’s largest real estate companies, showed that 35 percent of Chicago-area nonprofits planned on expanding staff or office space, up from 24…August 2, 2017In “Featured Home”Top 10 Nonprofit MBA ProgramsIf you want a job that doesn’t just pay the bills but impacts the world, then working for a nonprofit corporation is the way to go. The nonprofit sector is the third-largest segment of the U.S. workforce, according to Fast Company, employing more than 13.7 million people at 1.8 million…July 15, 2016In “Advice”The Top Consulting And Strategic Management Chicago MBA ProgramsWhile industries such as investment banking may be attracting fewer MBAs, that’s not the case for consulting. Year-after-year it continues to be the top draw for MBA graduates. The 2015 Prospective Student Survey conducted by the Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC) revealed that a job in consulting services or management consulting upon…January 30, 2017In “Featured Home”center_img About the AuthorJonathan PfefferJonathan Pfeffer joined the Clear Admit and MetroMBA teams in 2015 after spending several years as an arts/culture writer, editor, and radio producer. In addition to his role as contributing writer at MetroMBA and contributing editor at Clear Admit, he is co-founder and lead producer of the Clear Admit MBA Admissions Podcast. He holds a BA in Film/Video, Ethnomusicology, and Media Studies from Oberlin College.View more posts by Jonathan Pfeffer Northwestern’s Advice on Real Deal Work Inclusivity, and More – Chicago Newslast_img read more