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Disabled activists have called for a Labour MP to

first_imgDisabled activists have called for a Labour MP to resign as chair of the Commons work and pensions select committee, after he called for employers to be allowed to pay some disabled people less than the minimum wage.Frank Field (pictured) made the call in a new collection of essays on employment and disabled people, which was published earlier this month.Three years ago, a Tory minister, Lord Freud, faced calls to be sacked after he was recorded making the same suggestion at a fringe event at the Conservative party conference.Disabled campaigners have lined up to criticise Field.Ian Jones, co-founder of the WOWCampaign, said Field’s “offensive” suggestion “reinforces a discriminatory and prejudicial stereotype that disabled people are worth less than others”.He said: “If Frank Field wants to close the disability employment gap, the WOWCampaign suggest that he starts by putting together a robust plan to tackle the prejudice and discrimination that disabled people face from employers, which both acts as a barrier to them joining the workforce and stops them from achieving their true potential.“Sadly, rather than do the hard bit, he has pandered to prejudice and ignorance and said some disabled people are not worth the minimum wage.“Many people in post-Brexit Britain will read ‘some’ and think ‘all’.”Jones said the Labour party should suspend Field from party membership and withdraw its support for him as chair of the work and pensions committee.He added: “Prejudice such as this must not be tolerated. A minimum is a minimum for all.”Linda Burnip, co-founder of Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC), said Field’s suggestion was “grossly offensive and totally unacceptable”.She said: “Field is a disgrace as both chair of the work and pensions select committee and a so-called Labour MP, and DPAC believe that he must resign his select committee post with immediate effect.”Kamran Mallick, chief executive of Disability Rights UK (DR UK), was also critical, but stopped short of calling for Field to resign.He said: “We think Frank Field MP is misguided in advocating that disabled people are paid less than the minimum wage. “I am totally opposed to any such suggestion. It would set us on the slippery slope to sheltered employment and performing menial tasks at day centres. “We have a right to work and to have the support in work we need to reach our full potential. “We respect Frank Field’s position as chair of the DWP select committee and I would like to invite him in to engage in a dialogue with disabled people on this issue.“I think we need to defeat this whole idea, in parliament and outside it, rather than focus on one individual. We should win the argument through debate in the democratic process.”Neil Coyle, a Labour member of Field’s work and pensions committee and a former DR UK director, said: “I completely disagree with Frank and made that clear at the launch of the report.“Disabled people’s living costs are higher and they are more likely to live in poverty.“Disabled people should not be penalised in work and already earn less for the same jobs as non-disabled people.”Stephen Lloyd, the disabled Liberal Democrat MP and his party’s shadow work and pensions secretary, said: “I am disappointed that the chair of the work and pensions select committee, Frank Field, has fallen into the trap – some would say right-wing trap – of advocating a lower wage for some people with certain disabilities.“No reliable evidence has ever been shown that this is effective and it also perpetuates the stereotypes that some disabled people are worth less than others.“This is both wrong and insulting.”In his essay, The Future Of Employment Support For The Disabled, Field says that “more bold thinking is required” if the government wants to reduce the disability employment gap.He suggests that some disabled people will never be productive enough to compete “on a level playing field” for job opportunities, and that this challenge was made “all the more daunting by the otherwise welcome introduction of the National Living Wage (NLW)”.He says that the introduction of the NLW “cuts even further adrift from the labour market those individuals whose work has an economic value below the legal minimum wage”.And he suggests granting a “specific exemption” to the NLW “to those whose disabilities are deemed so severe that they will never be capable of enough output to warrant payment of the minimum wage, but who might nevertheless enjoy significant wellbeing gains from involvement in an appropriate workplace environment”.Such workers, he said, “might be permitted to earn a small amount of money a week with zero or negligible impact” on their receipt of employment and support allowance, the out-of-work disability benefit.He admits there is a risk that “unscrupulous employers” would take advantage of such an exemption, while he says it would be “important to guard against the risk of negatively affecting the perception of disability employment more broadly”.But he says the NLW already does not apply to the under-25s and apprentices*, so this exemption could be extended to “those facing the severest barriers to work”.After being approached for a comment by Disability News Service, Field – who is seen as being on the right of the Labour party and not close to the leadership – claimed it was “absurd” that his idea was about cutting the NLW.He said: “It is about building a properly resourced package, including work buddies, if we are to provide the stepping stones that will enable people living with severe disabilities to achieve a life’s ambition to work.“How do we ensure they can fulfil that ambition, in a way which ensures employers meet the sacrosanct requirement to pay the National Living Wage, which is proving incredibly difficult under the present system?“Not to have that discussion is a betrayal of disabled people and I am not prepared to do that.“We must have the courage to consider ideas like this one, building ways into gainful, meaningful work.“Individuals and organisations who claim to represent the views of disabled people should be demanding that politicians discuss ideas like these that could make the dream of work a reality, not trying to silence the debate.”The essay collection, Opportunities For All, has been published by the Learning and Work Institute, with support from the charity Shaw Trust, and features an introduction by the minister for disabled people, Penny Mordaunt.A spokesman for Shaw Trust said: “We were very pleased to support the publication of these essays, which represent a range of views on the debate.“However, these are the views of the original authors and not Shaw Trust.”Three years ago, Lord Freud, at the time the welfare reform minister, only kept his post after he publicly apologised for suggesting at the Tory party conference that some disabled people were “not worth the full wage”.He also faced a Labour motion in the House of Commons which expressed no confidence in him as minister for welfare reform and called on David Cameron to sack him.DPAC organised a protest outside the Department for Work and Pensions’ headquarters, WOWcampaign launched a petition calling for Lord Freud to be sacked, and Labour leader Ed Miliband said they were “not the words of someone who ought to be in charge of policy relating to disabled people”.Lord Freud said in his apology that “all disabled people should be paid at least the minimum wage, without exception, and I accept that it is offensive to suggest anything else”.*Under-25s are still entitled to a minimum wage, which is set at lower rates than the NLW, depending on their age, 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Burnedout SF Mission tenants win 1 million settlement

first_imgLandlords of a building that burned down at 14th and Stevenson streets in 2014 are paying out more than $1 million to tenants who were displaced by the fire and subsequently evicted.The men who owned the 1441-1451 Stevenson St. warehouse at the time of the fire, identified in court documents as Albert Joshua and David Kimmel, have agreed to pay eight tenants — who were evicted through the Ellis Act after they were displaced — a $1.05 million settlement. The settlement is a win for warehouse tenants who were kicked out of their homes amid a crackdown down on illegal dwellings following the Oakland Ghost Ship Fire in December 2016, said Joseph Tobener, a tenants’ rights attorney who represented the Stevenson tenants.  “The Stevenson Street fire award is critical for these warehouse tenants, because it shows that these tenancies have significant value under the law, even if they are unpermitted,” Tobener said. Tags: Fires • tenants Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% 0%center_img The 2-alarm Stevenson Street fire broke out one early morning in January 2014, displacing 21 people, including an infant, and causing major damage to one of the last remaining artist live-work spaces in the Mission at the time.The complaint filed against the landlord states that because the landlord failed to repair damaged caused by the fire and failed to legalize the building for residential use, the tenants permanently lost their rent-controlled units.“As a result, they have suffered moving costs, rent differential, emotional distress, lost wages and incurred attorney fees and costs,” the complaint states.It also alleges negligence, breach of contract, unlawful rent increases, constructive eviction, unlawful eviction, intentional infliction of emotion stress, nuisance, unfair business practices and unjust enrichment, and seeks injunctive relief.5 Below Market Rate (BMR) Rental Apartments available at 3000 23rd St., San Francisco, CA 94110. Applications must be received by 5PM, Nov. 7, 2017, and must either be submitted online here or mailed in with a self-addressed stamped envelope to: 3000 23rd St. BMR, P.O. Box 420847, San Francisco, CA 94124. Applications available here or picked up from an agency listed here.Although the fire didn’t destroy all six units in the building, none of the tenants were able to move back in, because their landlords had evicted them through the Ellis Act, which allows owners to evict tenants and take the property off the rental market. That, Tobener said, is where the tenants were able to recover value. “The Stevenson Street tenants had lived in their units for many years, and the units had significant economic value to them,” he said. “The Ellis Act eviction cut off the future rent damages.”In 2015, following the initial lawsuit filed by the tenants against the property owners, Joshua and Kimmel countersued the tenants to recover the relocation assistance they paid the tenants under a city ordinance sponsored by then-Supervisor David Campos. The ordinance, which was struck down by a California Superior Court Judge in October 2015, had landlords pay the difference between their previous rent and market-rate rent for a similar unit for two years.Tobener said his clients also get to keep the allowance they received: $190,000 for all eight clients. Tobener said that the building wasn’t safe because of the tenants, but because the landlord didn’t not properly manage the property and let years of illegal construction to go unchecked. “Tenants in these spaces are in a bind,” he said. “They cannot call the fire department or City inspector for fear that the unit will be red-tagged and they will be forced out.” last_img read more

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Potrero Bus Yard Project meetings turn up many suggestions little consensus

first_imgMarlyn Duran, a community organizer with People Organizing to Demand Environmental and Economic Justice (PODER) and a Mission native, wants the project to be 100-percent affordable. “Especially because it’s on city land,” she said in an interview after Thursday’s meeting. “And we know that, with private land, we’ll never get 100 percent.”However, Ryan McPhee, who was also born in the Mission and has lived here most of his life, did not think 100-percent affordable was necessary. McPhee is a member of the Potrero Working Group, which is working to bring neighbors and authorities together to provide input and shape the public outreach of the project. “We obviously have immediate needs, but it’s better to have 40 percent or 50 percent of market-rate units so that we can actually finance the project,” he said.Licina Iberri, an SFMTA planning manager, speaks to workshop participants on Feb. 23, 2019.At present, city rules on developments of this size would require at least 25 percent of the units to be affordable. Since this project is located on city land, a higher percentage may be required as a matter of political reality. Although most people who attended the meetings said they wanted to see the project go forward, there were also opponents.Galvin Roberts, a 75-year-old man who has been living in the Mission since the ’60s, is skeptical of the SFMTA’s commitment. “You say you’ll do all these wonderful things, but I have real questions on whether or not you’ll be able to achieve it,” he said to Iberri.Roberts showed Iberri an article from the Potrero View in which the community accused the agency of failing to keep its promises at Islais Creek, the transportation facility in Dogpatch undergoing renovations.Iberri tried to keep it professional. “I’ve seen it,” she replied. “There are definitely different points of view on the topic, but we’re trying to design a place that’s an asset to the neighborhood.”“I don’t think the project is feasible,” Roberts said later, adding that all of his artist friends have had to leave the neighborhood.For McPhee, the Mission native, change is the only constant and we should embrace it. “The Mission has changed, it’s not going back to where it was,” he said.Height was also an issue.While more height could mean more affordable housing, it would also shadow Franklin Square, the community park adjacent to Potrero Yard.That did not make some happy.“The park has become neglected,” said Jeff Smith, a nearby neighbor. He thinks Franklin Square is important to preserve because it’s mostly used by locals, “unlike Mission Dolores, which attracts a lot of tourists.”For Susan Sietat, a member of Plaza 16 Coalition, which is demanding 100-percent affordable housing from the 1979 Mission St. project, “shadowing a park is less important than housing.” In her opinion, people can avoid the hours when the park is shaded.Matt Pipes, an artist whose studio is right across from Potrero Park, is concerned about the design of the building and security in the streets. “If there’s more people living in the area, the park will be more attractive,” he said.People have also questioned SFMTA’s parking plans.“If you change the amount of parking it will be impossible for businesses to get in and out,” said Nate Green, who owns a production business in the neighborhood.“If this is constructed without parking, it’s going to radically change the livelihood of every small business in this neighborhood,” added Roberts, “Muni drivers cannot park onsite; they don’t have it in their contract. They park in our neighborhood.”Others agreed with the measures, saying that in terms of global warming, the best option would be to get rid of cars.And so the debate went on. The SFMTA will take this feedback as a starting point for a conversation about financial feasibility and design. According to Iberri, the agency will come back to the community after these conversations, “hopefully in a couple of months.” After four public meetings on a development project that could add nearly 1,000 new residential units atop the Potrero Bus Yard, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency will review the comments from the 100 or so people who attended the gatherings and try “to figure out consistency and trends, if they exist,” said Licina Iberri, one of the planning managers.The project, now in the planning stages, seeks to not only upgrade the 100-year old bus and Muni transportation facility but to add as many as 900 new units – at least 25 percent affordable – as well as ground-floor retail space. The market rate housing would help finance the project.Iberri’s caveat regarding “trends” may be prescient. The meetings revealed a wide range of concerns including the number of affordable and market-rate units to be built and the shadows that would fall over Franklin Square Park. Parking for all also became a point of contention. But it was hard to see any consensus forming. “It’s clear that the bus yard part of the project is required,” said Riley Avron, a member of YIMBY Action, who lives near City Hall. “The interesting part, and why we’re all here, is to figure out whether and what sort of housing might exist on top of it.” Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newslettercenter_img Email Addresslast_img read more

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FIVE players from Saints Academy have been called

first_imgFIVE players from Saints Academy have been called up to the England squad for 2011.Danny Yates; Danny Jones; Greg Wilde; Jordan Case and Josh Jones will form part of the elite performance programme which begins in January.Head of Youth, Mike Rush, said: “It has long been a policy of the Saints to develop homegrown talent into players who are capable of competing not only in Super League but on the world stage.“We’re delighted and proud that these players have been recognised for their efforts and we hope they will continue to improve.”Neil Kilshaw, Player Performance Manager added: “These players have worked very hard to give themselves a chance of selection and should be congratulated. “It is also testament to the hard work of the staff that Saints continue to produce players that are consistently recognised for their country.”last_img read more

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England World Cup stars Emily Rudge and Faye Gaski

first_imgEngland World Cup stars Emily Rudge and Faye Gaskin have agreed to play for the new team alongside Tara Jones, Dawn Taylor and Katie May.They will link up with Head Coach Mark Brennan and his assistant Andrew Raines and start training straight away.“Emily is a powerful and aggressive backrower with a tremendous work rate,” Mark said. “In the World Cup, despite coming off the bench against Papua New Guinea, she was top tackler. She was also named as England’s Best and Fairest player in the tournament.“She joins Faye who is the current England standoff. Faye is a great organiser who will steer the team around the pitch and her attitude is fantastic.”Tara Jones joins the Saints after being unlucky to miss out on the World Cup. She is a quality hooker who played her rugby at Thatto heath.She is seen as one of the future stars of the game both as a player and a match official. She officiates at Scholarship and NCL level and should be promoted to Division 1 this season. She has also officiated in the Challenge Cup competition and at Wembley for the Championship Schools – the curtain raiser to the Challenge Cup Final.Dawn Taylor is a police offer based in Runcorn who has played for Lancashire and England Lionesses. She was previously at Warrington Ladies before joining Thatto Heath. She is a forward who runs and tackles hard.Teammate Katie May also played at Thatto Heath. She is a strong aggressive running centre who has represented Lancashire and England Lionesses.The quintet are the first group of ladies to join St Helens Women this season with more to be announced shortly.Mark added: “We are really looking forward working with these ladies and further developing their games. We are excited about the future for the Saints.”If you would like to be involved and sponsor either a player or the team then please contact Craig Richards on craig.richards@saintsrlfc.comPictured are Assistant Coach Andrew Raines, Dawn Taylor, Emily Rudge, Faye Gaskin, Katie May, Tara Jones and Head Coach Mark Brennan.last_img read more

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The event saw the start of NewBeginnings in 2019

first_imgThe event saw the start of #NewBeginnings in 2019 for the game of Rugby League.Justin Holbrook, Golden Boot Man Tommy Makinson and Club Captain James Roby joined players and coaches from all the other Super League Club aswell as the media, past players, legends, sponsors and special guests from the World of Sport.Super League CEO Robert Elstone introduced the changes planned for 2019 including new rules and laws and a new voting system for the Steve Prescott Man Of Steel Award.Click here to view the season launch video produced by Super League.last_img read more

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First Team Match SAINTS TV

first_imgBlake Austin put the visitors in front, but Mark Percival, Louie McCarthy- Scarsbrook and Jonny Lomax turned it around and gave us a half-time lead.Matty Lees extended our lead before a sensational 70-yard run from Regan Grace and a terrific team try finished in typical Tommy Makinson style gave Saints a resounding victory in the top of the table clash.last_img

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Man dog travel through Port City on a mission to spread kindness

first_img (Photo: Jordan Smith) “Seven years ago, I started riding the kindness bicycle addressing issues that children have to deal with it far too young in age. My current ride which was only supposed to last one year has been extended. It was a perimeter ride of the United States for individuals with special needs: Down Syndrome, Autism, Asperger, Bipolar, addictions, etc.” (Photo: Jordan Smith) (Photo: Jordan Smith) Bob stops in Wilmington to spread kindness. (Photo: Jordan Smith) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — You may have seen this painted up school bus traveling through the area today. Wilmington is just one of the hundreds of places Bob and his dog Bogart are cruising through to spread kindness.Bob and Bogart have been traveling the country in the kindness bus for the last 9 1/2 years. He said this mission grew out of the Virginia Tech shooting that happened 11 years ago. The duo does programs in schools, churches, businesses, business groups, neighborhoods, families and for individuals talking about having a lifetime goal of kindness, specifically One Million Acts Of Kindness.- Advertisement – 1 of 5 This wasn’t their first time in the Port City. He says the two have been in the area a few times over the years. While they weren’t in the Cape Fear for long, the two did make a stop at Bitty and Beau’s Coffee.“What a wonderful place, hiring beautiful angels to work creating coffees teas and serving them with love in their heart,” Bob said.Related Article: Cooper: Don’t let this storm catch you with your guard downThere next stop? Rocky Mount.You can follow his trip here. Kindness bus (Photo: Jordan Smith) Bob stops by Bitty & Beau’s Coffee in Wilmington. (Photo: One Million Acts of Kindness)last_img read more

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Teen Mom stars husband will face charges after viral video

first_imgPolice investigating after video shows man aggressively towing away car in downtown Wilmington. (Photo: David Eason/YouTube) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Just hours after Wilmington Police Department told WWAY that charges wouldn’t be filed against the husband of “Teen Mom” and Brunswick County resident Jenelle Evans, there has been a change of plans.This stemmed from a widely viewed video posted online earlier this week.- Advertisement – David Eason is shown in the video, which was recorded in June, hooking a winch to the back of a truck parked in downtown Wilmington and moving it out of its parking space.The victim, Terry Hill, has decided to press charges. An officer is meeting with him to assist in paperwork/taking a report.Once completed, Wilmington Police will take appropriate action to charge Eason.last_img read more

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Swastikas symbols spray painted on Cape Fear Rugby Clubs playing field

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Swastikas and pentagrams were spray painted all over Cape Fear Rugby Club’s playing field in Wilmington, and now police are investigating.The club made the discovery the day after returning from a game in Charlotte.- Advertisement – (Photo: Cape Fear Rugby Club) 1 of 5 The club plans to paint over it before their game on Saturday, but will play on it regardless.Related Article: Labor Secretary Acosta resigns amid Epstein deal scrutinyThe team believes it’s a few juveniles vandalizing stuff and doesn’t believe it’s a hate crime.Aaron Varnam with the club says it will cost a few hundred dollars to repair the field which includes adding seeds.“The thought behind it, that hurts the most,” Varnam said. “We’re a rugby team, something not political at all.”Wilmington Police Department says they are investigating. If you know any information, please contact WPD. (Photo: Cape Fear Rugby Club) Swastikas and pentagrams were spray painted all over Cape Fear Rugby Club’s playing field in Wilmington in Feb. 2019. (Photo: Cape Fear Rugby Club) No word on when this happened as the team hadn’t been to the field in a few days.One of the rugby player’s friends saw the symbols Monday afternoon and notified the club. (Photo: Cape Fear Rugby Club) (Photo: Cape Fear Rugby Club)last_img read more

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Warrants issued for Castle Hayne man wanted in hit and run accident

first_img According to the Wilmington Police Department, warrants have been issued for 29-year-old Anthony Devone Jamison.The victim told police she was traveling east on Dawson Street, which is a one-way street, when Jamison turned right onto Dawson Street from 13th Street.Police say Jamison was traveling 40 miles per hour when he crashed head-on with the victim’s vehicle.Related Article: Wilmington PD needs help identifying hit-and-run suspectsJamison got out of his vehicle, checked on the victims and then ran away leaving his car and wallet which included his identification.Both the driver and passenger in the victim’s vehicle suffered minor injuries. Both cars were totaled.If you know where Jamison may be, call WPD at 910.343.3609 or use Text-A-Tip. Photo: Wilmington Police Department WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Police have issued warrants for a Castle Hayne man who they say drove the wrong way on a one-way street and caused a head-on collision.The hit and run accident happened at the intersection of 12th and Dawson Streets in Wilmington around 11:30 p.m. on June 28.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda to Attend the eGovernment Excellence Awards

first_imgNITA Uganda ED; James Sakka (L) shakes hands with the Prime Minister of Uganda; Ruhakana Rugunda (R) in a closed meeting he confirmed his attendance for the eGovernment Excellence Awards. Advertisement PC Tech Magazine has learnt that the Prime Minister to Uganda; Rt. Hon. Ruhakana Rugunda has this afternoon confirmed his presence as the Guest of Honour at the forthcoming eGovernment Excellence Awards.The awards are slated to happen on Thursday 27th, June 2019 at the Speke Resort Munyonyo.During a closed meeting with NITA Uganda officials led by its Executive Director; Mr. James Sakka, Rt. Hon. Ruhakana reaffirmed the government’s commitment to using ICT to make government services more accessible. – Advertisement – He further went to tell the NITA Officials he “looks forward to hearing the testimonies of the nominated agencies on how they have used ICT to provide government services to citizens.”The awards are running under the theme “Bold Digital Government: Unlocking Service Delivery”. NITA-U Act. ED; Peter Kahiigi says the awards aim to share experiences with various government entities across the country.The awards categories include; CIO of the year Award, eGov Citizen Choice Award, Outstanding Agency of the Year Award, and Outstanding Web-portal Award.Mr. Sakka has told the Prime Minister, they have partnered with Ernst Young to ensure that there is a high caliber of adjudication and quality assurance, thereby delivering a credible and reputable vetting process.“There won’t be any rigging of votes,” Sakka told the Prime Minister.NITA-U last week announced three official judges for the awards. The judges are; DFCU Group CEO; Matthias Katamba, Dr. Agnes Semwanga; an associate professor of Information Systems at Makerere University and Mr. Japheth Kawanguzi; Founder of The Innovation Village.Mr. Katamba is selected as the official head judge for the eGovernment Excellence Awards.The awards are to recognize government MDAs playing a remarkable role in availing online government service to the public. On the other hand, motivating them to put more energy into efforts towards ramping digital services and taking more services online for ease of service delivery.last_img read more

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SPOTY video preview

first_imgI know what you’re thinking, Sunday 16 December, the social event of the year, it’s been in your diary for many a month…last_img

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BENS BLOG Israel Friday Night Dinner

first_imgI like religion served up to me like curry: Mild. But one tradition that must be applauded, in the Jewish Faith, is their Friday Night Dinner. Everybody gets together, with family, often inviting over another family, and they eat until they burst. Leftovers (what are they?) are saved until the following day. And often, several options are offered for each course (I have always considered it the height of bad manners not to accept a full portion of each).If you are ever invited for a Friday Night Dinner, wherever you are in the world, you should accept. The hospitality is friendly and the food; FIRST CLASS.In other news:Italy may own the pizza. India; the curry. And China; the Sweet & Sour. But Israel own the Chichen in Breadcrumbs, otherwise known as; the ‘Schnitzel’. Jewish women take the same level of pride in their cooking of a Schnitzel, as they do their own style, and failing to compliment what you are served, could risk you not being invited for dinner again. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED..!Check out my Vlog of the Friday Night Dinner, I was invited to, in Tel Aviv, this evening….Over and out, B xlast_img read more

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BettingPeople BRIAN TOOMEY

first_imgInterview: BRIAN TOOMEY Brian Toomey is sadly best-known for the horror fall he survived at Perth when a jockey on the up. He was given a 3% chance of survival but after 157 days in hospital the 33/1 chance defied the odds. Incredibly, just two years after his accident he was back in the saddle. He has now set his sights on a training career for which he is now fully qualified. In this two-part Interview Brian lays bare how it really is to suffer and survive a brain injury, his beginnings brought up in an Irish dairy farm and his ambition for the future. Meeting Brian Toomey.BRIAN TOOMEY (part 1 of 2)Brian Toomey was given a 3% (33/1) chance of survival after a horror fall riding in a race at Perth. In part one of this interview he talks about his early life, becoming a jockey from an unlikely background, his recovery and return to the saddle.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>BRIAN TOOMEY (part 2 of 2)In part 2 Brian talks about moving on and not allowing his accident to define him, his love for horse racing, qualifying to become a trainer, and his hopes and dreams for the future.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>BRIAN TOOMEY #BettingPeople PODCASTlast_img read more

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Musical comedy The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee opens April 1

first_imgShareCONTACT: Franz BrotzenPHONE: 713-348-6775E-MAIL: franz.brotzen@rice.eduMusical comedy ‘The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee’ opens April 1 at RiceHoustonian Paul Hope will directRice University Theatre will present the hip musical comedy “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” April 1-9 at Hamman Hall on the Rice campus, 6100 Main St. For directions go to play follows six young students in the throes of puberty who are overseen by grown-ups who barely managed to escape childhood themselves. The students learn that winning isn’t everything and that losing doesn’t necessarily make you a loser.Each performance will be unique as four audience volunteers will be invited on stage to participate in the bee.Performances are April 1 and 2 at 8 p.m., April 3 at 3 p.m. and April 7-9 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $5 for students, $8 for Rice alumni, faculty, staff and for senior citizens and $10 for general admission. Tickets are available in advance by calling 713-348-PLAY. For more information go to “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” won two Tony Awards in 2005 — for Best Book of a Musical and for Best Featured Actor in a Musical. It was written by Rachel Sheinkin, with music and lyrics by William Finn and conceived by Rebecca Feldman.The Rice production will be directed by native Houstonian Paul Hope, who is the artistic director for Bayou City Concert Musicals (BCCM) and a member of the Alley Theatre’s Company of Actors. He has appeared on the Alley Theatre stage for 15 seasons in a wide range of roles — from Miles Gloriosus in “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” to Malvolio in “Twelfth Night.” As artistic director for BCCM, he has directed concert stagings of “Follies,” “Falsettos,” “A Little Night Music,” “She Loves Me,” “70 Girls 70,” “Assassins,” “Fiorello,” “Secret Garden” and, most recently, “Pal Joey.”The production’s musical director, Will Hester, is director of choral music at KIPP Houston High School as well as choirmaster at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in the Heights. While on the faculty of the Kinkaid School, he served as musical director for “The Wizard of Oz” and assistant musical director for “Les Miserables” and “Sweeney Todd.”The show is recommended for theatergoers ages 13 and over. FacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThislast_img read more

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What Georgetown McDonough MBA Students Learn Outside the Classroom

first_img RelatedGeorgetown McDonough MBA Admissions Answers 5 QuestionsIn our latest installment of the MetroMBA “5 Questions” series, we speak with Shelly Heinrich, Associate Dean, MBA Admissions and Director of Marketing at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. She was kind enough to respond to our questions and share insight into what it’s like to attend McDonough for…December 11, 2018In “5 Questions”Georgetown MBAs Help DC Department of Public Works With New InternshipTwo Georgetown University McDonough of Business MBA students participated in a special internship this summer that offered an intimate look at how Washington DC works. According to a story published on the school’s website, Paul LaCorte (MBA ’18) and Leo Dzidziguri (MBA ’18) spent three months at the DC Department…September 26, 2017In “Featured Region”How Work Experience Helps Open MBA DoorsThis post has been republished in its entirety from original source With so many factors to consider when approaching business school, some candidates may not be fully prepared to address the question of work experience. Sure, GMAT scores and GPAs are key, but what’s so important about a résumé? Applying…January 11, 2016In “Admissions Tips” About the AuthorKelly Vo    Kelly Vo is a writer who specializes in covering MBA programs, digital marketing, and personal development.View more posts by Kelly Vo What Georgetown McDonough MBA Students Learn Outside the Classroom What do Colin Powell, an Indiana dairy farm, the DC Department of Public Works, and a triathalon have in common? They are all part of the fabric that comprises life outside of the classroom for MBA students at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. Sure, it makes sense to judge a business school on what takes place inside the classroom. But in skimming three seemingly unrelated recent news briefs from the school, we realized that taken together they help paint a picture of what life outside the classroom can look like.Former Secretary of State Colin Powell SpeaksIn September, the former U.S. Secretary of State and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Colin Powell visited Georgetown McDonough to speak on the subject of leadership. He discussed his former military and government experience, as well as a turning point in his career: earning his MBA. The event was part of the Stanton Distinguished Leaders Series and was hosted by the McDonough Military Association, an MBA student club for military veterans.Faculty, staff, alumni, and students were all invited to observe the conversation, which began with Powell touching on his MBA education. He shared with attendees about how his MBA—which he earned from George Washington University in 1971—enabled him to focus “on the more human elements of leadership,” explained the McDonough press release. He also talked about how he improved his management and leadership skills by gaining a better understanding of basic human psychology. Powell then went on to speak about his career. He shared his experience of being pulled in a variety of different directions, including public service positions, telling audience members: “You serve where you are needed. This is what service is all about.”Then, he went on to highlight what he views as essential components of effective leadership, namely helping others, stressing the human element of an organization, and building trust. He explained that he never tried to be an authority but to influence others, stating “leadership and followership are completely enmeshed.”Finally, he touched on the importance of diversity. “We are a vibrant economy because of immigration,” he said. “We shouldn’t demonize anyone.” He talked about how diversity is important for leadership and for building a stronger America. The event ended with questions from audience members and drew praise from many in attendance.As Prashant Malaviya, an Associate Professor of Marketing at McDonough, said on Twitter: “Honor and privilege to welcome Colin Powel to Georgetown McDonough. Amazing talk! Thank you!” Hands-On ExperienceOutside of learning from presentations and speakers, MBA students at McDonough also learn through hands-on opportunities such as a recent visit to Fair Oaks Farms, a sustainable dairy farm in Indiana, as well as a summer internship with the DC Department of Public Works (DPW).The farm visit, which included 18 MBA students, was part of the course “Principled Leadership in Business and Society” taught by Associate Professor Ed Soule.The trip was designed to help students learn more about sustainable business by seeing it in practice. Fair Oaks Farm is the sixth largest dairy cooperative in the nation and an agri-tourism destination owned by Sue and Mike McCloskey. While visiting, MBA students were able to see how the farm employed various practices and technologies to minimize its environmental footprint while maximizing the comfort level of the cows.“It’s one thing to read a case about a sustainable business, but seeing it and meeting the people adds another dimension,” Soule said in a news release about the trip. “The other objective of the trip was for them to interface casually with the McCloskeys, to pose questions, and get a more nuanced understanding of the business.”Second-year MBA student Emma Loughman called the farm an “epicenter of innovation” and said she enjoyed learning about the difference between organic and sustainable farming.As for the internship with the DC DPW, two students—Paul LaCorte (MBA ’18) and Leo Dzidziguri (MBA ’18)—participated in the trial program between the department and Georgetown McDonough. Over the course of the hands-on, three-month experience, the students responded to a request by the city administrator to evaluate two critical areas: light vehicle repair turnaround and citywide compliance and preventative maintenance.The internship required data collection, analysis, visualization, process mapping, site visits, and audits. “We were involved in projects that required knowledge from multiple fields,” Dzidziguri said in a news release. “For example, I performed statistical analysis on several years of data to identify reasons why the Fleet Management division could not meet its key performance indicators, while at the same time studying the operations and recommending a new map for more efficient processes.”Extracurricular Fun and FitnessFinally, no MBA program is complete without a bit of friendly competition. Early in September, three Georgetown MBA students participated in the 12th Annual Nation’s Triathlon. Hall Wang (MBA ’19), Taylor DeVoe (Evening MBA ’20), and James Hesburgh (MBA ’19) signed up for a 1,500-meter swim, 26.2-mile bike ride, and 10k run relay—respectively. This was an opportunity for the MBA students to meet outside the classroom and campus to explore their common interests.In a short news brief on the school website, Wang described the triathlon as a relationship-building experience. “I like to think we showed what the Georgetown MBA experience is all about,” he said. “Regardless of cohort or program, we build relationships and partake in our community, one fun adventure at a time. Ours just started with a really early alarm clock and ended with some sore body parts, but now we have an exciting story to tell.” This article has been edited and republished with permissions from Clear Admit. Last Updated Oct 19, 2017 by Kelly VoFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail regions: Washington, DClast_img read more

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Report Clinton Foundation took Qatars 1 Million Birthday Gift For Bill Clinton

first_img US Report: Clinton Foundation took Qatar’s $1 Million Birthday Gift For Bill Clinton By Jack Phillips November 6, 2016 Updated: November 6, 2016 Former President Bill Clinton speaks during a campaign stop for his wife, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, Monday, Jan. 4, 2016, in Nashua, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole) Show Discussion  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   center_img The Clinton Foundation confirmed it accepted a $1 million gift from Qatar while Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State—without informing the Department of State, reported Reuters.It’s significant because Clinton had promised the State Department to let it review new or significantly increased support from foreign governments, as Reuters reported on Nov. 5.The officials gave the money to Bill Clinton to mark his 65th birthday in 2011, and the Qataris sought to meet the former president in person, according to an email leaked by WikiLeaks last month.The email reads: “[Qatar] would like to see WJC ‘for five minutes’ in NYC, to present $1 million check that Qatar promised for WJC’s birthday in 2011,” an employee at the Clinton Foundation told several aides in the email, including Doug Band. “Qatar would welcome our suggestions for investments in Haiti—particularly on education and health. They have allocated most of their $20 million but are happy to consider projects we suggest. I’m collecting input from CF Haiti team.” WJC refers to William Jefferson Clinton, better known as Bill Clinton.It’s not clear if the meeting ever took place.In 2009, Hillary Clinton had to sign an agreement to prevent conflicts of interest that said her global foundation couldn’t receive any support from foreign sources without notifying the State Department, according to Reuters. The news agency noted:If a new foreign government wished to donate or if an existing foreign-government donor, such as Qatar, wanted to “increase materially” its support of ongoing programs, Clinton promised that the State Department’s ethics official would be notified and given a chance to raise any concerns.Clinton kept a $1 million check from Qatar a secret, and Clinton Foundation officials declined to confirm its existence last month. With just days to go before the election, its spokesman, Brian Cookstra, said the organization got the money, saying it wasn’t a “material increase.”When he was asked by Reuters, Cookstra said the Qatar donations were for “overall humanitarian work.” Share Share this articlelast_img read more

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6YearOld Saves Toddler Cousins From Tragic Fate

first_img US News  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Share Share this article A family in Calhoun, Louisiana, was blessed with a miracle on Sunday, when their 2-year-old twins were rescued from drowning by the twins’ 6-year-old cousin.Branson Lee, 6, was visiting his aunt and uncle, Jeannie and Steven Kelley, at their home on Aug. 20 when he found his cousins floating face down in the pool.The Kelley family had invited relatives over for a pool party, and had left the door to the pool unlocked.Jeannie and her sister, Courtney Lee, Branson’s mother, were talking in the house a few minutes before the Lees were going to leave, reported The News-Star. They thought the boys were watching a children’s program on Netflix.The mothers told The News-Star they only took their eyes away for a few minutes.The boys, Kaden and Isaac Kelley, ended up wandering outside to the pool. “My nephew happened to be walking outside because his little brother, who is the same age as my boys, was wandering outside too,” Jeannie told The News-Star.“He saw his brother and grabbed him, and that is when he saw my babies.”Jeannie estimates that her boys would have been outside for no more than three to five minutes.When Branson saw his cousins motionless in the pool, he launched into action.“He said he just dove in,” Courtney told The News-Star. “All he knew is he had to try to save them … It was a miraculous thing to know that at 6 years old, he didn’t just scream and run away. He didn’t just ignore it or stand there in shock. He just immediately acted and allowed God to do the rest.”Branson managed to pull the twins out of the water, and then started giving them CPR, while at the same time yelling for help. According to The News-Star, Branson saw his mother give his brother CPR two years ago, and remembered what to do.When Jeannie found the twins, she feared the worst. “They were completely gone,” Jeannie told The News-Star. “There was no life left in them. They were blue. They were limp. There was no heartbeat. There was nothing.”The twin’s father, Steven, took over CPR while emergency services were called.Steven was giving chest compressions for a full half minute before Kaden began showing signs of life. After another thirty seconds, Issac also started to breathe.Both boys were airlifted to Shreveport, a city about 80 miles to the west, but on the way to the hospital, Kaden had already begun to speak in complete sentences with Jeannie.“The next morning, they were just like nothing had ever happened,” Jeannie told The News-Star. “They were wanting to play, and they pulled their IVs out. They took their oxygen off themselves.”Jeannie said that the survival and the complete recovery of her two boys was a “total miracle.”Doctors told the family that the twins’ recovery was very rare, and that in the best case scenario, they would be preparing the family for brain death.From center_img 6-Year-Old Saves Toddler Cousins From Tragic Fate He knew how to give them CPR after only seeing it once when he was 4By NTD Television August 25, 2017 Updated: November 29, 2017 Show Discussion (Screenshot via Barbara Leader and Ashley Mott/The News Star) last_img read more

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NASA Nominee Vows to Compete With China in Space

first_img Share this article  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   China U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine NASA Nominee Vows to Compete With China in Space Nomination of former Navy pilot and three-term Rep. Jim Bridenstine applauded by expertsBy Paul Huang September 4, 2017 Updated: September 23, 2017center_img Longtime space advocate Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.) has been nominated by President Donald Trump to be the next administrator of NASA. Bridenstine is known for his strong support for a new manned mission to the Moon and for his belief that the United States needs to challenge China’s ever-expanding presence in space.The nomination of the former Navy pilot and three-term congressman from Oklahoma has been expected for some time, and was finally announced on Sept. 2. Previously, Trump tasked Vice President Mike Pence with leading a re-established National Space Council aimed at reinvigorating and reasserting the U.S. presence in space.Bridenstine has been an active voice in Congress for increasing the U.S. commitment to the space program. In 2016, Bridenstine introduced H.R. 4945, the American Space Renaissance Act, which sought to reform and modernize the U.S. space program in a comprehensive manner. While the act did not move forward, some of its elements were incorporated into later legislation.The nomination could face a challenge in the Senate and has already prompted criticism from Florida’s two senators, Republican Marco Rubio and Democrat Bill Nelson. Florida is home to NASA, and both Rubio and Nelson have complained that Bridenstine, a politician, lacks management experience.Military soldiers stand guard near the Shenzhou VI spacecraft at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Ejin, Inner Mongolia, on Oct. 7, 2005. (CHINA PHOTOS/GETTY IMAGES) Military soldiers stand guard near the Shenzhou VI spacecraft at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Ejin, Inner Mongolia, on Oct. 7, 2005. (CHINA PHOTOS/GETTY IMAGES)However, some observers have speculated that Rubio’s opposition might have been partially motivated by Bridenstine’s support for Rubio’s primary opponent Ted Cruz in the 2016 GOP presidential campaign, which caused relations between the Oklahoman and the Floridian to become bitter. The private space flight industry has largely welcomed the news of Bridenstine’s nomination. Commercial Spaceflight Federation (CSF), a private spaceflight advocacy group composed of space industry giants such as SpaceX and XCOR Aerospace, issued a statement praising Trump’s nomination of Bridenstine. “NASA needs dedicated and inspired leadership, and Representative Bridenstine is an outstanding choice to provide precisely that,” said S. Alan Stern, board chair of CSF. Similarly, several space experts have voiced support for Bridenstine. “[Jim Bridenstine] understands space technology, economics, and policy better than most of the people who advise our other policymakers on these topics,” said space researcher and educator Greg Autry. Previously, Autry had served as the Trump administration’s liaison to NASA. “Far from being a politician, Bridenstine is a well-informed aviator and leader,” Autry said.Challenging China’s Presence in SpaceBridenstine has previously expressed serious concerns about China’s space ambitions, as he sees the U.S. presence in space and competition with other adversaries there as intimately linked with national security. Bridenstine’s support for a new manned mission to the Moon is partially motivated by China’s ever-expanding presence on and around the Moon.Jim Bridenstine, Trump's newly nominated administrator of NASA, vows to compete with China in space by launching new manned mission to the Moon. In this July 20, 1969 file photo, astronaut Edwin E. "Buzz" Aldrin Jr. stands next to a U.S. flag planted on the moon during the Apollo 11 mission. Aldrin and Neil Armstrong were the first men to walk on the lunar surface. (Neil A. Armstrong/NASA) In this July 20, 1969, file photo, astronaut Edwin E. “Buzz” Aldrin Jr. stands next to a U.S. flag planted on the Moon during the Apollo 11 mission. Aldrin and Neil Armstrong were the first men to walk on the lunar surface. Jim Bridenstine, Trump’s newly nominated administrator of NASA, vows to compete with China in space by launching a new manned mission to the Moon. (Neil A. Armstrong/NASA)“As the cis-lunar economy develops, competition for locations and resources on the Moon is inevitable,” Bridenstine wrote in a blog post in 2016. “The Chinese currently have landers and rovers on the Moon. The United States does not.”In an earlier blog post in 2015, Bridenstine wrote, “We are seeing the Russians and Chinese attempt to deny space to us. The Russians are launching things into space that are not being registered with the agencies they would normally be registered with.”“Space is no longer uncontested,” Bridenstine wrote. “It’s being contested, and it’s congested.”If confirmed by the Senate, Bridenstine will head an agency that currently has an annual budget of more than $19 billion. The current budget, however, takes up less than 0.5 percent of the total federal budget—a tiny portion compared to NASA’s heyday. During the 1960s, the United States allocated almost 5 percent of the annual federal budget to NASA to fund the manned space missions to the Moon. 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