Month: July 2019

The parents of a disabled man who took his own lifThe parents of a disabled man who took his own lif

first_imgThe parents of a disabled man who took his own life after being wrongly found “fit for work” have backed attempts to persuade Scottish police to investigate the actions of former work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith.David and Maureen Barr have both told Disability News Service (DNS) that Duncan Smith and former employment minister Chris Grayling should be prosecuted over their failure to address serious safety concerns about the work capability assessment (WCA).Their son, also called David (pictured), and also from Fife, was just 28 when he took his own life on 23 August 2013.Despite his history of significant mental distress, David’s parents believe the healthcare professional who assessed him – employed by the government contractor Atos – failed to contact their son’s GP or his psychiatrist for further information about his mental health.When questioned afterwards by the Procurator Fiscal’s office – which investigates sudden deaths in Scotland – the assessor claimed he couldn’t remember if he had made any phone calls, according to David’s father.The Atos assessor completed David’s assessment by concluding, in June 2013: “He reports self harm in the past. He reports he attempted an overdose six weeks ago but he would not say what he took.“He reports he has had no thoughts of suicide since. The evidence overall suggests that he is not at substantial risk.”Despite David appealing against the decision that he was fit for work, and telling the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) in a letter that he had “serious mental health problems that prevent me from doing everyday tasks which means I cannot work at this moment in time”, the Atos advice was rubber-stamped by DWP decision-makers.The decision that he was not eligible for employment and support allowance (ESA) was confirmed in a letter to David on 17 July 2013. A month later, he took his own life.His death is one of three cases contained in a dossier submitted to Police Scotland by disabled activist John McArdle, from the user-led campaign network Black Triangle, in an attempt to persuade the force to open an investigation into Duncan Smith and Grayling.McArdle wants Police Scotland to investigate the two former ministers for the Scottish criminal offence of wilful neglect of duty by a public official, because they failed to take steps to improve the WCA in 2010 after being warned by a coroner that its flaws risked causing future deaths of people with mental health conditions.Police Scotland has been handed details of three people – including David Barr – who died in the years after the coroner sent his letter to DWP, and whose deaths campaigners believe could have been prevented if the two ministers had acted on that warning.The force is currently awaiting further information about the three cases before deciding what action to take.This week, David Barr’s parents spoke of their hope for justice for their much-loved son, whose death they believe could have been avoided if Duncan Smith and Grayling had taken action.David Barr senior said his son’s mental health had deteriorated in the last couple of years of his life, but he had previously been able to work intermittently in agriculture and labouring, while his final job, which ended in 2011, was cleaning buses.By the time he died he was no longer capable of working, his dad said, and he was taking strong medication including anti-psychotics and anti-depressants, and was experiencing paranoid delusions.David’s father, a bus driver, said: “His mind was gone, and anybody who assessed him should have seen that.”He told DNS this week that he was fully behind attempts to secure a prosecution.He said: “If we let a defective bus in the road [and it killed someone] we would be up for manslaughter; that’s why these people should be taken to court.“They are talking about taking the former prime minister to court for war crimes, but this is just as bad, if not worse. They knew about it and did nothing about it.“The whole thing is shocking. The ministers in charge of it should have sorted something out, stopped it, changed it, re-directed it, I don’t know what.”He added: “If I see Duncan Smith on the TV, I just have to walk out, turn it off. I hate the man with a vengeance.“He has known what was going on and he did nothing about it. He wants to be dragged over the coals for this, and if I can help in any way I will.”David’s mother Maureen – David senior’s ex-wife – also backed calls for a criminal prosecution.She said: “It is time someone did something. [Otherwise] there will just be more like David and nothing is ever done.“It makes you feel terrible that they should have done something [and didn’t].”His father is certain that the decision to turn down David’s ESA claim was the trigger that led to his decision to kill himself, against a background of continuing financial pressures.He remembers finding his son’s WCA report and all of his other official paperwork scattered over the floor of his flat after he died.He said: “It was just dumped all over the floor; anything to do with anything official, he’d just had enough of it. That’s when I picked it up and read through it, this 33-page assessment.”David’s mother Maureen said she believed the “fit for work” decision was “definitely” the trigger for his decision to take his own life.She said: “It was the straw that broke the camel’s back.”Several weeks after he died, two DWP officials visited the family and admitted that David should have been receiving ESA instead of jobseeker’s allowance for nearly two years.David’s father said: “They were here for about an hour-and-a-half explaining everything. But these two – through Iain Duncan Smith – had killed my son, and I said this to them.“They knew that what they had done was wrong and I said to them, ‘Had it been your children in my son’s situation, would you have acted the same way?’ They couldn’t answer that.“I gave it to them with both barrels and they walked out with their tails between their legs, but it didn’t bring my son back.”DWP paid the family £2,700 in compensation for the extra social security support David had not received while he was alive (the difference between the jobseeker’s allowance he received and the ESA he should have been receiving).Maureen Barr said: “They turned around and said, ‘I don’t suppose it will help now, but we have reversed the decision.’“I couldn’t believe it. I thought, ‘What good is that to him now?’”last_img read more

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first_imgA note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS… A Labour police and crime commissioner is facing criticism from within his own party for endorsing his force’s “disgraceful” decision to pass video footage and other information about disabled anti-fracking protesters to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).Wayne Blackburn, co-chair of Disability Labour but also a borough councillor in Lancashire, has written to police and crime commissioner Clive Grunshaw to express his alarm and shock at the tactics of Lancashire police.Cllr Blackburn is among scores of disabled campaigners who have raised similar concerns since Disability News Service (DNS) revealed last month that the force had passed information and footage of disabled protesters to DWP – in an apparent attempt to have their disability benefits removed – and then claimed that it had “a duty” to do so.Two senior political figures – Labour’s shadow chancellor John McDonnell and the Green party’s co-leader Jonathan Bartley – have also called for an inquiry into claims that Lancashire police officers have targeted and assaulted disabled people taking part in the protests.The DNS reports mostly focused on police tactics during peaceful protests about the drilling activities of the energy company Cuadrilla at Preston New Road, on the edge of Blackpool.Cllr Blackburn told Grunshaw in the letter that he was “deeply concerned” to hear that Lancashire police was passing information and footage to DWP, which he said was “in clear contravention of any person’s right to peaceful protest”.He said he agreed with McDonnell (pictured at Preston New Road) that these tactics were “shocking” and “unacceptable”, and he said that he was “personally disappointed” that Grunshaw supported the force’s actions.Cllr Blackburn has asked Grunshaw a series of questions about the force’s relationship with DWP, including asking him: “Are you concerned that you and Lancashire Police are adding to the Conservatives’ hostile environment towards disabled people?”A spokesperson for Grunshaw told DNS that he was “aware of the concerns raised and will be responding to the questions posed by Cllr Blackburn”.Following the DNS reports on Lancashire police sharing information with DWP, many disabled campaigners took to social media to express their alarm.Mark Brown, who writes and speaks about mental health issues, said on Twitter that the force’s actions needed to be seen in the context of “15 years of anti benefits rhetoric” which had led to social security turning into “social surveillance”.He said: “In the UK we’ve tried to drive down public spending by activating people’s worst instincts and then telling them they’re good boys for telling tales.“Disabled people, especially people with #mentalhealth difficulties, live in fear of malicious fraud allegations.”After Lancashire police defended its actions on Twitter – telling DNS that it had a “duty” to contact DWP if it had information “to suggest fraud may be being committed” – there was widespread anger among disabled people, including those claiming benefits.The Mental Health Resistance Network tweeted in response: “This is truly shocking. So even the police have joined in the war against disabled people.”Another mental health activist, Rick Burgess, tweeted: “The uniting of the shadow DWP penal system and the established criminal justice system, where if one cannot get you the other will, is a highly significant intersection.“We are now under full Stasi like conditions.”Activist and researcher Caroline Richardson, a member of the Spartacus Network of disabled campaigners, said the force’s actions were “discriminatory and frightening”.She said on Twitter: “Being reported maliciously for fraud is more worrying than being assessed.“This sends a clear message that if you protest then the Police will report you on suspicion of fraud, without reason/evidence/proof.”Film-maker and author Richard Butchins told the force on Twitter: “Your officers can have no idea if fraud is being committed but they are clearly spiteful petty minded servants of those in power – disgraceful behaviour.”Dr Jay Watts, an activist and consultant clinical psychologist, said such actions were “an affront to civil liberties of disabled people” and that a few minutes of video from a protest gave “a false perception of ability”, with disabled protesters often facing “weeks of physical and psychological backlash afterwards but do so to make the world fairer”.Paula Peters, a member of the Disabled People Against Cuts national steering group, said the police actions were “horrendous and disgusting”, and that “attacking disabled protestors then reporting them” was “the lowest of the low”.Felicity McKee told Lancashire police: “You can have a disability and leave the house. We don’t just sit inside all day.“Disabilities can vary from day to day, as some days I’m better than others. That isn’t fraud [it is] just fact. What you’ve done is so immoral it’s shocking.”Another Twitter user with a fluctuating condition, @mookpixie, said: “This is disgraceful. My illness is mostly invisible and varies hugely from hour to hour, let alone day to day.“Most times I leave the house for an hour or two, I then spend days in bed recovering. Could you tell all that from video footage of me leaving the house? No.”And @neonwheelchair tweeted: “I very, very rarely leave the house now as if they took my PIP away, I’d end up homeless. We can barely eat as it is and can’t heat our home.”Another, @vashti, added: “You guys suck. You are the reason I’m too frightened to go outside even when, well within my PIP criteria, I’m well enough to do so.”Meanwhile, the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) said it was not aware of any targeting of disabled protesters at anti-fracking protests.An NPCC spokesperson added: “If an incident has occurred contrary to that, it is for the force’s professional standards department to address it in the strongest possible terms.”Terry Woods, assistant chief constable for Lancashire police and the NPCC lead on shale, gas and oil exploration, said in a statement: “Police forces will always facilitate the right to peaceful protest, while ensuring that disruption to their local communities is kept to a minimum. “Police officers are trained in maintaining public order and using the minimal force to do that. “When an officer does need to use force they are accountable for ensuring it is lawful, proportionate and necessary. “Existing guidance on dealing with fracking protests is currently under review by the College of Policing.“No police guidance has ever, or would ever, recommend targeting disabled people.”A College of Policing spokesperson said it hoped to launch a public consultation on its updated guidance on the policing of long-term protests in the first quarter of 2019.The guidance will contain a section about protests focused on onshore oil and gas exploration.Picture by Gathering Place Filmslast_img read more

Labour has been divided in its reaction to the newLabour has been divided in its reaction to the new

first_imgLabour has been divided in its reaction to the news that the Equalities and Human Rights Commission is prepared to launch an investigation into the Labour Party over its handling of antisemitism – with some shadow ministers welcoming the move.It was revealed last night that the watchdog, which was set up under a Labour government, received dossiers of antisemitism complaints from the Jewish Labour Movement and the Campaign Against Antisemitism last year. This morning, an EHRC spokesperson confirmed that it believes “Labour may have unlawfully discriminated against people because of their ethnicity and religious beliefs”.According to the original Jewish Chronicle report, Labour has known about the possible investigation for some weeks. The EHRC has confirmed that it is “now engaging with the Labour Party to give them an opportunity to respond”.If the EHRC finds the party has a case to answer based on the complaint dossiers of JLM and CAA, it may use “statutory enforcement powers”. These sanctions could see Labour forced to prepare an action plan to address the problems in how it deals with disciplinary cases involving antisemitism.A Labour Party spokesperson responded to the news saying: “We completely reject any suggestion the party has acted unlawfully and will be cooperating fully with the EHRC. Labour is fully committed to the support, defence and celebration of the Jewish community and its organisations.”But Baroness Glenys Thornton, a shadow minister in the Lords, tweeted: “I think it’s shameful that @EHRC are launching an investigation into @UKLabour but it’s the right thing to do. I have been advising that this is only way to sort out this awful business for over a year. I hope this will be welcomed by my colleagues in the Shadow Equalities Team.”Steve Reed, also a shadow minister, said: “Let’s hope this finally rids the party of the tiny racist minority, their enablers and apologists who are dragging our great party’s reputation through the sewer.” And Brexit shadow minister Jenny Chapman – part of Keir Starmer’s team – agreed, tweeting: “Well said.”Similarly, backbencher Margaret Hodge commented: “Faith in Labour’s complaints process is at rock bottom. It’s essential the EHRC make all necessary inquiries. We desperately need a culture of zero tolerance towards antisemitism in the Labour Party.”JLM activist Ruth Smeeth described it as a “necessary step”, adding: “I welcome the EHRC intervention but today is another dark day in the history of our party, which could and should have been avoided if concerns had been heeded last year.”So far, no shadow cabinet members have commented on the possible investigation.Tags:Antisemitism /EHRC /last_img read more

Autopsy of Paitin Fields pending could take several monthsAutopsy of Paitin Fields pending could take several months

first_imgPENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Five weeks ago, a Pender County child died after allegedly being raped and strangled.As investigators wait to get the final autopsy report, WWAY just found out it still isn’t finished.- Advertisement – 5-year-old Paitin Fields died November 15.The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner says the autopsy was performed at the East Carolina University Division of Autopsy and Forensic Services.When we called ECU they said the autopsy is currently pending and no further information could be released at this time.Related Article: Ex-football player admits running business to bribe athletesThey also told us by law they have 180 days to complete the autopsy.There have been no arrests in the case.last_img

Laney girls title quest ends in East finalsLaney girls title quest ends in East finals

first_imgLaney girls defeat Hoggard to win the Mideastern Conference title on Feb. 16, 2018. (Photo: Dustin Dorsey/WWAY) FAYETTEVILLE, NC (WWAY) — The Laney girls basketball team’s season came to an end Saturday evening with a loss to Southeast Raleigh in the 4A East Region Finals at Capel Arena in Fayetteville.The third-seeded Lady Bucs jumped out early to claim a 15-14 at the end of the first period, but Southeast Raleigh took control in the second to take a 32-26 lead into the locker room at halftime and never looked back.- Advertisement – The Bulldogs pulled away in fourth to claim a 55-39 win and a berth in the state championship next weekend. Saniya Rivers led Laney with a game-high 21 points along with 11 rebounds. Jenson Edwards (10 points) and Lexi Melville (8) were the only other Buccaneers to score. Anya Poole set the pace for the Bulldogs with 16 point and 18 boards, including eight offensive rebounds.Laney ends the year with a 28-3 record. Southeast Raleigh is 30-0.The Bulldogs face the winner of Saturday night’s West Region Final between Mallard Creek and Northwest Guilford March 10 for the 4A title.last_img read more

14th annual Rims on the River revs up downtown14th annual Rims on the River revs up downtown

first_imgHundreds of people came out to take a look at some classic cars on Front Street on June 9, 2018. (Photo: Basil John/WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — If you went to Front Street on Saturday, you may have seen a couple hundred cars lining the streets.That’s because it was the 14th annual Rims on the River.Hundreds of people came out despite on and off rain. From American muscle to exotics, owners were doing their best to show off the style of their cars, some catching the attention of spectators more than others. Some people say it’s an event where you can really take a moment and appreciate the view.- Advertisement – “It’s their pride and joy so they definitely look after it and it’s expensive so it’s nice to see them get out and share with everybody what they’ve accomplished I guess. We get to see some rebuilt and the rat rides are kind of neat too but we enjoy all of it,” spectator Phil Blanton said.Many people were prepared for the rain but it didn’t stay for long. Some people visiting said they’ll come back again next year for this.last_img read more

Churches host 3rd annual Night to Shine promChurches host 3rd annual Night to Shine prom

first_img Event coordinators Christy Ferrante and Kelli Strickland say there were more than 300 guests plus their buddies at the event.Ferrante says they want every guest to feel special.“The purpose is just to show them God loves them no matter how, and he created them uniquely and wonderful. And they’re just as wonderful. And we just want to celebrate their life,” Ferrante said.Caregivers were also invited to enjoy a relaxing night. The event included a red carpet, karaoke and dancing. Night to Shine rolled out a red carpet when guests arrived. (Photo: Kylie Jones) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It truly was a night to shine. Lifepoint Church and Global River Church hosted Wilmington’s third annual Night to Shine Prom Friday night.The event is sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation, and there are more than 600 churches around the country participating in the event.- Advertisement – last_img read more

County approves budget no funds included to continue agreement with Coastline VolunteerCounty approves budget no funds included to continue agreement with Coastline Volunteer

first_img “Please don’t take something so valuable away from our community,” said neighbor Annette Cortes before the commission.County commissioners heard from Coastline Rescue Chief David Robinson, former assistant chief Taryn Clemmons, and Cortes before voting on the budget.“Last year we did over 200 transports and that was 200 transports that EMS did not have to do,” said Robinson. “They were freed up to take care of other situations in the county.”Related Article: Council approves WPD crime lab transfer, funds for new Shotspotter programThe county alerted the rescue squad back in May that they would not renew the contract agreement that allows them to operate in the county. This led to an effort by Robinson and those who are directly serviced by the squadron to try and change the commission’s mind.“Many times have they come in seconds to somebody’s rescue,” said Cortes. “Anything that we needed they are there for us. I want y’all to please reconsider what y’all are doing to our community.”Commissioners did not reconsider. County leaders say the calls for service played a large role in their decision.“It’s not that they made 25% of their calls, it’s the fact that they missed 75% of their calls,” said commission vice chair Randy Thompson. “We appreciate the service that Coastline has provided for the last 42 years.”Commissioner Thompson applauded the squadron for their work in the past, but says the county is growing and volunteer agencies like Coastline are going in a different direction.“In my tenure as the Emergency Services director I worked directly with Coastline,” said Thompson. “I know the value. I also know how difficult it is to maintain a volunteer operation.”Coastline crew members say that volunteer aspect of the operation set the groundwork for EMS services in the county and continues to save taxpayer dollars. Robinson says the county annually provided the squadron with $36,000 to operate with. The remaining funds they gathered through fundraising and gifts.“It’s a vital cost to the community because our costs are lower and we’re not charging the taxpayers,” said former assistant chief Taryn Clemmons.The county will turn that funding over to the new budget as it increases the EMS fund by roughly $1.4 million.“We are not changing our level of service, we are not decreasing our level of service, we are trying to improve our level of service,” said EMS deputy director Lyle Johnston.Now with no funding, all the squadron can do is try to fight for keeping the agreement.“If it comes without funding we’ll continue to do that one way or another,” said Robinson. “The main thing is we have to keep a franchise in order to do that.”Johnston says the county will replace outdated EMS units with five new ambulances. This will added to the ambulances that the county could purchase from Leland EMS according to their separate agreement.According to Robinson, the squadron will end operating in the county on July 20th if no new agreement is reached. BOLIVIA, NC (WWAY) — Another volunteer EMS and rescue agency is out in Brunswick County. County leaders approved their budget Monday without funding for the Coastline Volunteer Rescue Squad.The county’s approval of the 2019-2020 budget left out funds for Leland Fire and Rescue and now Coastline Volunteer Rescue. County leaders say both cases are different. They say in Leland’s case, the town asked for too much money to fund their EMS service. In the case of Coastline, county leaders think they can do a better job responding to calls.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Russia eases path to citizenship for east Ukraine residentsRussia eases path to citizenship for east Ukraine residents

first_imgFILE PHOTO: Russian President Vladimir Putin enters a hall to meet French business leaders at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia April 18, 2019. Alexander Nemenov/Pool via REUTERSFILE PHOTO: Russian President Vladimir Putin enters a hall to meet French business leaders at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia April 18, 2019. Alexander Nemenov/Pool via REUTERS Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed an order simplifying the procedure for obtaining a Russian passport for residents of the rebel-controlled Donetsk and Luhansk regions of eastern Ukraine, the Kremlin said on Wednesday.Separatist rebellions broke out against Ukrainian rule in both regions in 2014. Moscow provided military help for the separatists, according to evidence gathered by Reuters, though Russian officials have denied providing material support.Large swathes of the two regions are now under the de facto control of the Moscow-backed rebels, while Kiev says it is determined to re-assert its control, a position backed by most Western countries.There was no immediate reaction from Kiev to Putin’s order. Ukrainian officials are likely to react angrily to any indication Moscow is drawing the rebel regions closer into its own orbit.WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

Google unveils streamingmedia globeGoogle unveils streamingmedia globe

first_imgAdvertisement At I/O, Google announced that the Nexus Q is an offshoot of Project Tungsten, the company’s home automation division. The black, spherical body of the server is fairly small at 4.6 inches in diameter, and it weighs 2 pounds, according to the product page.Inside the Nexus Q is an OMAP 4460 dual-core ARM Cortex A9 CPU with an SGX540 graphics core. The processor is accompanied by 1GB of RAM and 16GB of flash memory. According to the New York Times, the player “has a single control: the volume can be turned up or down by grabbing and twisting the dome that makes up the top half of the device.”Google touted the Nexus Q as being designed to encourage “general hackability,” though it did not elaborate further. – Advertisement – The presenter did note that multiple Nexus Qs can be set up to work with one another throughout the house; changing music on one changes it and plays it through the rest. Another use case mentioned was a collaborative playlist, where a bunch of friends hanging out with their Android devices can each contribute songs to the list from their Google Play accounts.As for movie-watching, the experience is meant to be seamless: users can start a movie on an Android tablet, pick it up again on their TV with the Nexus Q, and then stop and pick it up again on an Android smartphone. The Android 4.1 device’s ports include Micro HDMI, TOSLink Optical audio, Ethernet, micro AB USB (for service and support only, Google says), and banana jack speaker outputs. Supported apps include Google Play Music, Google Play Movies and TV, and YouTube.The device is priced at $299 and will ship in July (the product page currently shows a 2-3 week ship time). Google is also selling a pair of accessories to go with the Nexus Q: a pair of bookshelf speakers for $399, and two speaker cables for $49.Source: CNNlast_img read more

Pokemon Go is banned in Saudi ArabiaPokemon Go is banned in Saudi Arabia

first_imgAdvertisement Apparently, you can not play the phenomenal mobile game Pokemon Go in Saudi Arabia.This is because of a “fatwa”(no. 21,758) which was issued in 2001, banning it from the nation.A Fatwa is a rule in the Islamic law given by a recognized authority. – Advertisement – The fatwa no. 21758 states that Pokemon game cards, which was very popular back then, is a form of gambling, which is forbidden in Islam. On top of containing polytheistic symbols, the game is also said to promote Darwin’s theory of evolution, both seen as religious violations in Islam.The General Secretariat of the Council of Senior Scholars has renewed the fatwa, stating that the new version of the game, Pokemon Go, is the same as the old one.Looks like you have to look for alternatives if you want to hunt Pokemon while living in Saudi Arabia.The entire Fatwa is here:last_img read more

John McAfee Claims His Privacy Phone Will be the Worlds First TrulyJohn McAfee Claims His Privacy Phone Will be the Worlds First Truly

first_imgJohn McAfee Privacy Phone reportedly to be launching later this year has been claimed to be the world’s most hack-proof phone. (Photo Courtesy) Advertisement Founder of Santa Clara, California-based computer security software firm; McAfee and CEO of MGT Capital Investments Inc. John David McAfee, on Monday announced that the ‘John McAfee Privacy Phone‘ – which according to online reports he claims will be world’s most hack-proof phone and is also said to be launched later this year from his MGT Capital Investments firm at a price tag of USD$1,100 (roughly 4,009,500 UGX).“The John McAfee Privacy Phone, by MGT – first prototype. World’s first truly private smartphone. You gonna love it,” he writes in a tweet.According to reports, John McAfee told Newsweek that the Phone will feature hardware switches at the back that will allow users to disconnect the battery, turn off the antennas, Wi-Fi, the camera, Bluetooth and geolocation, and even the microphone. The switches can also be used to bar the device from connecting to IMSI catchers. McAfee said the device comes with a in-built web search anonymizer as well. – Advertisement – The Verge points out that while hardware switches can bring convenience in isolating the device from networks, anybody with physical access to the product will be able to get access to this functionality.According to Digit, Newsweek cited a security expert who said consumers choose ease of use over privacy. In addition, physical switches may seem simple, but they can be turned on and off by anyone, which means the phone’s owner has to be all the more careful with it.The John McAfee Privacy Phone, by MGT – first prototype. World’s first truly private smartphone. You gonna love it. pic.twitter.com/n06CuO3Jay— John McAfee (@officialmcafee) April 25, 2017The full specs of the product are said to be released a week before the phone is launched. However, Nordic’s announcement says it’ll be an Android smartphone sourced from existing OEMs models, which will then be tweaked by the parties involved to add security features.last_img read more

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first_imgWelcome to Starters Orders. Our new daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Thursday 11 July2.10 NewmarketSir John Hawkins 9/4 > 2/12.30 DoncasterMezel good money seen at 6/44.15 DoncasterWadi Al Hattawi 13/8 > 11/8At Newmarket Dare To Achieve popular in the opener and Universal strongest in the 2.40 at 7/2 where all seven can be given good chances.last_img

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first_imgIt wasn’t that long ago that ‘The Quadruple’ was being talked about in around about 16/1 terms for Man City this season.That was before hopes were exterminated, in unlikely fashion, by Wigan in the FA Cup and the chances of ‘The Treble’ now look remote after the midweek Champions League events an Anfield this week.With the EFL Cup in the bag and the league title a formality, when rather than if,  ‘The Double’ looks the most likely prize for 2017/18.City can clinch the title on Saturday against arch rivals Man United – assuming of course they can bounce back from looking shell-shocked in the Champions League.And bounce back they will need to, for all Liverpool were electric, especially in the first half, City looked a side that were jaded and Man U will surely fancy their chances of reversing the 2-1 defeat subjected to them at Old Trafford in December if similar vulnerabilities are exposed on Saturday.City manager Pep Guardiola still has eyes on Tuesday’s second leg at Liverpool and no doubt feels the job can still be done.He said: “We have three massive games, United, Liverpool and Tottenham. We have just a few days between each game.“We have to see the condition of the players. We’ll pick a team to win the game against United… we have one eye on Tuesday though.“I’d rather be facing United with a better result than we had [in midweek]. We must adapt, though. The result against United will help emotionally to prepare for the game on Tuesday.”It will be interesting to see if Guardiola opts to rest some key players – which given they can win the title would be pretty extraordinary, but understandable given the maths of the Premier League table and the pressure to reach a Champions League semi-final.Sergio Aguero, even if back to full fitness after his knee injury, may be saved until Tuesday.Man U’s only absentee is injured goalkeeper Sergio Romero.Man City v Man UtdPremier League17:30 Sky Sports Premier League / Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Ultra HDHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)Dec 2017 PREMIER Man Utd 1-2 Man CityApr 2017 PREMIER Man City 0-0 Man UtdOct 2016 EFL CUP Man Utd 1-0 Man CitySep 2016 PREMIER Man Utd 1-2 Man CityMar 2016 PREMIER Man City 0-1 Man UtdOct 2015 PREMIER Man Utd 0-0 Man CityApr 2015 PREMIER Man Utd 4-2 Man CityNov 2014 PREMIER Man City 1-0 Man UtdMar 2014 PREMIER Man Utd 0-3 Man CitySep 2013 PREMIER Man City 4-1 Man UtdThe DRAW makes most appeal at 11/4 around with starsports.bet. The celebrations might be put on ice and who knows, after Tuesday, that treble might just be back on the cards.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK DRAW 5 points at 11/4 with starsports.betPROFIT/LOSS SINCE JAN 1 2017: PROFIT 132.27 pointslast_img read more

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Virus killer gets superchargedVirus killer gets supercharged

first_imgAddThis ShareCONTACT: Mike WilliamsPHONE: 713-348-6728EMAIL: mikewilliams@rice.eduVirus killer gets superchargedRice University discovery greatly improves common disinfectantA simple technique to make a common virus-killing material significantly more effective is a breakthrough from the Rice University labs of Andrew Barron and Qilin Li.Rather than trying to turn the process into profit, the researchers have put it into the public domain. They hope wide adoption will save time, money and perhaps even lives. The Rice professors and their team reported in Environmental Science and Technology, an American Chemical Society journal, that adding silicone to titanium dioxide, a common disinfectant, dramatically increases its ability to degrade aerosol- and water-borne viruses.“We’re taking a nanoparticle that everyone’s been using for years and, with a very simple treatment, we’ve improved its performance by more than three times without any real cost,” said Barron, Rice’s Charles W. Duncan Jr.-Welch Professor of Chemistry and a professor of materials science. Barron described himself as a “serial entrepreneur,” but saw the discovery’s potential benefits to society as being far more important than any thoughts of commercialization.Barron said titanium dioxide is used to kill viruses and bacteria and to decompose organics via photocatalysis (exposure to light, usually ultraviolet). The naturally occurring material is also used as a pigment in paints, in sunscreen and even as food coloring. “If you’re using titanium dioxide, just take it, treat it for a few minutes with silicone grease or silica or silicic acid, and you will increase its efficiency as a catalyst,” he said. Barron’s lab uses “a pinch” of silicon dioxide to treat a commercial form of titanium dioxide called P25. “Basically, we’re taking white paint pigment and functionalizing it with sand,” he said. Disinfecting a volume of water that once took an hour would now take minutes because of the material’s enhanced catalytic punch, Barron said. “We chose the Yangtze River as our baseline for testing, because it’s considered the most polluted river in the world, with the highest viral content,” he said. “Even at that level of viral contamination, we’re getting complete destruction of the viruses in water that matches the level of pollution in the Yangtze.”Using a smaller amount of treated P25 takes longer but works just as well, he said. “Either way, it’s green and it’s cheap.” The team started modifying titanium dioxide two years ago. Li, an assistant professor in civil and environmental engineering whose specialties include water and wastewater treatment, approached Barron to help search for new photocatalytic nanomaterials to disinfect drinking water. The revelation came when students in Barron’s lab heated titanium dioxide, but it wasn’t quite the classic “aha!” moment. Graduate student and co-author Michael Liga saw the data showing greatly enhanced performance and asked fellow graduate student Huma Jafry what she had done. Jafry, the paper’s first author, said, “I didn’t do anything,” Barron recalled. When Barron questioned Jafry, who has since earned her doctorate, he discovered she used silicone grease to seal the vessel of P25 before heating it. Subsequent testing with nonsilicone grease revealed no change in P25’s properties, whether the sample was heated or not. Remarkably, Barron said, further work with varying combinations of titanium dioxide and silicone dioxide found the balance between the two at the time of the discovery was nearly spot-on for maximum impact.Barron said binding just the right amount of silica to P25 creates an effect at the molecular level called band bending. “Because the silicone-oxygen bond is very strong, you can think of it as a dielectric,” he said. “If you put a dielectric next to a semiconductor, you bend the conduction and valence bands. And therefore, you shift the absorption of the ultraviolet (used to activate the catalyst).”Bending the bands creates a path for electrons freed by the UV to go forth and react with water to create hydroxyl radicals, an oxidant responsible for contaminant degradation and the most significant reactive agent created by titanium dioxide. “If your conduction band bends to the degree that electrons find it easier to pop out and do something else, your process becomes more efficient,” Barron said.Li saw great potential for enhanced P25. In developed countries, photo reactors designed to take advantage of the new material in centralized treatment plants could more efficiently kill bacteria and inactivate viruses in water supplies while minimizing the formation of harmful disinfection byproducts, she said.But the greatest impact may be in developing nations where water is typically disinfected through the SODIS method, in which water is exposed to sunlight for its heat and ultraviolet radiation. “In places where they don’t have treatment plants or even electricity, the SODIS method is great, but it takes a very long time to make water safe to drink,” Li said. “Our goal is to incorporate this photocatalyst so that instead of taking six hours, it only takes 15 minutes.” Barron wants to spread the good news. “Here’s a way of taking what is already a very good environmental catalyst and making it better,” he said. “It works consistently, and we’ve done batch after batch after batch of it now. The methodology in the paper is the one we routinely use. As soon as we buy P25, we treat it.”The Robert A. Welch Foundation, the U.S. Navy and the National Science Foundation Center for Biological and Environmental Nanotechnology supported the research.last_img read more

Essential armchair reading for nanotube researchersEssential armchair reading for nanotube researchers

first_imgAddThis ShareDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.edu  http://news.rice.edu/files/2013/02/0211-NIST-4.jpgLayers of nanotubes take on different colors after separation via density gradient ultracentrifugation at Rice University. The process is one of several detailed in a new paper about armchair nanotubes produced through a collaboration by Rice and the National Institute of Standards and Technology. (Credit: Erik Hároz/Rice University) http://news.rice.edu/files/2013/02/Armchair-nanotube.jpgA molecular model shows a single-strand of DNA (the yellow ribbon) coiled around an “armchair” carbon nanotube. The image illustrates a process created by National Institute of Standards and Technology scientist Ming Zheng to make highly purified samples of armchair nanotubes, one of several processes described in a new Nanoscale paper by researchers at NIST, Rice University and Los Alamos National Laboratory. (Credit: Roxbury, Jagota/NIST) http://news.rice.edu/files/2013/02/SWNT7_7.jpgArmchair carbon nanotubes, so named for the arrangement of atoms that make their ends look like armchairs, are the most desirable among nanotube researchers for their superior electrical properties. They are the subject of a new paper by Rice University and the National Institute of Standards and Technology. (Credit: Erik Hároz/Rice University)center_img 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.  If you do not wish to receive news releases from Rice University, reply to this email and write “unsubscribe” in the subject line.  Office of News and Media Relations – MS 300, Rice University, 6100 Main St., Houston, TX 77005 Mike Williams713-348-6728mikewilliams@rice.eduEssential armchair reading for nanotube researchers Rice, NIST kick off collaboration with comprehensive look at the fundamentals of most desirable nanotubes  HOUSTON – (Feb. 5, 2013) – The first fruits of a cooperative venture between scientists at Rice University and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have appeared in a paper that brings together a wealth of information for those who wish to use the unique properties of metallic carbon nanotubes.The feature article published recently in the Royal Society of Chemistry journal Nanoscale gathers research about the separation and fundamental characteristics of armchair carbon nanotubes, which have been of particular interest to researchers trying to tune their electronic and optical properties.This paper, said Rice physicist Junichiro Kono, provides scientists a valuable resource for detailed information about metallic carbon nanotubes, especially armchair nanotubes. “Basically, we summarized all our recent findings as well as all information we could find in the literature about metallic nanotubes, along with detailed accounts of preparation methods for metal-enriched nanotube samples, to show the community just how much we now understand about these one-dimensional metals,” he said.As part of the lengthy work, the team compiled and published tables of essential statistics, including optical properties, for a variety of metallic nanotubes. “We provide fundamental theoretical backgrounds and then show very detailed experimental results on unique properties of metallic nanotubes,” Kono said. “This paper summarizes what kind of aspects are understood, and what is not, about fundamental optical processes in nanotubes and will make it easier for researchers to identify their spectroscopic features and transition energies.”Nanotubes come in many flavors, depending on their chirality. Chirality is a characteristic akin to the angles at which a flat sheet of paper might align when wrapped into a tube. Cut the tube in half and the atoms at the open edge would line up in the shape of an armchair, a zigzag or some variant. Even though their raw material is identical – chicken-wire-like hexagons of carbon – the chirality makes all the difference in how nanotubes transmit electricity.Armchairs are the most coveted because they have no band gap; electrons flow through without resistance. Cables made with armchair nanotubes have the potential to move electricity over great distances with virtually no loss. That makes them the gold standard as the basic element of armchair quantum wire. The ongoing development of this very strong, lightweight, high-capacity cable could improve further the record properties of multifunctional carbon nanotube fibers that are being developed by the group of Rice Professor Matteo Pasquali.The new work led by Kono and Robert Hauge, a distinguished faculty fellow in chemistry at Rice, along with scientists at NIST and Los Alamos National Laboratory, looks beyond the armchair’s established electrical properties to further detail their potential for electronic, sensing, optical and photonic devices.“Of course, to get there, we need really good samples,” Kono said. “Many applications will rely on our ability to separate carbon nanotubes and then assemble macroscopically ordered structures consisting of single-chirality nanotubes. Nobody can do that at this point.”When a batch of nanotubes comes out of a furnace, it’s a jumble of types. That makes detailed analysis of their characteristics — let alone their practical use — a challenge.But techniques developed in recent years at Rice and by NIST scientist Ming Zheng to purify metallic nanotubes are beginning to change that. Rice graduate student Erik Hároz said recent experiments established “unambiguous evidence” that a process he and Kono are using called density gradient ultracentrifugation can enrich ensemble samples of armchairs. Taking things further, Zheng’s method of DNA-based ion-exchange chromatography provides very small samples of ultrapure armchair nanotubes of a single chirality.Rice and NIST are now looking at ways to combine the methods to get larger batches of a specific armchair chirality, Kono said.If anyone can accomplish such a breakthrough, these labs can, he said. “Our team has the best possible armchair samples available due to these two methods, and we have recently made significant progress in increasing our understanding of the properties of armchair nanotubes, as described in this Nanoscale article.”Co-authors of the paper with Hároz, Hauge, Zheng and Kono are Juan Duque, who earned his doctorate at Rice and is now a research scientist at Los Alamos; Xiaomin Tu, a former postdoctoral researcher at NIST, now an intellectual property subject matter expert at Chevron; Angela Hight Walker, project leader in the Semiconductor and Dimensional Metrology Division at NIST; and Stephen Doorn, science partner leader in the Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies at Los Alamos. Kono is a professor of electrical and computer engineering and of physics and astronomy at Rice. Pasquali is a professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering and of chemistry.The National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, the Air Force Research Laboratories, Los Alamos National Laboratory, the Robert A. Welch Foundation, NASA and the World Class University Program at Sungkyunkwan University supported the research.-30-Read the abstract at http://pubs.rsc.org/en/content/articlelanding/2013/nr/c2nr32769dThis news release can be found online at http://news.rice.edu/2013/02/05/essential-armchair-reading-for-nanotube-researchers/Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNewsRelated Materials:Richard E. Smalley Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology: http://cnst.rice.eduNano parfait a treat for scientists: http://news.rice.edu/2010/05/12/nano-parfait-a-treat-for-scientists-2/DNA-assisted dispersion and separation of carbon nanotubes: http://www.nature.com/nmat/journal/v2/n5/full/nmat877.htmlImages for download:last_img read more

AfricanAmericans are the most likely to value postsecondary educationAfricanAmericans are the most likely to value postsecondary education

first_imgAddThis Share17David Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduAmy Hodges713-348-6777amy.hodges@rice.eduAfrican-Americans are the most likely to value postsecondary education, according to first-ever Houston Education SurveyHarris County residents clearly acknowledge importance of educationHOUSTON – (Nov. 12, 2013) – African-Americans are the most likely of all ethnic groups to emphasize the importance of postsecondary education, according to the 2013 Houston Education Survey. This and other findings were revealed in the first-of-its-kind report from Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research.The survey offers a comprehensive look at Harris County residents’ attitudes toward education, their aspirations for their children, their evaluations of the public schools and their support for a variety of reform proposals.Importance of educationOne of the study’s key findings is that African-Americans (at 90 percent) were the most likely to insist that success today requires education beyond high school, followed by Asians (at 85 percent) and Latinos (at 78 percent). Anglos (at 64 percent) were the least inclined to say that postsecondary education is necessary for success in today’s economy. Moreover, fully 92 percent of all parents with school-aged children (regardless of ethnicity) said they hoped their child will be able, at a minimum, to graduate from college.“The survey provides no evidence whatsoever to support the belief that blacks or Latinos do not value education as much as Anglos and Asians do,” said survey author Stephen Klineberg, Kinder Institute co-director and Rice professor of sociology. “The educational disparities have much more to do with resources and income inequalities than with any presumed differences in aspirations or values.”According to Klineberg, the coming together of globalization and automation has created a new kind of economy in Houston and America, one in which the good blue-collar jobs are disappearing and income inequalities are rapidly growing, predicated primarily on the attainment of high-quality education.Klineberg noted that Harris County residents now clearly understand these new realities, with more than three-fourths of the survey participants asserting that success today requires education beyond high school; less than a fifth believed instead that there are many ways to succeed with no more than a high school diploma.”In the new economy, education matters more today than ever before in American history,” said Klineberg. “If Houston’s young people, 70 percent of whom are African American and Hispanic, are unprepared to succeed in today’s knowledge economy, it is difficult to envision a prosperous future for the region as a whole.”Quality of educationThe respondents were divided (48 responding “yes,” 46 percent responding “no”) on whether public schools in the Houston area “have enough money, if it were used wisely, to provide a quality education.” The number calling for more spending climbed to 55 percent among those living in the service area of Houston Independent School District (HISD).“The public’s recognition of the need for additional funds was confirmed in the 2012 election, when a whopping 69 percent approved a $1.89 billion bond to upgrade or rebuild the HISD schools,” Klineberg said.Survey participants who had children in the public schools were more likely than those without school-aged children to believe that the schools in their district have been getting better. They were far more inclined than those without school-aged children (by 74 to 57 percent) to give high grades (A’s and B’s) to the public schools in their district, and especially (with 85 percent A’s or B’s) to the schools their own children were attending.Educational disparitiesWhen asked about the importance of different factors that contribute to the educational achievement gaps, the respondents viewed parental involvement and student effort as more critical than the quality of teaching or the impact of poverty. Nevertheless, 80 percent cited differences in teaching quality and 72 percent thought that “poverty, crime and instability in the communities where the students live” were among the most important contributors to ethnic differences in educational outcomes.“Just 10 percent of Anglo children — but more than a third of black and Latino children — are living in poverty,” Klineberg said. “And these stark differences in income and wealth are surely critical factors in generating the achievement gaps.”According to HISD records, fewer than 7 percent of all black and Latino high school seniors in 2011 scored at or above the level that indicates college readiness on standardized tests.“Because of inadequate preparation for college work, because so many also need to work while enrolled in classes and because of the continually increasing tuition costs coupled with inadequate financial aid, far too few of Houston’s young people are able to go to college or to make it through to graduation,” the report said.Educational initiativesThe survey asked about a variety of proposals for school reform. More than 60 percent favored spending more for after-school programs, for expanding the school day and year and for establishing more charter schools. The respondents gave their strongest support (at 70 percent) to “paying for universal preschool education to ensure that all low-income children are ready for kindergarten.”“This represents a strong consensus on the importance of providing universal access to quality early childhood education,” Klineberg said. “More generally, it reflects the broader finding that Harris County residents are increasingly coming to recognize the critical importance of improved education for Houston’s prospects.”“Human resources are now more important than natural resources in building the conditions for prosperity,” the report concludes. “If Houston is to succeed in this high-tech, global, knowledge-based economy, it will need to provide considerably greater access to quality education, starting in early childhood, proceeding through high school and college and into lives of continual learning.”The Houston Education Survey is the second of three focused surveys that are together called the “SHEA” studies (Surveys on Health, Education and the Arts), which are designed to assess the experiences, beliefs and attitudes of Harris County residents with regard to these three critical areas of urban life. The separate surveys complement the annual Kinder Institute Houston Area Survey, which for 32 years has been tracking America’s fourth largest city in the midst of fundamental transformation.The Survey Research Institute at the University of Houston conducted the interviews with 1,200 individuals between Jan. 29 and March 17, 2012. Seventy-two percent of the respondents were reached by landline and 28 percent by cellphone. The three SHEA studies were supported by a special grant from Houston Endowment Inc.For more information or to obtain a copy of the survey report, visit www.kinder.rice.edu.-30-For more information, contact Amy Hodges, senior media relations specialist at Rice, at 713-348-6777 or amy.hodges@rice.edu.This news release can be found online at http://news.rice.edu/.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Related Materials:Stephen Klineberg bio: http://sociology.rice.edu/Content.aspx?id=122Kinder Institute for Urban Research website: http://kinder.rice.edu/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.If you do not wish to receive news releases from Rice University, reply to this email and write “unsubscribe” in the subject line. Office of News and Media Relations – MS 300, Rice University, 6100 Main St., Houston, TX 77005last_img read more

Top MBA Recruiters MetLifeTop MBA Recruiters MetLife

first_imgTop MBA Recruiters: MetLife Founded in 1868, MetLife—one of the world’s largest providers of insurance, annuities, and employee benefit programs—currently serves over 90 million customers in over 60 countries, including more than 90 of the 100 Fortune 500 companies. With such a rich history, it’s fairly easy to see why MetLife careers can be so appealing for MBA candidates and recent grads.What MBAs Love About MetLIfeAccording to Glassdoor, associates (a common entry-level job for MBA graduates) can pull an average salary of $90,522, with another $26,781 in cash bonuses. This figure is well above the national insurance associate annual average of $42,849; a 47 percent difference in salary alone. Another one of the main perks of working at MetLife is the variety of great benefits. MetLife offers health, dental, vision, disability, accident, auto, home, life, and even pet insurance. These insurance plans are also adaptable for MetLife employees who regularly travel internationally.Legal services are also provided through MetLaw® for a wide range of potential legal issues, such as will and estate planning documents, real estate, traffic defense, and identity theft. MetLaw®, provided by Hyatt Legal Plans (a MetLife company), is a network of over 15,000 lawyers, with an average of 25 years of experience per attorney.Working at MetLifeMetLife prides itself on offering employees training and development opportunities, allowing them to realize their full potential. MetLife’s international profile also offers employees the opportunity for global mobility and maximum geographic versatility.The company actively fosters diversity through two distinct mechanisms. The first of which factors recruiting traditionally underrepresented minority groups. For example, the Global Women’s Initiative seeks out qualified female candidates and offers career development. The Veteran’s Initiative seeks to provide positive transition from military service to working life. And the People with Different Abilities Initiative empowers those with disabilities, striving to find the differently-abled candidates positions in which they can thrive.The other method in which MetLife encourages an inclusive environment is through employee networks, such as the Global Multicultural Professionals (to create awareness around culturally diversity and to support diverse talent), Local Inclusion Action Teams (which support diversity in specific offices), GLAM (a network for LGBTQ+ employees and allies), and Families at MetLife (created promote a culture of understanding for working families).MetLife sponsors a number of different resources designed to facilitate a healthy work-life balance. Work-Life ASSIST specifically offers coaching and resources to help employees with their day-to-day lives. Childcare and Eldercare support similarly offers resources for working families. On top of all that, workplace flexibility and PTO are integral to the livelihood of a MetLife employee.Volunteer efforts, like its partnership with Habitat for Humanity, makes working at MetLife more than just a traditional job.Finding MetLife CareersMetLife has several programs that might appeal to recent MBA grads. The Global Leadership Development program offers those with three-to-five years of related experience an opportunity to cross-train in three rotational assignments, in conjunction with advice from a designated mentor and other senior leaders.MetLife also prides itself on being proactive with regard to recent technological advances. As is the case across most industries, candidates with tech backgrounds are in high demand.Current MetLife CareersSeveral positions that favor individuals with MBAs are currently available at MetLife. Most of these jobs are located within the U.S.. However, there are also openings in Mexico, Singapore, Hong Kong, and the UK.Associate – Asset Management: Washington DCCandidates with five-or-more years of experience in asset management or commercial real estate might be interested in this Washington DC position at MetLife Investments. This position focuses on managing and reporting on existing MetLife assets, while also exploring stable ways to expand MetLife revenue through investments.Director – Global Customer Experience Strategy and Planning: New York CityThis NYC position is best suited for those who specialize in customer experience. It requires eight-or-more years of professional experience in management consulting or strategy and program management. However, it is perfect for those with a global mindset and entrepreneurial disposition. regions: New York City / Washington, DC 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 RelatedNew York Life Careers: What MBAs Should KnowChoosing the right job after earning your MBA is always intimidating. The degree opens a multitude of paths for professionals entering the marketplace. However, the sheer number of available options can be a double-edged sword, and it is important that b-schoolers do their due diligence to find the right company…February 6, 2019In “Career”MBA Job Types: Entry Level v. ExperiencedContrary to popular misconception, choosing to pursue an MBA degree is a decision that can be made at any point in your career. From programs that allow students to jump right in to their degree after undergrad to those that require over ten years of work experience, the wide variety…August 3, 2018In “Advice”Top MBA Recruiters: T. Rowe PriceT. Rowe Price Group, founded in 1937 by Thomas Rowe Price Jr., is a leading global asset management firm offering services to individual clients as well as institutions and financial intermediaries. 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President Trump Praises First Responders in Las VegasPresident Trump Praises First Responders in Las Vegas

first_img President Donald Trump praised first responders during his visit to the city that was the scene of America’s most deadly mass murder in history.Trump visited a hospital where patients were being treated, praising the medical personnel for the incredible job they’ve done.He said that most of those wounded in the shooting would be able to go home in weeks, if not days.Stephen Paddock, a 64-year-old retiree, was identified as the gunman in Sunday night’s attack, spraying bullets at an open-air concert from the window of his suite in a high-rise hotel, killing 59 people and wounding over 500. President Donald Trump along with First Lady Melania Trump at University Medical Center in Las Vegas on October 4, 2017. (MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)During his visit in Vegas, Trump described Paddock as a “very sick man, a very demented person.” The president also visited a local police station where he met with law enforcement officers who responded to the active shooter. Trump told them that they did an “incredible job” and that their “professionalism has just been amazing.”He said it was amazing how police had been able to locate the shooter in 11 minutes, saying that an active shooter situation like that could have gone on for hours.He specifically praised the sheriff, telling him he should be very proud.Trump also met with other emergency personnel, such as firefighters and the dispatchers, who were involved in the incident.The president was set to meet families of the victims later in the day.Before leaving for Las Vegas, Trump told reporters at the White House that what happened was a “very sad thing” and that he and First Lady Melania Trump were going to pay their respects.“We’re going to pay our respects and to see the police who have done really a fantastic job in a very short time,” Trump said.“It’s a very, very sad day for me, personally,” Trump said.Trump also said that more information from the investigation would be announced when appropriate.Investigation OngoingPaddock had no criminal record, no known history of mental illness, and no outward signs of social disaffection, political discontent, or extremist ideology, police said.“We are not there yet,” FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe said on Wednesday, speaking at the Cambridge Cyber Summit in Boston. “We have a lot to do.”However, Paddock appeared to be “descending into madness” in the months before the shooting, ABC News reported on Wednesday, citing an unnamed source briefed on the investigation.Paddock had significant weight loss, an increasingly slovenly appearance, and was obsessed with his girlfriend’s former husband, ABC said. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump visit with volunteers and first responders at the Metropolitan Police Department in Las Vegas on October 4, 2017. (MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)In June he was prescribed the anti-anxiety drug diazepam, commonly known as Valium, which can lead to aggressive behavior, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported, citing records from the Nevada Prescription Monitoring Program.“He was a private guy,” Eric Paddock said of his brother. “That’s why you can’t find out anything about him. Is he such a weirdo because he didn’t have a Facebook account and post 50,000 pictures of himself every day?”Paddock’s case is extremely rare if not unique in that he left behind no clues to his motives, said Craig Jackson, a psychology professor at Birmingham City University in Britain who has studied spree killers for the past 10 years.“We usually find something there in the background where they see themselves to be the victims. No one has listened to them and they feel this is the last recourse,” Jackson said, adding that spree killers typically leave behind a manifesto or video diary.“If there is something, I think we would have found it by now,” Jackson said.Reuters contributed to this report Follow Jasper on Twitter: @JasperFakkert US News President Trump Praises First Responders in Las Vegas “It’s a very, very sad day for me, personally,” Trump saidBy Jasper Fakkert October 4, 2017 Updated: October 4, 2017  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   President Donald Trump before boarding Air Force One en route Las Vegas on Oct. 4, 2017. (MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images) center_img Share Share this article Show Discussionlast_img read more