The head of the judiciary has blamed the parliamen

first_imgThe head of the judiciary has blamed the parliamentary logjam caused by Brexit for preventing the introduction of vital new laws that would make it easier for disability hate crime to be punished with stricter sentences.The Lord Chief Justice, Lord Thomas, who retired last month, told the chief executive of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), Nick Folland, that he agreed that too few disability hate crimes were being met with increased sentences.He said that new legislation was needed to address the problem but that the time parliament was spending securing the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union meant that this would not be possible in the next few years.Folland told CPS’s community accountability forum in September that Lord Thomas (pictured) had made the comments to him in a private meeting earlier this year.Anne Novis, a leading disability hate crime campaigner and adviser to the CPS and the Metropolitan police, and a member of the forum, was given permission by a senior CPS manager to pass the comments to Disability News Service (DNS).Novis had raised concerns with the forum that too many offenders convicted of serious disability hate crimes were not being given enhanced sentences.The courts have a legal duty* to increase sentences for offences found to be motivated by disability-related hostility.But disability hate crime campaigners, including Novis and fellow forum member Stephen Brookes, have repeatedly raised concerns that it is too difficult to prove such hostility in court under the current legislation, and that it is far more difficult to secure sentence uplifts in disability hate crime cases than with other hate crimes.It was through their persistence, and the cases of concern that they had passed to CPS, that the issue was raised with the Lord Chief Justice by Folland.Last month, CPS figures showed that of 800 successful disability hate crime prosecutions in 2016-17, only 117 saw a recorded and announced increase in a sentence on the grounds of disability hate crime, although this was an increase from just 84 in 2015-16.The CPS report said that the number of sentence uplifts “remains considerably lower than that for other hate crime strands”.Novis told DNS: “I want the judiciary to publicly and consistently use what legislation we do have, whilst also stating how inadequate it is, and that it is the human right for every person to have equal access to justice.“I am pleased the Lord Chief Justice recognised the truth and evidence of injustice towards Deaf and disabled people, but do not accept that yet another barrier (Brexit) is used as an excuse to do nothing.“The judiciary could assist us by revealing to government how important it is that the law is equal around hate crime.”Brookes, who also attended the forum meeting and confirmed the comments made about the meeting with the Lord Chief Justice, said there was a need for members of the judiciary to have “a short, sharp meeting with disabled people”.He said: “We welcome that he has taken this view, but – quite frankly – what are the judiciary doing about this?“The law has to be changed to make it work.”Brookes, who advises CPS and the Lancashire and West Yorkshire police forces on disability, said the failure to apply the existing laws was “a sad reflection on the intransigence of the judiciary.“The legislation that is there isn’t working because they are not working.”A CPS spokesman said he was not able to say “whether a comment was made or not” by Folland in the forum meeting.The Judicial Office was unable to contact Lord Thomas, who has now retired, to ask him about his comments.The Home Office had not commented by noon today (Thursday).One of the cases raised by Novis was that of Lee Irving, who was imprisoned, tortured over nine days and brutally murdered before his body was dumped on waste ground in Newcastle.But although Northumbria police and CPS had treated his death as a disability hate crime, the judge decided in sentencing last year that there was not enough evidence to prove that any of the offences were motivated by disability-related hostility.Last month, Newcastle-upon-Tyne North MP Catherine McKinnell struggled to contain her emotions in a Westminster Hall debate she secured on Lee Irving’s death.She told how the judge had said, in sentencing, that even though Irving’s murderer, James Wheatley, had repeatedly used the word “spastic” in text messages, he was “not able to infer that such language was used towards Lee Irving at the time or immediately before or after [his] murderous assault”.He believed instead that Wheatley had been “motivated in this offence not by hostility towards those with disability but by [his] vicious and bullying nature which particularly takes advantage of those who are unable or less able to resist”.McKinnell said she believed the case called into question whether the current legislation was fit for purpose, because it was “unclear how anyone could prove a disability hate crime under the threshold unless the perpetrator made such an admission”.*Section 146 of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 imposes a duty on the court to increase sentences for offences motivated by disability-related hostility, while the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 doubles to 30 years the starting point for sentences for disability hate crime murdersPicture: Lord Thomas speaking at the annual judges service at Westminster Abbey in 2013last_img read more

SF Protesters Challenge Developer to Debate

first_img 0% Tags: Affordable Housing • development • Election 2015 Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% A small group of activists in support of the Mission moratorium ballot initiative went to the offices of Maximus Real Estate Partners, the developers planning 345 units at 16th and Mission streets, and challenged its leadership to a debate “about the future of the Mission District.” Robert Rosania, the developer of the large market-rate project and the principal owner of Maximus Real Estate, wasn’t in the offices at the time of the rally, activists said. The rally was mostly organized to bring attention to Rosania’s financial contributions to defeat Proposition I, the ballot initiative that would pause the construction of market-rate housing in the Mission District for 18 months.Rosania contributed $180,000 to the “No on I” campaign and Seth Mallen of Maximus contributed another $20,000, according to activists and Open Data SF.“We know at least $200,000 is essentially coming from Maximus to defeat Proposition I,” Blue said. “If Robert Rosania has $180,000 to laying around to defeat a proposition that’s come from the community, it sounds like he plans to make a huge profit from the Monster in the Mission.”center_img Asked whether he believes a debate would actually take place with Rosania, Blue said, “I’m not holding my breath.”Bearing signs reading “Wanted: Robert Rosania for Mission Displacement,” protesters walked into Maximus’ gated office complex and crowded outside a closed office door. “Maximus, open up! We have a letter for you,” said Gabriel Medina of the Mission Economic Development Agency. “We hear you in there — why do you wanna hide behind closed doors?” “We’re your neighbors, gardeners, and teachers,” Medina continued. “Mr. Rosania, you’ve heard the people — come out and have this debate!”After receiving no response, Medina slipped a letter under the door, and the group walked out of the complex, chanting: “We’ll be back!”Police Officer D. Sands, who watched as the protesters delivered the letter said, “I don’t even know if they’re allowed on the property, but they’re peaceful, so that’s good.”“I really would have loved if we were able to engage more, and if they had opened their doors to us,” said Lia Salaverry, who works with the Proposition I campaign. “But I think we came out strong and were able to get our message forward, and that’s successful in and of itself.”The door had been open roughly an hour before, according to some of the protesters.“They obviously saw us, pulled all their shades and battened down the hatches,” said John Eller of the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment, a statewide grassroots community organization. “I bet you could come here an hour later and all their shades will be up and doors open. I walked in the office [earlier], and there were plenty of people in there.”A Maximus spokesperson was not immediately available for comment.We will update this post if a statement from Maximus becomes available. last_img read more

Campos Wants 5 Million More for Immigrants Mayor Says No

first_imgInstead of writing wishlists for Santa Claus, immigrant activists gathered on the steps of City Hall Monday to write letters to Mayor Ed Lee urging him to provide more funding to the public defender’s office in the anticipation of a Donald Trump presidency that promises to deport thousands of undocumented people.So far, Lee has resisted such pleas to increase funding for the public defender’s office.Early Monday morning, Lorena Melgarejo woke her daughter up, “We’re not going to school today. We’re going to city hall to fight for immigrants’ rights.” Her daughter, Ixchel Quezada, sat on the steps of City Hall writing a letter to Mayor Lee. “Please give all the money needed to protect moms and dads from ICE. Cancer stole my dad, don’t let ICE steal parents from other kids. You have the power and need to be brave,” wrote Quezada who is in grade school. Tags: immigrants • immigration Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% 0%center_img During a press conference at City Hall on Monday, Lorena Melgarejo helped her daughter, Ixchel Quezada, write a letter to Mayor Ed Lee asking him to protect undocumented immigrants. Photo by Brian Rinker.Immigrant rights activists want San Francisco to stand up to Trump’s deportation policies and show the rest country what it means to be a sanctuary city. “We want to make it clear to the powers that be in city hall: We don’t want to see our families torn apart,” said  Campos.Campos introduced a deportation defense fund at a Nov. 29 board meeting to give $5 million to be split down the middle for community based organizations and the public defender’s office. But the mayor sees it differently.  Lee responded by re-balancing the budget last week to provide $1.5 million for the community based organizations, on top of the $3.8 million that was already allocated for immigration legal defense. Community organizations are good at representing undocumented immigrants who aren’t in jail, while the public defender’s office is better suited to handle those already detained by immigration, according to advocates. “The mayor’s counter offer only gives sanctuary to some and not others. That’s not real sanctuary,” Campos said referring to the public defender’s office failing to get funding to help detained immigrants. Campos said the biggest hang ups to passing his bill asking for $5 million are Supervisor London Breed, who put a 30-day freeze on it, and Mayor Ed Lee. Because the bill was frozen, it won’t be heard until the board has turned over. Campos terms out at the end of the year. The mayor has also pledged an additional $3 million for the next 2 budget cycles, according to the mayor’s office press spokesperson Deirdre Hussey. Campos and advocates say that’s not enough if the city wants to provide adequate counsel for all undocumented immigrants. They want the public defender’s office to receive more funding to add 10 more attorneys, five paralegals and two legal clerks to the immigrant legal defense team.The Mayor has “asked the Public Defender’s Office to follow the budget process and submit a plan for additional services,” Hussey said in an email response.Tuesday was Campos and the advocates third press conference attempting to sway the mayor’s support. The previous press events hadn’t done anything. The mayor still doesn’t support increasing funding for the public defender’s office, said Marisela Esparza, Dolores Street Community Services. One of the event’s organizers Caroline Morales collected all 52 letters and led the group into City Hall to handoff them off to the mayor. They walked up the marble steps, past couples getting married, while an orchestra played “Land of the free.” José-Luis Tekun Mejia, of Coleman Advocates, said the song was fitting. “Here we are fighting for the ones being left behind.”Norman Yee was the only supervisor who came out in the hallway to talk with the advocates. Someone yelled asking if Lee supported the bill and Yee said yes I do. Then smiled and asked what bill. The group chanted in Spanish we have no papers but we’re not afraid, as they walked to the Mayor’s office. Paul Henderson, the mayor’s deputy chief of staff and public safety director, came out to address the group. “These aren’t the type of Christmas carols I was expecting,” he said.Henderson said later that he didn’t want them yelling at the door so he took them to a conference room that was locked. Instead he went into the hall and got an earful.  Paul Henderson, the mayor’s deputy chief of staff and public safety director, addresses a group of immigrant rights activists. Photo by Brian Rinker.Advocates argued that the public defender’s office is better suited to handle undocumented immigrants who are detained by ICE. Henderson said he has never seen a study about that and wasn’t sure if it was true. He said that public funds go further with community based groups. There is more bureaucracy when dealing with a city agency and it cost a lot more to hire attorneys. They have to deal with benefits, unions and higher pay scales than the non-profits. Henderson said he was concerned that the public defender’s office might be subject to release vulnerable information to federal officials. “Don’t make us fight you, we already have enough battles with Trump,” said Kelly Engel Wells, an attorney with Dolores Street Community Services. “The mayor should be on our side.” last_img read more

THE Saints U16s got Saturdays double header of ma

first_imgTHE Saints U16s got Saturday’s double header of matches at sunny Langtree Park off to a flier with what turned out to be a comfortable 36-12 win against Huddersfield Giants, writes Graham Henthorne.But the first half display left a bit to be desired prompting stern words from Coaches Ian Lomax and Eric Frodsham at the break.What gave them cause for concern was the Saints lackadaisical attitude in both attack and defence that left them only eight points up at the break when it could and probably should have been more.It all started so well, however, with two try scoring opportunities in the first three minutes. Ricky Bailey broke through on the second tackle of the opening set running 70 metres but his final pass to Jake Spedding hit the deck and Lewis Hatton knocked on over the line on the next.All this and some poor defence out wide allowed the visitors to open the scoring.Ricky Bailey again broke through to put the Saints on the attack but a poor decision on the last meant a try was missed.Lewis Hatton again had a try chalked off for a forward pass from Danny Richardson before the Saints eventually levelled matters. Dave Eccleston was stopped short and from the play the ball Lewis Fairhurst dove through from dummy half converting his own try for good measure.The Giants put the kick off out on the full and the Saints again squandered a gilt edged opportunity as Bailey’s pass to Kieron Herbert drifted forward.Two David Eccleston tries in three minutes on the half hour finally gave the Saints some breathing space. The centre rounded his opposite number to score in the corner after Hatton’s break and then repeated the dose this time scrambling up to score after being tap tackled on his way finally giving full value to another break from full back Bailey.The half time ‘talking to’ had the desired effect as the Saints dominated the second period.Richardson took a Giants grubber on his own line before sprinting 95 metres to score in the corner. The scrum half then converted his own try perfectly down the middle off the touchline after having hit both posts in the first half.Eccleston took the game away from the visitors in completing his hat-trick. The centre stepped inside the cover after more good work from Bailey.Richardson scored his second jinking his way through the line after a good drive from Jonah Cunningham had taken play to the 10 metre line.The Giants got a consolation score on the hour mark but quick hands on the final play of the game saw Kieron Herbert go over in the corner.Comfortable in the end but it could have been so much better. Pick of the forwards was Chris Worrall who worked tirelessly ably supported by Lewis Hatton, with Ricky Bailey the best of the backs with Dave Eccleston a close second.Match Summary:St Helens:Tries: Kieron Herbert, David Eccleston 3, Danny Richardson 2, Lewis Fairhurst.Goals: Danny Richardson 3, Lewis Fairhurst.Huddersfield Giants:Tries: Jamie Stringer, Jak Dadam.Goals: Will Gledhill 2.Half Time: 14-6Full Time: 36-12Teams:Saints:1. Ricky Bailey; 5. Joey Brady, 4. Jake Spedding, 3. David Eccleston, 2. Kieron Herbert; 6. Morgan Knowles, 7. Danny Richardson; 8. Phil Atherton, 9. Lewis Fairhurst, 10. Chris Worrall, 11. Liam Cooper, 12. Lewis Hatton, 14. Jonah Cunningham. Subs: 13. Ben Morris, 15. Bobby Williams, 16. Aaron Smith, 17. Kieran Atherton, 18. Joe McLoughlin, 19. Jack Wilkinson, 21. Josh Houghton.Giants:1. Jordan Knowles; 5. Darnell McIntosh, 17. Sam Moore, 3. Jamie Stringer, 2. George Sykes; 6. Scott Fleming, 7. Harry Redfearn; 8. Sam Wood, 9. Brad Moules, 10. Jordan Syme, 11. Will Gledhill, 12. Mathew English, 13. Frazer Morris.Subs: 4. Izaac Farrell, 14. Oliver Bartle, 15. Jak Dadam, 16. Dan Smith, 18. Liam Senior.last_img read more

The half back suffered a groin tear in last weeks

first_imgThe half back suffered a groin tear in last week’s game with Warrington.“I’m gutted that I won’t get the chance to represent the Knights in PNG,” he said. “It has been a crazy season for me with plenty of ups and downs but it is important I get myself right for pre-season.“I want to continue to work hard and improve for next year.“I’d like to thank the fans for their support; it means a great deal to me and the players here.”Danny played 34 times for the Saints this season, scoring six tries and topping the goal charts with 147. He also kicked seven drop goals.Danny is Saints and Proud, and so are we.Memberships for 2019 are now on sale.They include all 14 of Saints regular season home games – and if you’re a junior, the away games too.To find out more, click here.last_img read more

Carolina Beach may build deck to fix parking deficit

first_img With summer in Carolina Beach comes beautiful beach weather, hot doughnuts, and concerts. But unless you come early, finding a spot can be a challenge.“Right now, we have a parking deficit,” Town Manager Michael Cramer said.Because of that, Cramer says the town is looking to build up as an option.Related Article: Lifeguards respond to multiple rip current rescues along area beaches“A potential development of a multi-use facility,” Cramer said. “Something that would have either commercial or residential in it along with parking deck.”It would be built in the town-owned property between Harper Avenue, Carl Winner Avenue, Canal Drive and Myrtle Street.“Our current parking lots hold about 150,” Cramer said. “We want to try to double that just for public parking. If the development needed 50 parking spaces, they would need to supply us 400 so they can meet their needs and our needs.”The proposal still has a long way to go though. First, council is looking for area companies to do a pre-development study.In the mean time, the project is something Michelle Simmons hopes actually happens.“They need it,” Simmons said. “They should get it, because this is bad.”Cramer says they have also heard some push back.“The main concern seems to be, ‘We don’t want to become Myrtle Beach. We don’t want high rises and lots of huge development.’ The town staff, nor the council really want that, but we want to be able to meet the demand that we have for parking right now,” Cramer said.As the town continues to grow, this possibility is still up in the air.At their meeting Tuesday night, council will look at proposals from area companies to do the study.Cramer says they would then have a year to complete it. CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — A parking deck could be in the future for Carolina Beach.Town Council is looking at the public-private partnership to build a deck in the downtown central business district.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Several injured during Lake Waccamaw fireworks explosion

first_imgLAKE WACCAMAW, NC (WWAY) — Fourth of July fireworks ended badly for some celebrants at Lake Waccamaw.Fire Chief Jerry Gore says a group of people were shooting fireworks on Canal Cove when a “mishap” occurred.- Advertisement – Gore says four or five people were injured by some of the fireworks and were transported to the hospital. They were treated for non-life threatening injuries and released.No charges were filed.Video of the explosion was caught on camera and posted to YouTube.Related Article: Strawberries blooming early across the Cape Fearlast_img

Hearing scheduled for Lewis Hatchers injunction

first_imgJody Greene and Lewis Hatcher (Photos: Columbus Co. Sheriff’s Office/WWAY) COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A hearing has been scheduled for former Columbus County Sheriff Lewis Hatcher‘s injunction filed January 4 arguing that he should still be sheriff.On Friday, a judge from another jurisdiction will hear arguments in Columbus County Superior Court that Hatcher should still be sheriff.- Advertisement – In his injunction, Hatcher gave a long list of reasons why Jody Greene should not hold the office.last_img

Manchester United chase Sule

first_img SharePrint <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=a7617b59&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> Manchester United are looking for reinforcements after conceding 45 goals during the current league campaign, their worst ever defensive season. Since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer succeeded Jose Mourinho, the Red Devils have conceded 19 goals in 17 matches.The English club’s directors want improve their shaky defence and have shown interest in Bayern Munich’s Niklas Sule. The towering, German defender has a contract that runs until 2022 and has become a key player for the Bavarian side thanks to his pace and power.According to Daily Mail, Manchester United will part ways with at least one centre half and have also been linked with Toby Alderweireld, Raphael Varane and Kalidou Koulibaly.WhatsApplast_img read more

Bharti taps Chinas ZTE to begin 4G rollout in India

first_imgAdvertisement The report cites an official source which explains that, though ZTE will handle the first implementation, it is not guaranteed any other slices of $300 million valued roll-out Bharti has planned. Instead ZTE will face stiff competition – notably from fellow Chinese rival Huawei – to bring 4G to the three other regions Bharti won following last year’s auction.Though there is no timeline or date specified for the work, it is widely believed that 4G wireless broadband will be available in India from early next year.Though Bharti declined to respond to Economic Times, ZTE did confirm that it was starting initial work on the roll-out, while the paper also claims high level meetings have “formalised” ZTE’s initial role in proceedings. – Advertisement – Given that 3G mobile technology only arrived in India last year, the news that 4G is on its way is likely to be well received by many in the country. However, issues remain around mobile operator capacity while 3G-compatible smartphone ownership is low, let alone LTE-device ownership.There is no doubt, however, that wireless Internet has huge potential in India.India has emerged as a key market for technology and Internet companies keen to tap the country’s vast potential, with Facebook and Google just two of the many to have set up country offices in the past two years. However fixed-line Internet penetration is very low, reaching less than ten percent of its 1.2 billion population, sapping India’s potential to become a true online giant.Infrastructure is a key issues with many in rural areas unable to access fixed-line Internet. For these people, wireless technology provides new possibilities for connectivity whilst catering to the millions for whom mobile will be their main Internet access point.It is early days for India’s 4G network and it will be interesting to observe ZTE and Bharti working on the initial roll-out.Source: TNW Newslast_img read more

Microsoft giving students free Office 365

first_imgAdvertisement Today, software giant Microsoft has announced a new self-serve program for students at eligible schools that allows them to sign up for a free Office 365 license on their own.The offer at the moment is only available in the US but will roll out globally later this year.Previously, schools had to go through several steps in order to approve free Office subscriptions, but now students can sign up online using their school email address. – Advertisement – In order to qualify, students need to be attending campuses that have purchased an organization-wide Volume Licensing Program.Students will get Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Access and Publisher on up to five PCs or Macs. They’ll also have access to Office apps on Windows tablets and the iPad, 1 TB of OneDrive storage, and Office Online.Education faculty will also be able to get free Office 365 ProPlus subscriptions, which include desktop versions of the productivity software but lack email, web conference, file storage, and site mailbox features, later this year if their campuses purchase an organization-wide Office license.US-based teachers can start signing up for Office 365 ProPlus in October, followed by international availability later this year.Source: TNWlast_img read more

Sellf Accepted as First Fully Featured CRM and Sales Tracking App on

first_imgAdvertisement Sellf, the award-winning mobile CRM and sales tracking app that helps professionals and Small/Medium businesses reach their sales goals, is now available as the first fully featured CRM app on the newly launched Slack App Directory.Through the Slack integration, when one of the members of your company closes a deal, a “Sellf BOT” – i.e. a little robot who constantly looks at what happens within your Sellf account – will post a message in Slack so the whole team is notified and can “celebrate” the win.“We see a huge potential in motivating employees to reach sales goals. Sharing sales goals with others and the progress towards them – via our Slack integration – will improve the chances for each member of the team to do better and at the end better contribute to the company success and benefit their individual career and success,” said Diego Pizzocaro, CEO and co-founder, Sellf. – Advertisement – As it is integrated with Slack, Sellf is also introducing the Business version of its app. In 2015, the individual version of Sellf was named by Apple as the best new business app worldwide as well as the most innovative app of the year in Italy. Now, in this new collaborative version of the app for small and medium businesses and sales teams Sellf Business takes a unique approach: helping sales managers and business owners achieve their sales goals by boosting productivity of their entire team, giving insights on selling activities like calls and customer visits made by each team member.“With a beautiful and intuitive interface, Sellf has the ease of use of a consumer app applied to the world of sales which have gotten quite stale. The power of the app is that it pushes each person to do their best work as it tracks and shares the progress of the entire team. Think of it as a personal business coach which helps and motivates you and your sales team every day,” Pizzocaro continued. “We see Slack as an incredibly important new platform for small and medium businesses. By making our app available through the Slack marketplace, we deliver the best sales and business assistant you can get for your organization. Team leaders via Slack can easily chat with members, getting and giving information so sales productivity continues to improve.”Some innovative Sellf features include:Completely mobile app with no laptop required so all sales activities are literally centralized in your pocket; fully featured web app version accessible from any web browserSellf synchronizes automatically with your calendars and your Evernote account, allows importing contacts from your address book, logs calls and customer visits, allows documents to be attached from Dropbox, Google Drive, tracks emails and finally integrates with Slack.Sellf Business allows team members to easily share information that is appropriate and if a collaborator works on some aspect of a deal, others will be notified of the activity. It allows tracking of unlimited number of deals and activities within the company.Sellf can be downloaded for free from both the iOS app store and the Google Play store (the free version is limited to track just 10 deals and 50 contacts).Sellf Business is available now for subscriptions at €9.99 per month per person.last_img read more

LeEco Launches its Newest Flagship Price and Specifications

first_imgAdvertisement Chinese technology firm LeEco on Wednesday launched its latest flagship smartphone, the LeEco Le Pro 3 predecessor of the Le Pro 2.Variants and Price: The smartphone comes in four variants; 4GB RAM with 32GB inbuilt storage priced at $270, 6GB RAM with 64GB storage priced at $300, 4GB RAM with 64GB storage priced at $375, and finally the 6GB RAM with 128GB inbuilt storage priced at $450.“The company was anticipated to launch an 8GB of RAM variant of the LeEco Le Pro 3 on Wednesday, however, it hasn’t done so, NDTV news reports.” – Advertisement – Specs: The Le Pro 3 forgoes the 3.5mm headphone jack, and instead uses the single USB Type-C port on board, running on EUI 5.8 based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, sports a 5.5-inch full-HD display with 2.5D curved glass, has a pixel density of 403ppi and powered by a 2.35GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 SoC that’s coupled with the Adreno 530 GPU, while it also sports a 16MP rear camera and 8MP camera, bears a 4070mAh battery, measuring 151.4×73.9×7.5mm, and weighing 175 grams.In terms of connectivity, the LeEco Le Pro 3 supports 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, NFC, GPS and Bluetooth v4.2, apart from USB Type-C.Availability: The smartphone has been launched in China, and interested buyers can already register for the first flash sale next week. The smartphone will be available in Gold, Grey, and Silver color variants.last_img read more

UCC Sponsors Wekebere Innovator Tashobya to Mobile World Congress in Barcelona

first_imgUCC Executive Director, Eng. Godfrey Mutabaazi hands over the dummy Air ticket to Tashobya on Thursday morning. Advertisement Ugandan software engineer, Stephen Tashobya who is also the maker of diagnostic delivery device, Wekebere has Thursday morning received an air ticket and accommodation package ahead of the Mobile World Congress slated to take place in Barcelona, Spain.Tashobya whose innovation emerged the best young ICT Visionary Award winner at the ACIA awards 2016 will represent Uganda at a the four-day congress that will kick off on Monday February 27th.While handing over the dummy air ticket to Tashobya at Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) headquarters in Bugolobi, Eng. Godfrey Mutabaazi, the UCC Executive Director congratulated the innovator, urging other youths to draw an example from him.UCC Executive Director, Eng. Godfrey Mutabaazi hands over the dummy Air ticket to Tashobya on Thursday morning. – Advertisement – “Tashobya is an outstanding young man. As UCC, we shall facilitate him to the Mobile World Congress in Spain to go and showcase his invention but also learn and network with other innovators,” he said.“I would like to encourage our young innovators in Uganda to emulate Tashobya and bring forth much more innovations,” he added.Dummy Air ticket to Barcelona.The Mobile World Congress is the headline event on the GSM Association’s calendar.In the past, the event hosted a strong line-up keynote speakers including Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg.This year’s edition will feature a range of internationally-acclaimed speakers and industry leaders such as GSMA Chairman, Chairman of Bharti Enterprises, Sunil Bharti Mittal and Netflix Founder and CEO, Reed Hastings.[related-posts]last_img read more

Engaging students earns Long top teaching award

first_imgShare CONTACT: Lia Unrau PHONE:(713) 348-6778EMAIL: unrau@rice.eduENGAGING STUDENTS EARNS LONG TOPTEACHING AWARD Associate Professor of Sociology Elizabeth Long has won the 2000 George R. BrownPrize for Excellence in Teaching, Rice’s most prestigious award. Alumni who graduated twoand five years ago vote on the $6,000 prize. Long, who has previouslywon three George R. Brown Awards for Superior Teaching, wants to see herstudents inspired by powerful ideas. She was in graduate school when she firstbecame aware of “how transformative ideas could be in the lives of students.Seeing how they use these ideas to make sense of their lives is very exciting,” she says. One of the things Longsays she loves about teaching “is watching students confront ideas and realizethat those ideas are there for them to use, examine, sometimes to reject, inorder to know more about the world and themselves.” Chandler Davidson,professor and chair of the Department of Sociology, observed Long as a teacherwhen they co-taught a course: “She’s smart, knowledgeable and, above all,thoughtful and open to different points of view,” Davidson says. “It’s apleasure to watch her engage the students in dialogue.” Long’s “Craft ofSociology” course, which she created, is a historical overview of the greatworks in sociology. Davidson says that many students who take the course comeaway thrilled about the field of sociology. Long’s approach toteaching has evolved in her 21 years at Rice. Early on, she says, “I thought ofteaching more as transmitting ideas and knowledge. Over the years, I’ve seenthat what’s equally important is enabling students to think critically forthemselves.” She says she has come torely less on standardized tests and more on critical journals because they allowstudents to be more creative. Among the teachingtechniques she has found to be effective is having her students comment on eachother’s paper drafts. “It’s empowering for students to know they can read apeer’s work and have suggestions and ideas,” she says. Long describes theDepartment of Sociology as a very nurturing environment for teachers. “Wecertainly have a culture promoting excellence in teaching,” she says. “One ofthe ways I’ve grown as a teacher is by working with dedicated and exceptionalteachers.” Rice University, shebelieves, is an institution concerned about teaching and is very supportive.Long also credits thecaliber of students at Rice. “They’re wonderful,” she says, “and a pleasure toteach.” AddThislast_img read more

Rice MBA ranks in top 25 nationally in US News

first_imgShareAmy Hodges713-348-6777amy.hodges@rice.eduHOUSTON – (March 13, 2012) – Rice University’s Master of Business Administration (MBA) program is among the top 25 full-time MBA programs in the nation, according to new graduate school rankings from U.S. News and World Report. The program rose nine spots from last year to claim the No. 25 spot.“Today’s ranking from U.S. News and World Report reflects our long-term success in increasing research productivity and impact, graduates’ career success, programmatic excellence and student selectivity,” said Bill Glick, dean of Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business. “The Rice MBA jump in this ranking is most influenced by the increased recognition of our programs amongst our peer schools and higher average salary and bonuses for our graduates.”The national rankings for Rice’s Professional MBA and Entrepreneurship remain the same, at 21 and 14, respectively.The Rice MBA Full-Time Program provides students with a comprehensive MBA learning experience that combines specialized course work and real-world experience to improve and amplify their strategy, leadership and creative credentials. The program features innovative classes, expert faculty and a diverse group of candidates who often become colleagues for a lifetime.The Jones School is consistently recognized by several rankings publications for its programs, including the Rice MBA, Rice MBA for Executives and Rice MBA for Professionals. For more information on Rice MBA programs, visit Graduate School of Business: http://business.rice.eduU.S. News and World Report: http://www.usnews.comLocated 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 known for its “unconventional wisdom.” 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. 4 for “best value” among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to AddThislast_img read more

Ratifying trade deal soon is essential to North Americas competitiveness says Baker

first_imgShareEXPERT ALERTJeff Falk713-348-6775jfalk@rice.eduRatifying trade deal soon is essential to North America’s competitiveness, says Baker Institute expertHOUSTON – (May 15, 2019) – Prompt ratification of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) is critical to North America — and Texas in particular — remaining competitive with producers in Europe and Asia, according to an expert at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.Credit: University“While (the) USMCA is far from perfect, its approval will maintain most of the advantages of (the) North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) for the continent’s industry, advantages which have generated annual trade of over $1.2 trillion in goods and services,” said David Gantz, the Will Clayton Fellow in Trade and International Economics at the Baker Institute. He is available to discuss the USMCA and related issues with the news media.The USMCA was signed in late 2018 but has not been ratified by the three countries.According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, Texas exports to Mexico and Canada totaled nearly $116 billion in 2017 — eight times more than its exports to China — and were responsible for more than 910,000 Texas jobs.When NAFTA was negotiated more than 25 years ago, one of its most important objectives in eliminating regional tariffs for “originating” goods was to allow American manufacturers of autos, household appliances, machinery and other products to compete effectively with rivals in the European Union and Japan, South Korea and later China, said Gantz, who is also the Samuel M. Fegtly Professor of Law at the University of Arizona’s James E. Rogers College of Law and director emeritus of its international trade and business law program.“Producers in Western Europe had lower cost labor available in Eastern Europe; Japan and Korea had lower wage cost labor in China and the ASEAN nations to rely upon in forming efficient supply chains in an increasingly global marketplace,” Gantz said. “With NAFTA, Canadian and American manufacturers acquired and have maintained similar advantages in Mexico.“A quarter of a century later, the revised and modernized version of NAFTA should be submitted to the Canadian Parliament and U.S. and Mexican congresses as soon as possible to assure that the essential competitiveness of North American business and labor is preserved.”-30-For more information or to schedule an interview with Gantz, contact Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at or 713-348-6775.Related materials:Gantz bio: the Baker Institute via Twitter @BakerInstitute.Follow the Baker Institute Mexico Center via Twitter @BakerMexicoCtr.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Founded in 1993, Rice University’s Baker Institute ranks among the top three university-affiliated think tanks in the world. As a premier nonpartisan think tank, the institute conducts research on domestic and foreign policy issues with the goal of bridging the gap between the theory and practice of public policy. The institute’s strong track record of achievement reflects the work of its endowed fellows, Rice University faculty scholars and staff, coupled with its outreach to the Rice student body through fellow-taught classes — including a public policy course — and student leadership and internship programs. Learn more about the institute at or on the institute’s blog, AddThislast_img read more

Mount Saint Marys MBAs Head to China and More – Los Angeles

first_img About the AuthorAlanna ShafferStaff Writer, covering MetroMBA’s news beat for Atlanta, Houston, and Dallas.View more posts by Alanna Shaffer regions: Los Angeles Last Updated May 18, 2018 by Alanna ShafferFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail Mount Saint Mary’s MBAs Head to China, and More – Los Angeles Newscenter_img RelatedA Closer Look: Mount Saint Mary’s Los Angeles MBAMount Saint Mary’s University, Los Angeles is home to one of the the country’s most unique MBA programs. The primarily women’s college offers specialties in organizational leadership, project management, and both social and general entrepreneurship. In a place known to be the country’s center of entertainment and music, the school has…October 19, 2016In “News”Mount Saint Mary’s Los Angeles Announces Hybrid MBAMount Saint Mary’s University, Los Angeles announced a new hybrid online/classroom MBA curriculum on June 28, 2016. Beginning in the fall semester of 2017, the program will be based near downtown Los Angeles at Mount Saint Mary’s Doheny Campus. As noted on the program’s website, “It is designed with the understanding…July 1, 2016In “Featured Region”Ryan Patel Returns for Paul Merage Alumni Day, and More – Los Angeles NewsTake a look at the latest news coming out of business schools in the Los Angeles metro. New Accreditation Earned – Mount Saint Mary’s University News The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), the country’s only organization which provides specialized business accreditation for all degree levels, recently offered accreditation…August 3, 2018In “Featured Home” We’ve rounded up some of the top stories coming out of Los Angeles metro area business schools this week.Business Trip to China – Mount Saint Mary’s NewsroomMBA students at the Mount Saint Mary’s University, Los Angeles recently took a nine-day trip to China as part of their studies in global business. Gannan University, a sister school of Mount Saint Mary’s, recently hosted the students in their third semester in the MBA program.The trip, which was led by alumna and associate professor Katherine Whitman, included visits to several companies and the opportunity to take a deeper look into the country’s business operations. Students got the chance to go inside the factory of a joint Canadian-Chinese venture in auto transmissions, the research and development labs of a pharmaceutical company and more. And thankfully, even this business trip wasn’t all business- students had the chance for several cultural excursions and a final stop in one of the world’s largest financial centers, Hong Kong.Read more about the Mount St. Mary’s MBA trip to China and their immersive global business education here. Why Would a Former Investment Banker Want to Run Los Angeles Schools?– Marketplace.orgAustin Beutner, a former investment banker and past deputy mayor of Los Angeles, has recently been appointed as superintendent for the Los Angeles Unified School district. The second largest school district in the country, the LAUSD currently includes more than 640,000 students in schools across southern California. This week, Beutner was interviewed by Marketplace to discuss his change from business to education, and how this could inform the way he leads the district.“Schools don’t have a bottom line, but that doesn’t mean you can’t measure and hold accountable,” Beutner said, examining the differences between various environments. “It doesn’t mean you can’t make sure your workforce is well trained and have the tools they need to succeed.” According to Beutner, many of the same skills learned in business are applicable to running a school district, helping provide him with the background necessary to work towards closing the opportunity gap and better serve the needs of the kids. “… part of the challenge is going to be to have to make sure that where we are investing resources today reflects the mission of the organization,” Beutner commented in the interview, “which is to help every child achieve, and reflects the values of the community it serves.”To read more of Beutner’s interview with Marketplace, click here.Graduate Students Participate in University’s Inaugural Three Minute Thesis Competition for Cash Prize and Bragging Rights – Chapman University NewsroomAn MBA student at Argyros School of Business Chapman University recently took first prize in the annual Three Minute Thesis Competition (3MT), among fourteen other Chapman graduate students across six colleges. The competition, which began ten years ago in Queensland, Australia, has today become an annual competition taking place at more than 200 universities across the globe. The competition forces students to think about their research in a way that can be fun and engaging for audiences outside of their field. Student presentations were judged based on effective communication, visuals, timing and delivery.Chapman Argyros MBA Rowena Zahn, ’18 / Photo via blogs.chapman.eduThe first place winner was Rowena Zahn (MBA, Food Science ’18), who was awarded with $1,000. Zahn’s research, “Optimization of DNA-based methods to identify elasmobranch species in shark cartilage pills,” attempts to identify the species of shark used in dietary supplements (which often use shark cartilage for its anti-inflammatory effects) in order to identify mislabeled or vulnerable species in the pills.You can read more about Zahn’s research and the 3MT competition here.last_img read more

7 Best Schools that Specialize in Supply Chain Management

first_imgAt Northeastern University’s D’Amore-McKim School of Business, the full-time MBA includes a Supply Chain Management concentration for students wishing to drive innovation, establish market differentiation, and boost bottom lines. The curriculum is currently ranked 13th in the nation by Gartner and is designed to give students leadership skills and unprecedented experiential experience. To graduate, students must complete 12 credit hours on topics such as demand planning and forecasting, logistics and transportation management, and sourcing and procurement.There’s also a Supply Chain and Information Management academic group at the school. This group brings together faculty from four interrelated areas to boost research and teaching as well as events and industry partnerships.York University Schulich School of BusinessThe York University Schulich School of Business offers the top-ranked MBA in Canada and includes a specialization in Operations Management and Information Systems. This concentration represents three distinct areas of study—information systems, operations management, and supply chain management—for a more well-rounded experience. Students who choose this path must take 12 credit hours on topics such as service operations management, supply chain management, and global operations and information management.The School also offers a Masters Certificate in Supply Chain and Logistics Management as part of its Executive Education programs as well as a Master of Supply Chain Management (MSCM) program. Both options demonstrate the School’s proficiency in the topic.Carnegie Mellon University Tepper School of BusinessThe Carnegie Mellon University Tepper School of Business offers an MBA with a concentration in Operations Management. This concentration allows students to explore operations strategy, service management, supply chain management, and more. Courses within this designation cover such topics as inventory, logistics, operational control, economic value maximization, and more.Tepper is also host to the nation’s capstone MBA Operations Annual International Case Competition each year. This competition brings together 20 of the most elite business schools to compete in operations strategy, supply chain, sustainability, and corporate social responsibility. It’s hosted by such well-known companies as Amazon, Eaton, and Emerson. 7 Best Schools that Specialize in Supply Chain Management 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 Supply chain management delves into business at the big-picture level. It puts all the operations together to ensure that everything functions smoothly. It’s the ideal position for individuals who are interested in managing people, organizing moving parts, and analyzing global trends.According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, supply chain management and operations is a fast-growing career field. The employment rate is expected to increase by 7 percent by 2026. It’s also an industry with high salary potential with additional earning opportunities due to commissions and bonuses.Earning an MBA in supply chain management opens up a host of opportunities to work as an inventory control manager, purchasing manager, vendor managed inventory coordinator, warehouse operations manager, and more. And almost every company needs quality employees in the field, which means you could find yourself working in retail, healthcare, technology, and more. If that sounds of interest to you, the key is finding the right MBA program for success. Below, we’ve outlined our top seven picks for MBA programs in supply management.Lehigh College of Business and EconomicsThe Lehigh College of Business and Economics offers a concentration in Supply Chain Management as part of its Flex MBA program. The concentration provides hands-on-experience in supply chain management from industry experts and top companies in the industry. Students must complete nine credits—three courses—to earn this concentration. Topics cover everything from demand and supply chain planning to strategic supply management and transportation and logistics management.In addition, the school is home to the Lehigh Center for Supply Chain Research, which serves as a preeminent platform for supply chain research and industry innovations. The Center regularly hosts events for students, industry partners, and faculty while also offering symposiums, benchmark studies, discussions, and publications.UT Austin McCombs School of BusinessThe full-time MBA at the UT Austin McCombs School of Business offers a concentration in Supply Chain & Operations Management. This specialization requires students to six courses in supply chain management, project management, supply chain analytics, and services operations management. These courses provide students with the analytical skills and understanding they need to be successful.McCombs is also home to the Supply Chain Management Center for Excellence, which offers students a breadth and depth of understanding in the industry. It brings together experiential learning, financial resources, industry engagement, and more. There’s also a Supply Chain Management Certificate program for Executives.Penn State Smeal College of BusinessThere’s a concentration in Supply Chain Management at the Penn State Smeal College of Business. This concentration builds on a student’s expertise in procurement, sourcing, logistics management, and conversion. Top faculty in supply chain management includes Robert Novack, co-author of Transportation and Creating Logistics Value: Themes for the Future, teach the courses. And students go on to work for such top companies as Amazon, Apple, DuPont, ExxonMobil, Facebook, and Johnson & Johnson.Smeal College is also home to the Supply Chain and Information Systems department, which is consistently ranked as the #1 leader in supply chain education by Gartner, Inc.Rutgers Business SchoolThe Rutgers Business School is home to a full-time MBA concentration in Supply Chain Management. Students who choose this path are 100 percent employed three months after graduation thanks to the fact that they graduated from the 11th ranked school according to the U.S. News & World Report. The concentration prepares students to handle everything from logistics to supply chain management, procurement, sourcing, and more. Best yet, students can choose from over 40 supply chain management courses to complete their degree.In addition, Rutgers offers the Center for Supply Chain Management for educational and research opportunities. The Center provides various resources including a certificate program, a wide range of events, and cutting-edge research.Northeastern University D’Amore-McKim School of Business regions: Atlanta / Baltimore / Boston / Chicago / Dallas / Denver / Houston / London / Los Angeles / Miami / New York City / Online / Philadelphia / Research Triangle / San Diego / San Francisco / Seattle / Toronto / Washington, DC RelatedHow To Join The Supply Chain Management Job Revolution in San FranciscoLike blockchain, the phrase supply chain management has been retconned into an inexact wallpaper of business jargon. But it doesn’t change the fact that supply chain managers (SCMs) are in higher demand than ever. The supply chain industry grew by a remarkable 11 percent, according to Garter, from 2016 to 2017,…December 20, 2017In “Featured Home”MBA Jobs: Business Operations ManagerOperations management is a field that’s key to business. While it has nothing to do with operations in a medical sense—obviously, this is an MBA website after all—the field’s multidisciplinary nature may make it difficult to understand at first. So let’s get to it! What Is Operations Management? Operations management…March 31, 2017In “News”Los Angeles MBA Programs that Specialize in Supply Chain ManagementAs businesses grow and develop, it’s up to supply chain managers, or SCMs, to effectively ensure that all goods and services are delivered in a quick, optimized manner. SCMs are the logistical overlords of any major operation—they oversee how all the parts of their product, including raw materials, information, and…November 21, 2017In “Featured Home” Last Updated Nov 26, 2018 by Kelly VoFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail last_img read more

Reports Suspect Held in Murder of Muslim Teen Held by Immigration Officials

first_img Reports: Suspect Held in Murder of Muslim Teen Held by Immigration Officials By Jack Phillips June 21, 2017 Updated: June 21, 2017 US  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Share this article Show Discussion Share Vigils will be held for slain 17-year-old Nabra Hassanen, who was killed after walking back to her mosque in Virginia, as more details have emerged about the immigration status of the suspect jailed in her death.Police said that a man fatally beat her with a bat during a road-rage incident, CNN reported. Officials added the attack likely wasn’t a hate crime.Darwin Martinez Torres, 22, was charged with murder after police found her body in a nearby pond, NBC Washington reported. Her father, however, believes she was attacked because of her religion.“Because she is a Muslim,” father Mahmoud Hassanen said. “She has Muslim clothes.”(Police handout) (Police handout)The Daily Caller and Fox News, citing the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), reported that Martinez Torres, a construction worker with a four year old son, was detained by the agency. ICE said he was in the country illegally.“On June 19, ICE lodged a detainer on Darwin Martinez Torres, a citizen and national of El Salvador, with the Adult Detention Center in Fairfax, Virginia. ICE lodges detainers on aliens who have been arrested on local criminal charges when the agency has probable cause to believe an alien is removable from the United States. Mr. Martinez Torres has no prior encounters with ICE,” an ICE spokesperson told Fox News.Martinez Torres was denied bail, as The Associated Press reported, and he was appointed a public defender. last_img read more