A disabled woman who lost her disability benefits

first_imgA disabled woman who lost her disability benefits because of a controversial reassessment process took her own life just two days after being told her appeal had failed.The body of Susan Margaret Roberts (pictured) was discovered by a care worker at her warden-assisted flat near Tunbridge Wells, Kent, surrounded by letters telling her that she would not be entitled to the government’s new personal independence payment (PIP).The long-term claimant of disability living allowance (DLA) had also placed a “do not resuscitate” (DNR) note by her side.There have been many cases involving deaths connected with claims for out-of-work disability benefits and the work capability assessment (WCA) system, but this appears to be the first time a death has been closely linked to someone losing their support in the move from DLA to PIP.An inquest into the 68-year-old’s death did not record a verdict of suicide, and no-one from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) or its assessment contractor Atos gave evidence at the hearing last September.But her daughter, Hayley Storrow-Servranckx, is convinced that she would still be alive today if it was not for the flawed PIP assessment system.She told Disability News Service (DNS): “If it wasn’t for PIP, my mum would still be here.”DNS has collected more than 100 cases of PIP claimants who have raised serious concerns about their assessments, following a two-month investigation that suggested an institutional problem that spreads across DWP and the two private sector contractors – Atos and Capita – that assess PIP eligibility on its behalf.Susan Margaret Roberts died on 19 May last year, just two days after receiving a letter from a benefits tribunal telling her she had lost her appeal against the PIP decision.She had had to return her Motability vehicle several weeks earlier, as a result of the DWP decision to refuse her PIP claim.Storrow-Servranckx is determined to secure answers from DWP and Atos, the company that carried out her mother’s face-to-face PIP assessment.She said: “I want their apologies, and I want to know that they are going to try their hardest to change things, so it doesn’t happen to other people.“There needs to be a change. They are killing people. It can’t happen to other people.“It has just left so much destruction. I wouldn’t wish that on anybody.”She added: “I don’t want them to get away with it. I want them to know that my mum existed.“I feel like they killed her. That’s how I feel.”Her mother had a number of long-term health conditions, including significant mental distress and “very severe” fibromyalgia – which meant she often slept all day and night, except for a few hours every evening – had had four major heart attacks, and had a serious bowel disorder that meant she needed daily colonic irrigation.She had previously received an indefinite award of DLA, at the higher rate of mobility and the lower rate of care.But after her PIP assessment last year, she was awarded just six points for the descriptors that are used to decide eligibility, which meant she was told she was ineligible for PIP, even though her impairments meant that she had to be visited by care workers every day.Storrow-Servranckx, who is herself disabled and receives PIP, said: “When they found her, she was surrounded by her PIP letters and her DNR letter.“Her PIP letters were never out. She always kept them filed away.”John McArdle, co-founder of Black Triangle Campaign, said the case was “utterly heart-rending”.He said: “The catalyst for the establishment of Black Triangle Campaign was the suicide of our friend Paul Reekie of Leith, Edinburgh, following a WCA carried out by Atos.“These circumstances are remarkably similar to what happened to Paul, only this time the suicide occurred following a PIP assessment carried out by the same firm. “Like the WCA, the PIP assessment is underpinned by the so-called ‘biopsychosocial model’ of disability created by the corrupt and predatory US medical insurance industry.“It was designed with the express purpose of denying disability claims so as to maximise profits: it is as far away from evidenced-based medicine as it is possible to get. It is also lethal. “If we truly lived in a civilised society operating under the principles of justice and the rule of law there would  be an immediate police investigation into all the circumstances surrounding Susan’s death – leading to the prosecution of all concerned, including crown servants and ministers working out of the DWP.” He added: “We cannot even begin to imagine the suffering that this tragedy has inflicted upon Hayley.“There can be few things in this life more painful than losing a mum before their time, owing to the despicable actions of this government and it’s henchmen and women who operate this disability assessment regime. “What have we as a country become? We demand justice for Susan and for all victims of this barbaric and hateful system.”Storrow-Servranckx believes there are important questions over the way her mother’s PIP claim was dealt with.Among them are an apparent refusal to accept further evidence that she wanted to submit about her claim.On an envelope containing a letter her mother said she was not allowed to submit to DWP was written a scribbled note in her hand-writing, which said: “This is my evidence that the DWP would not send to them in response to their first letter of refusal of my claim.“It contains information that is crucial to my claim. Reconsideration ie the mandatory notice was made without this.“I would be very grateful if you could consider the contents yourselves.”Her family have not yet seen the assessment report that was completed by an Atos assessor and led to her being given only six “descriptor” points and therefore ineligible for PIP.A DWP spokeswoman said: “Suicide is a tragic and complex issue. Our thoughts are with Mrs Roberts’ family but there is no evidence to suggest any link between her death and her benefit claim.“She said neither DWP nor Atos believed they had made any mistakes in this case, and pointed out that the independent tribunal had “upheld the original decision”.Asked if DWP believed that the report written by the Atos assessor was fit for purpose, accurate and an honest representation of the impact of the claimant’s impairment, she said: “Decisions for PIP are made following consideration of all the information provided by the claimant, including supporting evidence from their GP or medical specialist.“The independent tribunal upheld the original decision.”She said the department did not accept that Roberts was refused permission to submit further medical evidence.She said: “Claimants are always welcome to supply further medical evidence, but it is not guaranteed that it will change a PIP decision.“Mrs Roberts was informed of this during [a] phone call on 24 February.“We want to use the widest range of evidence when we assess PIP claims, so we encourage claimants to provide us with any relevant evidence or information they already have that explains how their condition affects them.”A spokeswoman for Motability said: “We were unaware of Miss Roberts’ death before your email and would like to offer our condolences to her family.“Although Motability works closely with the DWP on issues related to the Motability scheme, Motability has never had any role in determining who should receive DLA or PIP; that is solely the responsibility of the DWP.“As such, we are unable to comment on the assessment process.”last_img read more

SFs shop local ethic disrupted by clickhere convenience

first_imgMission Local will be looking at this transformation in an occasional series, “Shop Local Disrupted.” We began with a video profile of the owners of Artillery AG. We’ll talk to the bicycle shop owner who discusses the difficulty of accommodating the shopper who orders parts online as well as the grocery store owners who have scrambled to appease customers who want instant delivery. We’ll look at how shops on Valencia and elsewhere are adapting. You will hear owners and customers talk about what is being lost and what is gained and policy makers will discuss how these changes will impact plans for the urban retail of the future.Shop LocalNo one seems to know exactly when the whole shop local craze began, but its genesis coincided around the time in the early 1970s when E.F. Schumacher published Small is Beautiful, an economic treatise that offered an appealing, if unheeded, rationale for the local economy. “From the point of view of Buddhist economics,” he argued, “production from local resources for local needs is the most rational way of economic life…”That may be, but as he was writing, capitalism was spinning out the Walmarts, Targets, Home Depots and other big box stores that would come of age in the 1980s to decimate the small purveyors that served mainstream America. These and other franchise models spurred new formula retail laws in San Francisco that successfully protected some of the city’s commercial corridors from becoming homogenous duplicates of other American cities.Now, franchises, big box stores and the made local producer are all being disrupted by e-commerce.The transformation Terplan and others talk about is particularly acute in San Francisco. Not only have e-commerce sales grown steadily – representing 8.3 percent of all U.S. retail sales in the last quarter of 2016, from just over five percent five years ago, according to the U.S. Census Bureau – but this encroachment is happening here at the same time as commercial real estate rates have skyrocketed.Steven LeMay at Retro Fit is facing the possibility of having to relocate after 21 years on Valencia Street not because he lacks customers who come for the experience of finding cast-off gems in his vintage store, but because the new landlord wants more rent. Others, like Laura James, closed Ruby, a gallery boutique, because of the competition from e-commerce.“The days of a small-time entrepreneur with a passion opening on the corridor are mostly over,” said Sean Quigley, president of the Valencia Street Merchant Association and owner of the 25-year-old curiosities store Paxton Gate at 766 Valencia St. that may have been one of the first stores on Valencia to offer shoppers a different experience by the very nature of its merchandise.“Occasionally, I hear about landlords who care more about what type of business is in their building than they do about trying to maximize their rents,” he said. “Every now and then a small timer finds a spot that no one knew about. But it’s becoming less frequent. And with real estate management companies taking over where you used to have one-on-one relationship with your landlord, that’ll only get worse.”Higher rents mean that locally-owned shops in the Mission and Hayes Valley now have pricier merchandise. But the change in buying habits puts any conventional upscale brick and mortar store in peril.A New Kind of Commercial Corridor          The businesses that survive will either accommodate to the changes or close. This is happening at such places as Artillery AG, which recently renovated, winnowing the number of artists it represents, adding a florist and a photo booth.Economists see the commercial corridors of the future as places that offer experiences that can’t be purchased online. This could mean more restaurants, entertainment venues or a place like the Mission’s Urban Putt that combines miniature golf and food. Already, some traditional retail stores are adding new features like the in-store coffee and tea bar that Benny Gold on Valencia recently opened.In this new environment, it is no surprise that the Mission has gained a half-dozen new barber shops in the last year, that a new fitness or exercise boutique seems to open every month and that the Mission has 10 ice cream producers  in 1.5 square miles, the latest one, Smitten replacing a small retail store.So far, the city’s response to the changing retail environment has mostly been focused around the Calle 24 Cultural district and Mission Street. There, its efforts have resulted in restrictions on combining storefronts on 24th Street and in marketing efforts to attract Latino shoppers around the Bay Area to the Mission for a cultural experience.Diana Bernal Ponce De Leon from the city’s office of Economic and Workforce Development acknowledged the changing environment and said the marketing effort recognizes that residents would rather use their “valuable time around an experience.”To that end, she said, the city is framing the Calle 24 cultural district as well as the more than 400 businesses on Mission Street between Duboce and Cesar Chavez as a cultural experience.Still, it is difficult to ignore the reality of what kinds of businesses are moving onto those streets. Among the newest tenants on 24th Street is a brewery and on Mission Street a new dispensary. The new Mexican restaurants are upscale. All, however, are businesses that have a shot at surviving the click-here buyer’s quest for a new experience.We asked Steven LeMay, the owner of Retro Fit, a vintage store on Valencia Street, what happened to the Shop Local Ethic. 0% Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% The hip, independent store owners of Valencia Street like to think they have nothing in common with franchised America; just as the owners of Artillery AG, an art and design store on Mission Street see their customers as different than those after mass-produced art. But, that is no longer true. Homogenized America and the Mission have more in common than ever before.For just as surely as the rise in e-commerce is triggering Walmart, Sears and other big box stores to close hundreds of stores across the country, it is also closing one or two-person shops throughout the Mission and San Francisco.“We are experiencing a major transformation in retail and how people purchase,” said Egon Terplan, a regional planning director with SPUR. “It’s directly having an impact on brick and mortar stores and in some ways we are in the very beginning of that transformation.”To be sure, San Francisco retail has had the double whammy of e-commerce and high rents, but rents will plateau while e-commerce will only continue to grow. No longer is San Francisco’s independent retail movement protected by the shop local ethic. Instead, like the rest of the country, it must accommodate to the click here consumer or die. Related StoriesVIDEO: SF Art Store Struggles Against E-CommerceThe Local Grocery StoreValencia CyclerySan Francisco Mission’s Depression era facelift.  last_img read more

Photo essay The Artists and Vendors of Sunday Streets

first_imgValencia Street was awakened by the joy of crowds during Sunday Streets this weekend. The car-free event came back to the Mission from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., bringing music, dance, food and creative minds from around the Bay along with it. Among the many booths stretched across the bustling expanse from Duboce Avenue to 26th Street were vendors selling varied items including paintings, balloons, hats and books. Providing entertainment were musical groups, DJs, dancers and street performers, enticing those who were curious. We talked to some of those artists and vendors. Frida Kahlo shirts for sale. Photo by Ashvini Malshe. Dave and Darien, of the musical duo “Frenchie,” perform. Photo by Ashvini Malshe.The booth belonging to the “hat lady” of Sunday Streets. Photo by Ashvini Malshe.Homemade hibiscus ink by artist Kaytea Petro of City Art Cooperative Gallery. Photo by Ashvini Malshe.Books written by the students of 826 Valencia. Photo by Ashvini Malshe.Felipe y las Estrellas del Mar perform bachata. Photo by Ashvini Malshe.Korene, aka “Fortune Kookie,” a professional entertainer and balloon artist. Photo by Ashvini Malshe.Frank Cruz of the Puerto Rican restaurant Mission Boricua. Photo by Ashvini Malshe.A sign that reads “close the camps.” Photo by Ashvini Malshe. Email Addresscenter_img Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletterlast_img read more

He joined teammate Mark Percival in bagging a brac

first_imgHe joined teammate Mark Percival in bagging a brace as Justin Holbrook’s men put in a professional performance at the Halton Stadium.It gave Saints the Karalius Cup as well as keeping them out front at the top of the Betfred Super League.Saints got off to a great start when Ryan Morgan opened the scoring in the seventh minute – after Widnes couldn’t handle Ben Barba.The full back forced a drop out with a piece of improvisation on the last and then went right on the resultant set to find Morgan for his first of the season.Mark Percival then extended the lead with the easiest try he will ever score.A simple kick on the last into the corner bounced kindly in front of Danny Craven, but instead of the fullback taking it the chasing Percival picked his pocket.Danny Richardson making it 10-0 with the conversion.Scrambling defence stopped a certain Charly Runciman try on 16 minutes and two minutes later they halted another Widnes attack under their own sticks.Saints failed to heed the warnings though and after back-to-back sets Wellington Albert hit a fine line to get the hosts back into it.Thankfully, the momentum shift was short-lived as on 28 minutes, Richardson put a grubber into the in-goal and Percival touched down for his second.Richardson nailing a peach of a conversion from the touchline to give Saints a 16-6 half time lead.Saints’ task of securing the win was made much harder one minute into the second half as Luke Douglas saw yellow for a tackle on Danny Craven.But after Widnes had one chalked off on the following set, Saints went right down the other end and scored.Fages linked up with Ben Barba and the full back skipped through three defenders to put down over the line.Still a man short, Makinson then scored one of his specials.Roby’s short pass sent Zeb Taia through the middle only for him to be hauled down about 20 metres out.From there it went right, through hands, with Barba and Peyroux linking up to put the winger acrobatically over in the corner.His second was just a special with the finish matching the sheer class of the  build up.On the last, Saints chanced their arm, Kyle Amor offloaded and the ball found its way to the winger off the back some wonderful linking play.It was a fine way to bring up his 100th try for the club.Saints could have had more points as the clock wound down but instead they produced an excellent goal-line stand to keep the Vikings out – as it has pretty much been all season.Match Summary:Vikings: Tries: Albert Goals: Gilmore (1 from 1)Saints: Tries: Morgan, Percival (2), Barba, Makinson (2) Goals: Richardson (2 from 6)Penalties Awarded: Vikings: 8 Saints: 9HT: 6-16 FT: 6-28REF: C KendallATT: 6706Teams:Vikings: 15. Danny Craven; 2. Stefan Marsh, 4. Charly Runciman, 24. Edward Chamberlain, 22. Ryan Ince; 33. Aaron Heremaia, 7. Thomas Gilmore; 10. Alex Gerrard, 21. Jordan Johnstone, 26. Edward Chapelhow, 16. Thomas Olbison, 17. Samuel Wilde, 28. Bradley Walker. Subs: 19. Greg Burke, 20. MacGraff Leuluai, 23. Danny Walker, 36. Wellington Albert.Saints: 23. Ben Barba; 2. Tommy Makinson, 3. Ryan Morgan, 4. Mark Percival, 19. Regan Grace; 6. Theo Fages, 18. Danny Richardson; 10. Kyle Amor, 9. James Roby, 16. Luke Thompson, 17. Dom Peyroux, 11. Zeb Taia, 12. Jon Wilkin. Subs: 7. Matty Smith, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 14. Luke Douglas, 15. Morgan Knowles.last_img read more

Rare Disease Day Woman describes life with painful Dercums disease

first_imgSHALLOTTE, NC (WWAY) — Imagine every minute, every second, you feel pain throughout your body. One woman in the Cape Fear says a rare disease has made that her reality.Meet Tamara Toman. She lives with Dercum’s disease.- Advertisement – “Some of them start to burn or it’s like being stabbed multiple times,” Toman said.Doctors diagnosed her with the disease several years ago. On different parts of her body are these bumps called Lipomas, which are the source of the pain she feels.“When you touch the Lipomas, they’re very painful,” she said. “It’s sharp. It’s a constant pain that I always have but when I bump my lumps or things like that I get extreme pain. Excruciating pain.”Related Article: Historic face transplant gives suicide survivor a ‘second chance’That pain comes from doing basic things like housework or even going to the mailbox just a few feet away from her home.In order to deal with the pain she uses different medications, but with the opioid epidemic and doctor offices cracking down on prescribing narcotics, it’s making things difficult for her to take the edge off the pain.“I get both sides of that,” Toman said. “I get that it is an epidemic. I get that something needs to be done. But not at the expense of people who live with chronic pain and need that medication to have any quality of life.”She says eventually she will lose full mobility because of Dercum’s disease. A disease where there’s only treatment and no cure.Toman says there are not many treatments to deal with the disease. She started a support group on Facebook for other people dealing with it and communicates with people across the world living with the rare disease every day.If you are living with Dercum’s disease and would like help, click here.last_img read more

Hurricane Florence could produce extreme flooding to North Carolina

first_imgMany local residents remember the devastating flooding impacts from Hurricane Matthew. (Photo: WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Hurricane Florence has been quickly strengthening Monday and is on route to severely impact the Carolinas at the end of the week.This catastrophic storm is keeping meteorologists, like the StormTrack 3 Weather Team, across the mid-Atlantic busy tracking where and when Florence will be making landfall.- Advertisement – The category 4 storm is expected to bring life threatening impacts especially flooding.Wilmington’s National Weather Service Warning Coordination Meteorologist Steven Pfaff has been hard at work updating the local community on what to expect with this storm.“Currently, the bulk of the rain is forecast to occur across eastern North Carolina and some places over 10 inches but if the track slows down or is just to the left then those high rain totals could cover a large portion of southeastern North Carolina versus staying to our north,” said Pfaff.Related Article: Operation BBQ Relief serves up thousands of hot mealsThe current track extends the possibility of landfall from South Carolina to northern Virginia but the impacts will extend even farther.Pfaff said Florence’s current track puts southeastern North Carolina in the pocket to get tons of rain and he is closely eyeing how this will effect our river basins.“From the northeast Cape Fear, Black Creek, Lumber, Waccamaw,” says Pfaff. “All of those rivers in our area could potentially see significant flooding. If the track brings higher rainfall amounts that axis of rain farther south and into our area.”July was wet and August was rather dry which experts say balanced our rain totals for the season but Florence could bring a big shift, depending on its track.There have only been 26 category 4 hurricanes to ever make landfall in the us since 1850.last_img read more

CFPUAs extended waiver and what that means for electronic payments

first_img(Photo: CFPUA) WILMINGTON, NC (Press Release) — As a reminder, CFPUA has extended our waiver of all disconnections and late fees. The grace period, which began on September 11, will now run until further notice.If you previously signed up for automated draft services or automatic payments, these drafts will continue to occur on the date indicated on your bill. If you need to cancel the electronic payments, please call Customer Service at (910) 332-6550. It takes a couple of days for the cancellation request to be established between CFPUA and your bank.- Advertisement – We hope our customers are safe and wish to thank them for their consideration and patience as our staff continues to work through the aftermath of Hurricane Florence.last_img read more

Teachers and students rally for school choice

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A rally was held Wednesday at the Cameron Art Museum in Wilmington in honor of National School Choice Week.Students and teachers from schools like Wilmington Preparatory Academy, Oasis NC, and Glow Academy got to enjoy student performances, listen to speakers, and even win prizes.- Advertisement – The event was put on by Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina, a non-profit that advocates for parents to choose what school their child goes to.President Mike Long says parents always know what’s best.“We’re for education reform,” Long said. “So where schools have not done well or are failing, we want to step in and help them get better. Or, if they can’t get better, we want to provide opportunities for parents to decide where they can go to a school that best meets the educational or special needs of their children.”Related Article: Michael Franti to play 2 Wilmington concerts this summerAttendees also heard from DJ Svoboda who was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder at age three and has since gone on to become a motivational speaker and creator of PBS show “My Imagiville.”last_img read more

Watch Todays drugs are worse than ever Anġlu Fenech

first_imgAnġlu Fenech said that modern illegal drugs are worse than ever.Whilst talking to Newsbook.com.mt, Fenech who has been working with Caritas for the past 23 years said that during the years he had seen a number of changes, be it in the work procedures, the professionality of those rendering service as well as the different types of available drugs.He added that current there is a large amount of synthetic drugs that was not available before and that young people order such drugs from the internet.“Started working with Caritas on the 1st of June 1996”Before joining Caritas, Anġlu Fenech was a well-known unionist and he had spent many years working at the General Workers’ Union (GWU). Less than 48 hours after retiring from the GWU he went to San Blas which is administered by Caritas and told them that he is ready to help out. When asked why he was so eager to join in the battle against drugs, Fenech said that two years prior he gave a speech at San Blas and got attached to the place and the people that the founder, Dun Victor Grech told him that he could start helping once he retires from his union job.Caritas Malta which is currently led by Anthony Gatt is a Church entity that offers free services particularly in the rehabilitation following drug abuse, poverty stricken persons, families with social issues, social justice and personal development.Watch: Camini..amo donates €19,000 to Caritas MaltaHis greatest satisfaction whilst at CaritasAnġlu Fenech also explained that he is mostly satisfied when he gets approached by a former rehabilitation inmate whose life has changed to the better, with work, a family and a home. He continued saying that something that gives him a lot of satisfaction is when he sees young people graduating and then continuing in the right path and Dun Victor Grech’s radiant face on the occasion of a graduation.Sixteen graduate from Caritas’ rehabilitation programmeWhatsApp <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> SharePrintlast_img read more

Windows 8 outsells Windows 7

first_imgAdvertisement Microsoft has sold 40 million Windows 8 licenses in a month, outselling the pace set by Windows 7 three years ago. Sales of the Windows 8 operating system, which was launched on October 26, were driven by upgrades rather than users purchasing the software on new machines, according to Reuters.Microsoft sold 60 million Windows 7 licenses in two months, compare to 40 million licenses of Windows 8 in one month.Tami Reller, finance and marketing head of Microsoft’s Windows division, said yesterday: “Windows 8 upgrade momentum is outpacing that of Windows 7,” speaking at an investor conference held by Credit Suisse.Previous versions of Microsoft operating systems sold considerably fewer licenses than Windows 8 in a comparable period, with XP shipping 8 million units in the month following its launch in 2002, and Microsoft Vista selling around 10 million licenses in the first 30 days following its introduction in 2006. – Advertisement – In raw figures, Windows 8′s first month has been around twice as strong as for Windows Vista, and four times as strong as that of Windows XP.Source: Telegraphlast_img read more

Samsungs Galaxy S4 Is Twice As Fast As The iPhone 5

first_imgAdvertisement The Samsung Galaxy S4 phone will have the fastest processor available when it launches this spring, according to benchmark tests. A benchmark is a series of standard tests that gauge how fast a mobile device’s processor is. The benchmarking software assigns a numerical value to the device based on how it performed. The higher the number, the better.Android Authority was able to perform a benchmark test on the Galaxy S4 during Samsung’s big launch event last week. As a follow up, John Poole of Primate Labs performed the same test on several other leading phones and these are the results.It’s clear that the Samsung Galaxy S 4 will be the fastest smartphone available when it is released in April. What’s not clear is how the Galaxy S 4 will handle the increased power and cooling requirements that generally come with faster processors.The Samsung Galaxy S 4 is twice as fast as the Samsung Galaxy S 3. Given that the Samsung Galaxy S 3 is less than a year old, that’s a remarkable achievement. I am amazed at how quickly smartphone technology is improving.The Samsung Galaxy S 4 is also twice as fast as the Apple iPhone 5. Apple has improved performance dramatically in the past (there was 2.5x increase in performance from the iPhone 4S to the iPhone 5). Will they be able to make a similar improvement for the next iPhone?The Samsung Galaxy S 4 is also twice as fast as the BlackBerry Z10. However, unlike the Galaxy S 3 and the iPhone 5, the Z10 launched this year, not last year. Will BlackBerry feel compelled to release an updated handset with a faster processor sooner rather than later?Android Authority only tested the Samsung Galaxy S 4 with the QualcommSnapdragon 600 SoC. We have no idea how the Samsung Galaxy S 4 with the newExynos 5 Octa SoC will perform, but given how the different Samsung Galaxy S 3s performed I imagine the Geekbench score will be similar.Both the HTC One and the Samsung Galaxy S 4 use the Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 SoC, although the HTC One runs at a slower speed (1.7 GHz vs. 1.9 GHz). The HTC One is also running an older version of Android (4.1.2 vs. 4.2.2), so the HTC One’s performance should improve slightly once it is on the latest version of Android.In this case, the Galaxy S4 received a benchmark of 3,163. The iPhone 5 got a 1,596, meaning the GS4 is about twice as fast. The GS4 is also twice as fast as Samsung’s last flagship phone, the Galaxy S III. – Advertisement – Credit: Primate Labslast_img read more

Nokia Ditches the Carl Zeiss Technology on its Newly Launched Android Smartphones

first_imgNokia 6 was the first Nokia Android Smartphone launched. It was launched in China and made it limited to China market, and was later on launched at MWC 2017 to make available globally. Advertisement As we might know that the camera feature on mobile phones is among the most/liked feature so far. Smartphone makers every single day come up with new ideas and innovations of to enhance their camera features. Of recent, we have seen the likes of; Huawei, Apple, LG, and so forth, launching their newest flagships that come packed with a dual rear cameras, and an auto-focused front camera.Thus, on the other hand, Finnish smartphone makers, Nokia Corp. during the weekend according to reports by TOI, announced it won’t be using a camera technology that was used on its earlier smartphones; Lumia 920, Lumia 1520 and Lumia 950, a force to be reckoned with in the world of mobile photography Carl Zeiss optics.The company announced the news as a reply to a user’s query on Twitter. When asked if it is still using the PureView technology and Carl Zeiss optics in its cameras or it was sold to Microsoft? – Advertisement – Nokia in the response said, “We’re no longer using Carl Zeiss technology.”@nokiamobile does nokia still have PureView Technology and Carl Zeiss optics in its cameras or it is sold to Microsoft?— Raj (@___Dhruv___) March 5, 2017@___Dhruv___ We’re no longer using Carl Zeiss technology.— Nokia Mobile (@nokiamobile) March 5, 2017In a previous tweet, however, Nokia said, “Hi @___Dhruv___, we have invested in excellent imaging solutions. Our cameras have large apertures and are designed to perform well in all conditions.”Hi @___Dhruv___, we invested in excellent imaging solutions. Our cameras have large apertures and are designed to perform in all conditions.— Nokia Mobile (@nokiamobile) March 5, 2017To keep fans excited about upcoming devices, the company tweeted “We have more announcements coming in 2017 – we’ve only just begun!”@imlochab @___Dhruv___ We have more announcements coming in 2017 – we’ve only just begun!— Nokia Mobile (@nokiamobile) March 5, 2017HMD Global, the company that exclusively manufactures Nokia-branded devices, didn’t refer to its new Android-based Nokia handsets that were launched at MWC 2017 as having Carl Zeiss optics either.The most powerful of Nokia’s new line-up – Nokia 6, sports a 16MP senso and dual-tone LED flash, and an 8MP front-facing autofocus camera with f/2.0 aperture and an 84-degree field of view.source: TOIlast_img read more

VIDEO Google Year in Search 2017

first_imgL-R: iPhone 8, iPhone X, and iPhone 8+ launched on September 12th, 2017. (Photo Courtesy: Pocket-lint) Advertisement December is usually a month for looking back and reflecting on the past year. Mountain View-based internet and software firm, Google Corp. has released its annual Year in Search video, pointing out the trending events in 2017. It included the refugee crisis in Myanmar, the hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico and Houston, the Las Vegas shootings, French and Kenyan elections, Bitcoin searches, Mayweather vs McGregor Fight, Wonder Woman, and so forth.The top five (5) searches on Google included the iPhone 8 at second place, apple’s spotlight phone; the iPhone X at third, being surpassed by only the Hurricane Irma disaster (first place), Matt Lauer and Meghan Markle taking up the fourth and fifth places respectively.However, in the consumer technology category reveals that Cupertino-based tech firm, Apple Inc. had its 2017 flagships; iPhone 8 and iPhone X take up the 1st and 2nd places respectively, while the third most searched gadget was the Nintendo Switch which already sold 10 million units, Samsung’s Galaxy S8 phablet takes on the 4th, and Xbox One X was in the 5th most searched gadget. – Advertisement – According to Google, many questions started with “how”. Coincidentally or not, the most searched meme was “Cash me outside, how bow dah?”The top 10 most searched in the consumer technology category:last_img read more

All systems go on Star Sports day

first_img[dropcap]R[/dropcap]acing at Warwick got the thumbs up today, passing a 7am inspection and that’s good news for us. Star Sports sponsor five races on the card.Feature race is the Star Sports Kingmaker Novices’ Chase (Grade 2) at 2.40pm.‘The Kingmaker’ is named after the 16th Earl of Warwick who was known as the “Kingmaker” during the Wars of the Roses. Previous graduates of the race have included Gold Cup winner Long Run.Luke Tarr, PR and sponsorship manager for Star Sports said: “We’re thrilled to be sponsoring such a high profile Saturday race which is steeped in tradition.”The decision to give the meeting the go-ahead was made shortly before 7am, with the official going described as heavy, soft in places.Latest Star Sports Kingmaker prices as at 10am Saturday morning:6/4 Balder Succes 5/2 Valco De Touzaine 3/1 Brick Red 13/2 Lord Of House200/1 Tchang GoonIt’s not just the big race Star Sports are sponsoring on the Warwick card:1:35 starsportsbet.co.uk Handicap Hurdle (4yo+, 2m)2:40 Star Sports Kingmaker Novices’ Chase (Grade 2) (5yo+, 2m)3:15 Call Star Sports On 08000 521 321 Handicap Chase (5yo+, 2m 4f 110y)4:25 starsportsbet.co.uk Novices’ Chase (5yo+, 3m 2f)4:55 Follow Us On Twitter starsports bet Novices’ Hurdle (4yo+, 2m 5f)last_img read more

Iceage climate clues unearthed

first_img Sediments under Lake Tanganyika in Africa store chemicals that give paleoclimatologists information about atmospheric conditions in ancient times. A Rice University professor has created a computational model that helps translate what they find. (Credit: Courtesy of Sylvia Dee Rice University climate scientist Sylvia Dee created PRYSM, a computational modeling system, to improve climate models that use paleoclimate proxies from lake beds or other sources. Return to article. Long DescriptionTheir work is part of a public software platform created by Dee called PRYSM, and is described in the American Geophysical Union journal Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology.Scientists who study past climate analyze geochemical signals from archives like corals and ice cores, or encoded in the rings of old trees, but not everyone interprets the data in the same way. Dee’s quest has been to design simple models that help interpret observations of past climate more uniformly with climate models, and in the process make these invaluable archives more relevant to studies of future climate change.“We have climate model simulations going back thousands of years,” said Dee, who joined Rice this year. “They help us understand the drivers of past temperature and precipitation changes, but we have to use climate data from the past to ground truth the models.“For example, if a climate model shows strong agreement with the temperature reconstructions we have from lakes, we might conclude this model’s physics are robust and that it can do a better job simulating what will happen under future anthropogenic warming.”Lake beds store evidence of climate history in layered sediment that can be analyzed and dated by extracting cores. Dee’s study used climate model data to explore and understand the lake archives scientists use to reconstruct atmospheric conditions for a given time.“Some of the richest temperature and precipitation histories that we have on Earth come from lakes,” Dee said. “People have been measuring indicators in sediments for years, but it isn’t straightforward to compare that data to climate models.“That’s where I come in,” she said. “I’m part of a group of scientists focused on translating between what climate models tell us about past changes in the climate system and what the data are telling us.”Dee and her team simulated lake temperatures and climate archives in two lakes in Africa, Malawi and Tanganyika, stretching back to the last glacial maximum about 21,000 years ago, when global temperatures were estimated to be between 3 to 5 degrees Celsius colder than today. Sediments under Lake Tanganyika in Africa store chemicals that give paleoclimatologists information about atmospheric conditions in ancient times. A Rice University professor has created a computational model that helps translate what they find. Courtesy of Sylvia Dee Return to article. Long Description ShareNEWS RELEASEEditor’s note: Links to high-resolution images for download appear at the end of this release.David Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduMike Williams713-348-6728mikewilliams@rice.eduIce-age climate clues unearthed Rice University scientist’s method helps interpret climate data from lake sedimentsHOUSTON – (Oct. 24, 2018) – How cold did Earth get during the last ice age? The truth may lie deep beneath lakes and could help predict how the planet will warm again.Sediments in lake beds hold chemical records of ages past, among them the concurrent state of the atmosphere above. Scientists led by a Rice University professor and her colleagues have devised a new computational model to interpret what they reveal.Sylvia Dee, an assistant professor of Earth, environmental and planetary sciences, and her colleagues have created a computational Lake Proxy System Model to translate data from deep beneath lake surface waters in a way that relates more directly to measurable climate model variables. http://news.rice.edu/files/2018/10/1028_SEDIMENT-1-WEB-22ydi9w.jpgRice University climate scientist Sylvia Dee created PRYSM, a computational modeling system, to improve climate models that use paleoclimate proxies from lake beds or other sources. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)center_img Return to article. Long DescriptionSediments under Lake Tanganyika in Africa store chemicals that give paleoclimatologists information about atmospheric conditions in ancient times. A Rice University professor has created a computational model that helps translate what they find. Courtesy of Sylvia Dee“That’s a clear target for climatologists,” she said. “We have clues from the past that tell us how cold the African continent was. It’s the last time in Earth’s climate history that there was a dramatic shift in mean climate due to carbon dioxide forcing, and we use it as a test bed for climate model performance.”In the test case, PRYSM’s simulation revealed that lake temperature proxies underestimated air temperature changes. “People generally assume that lake temperature reconstructions from sediments reflect air temperature changes,” Dee said. “We assume they change in tandem. Our model simulations show that the lake is actually damping the temperature signal.“For example, if modeled air temperatures show a 4 degree Celsius warming since the last glacial maximum in Africa and the lake damps that signal to 3 degrees, we might wrongly conclude that air temperatures were a full degree warmer than they really were. We’re essentially able to quantify how much error one might expect in our interpretation of past temperature change. Those errors are incurred by the lake alone,” she said.“That’s important to know,” Dee said. “These lake reconstructions are some of the only data available to help us understand how temperatures will evolve on the African continent in a warming world. Our hope is that PRYSM helps pin down these climate changes with higher confidence.”The open-source PRYSM is version 2.0, designed explicitly to model climate archives in lakes. Dee built the first version to model ice cores, corals, cave deposits and tree-ring cellulose.She and her colleagues plan to add more known paleoclimate proxies over time. Because PRYSM is open source, anyone can access the code (through GitHub) and enhance it.“I’m trying to get everyone in the modeling and paleoclimate communities to talk to each other,” Dee said. “PRYSM is an effort to get both communities to understand we cannot compare apples to oranges. We need to compare paleoclimate data and model simulations in a more formal way, and in doing so, we hope to dramatically improve our interpretations of past climate changes.“The great thing about being able to get snapshots of temperatures in the past is that we can hopefully build a broader understanding of how the planet is going to react to continued anthropogenic climate change,” she said. “We have direct measurements of what’s happened in the last 150 years. But if we look further back in time, we have bigger changes in carbon dioxide, bigger changes in volcanism and larger ice sheets on Earth. Those are heavy hammers. They help us understand how the climate reacts to stronger forcing.”Co-authors of the paper are James Russell, an associate professor of Earth, environmental and planetary sciences, graduate student Ashling Neary and undergraduate Zihan Chen, all at Brown University, and Carrie Morrill, a research scientist at the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, a partnership of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the University of Colorado Boulder.The research was supported by the Peter Voss Postdoctoral Fellowship, the Institute at Brown for Environment and Society, the Brown University Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences, and the University of Texas at Austin Institute for Geophysics.-30-Read the abstract at https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1029/2018PA003413.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Related materials:Climate Proxy System Modeling Tools in Python: https://github.com/sylvia-dee/PRYSMSylvia Dee: https://sylviadeeclimate.orgRice Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences: https://earthscience.rice.eduWiess School of Natural Sciences: https://naturalsciences.rice.eduImages for download: Rice University climate scientist Sylvia Dee created PRYSM, a computational modeling system, to improve climate models that use paleoclimate proxies from lake beds or other sources. Return to article. Long Description http://news.rice.edu/files/2018/10/1028_SEDIMENT-2-WEB-1sa8fph.jpgSediments under Lake Tanganyika in Africa store chemicals that give paleoclimatologists information about atmospheric conditions in ancient times. A Rice University professor has created a computational model that helps translate what they find. (Credit: Courtesy of Sylvia Dee/Rice University)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 3,970 undergraduates and 2,934 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is just under 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for lots of race/class interaction and No. 2 for quality of life by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to http://tinyurl.com/RiceUniversityoverview. AddThislast_img read more

Data Science Courses Increasingly Find Their Place in MBA Curriculums

first_img Five years ago, MIT Sloan School of Management debuted a new course its professors believed to be the first of its kind. Called “The Analytics Edge,” the course gave students access to large quantities of real data that they could use to hone their analytic skills. “Our focus is on the application and the story, and how to use it in real life,” Allison O’Hair, one of the course’s co-instructors, said as part of a news article on the school’s website at the time. “To our knowledge, this is a new way of teaching … the only class here that teaches analytics through applications. We let students get their hands dirty with real data and applications of analytics.”The next fall, Kellogg School of Management launched four courses designed to help prepare students to interpret big data and put it to work for their organizations. “We’re moving into a world where managers have to be conversant in analytics and in information technology,” Kellogg Marketing Professor Florian Zettelmeyer told Clear Admit in a 2013 interview.By 2015, UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business had partnered with Accenture to launch a multi-phase initiative designed to position big data squarely within the Haas curriculum. “Today, every company is a technology company, every company is a software company, every company is a data company,” Haas finance and technology lecturer Gregory La Blanc told Clear Admit that year. “To be successful, our students need to know how to navigate the strategic landscape in a world filled with all this data.” While those schools may have been among the early adopters, the integration of data science and big data courses into MBA curriculums has become widespread. A recent survey by Kaplan Test Prep found that 72 percent of 209 participating business schools offer courses in either data science or big data, and another 13 percent don’t currently offer it but are considering it.And as well they should, explains Brian Carlidge, Kaplan executive director of pre-business and pre-graduate programs. Because as the line between technology companies and companies that use technology grows increasingly blurred, the demand for business school graduates conversant in data extends well beyond Silicon Valley. “What companies are saying is that many of their current employees, who graduated a decade ago or more, don’t necessarily have these skills, and they’re looking to a new generation of business school graduates who do,” Carlidge says. “Employees who both understand a company’s business goals and understand the data to help them reach those goals will be highly desirable to recruit and hire in the technology-driven workforce.”Indeed, a desire to bridge this talent gap helped propel Accenture to partner with not only Haas but other business schools as well. “We see a marketplace need for analytically-oriented business leaders who are both able to make decisions grounded in data as well as rethink their organization’s business processes to fully realize the potential of emerging analytical approaches,” Prith Banerjee, managing director of global technology research and development, said in a 2015 interview about the Haas partnership. The consulting firm has also partnered with MIT and other schools.A 2016 survey of companies by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) found that 72 percent reported plans to hire recent MBA grads to fill data analytics positions. Roughly the same percentage of companies planned to hire graduates for more traditional positions in marketing and finance. The GMAC survey also found that employers said they are seeking employees with strong skill sets in SQL and R, two programs frequently used in data science.The Kaplan survey of business schools shows that adding software development and coding courses was not viewed as high a priority as adding courses on data science and big data. While 28 percent of business schools currently offer courses in software development or coding and another 9 percent say they don’t currently offer it but are considering it, the majority—63 percent—don’t currently offer it and have no plans to offer it. Haas’s La Blanc suggested two years ago that this was the direction he saw things heading as well, noting that it was already becoming easier for students to handle big data without needing to learn new languages. “Because so many software programs today are so easy to learn—just extensions of Excel—the students don’t have to learn how to code.”For more on the Kaplan Test Prep survey, click here.This article has been republished and edited with permissions from Clear Admit. RelatedColumbia Business School Announces New M.S. in Business Analytics DegreeThe program was developed jointly by faculty at both CBS and Columbia Engineering, and the resulting curriculum is designed to prepare graduates to excel in careers both as consulting analysts and associates and as business analysts and data scientists in fields including financial and professional services, technology, advertising and media,…December 6, 2017In “Featured Home”Big Data and Business: An MBA vs. Masters in Business Analytics2016 was the “Year of the Data Analyst.” According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job market for various data analyst positions is growing far faster than average—around 27 percent annually. In fact, 85 percent of Fortune 500 companies have either launched big data projects or are planning to…April 19, 2017In “Advice”Best Business Schools for Marketing: Part IThis article originally appeared in its entirety on clearadmit.com The “four Ps” (product, price, place and promotion) and the “three Cs” (customers, competition and company) may not have become completely passé, but there’s some serious shifting taking place in the world of marketing. Companies must reach global audiences of consumers,…April 8, 2016In “Featured Home” About the AuthorJeanette BrownView more posts by Jeanette Brown Last Updated Mar 7, 2017 by Jeanette BrownFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail center_img 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 Data Science Courses Increasingly Find Their Place in MBA Curriculumslast_img read more

Getting To Know The Denver Metro

first_img About the AuthorMatthew KormanMatthew Korman is the Managing Editor of MetroMBA. Since graduating from Rowan University with a degree in journalism and political science, Matthew has worked as a music industry writer and promoter, a data analyst, and with numerous academic institutions. His works have appeared in publications such as NPR and Sports Illustrated.View more posts by Matthew Korman 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 Last Updated Nov 1, 2017 by Matthew KormanFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail Getting To Know The Denver Metrocenter_img Resting beside the scoping silhouette of the Rocky Mountains lies Denver, the 19th most populous metro area in the United States, and arguably its most serene, uniquely blending urbanization and naturalism.As the Denver metro continues to expand and its economy continues to swell, we at MetroMBA are expanding as well. As we continue our coverage of the best MBA offerings in North America and the UK, we welcome our readers to take a look at the best business schools Denver has to offer.Getting To Know The Denver MetroIf you haven’t heard already, Denver—The Mile High City—rests one mile [5,280 feet (1,609 meters)] above sea level. For those already familiar with the joyous overture of altitude sickness (bring a water bottle—everywhere), this not-so-fun-fact is only a small part of Denver’s academic environment. Located only several minutes south of center city Denver is the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver. Founded in 1908, Daniels is among the eight oldest business schools in the United States, and features over 2,200 combined graduate and undergraduate students. Named after Bill Daniels, who donated an immense grant to the institution, the school officially changed its name from the College of Business Administration to the Daniels College of Business in 1994. The school is routinely lauded by the likes of U.S. News, Forbes, and the Financial Times for its highly-recommended entrepreneurial and Executive MBA programs, as well as the MBA@Denver Online MBA. For the 2017-18 academic year, the Daniels full-time MBA (known as the Denver MBA), will cost students $69,391. This is just shy of the average Daniels MBA graduate average starting salary of $69,842. About 68 percent of Daniels’ graduates earn a full-time job just three months after graduation.Located right in the middle of center city Denver is the Colorado University Denver Business School, which features five different MBA program offerings, including: a full-time Professional MBA; an 11-month accelerated MBA; the CU Denver Business School Executive MBA; the Health Administration MBA; and the highly-ranked Executive MBA Program in Health Administration, which is regarded by U.S. News as one of the 25 best “graduate programs in health services administration.” The UC Denver Business School, which was originally part of CU Boulder, has a second location 20 miles south of its center city location at the Liniger Building, formally part of CU South Denver.Its original home, the University of Colorado Boulder, houses the most highly-regarded business institution in the state: the Leeds School of Business. Ranked among the best business schools in the country by both U.S. News and Forbes, Leeds is located less than 30 miles northwest of center city Denver. It offers both an exceptional full-time and Evening MBA, enrolling around 300 total students in both programs.The accredited business school is, in fact, two years older than the aforementioned Daniels College of Business, making it the oldest business school in the state. Leeds holds a staggering 97 percent graduation rate for MBA students, who earn an average of $80,123 upon receiving full-time employment. MBA students that graduate from Leeds have been recently employed by notable companies like Deloitte, McKinsey & Co., Microsoft, Oracle, and more.The Leeds School of Business at CU BoulderTravel about an hour north of Denver and you’ll find the Colorado State University College of Business, located in Fort Collins. The CSU College of Business, located on the north end of the CSU campus, hosts a myriad of well-rounded MBA programs, including the universally well-regarded Online MBA—ranked among the 20 best in the world by the Financial Times. The MBA program is also one of the most affordable in the state, with current full-time tuition coming at a total cost of $40,368, and $40,897 for part-time students.Colorado State UniversityThe Denver Metro Business CommunityAfter the federal and state government, both the first and second largest employers in the state, Denver is home to several of the country’s largest healthcare institutions, including American Medical Response and DaVita, as well as large employment branches for companies like Kaiser Permanente. The metro area is also home to the famous Coors Brewing Company, as well as more than 160 other brewing companies, which helped the city earn the nickname “The Napa Valley of Beer.” In addition, Denver is the original home of Western Union, Frontier Airlines, and multiple fast food chains, including Chipotle, QDoba Mexican Grill, and Quizno’s. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the city has also seen employment figure increases in almost all industries.Explore MBA programs in the Denver metro, subscribe to our informative weekly newsletter, and follow us on Facebook. RelatedFinding Your Ideal Marketing MBA in DenverEarning an MBA degree is one of the best things a professional can do at any level of their career to develop a rock solid foundation of business knowledge. This generalized education not only provides students with the facts and figures they need to start or run a business, but…November 6, 2017In “Featured Home”MBA and Innovation: Our 4 Favorite Denver Schools for EntrepreneursColorado’s population and economy have been rapidly expanding in recent years. The Denver Post estimates that, by 2050, Colorado’s population could increase to 8.5 million people: a 64 percent increase from the current population of 5.5. The economic and population boom make Denver an ideal place to launch a business.…November 30, 2017In “Featured Home”Here Are the Front Runners For Amazon’s New HQ2 CampusLast week, 20 cities in the United States and Canada were informed by Amazon that their bid to host the tech giant’s second headquarters, HQ2, was still being considered. For months, North American cities have flirted with Amazon and its promise of up to 50,000 high-paying jobs and $5 billion…January 25, 2018In “Amazon”last_img read more

Harvard Halts Round 3 MBA Admissions

first_img RelatedHarvard Debuts Joint MBA/MS in Engineering DegreeHarvard University today becomes the latest to throw down the gauntlet in the quest to provide preeminent leadership to the ever-growing tech sector—announcing the launch of a new joint master’s degree (MS/MBA) program between Harvard Business School (HBS) and the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS).…June 15, 2017In “Featured Home”Harvard Adcom Director Launches Application Tips SeriesClear Admit recently spoke with Chad Losee, the Managing Director of Admissions and Financial Aid at the Harvard Business School, which you can read in full below. Clear Admit had the pleasure of sitting down with Harvard Business School Managing Director of Admissions and Financial Aid Chad Losee a few weeks…July 18, 2018In “Boston”HBS Announces New Director of MBA Admissions and Financial AidThis article originally appeared in its entirety on clearadmit.com Harvard Business School (HBS) today announced the appointment of Chad Losee (HBS MBA ’13) as the next Managing Director of MBA Admissions and Financial Aid. Losee earned his undergraduate degree in International Relations from Brigham Young University (BYU) in 2008.He then…March 25, 2016In “Featured Home” About the AuthorJeanette BrownView more posts by Jeanette Brown Beginning this application season, Harvard Business School (HBS) will no longer feature a Round 3 for applicants to its MBA program, the school’s admissions director announced in a post to his blog this morning.“After careful consideration, we have decided to focus our MBA application process on two rounds—with deadlines in September and January—and to focus our spring round on 2+2 applications,” Chad Losee, HBS managing director of admissions and financial aid wrote on his Direct from the Director blog. “To be considered for the Harvard Business School Class of 2021, you need to apply in either Round 1 (September 5, 2018) or Round 2 (January 4, 2019),” he added.“We are trying to do what is in the best interest of the admits,” Losee explained to Clear Admit yesterday. The customary May release of Round 3 decisions has created a time crunch for incoming students in terms of securing housing, securing visas in the case of international students, and completing HBX Core, a set of online foundational courses all students are expected to finish prior to arriving on campus. So, what do these changes mean for the next round of applicants? For starters, HBS will now admit its entire class in Rounds 1 and 2—with the exception of applicants to the 2+2 Program, the deferred admissions program for college students. The 2+2 deadline will still be in March.In addition to giving all admitted students adequate time to be fully prepared for fall enrollment, the decision to scrap Round 3 also reflects applicant behavior, Losee added. “One thing we have noticed over the last three years is that applicants are choosing this on their own,” he said. “Round 3 application numbers have been going down, and Round 2 application numbers have been going up.”There are not plans to significantly change the timing of Rounds 1 and 2 this year, Losee said. “We might adjust the date a little bit for Round 2, just by a day or two,” he said. But the application deadlines for those two rounds will continue to be in September and January respectively.Chad Losee, HBS managing director of MBA admissions and financial aidAs in the past, HBS will place some applicants on the waitlist as part of Rounds 1 and 2. As for whether the switch from three rounds to two will necessitate a change in terms of the overall size of the waitlist, time will tell, Losee said. “We never take for granted the people who are on the waitlist because we know they put a lot out there,” he said. “We try to keep the waitlist as small as possible and to let waitlisted applicants know as soon as possible—and that will continue to be true.”Losee also noted that with the elimination of Round 3, some waitlist decisions could come earlier than they have in the past. “Until now we have needed to wait until Round 3 happens to make decisions with regard to our waitlist,” he said.HBS Decision Comes as No Surprise“Based on the multiple calls for Round 3 applicants from a number of leading schools this year, this decision by HBS comes as no surprise,” Clear Admit Co-Founder Graham Richmond said on hearing the news. “Today’s MBA applicants are increasingly applying early.” It’s a trend that has been evolving over the past 10 to 15 years, during which time Round 1 has slowly eclipsed Round 2 as the round of preference and the message from schools to “apply early” has gradually sunk in for applicants.“It’s also likely a reflection of two new realities “ Richmond added. “First, the new challenges faced in the U.S. immigration policies, even for student visas. And second, the fact that more and more MBA students seek to spend the summer months in pre-MBA internships (as opposed to leisurely backpacking around the globe).”These forces together with the messages from leading schools for “serious” candidates to apply early likely contributed to the elimination of Round 3 by HBS, Richmond concludes. “With that said, one can’t help but wonder if some Round 3 candidates—particularly the non-traditional sort who aren’t in the MBA pipeline from an early date—may fall ‘out of the process,’” he added.Richmond added that he is not sure that every school will follow HBS’s lead and eliminate Round 3, however. “There are likely many applicants who won’t make the cut in Round 2 at the likes of Harvard, Stanford, and Wharton, who then may seek to submit late-round apps elsewhere,” he said. “As such, I don’t expect schools in the next tier (e.g. non-top-3) who are seeing declines in application volume to take this step.”To read Losee’s complete post, click here.This article has been edited and republished with permissions from our sister site, Clear Admit. regions: Bostoncenter_img Last Updated May 15, 2018 by Jeanette BrownFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail Harvard Halts Round 3 MBA Admissionslast_img read more

Trump Pushes Infrastructure Plan

first_img CINCINNATI, Ohio—President Donald Trump on Wednesday pushed plans for $1 trillion in infrastructure spending as he struggles to gain momentum for his economic agenda.“America wants to build,” Trump said. “There is no limit to what we can achieve. All it takes is a bold and daring vision and the will to make it happen.” Speaking in Cincinnati, Ohio, Trump reviewed a proposal announced earlier this year to leverage $200 billion in his budget proposal into a $1 trillion of projects to privatize the air traffic control system, strengthen rural infrastructure and repair bridges, roads and waterways.Trump said he would not allow the United States to become a “museum of former glory.” He spoke about backing large transformative projects but did not give specifics.“We will construct incredible new monuments to American grit that inspire wonder for generations and generations,” he said.President Donald Trump speaks in Cincinnati, Ohio, on June 7, 2017. (NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images) President Donald Trump speaks in Cincinnati, Ohio, on June 7, 2017. (NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images) Trump pointed to a government program that allows the private sector to tap into low-cost government loans called the Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act as a way to leverage federal funds with state, local, and private sector funding.Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said at a Senate hearing on Wednesday that administration plans to unveil a detailed legislative proposal by the end of September.Democrats want $1 trillion in new federal spending and proposed a plan that includes $200 billion in roads and bridges,$20 billion in expanding broadband Internet access, $110 billion for water systems and $75 billion for schools.Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer said the Trump budget unveiled in May cuts $206 billion in infrastructure spending across several departments, including $96 billion in planned highway trust fund spending.The Ohio visit was the second leg of a week-long White House focus on infrastructure. On Monday the president proposed spinning off air traffic control from the Federal Aviation Administration.Related CoverageTrump’s Air Traffic Reform Looks to the FutureIntelligence Chiefs Refuse to Discuss Trump Conversations on FBI ProbeThe proposal to privatize air traffic control has run into skepticism and opposition from Democratic senators and some Republicans.The infrastructure push comes as the White House seeks to refocus attention on core promises to boost jobs and the economy that Trump made last year during his presidential campaign.Related CoverageTrump to Nominate Former Justice Dept Lawyer to Lead FBI US Show Discussion Share Share this articlecenter_img Trump Pushes Infrastructure Plan By Reuters June 7, 2017 Updated: June 7, 2017 President Donald Trump walks to Marine One as he departs for a day trip to Ohio from the South Lawn of the White House in Washington on June 7, 2017. (REUTERS/Joshua Roberts)  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   last_img read more