Labours new shadow minister for disabled people h

first_imgLabour’s new shadow minister for disabled people has spoken about her new role, and the access problems she faces as a disabled MP during prime minister’s questions.Marie Rimmer, one of parliament’s few disabled MPs, was appointed to the role on 1 February, less than two years after she was elected for the first time as MP for St Helens South and Whiston.Born in St Helens, she is a former trade union shop steward and became a Labour councillor in 1978. She led St Helens Council for a total of nearly 20 years over three spells.She told Disability News Service that she does not under-estimate the importance of her new position as shadow minister, or “the magnitude of the role”.“We have got a government that since 2010 has systematically burdened [disabled people], taken away from [their] finances, affected their housing, their independence…“They seem to have very little understanding of disabled people, and the fact that they are human beings,” she says.Although she did not speak out frequently in the Commons on disability issues before her appointment as shadow minister, there were some interventions on social security policy, including concerns about the new universal credit, the welfare cap, and the government’s “incompetent and brutal” sanctions regime.She also joined many of her colleagues in speaking out, in February 2016, about the “cruel and utterly devastating cuts” of nearly £30-a-week to payments made to new claimants of employment and support allowance (ESA) placed in the work-related activity group (WRAG), set to be implemented next week.And in June 2015, she pushed work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith and the prime minister over the government’s failure to publish updated statistics on the number of disabled people who had died shortly after being found fit for work.Profoundly deaf – she has a cochlear implant that allows her to hear – Rimmer (pictured) says that prime minister’s questions causes her “dreadful” problems, so much so that she can hear the proceedings better through speakers outside the chamber, away from the “heckling and the cackling” of fellow MPs.“It’s very stressful, you have to focus,” she says. “It does have its difficulties, but I manage.“I do hear, but I could do without the heckling and the cackling. Of course everybody could do without that.“I think it would make it easier for everybody if we stopped all the barracking in the chamber, it would make it easier for everybody.”Despite her own impairment, Rimmer admitted during her interview with DNS – more than six weeks after her appointment as shadow minister for disabled people – that she had no idea what the social model of disability was, despite its huge significance to the disabled people’s movement.Her priority as the party’s new shadow minister for disabled people is to build relationships with disability groups, she says, as the party continues with the national Disability Equality Roadshow (DER) launched late last year by her predecessor Debbie Abrahams.She and colleagues are visiting 32 different areas of England, Scotland and Wales, listening to disabled people’s views and experiences, in a process the party says will help it develop its disability policies for the next election.Rimmer says the roadshow has been “a tremendous help” as she settles into her new role, allowing her to “meet disabled people, consulting them, asking them what their priorities are”.Asked what she has been hearing from disabled people at the three roadshows she has attended so far, she says: “Basically they want to be treated as human beings… with rights, they don’t want patronising, they don’t necessarily want things done for them, they want support to help them to ‘do’, when that is needed.”After the roadshows are finished, according to her office, the information will be collected and analysed by “independent social policy academics”, who will identify “key policy themes”.“Emerging themes will be discussed with disabled people and disabled people’s organisations, including through the DER planning group,” her spokesman said. “These will then feed into the Labour Party’s policy-making process.”But while this process continues, Rimmer is left with few if any recognisable policies on disability, and the only one she refers to is a pledge to scrap the much-criticised work capability assessment (WCA).She says: “We have said straight off we will get rid of the WCA and that we will start off afresh and it will be a holistic viewpoint around the individual about what they want to do and how to help them achieve that.“They want to be involved in society, they want to work, they want meaningful work.”Rimmer was appointed as shadow minister on 1 February to fill the role left empty last June when Abrahams was promoted to be the party’s shadow work and pensions secretary.During those seven months, the party repeatedly caused alarm with its attitude towards disability rights, including the lengthy delay in appointing Abrahams’ successor.Asked why it had taken so long to appoint her, Rimmer says: “I can’t answer that. I know that I am here now.”Asked whether she had been offered the post previously, and had turned it down, she admitted that she had, but had been unable to accept it at that point because of an accident, although she could not remember exactly when the first job offer had come.Asked if the party had been waiting for her to recover from that accident before offering it to her again, she says: “I don’t know. I couldn’t tell you that.”Her office later explained that the accident had led to “a complex hand and wrist fracture that took a number of months to recover from”.After the interview, when DNS attempted to clarify the situation, her spokesman said that she had first been offered the post “between the leader’s re-election [in late September] and Christmas”.He said: “She was delighted to be offered the post again in the New Year when she had recovered and was able to accept.”It was not until early November last year that Rimmer was finally cleared of all charges relating to allegations that she had kicked a ‘Yes’ campaigner outside a polling station in Scotland on the day of the Scottish independence referendum in September 2014.Her spokesman said the delay in clearing her name was because she was “actually cleared twice: the first charge was dismissed at trial by the sheriff, and the second trial was brought on a technicality but she was acquitted at that second trial by a second sheriff – hence why it took so long”.The sheriff who heard the second trial referred to the allegations as “a storm in a tea cup”.Rimmer’s spokesman dismissed suggestions that the party had been waiting to appoint her until her name had finally been cleared.Another of the areas of criticism levelled at the party during its seven months without a shadow minister has been its failure so far to keep its promise – made to DNS by shadow chancellor John McDonnell in November – that it would ensure there was a debate on the report by the UN’s committee on the rights of persons with disabilities.The report, published in November, found the UK government’s social security reforms had led to “grave or systematic violations” of the UN disability convention.Rimmer insists that the debate has been delayed by Brexit and this month’s budget, but that “it will happen”.She adds: “John McDonnell and Debbie Abrahams are both very committed to making sure it does happen. It is just about timing.”But in other areas she appears less well briefed.In December, the disabled crossbench peer Baroness [Jane] Campbell attacked Labour’s “lazy indifference” to disability equality, after it abstained on a vote in the House of Lords that would have forced bars, shops and restaurants to ensure their premises obeyed laws on accessibility when renewing their alcohol licences.Rimmer says she was “not aware of that”, even though the issue has been raised repeatedly with the party.And despite weeks of coverage by DNS on the scandal of dishonest PIP assessments by healthcare professionals working for government outsourcing contractors Atos and Capita, an investigation which began just before she took on her new post, Rimmer says she was not aware of any of those stories, although she says she has heard other MPs raise concerns about PIP assessments in the House of Commons chamber.Although Rimmer has asked questions about DWP statistics on the deaths of benefit claimants, she also did not appear well-briefed on the individual cases of disabled people whose deaths have been linked to the WCA, although she said she had heard of Stephen Carré – whose death in January 2010 was the first to be linked by a coroner to flaws in the WCA – when his name was mentioned by DNS.She has come into her post just as the WRAG cuts are about to be implemented, and as the government has introduced new personal independence payment (PIP) regulations which will make it more difficult for people with severe mental distress to secure the mobility-related support they need through PIP, following two upper tribunal rulings that found against the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).Rimmer believes the new regulations have only been brought in because of the government’s failure to secure the savings targeted from DWP spending.She said: “They have put the blocks on because they are not bringing in the savings or the cuts that were required.”She says Labour will “do our best” to overturn the regulations with a vote in the Commons or the Lords, but she says it is vital to secure support from the public on this issue, the WRAG reduction and cuts to housing benefit for unemployed 18-21-year-olds.But she admits this will not be easy.She says: “It seems to me they have done such a job on people who are sick and disabled, when they talk about ‘strivers and skivers’.“They have dehumanised and scared them and disabled people tell you how they suffer from hate crime, which they never did and they do now.“It’s all because of the language used by this government and the past government.”last_img read more

New Housing Units for the Homeless Open on Valencia

first_imgThe expansion, with operating costs of about $7.7 million a year (or $31,557. per unit per year) including all services and rent subsidies, gets roughly half its funding from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development and the other half from local sources like the General Fund, and agencies like the San Francisco Housing Authority, the Department of Homelessness and the Tenderloin Housing Clinic. Through the program, the city finds low-occupancy locations and the nonprofit obtains a master lease, which a Department of Homelessness spokesperson said usually last around 20 years with the option to renew every 10 years. SRO tenants in place – a manager at the hotel estimated there are around 17 pre-existing residents – at the time of the switch will remain until they leave of their own accord.“These new units will end homelessness overnight for 244 San Franciscans,” Lee said in a statement. “We are thrilled to provide new housing opportunities and hand over the keys to the new units to those who deserve the chance at a fresh start.”“It’s great that chronically homeless individuals can move into quality housing in the very popular 16th and Valencia Street neighborhood, the improving Mid-Market, and less than a block from the Hilton in an exciting part of the Tenderloin,” said Randy Shaw, Executive Director of the Tenderloin Housing Clinic, in the statement. Tags: homeless • housing • valencia street Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% San Francisco’s Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing announced Wednesday that 244 new permanent supportive housing units will come online over the next three months – 50 of them in the Mission District.Valencia Street’s Crown Hotel, where units came online October 27 and prospective tenants are currently viewing its apartments, is one of three hotels now becoming available to help house people living on the streets and in shelters. The others will open later this year, and all three are managed by the Tenderloin Housing Clinic. The units are aimed at housing individuals who have been homeless for a year or more and have disabling conditions, with some units reserved for veterans. Tenants are selected through a local coordinated entry program for federally subsidized units, and residents pay a third of their income, no matter the income.In supportive housing units, residents have access not just to a permanent roof over their heads but on-site social services – which include case management to help tenants access entitlement benefits, health care, or even education depending on their needs.center_img 0%last_img read more

SAINTS are delighted to announce that Typhoo has a

first_imgSAINTS are delighted to announce that Typhoo has agreed to be the Club’s main kit sponsors for the next three seasons.Following on from their sponsorship of the club over the last two years, the fastest growing brand in the tea category will once again feature on the front of the chest on all playing kit, replica shirts and trainingwear as well as the warm-up and coaching staff apparel.The red and white colours match both the team and brand identities perfectly and in addition, Typhoo will also become main sponsors to the Players’ Lounge which will now be called the ‘Typhoo Hall of Fame’.Since becoming sponsors, Typhoo – based in Merseyside – have served more than 15,000 branded cups of Typhoo Tea at home games and have created the ‘Typhoo Family Stand’ where young children can go with their parents and enjoy the game.Rugby League is a perfect family fit for the Typhoo brand with a third of the audience being female.St.Helens and the club’s fans will also continue to support the ‘Typhoo Sports for All’ programme with bucket collections at selected games, enabling further funds to be invested in the firm’s community sports programme.Keith Packer, Typhoo CEO, commented: “The first two years of our sponsorship of St. Helens has been a great partnership between Saints and Typhoo.“The sponsorship has helped drive our brand awareness with our target market and we look forward to putting further OO into the relationship.”Mike Rush, St. Helens CEO, added: “We are delighted to once again partner with such a proactive brand as Typhoo. Our partnership over the last two seasons has increased both parties’ brand awareness and we are excited about the future.“Typhoo is a well-known, household brand and the fact they have extended the partnership not only augers well for St Helens but Rugby League as a whole.”Saints welcomed Ben Fogle to the club on Tuesday to announce the partnership and we’ll post pictures of the challenges he undertook with the press and players Jon Wilkin and Paul Wellens shortly.last_img read more

JORDAN Turner says the mood in the camp is still p

first_imgJORDAN Turner says the mood in the camp is still positive and optimistic despite the loss on Sunday.Saints face Bradford tonight (8pm) aiming to get back on the horse – and remain top of the First Utility Super League table.“We didn’t expect a performance like that,” he said. “But the mood is still optimistic as we are in a good spot. We have to eradicate bad performances like that.“We are disappointed we aren’t further forward in the table, but compared to last year we are in a much better spot. We know where we went wrong and we can’t wait to put it right this week.“It won’t be an easy game this week though; Bradford are fighting for their lives and the players are fighting for a job next year. James Lowes is a good coach and will get the most out of his players.”He continues: “We have done a lot of soul-searching this week as we did after Catalan. It’s simple, we have to back up with a performance and then not take a step backwards.“We weren’t good enough on Sunday but we remain positive.”Tickets remain on sale for tonight’s match from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park and by calling 01744 455 052. There will be cash turnstiles available tonight too.last_img read more

Saints Ladbrokes Challenge Cup Semi Final with Cat

first_imgSaints Ladbrokes Challenge Cup Semi Final with Catalans Dragons is fast approaching and should Justin Holbrook’s men progress, a date with Leeds or Warrington at Wembley awaits.Whilst we don’t want to tempt fate, 2018 Members now have an exclusive opportunity to pre-book their tickets for the Final via our ‘What If’ booking form.We’re giving you until the end of July to pre-book your tickets before they go on General Sale to the public after the completion of the semi-final at Bolton, should Saints qualify.This is a fantastic and exclusive opportunity for 2018 Members to take up their big game priority benefit – and save the hassle of queuing for tickets if we get through.Members can also book their coach travel in advance along with their tickets, with return travel priced at just £39 per person. With work scheduled on the West Coast Main Line this is an ideal opportunity to save you the hassle!On qualification for the final your tickets will be automatically processed with no need for you contact the Club or queue for tickets.Members have the whole of the month of July, up until 5pm, Tuesday July 31, to pre-book their tickets.By completing and returning the form, you are agreeing to purchase the tickets indicated in the event of Saints’ qualification.Members can pre-purchase up to FOUR tickets each and they will be the best available, allocated at the time of processing on a first-come, first-served basis, in your chosen price category.Simple! All you have to do is completed the form and return it to the Club ticket office in person or via post:St.Helens R.F.C. Ticket Office, Totally Wicked Stadium, McManus Drive, St Helens, Merseyside, WA9 3ALAlternatively, you can also email it to: ticketoffice@saintsrlfc.comScanned applications can be accepted but they must be signed.Disabled tickets can be ordered via the What If form but we advise that you contact the Ticket Office on 01744 455 052 to ensure you book them in the right spot at Wembley.The Small PrintIn the event of a victory in the semi-final you will not need to contact us or queue to purchase tickets. We will process your application based on your form, debit the relevant amount from your card and post the ticket(s) to you if you have selected that option.In the event of Saints failing to qualify, then we will destroy the application form and no money will be debited from your card.Please fill in you full contact information correctly so that in the event of an issue you can be promptly contacted.For hospitality pre-booking enquiries please contact the Club directly on 01744 455053.See the view from your seat.Forms:What If Form (PDF)What If Form (JPG)The form is also available in the Ticket Office and Superstore at the Totally Wicked Stadium.last_img read more

Fighting fire fighting cancer Department adds special boy to team

first_imgThe post also states, “This month has been challenging for many of our members but they continue to prove their resiliency and unselfishly serve the citizens of the Town of Leland! We were notified late this afternoon that Jace’s condition has declined further. Please keep Jace and his family in your thoughts as they walk through this heartbreaking transition.”Related Article: New food truck rules pass Leland planning boardUPDATE: As of Friday morning, family says Jace died peacefully in his sleep. Jace Lopez was inducted into the Leland Fire/ Rescue Paw Patrol club. (Photo: Leland Fire Rescue/Facebook) Jace Lopez was inducted into the Leland Fire/ Rescue Paw Patrol club. (Photo: Leland Fire Rescue/Facebook) LELAND, NC (WWAY) — Jace Lopez may only be 3 years old, that’s not stopping the Leland Fire and Rescue from adding him as part of the team.The fire department posted on Facebook that they recently visited with Jace, who is currently fighting Stage 4 Neuroblastoma.- Advertisement – Jace Lopez was inducted into the Leland Fire/ Rescue Paw Patrol club. (Photo: Leland Fire Rescue/Facebook)center_img The post says because of his bravery, he was inducted into the Leland Fire/Rescue Paw Patrol club.The department says Jace has been added to the daily riding roster for the next week. Engine 2A Captain Jeremy Shaw even made the appropriate gear for duty. 1 of 2last_img read more

Improvements coming to US 7476 in Columbus County

first_img The company will add medians and a traffic signal along a 2.7-mile section of U.S. 74/76 between Water Tank Road in the Delco community of Columbus County and a point just east of the Brunswick County line.The improvements will involve a superstreet design which directs drivers on the side roads into turning right onto the highway. U-turn areas will be created to allow drivers who turned right to safely turn around and go in the opposite direction.According to a news release, the NCDOT says the new design should reduce the risk of crashes and improve traffic flow in the area.Related Article: Part of Hampstead to have water temporarily cut offThe project will also include the installation of a traffic signal on U.S. 74/76 at N.C. 87.Construction is scheduled to begin later this year and the work should be completed by the summer of 2020. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The North Carolina Department of Transportation has awarded a multi-million dollar contract to make improvements at a busy intersection on U.S. Highway 74/76 in Columbus County.According to the NCDOT, the $9 million contract was awarded to Highland Paving Co. of Fayetteville.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Santiago named CAA Rookie of the Week for the second time

first_img “Jada had a nice weekend at the plate,” said UNCW Coach Kristy Norton. “We were able to have her catch in all three games at Delaware and she was able to come up in big opportunities for her team both offensively and defensively.”Santiago went 2-for-3 in the series opener on Friday with a double and two runs scored before blasting her sixth home run of the season in the nightcap. In the Seahawks’ 7-5 comeback victory on Saturday, she drew a bases-loaded walk in the fourth inning and drove in the eventual game-winning run with a single in the sixth inning.A starter in 45 games this season, Santiago is the Seahawks’ second-leading hitter with a .288 average while pacing the team with 36 hits, including six home runs.Related Article: UNCW’s Weiss takes weekly CAA baseball honorThe Seahawks, 24-23 overall and 6-9 in the CAA, close out their non-conference schedule on Tuesday night at North Carolina before hosting Hofstra for a three-game CAA series this weekend. RICHMOND, Virginia (UNCW SPORTS) – Freshman Jada Santiago of UNCW has been named Colonial Athletic Association Softball Rookie-of-the-Week for her efforts in leading the Seahawks to a series victory over Delaware last weekend.Santiago, from Pine Level, N.C., reached base in 9-of-12 plate appearances against the Blue Hens with four hits and three walks while also being hit by a pitch twice.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Millions of children miss measles shots creating outbreaks – UNICEF

first_img <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> FILE PHOTO: A vial of the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine is pictured at the International Community Health Services clinic in Seattle, Washington, U.S., March 20, 2019. REUTERS/Lindsey Wasson/File PhotoFILE PHOTO: A vial of the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine is pictured at the International Community Health Services clinic in Seattle, Washington, U.S., March 20, 2019. REUTERS/Lindsey Wasson/File Photo More than 20 million children a year missed out on measles vaccines across the world in the past eight years, laying a path of exposure to a virus that is now causing disease outbreaks globally, a United Nations report said on Thursday.“The measles virus will always find unvaccinated children,” said Henrietta Fore, executive director of the United Nations children’s fund UNICEF, adding: “The ground for the global measles outbreaks we are witnessing today was laid years ago.”The UNICEF report said an estimated 169 million children missed out on the first dose of the measles vaccine between 2010 and 2017 – equating to 21.1 million children a year on average.As a result of greater vulnerability to the disease, the measles infections worldwide nearly quadrupled in the first quarter of 2019 against the same period in 2018 to 112,163 cases, according to World Health Organization data.In 2017, some 110,000 people, most of them children, died from measles – up 22 percent from the year before, UNICEF said.Measles is a highly contagious disease that can kill and can cause blindness, deafness or brain damage. It is currently spreading in outbreaks in many parts of the world, including in the United States, Europe, the Philippines, Tunisia and Thailand.Two doses of the measles vaccine are essential to protect children and the WHO says 95 percent vaccine coverage is needed for “herd immunity” against measles.But due to lack of access, poor health systems, complacency, and in some cases fear or scepticism about vaccines, UNICEF said, the global coverage of the first dose of the measles vaccine was reported at 85 percent in 2017 – a level that has remained similar for the past decade. Global coverage for the second dose is even lower, at 67 percent.Among high-income countries, the United States – which currently is fighting its biggest measles outbreak in almost 20 years – topped UNICEF’s list of places with the most children missing the first dose of the vaccine between 2010 and 2017, at more than 2.5 million.Next came France and Britain, with more than 600,000 and 500,000 unvaccinated children, respectively, during the same period.In poorer countries, however, the situation is “critical”, UNICEF’s report found. Nigeria in 2017, for example, had the highest number of children under one year old who missed out on the first dose, at nearly 4 million. It was followed by India, with 2.9 million, Pakistan and Indonesia, with 1.2 million each, and Ethiopia, with 1.1 million.Fore said measles was “far too contagious” a disease to be ignored, and urged health officials to do more to fight it.“If we are serious about averting the spread of this dangerous but preventable disease, we need to vaccinate every child, in rich and poor countries alike,” she said.WhatsApp SharePrintlast_img read more

Two workers in hospital following another construction site incident

first_img SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> Mill-ArkivjiMill-Arkivji Two men have been taken to Mater Dei Hospital following and accident in which an excavator fell from a two-storey height in Qawra.A Police Corps spokesperson confirmed with Newsbook.com.mt that the case happened at around 10.10am in Triq it-Tamal. It seems that the excavator which was being directed by a 55-year-old man from St Paul’s Bay fell from a two-storey height on a construction site. A 23-year old colleague from Pembroke who went to assist the driver was also hurt.An ambulance was called on site to take the two men to hospital. Their condition is yet unknown.WhatsApplast_img read more

No one injured in four vehicle crash in Regional Road

first_img SharePrint Trevor CaruanaTrevor Caruana No one was injured in a traffic accident that could have had worse repercussions in Regional Road Msida.The accident took place around 1230h and involved three cars and a truck.It happened just outside the tunnel near tal-Qroqq.A spokesperson for the Police force confirmed the accident.The road was temporary closed for a short time, due to the accident. WhatsAppcenter_img <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img

Innovation Prize for Africa IPA 2015 now open USD 150000 in prizes

first_imgAIF and IPA founder Jean-Claude Bastos de Morais with the 2014 IPA winners: Dr. Nicolaas Duneas & Mr. Nuno Pires and the Nigerian Former Minister of Science and Technology Advertisement AIF and IPA founder Jean-Claude Bastos de Morais with the 2014 IPA winners: Dr. Nicolaas Duneas & Mr. Nuno Pires and the Nigerian Former Minister of Science and TechnologyThe African Innovation Foundation (AIF) is calling on all African innovators to submit their entries for the fourth edition of the Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA) competition.The IPA is presented annually, enabling and encouraging African pioneers to develop creative ideas and techniques to overcome some of the challenges faced by the continent and support sustainable development.“At the African Innovation Foundation we are passionate about Africa and its potential, that we firmly believe will be led by empowering a new generation of African innovators and entrepreneurs.  But we also recognise that this new generation needs the resources and the opportunities to realise their ambition,” said AIF and IPA founder Jean-Claude Bastos de Morais. – Advertisement – IPA provides a platform to encourage and harness these entrepreneurial skills in order to help improve the lives of Africans and to help realise untapped potential. The prize is also a great way of unleashing creativity and promoting growth within the African continent.” The IPA is becoming integral to facilitating ground-breaking thinking, creativity and driving awareness to the outstanding work being done in Africa by Africans. IPA 2013 winner, AgriProtein went on to raise $11 million to build its first two commercial farms in Cape Town. “Africa needs meaningful investment to alleviate poverty and provide inclusive prosperity. To achieve this, we need to be able to provide environments that promote quality investment for the people and reduce risks. Forums like the IPA are necessary to make the most of the continent’s investment,” said AgriProtein spokesperson, David Drew.All innovations are evaluated based on the following criteria: originality, marketability, scalability, social impact and scientific/technical aspects. The best submission will be awarded a grand prize of USD 100 000.  The second prize of USD 25 000 will be awarded to an innovator with an innovation which has the best commercial and business potential. An additional award is a special prize granted to the innovator whose innovation has the best social impact in the community. The IPA encourages entries in five key categories: Agriculture and Agribusiness, Environment, Energy and Water, Health and Wellbeing, ICT applications, and Manufacturing and Services Industries. Recognising home grown innovative ingenuity, the prize contributes to increased funding of start-ups, adoption of new and emerging technologies and accelerated growth of the private sector.   With ever changing economic and social environments, it is critical that proposed solutions tackle issues affecting African lives, and that they are effective and are different from the existing ones. IPA 2014 named Dr Nicolaas Duneas and Mr Nuno Pires from South Africa the winners of the grand Prize and received USD 100’000 for their Altis Osteogenic Bone Matrix (Altis OBM TM), the first injectable porcine derived BMP medical device in the world — an innovative product for the treatment of bone injuries and voids through the use of a regenerative biological implant. The IPA also beckons all investors, governments and other stakeholders interested in evaluating, investing and maximising the continent’s resources to participate in this innovative and empowering initiative and make a significant change through generous contributions that will accelerate the Africa’s economic growth.The deadline for submitting applications for IPA 2015 is 31 October 2014 at 24h00 GMT. For more information on competition categories, conditions of entry, and submission details, please visit: http://innovationprizeforafrica.org/.last_img read more

Straight2Bank Wallet Collections Service to Lower Operating Costs for Standard Chartereds Corporate

first_imgMTN Uganda Chief Executive, Wim Vanhelleputte addressing press at one of the telcos gathering in Kampala. Advertisement Standard Chartered Bank and MTN Uganda Limited on Thursday signed an agreement to allow MTN Mobile Money collections for Corporate and Business clients directly into their Standard Chartered Bank accounts on a real time basis. This solution dubbed Straight2Bank Wallet Collections will be delivered through the Bank’s Straight2Bank electronic banking platform.Mr. Albert R. Saltson, Standard Chartered Bank’s CEO while delivering his remarks commended the collaboration with MTN Uganda saying the service will enhance the Bank’s client proposition and ability to extend its world-class financial services to clients countrywide.“One of our strategic aspirations as Standard Chartered Bank is to be the Main Digital Bank for our customers and this commitment is reaffirmed by the launch of the Straight2Bank Wallet Collections solution today,” Saltson said during the launch event. – Advertisement – “We will continue to invest in technology to keep pace with local and global developments,” Saltson adds.As a result the Bank in the recent past set aside USD$1.5 billion to be invested in technology and processes upgrade globally over three years.  As part of this journey, Standard Chartered Bank Uganda has invested in digital innovations such as; the upgrade of the online banking platform, Launch of the Mobile app, Introduction of mobile wallets, Cash Deposit Machines and the replacement of ATMs across our network.Wim Vanhelleputte, CEO of MTN Uganda.“Since inception, MTN Mobile Money has played a remarkable role in fostering financial inclusion in Uganda. Initially offering a platform for our customers to cash in and cash out,” Wim Vanhelleputte, CEO of MTN Uganda said while addressing the guests at the event.He continued to add that the Mobile Money’s service offering has undergone several modifications to include bills and taxes payment, purchase of goods and services, defied existing geographical borders to enable customers to send and receive money internationally in real time.Earlier this week, MTN Uganda also launched a partnership with National Social Security Fund (NSSF) to enable millions of unbanked Ugandans remit their social security payments to the Fund to save for their future and a better retirement.1 of 2 Some of the Standard Chartered Bank customers attending the launch. Elsa Muzzolini, General Manger Mobile Financial Services MTN Uganda.The Head of Transaction Banking at Standard Chartered Bank Uganda Mr. Keval Bid, said; “The Straight2Bank Wallet Collections solution is another way we are relieving some of the operational pressures of our corporate clients so they can focus more time and energy on running their core businesses more efficiently and profitably.”“As the pioneers of Mobile Money in Uganda, you helped start a revolution that has increased the penetration of financial services. We are proud to be associated with you and recognize the tremendous contribution you continue to make towards Uganda’s economic growth and individual livelihoods,” Dr. Robin Kibuka, Board Chairman for Standard Chartered Bank said in the closing remarks.Straight2Bank Wallet Collections will significantly lower operating costs and risks associated with managing cash, shorten the debt collection period and ultimately help to boost efficiency in the working capital management for Standard Chartered’s corporate clients.last_img read more

STAR PREVIEW John Deere Classic Preview with BLUE HORSESHOE

first_imgWe’re back to a familiar venue this week on the PGA Tour with a return to Deere Run in Illinois, where the event has been played since 2000. The 7,268 yard, Par 71, Deere Run course has a reputation as a low scoring venue with winning scores in excess of twenty under par being carded in four of the last five years. With past winners such as Brian Harman, Zach Johnson, Ryan Moore, Jordan Spieth and Michael Kim, it’s clear that prodigious length off the tee’s is not a prerequisite to do well here.An amazing statistic is that we’ve had TEN first time winners on the PGA Tour this season. Players like Matt Wolff are coming to the PGA Tour ready to win and are not overawed by the occasion, or the opportunity to grab their maiden PGA tour win if it presents itself. While this makes picking winners even harder than usual, it’s great for the sport. The game of golf is in rude health at present. Long may it continue because it will make for excellent events and nail-biting finishes.Blue Horseshoe Loves:Brian Harman – currently at 25/1 with starsports.betHarman played very well last week at the 3M Open to finish tied for seventh on sixteen under par. His straight driving game and excellent putting game are big assets around Deere Run and he knows how to win here, having been victorious in 2014.Sam Burns – Currently at 45/1 with starsports.betSam Burns must have heard about my threats to disown him last week, if he didn’t pull his socks up and play to the potential he clearly has. He finished alongside Harman on a tie for seventh on sixteen under par. His final round of seven under sixty-four was the low round of the day and he will take a great deal of belief from his very solid showing. I am going with Burns again. He is not far away in my eyes.Danny Lee – Currently at 75/1 with starsports.betAfter a string of good performances and high finishes over the last month or so, Danny Lee was disappointing last week. But I’m prepared to cut him a break and give him another chance at a gentle venue that should suit his game very well.Talor Gooch – Currently at 66/1 with starsports.betGooch is another playing that has been knocking on the door this season. After watching a raft of his fellow debutants get wins this year, Gooch must also be thinking that he can take the next step from credible showings to actually winning one of these tournaments. His putting and driving games have been consistent and he represents great each way value at an undemanding venue such as this.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK BRIAN HARMAN 1.5pt each way 25/1 with starsports.betBACK SAM BURNS 1pt each way 45/1 with starsports.betBACK DANNY LEE 1pt each way 75/1 with starsports.betBACK TALOR GOOCH 1pt each way 66/1 with starsports.betew 6 places 1/5 oddsPROFIT/LOSS SINCE JAN 1 2017: PROFIT 164.73 points(excluding Cricket World Cup ante-post, England v Australia)last_img read more

Rice Theatre to present Macbeth Nov 1119

first_imgAddThis ShareFranz Brotzen713-348-6775franz.brotzen@rice.eduChristina Keefe will direct Shakespeare classicRice University Theatre will present Shakespeare’s brooding and bloody “Macbeth” at Hamman Hall on the Rice University campus.Performances are at 8 p.m. Nov. 11-12 and Nov. 17-19. A 3 p.m. matinee is scheduled for Nov. 13.“Macbeth,” the darkest of Shakespeare’s tragedies, enters a world of murder, temptation and treachery. A chilling tale of greed and corruption unfolds as Macbeth transforms from war hero to bloody tyrant. The madness of Lady Macbeth, ghostly apparitions and prognosticating witches provide a sinister backdrop to this savage political thriller set in a postapocalyptic landscape.Rice Director of Theatre Christina Keefe will direct her first production for the Rice Theatre Program. Keefe has been a professional actor and director for more than 20 years and worked both in New York and regionally in the U.S. Since coming to Rice, she has produced a wide range of shows, from “The Threepenny Opera” to “Noises Off.” She has taught acting, voice and movement and directed for Duke University, Lehigh University, the University of Houston, Muhlenberg College and DeSales University. Keefe has also served as artistic associate at both the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival and The Warehouse Theatre.Set and lighting designer Matt Schlief is the production manager and lecturer of theater at Rice. He most recently designed lights for Generations Theatre Company’s “Spring Awakening” at Hamman Hall. Schlief is also resident designer for Classical Theatre Company, where he designed sets and lights for Marivaux’s “Triumph of Love.” For “Macbeth,” he will team up with costume designer Macy Perrone, whose work was last seen in Rice’s production of “The Threepenny Opera.” Perrone has recently designed “Auntie Mame” for Stages Repertory Theatre and “Arcadia” for Main Street Theatre.Tickets are $5 for students, $8 for Rice alumni, faculty, staff and senior citizens, and $10 for general admission. Tickets are available in advance by calling 713-348-PLAY.For more information on the performances, visit http://www.arts.rice.edu.last_img read more

Scalable CVD process for making 2D molybdenum diselenide

first_imgShareMEDIA CONTACTS:David Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduJade Boyd713-348-6778jadeboyd@rice.eduScalable CVD process for making 2-D molybdenum diselenide Rice, NTU scientists unveil CVD production for coveted 2-D semiconductorHOUSTON — (April 8, 2014) — Nanoengineering researchers at Rice University and Nanyang Technological University in Singapore have unveiled a potentially scalable method for making one-atom-thick layers of molybdenum diselenide — a highly sought semiconductor that is similar to graphene but has better properties for making certain electronic devices like switchable transistors and light-emitting diodes.This image from a scanning transmission electron microscope shows the individual atoms in a two-dimensional sheet of molybdenum diselenide. Credit: E. Ringe/Rice UniversityThe method for making two-dimensional molybdenum diselenide uses a technique known as chemical vapor deposition (CVD) and is described online in a new paper in the American Chemical Society journal ACS Nano. The finding is significant because CVD is widely used by the semiconductor and materials industries to make thin films of silicon, carbon fibers and other materials.“This new method will allow us to exploit the properties of molybdenum diselenide in a number of applications,” said study leader Pulickel Ajayan, chair of Rice’s Department of Materials Science and NanoEngineering. “Unlike graphene, which can now easily be made in large sheets, many interesting 2-D materials remain difficult to synthesize. Now that we have a stable, efficient way to produce 2-D molybdenum diselenide, we are planning to expand this robust procedure to other 2-D materials.”In the Rice study, Ajayan and colleagues tested their atomically thin layers of molybdenum diselenide by building a field effect transistor (FET), a commonly used device in the microelectronic industry. Tests of the FET found the electronic properties of the molybdenum diselenide layers were significantly better than those of molybdenum disulfide; the latter is a similar material that has been more extensively studied because it was easier to fabricate. For example, the FET tests found that the electron mobility of Rice’s molybdenum diselenide was higher than that of CVD-grown, molybdenum disulfide.Pulickel AjayanIn solid-state physics, electron mobility refers to how quickly electrons pass through a metal or semiconductor in the presence of an electric field. Materials with high electron mobility are often preferred to reduce power consumption and heating in microelectronic devices.“Being able to make 2-D materials in a controlled fashion really will make an impact on our understanding and use of their fascinating properties,” said study co-author Emilie Ringe, assistant professor of materials science and nanoengineering and of chemistry at Rice. “Characterizing both the structure and function of a material, as we have done in this paper, is critical to such advances.”Molybdenum diselenide and molybdenum disulfide each belong to a class of materials known as transition metal dichalcogenides; TMDCs are so named because they consist of two elements, a transition metal like molybdenum or tungsten and a “chalcogen” like sulfur, selenium or tellurium.TMDCs have attracted intense interest from materials scientists because they have an atomic structure similar to graphene, the pure carbon wonder materials that attracted the 2010 Nobel Prize in physics. Graphene and similar materials are often referred to as two-dimensional because they are only one atom thick. Graphene has extraordinary electronic properties. For example, its electron mobility is tens of thousands of times greater than that of TMDCs.Emilie RingeHowever, two-dimensional TMDCs like molybdenum diselenide have attracted intense interest because their electronic properties are complementary to graphene. For example, pure graphene has no bandgap — a useful electronic property that engineers can exploit to make FETs that are easily switched on and off.As with many nanomaterials, scientists have found that the physical properties of TMDCs change markedly when the material has nanoscale properties. For example, a slab of molybdenum diselenide that is even a micron thick has an “indirect” bandgap while a two-dimensional sheet of molybdenum diselenide has a “direct” bandgap. The difference is important for electronics because direct-bandgap materials can be used to make switchable transistors and sensitive photodetectors.“One of the driving forces in Rice’s Department of Materials Science and NanoEngineering is the close collaborations that develop between the people who are focused on synthesis and those of us involved with characterization,” said Ringe, who joined Rice’s faculty in January. “We hope this will be the beginning of a series of new protocols to reliably synthesize a variety of 2-D materials.”The research was supported by the Army Research Office, the Semiconductor Research Corporation’s FAME Center, the Office of Naval Research and Singapore’s MOE Academic Research Fund.Additional study co-authors include Xingli Wang, Yongji Gong, Gang Shi, Kunttal Keyshar, Gonglan Ye, Robert Vajtai and Jun Lou, all of Rice, and Wai Leong Chow, Zheng Liu and Beng Kang Tay, all of Nanyang Technological University.-30-High-resolution IMAGES are available for download at:http://news.rice.edu/files/2014/04/0407_MOLY-mose2-lg.jpgCAPTION: This image from a scanning transmission electron microscope shows the individual atoms in a two-dimensional sheet of molybdenum diselenide.CREDIT: E. Ringe/Rice Universityhttp://news.rice.edu/files/2014/04/0407_MOLY-ajayan-mug.jpgCAPTION: Pulickel AjayanCREDIT: Rice Universityhttp://news.rice.edu/files/2014/04/0407_MOLY-ringe7-lg.jpgCAPTION: Emilie RingeCREDIT: Rice UniversityA copy of the ACS Nano paper is available at:http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/nn501175k AddThislast_img read more

Texas team debuts batteryless pacemaker

first_imghttp://news.rice.edu/files/2017/06/0505_PACEMAKER-1-web-2ivti0o.jpgThe internal components of a battery-less pacemaker introduced this week by Rice University and the Texas Heart Institute. The pacemaker can be inserted into the heart and powered by a battery pack outside the body, eliminating the need for wire leads and surgeries to occasionally replace the battery. (Credit: Rice Integrated Systems and Circuits/Rice University) The internal components of a battery-free pacemaker introduced this week by Rice University and the Texas Heart Institute. The pacemaker can be inserted into the heart and powered by a battery pack outside the body, eliminating the need for wire leads and surgeries to occasionally replace the battery. http://news.rice.edu/files/2017/06/0505_PACEMAKER-3-web-267qqkk.jpgMehdi Razavi. (Credit: Texas Heart Institute)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 3,879 undergraduates and 2,861 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for happiest students and for lots of race/class interaction by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to http://tinyurl.com/RiceUniversityoverview. Return to article. Long DescriptionThe internal components of a battery-free pacemaker introduced this week by Rice University and the Texas Heart Institute. The pacemaker can be inserted into the heart and powered by a battery pack outside the body, eliminating the need for wire leads and surgeries to occasionally replace the battery. Courtesy of Rice Integrated Systems and CircuitsThe pacemaker designed by the Rice lab of electrical and computer engineering professor Aydin Babakhani harvests energy wirelessly from radio frequency radiation transmitted by an external battery pack. In the prototype presented at IMS, the wireless power transmitter can be up to few centimeters away.Pacemakers use electrical signals to prompt the heart to keep a steady beat, but they’ve traditionally not been implanted directly into a patient’s heart. Instead, they’re located away from the heart, where surgeons can periodically replace their onboard batteries with minor surgery; their electrical signals are transmitted to the heart via wires called “leads.”Some of the common problems with this arrangement are complications related to the leads, including bleeding and infection. Babakhani said Rice’s prototype wireless pacemaker reduces these risks by doing away with leads.He said other recently introduced lead-less pacemakers also mitigate some of these complications, but their form factors limit them to a single heart chamber and they are unable to provide dual-chamber or biventricular pacing. In contrast, battery-less, lead-less and wirelessly powered microchips can be implanted directly to pace multiple points inside or outside the heart, Babakhani said. AddThis Return to article. Long DescriptionAydin BabakhaniThe team successfully tested the device in a pig and demonstrated it could tune the animal’s heart rate from 100 to 172 beats per minute.A short paper describing the device will be released at the conference. The paper’s authors are Babakhani and Yuxiang Sun of Rice; Brian Greet, David Burkland and Razavi of Baylor College of Medicine and THI; and Mathews John of THI.Babakhani said the invention has prompted new collaborations among the Texas Medical Center institutions as well as the University of California at San Diego. The team is further developing its technology in collaboration with Farshad Raissi, a cardiac electrophysiologist and assistant professor of medicine at UCSD, Rice’s Behnaam Aazhang, the J.S. Abercrombie Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Rice’s Joseph Cavallaro, professor of electrical and computer engineering and of computer science.-30-This news release can be found online at http://news.rice.edu/2017/06/05/texas-team-debuts-battery-free-pacemaker/Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNewsRelated materials:Rice Integrated Systems and Circuits (Babakhani Lab): http://www.ece.rice.edu/~ab28/Dr. Mehdi Razavi: http://www.texasheart.org/HIC/HeartDoctor/Razavi_profile.cfmRice Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering: http://www.ece.rice.eduImages for download: Share39Editor’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.eduTexas team debuts battery-less pacemakerRice University, Texas Heart Institute researchers test microwave-powered device HOUSTON – (June 5, 2017) – A wireless, battery-less pacemaker that can be implanted directly into a patient’s heart is being introduced by researchers from Rice University and their colleagues at the Texas Heart Institute (THI) at the IEEE’s International Microwave Symposium (IMS) in Honolulu June 4-9. Aydin Babakhani http://news.rice.edu/files/2017/06/0505_PACEMAKER-2-web-2cmy8o4.jpgAydin Babakhani. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University) Return to article. Long DescriptionMehdi Razavi“This technology brings into sharp focus the remarkable possibility of achieving the ‘Triple Crown’ of treatment of both the most common and most lethal cardiac arrhythmias: external powering, wireless pacing and — far and away most importantly — cardiac defibrillation that is not only painless but is actually imperceptible to the patient,” said Dr. Mehdi Razavi, director of clinical arrhythmia research and innovation at THI and an associate professor at Baylor College of Medicine, who collaborated with Babakhani on development and testing of the new pacemaker.The chip at the system’s heart is less than 4 millimeters wide and incorporates the receiving antenna, an AC-to-DC rectifier, a power management unit and a pacing activation signal. A capacitor and switch join the chip on a circuit board that is smaller than a dime. The chip receives power using microwaves microwaves in the 8 to 10 gigahertz electromagnetic frequency spectrum.The frequency of the pacing signals produced by the pacemaker can be adjusted by increasing or decreasing power transmitted to the receiving antenna, which stores it until it reaches a predetermined threshold. At that point, it releases the electrical charge to the heart and begins to fill again. Mehdi Razavilast_img read more

Rice expert available to discuss Texas House Speaker Joe Straus decision not

first_imgShare3Rice UniversityOffice of Public Affairs / News & Media RelationsEXPERT ALERTDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduAmy McCaig713-348-6777amym@rice.eduRice expert available to discuss Texas House Speaker Joe Straus’ decision not to seek re-electionHOUSTON – (Oct. 25, 2017) – Texas House Speaker Joe Straus, R-San Antonio, announced today he will not seek re-election in 2018. Rice University political scientist Mark Jones is available to discuss the potential impact on Texas politics.“The political center collapsed today in the Lone Star State as Straus announced he would not seek re-election,” Jones said. “Over the past decade, the center of gravity within the Texas Republican Party has shifted to the right, with the movement conservative/tea party wing in ascendency, and the centrist conservative wing in decline. Today the transformation can be seen as complete, with the movement conservative wing now in complete control, and the centrist conservative wing a mere shell of its former self.”During the past legislative session, Jones said, it was crystal clear that the centrist conservative wing’s only remaining source of political influence and power was the Texas House under the leadership of Straus. Using his power of agenda control, Straus and his allies (such as Rep. Byron Cook, R-Corsicana, who also announced today that he would not seek re-election) blocked many pieces of legislation near and dear to movement conservative hearts, ranging from the “bathroom bill” to school choice legislation to property tax reform, Jones said.“With Speaker Straus’ departure, the next speaker of the Texas House who assumes office in January of 2019 will be much more conservative, and much more in line politically with Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick,” Jones said. “Today, centrist conservative Republicans lost their last lever with which to control the legislative process in Austin come January of 2019.”Jones, the Joseph D. Jamail Chair in Latin American Studies and professor of political science in Rice’s School of Social Sciences, is also a fellow at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research. He is a leading expert on Texas politics and is a frequent contributor to Texas media outlets. His research on the Texas Legislature has been widely cited in the media as well as by numerous political campaigns.To schedule an interview with Jones, contact him directly at 832-466-6535.Rice University has a VideoLink ReadyCam TV interview studio. ReadyCam is capable of transmitting broadcast-quality standard-definition and high-definition video directly to all news media organizations around the world 24/7.-30-Follow Rice News and Media Relations on Twitter @RiceUNews.Related materials:Mark Jones bio: https://www.bakerinstitute.org/experts/mark-p-jones/Photo link: http://news.rice.edu/files/2014/09/mark-jones.jpgPhoto credit: Jeff FitlowLocated 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 3,879 undergraduates and 2,861 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for quality of life and for lots of race/class interaction and No. 2 for happiest students 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

Smith School Entrepreneurs Accepted into Terp Startup Incubator

first_imgPast Terp Startup participants have gone on to achieve success in business pitch competitions, including 2016 Cupid’s Cup winner Javazen, and 2017 Pitch Dingman Competition first and second place winners Curu and CourseHunter. regions: Baltimore / Washington, DC Last Updated May 2, 2017 by Max PulciniFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail The Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship at the Robert H. Smith School of Business has announced that it has accepted 10 startups into the Terp Startup summer incubator program. Terp Startup is the final phase of the center’s three-stage Fearless Founders Accelerator.Only the best of the best make it to Terp Startup—students must go through a lengthy application process where they must prove why their startup is worth it. Those who are accepted receive a stipend of up to $5,000, access to the Smith School’s incubator space, and a dedicated mentor to help them grow their businesses over an eight-week period in the summer.Chris Rehkamp, the Dingman Center’s student venture programs manager and head of Terp Startup, says that he organizes a variety of activities, workshops and field trips designed to help each startup learn more about the specific challenges of venture creation.“The applicants for this year’s Terp Startup cohort were really strong,” said Rehkamp. “I am so excited about the diversity of backgrounds and skill sets of this group. Their commitment to learning from one another and adding value to the cohort is a universal sentiment. I know we’re going to get a lot done this summer!” Some of this year’s startups include:Dark Sonar Technologies, LLC: a cybersecurity company that detects and prevents threats on websites and mobile apps by providing automated identity and access management software.Kodactive: a platform for teaching students Computer Science through interactive programmable STEM toys and a project-focused curriculum. Current products include a RC Car equipped with sensors to make it self-driving, as well as a Kodactive Krane which teaches students about sorting algorithmsSymbiont Health: This startup has developed automated fall detection devices to account for the millions of elderly falls that are due to a sudden loss of consciousness. Smith School Entrepreneurs Accepted into Terp Startup Incubator RelatedTop Entrepreneurship MBAs in BaltimoreIt may not be New York or San Francisco, but Baltimore is gaining a reputation as a hotbed for startups and entrepreneurs. Last year, Entrepreneur Magazine placed Baltimore second on a list of “Hot Startup Cities That Aren’t San Francisco or New York,” emphasizing its concentration of companies working in…October 11, 2016In “Featured Home”Dingman Center Provides Funding for Fearless Founders Hatch ClassThirteen entrepreneurs and groups of entrepreneurs in the Spring 2015 Hatch Cohort of the Fearless Founders program at the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland have received a total of $11,000 in capital to support their businesses. Capital One provided a $2,500 minimum viable product…May 22, 2015In “Featured Region”Smith School’s Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship Launches Bootstrapped PodcastNew media is everywhere, and comes in some many new forms — Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, Apple News. Nowadays media, news and information is now delivered in every imaginable way across a plethora of internet platforms. Another example of new media on the rise is the podcast — essentially the internet…May 17, 2016In “Featured Region” About the AuthorMax PulciniMax Pulcini is a Philadelphia-based writer and reporter. He has an affinity for Philly sports teams, Super Smash Bros. and cured meats and cheeses. Max has written for Philadelphia-based publications such as Spirit News, Philadelphia City Paper, and Billy Penn, as well as national news outlets like The Daily Beast.View more posts by Max Pulcini last_img read more

12YearOld Killed in Crash in California Father Detained

first_imgAnd while you’re here … We have a small favor to ask of you.  If you can, please share this article on Facebook so you can help The Epoch Times. It takes less than a minute. Thank you very much! Show Discussion Lawson added that the boy’s father didn’t ensure that the child was properly buckled into the car.The crash is under investigation. The child was also not wearing his seatbelt, and he was ejected from the car. Witnesses performed CPR on the child, but he was eventually pronounced dead at a nearby hospital. (Google Maps) The crash took place near Slauson and Dice roads in Santa Fe Springs, California at 6 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 11.  (Google Street View)Lawson said the unnamed father was charged with vehicular manslaughter, child endangerment, and DUI.Investigators said that the driver of the other car, a Ford Flex, was not at fault in the crash.Other details about the accident were not revealed. (Prath/shutterstock) 12-year-old killed in suspected DUI crash in Santa Fe Springs, father detained https://t.co/B7rYp0T9Al pic.twitter.com/GzzqhqQMrM— ABC7 Eyewitness News (@ABC7) December 12, 2017  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   The father, suspected of driving under the influence, hit another vehicle as he attempted to make an illegal left turn, KTLA reported, citing Whittier Police Department Sgt. Lawson. The child was also not wearing his seatbelt, and he was ejected from the car. Witnesses performed CPR on the child, but he was eventually pronounced dead at a nearby hospital. Share Share this article 12-Year-Old Killed in Crash in California; Father Detained By Epoch Newsroom December 12, 2017 Updated: December 12, 2017 A car crash in Los Angeles County killed a 12-year-old boy, and his father is now in police custody, ABC7 reported.The Santa Fe Springs crash took place at 6 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 11, near Slauson and Dice roads. 12-year-old killed in suspected DUI crash in Santa Fe Springs, father detained: https://t.co/dhIHLF6q2W— Schiavone Law Group (@SchiavoneLawGrp) December 12, 2017 US News last_img read more