Month: July 2019

The rash decision to scrap the role of disabilit

first_imgThe “rash” decision to scrap the role of disability commissioner at the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) will make it harder for the watchdog to stand up to attacks on disabled people’s rights, according to two former commissioners.Both Baroness [Jane] Campbell and Sir Bert Massie criticised the apparent decision not to appoint a new disability commissioner to replace Lord [Chris] Holmes, the disabled Tory peer who left the post in January.Baroness Campbell was EHRC’s first disability commissioner, while Sir Bert was the chair of the Disability Rights Commission throughout its existence, and then became one of EHRC’s first commissioners alongside Baroness Campbell after its launch in 2007.Disability News Service (DNS) reported last week that the minister for women and equalities, Justine Greening, had appointed another disabled Tory peer, Lord Shinkwin, as a new EHRC commissioner, but not as the disability commissioner.This was despite the minister telling candidates last year that the disabled person appointed to the role would “act as the Commission’s Disability Commissioner”.It is still not clear what parts the government and the commission played in these decisions, but it has come as EHRC’s statutory disability committee, which had significant legal powers, is being replaced by a non-statutory disability advisory committee (DAC) without such powers.Although the government has no statutory duty to appoint a disability commissioner, both Baroness Campbell and Sir Bert say the role was important.Baroness Campbell said: “I think it is still important to have a disability commissioner because, as the House of Lords reported on last year, the EHRC needs to be more proactive in protecting and promoting equality for disabled people.”She said the commission used to be more proactive in the area of disability, and had “more teeth” when she was chairing the disability committee, while she had “greater authority” as the disability commissioner to raise disability discrimination issues.She pointed also to the “groundbreaking” disability hate crime inquiry headed by Mike Smith, Lord Holmes’s predecessor as disability commissioner.Baroness Campbell said: “I wouldn’t have thought taking away responsibility for disability oversight from a commissioner was going to help this situation.“The EHRC has now demoted the disability committee from a statutory entity to a non-statutory working group and it now wants to go further and take away the responsibility for ensuring one of the commissioners covers disability non-discrimination appropriately and effectively.“I think this a rash decision and it surprised me. I wonder what their rationale is, especially at a time when we are witnessing the rights of disabled people retrogressing in so many areas.”Sir Bert (pictured) said the EHRC’s disability commissioner had been able to “bring a focus” on disability at the commission in a way that an ordinary commissioner – even one who was disabled – would not be able to do.And he said he believed that not having a disability commissioner would make it harder for the commission to stand up to the government on disability issues.He said: “I think it will. It will make it more likely that disability issues are sidelined.”He said the commission had already proved that it was failing to defend disabled people from government attacks, such as cuts to employment and support allowance, and its flawed disability benefit assessment regime, which he said were “blatant human rights violations”.“Who is fighting it, apart from a few journalists? [The commission] should be shouting about it from the rooftops.“It is almost unbelievable that the government has been able to get away with it.”He said he believed the commission saw having a disability commissioner as a “constraint” on its work.Anne McGuire, a former Labour minister and shadow minister for disabled people, also criticised the move.She said: “It really doesn’t matter whether it is a statutory obligation or not to appoint a disability commissioner, the reality of past years was that there was one.“Moving away from that position potentially undermines confidence amongst disabled people that the EHRC will give much needed focus on disability issues.“I think it is disappointing at a time of increasing difficulties for disabled people that either the government, the EHRC or both have taken this action.“The EHRC will have to go some way to prove that disability equality issues will not be downgraded.”Last week, EHRC refused to answer questions about what had happened to the disability commissioner role because it was “a government appointment”, although it said that it was “considering what arrangements for chairing and membership of the new DAC will ensure we are best-placed to develop strong arrangements for engaging with disability stakeholders for the future”.It declined to add to its statement this week.last_img read more

Campaigners are calling on the government to scrap

first_imgCampaigners are calling on the government to scrap a policy that prevents disabled people with complex healthcare needs receiving the benefits they need to stay mobile if they are living in residential homes.Little-known regulations apparently state that recipients of NHS Continuing Healthcare (NHS CHC) are not eligible to receive the mobility component of personal independence payment (PIP) if they are receiving residential care.But those who receive NHS CHC and continue to live at home are potentially eligible for both the PIP mobility component and the daily living part of the benefit. Those in residential care who receive council-funded care are potentially eligible for just the mobility part of PIP*.The controversy emerged this week after friends of children’s author Andrew Knowlman, from Hertfordshire, launched a petition calling on the government to reverse “discriminatory” rules which meant he had been told he would have to return his Motability van.Knowlman (pictured), who has motor neurone disease, has been living in residential care since August 2016, but has only recently been told that he had in fact not been eligible for PIP mobility since he began receiving NHS CHC and moved into the home in Hemel Hempstead.He was told that he would therefore have to return the minivan he has been leasing through the Motability scheme.He told the i newspaper: “It is the only way to watch my children ride their bikes, play golf and music, watch Watford FC and travel easily to hospital appointments.“Although I have a terminal illness, in no way do I see my life as being over. I am a dad to my children and I need the Motability vehicle to enable me to be just that. This is a very distressing situation.” Knowlman was only told this week, after his case was raised by i, that he would be allowed to keep his Motability vehicle.A petition calling for the government to change the regulations had been signed by more than 35,000 people by last night (Wednesday).Knowlman told Disability News Service that there was “no logic” to the rules.He said: “The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) say that I am not entitled to mobility component of PIP because I live in a care home and have NHS continuing healthcare funding.“Motability have now said that I can keep the van until further notice. This is a gesture by Motability, and I therefore continue to speak with the minister about changing the rules regarding PIP entitlement.”Disabled campaigner Fleur Perry, who has previously raised serious concerns about policies surrounding NHS CHC, said: “I’ve never seen a continuing healthcare policy which specifies that the mobility component of PIP should be taken away, and it’s not something I’m aware of within the rules around PIP.“If this is current policy, then there are discussions to be had around equality and around personal liberty.“As someone who lives independently with care funded by continuing healthcare and who uses a Motability vehicle to get, well, everywhere, this is very worrying.”A Motability spokeswoman said: “As you will appreciate, we do not always know the details of a customer’s circumstances etc, but we will support their mobility if we know that they are in hospital.  “We are working closely with DWP to ensure that we have the relevant information in all cases to enable us to do so.  “As soon as we were made aware of Mr Knowlman’s specific case details, we contacted his family to assure them that, in line with our hospitalisation policy, he can keep his vehicle for as long as he is in hospital or receiving similar continuing healthcare provided by the NHS which causes his mobility allowance to be suspended or stopped by the DWP.”She said that DWP usually stops paying PIP mobility to the Motability scheme if a customer has been in this situation for more than 28 days.But she said: “Depending on the expected length of stay and the customer’s preferences, we will discuss the options that are available, and in most cases, we will be able to leave the car with the customer during their stay or until the end of the lease agreement.”A DWP spokeswoman said: “Local authorities aren’t funded to meet mobility needs in a care home, and residents may be asked to provide a financial contribution.“However, this is not the case for NHS Continuing Healthcare, where the assessment itself assesses mobility needs and residents do not have to make any financial contribution towards their stay.”She added: “People receiving NHS Continuing Healthcare in their own homes can continue to be paid PIP, because their additional costs may be wider than those paid for in a care home and won’t be met by the NHS, eg additional heating.“Under these circumstances claimants can therefore maintain eligibility for this support. The same policy applies to disability living allowance. “Motability’s policy is to look at the individual circumstances of each case to assess whether they should recover the vehicle immediately or whether there are special circumstances which would allow for the vehicle to be retained if that is the best solution for the claimant and/or their family.“Andrew Knowlman has been informed by Motability that he is able to keep his vehicle.”*This article originally stated that those receiving NHS CHC who continue to live at home are not able to claim the daily living part of PIP. That was incorrect. They are potentially eligible for both mobility and daily living elements of PIP.last_img read more

The national membership body for GPs is facing cal

first_imgThe national membership body for GPs is facing calls for it to denounce government attempts to persuade doctors to “coerce” patients with serious health conditions back into work.More than 90 campaigners and concerned health professionals have sent a joint letter to the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP), asking the organisation to distance itself from the latest move by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).DWP already sends a form – known as an ESA65B – to GPs to let them know when their patients have been found fit for work through the controversial work capability assessment (WCA).The previous version of the form – headed “Help us support your patient to return to or start work” – already told GPs that they should stop providing the patient with the “fit notes” that detail the advice they have provided to them about their fitness for work*.But DWP has now updated the form, by adding the line: “In the course of any further consultations with… we hope you will also encourage [the patient] in [their] efforts to return to, or start, work.”Disabled activists and campaigning health professionals – led by the grassroots group Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) – say the move will “gravely impact” the relationship between doctors and benefit-claiming disabled patients.Among those who have signed their letter are members and representatives of the Mental Health Resistance Network, Psychotherapists and Counsellors for Social Responsibility, Black Triangle, Inclusion London, Recovery in the Bin, and the Alliance for Counselling and Psychotherapy, and more than 50 psychologists, psychiatrists, psychotherapists and GPs.The campaigners who have signed the letter say the addition to the form adds to DWP’s continued insistence – based on “the thinnest veneer of evidence”, which was commissioned by DWP itself more than 10 years ago – that work is good for health and should be recognised as a “health outcome” (a measure of whether a patient’s health has improved).They point to cases such as that of James Harrison, whose GP was told by DWP through an ESA65B form in 2016 to stop providing him with fit notes, after he was found fit for work.His GP then repeatedly refused to provide him with new fit notes, even as his health deteriorated, and he died months later.Dr Jay Watts, a consultant clinical psychologist and activist, says in the DPAC letter that health professionals will be “horrified at this latest interference from the DWP”, which “undermines clinical expertise and threatens the safety of patients”.She says the new paragraph places the expertise of DWP’s contracted WCA assessors above that of GPs, “despite the fact GPs are more qualified to assess mental health, and can do so with the benefits of having known the patient for years, often decades (as opposed to in a one-off assessment)”.She says the form also ignores research that shows that work can damage mental health, with “poor work environments a frequent trigger to mental breakdown”, and she adds: “Economic evidence shows that rushing people back into work increases the likelihood of long-term illness.“How then can it be right to encourage GPs to coerce patients back to work, a pressure likely to increase the feelings of shame, despair and anxiety at not working that have been exacerbated by the government’s relentless and damaging campaign to associate worklessness with worthlessness?”The letter to RCGP says the new version of the form risks a situation where disabled people are unwilling to make appointments with their GPs, with “damaging and potentially life-threatening effects on the physical and mental health of claimants”.And it calls on RCGP to tell its members about the risks to patients from the new version of the form and to ask them to “use caution and discretion when following DWP instructions”.Neither RCGP or DWP were able to comment on the letter by noon today (Thursday).*Further fit notes can be issued if the claimant appeals against the result of the WCA, or if they make a new claim because their health condition or impairment has deteriorated or they develop a new medical conditionlast_img read more

Noe Valley fire sends disabled senior to hospital displaces four

first_img 0% “We haven’t found him yet, that’s a good thing,” Cremen said.According to Cremen, the fire started in the front room of the house, possibly the living room, around 8:30 a.m. The elderly woman was helped out of the back entrance of the house by firefighters before being taken to the hospital.“I’m trying to absorb this,” said Oscar, one of the apartment’s residents.A neighbor, Jane Verma, said she hadn’t thought anything was amiss until she saw firefighters and went outside to see what was happening.“I saw flames coming out of the right top window and smoke out of the whole apartment,” she said. “I saw my neighbors, the women, come out covered in soot. It’s freaky to see my neighbors helped out of the building with flames coming of it.”“Fires are a life-changer,” said another neighbor, David. Tags: displacement • Fires • housing Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%center_img Four people are displaced, and two were sent to the hospital, after a fire in the top unit of a building at 119 Randall Street near Chenery Street.A disabled senior and her daughter were sent to the hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation, one firefighter said.“[The senior] came out with burned soot all over her face,” said Battalion Six Chief Cremen. “Ambulances transported both of them to the hospital right away”The senior resident lives in the top unit of the two-story building with her daughter, son, and son-in-law, neighbors said, along with eight cats. Seven of the cats were rescued and taken in by Animal Care and Control. One remained inside around 10:00 a.m.last_img read more

S 3rd StreetBurnett Blvd could reopen next week

first_imgCrews continue to work on Greenfield Lake culvert replacement project (Photo: Sarah Johnson/WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A road project that has caused traffic delays on Carolina Beach Road and South Front Street could wrap up next week.According to Brian Rick with the NC Department of Transportation, the earliest 3rd street will reopen is November 22.- Advertisement – A portion of Burnett Boulevard/3rd Street between Willard Street and Carolina Beach Road has been closed since April while crews worked to replace a 70-year-old concrete culvert to better drain excess water from Greenfield Lake.Rick says shifting traffic back to 3rd Street is necessary in order for crews to complete the utility work on Front Street and in the median between 3rd Street and Front Street.Final paving is scheduled to be finished by the end of December.Related Article: Sewer work may cause lane closures on Wooster, South College roadsThe contractor will receive $5,000 per day for every day the project ends ahead of schedule.The contract allows the contractor to work until April 30 to finish all road work associated with the project.last_img read more


first_img Dr. Jamie Martinez, an associate professor at UNC-Pembroke, tells the stories. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — In this week’s Cape Fear History and Mysteries, it’s a history lesson on civil rights during the Civil War.From slavery to war labor to human rights, all the topics are all covered.- Advertisement – last_img

Local organizations merge to help feed hungry children

first_img Photo: NourishNC/LRW Photo: NourishNC/LRW 1 of 8 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — NourishNC and Little Red Wagon, two local non-profits, are merging and expanding in order to continue in the fight against child hunger in New Hanover County.NourishNC will lead the program, with the goal of expanding it county wide. The Little Red Wagon is a volunteer-run, neighborhood food collection network designed to collect and distribute food to hungry kids in the community. Food collected will be distributed to food insecure children through NourishNC’s Backpack and Pantry Pal programs.- Advertisement – Photo: NourishNC/LRW Photo: NourishNC/LRW Photo: NourishNC/LRW Photo: NourishNC/LRW Photo: NourishNC/LRW Little Red Wagon was started by Chase Shelton, a local mother who wanted to teach her children the importance of giving back to the community.“There is so much potential to grow the program even bigger and in to all neighborhoods and businesses across the county,” Shelton said. “NourishNC has always been so supportive and easy to work with that it was a natural fit for them to take Little Red Wagon to the next level.”NourishNC’s mission is to “Provide Healthy Food to Hungry Children, Empowering Them to Succeed in the Classroom and Their Community.”Steve McCrossan, executive director for NourishNC, said their programs focus on providing supplemental food assistance to children in New Hanover County. Their Backpack Program feeds nearly area 1,000 children.The organizations are always looking for donations. A list of needed items can be found here. The next food off date is July 16. For more information, visit (Photo: NourishNC/LRW)last_img read more

Historic Bellamy Mansion needs volunteers to assist with storm clean up

first_img Mold is beginning to form on the walls as a result of the rain water which poured in through an opening in the roof. Outside, a number of the property’s stately magnolia trees lost limbs but remain standing. Debris scatters the grounds of the Bellamy Mansion Museum.Hurricane Florence caused significant damage to the Bellamy Mansion Museum in Wilmington. Water puddles on the floor at the front entrance of the Bellamy Mansion Museum. The walls and woodwork inside the historic museum home were damaged by rain water. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — One of the iconic museum homes in Wilmington’s Historic Downtown District sustained significant damage as a result of Hurricane Florence.According to a statement released by the Bellamy Mansion Museum, the house lost a portion of its belvedere roof and water poured down on the ceilings, floors and walls all the way to the basement. The wood, plaster and carpet were completely waterlogged by the record rainfall.- Advertisement – The walls and woodwork inside the historic museum home were damaged by rain water. Limbs are scattered across the grounds of the Bellamy Mansion Museum.Bellamy Mansion Museum 1 of 9 Large limbs from stately magnolia trees were brought down by the hurricane-force winds. Water leaked through an opening in the roof sending lots of water inside the home. Bellamy Mansion Museum Site Manager Bob Lock assesses storm damage to the mansion’s roof. Large portions of the metal roof were damaged by Hurricane Florence. Museum staff are looking for volunteers to assist with helping with the removal of tree limbs and cleaning the inside of the mansion.Site Manager Bob Lock says he needs a powerful chainsaw, standing or box fans and dehumidifiers. Above all, Lock says they need lots of willing volunteers to assist with massive clean up operation.Related Article: Conditions improving in Carolina Beach, but no word on bridge reopeningThe museum plans to reopen as soon as possible but until then, they encourage anyone who is able to assist to help out.“We always say we cannot operate the museum without our volunteers, and that statement has never been more true,” said Bellamy Mansion Museum Executive Director Gareth Evans.The Bellamy Mansion Museum is located at 503 Market Street in Wilmington. Anyone wishing to volunteer with the storm clean up operation should email Site Manager Bob Lock at read more

Fresh Rumors on Apples iOS7 hint at possible Microsoft look and feel

first_imgAdvertisement Apples next mobile operating system, iOS7, expected to be unveiled at this year’s developer conference, WWDC 2013, is rumored to have major  design  changes, with new reports suggesting a more muted and flat design aesthetic.Last October, Jonathan Ive became responsible  for Apple’s hardware as well as  software and is not a fan of the skeuomorphic heavy design cues that currently dominate iOS.Speculation has for a while been  that Ive was planning a broad UI overhaul with iOS 7, but there are still not many specific details. According to a report by 9to5 Mac Ive’s look for iOS 7 will be “black, white and flat all over.” – Advertisement – Many of the textures currently present in iOS — linen on the notifications panel and leather in the calendar app — will be replaced with flat black and white colors. As for the home screen, apps will no longer have gloss, shadows and shine applied to the icons, but their corners will remain rounded.9to5 Mac also suggests that apps such as Mail, Calendar and Maps will gain a more unified look. The report suggests that all apps will share a similar white base each with its own unique color scheme.The green felt from Game Center and the wooden shelves from Newsstand have also reportedly been removed.The big challenge with an iOS overhaul, of course, will be balancing the need for something new with the familiarity the system has with hundreds of millions of users.Source: Mashablelast_img read more

Microsoft is rolling out new features for Outlookcom

first_imgAdvertisement Microsoft has revealed that is getting a big revamp today. Microsoft is slowly rolling out a huge preview update for the email service.The new features include Microsoft’s Clutter tool that separates your non-essential email from your most important emails and it will now be enabled by default for all users.Outlook will also now be able to throw out search suggestions as you type, allowing you to refine your search based on sender, folder, date and attachments. – Advertisement – It’ll also now highlight your search results to make it easier to find key terms. And if you flag emails to read later, you can check them all out through the new Task module in the app launcher.Outlook is now incorporating add-ins for extra features, as Microsoft announced a few weeks ago at Build.[Via]last_img read more

EXCLUSIVE Leaked Document Reveals UCC Proposal to Limit International Gateways

first_imgUCC House in Bugolobi, Kampala Advertisement A proposal to restrict the number of networks which can provide international connectivity in Uganda has been criticized by industry experts who argue that it will adversely impact the growth of the Internet and national economy.In a leaked letter to ISPs dated December 15th 2016 and seen by PC Tech Magazine, the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) said that it had “identified a number of issues that need to be urgently addressed to facilitate the development and encourage the use of internet” and proposed a number of interventions related to local content, censorship, and network interconnection.Proposals included in the letter would force Internet service providers (ISPs) to host their websites, databases, and other applications within the country; encourage government entities to host their electronic services within the country; and allow the Uganda Internet Exchange Point (UIXP) to connect content providers directly to ISPs. – Advertisement – The letter also proposes the creation of an “internet blacklist” which would restrict access to “websites, domains and IP (Internet Protocol) addresses that have information whose delivery should be restricted on the grounds that it violates the laws of Uganda.”In what may be the most striking proposal, the UCC seeks to introduce a license for the “establishment and operation of an international gateway” which would be “limited” in number and made available to “infrastructure provider license” holders only. This license would authorize “the provision of telecommunications services that enables international communications and connectivity between Uganda and one or more foreign points.”While the letter states that this move is intended to improve the health of the telecommunications industry, local and international experts argue that it would have a negative impact on the country.“Introducing limitations on licensing essentially will impact on the market segments competitiveness. A less competitive market segment will impact pricing and quality of service,” warned Michuki Mwangi, Senior Development Manager for Africa at The Internet Society.“International best practices and experience has shown that this type of regulatory activity hinders and discourages investment” he added, noting that “any investor looking to make entry in the Ugandan market would have to make serious considerations, on the implications of a less competitive international gateway segment.”Mr. Mwangi advised that “the regulator should not perceive to determine using policy, economical viability of business, as this may yield unintended outcomes,” adding that a policy to limit international gateways would downgrade Uganda’s telecommunications market status to “partially liberalized.”This view is similar to that held by Kyle Spencer, Director of the Uganda Internet Exchange Point (UIXP) and Co-Coordinator of the African IXP Association.“While I do not know the details of this proposal, we generally would not recommend such a policy,” Mr. Spencer said in an interview with this website.“Uganda wisely liberalized its telecommunications market in the 1990s. This created a highly competitive environment that attracted significant private investment which drove infrastructure development and has helped to keep end-user prices as low as possible,” he continued. “Limiting the number of networks that can provide a path in and out of the country would do the opposite.”Mr. Spencer said that such a proposal would limit the number of networks that could peer at the UIXP as “there is no technical difference between offering international routes through a commercial international gateway service and through peering at an Internet exchange.”“As a result, Uganda would become less attractive to content providers who typically wish to reach as many networks and routes through peering as possible,” Spencer further explained.Notably, the UIXP was not among the stakeholders to whom the UCC’s letter was addressed, though it commends the UIXP for its success in facilitating network interconnection in Uganda since its establishment in 2001.The UCC’s Fred Otunnu did not respond to our repeated requests for comment on this story.Potential Conflict with East African Community PolicyMr. Mwangi noted that the introduction of a limited number of international gateway licenses “would undo significant efforts made by the regional regulators, through EACO, who are looking to open up cross-border interconnection in East Africa. Their goal is to achieve efficient (reliable, high-speed and cost effective) interconnection between the East African countries.”Mr. Spencer commented similarly, stating that this proposal “would be entirely contrary to the goals of existing East African Community policy which calls for member states to provide an enabling regulatory environment in order to help national IXPs develop into regional IXPs by attracting more international networks and content providers”Risk of Market Collusion and OligopolyMr. Spencer also noted that a policy which limits the number of international connectivity providers could “create an oligopoly (i.e. a multi-player monopoly) if the number of licensed international gateway providers is small enough to allow collusion and price fixing in the absence of aggressive regulation.”Key ConcernsAccording to UCC’s website, there are currently 22 Public Infrastructure Provider (PIP) license holders compared to the 24 Public Service Provider (PSP) licenses in Uganda. When implemented, the International Gateway license will become the third licensing category for Internet Access Providers, except that it will only be limited to holders of PIP licenses.It is not clear why UCC needs to introduce a new “limited” license, considering that some operators are currently able to apply and acquire for both PSP and PIP licenses.last_img read more

TECNO Phantom 8 Review A Sequel Metamorphosing into a Beast

first_imgAdvertisement The Phantom 8, launched on October 22, looks more expensive than its predecessors’ thanks to its impressive build quality, and its powerful specs.I had the pleasure of using the phone for a week and here’s a full review. Enjoy!Design The Phantom is draped in a full metal body that helps confer a premium look and bolster the attractiveness and a 5.7 Full HD screen with a 1920 x 1080 pixels display resolution fixed on its surface with a 2.5D curved edge glass. The colors on the display are just simply beautiful, Tecno did a good job at this. While watching videos on the phablet was enjoyable since you could since all the colors, the blacks were blacks though the saturation was fair enough. – Advertisement – The visual highlight of the device is its unique ‘Diamond Fire Design’ that leaves the device glossy and a thing of true beauty. It comes in three different colors: Champagne Gold, Phantom Black, and Galaxy Blue colors.The smartphone is 7.9mm thick, slimmer than the Samsung Galaxy S8 (8mm).The Phantom 8 has three basic navigation keys in the lower front bezel while the fingerprint scanner is centrally placed at the back below the camera region.Below the screen are 3 capacitive soft key buttons: the app switch key, the home key, and the return key.1 of 3 OS The Tecno Phantom 8 brags Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box with HiOS 3.0 on top – promising more optimized and sleeker user interface.The icons on the HiOS 3.0 are sleek, spontaneous and offer more interaction. The new OS also comes with a couple of themes that offer richer customization.Camera Flying in with a 12MP + 13MP dual cameras at the rear with 10x super zoom, single shot HDR, “4 in 1” skin brightening technology, real-time refocus and filter, ultra-quality super pixel lens with great noise control.The Phantom 8 also got an exciting new selfie camera makeover – debuting an impressive 20MP bright front Camera alongside a smart dual selfie flash. The double front ring flash ensures that you can capture your legend anywhere even in a low light environment so that no moment goes uncaptured.Tecno added one other feature to its camera dubbed “the super pixel mode” which gives you absolutely amazing picture view. They are sharp and crisp. However, to use this feature, one of the requirements is for one to be really stable just like using a tripod on a DSLR camera while shooting say a scene.Performance The Phantom 8 is armed with a roaring 6GB RAM to see all your multitasking needs, this is the first Tecno device to come with that RAM capacity. And a built-in storage of 64GB which is quite enough for all the apps you could need as well as your photos and videos, but is still expandable up to 2TB via Micro SD card.With a 2.6 GHz MediaTek Helio P25 processor for an ultra-fast experience that supports 4G+ at a downloadable speed up to 300Mbps.With such performance, you can bid farewell to any wasted time while launching apps, multitasking or playing a resource demanding mobile game.Battery The Phantom 8 comes with a medium capacity built-in battery at 3500mAh with a 50% extra ultra-fast charge capacity, all of which ensures that the device is faster and consumes less energy. The fast charger could get you from 2% to a full charge within 2 to 2 and half hours which is really impressive.If you’re a moderate user, a single charge can take you upto two (2) days.Pricing and availability The Tecno Phantom 8 is priced at UGX. 1,220,000 and is available at all TECNO branded shops like Banana Phone World, Hello Mobile, Cross River, Rock Unlimited, Mob Phones among others, as well as online on Jumia.What we likedBoth cameras (the rear and front camera) are really promising, they show details on the subject taken. Plus its auto focus feature gives the camera a 100% go on – allowing users to take photos with blur backgrounds..The build quality.The display.What we didn’t likeThe huge bezels on the front of the device –  should have gone with smaller or no bezels at all since most firms are now doing away with it.The earphones/headsets that come with the phone.Photos by @penywarulast_img read more

Looking over the ring with Stephen Little

first_imgBlog, I’m not going all corporate on you, or becoming a staff sympathiser, but some words have to be written about yesterday’s performance from the Star army.  Because I feel so proud.  Not of one, but of all.  Our ‘bet numbers’ were up, ‘clients played’ were up, and turnover went in the right direction too.  AND, let’s not forget that there was a Cheltenham race cancelled and that Sedgefield was off as well.  Right across the firm, we pulled out all the stops, AND WE MADE IT HAPPEN.  Thank you, and well done, ALL!It’s always so much fun, arriving in Cheltenham and finding out which cottage Gaul Wood and co have organised for us to stay in.  This year’s is a cracker.  We have eight up this time but our abode for the week could comfortably hold fourteen.  At £700; it looks a bargain!  I had a run yesterday morning with Alex Wheeler and Sean ‘Boyyo’ (Lofty loves saying that) Williams.  Streams, fords, and rivers, all around us.On arriving home, Gaul Wood greeted us somberly, with news that there was an inspection to see if racing would go ahead.  At this point, being an action junkie, and ferociously annoying fidgeter, my first priority was to think about how I would make it through the day without going mad with boredom.  The previous night though, on arrival, I had noticed a bookshelf, filled with, from a distance, what looked like interesting looking reading material.  I couldn’t wait to get my hands on those babies!  Oh Blog, oh how wrong!!To give you an idea of what has been left behind by previous guests:Motherwell Football Club by Jim Jeffrey. In your Greenhouse by Percy Thrower (sadly, looks like it may now have been removed from circulation). The 2006 phone book.  Oh dear, oh dear.Thank God, I brought my own book along; Freedom by Jonathan Franzen.  Franzen = Best writer of modern times?  I think so…  He isn’t as cutting on the big picture as say Orwell or Dickens, but his emotional intelligence knows no bounds.In other news:We tried an initiative yesterday of opening accounts around the pitch.  AS USUAL, Square in the Air produced the goods; supplying us with Gemma to approach and open up promising looking puntery types.  She opened no less than eleven accounts!  Well done, Gemma!!Stephen Little, the biggest on-course bookmaker of his generation, and a hero of this blog, came up to the box for something to eat and a chat yesterday.  Yep, he’s still got ‘that’ coat.  But what an interesting man.  I stood on the balcony and looked over the ring with him as everyone was packing up.  He really is truly revered and every time he comes to a Star function, punters always approach him and ask ‘are you Stephen Little?’.  And then go on to tell him an individual story, to them, about when they watched him work in his heyday.  It worries me that too many people are forgetting where it all started.  And what the betting ring does for the game, and how many people it first attracts with it’s unique magnetism and energy.  Legends; like Little, are so many young boys, now old men still in the game’s, heroes.Will report back later, over-and-out, Ben xlast_img read more

DAVY RUSSELL Leopardstown Friday

first_img[dropcap]W[/dropcap]ell, that was a tough day.One minute I was on a massive high winning a Grade One aboard Apple’s Jade and the next I’m rock bottom losing an old friend like Zabana.This sport of ours really can be painful. I’m a bit sore after the spill but actually I’m hurting more inside than out.Gutted about ZabanaI feel so terribly sorry for all those connected with the horse. He was only eight-years-old and we had enjoyed some special days together. I suppose looking back the pick has to be his Grade One win at Punchestown a couple of seasons back which made up for our nightmare at the Cheltenham Festival a few weeks before. It’s never easy losing any horse, but particularly painful when its one as good as him.Apples Jade so gutsy in victoryLess than two hours earlier I was celebrating a Grade One victory aboard the really gutsy Apple’s Jade in the Christmas Hurdle. That was remarkably her seventh top flight success and she just seems to be improving all the time. She did it really nicely on her first step up to three miles and showed all of her battling qualities. If I could ride the race again, I’d probably have got her in a battle earlier as that’s when she is at her best. She has the heart of a lion and I feel very lucky to have been given the chance to ride her. She really is so very tough.Loss of Nichols Canyon such a sad postscriptThe sad postscript was the news afterwards about Nichols Canyon. Last year’s Stayers Hurdle winner was as tough as they come and my heart goes out to his connections. Horses like him don’t come along every day and my thoughts are with Willie (Mullins) and his team.FridayLEOPARDSTOWNMORTAL 12.50pmHe was in the process of running a really nice race when crashing out at the last fence in Gowran the last day. That was only his second start over hurdles and providing that fall hasn’t left its mark he is entitled to go close here, particularly with Joseph’s (O’Brien) team in such good form. The obvious danger looks to be Ballyward for the Mullins team who hasn’t been seen since bolting up in his bumper at this meeting last year.MONALEE 1.55pmI’m really looking forward to getting back on Monalee in the three mile Grade One novice chase. He won really nicely on his first start over the bigger obstacles at Punchestown last month and deserves his place in this line-up. My only niggling doubt is that he is pretty short in the betting for one so inexperienced and he faces some smart types here like Rathvinden and Jury Duty. That said, he has plenty of class as he showed when runner-up in the Albert Bartlett at the Cheltenham Festival last year and we know he stays this trip. He is not the most straightforward of rides, but I certainly wouldn’t swop him for anything else.MICK JAZZ 2.30pmOnly the four rivals for Mick Jazz in the Ryanair Hurdle, but sadly one of them is called Faugheen who happens to be one of the greatest hurdlers ever! He looked pretty impressive on his reappearance and will unquestionably be virtually impossible to beat. As for Mick Jazz, I will switch him off as usual and hopefully deliver him late to pick up some nice prize money. Anything else would be a massive bonus.MIND’S EYE 3.05pmMy fourth and final ride of the day is Mind’s Eye for Henry De Bromhead who is another trainer in terrific form. He was a distant second to Samcro on his hurdling debut and stepped up on that to win last time at Fairyhouse. He steps up an extra ½ mile here, but that shouldn’t be a problem on breeding grounds and he was second over three miles in a point-to-point. It looks an extremely competitive race, but I’m hoping my fella can go close.YOUR SAYIf you have a question for Davy drop us a line at and we’ll try and include in the next blog…BET WITH STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

STAR PREVIEW Wednesdays World Cup games

first_imgSouth Korea v GermanyFIFA World Cup 2018 Group Stage15:00 BBC OneIf Germany do go on and become the first team since Brazil in 1962 to retain the World Cup title the story of the whole tournament will surely be their Houdini escape act against Sweden.Germany looked down and out – not just of the match – but the whole tournament before their desperately late winner from Toni Kroos.There’s still to be a job to be done and surely Germany will make certain in style without any further last minute drama having already skirted with elimination?In simple terms, they must beat South Korea by two or more goals or better Sweden’s result to guarantee qualification.Joachim Low’s side will need to so without Jerome Boateng who was red-carded against Sweden and for South Korea captain Ki Sung-yueng is out with a calf strain.Germany need to get their tournament going and there is no better match than this. Over 3.5 match goals at evens with makes appeal.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK OVER 3.5 GOALS for 15 points at evens with starsports.betCLICK HERE FOR STARSPORTS.BET MARKET Mexico v SwedenFIFA World Cup 2018 Group Stage15:00 BBC TwoThere’s been some cracking matches in this final round of Group games, and we could be in for another one here as Sweden look to join Mexico in the knockout stage.Mexico are expected to make changes but will still be keen to top the group in order to avoid a probable second round tie against Brazil.The Swedes were rather unlucky not to have a penalty early on along with Jerome Boateng taking an even earlier bath than he did.Both teams counter-attacked to good effect against the Germans and this could be an open game as the Swedes go in search of qualification.I’m backing the overs at a nice price and am tempted to edge with Sweden/Draw double chance against what could be a significantly weaker Mexico team.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK OVER 2.5 GOALS for 5 points at 11/10 with starsports.betBACK SWEDEN/DRAW DOUBLE CHANCE for 20 points at 4/7 with starsports.betCLICK HERE FOR STARSPORTS.BET MARKET Serbia v BrazilFIFA World Cup 2018 Group Stage19:00 ITVBrazil were one of the hot favourites for the World Cup before the tournament began but they have not lived upto expectations currently and their game against Serbia is likely to be a very nervous evening for the Selecao.Things had all started so well with Coutinho’s brilliant goal early on against Switzerland, but few people felt they would have to wait until the 91st minute of their match against Costa Rica for another goal. Thankfully for them, Coutinho did find a way through a dogged defence and a few minutes later Neymar scored once again to put gloss on a gutsy 2-0 win.Neymar lit up the last tournament before his injury sent Brazil into emotional overdrive and he is once again proving to be an anchor. This time the issue has been two poorly tempered performances – and a lot of more frustration from the player himself given that he is not at his sharpest after missing three months of the season.He could easily have been sent off against Costa Rica when slamming the ball into the ground after a decision went Costa Rica’s way (he escaped a booking for a blatant dive before VAR caught him). After being fouled 10 times in the opening game against Switzerland, he was caught between trying to do everything or doing nothing in the face of pressure from opposition defenders and Tite must get his main man to share the ball or show more strength.Serbia lost a hard fought and well contested encounter with Switzerland on Friday but the difference between the two teams was a brilliant solo winner from Xherdan Shaqiri who picked up the ball from inside his own half. Serbia took a deserved lead thanks to and dominated the first half before Switzerland improved, and a draw would have been a much fairer result.They beat Costa Rica with an identical score line but a more convincing performance than Brazil offered, and nothing we’ve seen so far suggests they can’t make life very tough for the tournament favourites. The 11/2 with is tempting but backing them on one and two goal handicaps looks a solid position.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK SERBIA +1 for 5 points at 17/10 with starsports.betBACK SERBIA +2 for 5 points at 8/15 with starsports.betCLICK HERE FOR STARSPORTS.BET MARKET Switzerland v Costa RicaFIFA World Cup 2018 Group Stage19:00 ITV4Switzerland would have bitten your hand off for four points from their opening two World Cup games and they are now within touching distance of the last 16 with Costa Rica standing in their way.The Swiss have perhaps had their biggest stroke of luck before the game, with Granit Xhaka, Xherdan Shaqiri and Stephan Lichtsteiner all available for after avoiding bans for a ‘double-headed eagle gesture’ during their crucial victory over Serbia. They were instead fined by Fifa for “unsporting behaviour” following their controversial celebrations that came with a lost minute winner against Serbia after an extremely tense game.Snatching that late goal has given them a fine chance at progressing here although a draw would probably have been the deserved result given how strongly Serbia started. That said, Vladimir Petkovic’s side are nothing if not difficult to beat – they have lost just one of their last 24 matches.Costa Rica are eliminated from the tournament, but they will not be easy to dislodge here. Los Ticos went down deservedly to Serbia, but they made Brazil sweat for every second of their 2-0 defeat when goals at the death from Coutinhio and Neymar were required to break the deadlock. Keylor Navas made fine saves from Gabriel Jesus, Coutinho and Neymar as the favourites put the pressure on but despite 72% possession they looked as if they’d be denied for a long time and it could be an equally tight ride for the Swiss.In Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri they have the gamebreakers to force a result – and a draw could well be enough – but this has cagey written all over it. A one goal winning margin for Switzerland (13/8 with in what is a tight race but perhaps bank on it being 1-0 for extra value.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK 1-0 SWITZERLAND for 5 points at 5/1 with starsports.betCLICK HERE FOR STARSPORTS.BET MARKET PROFIT/LOSS SINCE JAN 1 2017: PROFIT 145.52 pointslast_img read more

ADAM KIRBY Haydock Saturday

first_imgGood to be back in the saddle this week after a period on the sidelines with a bad back. Itching to get back in the winners enclosure now and on Saturday I have five booked rides at Haydock.SATURDAYHAYDOCKESCOBAR (2.05pm)Was a good winner here back in June of a class 3 handicap and has been running at a higher level since. I’ve only ridden him once before – that was in the Victoria Cup at Ascot and he’ll probably need to be at his best to win this off his current mark and we wouldn’t want to see much more rain.TROPICS (3.15pm)Has been an absolute star for trainer Dean Ivory but he needs to bounce back to form after finishing last of five in Listed company at York last time out. He can still get competitive as he’s been proving on the all-weather but he’s up against some bang in form rivals here including Tarboosh who bids for a four-timer.DARK POWER (3.50pm)He’s still quite lightly raced and could have good place chances here. He was by no means disgraced when finishing 8th in the Great St Wilfrid at Ripon. He gave me three wins last season and he’s always liked a bit of cut in the ground.GREAT HALL (4.25pm)This looks very competitive and my fella needs to show a bit more sparkle. He hasn’t shown much since winning at Ripon in the spring but this is his first start since then with some give in the ground and hopefully that will see an improved effort.GRANDEE (5.00)Was only fourth of six here last time out when the ground might well have been too testing. Is dropping down the weights and that will help, together with hopefully the first time visor. This does look very competitive though.Good luckADAMYOUR SAYIf you have a question for Adam drop us a line at and we’ll try and include in the next blog…last_img read more

Smalley Wins Franklin Medal

first_imgFacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThis ShareCONTACT: Lia UnrauPHONE: (713) 831-4793 SMALLEY WINS FRANKLIN MEDALRichard E. Smalley, the Gene and Norman Hackerman Professor of Chemistry at Rice University, will be awarded the Franklin Medal, The Franklin Institute announced thisweek. The Franklin Institute is recognizing Smalley for”revolutionizing molecular spectroscopy and spawning the field of nonmolecular clusters and for his contributions to the discovery offullerenes, a hitherto unknown, important class of material.” Smalley joins the ranks of scientists such as Thomas Edison, Niels Bohr, Orville Wright, Max Planck, Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking as a recipient of the Franklin Medal, one of the most prestigious awards bestowed by the institute. Recipients receive agold medallion engraved with a portrait of Benjamin Franklin.“The Franklin Medal is a signal honor, one shared by a small group of scientists,” said Rice University President Malcolm Gillis.”Rick Smalley clearly belongs in this most select company becausethe results of his work will reverberate through much of the nextcentury. Rice is enormously proud of Rick Smalley for hispathbreaking research and for his dedication to teaching. In bothendeavors he represents the best of what Rice is about.” The Committee on Science and the Arts at The Franklin Institute announced it will award five 1996 Science and Arts Medalists, the Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science, and the Bower Award for Business Leadership at The Franklin Institute Medal Awards Ceremony in Philadelphia on May 2, 1996. In addition to the ceremony, symposia will be scheduled throughout the week of April29. The Franklin Institute was established in 1824 in Philadelphia to train artisans and mechanics in the fundamentals of science. They established an annual exhibit of technological advances and new products, and in 1846 began presenting awards for achievement in science and technology. Through the years, 17 medals have beenestablished to honor discoveries in various fields. The Franklin Medal, established in 1914, is awarded for advancing knowledge or application of physical sciences. The institute honored Smalley for his discovery of carbon 60, or buckminsterfullerenes, a third form of carbon. Smalley found the geodesic dome-shaped spheres to be extraordinarily stable although elastic. “He has been successful in inserting metals within them, and extensive applications for carbon 60 and related carbon molecules, although anticipated, have only begun to materialize,”the institute’s announcement stated. The institute also recognized Smalley’s contributions in physical chemistry including the technique of laser induced florescence spectroscopy in seeded supersonic jets that has permitted the spectral analysis of molecules of vaporized solids, and, using his laser-ablation supersonic expansion methods, has provided a convenient way to produce non-molecular clusters.Smalley received a bachelor’s degree in 1965 from the University of Michigan and a doctorate from Princeton in 1973. During a postdoctoral period with Lennard Wharton and Donald Levy at the University of Chicago, he pioneered supersonic beam laser spectroscopy. Smalley came to Rice in 1976. He was one of the founders of the Rice Quantum Institute in 1979 and has served as chair of the institute since 1986. He has won numerous awards and prizes for his work including the 1992 Robert A. Welch Award inChemistry. Smalley will be the director of a new Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology at Rice, which will be housed in a new building featuring a 3,000-square-foot vibration-isolatedlaboratory. The building is scheduled for completion in July 1997. ###last_img read more

Statistics method shows networks differ in epileptic brains

first_imgAddThis Marina Vennucci (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University) Sharon Chiang.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 maps show networks in the brains of controls and patients with temporal lobe epilepsy. Researchers at Rice University, Baylor College of Medicine and their colleagues used data from such maps to develop a statistical approach that reveals details about brains’ internal networks. (Credit: Vannucci Lab/Rice University) Share1Editor’s note: A link to high-resolution images for download appear at the end of this release. David Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduMike Williams713-348-6728mikewilliams@rice.eduStatistics method shows networks differ in epileptic brains Rice University scientists develop novel method to study brain connections in epilepsy HOUSTON – (March 6, 2017) – A novel statistical approach to analyzing patients with epilepsy has revealed details about their brains’ internal networks. The findings may lead to better understanding and treatment of the disease, according to Rice University researchers.Rice statistician Marina Vannucci and lead author Sharon Chiang, an M.D./Ph.D. student at Rice and Baylor College of Medicine, and their co-authors detailed their technique to analyze brain activity data from patients with epilepsy and control groups to see how distinct structures in the brain spontaneously interact.The results showed differences in brain connectivity between the groups. In one instance, they showed structures that plan and then activate movement, which tend to interact in one direction in control subjects, may have abnormal bidirectional interactions in the brains of patients with temporal lobe epilepsy.The study appears in the journal Human Brain Mapping.These maps show networks in the brains of controls and patients with temporal lobe epilepsy. Researchers at Rice University, Baylor College of Medicine and their colleagues used data from such maps to develop a statistical approach that reveals details about brains’ internal networks. Courtesy of the Vannucci LabThe Rice team approached its analysis of the brain in much the same way a meteorologist uses radar to predict the weather. Rather than winds and water, they look at the shifting circulation of blood in brain images that depict dynamic connections between structures.“Temporal lobe epilepsy is a form of focal epilepsy with seizures originating from the brain’s temporal lobe. However, a network of regions is affected, which is evident in the research findings,” said co-author John Stern, director of the Epilepsy Clinical Program at the University of California, Los Angeles, and co-director of the UCLA Seizure Disorder Center.Sharon Chiang“The idea is that, with better understanding of drivers in these networks, down the line, future treatments may be able to disrupt these networks and prevent epileptic seizures,” Chiang said.The new approach is based on Bayesian probability, which does not provide definitive answers but “degrees of belief” based on the strength of the evidence.The researchers used two types of data from patients with temporal lobe epilepsy and healthy control subjects. The first, functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), detailed the brain’s resting-state networks, thought to control higher-order functions including attention, executive control and language. Functional MRI produces maps of the brain based on oxygenated blood flow related to neural activity.The second, standard MRI, detailed structural connections in the brain believed to be necessary for effective communication. Integrating both types of data allowed for improved inference, Vannucci said.Extended imaging sessions at UCLA allowed the statisticians to model links between structures in epileptic patients’ brains and to compare them either individually or collectively with each other and with the controls.The data from scans of multiple patients and control subjects helped piece together insights unavailable from individual techniques like electroencephalography or positron emission tomography (PET) scans.Marina Vennucci“The statistical approach has advantages,” said Vannucci, who chairs Rice’s Department of Statistics. “One is that we use data from multiple subjects. Rather than estimating networks from individuals and then averaging them, we estimate networks at the epileptic and control group levels by using all the data at once. Then we can look for differences between the two networks and across time.“We take into account what we call heterogeneity, accounting for variations between one individual and another,” she said. “It allows us to get better estimations. At the end of the day we have fewer false positives, so the network we are able to construct is more reliable.“Ultimately, we want to understand what is different about that connectivity and the effect of epilepsy on the connections across the whole brain,” she said.Vannucci said results using fMRI data corroborated several previously known connections found through electrocorticography. One, for example, was the sequential activation during motor tasks of the premotor cortex, then the primary somatosensory cortex, then the primary motor cortex in healthy brains.But it also revealed novel connections in patients with temporal lobe epilepsy, including two-way communications between the premotor and primary somatosensory cortex. It showed epileptic brains engage other parts of the brain to handle alertness tasks. Brains of patients with epilepsy may have smaller overall areas and intensity of activation in their alertness networks, which keep brains ready for incoming stimuli. The study found a different spatial pattern for effective connections into and out of the alertness network in patients as compared to controls.“Currently, surgical resection is the treatment of choice for some patients with medically refractory epilepsy,” Chiang said. “However, if drivers in these networks can be identified and possibly stimulated, rather than completely resected, this may potentially allow a more targeted treatment.”Co-authors are Michele Guindani, formerly an assistant professor of biostatistics at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and now an associate professor of statistics at the University of California, Irvine; Hsiang Yeh, a clinical researcher at UCLA; and Zulfi Haneef, an assistant professor of neurology and neurophysiology at Baylor College of Medicine. Vannucci is the Noah Harding Professor of Statistics at Rice.The National Library of Medicine Training Fellowship in Biomedical Informatics and the Gulf Coast Consortia for Quantitative Biomedical Sciences supported the research.-30-Read the abstract at Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNewsRelated materials:Marina Vannucci: University Department of Statistics: https://statistics.rice.eduGeorge R. Brown School of Engineering: https://engineering.rice.eduImages for download:last_img read more

Hot MBA Jobs Program Analyst

first_imgFox School of Business – Temple University: The MBA program at Temple’s Fox School of Business offers many facets which focus on business analytics and data interpretation. Each year, the school’s Global Center for Big Data in Mobile Analytics hosts a “Big Data Conference”, along with regular publication of business research. Hot MBA Jobs: Program Analyst 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 If you are passionate about a range of topics, narrowing down a single career path can challenging. This is especially understandable given that the MBA education typically provides a strong and broad base of business knowledge. How can you help focus such a broad education into one career? If you have a strong business background as well as technological skill, you might want to consider a role as a Program Analyst.With a job outlook that projects 21 percent growth to 2024 (a rate much faster than other industries), a position like Program or Computer Systems analyst could be perfect for someone with strong management skills and experience with technology.What does a Program Analyst Do?A program analyst is responsible for the design, development and implementation of an organization’s computer programming. Job responsibilities of a Program Analyst typically overlap with the jobs of a systems analyst and computer programmer. On the systems analyst side of the job, Program Analysts design and create software and computer systems, whereas Computer Programmer skills are used to implement the designs through the actual writing, updating and maintenance of existing programs. Program analysts should be able to stay on top of trends in technology so that an organization’s systems can be kept appropriately up-to-date. The exact role of a program analyst will vary depending on the organization. Analysts may work with a particular computer system, whether financial, scientific or engineering, and find ways to customize the program for client. Analysts will also typically prepare cost analysis and help management determine how to create a system that is financially possible.Top Skills for a Program AnalystProblem Solving: Program Analysts will be required to work alongside clients to understand the need of each organization, and tailor the software to meet these needs. They must then develop software appropriate for each individual client, while also working within financial constraints.Software Design and Fundamentals: A program analyst must have a strong foundation in software development, as they will be writing new programs, maintaining computer systems and perform repairs when necessary. Analysts must also stay up to date with professional and technical knowledge, often through attendance at educational workshops or participation in professional societies.Analyzing Information: Program Analysts must be able to analyze many different sets of information, from the needs and constraints of a specific organization to the financial feasibility of the software they create.Program Analyst and the MBAA bachelor’s degree is the minimum education required for a role in program analysis, especially in a computer-related discipline such as engineering or mathematics. Mostly, a candidate must prove that they have the technical experience and skills required for the position.Earning an MBA can be a great way to demonstrate technological aptitude while still revealing a strong base of business knowledge. Entering the field with an MBA can give applicants a competitive edge in the job market, while also proving management skills that may lead to long-term job growth. The average pay for the position in 2015 was $85,800 per year.Best MBA Programs for a Career as a Program Analyst About the AuthorAlanna ShafferStaff Writer, covering MetroMBA’s news beat for Atlanta, Houston, and Dallas.View more posts by Alanna Shaffer Kellogg School of Management – Northwestern University: At the Kellogg School of Management, data analytics is offered a part of the MBA program. In addition, a number of executive programs are offered with a broad range of analytics-related focuses. Last Updated Mar 16, 2017 by Alanna ShafferFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail DeGroote School of Business – McMaster University: The DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University offers a number of classes tailored to students interested in the business analytics field. Last year, the school launched a new Executive MBA in Digital Transformation, which will serve as another option for students looking to focus their education on big data and strategic decision making. RelatedHot Jobs for MBAs: Becoming a Pricing AnalystMBA graduates looking to apply their skills to a fast-growing and high-paying career may be interested in pursuing a role in Pricing Analysis. Named among the 100 best jobs in America by CNN, working as a Pricing Analyst is a perfect way for an MBA graduate to make use of their strong…December 5, 2017In “Featured Home”Hot MBA Jobs: Operations Research AnalystIn a recent post, we discussed Big Data and the Demand for Business Analytics Talent. We talked about how the study of complex sets of information and data science — something we call big data and business analytics — are both components of a rabidly growing industry. Correlative to the growth of big data…April 7, 2016In “Featured Home”Top MBA Jobs: Senior Financial AnalystWorking in financial services is one of the most coveted career paths for MBA graduates. It pays well; you can find a job anywhere in the world; and top companies recruit in finance. Unfortunately, all that means that there is a lot of competition. It can be tough to break…June 25, 2019In “Advice”last_img read more