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first_imgA note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS… The impact of the “migration” of hundreds of thousands of disabled people onto universal credit from next year could prove disastrous because of the “hoops” the government will force claimants to leap through, according to a disabled MP.Stephen Lloyd, work and pensions spokesman for the Liberal Democrats, said the migration process was set to be “a disaster” for those disabled people currently claiming employment and support allowance (ESA), including many people with learning difficulties and mental health conditions.The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is set to start testing the process of moving hundreds of thousands of existing ESA claimants – its estimates suggest it will eventually need to “migrate” 750,000 – onto universal credit from January, and intends to “increase volumes” by July and complete the process in 2023.ESA claimants will be among those receiving a letter telling them that their existing benefits are about to stop and that they will need to make a new claim for universal credit.They will have to fill out an online application, and then make at least one and possibly two, or even three, visits to their local job centre in the space of just one month, to validate their claim.If they fail to do this, said Lloyd (pictured) – who was speaking to Disability News Service at his party’s annual conference in Brighton – they will get “kicked out” and be left with no benefits, as their ESA claim will have ended.A DWP memo, produced in June, said the department would give claimants at least one month to make their claim, although there will be “flexibility for this period to be extended” to up to three months.But Lloyd said: “What on earth is going to happen? You have got to do all this in a month, otherwise you’re going to be kicked off. That’s going to be catastrophic.“We have got to stop this, it’s ridiculous. It’s not going to work.”He has written to work and pensions secretary Esther McVey to seek clarification on what claimants will be asked to do.Lloyd said: “I have to get the minister to understand you have to give them more time, otherwise there is going to be a car crash.”His hope is that pressure on McVey through parliamentary questions and an early day motion will force her to back down and ease the conditions imposed on claimants before regulations are laid before parliament in October.Concerns about the migration have also been raised by the mental health charity Mind, which said: “Many people experiencing mental health problems have told us they are extremely worried about what these proposals will mean for them.“As people begin to move over to universal credit, we are concerned people will fall through the cracks, and see their benefits stopped entirely.“It’s appalling to place all the responsibility on unwell people to reapply for a new benefit and risk losing their income in the process.“The government should change their plans so that no-one faces having their benefits stopped before they move to universal credit.”A DWP spokeswoman said: “We are working closely with stakeholders and other parties to design the best possible process for the migration of our customers to universal credit.“Our focus will be on safeguarding claimants and ensuring a smooth transition with uninterrupted support.“Based on early planning there is no evidence to indicate that claimants would need to come into the jobcentre so frequently and therefore we do not recognise this claim.“We plan to have a comprehensive and well-supported preparation period for claimants which will include a variety of communication formats, including face-to-face, internet and postal notification, to ensure claimants are aware of the managed migration process.“There is flexibility to extend that period if necessary; and a process to ensure that, before the existing benefits are stopped, our staff will check for evidence of complex needs or vulnerability or disability and act accordingly to support the claimant.“Additionally, if a claimant misses their deadline to claim there are provisions in the draft regulations that will allow DWP to back-date their claim.”Lloyd said he has already tried locally to ensure that the impact of universal credit and other welfare reforms would not be as serious as it has been in other constituencies.He brought food banks, housing association representatives, Citizen’s Advice and his own staff together in advance of the rollout of universal credit in his Eastbourne constituency last October, which he said helped ensure there was much less of a spike in the use of food banks in the town than in other similar constituencies.Lloyd also believes that he is the only MP in the country who allocates a member of staff to attend regular benefit appeal tribunals on behalf of constituents.So far this year, the staff member has attended about 70 tribunals (with a success rate of about 70 per cent).During Lloyd’s previous stint as an MP, between 2010 and 2015, the same member of staff attended about 150 tribunals in four years.He said: “As far as I know, no other MP’s office in the country sends one of their staff [so] regularly to tribunals.“I basically lose him for three-quarters of a day a week, but it is the right thing to do.”Meanwhile, tributes have been paid to the co-chair of the Liberal Democrat Disability Association (LDDA), Robert Adamson, who died just days before the conference began.Born in Doncaster, and a retired civil servant, he was a former parliamentary candidate for the party and also stood in European and local elections, and was a former chair of the party’s Yorkshire and Humber region.Baroness [Sal] Brinton, the party’s president, told the conference: “Robert never let his very disabling condition get in the way of campaigning locally and nationally.”And Gemma Roulston, previously LDDA co-chair and now the association’s chair, said: “He wanted to improve the lives of people with or without disabilities, and anyone who was impacted by disability.“He was always there for you, and was a good person to go to for advice and support.“Conference hasn’t felt the same without him. 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Witness Says Alex Nieto Pointed Taser at Him Before Police Shooting

first_imgSnow said he noticed Nieto’s “tense demeanor and tight shoulders” and was worried that his dog would go for Nieto’s food. He had already called for his dog get away from Nieto once when the dog sprinted towards Nieto from 40 feet away and began barking at him, prompting Nieto to jump on a bench.“He [then] reached [for his waistband] and he grabbed the item in the holster, he removed it from the holster, and he pointed it directly at me,” Snow testified. Nieto then pointed the object at Snow’s dog, he said, at which point Snow realized it was a taser, called his dog away, and hurried out of the park. Snow added that Nieto swore at him while he was leaving the park.Asked what he thought when Nieto drew the taser, Snow said he was scared for his life. “I’m gonna get shot, I’m gonna die here right now,” he recalled thinking.Lateef Gray, an attorney for the Nieto family, tried to cast doubt on Snow’s character by pointing out that he used a racial slur for Nieto after the incident and sent joking text messages to a friend. In those messages, Snow wrote that he wished he were in Florida so he could have shot Nieto, a reference to that state’s stand-your-ground law, Gray said.Snow said Tuesday he “may have” sent those messages but did so because he was “traumatized by the incident.”Grey also pointed out that Snow had testified in an earlier deposition that a female runner’s behind distracted him in the critical moment when his dog sprinted towards Nieto.“You were staring at her butt, correct?” asked Lateef Gray, one of the attorneys for Nieto’s parents.Snow said “her back was to me and I believe I used that term” but denied later in his testimony that he was distracted specifically by her behind.Gray read from a deposition from September in which Snow said the runner’s rear was “one of the three things [he] remembered about the incident,” which Snow dismissed Tuesday as a means of “trying to add a little humor to the situation.”Gray said September’s deposition also indicated Snow was prejudiced against Nieto because of Nieto’s clothing. Nieto was dressed in black jeans, a red 49ers jacket, and a 49ers ballcap.In that deposition, Snow said that he made a quick judgment to avoid Nieto based upon his “experience at Berkeley High” with “gang members.”During Tuesday’s testimony, however, Snow denied that he stereotyped Nieto. “No, that is absolutely incorrect,” Snow said. “I think in previous [testimony] I said he was dressed as if he were in a gang, but I did not assume [that he was].”Snow is the only non-police witness to testify that Nieto pointed a taser that day. His encounter — and the 911 call to report Nieto — have been the subject of intense scrutiny from advocates for Nieto, many of whom have said that Nieto only drew such attention because his appearance may have been frightening to outsiders.Advocates have linked the shooting death of Nieto to the effects of gentrification on the Mission District, claiming that newcomers unfamiliar with local culture are quick to call the police on neighbors they mistake for criminals or gang members.The 911 caller in Nieto’s shooting had lived in San Francisco for about a year at the time of the shooting, while Snow did not say how long he had lived in the city at that time.Also testifying Tuesday was Don Cameron, a former Berkeley police officer and frequent expert witness for police departments. Cameron testified that police actions in their encounter with Nieto were justified given the immediate threat officers believed he posed.His testimony was meant to counterbalance testimony given Monday by Roger Clark, a retired Los Angeles police officer frequently called to testify by the firm representing Nieto’s parents. Clark said that officers were too hasty to approach Nieto in a public park and should have crafted a plan beforehand.Closing arguments are scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. on Wednesday. The eight-person jury will begin deliberations after that and decide whether to award Nieto’s parents financial damages and, if so, how much. That deliberation could take hours or days. 0% See Mission Local’s full coverage of the Alex Nieto shooting here.A man who was at Bernal Heights Park the day Alex Nieto was shot and killed testified Tuesday that Nieto pointed a taser at him about 30 minutes before four San Francisco police officers say they mistook that taser for a pistol. The officers fatally shot Nieto in the confrontation that ensued, and are now facing a federal civil suit from his parents for wrongful death and civil rights violations stemming from the March 21, 2014, incident. Evan Snow, a witness called by the city, testified on Tuesday that he was walking his one-year-old Siberian husky at Bernal Heights Park that day when he came across Nieto eating chips near a park bench. center_img Tags: alex nieto Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

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Two Thrown from Open Air GoCar in Crash on 24th Street

first_imgA third witness emailed after the incident saying the sedan had been going eastbound on 24th Street on a green light when the GoCar ran a red light and entered the intersection “at full traffic speed,” clipping the sedan on the left and ejecting both occupants from the vehicle.“The light had been red for a couple of seconds. The GoCar hit the left front corner of the grey car and both passengers were thrown from the vehicle, one to either side of the GoCar,” the witness, who was going southbound on 24th Street on his bicycle and wished to remain anonymous, wrote. The witness then called 911 to report the crash.It was unclear if either passenger was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. Helmets were seen in the GoCar after the crash, but the victims did not have them on when they were lying on the ground.“We provide the helmets and they’re supposed to wear them,” said Patrick Kane, a customer representative with GoCar, which is located near Fisherman’s Wharf and started giving sightseeing tours in San Francisco in 2004. He said that providing and wearing a helmet were required by state law.Police said the occupant of the sedan was unhurt. There was no indication alcohol was involved, police said, and the crash is under investigation.Traffic was closed on 24th Street from Mission to Shotwell streets and on South Van Ness Avenue from 23rd to 25th streets at 2 p.m.George Lipp and Lydia Chávez contributed to this report. The car crash at 24th Street and South Van Ness Avenue on Sunday, January 15, 2017. Photo by Joe Rivano Barros.The car crash at 24th Street and South Van Ness Avenue on Sunday, January 15, 2017. Photo by Joe Rivano Barros. 0% A passenger and driver were thrown from a yellow GoCar guided vehicle during a collision Sunday afternoon at 24th Street and South Van Ness Avenue. Both sustained non-life threatening injuries, according to police, and were transported to the hospital.Three witnesses said they saw a grey Toyota sedan going eastbound on 24th Street when it collided with a three-wheeled yellow GoCar going southbound on South Van Ness Avenue. The two passengers of the GoCar, a man and a woman, were then thrown from the vehicle and hit the ground, the three witnesses said.“I just heard the crash and saw the people fall out,” said a woman named Frances, who declined to give her last name and lives nearby. “We didn’t see much blood. The girl was bleeding through her nose.”“We heard the brakes screeching,” said Vineet, another nearby resident who also declined to give a last name. Both said the two were taken away in an ambulance and were awake and breathing, though shaken.center_img Tags: safety • south van ness avenue • traffic Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

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The young prop has just completed an electrical en

first_imgThe young prop has just completed an electrical engineering apprenticeship with distinction, something he started when he joined the club at 16.Developing his skills away from rugby was important to him and he admits it began following a chat with his dad.“It was something he insisted on me doing,” Matty said. “He said I could get injured and never play again so I needed to be doing something. He was in engineering and I always enjoyed seeing what he was doing so it made sense. It’s an important back-up plan for me and something I have enjoyed doing.”Matty signed for Saints at 16 and has come through the Academy system to play 11 games for the first team.Saints Player Welfare Manager Neil Kilshaw said: “We are extremely proud of Matty not only completing his engineering apprenticeship but to excel so much as to gain a distinction. Matty has worked so hard both on and off the field since joining us as a 16-year-old, and alongside his vocational career development he is a blossoming Super League player with a bright future ahead of him.“Every one of our young players is different and as such our Academy is set up to cater for their individual needs. On the field we quite rightly help to the players to maximise their individual physical traits and positional requirements, and off the field we encourage them to forge a career path that is relevant to them.“We’ve had players in colleges as far afield as Ulverston and Telford completing A Levels or BTECs, whilst other players are apprentice engineers, electricians and plasterers.”He continued: “The reality is that a Rugby League career may last as short as one game or long as 15 years and involvement in our Academy works alongside their career development.“This career planning continues well into their Super League careers and the majority of the first team squad are involved in a variety of education programmes away from the field of play.”last_img read more

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Six of the clubs contingent at the Dream Team wer

first_imgSix of the club’s contingent at the Dream Team were products of Saints Academy system whilst Wakefield’s Matty Ashurst also came through the ranks here.And then in the England set-up both James Graham and Joe Greenwood graduated from our junior set up.Our Academy’s Head Coach, Derek Traynor, talks about our Dream Team graduates, most of which also toured Australia with the club too.“James Roby was signed before our Tours started,” he said. “He played in an under 17s Foundation Academy at the time and proved himself there. He signed professional at the end of that period and has never looked back since. He has become a player who is respected and looked up to by all the junior players at the club, and let’s be honest, the rest of the competition too.“Jonny Lomax and Matty Ashurst went on the 2006 Tour to Australia. Jonny was an outstanding academy player who very quickly progressed to first team level. Throughout his time he progressed and improved and has matured into the leading player he is today.“Matty was always a very naturally gifted player; in fact he ended up playing stand-off after ten minutes in the 2008 Academy Grand Final and did a great job! He, of course, played a number of games for the club but came through at a very competitive time to break through into the first team on a regular basis.“At the time he came through we had perhaps one of the greatest teams to ever play at Saints but we are just as proud to see him honoured in this way and always think of him as one of ours.“Tommy Makinson went on the 2009 Tour to Australia and was outstanding. He quickly established himself in the Academy when he signed at 16 from Wigan St Judes. He was at centre in those days but with his finishing skills and yardage carries it is great to see him become a full international as an outstanding winger.“Mark Percival and Luke Thompson went on the 2011 Tour. Percy is perhaps one of the most naturally gifted players we have taken to Australia. He was an outstanding strike centre all through his time in the Academy and has carried that on into the first team and now on the international stage.“Luke struggled with a back injury on the tour but not until he had showed the Aussies what he was about in the early games! He was powerful strong running second-rower row in the Academy although he did play in the middle on occasion. He has carried that on to become the international player he is today.“Danny Richardson went on the 2013 Tour. He developed as the trip went on and in the last game he came up with a Man of the Match performance scoring three tries. The half back playing against him that day was actually Nathan Cleary who as himself gone onto great things! Danny was a very dominant half in the Academy and worked very hard on his game. He was always trying to improve his skills and tactical knowledge.”He continued: “We are very proud of these lads and it shows how we are consistently producing players of a very high quality over a long period of time. All these players have one thing in common; a great desire to succeed and a great work ethic to improve themselves.“An example was Tommy Makinson catching a train from his home to go and do extra sprint training with Neil Kilshaw whilst Luke Thompson had to be kicked out of the gym when we needed to lock up at night!“Danny Richardson always responded to being told he needed to improve a skill by working on that skill until he had mastered it.“These players deserve all the accolades they are receiving especially when you are aware of the extra time and effort they have put in to get to the level they are at.“Knowing them as we do, we know they will be looking to move on and improve even more in the coming years.”last_img read more

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Parents say goodbye and thank you to local bus driver in big

first_img In those six years, Thompson has not only been a bus driver but a guardian for the kids of bus 248.“That’s what gets me up in the morning,” said Thompson.Following his military retirement, Thompson and his wife moved to North Carolina to take care of his dad. Eventually his job search landed him in the Pender County School system.Related Article: Trump signs order to increase access to retirement plans“I never in my wildest dreams thought I would drive a bus. I was quite intimidated initially.”Parents like Kristin Tortorici see him as more than the man who gets her kids to school and back home.“He definitely goes above and beyond the average bus driver,” Tortorici said. “He knows all of the kids names. He waves to all of the parents and if there is a problem he reaches out to the parents.”He found creative ways to keep the kids well-behaved on the bus.“I tell you what, if you guys can stay in your seats, I will make sure I get something special for you and they got to choose the own kind of candy they liked plus the ones, there’s six that’s left. They got their own medal, I have a medal with my picture on it and on the back it says ‘thanks for being great on bus 248.’”However, it’s the last time he will do that. Thompson is retiring and moving with his wife and grandson to take care of her family.“I wanted to do whatever I could to support him on his next endeavor,” Tortorici said.Tortorici along with other parents of route 248 have collected more than one thousand dollars to help Thompson’s family. Some of it came from a local bar-b-cue and more online.“We want to thank him for everything he’s done,” she said. “Again as a retired service member, thank him for his service to our country and wish him and his family well into retirement.”It’s their way of saying to Mr. Thompson, ‘You did great for the kids of bus 248.’“I’m really grateful to all the parents that are involved and just the community in general,” Thompson said. 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 PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) – A group of Pender County parents are sending a sweet message to one school bus driver.“It’s amazing how quick the time went,” said Gerald Thompson. “I mean it’s been six years but it does not feel like six years.”- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Goodbye Geoffrey Toys R Us in Wilmington has closed

first_img Those who stopped by the store for a last minute deal ended up disappointed. Early Thursday afternoon, an employee locked the door and put up signs reminding customers they were closed after three decades in the area.For many people, nothing will ever replace Toys R Us.“Well especially, you know, in Wilmington, there’s no other kids stores besides Learning Express or Target,” said shopper Nicole Zuber. “So, we’re pretty bummed that there’s not a store that we could go to, to get toys for kids.”Related Article: Port of Wilmington sees banner year for container trafficOther last minute shoppers said they saw nothing on the shelves through the window and when you call the location, the voicemail tells you they are officially closed.Toys R Us filed for Chapter 11 reorganization last fall and pledged to stay open, but had poor sales during the critical holiday season as customers and vendors shied away. In January, it announced plans to close about 180 stores, but then in March it said it would liquidate the rest of the 700-plus stores. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It’s the end of an era here in Wilmington.The Toys R Us on Oleander Drive has closed their doors for good.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Give your screens a rest on National Day of Unplugging

first_imgLELAND, NC (WWAY) — We spend a lot of time with our eyes glued to our phone. This is an unhealthy habit, and every once in a while we can all afford to give our electronic devices a rest. That’s where the National Day of Unplugging comes in.Specialists recommend only spending two hours maximum on screens per day. That includes TV, cell phones, computers and tablets.- Advertisement – “Now is the best time to be with your family and try not to be on your phone as much,” said Tyrone Brown, a man who is going to participate in the National Day of Unplugging.Everyone that I spoke to was not aware of the National Day of Unplugging, but they all agree that it could be very beneficial because spending too much time on your devices could have a negative impact on your health.“The most common effect we’re noticing in the doctor’s office is the effect on your mood and the effect on your weight,” Dr. Sandra Carnahan at Novant Health Oceanside Family Medicine in Leland said.Related Article: Driver wanted in hit-and-run that killed Wilmington woman near LelandShe says the more time you spend on your phone, the more likely you are to develop depression or obesity. Ways to avoid that: get off your phone.“You can feel what it’s like to be disconnected and kind of enjoy nature and your friends and family without the barrier of any other distractions,” Dr. Carnahan adds.A lady named Staci Sims who will also be participating agrees with Dr. Carnahan.“Psychologically we’re hooked to our phones and just to unplug and get back to nature, get back to your family,” Sims said. “I think you’ll find that it does more for your soul than your phone.”This kicks in at sundown on Friday, and wraps up at sundown on Saturday, so be sure to tune out.last_img read more

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Umeme Releases Annual Report 2011

first_imgAdvertisement Some of these are:Cash generated from operations UGX 60 billion, an increase of 38% from2010.Debt finance inflow from International Finance Corporation of UGX 23 Billion. – Advertisement – Capital Expenditure of UGX 78 billion, up from UGX 51 billion spent in 2010.Reduction in energy losses to 27.3% from 30% recorded in 2010Customer growth by 13%.Total connections in the period were 52,349 andtotal customers as at the end of period were 457,808Increase in revenue collections to 99% compared to 95% achieved in 2010.While presenting the report to the media, Chief Financial Officer Umeme SelestinoBabungi said,” We are delighted by the good financial performance in 2011 despiteThe challenges faced in the year, especially limited power generation that led to loadShedding our customers and the tough economic environment. This also was a yearThat demonstrated we have put in place the critical ingredients required for us to bea viable business…”The CFO reaffirmed Umeme’s commitment to focus on a variety of technologyBased solutions that ‘…will enhance our customers ‘service experience anddeliver on our Regulatory targets…” Despite precarious operating conditions, Umeme outperformed in all segments oftheir business and complete the 7 year regulatory review period well ahead of time.Umeme’s investment in the Distribution network has exceeded UGX 324,350,000,000/=(three hundred and twenty four billion, three hundred and fifty million) and they haveConnected 250,000 customers against a target of 60,000 set in 2005.In his remarks the Managing Director of Umeme Charles Chapman called upon the mediato join the campaign against Power thefts that is causing unacceptable levels of commercialloss ‘…We need the support of the media to cultivate a culture of responsibility in our communities, we need to get our customers working with us to ensure that we all pay our fair share of electricity and importantly keep our families safe from illegal connections that are taking the lives of too many people…’ Over the past few years Umeme has invested in Technological solutions like prepaid metering,SCADA (a real time remote monitoring of the distribution network system that has improvedmaintenance and management of the distribution network), Automated Meter Reading ,alternative bill payment channels (Umeme Touch Pay) and more accessible service centers.Mr. Chapman commended the Umeme staff on their commitment to the job and theirProfessionalism during the difficult times in 2011.In response to the high incidence of corruption in service delivery by imposters, some stuffmembers collaborating for power theft, Umeme has partnered with Transparency International to build and manage an integrity call centre.This call centre is a place the general public can call toreport cases of corruption, theft of power or Umeme installations or abuse of office.The toll free call centre number is 0312 360671 and also be reached by email on tiu@umeme.co.ug .last_img read more

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PREVIEW Newcastle v Man City

first_img[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he Champions start their new campaign off at St James’ Park this afternoon in what could be a lively encounter against Newcastle who started last season well but fell apart after Christmas.After the advice yesterday with Man U this column must come with a wealth warning I’m afraid but anyone who saw that coming needs to set up shop in a caravan as a soothsayer on Brighton beach.Man City scored goals for fun last season but their defence has looked vulnerable in the pre-season warm-ups. So it looks a fairly safe formula to predict plenty of goals this afternoon.The killer stat for the match is that City are unbeaten in their last 15 Premier League matches (16 in all competitions) against Newcastle, so if you fancy the home win you really are expecting lightning to strike twice after the events at Old Trafford yesterday.HEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 games)Jan 2014 Premier Newcastle 0-2 Man CityOct 2013 Capital One Cup Newcastle 0-2 Man CityAug 2013 Premier Man City 4-0 NewcastleMar 2013 Premier Man City 4-0 NewcastleDec 2012 Premier Newcastle 1-3 Man CityMay 2012 Premier Newcastle 0-2 Man CityNov 2011 Premier Man City 3-1 NewcastleDec 2010 Premier Newcastle 1-3 Man CityOct 2010 Premier Man City 2-1 NewcastleJan 2009 Premier Man City 2-1 NewcastleNewcastle’s recent signing Siem de Jong is out with a foot problem and Pardew is also without Cheick Tiote, Davide Santon and Papiss Cisse are also sidelined.For the visitors Alvaro Negredo is injured, however Aguero may feature despite lacking match fitness.For me over 2.5 goals, although short enough at 8/13 still looks the call.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-50 points)BACK OVER 2.5 GOALS for 12 points at around 8/13 with Star SportsRETURN SINCE START OF WORLD CUP: PROFIT 36.97 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

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NOTT at Newbury

first_imgSIMON NOTT reports from the betting ring at Newbury on Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes day.There were plenty of people at Newbury for Al Shaqab Lockinge day, plenty of bookmakers too. I got around the ring chatting to the ones that I know asking them to give us up to a minute on video as to why the punters should come racing and bet with the bookies. Some were a bit bashful which is a shame because they are all characters and have something to say. Look out for them on here soon, meet the bookies.Rocky used to be a tac-tac man when I first came racing, everyone knew his name because you’d hear a chorus of ‘Rocky’ boomed out by frantic card waving men stood on bookies joints whenever they’d laid a thick one. He used to be one of three tic-tac men who still plied their trade on boxes by the rails in the late 1980’s early 1990’s. He now bets on the rails all over the south of England standing with his brothers as Kelross. He was keen to point out that ‘the betting ring is the best keep secret in betting’, he went on to explain ‘you can bet each-way with the fractions (that’s going to send a shiver down the spine of many a layer) and get some real value’. He’s right too, the ring may well use the exchanges to form their market but the figures they use as a guide are often miniscule. There might be only a couple of hundred quid available at a price on the machine but add up what you could back it a horse to win combined with the on-course bookies. It’s still by far the strongest market, no racecourse bookie ever turns down a cash punter if they can help it, and certainly not double figure bets, even the most careful of Silver Ring books of old would spin in their graves at the very thought though, well most of them.Double-figure bets were what is was all about in the opener, business started busy but light according to the rails layers I talked to. I didn’t hear of any fortunes for anything in the first. It was probably just as well, one clerk confided ‘we could do without this winning’ as commentator Ian Bartlett tried to make a race of the Al Rayyan stakes. In reality, it wasn’t a race at all – 3/1 Hawkbill scooted up with the rest nowhere.Business had picked up sufficiently for Paul Metcalfe of Pickwick-Bevan (est 2014) to just nod responding to my question on the business as he tapped bets into his computer. It seemed that the punters had finished exploring the course and necked their drinks and instead were having it on in the right and proper manner. Favourite backers left it behind though, Visionary at 4/1 and Defoe 8/1 winning the next two helped the layers scrape some back.The feature Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes saw some spirited betting with the ring really buzzing. There was plenty of money for Somehow 5/1 into 10/3 while Ribchester was quite easy in the market. The value-seekers were there to snap with any arbs. One well-known face was lightning fast for the 15/8 when an intrepid rails book stuck his head above the price parapet. It must have been touch and go whether the dual-phoned punter managed to earn out of it though because 15/8 soon popped up in a few other places.It didn’t last long, at least one high-street represented firm was soon funnelling money back into the ring. Some bookmakers evidently decided that given support for others in the race and the weakness of the jolly it was worth taking a chance. All but the most earnest in spirit had to capitulate eventually. The off-course money proved to be spot on, those layers that bravely stuck their chests out did their money in fine style when Ribchester won. They weren’t alone, the Star office got filled in too with the phones red hot all morning for Godolphin’s flying machine. The feature race was a terrible result for the ring as was the following Olympic Glory Conditions Stakes which went to 2/1 favourite Denaar which had bookies looking deep into their hods. ‘Not a dinar’ was a favourite saying from a bookmaking family named Webb a couple of decades back, either to refer to poor business or what they had left. It wasn’t a case of the former today.One thing that did proliferate around the still buzzing betting ring were the amount of young smiling people getting involved. I remember my first day’s racing, Mackeson Gold Cup Day at Cheltenham in 1983. I didn’t back a winner but I simply loved it, the colour, the atmosphere, the sport and I still love it. Looking around the ring I’d bet that in 34 years time there will be someone regaling someone with a tale about the day they first went racing and that day was today. That’s what it’s all about, come racing, there’s nothing like it.last_img read more

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SIMON NOTT Moody Scores

first_imgFor the bookies this Cheltenham should be the last one where avoiding the moody score is only second to avoiding the winners. With the advent of the new polymer fivers and tenners so far thwarting the forgers it’s just the most prevalent of the duplicated yet to get the plastic treatment but should be with us shortly.As far as I can remember scores always had to be scrutinised closely, the trouble is at the Festival where bundles proliferate, checking every note becomes almost impossible, which is of course why they are often in abundance. One particular Cheltenham Gold Cup in the early 1990’s I was working down at Lower Tatts, that particular year there were passageways through the stands from the Guinness Village to the betting ring. It was colossal. The punters were queuing up to get on, and although fighting to do so would be an exaggeration, the joints were rocking.Such was the business that all we did was keep filling the hod, shortening as we laid them, and still the punters would not be denied. The best the clerk could do was to get the bets and ticket numbers down (no computers in those days), the take-outs and field money got lost in the melee.I remember one particular race, the Boss, white froth building in the corners of his mouth and spluttered airborne with every bet called took money like a man possessed. His bag man got his head down and did the same, sans foaming spittle. On the rare occasion there was time to draw breath the boss screamed at the clerk ‘Keep me out, I don’t know where I am’. My job was to watch the scrolling prices that were displayed on the old concrete number board at the top of the hill. As I squinted into my bins I was able to inform the boss that we were ‘betting well’ and to just keep going. For firms in Lower Tattersalls, most of whom bet in modest pitches all year round, ‘betting well’ was a rarity, a time to make hay. The prices were shortened as we laid them, but the punters would not be denied at any price. It was the once a year bookmaking promised land.The bets were coming in bundles, hundreds, monkeys and even grands, it was obvious to the trained eyes of both the bagman and bookie that not all the notes coming in were actually notes, some were forgeries, others little better than photocopies. Unless someone tried to bet with a whole bundle of moody notes, they were just ignored, holding up proceedings would have cost a lot more in lost takings than we’d save.The clerk was still trying to ‘pull out the book’ as they went past us up the hill. As the winner was called over the din of the crowd the boss was screaming ‘Who was it, how was it?’ The Clerk took a drag of his fag, put down his pencil, stopped his calculations and pointed to the smallest column in the field book. A virtual skinner. ‘You’ve copped plenty’.And we had, goodness knows how much margin we’d bet to, we had no idea where the hell we were let alone the margin. What I did know from watching the scrolling prices was that we’d ‘bet well’. Betting well used to be a term used by bookmakers when business was such they could give themselves a real chance by betting to a decent margin for limited liabilities. I doubt very much if anyone ever did finish ‘pulling out’ that race. Who knows, there could have been a nasty loser amongst those columns of bets, but I doubt it.‘Betting Well’ wasn’t a ‘crime’ in those days, it was a rare harvest, the fruit of a busy betting ring and one of the few days in the year when everyone got a few quid.We were left with about a monkey of forged notes at the end of the day, a small price to pay. Mind you I’m going to have to admit double scrutinising the readies my wages and honours were paid in. Just in case the boss accidentally slipped a moody score in there.Simon Nott.Simon Nott is author of Skint Mob!: Tales from the Betting RingCLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILSlast_img read more

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STARTERS ORDERS Saturday 20 April

first_imgWelcome to Starters Orders. Star Sports update with our key market movers for the day and sign up specials.Saturday 20 AprilHORSE RACING1.25 KemptonDark Of Night 5/2 > 5/42.10 Newton AbbotBallybough Nora 8/1 > 7/22.25 MusselburghOn The Line 7/2 > 11/42.40 HaydockDuel At Dawn 9/1 > 6/1LIVE FOOTBALLPremier League17:30 BT Sport 1 / BT Sport 4K UHD13/8 Newcastle United11/5 Southampton2/1 DRAWSTAR PROMOTIONSlast_img

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Rice Sets Early Decision Record Lowers Freshman Class Size

first_imgShare CONTACT: Michael Cinelli PHONE: (713)831-4794E-MAIL: mcinelli@rice.eduRICE SETS EARLY DECISION RECORD; LOWERS FRESHMAN CLASSSIZE A record number of early decision applications havebeen received in the Rice University Admission Office as the fall recruitmentseason draws to a close.More than 430 high school seniors opted to submit an early decisionapplication to Rice this fall, an increase of 25 percent from last year’s poolof 345. It is the largest group to use the early decision process in theuniversity’s history, said Julie Browning, director of admission.“We expanded our recruiting efforts this year,” Browning said, “and weproduced new and improved publications, which had an impact on our raising theinterest level of Rice among high school seniors.”Early decision or early action programs have become increasingly popularamong high school students vying for a place in the nation’s most selectiveschools. A survey of Rice’s major competitors&emdash;Stanford, Harvard, MIT,Princeton, Yale, Duke and Cornell&emdash;shows that all of these schools areup on early decision or early action applications.Only Rice and Stanford, however, reported increases greater than 10 percent.The Admission Office expects this to be a highly competitive year for highschool students seeking to enroll at Rice next fall because the size of nextyear’s freshman class will be significantly smaller, Browning said.“Our overall enrollment figures are higher than usual this year largelybecause of a higher percentage of students accepting our offers of admission,”she explained. “Therefore, the president has decided that the freshman class of1998-1999 will be limited to 635. This year we enrolled 704 freshmen.”The reduced class size for the coming year was determined by the presidentfollowing a series of meetings that included representatives from the AdmissionOffice, College Masters, the Budget Office, Student Affairs, the Registrar,Athletics, and Food and Housing.“The demand for a Rice education remains very strong,” said Rice PresidentMalcolm Gillis. “But we are committed to maintaining our present size.”### AddThislast_img read more

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Baker Institute expert available to discuss health insurance exchanges

first_imgShareEXPERT ALERTDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduJeff Falk713-348-6775jfalk@rice.eduBaker Institute expert available to discuss health insurance exchangesMarks: You can’t wait until you’re sick to buy health insuranceHOUSTON – (Sept. 30, 2013) – Tomorrow Americans will be able to buy health insurance through the Affordable Care Act (ACA)’s health insurance exchanges. But they shouldn’t assume they can wait until they’re sick to buy insurance, according to a health care expert at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.Elena Marks, the Baker Institute’s scholar in health policy, said it is critical that people know that exchanges have limited enrollment periods each year, and people who do not buy insurance during those periods will have to wait until the next year to buy coverage. “For the first year, 2014, people will be able to enroll from Oct. 1, 2013, through March 31, 2014,” she said. “Thereafter, enrollment will only be open from Oct. 15 through Dec. 7 of each year, with coverage effective Jan. 1 of the following year.”Marks said that coverage isn’t effective immediately upon purchase. “Even during the initial open-enrollment period, applicants will wait two weeks to three months before newly purchased insurance kicks in; in subsequent years, the minimum wait is longer,” she said. “If you have an accident or acute illness, coverage that kicks in weeks later is not much help. And if you develop cancer or a chronic condition, coverage next year is small consolation.”Marks said the limited enrollment periods are an important feature of the ACA in that they work with the mandate to have health insurance and the accompanying tax penalty to guard against premium increases.Marks is chair of the board of directors of Community Health Choice, a nonprofit organization serving more than 200,000 members. She is an attorney with a master’s degree in public health and currently works as a consultant to the health care industry. From 2004 through 2009, Marks served as the director of health and environmental policy for the city of Houston.Marks is available for phone interviews only Sept. 30. She will be available for both phone and in-person interviews Oct. 1. The Baker Institute has a radio and television studio available for media who want to schedule an interview with Marks for Oct. 1. For more information, contact Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at jfalk@rice.edu or 713-348-6775.-30-Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Related materials:Marks biography: http://bakerinstitute.org/personnel/fellows-scholars/emarks.Founded in 1993, the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University in Houston ranks among the top 20 university-affiliated think tanks globally and top 30 think tanks in the United States. As a premier nonpartisan think tank, the institute conducts research on domestic and foreign policy issues with the goal of bridging the gap between the theory and practice of public policy. The institute’s strong track record of achievement reflects the work of its endowed fellows and Rice University scholars. Learn more about the institute at www.bakerinstitute.org or on the institute’s blog, http://blogs.chron.com/bakerblog.  AddThislast_img read more

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Rice team developing flat microscope for the brain

first_img Return to article. Long DescriptionRice engineers have built a lab prototype of a flat microscope they are developing as part of DARPA’s Neural Engineering System Design project. The microscope will sit on the surface of the brain, where it will detect optical signals from neurons in the cortex. The goal is to provide an alternate path for sight and sound to be delivered directly to the brain.Members of Rice’s Electrical and Computer Engineering Department will focus first on vision. They will receive $4 million over four years to develop an optical hardware and software interface. The optical interface will detect signals from modified neurons that generate light when they are active.  The project is a collaboration with the Yale University-affiliated John B. Pierce Laboratory led by neuroscientist Vincent Pieribone.Current probes that monitor and deliver signals to neurons — for instance, to treat Parkinson’s disease or epilepsy — are extremely limited, according to the Rice team. “State-of-the-art systems have only 16 electrodes, and that creates a real practical limit on how well we can capture and represent information from the brain,” Rice engineer Jacob Robinson said.Robinson and Rice colleagues Richard Baraniuk, Ashok Veeraraghavan and Caleb Kemere are charged with developing a thin interface that can monitor and stimulate hundreds of thousands and perhaps millions of neurons in the cortex, the outermost layer of the brain.“The inspiration comes from advances in semiconductor manufacturing,” Robinson said. “We’re able to create extremely dense processors with billions of elements on a chip for the phone in your pocket. So why not apply these advances to neural interfaces?” Return to article. Long DescriptionRice engineering professors (from left) Ashok Veeraraghavan, Jacob Robinson and Caleb Kemere are part of a DARPA program to create a high-resolution, wireless neural interface that can be implanted on the cortex.Kemere said some teams participating in the multi-institution project are investigating devices with thousands of electrodes to address individual neurons. “We’re taking an all-optical approach where the microscope might be able to visualize a million neurons,” he said.That requires neurons to be visible. Pieribone’s Pierce Lab is gathering expertise in bioluminescence — think fireflies and glowing jellyfish — with the goal of programming neurons with proteins that release a photon when triggered. “The idea of manipulating cells to create light when there’s an electrical impulse is not extremely far-fetched in the sense that we are already using fluorescence to measure electrical activity,” Robinson said.The scope under development is a cousin to Rice’s FlatCam, developed by Baraniuk and Veeraraghavan to eliminate the need for bulky lenses in cameras. The new project would make FlatCam even flatter, small enough to sit between the skull and cortex without putting additional pressure on the brain, and with enough capacity to sense and deliver signals from perhaps millions of neurons to a computer. http://news.rice.edu/files/2017/07/0717_DARPA-2-web-19hcrgb.jpgRice University engineers have built a lab prototype of a flat microscope they are developing as part of DARPA’s Neural Engineering System Design project. The microscope will sit on the surface of the brain, where it will detect optical signals from neurons in the cortex. The goal is to provide an alternate path for sight and sound to be delivered directly to the brain. (Credit: Rice University)Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,879 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. Rice engineering professors (from left) Ashok Veeraraghavan, Jacob Robinson and Caleb Kemere are part of a DARPA program to create a high-resolution, wireless neural interface that can be implanted on the cortex. Rice University engineers have built a lab prototype of a flat microscope they are developing as part of DARPA’s Neural Engineering System Design project. The microscope will sit on the surface of the brain, where it will detect optical signals from neurons in the cortex. The goal is to provide an alternate path for sight and sound to be delivered directly to the brain. Richard Baraniuk AddThis http://news.rice.edu/files/2017/07/0717_DARPA-1-WEB-1mw0e3d.jpgRice University engineering professors (from left) Ashok Veeraraghavan, Jacob Robinson and Caleb Kemere are part of a DARPA program to create a high-resolution, wireless neural interface that can be implanted on the cortex. (Credit: Rice University) Share48Editor’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.eduRice team developing flat microscope for the brainDARPA project’s aims include restoring sight and sound to disabledHOUSTON – (July 12, 2017) – Rice University engineers are building a flat microscope, called FlatScope TM, and developing software that can decode and trigger neurons on the surface of the brain.Their goal as part of a new government initiative is to provide an alternate path for sight and sound to be delivered directly to the brain.The project is part of a $65 million effort announced this week by the federal Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop a high-resolution neural interface. Among many long-term goals, the Neural Engineering System Design (NESD) program hopes to compensate for a person’s loss of vision or hearing by delivering digital information directly to parts of the brain that can process it. Return to article. Long DescriptionRichard BaraniukAlongside the hardware, Rice is modifying FlatCam algorithms to handle data from the brain interface.“The microscope we’re building captures three-dimensional images, so we’ll be able to see not only the surface but also to a certain depth below,” Veeraraghavan said. “At the moment we don’t know the limit, but we hope we can see 500 microns deep in tissue.”“That should get us to the dense layers of cortex where we think most of the computations are actually happening, where the neurons connect to each other,” Kemere said.A team at Columbia University is tackling another major challenge: The ability to wirelessly power and gather data from the interface.In its announcement, DARPA described its goals for the implantable package. “Part of the fundamental research challenge will be developing a deep understanding of how the brain processes hearing, speech and vision simultaneously with individual neuron-level precision and at a scale sufficient to represent detailed imagery and sound,” according to the agency. “The selected teams will apply insights into those biological processes to the development of strategies for interpreting neuronal activity quickly and with minimal power and computational resources.”“It’s amazing,” Kemere said. “Our team is working on three crazy challenges, and each one of them is pushing the boundaries. It’s really exciting. This particular DARPA project is fun because they didn’t just pick one science-fiction challenge: They decided to let it be DARPA-hard in multiple dimensions.”Baraniuk is the Victor E. Cameron Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Robinson, Veeraraghavan and Kemere are assistant professors of electrical and computer engineering.-30-Read the DARPA press release at www.darpa.mil/news-events/2017-07-10Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNewsRelated materials:Baraniuk Group: http://richb.rice.eduRobinson Lab: www.robinsonlab.comVeeraraghavan Lab: www.ece.rice.edu/~av21/Kemere Lab: http://rnel.rice.eduRice Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering: www.ece.rice.eduImages for download: http://news.rice.edu/files/2017/07/0717_DARPA-3-web-1evv7zx.jpgRichard Baraniuk. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)last_img read more

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Baker Institute expert Burden of sales tax rate increase may actually fall

first_imgAddThis ShareDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduJeff Falk713-348-6775jfalk@rice.eduBaker Institute expert: Burden of sales tax rate increase may actually fall more heavily on households with higher lifetime incomesHOUSTON – (Dec. 5, 2017) – Although sales taxation often faces opposition in the United States based on the assumption of a strict relationship between income and taxes paid, sales-taxable consumption actually rises with income, according to an analysis by an expert at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.Credit: Shutterstock.com/Rice University.Jorge Barro, fellow in public finance, outlined his insights in a new issue brief, “Are Consumption Taxes Really Regressive?”Barro’s finding implies that the burden of an increase in the sales tax rate may actually fall more heavily on households with higher lifetime incomes. By contrast, excise-taxable consumption (taxes paid when purchases are made on a specific good, such as gasoline) falls with income. This suggests that increases in excise taxes affect lower-income households more than higher-income households, Barro said.Using the 2015 Consumer Expenditure Survey (CEX), a data set that contains detailed information regarding household expenditures and income levels, Barro found that the share of expenditures included in the sales tax base increases steadily by roughly 5 percentage points — from 18 to 23 percent — for households earning up to $100,000 per year. However, the base declines around 1 percentage point beyond $130,000 and stabilizes at around 22 percent of consumption for households earning above $200,000.Sales taxation may actually be progressive for most households, Barro said. Data from the 2015 Current Population Survey shows that 73.6 percent of U.S. households had an annual income of less than $100,000, and 87.7 percent of households had an income below $150,000. “Further breakdown of this relationship across different age groups results in a similar pattern, suggesting that lifetime consumption patterns do not show evidence of differential age-dependent tax incidence after accounting for income,” Barro wrote. “This suggests that a shift in taxation toward sales taxation may actually increase a state or municipal tax structure’s progressivity.”Barro found that the excise tax burden falls more heavily on lower-income households. “As household income increases up to $100,000, the fraction of excise-taxable expenditures falls about 6 percentage points and declines another 4 percentage points as household income rises to $300,000,” he wrote. “As opposed to sales taxation, a shift toward excise taxation reduces the progressivity of a state or municipal tax structure.”While this study can serve as a quick reference for policymakers considering the effects of changing the sales or excise tax rate, a tax jurisdiction’s actual tax progressivity depends on the unique composition of its tax base, Barro said. “Choosing to restructure the sales or excise tax base through exemptions and inclusions almost certainly changes the tax structure’s progressivity,” he wrote. “To that extent, policymakers wishing to study the progressivity of taxing particular consumption bundles can reconstruct elements of their specific tax base using the CEX to measure the relationship between taxable consumption share and income.”While each state levies its sales tax on a unique set of consumption goods, several states have many of the same items in their tax bases, Barro said. Of the large expenditure categories, education, financial services and health are generally excluded from sales taxation. Within the housing expenditures category, property payments, such as rent or mortgage, are generally excluded from the sales tax base, but home furnishings and appliances are usually not excluded. This leaves transportation, food, retail and miscellaneous expenditures to comprise the remaining sales tax base.Consumption items are categorized as excise-taxable based on whether they are generally treated by the tax system uniquely, Barro said. Motor vehicle fuel, alcohol, tobacco, lodging (for example, hotel stays) and home utilities, such as electricity and water, each satisfy the definition of an excise tax and collectively comprise the excise tax base.In the U.S., state and municipal governments rely heavily on consumption tax revenues to finance their expenditures, Barro said. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, consumption taxation generated $544 billion of revenue in 2015, amounting to 3 percent of gross domestic product and financing roughly one-third of all sub-federal level expenditures. Roughly two-thirds of consumption tax revenue was generated by sales taxes, while the remaining one-third was generated by excise and other consumption taxes. As of 2017, 45 states and the District of Columbia as well as municipal governments in 38 states collect sales taxes, while every state and several municipal governments, as well as the U.S. federal government, levy some kind of excise tax.“Given this extensive dependence on consumption taxation to finance government expenditures, policymakers should carefully consider who bears the burden of the tax,” Barro wrote.-30-Follow the Baker Institute via Twitter @BakerInstitute.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Related materials:Issue brief: www.bakerinstitute.org/research/are-sales-taxes-really-regressive.Barro biography: www.bakerinstitute.org/experts/jorge-barro.Baker Institute Center for Public Finance: www.bakerinstitute.org/center-for-public-finance.Founded in 1993, Rice University’s Baker Institute ranks among the top five university-affiliated think tanks in the world. As a premier nonpartisan think tank, the institute conducts research on domestic and foreign policy issues with the goal of bridging the gap between the theory and practice of public policy. The institute’s strong track record of achievement reflects the work of its endowed fellows, Rice University faculty scholars and staff, coupled with its outreach to the Rice student body through fellow-taught classes — including a public policy course — and student leadership and internship programs. Learn more about the institute at www.bakerinstitute.org or on the institute’s blog, http://blogs.chron.com/bakerblog.  last_img read more

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Rice political scientist available to discuss March 6 Texas primary

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Long DescriptionMark Jones photo courtesy Rice University“Unlike in the 2010 and 2014 primaries when there was a sharp contrast between the energy and excitement in the Republican primary and the crickets chirping in the Democratic primary, in 2018 Democrats have more than a dozen high-energy primaries taking place across the state,” Jones said. “This is primarily at the federal level, where Democrats hope several candidates chosen this spring will be able to flip U.S. House seats presently held by Republicans, and in doing so return the Democrats to majority status in the U.S. House of Representatives.”Jones said the Democratic primaries in the 7th, 23rd and 32nd congressional districts each have multiple top-tier candidates who are competing for one of the “two coveted golden tickets” to a May 22 runoff.“In the 7th Congressional District alone, the Democratic candidates have already spent more money than every single Democrat challenging a Republican during the entire 2016 electoral cycle (excluding the 23rd Congressional District),” Jones said. “In the 2nd, 21st and 31st congressional districts, Democrats still retain hope that a perfect storm could propel the right Democratic candidate to victory in November.”Jones said that in the dark-blue 16th and 20th congressional districts, Veronica Escobar and Sylvia Garcia are vying to become the first Latina member of Congress in the Lone Star State’s 174-year history, but first have to overcome stiff challenges by Dori Fenenbock (16th Congressional District) and Tahir Javed (29th Congressional District), the latter of whom is trying to become the first Pakistani-American to be elected to Congress.On the Republican side of the aisle, he said, most attention is focused on approximately two dozen battles in “the ongoing GOP civil war.”“These races primarily feature offensives by the conservative wing of the party, which is attempting to eliminate the last vestiges of centrist conservatism in the Texas Senate and winnow the ranks of centrist conservatives in the Texas House,” Jones said.At the congressional level, GOP primaries of interest include the 2nd Congressional District where political novice Kathaleen Wall has already invested millions of her own money in an attempt to win the seat being vacated by Congressman Ted Poe.“She will be forced into a runoff (or kept out of a runoff) by her rivals, most prominent of which are Texas State Rep. Kevin Roberts and Dan Crenshaw,” Jones said. “Meanwhile, in the 21st Congressional District, 18 Republicans are competing for one of two slots in the runoff for the right to succeed Congressman Lamar Smith. In the 5th Congressional District, there is a similar number of Republicans competing to enter the May 22 runoff.”Lastly, the Democratic gubernatorial primary features two candidates, Andrew White and Lupe Valdez. Both candidates have their own distinct vision of how best to return the Texas Democratic Party to majority status.“The victor, which will likely not be determined until the May runoff, will earn the right to be handily defeated by Gov. Greg Abbott in November,” Jones said.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 a frequent contributor to Texas media outlets. His research on the Texas Legislature has been cited widely 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-This news release can be found online at http://news.rice.edu.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via 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 3,970 undergraduates and 2,934 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is just under 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for 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. Mark Jones ShareRice UniversityOffice of Public Affairs / News & Media RelationsEXPERT ALERTDavid Ruthdavid@rice.edu713-348-6327Amy McCaigamym@rice.edu713-348-6777Rice political scientist available to discuss March 6 Texas primaryHOUSTON – (March 5, 2018) – As Texas voters prepare to head to the polls tomorrow, Rice University political scientist Mark Jones is available to discuss the current election dynamics in the Lone Star State.center_img AddThislast_img read more

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Leavey Professors New Book Explores Irrational Desire in Finance

first_img regions: San Francisco About the AuthorJonathan PfefferJonathan Pfeffer joined the Clear Admit and MetroMBA teams in 2015 after spending several years as an arts/culture writer, editor, and radio producer. In addition to his role as contributing writer at MetroMBA and contributing editor at Clear Admit, he is co-founder and lead producer of the Clear Admit MBA Admissions Podcast. He holds a BA in Film/Video, Ethnomusicology, and Media Studies from Oberlin College.View more posts by Jonathan Pfeffer Related Leavey Professor’s New Book Explores Irrational Desire in Financecenter_img Last Updated Jul 20, 2017 by Jonathan PfefferFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail Santa Clara’s Leavey School of Business recently looked into excerpts from professor Meir Statman’s new book Finance for Normal People: How Investors and Markets Behave, which investigates the rationale (or lack thereof) underlying our financial behavior and that of the market.In the early 1980s, the first generation of behavioral finance analysts characterized people as “irrational.” In other words, we “succumbed to cognitive and emotional errors.” The idea was that “cognitive errors such as hindsight and overconfidence, and emotional errors such as exaggerated fear and unrealistic hope” frequently misled us en route to our rational wants—“utilitarian benefits of high return and low risk.” Statman’s counterpoint, in line with what he describes as behavioral finance’s second generation, is when we fail to consider financial products and services in terms of their expressive and emotional benefits and only within their rational value, we “miss many insights into our financial behavior and the behavior of financial markets.”The second generation believes the spectrum of human desire as well as the spectrum of value—“utilitarian, expressive and emotional”—is quite normal. By acknowledging this full range, Statman says economists will find that “people’s normal wants, even more than their cognitive and emotional shortcuts and errors, underlie answers to important questions of finance, including saving and spending, portfolio construction, asset pricing and market efficiency.”These questions in turn help us “transform ourselves from normal-ignorant and normal-foolish into normal-knowledgeable and normal-smart, learning the lessons of behavioral finance and applying them to reduce ignorance, gain knowledge and increase the ratio of smart to foolish behavior on our way to what we want.”last_img read more

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These Tech Companies Are Looking Out for More MBA Talent

first_img regions: Atlanta / Baltimore / Boston / Chicago / Dallas / Denver / Houston / London / Los Angeles / Miami / New York City / Online / Philadelphia / Research Triangle / San Diego / San Francisco / Seattle / Toronto / Washington, DC LinkedIn may be one of the go-to places to grow a professional network and find job listings, but it’s also an MBA recruiter. Check out this list of exciting new MBA jobs at LinkedIn, as well as a handful of other tech companies, and see how well your resume lines up with these job descriptions.Monetization Strategy Senior Manager – LinkedInLinkedIn is hiring a new Monetization Strategy Senior Manager at its San Francisco offices. The new hire will join the LinkedIn Monetization Strategy & Ops Team and help accelerate growth and improve go-to-market strategy for our Talent Solution Business. The manager will work closely with marketing, sales, and product teams to create new business models, define monetization strategies for new offerings, optimize packaging & pricing for existing offers, and develop global processes to ensure successful pricing execution. The job requires at least six years of related experience and is MBA preferred.Responsibilities of the Monetization Strategy Senior Manager include: Leading several monetization strategy initiatives concurrentlyIdentifying opportunities to accelerate penetration and generate growthDeveloping monetization strategies, offers, packaging, & pricing changesLeveraging analyses to identify and evaluate pricing and packaging opportunitiesBuilding analytical models to inform, size and influence pricing strategyYou can visit the LinkedIn careers page to browse other job openings.Go to Market Consultant – DellDell is hiring a new Product Go to Market Consultant at its Round Rock, TX headquarters. The new hire will join the Flexible Consumption team—a high growth and strategic part of Dell Financial Services focusing on pay-as-you-go solutions—and support new initiatives to drive overall portfolio adoption among sales teams. The job requires at least eight years of marketing, product management, or sales experience and is MBA preferred.Activities of the Go to Market Consultant include:Owning messaging strategy, creating internal content, and contributing to external marketing effortsEngaging with key stakeholders including senior leadership within marketing and sales organizations globallyCoordinating activities ranging from launch planning to ongoing educationIdentifying business needs, creating relevant content and leading presentations to ensure maximum engagement and knowledge retentionDeveloping and launching a social media strategy around Flexible ConsumptionCheck out the Dell careers page to see more new MBA jobs.Automation Consultant – IBMIBM is hiring new Automation Consultant at its Phoenix, AZ offices, joining the company’s Innovation Unit for Automation. Automation consultants will partner IBM clients to create value-based automation and process transformation solutions, as well as plan, coordinate, and execute client workshops for the identification, refinement, and prioritization of processes for automation. The job requires at least five years of related experience and is MBA preferred.Other responsibilities of the Automation Consultant include:Collaborating with client business and technical leads on automation opportunity identification, solution development and functional designAssisting in the development of business case, price case and associated ROI calculations as part of pursuitsAligning customer requirements with technical capabilities and solutionsDetermining performance indicators, metrics, and outcomes associated with automation pursuitsManaging multiple client engagements simultaneouslyStop by the IBM careers page to see more job openings for MBAs.Sr. Analyst (Salesforce Ventures) – SalesforceSalesforce is hiring a new Senior Analyst to join Salesforce Ventures at its San Francisco offices. Since 2009, the Ventures team has formed partnerships and accelerated the growth software companies such as Docusign, Dropbox, Hubspot, and Twilio. Senior Analysts will joining the investing team and help accelerate the growth of companies post investment. The job requires at least two years of experience investing in the technology sector at a top-tier venture capital fund, private equity fund, investment bank, corporate finance role, or consulting firm, and is MBA preferred.Day-to-day tasks for Sr. Analysts include:Managing the end-to-end investing process for live deals, including initial analysis, strategic fit, diligence, and deal executionDeveloping a working knowledge of the Salesforce platform, ecosystem, and partnersScreening of potential investments, evaluating business model, product, and strategic fitPreparing deal opportunities to the greater investing teamResearching emerging trends and disruptive companies relevant to SalesforceFor more employment opportunities, visit Salesforce careers page. Last Updated May 21, 2019 by Max PulciniFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail These Tech Companies Are Looking Out for More MBA Talentcenter_img 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 RelatedA Breakdown of LinkedIn’s Top U.S. Companies for 2019If you’re in the midst of your MBA studies, there’s a good chance that you’ve already started a career that you love, or that you’re seeking a transition into a new industry. Perhaps you’re still in the exploratory stage with regard to future jobs and other post graduate options. Either…April 15, 2019In “Advice”These Tech Firms are Looking for Brand New MBA TalentNot every new MBA job in the tech sector is at Google, Apple, Facebook or Microsoft—there are plenty of exciting opportunities for new tech MBA talent at companies like Hewlett-Packard, IBM, and Adobe. According to a study by the Graduate Management Admission Council, an astonishing 89 percent of tech companies hired…February 14, 2019In “Career”New MBA Jobs: BCG, Merck, Adobe and MoreThere are hot new MBA jobs that need to get filled each and every week all over the world. Here are a few new openings for entry level and advance positions at a range of companies, and don’t forget to check out the best new MBA jobs right here on…October 8, 2018In “Advice”last_img read more

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