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first_imgThe three companies that carry out disability benefit assessments for the government have all been forced to admit regret at the poor quality of their work, while giving evidence to a committee of MPs.Senior executives from Maximus, Atos and Capita were providing evidence to the public accounts committee, following a highly critical report into their work by the National Audit Office (NAO).Last month’s NAO report said the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) had failed to achieve value for money from the health and disability assessments it had contracted out to Atos, Maximus and Capita.In 2014-15, DWP spent about £275 million on assessment contracts, but this is expected to more than double to £579 million by 2016-17.The NAO report showed that, in August 2015, 36 per cent of Capita’s personal independence payment (PIP) assessment reports failed to meet standards agreed with DWP, compared with the four per cent target set in its contract.In the two regions in which PIP assessments are carried out by Atos, eight and nine per cent of assessments did not meet the necessary standards.For Maximus, nine per cent of its work capability assessment reports were below par in August 2015, five months after taking over the contract from Atos, against a target of five per cent.Chris Stroud (pictured giving evidence), divisional managing director of Capita, said his company’s failure to meet the targets by such a wide margin “had not been acceptable”, but he said there was a “quality improvement plan in place”.David Haley, PIP client executive for Atos, said the figures showed that the quality of its reports was improving and that the relevant figure was now about seven per cent.When Conservative MP Nigel Mills asked why Atos was not “a little apologetic” that it was still missing its targets by such a wide margin three years into its PIP contract, Haley said he was “not happy” that his company continued to miss the target.Leslie Wolfe, general manager of Maximus UK, said she also was “not happy” that her company was not meeting its quality target, although she said it was continuing to improve.Between April 2015 and March 2018, DWP expects the three companies to carry out about seven million assessments, at an estimated cost of £1.6 billion.Meanwhile, the Daily Mirror has reported that DWP has paid consultants £200,000 to carry out a feasibility study into the possibility of privatising the Access to Work programme.The memo seen by the newspaper apparently advises ministers not to make a public announcement about the plans.last_img read more

SF Mission community weighs in on ambitious homeless reduction plan

first_imgOfficials from the San Francisco Department of Homelessness and Supportive housing on Thursday laid out their ambitious five-year homelessness reduction strategy for a group of community members at Centro Latino, a Mission District community center. The 20-odd community members, while generally impressed, still wondered how the strategy would address mental illness, sweeps by police and easier access to shelters and Navigation Centers. The new plan, first unveiled in October, seeks to end family homelessness, cut chronic homelessness in half, and rid the streets of large encampments — all within the next five years. Jeff Kositsky, the department’s director, said those goals will be accomplished mainly by integrating the 15 different databases now being used to track the unhoused through homeless, health and other services. Tags: homeless • housing • SROs Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% Kositsky said the coordinated approach would eliminate the need for homeless individuals to float around the archipelago of drop-in centers, shelters, hospitals, and transitional and supportive housing.  “This is dehumanizing, it’s trauma-inducing, it’s really ineffective and inefficient — and it’s a really bad way to treat any customer of any system,” Kositsky said. He said the new system, called the Coordinated Entry System, would allow the city to better prioritize individuals in need, as well as match people with the right services based on the severity of their needs. Right now, “it’s all based on where that person wanders to,” Kositsky said. “You’re having to go to all these different places and convince these case managers that you need what they have access to – and you have to be smart and savvy to get onto all of these lists,” he said. “That’s not a good way for the system to work.” Instead, an individual will undergo only one intake assessment at so-called “Access Points.” So far, there are two access points — one downtown and another in the Bayview — that are dedicated to families. More will be added throughout the city. The coordinated system will be fully implemented by December 2018. Kositsky intends for his system to cut chronic homelessness in half by 2022, end family homelessness by 2021, and end long-term encampments by 2019. He also mentioned his intentions to open “a bunch” of Navigation Centers throughout the city to satisfy Mayor Ed Lee’s promise to get 1,000 people off the street this winter. No amount of coordination, however, will erase the math of homelessness. Some 7,500 people are homeless in San Francisco, and the waitlist for entry into the single-adult shelter system (not including the Navigation Centers) was more than 1,000 people just a few months ago. Moreover, as participants pointed out, not nearly enough is being done for homeless people with mental health issues. On Friday in the Mission District, a worker from the Department of Public Works helped a homeless man clear his tent from a street. As two police officers watched, sometimes helping the man figure out what to toss into two large plastic bags, the man muttered to himself and imaginary characters. He was not violent, but he was clearly unable to make rational decisions. A few minutes later, he walked along 19th Street with the two bags, one shoe on, another forgotten. When asked his name, he said, “Larry,” before moving on.Larry, after he stuffed his belongings into two bags. Photo by Lydia Chávez.Henry Khalil of Centro Latino brought up the issue on Thursday night. “What are you doing to give more facilities to people who are mentally ill?” he asked Kositsky agreed that the mental health issue is severe, explaining that 35 percent of the homeless population — about 3,000 of the 7,500 homeless individuals in the city — suffer from mental illness. “We definitely need to do more in this area,” he said.  But he noted that the city’s Department of Public Health recently opened a medical respite shelter and behavioral Navigation Center at San Francisco General Hospital. That shelter currently has four beds and will add another 11 this month. He also said the health department is expanding its mobile crisis team, which, unlike the Homeless Outreach Team, is able to render on-the-spot medical treatment or check individuals into mental facilities. But it is unclear if there are adequate facilities. Kositsky said that the new database will be linked to the health department’s CCMS database, a “super user” database for people who are severely ill, mentally ill and triple-diagnosed, “So we can work together better to know who needs housing,” he said. Lastly, Kositsky said that 14 new staff members are being added to his department through a Medi-Cal waiver program. They will focus on wrapping services around high-need individuals.  “Even with this one system … if you’re severally mentally ill, this will still be a challenge, and you’re gonna need someone to physically help you get to where you need to go,” he said.  Carolyn Goossen, District 9 Supervisor Hillary Ronen’s chief of staff, jumped in and said that, while Ronen’s office is now focused on bringing more Navigation Centers to the district, “the mental health issue is huge.” “We’re going to be focusing on that, and push for more budget on that issue,” she said.    Mervyn Green, who lives in the Mission Hotel and works with the Central City SRO Collaborative, said that, currently, homeless people who seek housing are required to first live in a shelter before they can qualify for a room at an SRO. This limits the number of available shelter beds for people who really need them. “If that system changed, it would open up the shelters,” Green said. “It will change,” Kositsky replied. Kositsky explained that the problem Green described — how people get beds — is exactly what the coordinated system is meant to address. He said Green would start seeing a difference in the next six months.   “I see a lot of early sweeps with no warning,” said Brian Edwards, who said he’s worked closely with the homeless population for the last five years. Edwards said he’s noticed that sweeps by the SFPD and the Public Works — the constant “whack-a-mole” of encampments — only increases their drug use and the crime surrounding it. “Because people are really, really stressed out,” Edwards said. He asked Kositsky what his department can do to build more trust with the street population and give homeless residents clearer information on how to find services. “That’s a good point,” Kositsky said. “And we should really be getting the (Homeless Outreach Team) to be more vocal when they’re talking to folks.” More importantly, he said, his department is creating a unified strategy that every department can work around. “We’re mostly there, even though it may not look like it,” he said. “In the next year, it’s gonna get really different.”   “This idea of consolidating all the databases and making entry into the system less Kafkaesque seems like a great idea,” said Evan Owski, a member of the Democratic Socialists of America. “But what I’m wondering is, if there’s anything there to make the shelters themselves more humane?”Owski listed oft-cited complains by homeless individuals about shelters, like low storage space, early check-out times and restrictions on couples and pets. Kositsky said that, moving forward, newly created shelters will follow the “low-barrier” model of the Navigation Centers, which allow pets, partners and possessions. “They’re shelters as they should be,” Kositsky said. “I would love to go backwards and fix up and provide the resources to all the other shelters, and the bottom line is, we need another 1,000 shelter beds, and we need to get them up first.” center_img 0%last_img read more

First Team Match SAINTS TV

first_imgSaints came out on top after a 32-10 victory in a home sell out at the Totally Wicked Stadium after a double from Makinson was added to by tries from Coote, Naiqama and Lomax.And Holbrook hailed his teams effort after prevailing in games against fourth, third and second in the Super League over recent weeks.“I have been saying every game is hard, but to play second, third and fourth three weeks in a row is hard and on the top of it playing our toughest rivals Wigan, it is just a huge credit to the players the way they keep turning up. It was a massive effort and a great win.”James Roby missed out on the win, but James Bentley stepped in and was excellent.“I found out yesterday [that Roby wouldn’t be playing]. He trained with us this week and he still wanted to play as I expected, but it was just a smarter decision to leave him out. The reason we got him operated on was to try and play pain free, but if he would of played tonight I am sure he would have been fine, but he would have been in discomfort so it was the better option not to take that risk.James Bentley is playing great. Every opportunity Bentos he has got he is competing so hard and it is great to have him in the side.”Saints kept rivals, the Warriors to just one try and Holbrook paid credit to the defensive performance of his players.“Watching the last four or five games Wigan have played and how dangerous they have been with the ball, they have danger everywhere and to do as good as job as we have done tonight and to only concede the one try is tremendous and shows how hard the players work and its great to watch and defensively they are superb.”Lachlan Coote was taken off in the second half and Holbrook revealed he felt pain in his knee.“He [Coote] has got a little twinge in his knee. There was no point leaving him out, so we took him off as a precautionary.”last_img read more

Two Onslow Co yearround schools to extend day because of eclipse

first_img Onslow County Early College will operate on a normal schedule.Click here to read more from WCTI. JACKSONVILLE, NC (WCTI) — Onslow County Schools announced Thursday that two elementary schools will extend their school day on Monday for the eclipse.In a press release from Onslow County Schools Public Information Officer Suzie Ulbrich, Clyde Erwin Elementary and Northwoods Elementary will have school for an extra 30 minutes “since maximum eclipse coincides with dismissal times at our two year-round elementary schools.”- Advertisement – last_img

Coast Guard helps stranded kayaker near Wrightsville Beach

first_img A Coast Guard 29-foot Response Boat-Small crew from Station Wrightsville Beach located the kayaker and brought him back to Wrightsville Beach Boat Ramp.EMS evaluated the man and treated him for symptoms of mild hypothermia.“It is imperative that all mariners and kayakers keep a close eye on the weather before heading out,” said Lt. Tiffany Zehnle, the operations unit controller for the case. “One of the easiest ways to check the weather forecast is by visiting and entering your specific location.” WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Coast Guard assisted a kayaker stranded near Wrightsville Beach this morning.According to the US Coast Guard a 32-year-old male kayaker was stranded on Figure Eight Island near Masonboro Inlet due to wind and rain.- Advertisement – last_img read more

WATCH Bolivia pastor posts viral weather reports

first_imgHe said what started as something fun, slowly gained attention and now his videos get thousands of views on Facebook.For the snow, he created the green swamp weather rock to help give an accurate forecast.Related Article: Air quality alert issued for parts of South Carolina“I looked at the weather rock and I saw some things hitting this weather rock and bouncing off. I realized immediately that it was sleeting here in Bolivia North Carolina,” Clemmons said. “After a while I went outside with my weather rock and on top of this weather rock was a pile of white stuff. I came to the quick conclusion that it was snowing here in North Carolina.”In the original video on Facebook he tells viewers they can order the weather rock for $12.95.He said as of this morning, it is on back order and he hopes everyone enjoys the snow. BOLIVIA, NC (WWAY) — Many people in Bolivia were waiting for the latest reports on weather on Wednesday. In the meantime, they had one person to turn to for updates: ‘The Bolivia Meteorologist’.Anthony Clemmons posts satirical weather reports to poke fun at meteorologists.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Wilmington Police searching for suspect who crashed into pole drove off

first_img Police say Arron David Thaddeus Hatcher, 44, was driving north in the 1800 block of Carolina Beach Road when he drove off the road and onto the sidewalk before striking a Duke Energy power pole.It caused roughly $3,000 in damage.Police say a witness approached the vehicle and found Hatcher unconscious. After the witness woke the suspect, Hatcher drove a few feet before passing out again. When the suspect awoke the second time, he drove off, but not before the witness was able to take down his registration.Related Article: Wilmington Police searching for man who exposed himself to teenHatcher has warrants for his arrest for hit and run leaving the scene with property damage, reckless driving to endanger the public, operating a vehicle with a revoked license, and operating a vehicle with no insurance.Anyone with information on Hatcher’s whereabouts should contact WPD at (910) 343.3609 or use Text A Tip. Arron David Thaddeus Hatcher (Photo: Wilmington Police Dept.) Wilmington, NC (WWAY) —  Wilmington Police are searching for the driver involved in a hit and run earlier this month.It happened around 5:40 p.m. on October 9.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Silver Alert issued for woman missing in Holden Beach

first_img Mancinelli was last seen on Southshore Drive in Holden Beach.She’s 5’2″ and weighs 120 pounds.If you know where she is, call the Holden Beach Police Department. Anna Marie Mancinelli (Photo: NCDPS) HOLDEN BEACH, NC (WWAY) — The N.C. Center for Missing Persons has issued a Silver Alert for a missing woman.According to the NC Department of Public Safety, Anna Marie Mancinelli is believed to be suffering from dementia or some other cognitive impairment.- Advertisement – last_img

Kaspersky Lab urges more IT security

first_imgAdvertisement The most common security threat comes in the form of viruses, spyware and other malicious programs, while 31% of malware attacks resulted in some form of data loss, with 10% of companies reporting the loss of sensitive business data.Only 70% of companies have implemented anti-malware protection solutions fully across their businesseswhereby 3% have no protection at all. The level of anti-malware implementation varies from country to country – in emerging markets 65% of companies have adopted it, while in the UK and US levels of implementation stood at 92% and 82% respectively. Despite this, the vast majority of companies still experienced an IT security breach in the last 12 months, and almost a third lost business information.“Such an attitude is surprising when you know that almost half of all organisations see cyber-threats as one of the top-three emerging risks – IT strategy is ranked even higher than financial, marketing and human resources strategy,” said Alexander Erofeev, Director of Market Intelligence & Insight at Kaspersky Lab. – Advertisement – “The most likely explanation is underinvestment in IT security.” Indeed, the study shows that every second company evaluates its IT security budget as insufficient, and estimates that an increase of 25% or more is required.www.itnewsafrica.comlast_img read more

Pope Benedict XVI to join Twitter will tweet from a personal account

first_imgPope Benedict XVI sending his first tweet Advertisement Pope Benedict XVI sending his first tweetVatican City – He already has a billion followers.Now, Pope Benedict XVI will join the Twitter-sphere, tweeting from a personal account along with the world’s celebrities, leaders and ordinary folk.Vatican spokesperson the Reverend Federico Lombardi made the announcement on Thursday, saying details about Benedict’s handle and other information will come when the Vatican officially launches the account, perhaps before the end of the year. – Advertisement – The 85-year-old Benedict sent his first tweet from a Vatican account in 2011 when he launched the Vatican’s news information portal, aimed at the world’s 1.1 billion Catholics.The new Twitter account will be his own, though it’s doubtful Benedict himself will wrestle down his encyclicals, apostolic exhortations and other papal pronouncements into 140-character bites.Benedict, who writes longhand and doesn’t normally use a computer, will more likely sign off on tweets written in his name.This was his first tweet;Credit: MirrorUKlast_img read more

Google Parent Alphabet May Open Units to China

first_imgAlphabet will be the corporate parent, overseeing the Google unit for search and a handful of other operating firms created for projects in health, Internet delivery, investment and research. Image Credit: CBC Advertisement Google parent Alphabet may do business in China following the reorganization of the technology giant, co-founder Sergey Brin said in an interview Thursday.Brin, who is president of Alphabet, told the Wall Street Journal that the new organizational structure would allow each unit autonomy on the matter.“Each Alphabet business can make its own decisions on which countries to operate in,” Brin was quoted as saying. – Advertisement – “We already do quite a lot of business in China, although it has not been an easy country for us.”Google ended most operations in China in 2010 in a dispute over censorship and an attack on Gmail users.It does sell ads to businesses in China, but Google services are not officially available in the country.[related-posts]Earlier this month, Google bought a stake in Chinese artificial intelligence startup Mobvoi which is aiming to develop smart wearable technologies. The two firms previously announced an agreement earlier this year to bring the Google Android Wear operating system to China.Google in August announced its plan to reshape under the newly formed parent company.The move gives the tech giant more ability to focus on its core business, while offering startup-like flexibility to long-shot, trailblazing projects.Alphabet will be the corporate parent, overseeing the Google unit for search and a handful of other operating firms created for projects in health, Internet delivery, investment and research.[Gadget 360]last_img read more

Striking whilst the summer is hot

first_imgSilver Flash StakesLeopardstown 7.000TIME: 7.00pm, ATR5/2 WINNER ON WEDNESDAY !A nice winner for the column last night with Argent Knight (WON 5/2) who stayed on well to win the final race at Sandown with Madame Vestris, the 6/4 favourite, back in third.Today the word of the day for punters has to be MULTI-TASKING. Or at least ensuring fresh batteries are loaded in the remote control, and the phone of course standing by on speed dial to Star Sports.The Ashes, The Open and Tour De France align for a fantastic day of summer sport. It really doesn’t get any better.As stated previously in the column I’m with the Aussies in the 2nd Test and will have a look at the Open from the halfway stage after the cut.But for today’s bet it’s back to the racing which has been kind to us this week with a winner at Killarney on Monday and last night’s Sandown success.There’s a Group race at Leopardstown tonight, the Silver Flash Stakes at 7.00 and here Heart Focus looks the one to take on favourite Wonderfully with.Jim Bolger’s Heart Focus finished in front of Wonderfully at Royal Ascot and I see no reason for that form not to be confirmed.STAR FORECAST(stake between 0.5 and 10 points)5 point win HEART FOCUS (7.00 Leopardstown)(+12.50 points Wednesday)90 YEAR OLD TAKES FALLMost 90-year-olds try to avoid big falls but one grandmother has had a rather big one – from 13,000 feet in fact.Else Bak and her 80-year-old husband Asger, from Denmark, went skydiving for the first time thanks to a gift from their son.“The experience was even greater than I expected. Wonderful,” Mrs Bak said after the jump. “Absolutely lovely.”Mr Bak was also thrilled with the experience: “Lovely,” he agreed, as he hugged his ecstatic wife.last_img read more


first_img[dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Monday 27 JulyRACING2.45 Newton AbbotNo Win No Fee 9/2 > 9/43.30 AyrChadic 5/2 > 6/43.45 Newton AbbotBallyglasheen 13/2 > 100/304.05 AyrHaidees Reflection 12/1 > 6/17.40 SouthwellThe Nab 16/1 > 11/28.45 SouthwellSerenity Now 6/4 > evens(All prices subject to fluctuation) What’s your view?CALL STAR SPORTS ON 08000 521 321last_img


first_imgIt’s been a quiet week as I’ve been recovering from a right old kicking I got from Ange D’or Javilex in Punchestown last Sunday in the beginners chase. I basically got kicked all over the place, including a stamp on the chest, so ended up a bit battered. I was keen to carry on but as always with these situations it’s a joint discussion between me and the racecourse doctor and the doctor always has the final say.I’ve been doing a bit of swimming and I’m now back to where I want to be. There’s never a good time for something like this to happen but it’s been a quiet week of racing in Ireland and we’re still a couple of weeks off the Cheltenham preparations getting into full swing, so it could have been worse I guess.I’m riding at both Navan and Thurles over the weekend. Whilst we’ve had a little bit of rain it’s still good ground forecast at both tracks and there’s no sign yet of the icy weather that’s starting to cause problems in the UK.I’m looking forward to watching Altior in the Clarence House Chase at Ascot. He’s simply an incredible racehorse and looks to have a straight forward task against his two rivals.Back to Ireland and my weekend rides.SATURDAYNAVANGALVIN (12.30pm)Have only ridden him in work so far but he gives me a good feel and strikes me as very straight forward. He comes into this unbeaten with all three of his on good ground so no problems on that score. Hopefully we can build on his first success over hurdles at Perth but this is a big step up class and he has to give weight away to the field. You can make a case for all four of his rivals including stablemate Whoshotthesheriff and also Joseph’s (O’Brien) runner Smoking Gun who comes into this chasing a hat-trick.SUNDAYTHURLESDOCTOR PHOENIX (2.10pm Horse & Jockey Hotel Chase Grade 2)He’s been a grand old servant and I hope he finds this a bit easier than the Grade 1 he contested over Christmas in Leopardstown. That said, it’s a very competitive Grade 2 with the dangers including Total Recall who pipped me a neck when I was on Whisper in the Ladbrokes Trophy Chase (former Hennessy) in Newbury. The concern for my fella is that he likes to get his toe in, so I wouldn’t mind seeing a little more rain before Sunday.GOOD LUCKDAVYIf you have a question for Davy drop us a line at and we’ll try and include in the next blog…last_img read more

Rice historian Douglas Brinkley turns attention to preservation of Alaskan frontier in

first_imgAddThis ShareCONTACT: Franz BrotzenPHONE: 713-348-6775E-MAIL: franz.brotzen@rice.eduRice historian Douglas Brinkley turns attention to preservation of Alaskan frontier in new bookRice University historian Douglas Brinkley has written a new account of the 80-year struggle over what to do with the more than half a million square miles of rugged, sparsely populated territory known as Alaska. “The Quiet World: Saving Alaska’s Wilderness Kingdom, 1879-1960” (Harper Collins) recounts the efforts of environmentalists and the federal government to contain the excesses of the fur, timber, coal, fishing and oil industries in the territory, which became the 49th state in 1959. Ever since “Seward’s folly,” Alaska has held a place in the American imagination, Brinkley said. Some saw strategic value, others saw abundant economic resources, while still others thought of Alaska as the nation’s last unspoiled wilderness and fought to preserve it.Brinkley’s narrative deals with an assortment of historical figures who played a role in Alaska’s development, including John Muir, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harold Ickes, Aldo Leopold, Rachel Carson, William O. Douglas, Walt Disney and Dwight D. Eisenhower. To write “The Quiet World,” Brinkley mined a dozen archival sites, including the Library of Congress, Harvard University, University of California at Berkeley and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Headquarters in Shepherdstown, W.Va. To get better acquainted with wild Alaska, he camped in the Arctic, sailed the Aleutians and hiked the Denali Wilderness while spending months living in the state. The book’s publication coincides with the 50th anniversary of President Eisenhower’s executive order that created Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.Brinkley, who is a professor of history at Rice University and a fellow in history at Rice’s James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, is a prolific writer who is perhaps best known as the author of four biographies, “Dean Acheson: The Cold War Years” (1992), “Driven Patriot: The Life and Times of James Forrestal,” with Townsend Hoopes (1992), “The Unfinished Presidency: Jimmy Carter’s Journey Beyond the White House” (1998) and “Wheels for the World: Henry Ford, His Company and a Century of Progress” (2003), as well as the best-selling histories “The Boys of Pointe du Hoc; Ronald Reagan, D-Day and the U.S. Army 2nd Ranger Battalion” (2005), “Tour of Duty: John Kerry and the Vietnam War” (2004) and “Parish Priest: Father McGivney and American Catholicism” (2006).Brinkley’s “The Great Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans and the Mississippi Gulf Coast” (2006) won the prestigious 2007 Robert F. Kennedy Book Award. He edited “The Reagan Diaries,” which was released in 2007. And last year’s “The Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for America” chronicles how the 26th president transformed his interest in the outdoors into edicts that preserved such sites as the Grand Canyon, Devil’s Tower and the Petrified Forest.To schedule an interview with Brinkley, members of the news media should contact Franz Brotzen at or 713-348-6775.last_img read more

Northwestern Kellogg Faculty Offer Career Development Advice

first_imgNorthwestern Kellogg Faculty Offer Career Development Advice About the AuthorKelly Vo    Kelly Vo is a writer who specializes in covering MBA programs, digital marketing, and personal development.View more posts by Kelly Vo RelatedNew Northwestern Career Video Series Tells You How to Own Your CareerThe Career Management Center (CMC) at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management recently launched the “Own Your Own Career” video series aimed to develop brave leaders. The series was created for prospective and current students, along with alumni, to discuss aspects of managing a career throughout its life cycle. The videos also…April 12, 2018In “Chicago”Kellogg Admissions Director Shares Insights on 2019 MBA ApplicationNorthwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management is one of several leading business schools to release its 2019-2020 MBA application online within the last week. At Kellogg, deadlines for the upcoming admission season are as follow: September 19, 2018 January 9, 2019 April 10, 2019 To help you get started, Director of Admissions Melissa…June 18, 2018In “Admissions Tips”Northwestern Kellogg Launches 10 New CoursesNorthwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management has just launched ten new business courses for the 2017-18 academic year, according to a recent press release. “We are very excited to continue our tradition of curricular innovation at Kellogg, drawing on both the scholarship or our research faculty and our connections with practice,”…October 24, 2017In “Featured Home” Last Updated Feb 19, 2019 by Kelly VoFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail center_img To develop your career, you have to take steps to make it happen—strategic ones. To help, Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management faculty got together, offering five pieces of advice for career development, no matter where you are professionally.1. Build Influence in Your OrganizationYou don’t need to be a manager or team leader to influence your organization. Power in the workplace isn’t about coercing people. Instead, it’s about “mobilizing political support,” says Management and Organizations Professor William Ocasio. To build this type of political capital, he recommends seeking out assignments that are likely to succeed to build your good reputation early and quickly. He also recommends understanding your organization’s culture, so that you advertise yourself appropriately.2. Learn to NegotiateAccording to Victoria Medvec, Professor of Management and Organizations, you need to learn to negotiate if you want the best assignments and promotions. She recommends thinking through what the other side needs and then presenting your skills and experience in such a way that you fill in the blanks. She also says that you need to lead the discussion by making the first offer.“You will gain an advantage by creating the starting point, putting the right issues on the table, and being the one who frames the rationale,” Medvec says.3. Become a MentorYou can learn a lot by becoming a mentor. It offers many benefits, providing insight into both an organization’s political environment as well as the effectiveness of your organization’s communication strategy. According to Senior Fellow and adjunct professor Diane Brink, mentors learn to understand their organization better, and they learn new skills. Sometimes, just by talking with another person, you can figure out new tools, techniques, and applications essential to your own role.4. Look for a Second ActIf you’ve climbed as high as you can in your given career, it’s not the end of the road. Clinical assistant professor Ellen Taaffe recommends looking for a potential “second act”—a new professional phase where you apply your skills and talents in a social or educational arena. The key is to find confidence in your story and create a larger narrative that explains who you are.Just make sure that when you leave your current professional arena that you don’t drop all your contacts there. Instead, continue to cultivate your network and look for new doors that you can walk through.5. Take Time for Self-ReflectionThere’s always room for growth. One way to continue growing is to go through daily self-reflection, according to Clinical Professor of Strategy Harry Kraemer. He commends that you take time every night to define your priorities and hold yourself accountable. This is how leaders ward off disaster, plan for every outcome, and build stronger teams.Some prompts for self-reflection:What am I proud of? What am I not proud of?How did I lead people? How did I follow?What did I do today? What would I do differently?Read the full article, “Take 5: How to Take Charge of Your Professional Development”This article has been republished and edited with permissions from its original source, Clear Admit. regions: Chicagolast_img read more

2 Trapped After Building Collapses in South Dakota City

first_img US Share Share this article  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   2 Trapped After Building Collapses in South Dakota City By The Associated Press December 2, 2016 Updated: December 2, 2016center_img Breaking News SIOUX FALLS, S.D.—A fire official says rescue workers are concerned about debris shifting as they try to free two people after a building collapsed in a South Dakota city.The vacant building collapsed Friday morning, spilling a mound of debris into a street in downtown Sioux Falls. The cause of the collapse is not yet clear.Fire Rescue Chief Jim Sideras says one person trapped in the debris has been talking on the phone with her mother as crews try to reach her. Sideras says she can’t see daylight so rescue workers know she’s completely covered by debris.The Argus Leader reports that the other person trapped is a construction worker.The building has been vacant since September and was expected to reopen in the spring as a drug store. Show Discussionlast_img read more

NY Gov Cuomos Helicopter Makes Emergency Landing

first_img Share Show Discussion ALBANY, N.Y.—A helicopter carrying New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to New York City was forced to make an emergency landing after the cabin filled with fumes.Cuomo spokesman Richard Azzopardi says the Democratic governor, two aides and security were flying back from Albany in a state police helicopter when the problem began. He says the fumes smelled like smoke and prompted the pilot to make an emergency landing at Stewart Airport, about 60 miles north of New York City.Azzopardi says no one was injured and that Cuomo was quickly transported to the city. The incident is under investigation.Cuomo was in Albany to deliver the last of six state of the state addresses in six different locations around the state. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. Cuomo vetoed a bill Sept. 29 that would give counties more oversight on annexation petitions. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   center_img Share this article NY Gov. Cuomo’s Helicopter Makes Emergency Landing By The Associated Press January 11, 2017 Updated: January 11, 2017 US last_img read more

State Attorney Working Active Murder Trial Brutally Attacked While Jogging

first_img  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   State Attorney Working Active Murder Trial Brutally Attacked While Jogging By NTD Television September 2, 2017 Updated: September 3, 2017 US Share A female prosecutor currently working on a gang-related murder trial was grabbed and beaten until she passed out while on a morning jog Thursday, Aug. 31, in Newport Beach, California.The woman, whose identity is being withheld, stumbled into a local gym at around 6 a.m. where staff helped her call 911. The staff said the woman was barely able to walk.“She was in shock, she was frantic, she was all over the place, rambling,” said Ron Cary, a trainer at the gym.“I heard things coming out of her mouth like, ‘Was I raped?,’ ‘I was unconscious. I don’t know how long,’ ‘Are they here?,’ ‘Are they coming?’” Cary said.“Not a little blood, covered in blood. It looked as if a bucket of red-blood paint was poured over her head and every part of her face and shirt was red,” Cary added.“She said, ‘I’m in the middle of a murder trial, I’m on a murder trial, and I was attacked from behind,’” Cary said. A representative for the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office, Christopher Lee, confirmed “a member of our office was involved in an incident that is currently under investigation,” reported Fox.Police have said that the victim doesn’t remember anything about her attackers, according to Fox.A witness to the attack reported seeing a man on a bike following the victim before the attack. The suspect has not yet been found.The investigation continues into what may have been an attempt to stop the woman, who is a deputy district attorney, from giving her closing arguments at the murder trial in San Bernardino County.The attack occurred near Bob Henry Park, on East 16th Street where it intersects with Seagull Lane.Site of brutal attack in Newport Beach,  California. (Screenshot via Google Maps) Site of brutal attack in Newport Beach, Calif. (Screenshot via Google Maps)Police have confirmed that the woman was not sexually assaulted or robbed, reported Fox.From Share this article Show Discussionlast_img read more