A disabled man has accused the Department for Work

first_imgA disabled man has accused the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) of victimising him and ruining his life after it tried – and failed – to prosecute him for benefit fraud, despite letters from medical professionals confirming his serious medical conditions.The case of Gary Moyse has shone a spotlight on DWP’s use of fraud investigators, and of secret filmed footage in cases where a claimant has a serious but fluctuating condition.It comes as figures obtained by The Observer showed that more than 85 per cent of benefit fraud allegations made by the public to DWP over the last five years were false.Moyse has chronic pain syndrome – following a car accident in December 2007 – as well as diabetic neuropathy and retinopathy, anxiety and depression, but was told by a diabetes consultant to stay as active as he could, however much pain it caused him.He had been claiming disability living allowance (DLA), with higher rate mobility support and middle rate care.But he claims that investigators working for an insurance company disputing the level of his claim for six-figure damages filmed him as he walked to his local high street – as he tried to follow his consultant’s advice to stay active – and then edited the footage to remove shots of him pausing, taking breaks, taking his medication, being assisted by friends, and falling over.DVDs of this footage were later used by DWP to try to prove he was claiming DLA fraudulently.The stress of the battle with DWP – which began in 2013 – has harmed his health even further, and last year he tried to take his own life. He is now recovering from a mini-stroke and a mild heart attack.A consultant psychiatrist who saw him concluded in January 2015 that he had been “unfairly victimised”.And Moyse says that two DWP investigators told him not to bother applying for personal independence payment (PIP) – which is replacing working-age DLA – and warned him that they would be watching him if he walked a single step outside his front door.When he did apply for PIP, an Atos nurse who assessed him said he was entitled to the benefit, but her advice was ignored by the DWP decision-maker, the same civil servant who had dealt with the fraud allegations.Moyse, a former treasurer for a multi-national oil company in Saudi Arabia, said: “I now get extreme anxiety.“The only time I have been out of the house is to get out of taxis or a friend’s car and drive to the hospital or to the legal meetings.“It’s pure victimisation. I am struggling to keep going against these tribunals.”He is appealing through the tribunal system to overturn a ruling last August that he was not entitled to DLA and should pay back £20,000 in benefits to DWP.The tribunal concluded that his “stated level of disability was lacking in credibility” and that he “suffers from no mental health disability”, despite the evidence of doctors and psychiatrists.A consultant who examined Moyse for DWP and reported that he “walked slowly and stiffly with a right-sided crutch”, then saw the DVD of him walking more freely and concluded that he was “an unreliable witness”.But Moyse points out that he never takes his medication when he is being examined for a DWP assessment, which explains why his movements were so different when he was seen by the consultant and the Atos nurse.The tribunal ruling last August came even though, he claims, there were no witnesses at the hearing – including the two investigators – who he could question about the case against him.The following month, a crown court judge directed the jury to find Moyse not guilty of misrepresenting his condition, after the Crown Prosecution Service was unable to produce the investigators who filmed the footage.But when he applied for PIP, the DWP decision-maker rejected his claim, despite quoting in the decision document from letters from an occupational therapist and a diabetes consultant which backed up Moyse’s case.The DWP decision-maker also suggested that Moyse’s “perseverance” with his claim and his insistence that he had been unfairly treated was “inconsistent with the anxious, depressed man featured in his claim”.He also stated that DWP “dropped” the case against Moyse, when it was actually thrown out by the court.Despite his PIP claim being rejected – it is currently going through the process of mandatory reconsideration – Moyse has been found not fit for work and is in the support group of the out-of-work disability benefit employment and support allowance, while his local council in Great Yarmouth spent thousands of pounds installing a wet room in his home.He has been struggling to survive on ESA, as his DLA was stopped in October 2013, which meant he also had his Motability vehicle taken away, while his partner is no longer able to claim carer’s allowance, even though she helps him get up, wash and dress every day.Since he lost his Motability car three years ago, and moved in with his partner, he has tried to walk the 200 yards to the local shops several times, but has had to stop every few yards because of the pain, and then has to sleep on the sofa for the next few days because of the resulting pain and diabetes complications.He said: “I have been struggling ever since. They are just trying everything they possibly can to break me.“I have panic attacks when I see the postman coming, because you never know what the next thing is going to be. Whenever I see a brown envelope, I ask my partner to open it.“They have totally ruined my life. The only reason I am holding out is that I don’t believe people with that sort of power should be able to treat innocent people the way they are treating me.“I shudder to think of the other people they have done this to who have caved in.“I can’t go out of the front door without stress and paranoia. I don’t see why the government should be allowed to do this to people.”A Department for Work and Pensions spokeswoman said: “PIP is awarded on the basis of how a claimant’s condition affects them rather than on the condition itself, and decisions on entitlement are taken on the basis of all the evidence held.“The Independent Appeals Service agreed Mr Moyse was not entitled to DLA and is required to pay back his overpayment.“We have a duty to the taxpayer to ensure recovery of overpayments.”She added: “The judge directed the jury to find the defendant not guilty because he was not prepared to grant an adjournment to deal with a technicality in the proceedings – not on the basis of the evidence.”She confirmed that this technicality was that DWP was unable to produce the investigators to give evidence in court within 24 hours.last_img read more

SAINTS take on Hull FC this Friday in their second

first_imgSAINTS take on Hull FC this Friday in their second home match of the new Super League season.Nathan Brown’s men got their year underway on Sunday with a tough and hard fought win over Widnes.Hull FC will provide a stern test of the ‘recovery’ but with James Roby expected to return plus the emergence of Joe Greenwood it is sure to be a real fire-cracker.Tickets for the match are now on sale from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or by logging on here.last_img

SAINTS head into their semifinal at Warrington wi

first_imgSAINTS head into their semi-final at Warrington with a remarkable record at the Wolves.They have won on their last seven visits to the Halliwell Jones Stadium with their opponents last home win coming in 2011.Keiron Cunningham’s men have also won twice there this season too.Last Ten Meetings:Warrington 18, St Helens 20 (SLS8-R1, 4/8/16)St Helens 4, Warrington 26 (SLR17, 3/6/16)Warrington 22, St Helens 25 (SLR10, 8/4/16)St Helens 16, Warrington 32 (SLS8-R7, 24/9/15)Warrington 14, St Helens 20 (SLR22, 16/7/15)St Helens 20, Warrington 16 (SLR16, 31/5/15) (at St James’ Park, Newcastle)St Helens 32, Warrington 24 (SLR6, 19/3/15)St Helens 12, Warrington 39 (SLR26, 4/9/14)St Helens 24, Warrington 41 (SLR13, 18/5/14) (at Etihad Stadium, Manchester)Warrington 8, St Helens 38 (SLR1, 13/2/14)Super League Summary:Warrington won 11 (includes win in 2012 play-offs)St Helens won 44 (includes wins in 2010 and 2012 play-offs)2 drawsHighs and Lows:Warrington highest score: 56-22 (H, 2001) (also widest margin)St Helens highest score: 72-2 (H, 2002) (also widest margin)Career And Club Milestones Involving Tonight’s Teams:James Roby needs three tries to reach a career century of touchdowns. He has touched down 90 times for St Helens since 2004, to go with 7 tries for England (2008-2013 & 2015). He also has non-scoring appearances for Great Britain (2006-2007).Stefan Ratchford needs two tries to reach a career century of touchdowns. He has touched down 55 times for Warrington since 2012, to go with 40 tries for Salford (2007-2011). He has also scored 3 times for England Knights (2011-2012), and has 1 non-scoring appearance for England (2012).He is also one appearance away from 150 for Warrington.Winning Run:St Helens have won their last four matches. Their last defeat was 25-0 at Wigan on August 19. They have also won 11 of their last 12 games.Other Runs:Warrington’s Ryan Atkins has scored a try in each of the Wolves’ last four meetings with St Helens.First Utility Super League Leading Scorers:(League games & Super 8s)Tries:1 Denny Solomona (Castleford Tigers) 402 Corey Thompson (Widnes Vikings) 273 = Jodie Broughton (Catalans Dragons), Josh Charnley (Wigan Warriors) 195 = Jermaine McGillvary (Huddersfield Giants), Adam Swift (St Helens), Ryan Atkins (Warrington Wolves), Ben Currie (Warrington Wolves) 179 Fetuli Talanoa (Hull FC) 1510 = Luke Dorn (Castleford Tigers), Jamie Shaul (Hull FC), Tom Johnstone (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats), Tom Lineham (Warrington Wolves), Dominic Manfredi (Wigan Warriors) 14Goals:1 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 1182 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 1103 Kurt Gidley (Warrington Wolves) 874 = Liam Finn (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats), Matty Smith (Wigan Warriors) 836 Luke Walsh (St Helens) 717 Pat Richards (Catalans Dragons) 698 Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants) 569 Rhys Hanbury (Widnes Vikings) 5510 Gareth O’Brien (Salford Red Devils) 51Goals Percentage:1 Tony Gigot (Catalans Dragons) 86.66 (13/15)2 Declan Patton (Warrington Wolves) 86.36 (19/22)3 Jordan Lilley (Leeds Rhinos) 84.37 (27/32)4 Thomas Bosc (Catalans Dragons) 84.21 (16/19)5 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 83.33 (110/132)6 Kurt Gidley (Warrington Wolves) 79.09 (87/110)7 Luke Walsh (St Helens) 78.02 (71/91)8 Mark Percival (St Helens) 77.77 (28/36)9 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 77.12 (118/153)10 Liam Sutcliffe (Leeds Rhinos) 76.74 (33/43)Points:1 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 2622 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 2413 Kurt Gidley (Warrington Wolves) 2024 Matty Smith (Wigan Warriors) 1955 = Liam Finn (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats), Pat Richards (Catalans Dragons) 1747 Denny Solomona (Castleford Tigers) 1608 Rhys Hanbury (Widnes Vikings) 1589 Luke Walsh (St Helens) 15510 Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants) 132last_img read more

Holden Beach recently renourished their coastline will Irma jeopardize that work

first_img The project added 150 to 180 feet to the shoreline, which required 1.2 million cubic yards of sand.The beach had gradually eroded over time due to various weather events like Hurricane Matthew and the tides.Now the beach is as good as new, and residents and visitors couldn’t be happier.Related Article: Couple returns home almost two years after Hurricane Matthew“We didn’t have a choice, I think you have to have it,” resident Tony Marwitz said. “If we don’t have the beach we don’t have a reason for tourists to come, if we don’t have a reason for tourists to come my taxes go way up, so it was, I think an all around good deal.”Holden Beach town manager David Hewett tells me that the beach is now designed to provide storm damage protection. It now meets the requirements of a FEMA engineered beach. HOLDEN BEACH, NC (WWAY) — The beach renourishment project in Holden Beach is finished, but what happens if there is erosion from the hurricane? The town says it’s ready.The 15 million dollar project was 10 years in the making. The sand placement began this past January and was completed in March.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Food Lion Bakkavor team up to help the hungry

first_imgGood Shepherd Center (Photo: WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Food Lion is joining the fight to feed the needy in here in the Cape Fear.The company is teaming up with the food manufacturer Bakkavor to prepare and serve the meal at the Good Shepherd Center in Wilmington.- Advertisement – Bakkavor’s chef’s will cook the meal and Food Lion volunteers will distribute bags of groceries afterward.It’s part of the Food Lion Feeds Hunger Relief Initiative.It starts Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the Good Shepherd Center on Martin Street.last_img read more

Coast Guard members will get paid Monday

first_img The Coast Guard is the only branch of the military affected by the partial government shutdown that started last weekend, because it’s funding is handled by the Department of Homeland Security and not the Department of Defense. That means there is no guarantee Coast Guard members will get their next paycheck scheduled for Jan. 15.So what changed? The Coast Guard says it generally cannot pay its members during a lapse in appropriations. But the timing of this shutdown created a unique situation. The Coast Guard says extensive research and legal analysis between the Coast Guard, DHS, and the Office of Management and Budget “determined the Coast Guard has the authority to execute the remainder of pay and allowances for December.”Many Coast Guard families have been worried how they’ll make ends meet as the shutdown continues, especially with holiday bills, rent and other expenses coming due soon. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Good news for members of the Coast Guard and their families: They will get paid next week.The Coast Guard announced last night that members will get a paycheck Monday. According to a blog post, “This one-time action applies to military members that served on active duty in the month of December and those reserve military members that drilled prior to the lapse in appropriation.”- Advertisement – last_img read more

New exhibition at Fort St Angelo opens previously closed doors on history

first_img <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> Minister for Justice, Culture and Local Government Owen Bonnici visits an exhibition about the British Navy and Fort St Angelo up to Freedom DayFort St Angelo, BirguDOI – Clifton FenechMinister for Justice, Culture and Local Government Owen Bonnici visits an exhibition about the British Navy and Fort St Angelo up to Freedom DayFort St Angelo, BirguDOI – Clifton Fenech A new exhibition opens the doors of the once closed and restrictive military base that was Fort St. Angelo.The exhibition run by Heritage Malta, is entitled ‘Behind Closed Doors’, and combines historical as well as personal reflections of the fort whilst under British military control.It has been 40 years since Freedom Day and the departure of the Royal Navy from the fort. The Royal Navy had been stationed at the fort for just over 70 years (1906 and 1979).The structure had largely been out of bounds for Maltese civilians with only Maltese and British serviceman allowed access to the fort, with specific entrances depending on rank.Minister for Justice, Culture and Local Government Owen Bonnici visits an exhibition about the British Navy and Fort St Angelo up to Freedom DayFort St Angelo, BirguDOI – Clifton FenechIt’s hoped the exhibition, the artefacts and activities which have been brought together, will give visitors a sense of the purpose of the building as well as the personal connection with the fort.Speaking at the inauguration, Minister for Justice, Culture and Local Government Owen Bonnici, ‘As a country, we carry with us an extensive history which in turn has moulded our identity as we know it today. Through time, our traditions and past have shaped our society, and thanks to such exhibitions, we keep on outlining our country’s journey and where this has led us today. In turn, we are also enhancing our local cultural product by providing more outlets pertaining to our heritage for everyone to visit and appreciate.’WhatsApp SharePrintlast_img read more

Kurt Farrugia to become new CEO of Malta Enterprise

first_imgThe Head of Communications for the Maltese Government Kurt Farrugia, has been appointed as CEO of Malta Enterprise.In a statement, Farrugia said he will start his new job on 1 August with Malta Enterprise, succeeding current CEO Mario Galea.Chairman of Malta Enterprise William Wait said with Farrugia’s years of experience in the Prime Minister’s team, he will help the corporation to build on its successes.It’s going to be tough not being by your side every day as I did for the past 12 years @JosephMuscat_JM. Humbled to have served #Malta’s best ever PM. Thank you @KeithSchembri for being a great boss. Both my mentors, above all friends. I will keep serving my country selflessly. pic.twitter.com/6wdoywszot— Kurt Farrugia (@KurtFarrugia) July 12, 2019Kurt Farrugia names Matthew Carbone as the new Head of Communications for the Maltese Government.Glad to be making way for a good friend & brilliant colleague Matthew Carbone who will serve as Head of Communications @MaltaGov; and an equally masterful & close ally @vellanigel who will serve as Deputy Head of Comms. Make us proud, boys — as I have no doubt you will. pic.twitter.com/7yAKlFPXtx— Kurt Farrugia (@KurtFarrugia) July 12, 2019 SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>center_img You’ve been an amazing colleague. So many memories to cherish Dr @RamonaAttard. Work is not quite done yet … much more to do. https://t.co/n7rjgTktju pic.twitter.com/UkSOoVOSBs— Kurt Farrugia (@KurtFarrugia) July 12, 2019WhatsApplast_img read more

Icelanders hope for a good start against Argentina

first_img180602 Fotboll, TrŠningsmatch Soccer Football – International Friendly – Iceland vs Norway – Laugardalsvollur Stadium, Reykjavik, Iceland – June 2, 2018 Iceland’s Gylfi Sigurdsson celebrates scoring their second goal with teammates REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke © BildbyrŒn – COP 7 – SWEDEN ONLY180602 Fotboll, TrŠningsmatch Soccer Football – International Friendly – Iceland vs Norway – Laugardalsvollur Stadium, Reykjavik, Iceland – June 2, 2018 Iceland’s Gylfi Sigurdsson celebrates scoring their second goal with teammates REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke © BildbyrŒn – COP 7 – SWEDEN ONLY Iceland, the smallest nation which has ever qualified for the World Cup, is expected to play its first game on 16th June when they face Lionel Messi’s mighty Argentina.This relatively small country has Everton’s Gylfi Sigurðsson, Aston Villa midfielder Birkir Bjarnason and Cardiff City’s Aron Gunnarsson in the team.  They will try to emulate their 2016’s European Championships’ extraordinary performances which many remember. Sigurðsson is considered their best player and Icelanders were calmed down when they confirmed his recovery from a knee problem. The Icelandic National Team is currently training in Kabardinka’s Olimp Stadium and will also play against Croatia and Nigeria in Group D.WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=a7617b59&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=128&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=a7617b59&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

Africa to benefit from Business Sweden and Ericsson

first_imgAdvertisement Business Sweden, Ericsson and the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs announced a strategic partnership for a two-year ICT venture in Sub-Saharan Africa. The announcement was made in a briefing session held in the Swedish Embassy in Pretoria.The program aims to share knowledge, increase collaboration and trade between key countries and Sweden in order to strengthen the African ICT sector. Workshops and seminars will be hosted in 10 African countries, some of the fastest growing markets in the world. High-level delegations including representatives of Swedish companies, key government stakeholders and vertical players from trade, ICT, energy and infrastructure industries will visit Ghana, Angola, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe and more. Sweden is a strong partner to Africa through institutional corporations, and Swedish organizations have a large presence in Africa. ICT is and will be even more a key area of collaboration.Pereric Högberg, Deputy Director-General, Head of Africa Department, MFA Sweden said “Sweden and Africa have a strong partnership and historical ties. We see the new modern Africa taking shape and growing. Sweden is, and will continue to be, a solid partner in African developments. ICT is one of Sweden´s key industries and has made Sweden top ranked globally in terms of connectivity, e-governance and ICT innovations. The ICT industry stands for a large share of the employment in Sweden, there is a potential for a similar effect in Africa. A joint report by the World Bank and African Development Bank has already confirmed how ICT is transforming businesses and driving entrepreneurship and economic growth in the region, while enabling access to education, health care, employment, and information that helps citizens improve their quality of life. – Advertisement – Fredrik Jejdling, Head: Ericsson Sub-Saharan Africa, said: “We are committed to our vision of a Networked Society in Africa, where technology enables new methods of learning and collaborating, innovative ways of doing business, and new approaches to old problems which results in a better quality of life. Over the past century, Ericsson has consistently explored ways in which we can deploy our technology and solutions to support development on the continent.” Andreas Skinnars Senior Vice President Trade, Business Sweden said: “We are very happy to enter this partnership together with the Foreign Ministry and Ericsson. Through this program we wish to contribute to establishing and showcasing Swedish competence and leading ICT companies to partner up with African companies to support the African growth further. We believe this will be of great benefit for both Sweden and sub-Saharan Africa”. The program starts in Ghana April 17-19 and continues to Angola May 8-9.Source: Ericssonlast_img read more

East Africas top economies launch crossborder payment system

first_imgAdvertisement East Africa’s biggest economies have launched an integrated real-time cross-border payments system designed to remove bottlenecks to business and bolster intra-regional trade, Kenya’s central bank said on Wednesday.The East African Payments System (EAPS) is an early step towards the creation of a monetary union within the five nation East African Community (EAC) trade bloc, which member states hope to establish within 10 years.“EAPS will facilitate trade within the region and is a quick win for the EAC,” the Central Bank of Kenya said in a statement.Each member state currently has its own banking payment systems, meaning cross-border transfers take from one to two days, bankers say. – Advertisement – EAPS will enable people in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania to make and receive payments in real time, speeding up the process of commercial transactions. Rwanda and Burundi, whose banking structures are less advanced, will join later.A common currency remains a long way off, analysts say. Member states first need to implement the free movement of labor, goods and services, which has proved especially contentious in Tanzania.Their economies will also need to meet macro-economic criteria, including capping inflation at 5 percent and fiscal deficits excluding grants below 6 percent of national output before embarking on a monetary union.It took the region’s economies several years just to agree on the wording of the draft protocol signed last month.last_img read more

Africells Unsuccessful Attempt to Rebrand Orange Uganda before Christmas

first_imgAdvertisement Having spent more than six months in the process of acquiring Orange Uganda, Africell officially decided and announced plans to push the button on a rebranding exercise that would be in effect on December 23rd.The news was first reported in text message sent to some Orange subscribers.“Be the first to know that as of 23rd of December, Orange becomes Africell. Stay updated on www.africell.ug,” read the SMS.But the said website was, and is today, still showing “under construction” in a page titled “Coming Soon”. – Advertisement – The Orange.ug website still practically looks like an Orange website, except for the changed logo, and a banner notifying visitors of the 23rd December switch. It remains to be seen how long it will take the telecoms operator with over 12million subscribers across Africa to take full control of it’s Uganda operations, and how the current status affects its subscriber base.[related-posts]Reports in November indicated that Africell plans to invest up to $150 million to improve the network of its recently acquired Ugandan unit, Orange Uganda Ltd., over the next three years, with a target of achieving a 20% market share in the fiercely competitive market.Africell’s website is still under construction.According to the Wall Street Journal, Chief Executive Ziad Dalloul said the  new investment would also enable it to attract more voice subscribers so it can reach its target of at least 6 million by 2019.“The demand for data is exponentially increasing, in terms of speed and coverage. You need to offer high-speed data everywhere including the inland parts of the country, and this is quite challenging with the existing infrastructure.” he said. “We will be adding more weight to capture more of the voice market while defending the very nice share of data that already exists.”Rising economic growth and increased smartphone penetration across Africa continue to drive up demand for data services, as more young Africans get online, analysts have said.Uganda has total of around 19 million phone subscribers, with mobile phone penetration growing at around 10% a year over the past five years, according to the state regulator, the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC).Africell, which launched its operations in 2001 in Gambia now has a 61% market share in Sierra Leone and Gambia, and has over 5 million subscribers in Congo. The Ugandan acquisition has added close to 700,000 new subscribers to the company, bringing its active subscriber total to 11 million on the continent.It expects to have 15 million mobile subscribers across its operations on the continent next year—still small when compared with giants such Vodacom’s South African unit, which has over 50 million customers in Africa. However, with the company’s annual revenue, currently around $270 million, growing at around 30% a year, Africell is one of the fastest-growing telecommunications companies on the continent, analysts say.But the recent launch of Vodafone in Uganda will make the competition steeper than Africell might have anticipated in November.last_img read more

Twitter Aquires Indias Missed Call Marketing Platform ZipDial

first_imgAdvertisement Last week TechCrunch reported Twitter was in final talks to acquire ZipDial for between $30 million and $40 million, and today the company announced the deal has closed.ZipDial allows people to call a special phone number for a business, hang up before they incur a charge, and then receive a phone call or SMS with information about the business. This “missed call” marketing platform allows people to access content for free, which is especially useful in the developing world where many can’t afford data plans.Twitter said about the deal “For many, their first online experience will be on a mobile device – but the cost of data may prevent them from experiencing the true power of the Internet. Twitter, in partnership with ZipDial, can make great content more accessible to everyone.” When asked about the acquisition price, Twitter told me “We aren’t disclosing financial terms of the deal” but did say “The majority of ZipDial’s team will be joining us.” – Advertisement – Founded in 2010, ZipDial did not disclose the volume of its funding, but had taken three significant rounds from Mumbai Angels, 500 Startups, Times Internet, and Jungle Ventures. CEO Valerie Wagoner has led the company to sign major fortune 500 brands as customers. Last week, TechCrunch’s Ingrid Lunden broke down why Twitter would be interested in ZipDial.Beyond allowing missed call connections to businesses, Twitter explains it was attracted to ZipDial’s other use cases, such as to “access great content, including cricket scores, audio programming, Tweets from their favorite Bollywood stars – and much more – on their mobile phones. Leading figures, including actors, politicians and athletes, also use the platform to instantly reach millions of citizens on Twitter through text and voice messages.”Marketers can also use ZipDial as a marketing measurement tool. Since many in places like India pay with cash and are unbanked, it can be difficult to measure sales for ad campaign return on investment. If Twitter can use ZipDial to close the loop and prove ROI to advertisers, it could pull in a lot more ad dollars for notoriously difficult to monetize markets in the developing world.ZipDial’s mission aligns closely with Twitter’s, bringing information to people quickly and simply. It’s been compared to Yo, but designed for the developing world where smartphones and hefty data plans are less common.This seems to indicate Twitter will use ZipDial’s platform to deliver itself to feature phones and others with irregular Internet connections. Facebook and Google are both exploring ways to get those without Internet connected to their services. ZipDial gets Twitter in the business of accessibility too.Via Techcrunchlast_img read more

MasterCard You will soon be able to authenticate online purchases with a

first_imgAdvertisement All those years spent taking close-up pictures of your face might finally prove (more) useful. According to CNN Money, MasterCard is working on a new program that would allow cardholders to use selfies and fingerprints to authenticate the purchases they make online.MasterCard currently uses a program known as “SecureCode,” which allows participating merchants to verify that a purchase is legitimate by asking cardholders to enter a supplemental PIN at the point of purchase. Presumably, someone who has swiped your card might have access to your important card numbers, but they aren’t going to know your PIN. When they go to buy something without it, the transaction won’t go through. (Assuming, of course, they’re buying from a place that actually uses SecureCode).“The new generation, which is into selfies … I think they’ll find it cool. They’ll embrace it,” said Ajay Bhalla, who’s in charge of coming up with innovative solutions for MasterCard’s security challenges.But passwords get forgotten, stolen, or intercepted. So, banks are following Apple’s lead. The iPhone’s fingerprint scanner started a security revolution in 2013. Apple Pay showed that customers are willing to use biometrics to prove their identity. – Advertisement – MasterCard will launch a small pilot program that uses fingerprints – but also facial scans. It’ll be a limited experiment involving 500 customers. But, once it works out all the kinks, MasterCard plans to launch it publicly sometime after that.To pull this off, MasterCard said it has partnered with every smartphone maker, including Apple, BlackBerry, Google, Microsoft, and Samsung. The credit card company is still finalizing deals with two major banks, so it wasn’t ready to say whose customers will get this first.How it worksYou have to download the MasterCard phone app to use the feature.MasterCard said a pop-up will ask for your authorization after you pay for something.If you choose fingerprint, all it takes is a touch. If you go with facial recognition, you stare at the phone — blink once — and you’re done. MasterCard’s security researchers decided blinking is the best way to prevent a thief from just holding up a picture of you and fooling the system.MasterCard said it doesn’t actually get a picture of your finger or face. All fingerprint scans will create a code that stays on the device. The facial recognition scan will map out your face, convert it to 1s and 0s and transmit that over the Internet to MasterCard.Bhalla promised that MasterCard won’t be able to reconstruct your face — and that the information would transmit securely and remain safe on the company’s computer servers.This makes some cybersecurity experts uncomfortable. They prefer that your data stay on your phone.Credit CNN Money, PC Maglast_img read more

Reach a Hand Officially Launch Their SAUTIplus App

first_imgThe SAUTIplus app. Photo by : Kikonyogo Douglas Albert/TECH JAJA Advertisement Youth led non-profit organization; Reach a Hand Uganda (RAHU) has launched its SAUTIplus mobile application.Available for Android users, the app is designed to help youth access accurate and reliable information about their Sexual and Reproductive Health & Rights (SRHR) in a convenient manner.Humphrey Nabimanya; Founder of RAHU while speaking at the launch, said “the SAUTIplus app is an innovative milestone in the company’s continuous effort to find effective ways of communicating with young people.” – Advertisement – “We are always innovating and finding new ways to reach young people. The SAUTIplus app will go a long way in helping us achieve this. It is an innovative one stop mobile app for young people to receive information on Sexual Reproductive Health,” said Humphrey.The youth can ask series of question through the app about their sexual reproductive health — which according to RAHU are answered swiftly. The SAUTIplus app seeks to bridge the gap and help youth understand and safely exercise their Reproductive Health Rights.Humphrey Nabimanya; Founder and Team Lead of Reach a Hand Uganda poses for a photo with a cut out of the SAUTIplus app at the launch of the app.The SAUTIplus app also provides referrals to youth friendly health service reducing the stigma associated with young people and sexual reproductive focused health visits.The app allows them to discover youth friendly health centers to go to for stigma free SRHR services.last_img read more

Murray in three today

first_imgMens Semi FinalsWimbledonTIME: 2.30pm, BBCMURRAY IN A HURRYMurray supporters got a fright on Wednesday. Two sets to love down and the odds were suddenly level against Verdasco.Murray fought back and eventually booked himself a place in today’s semi-final against Jerzy Janowicz – it’s the fifth year in a row that Murray has reached this stage at Wimbledon which is incredible consistency.Whether he can go the full distance though is the million dollar question. He drifted on the Star Sports outright market for the title on the back of the win against Verdasco as, by his standards, the first two sets were not up to scratch and you can’t throw away loose sets at this stage of a Grand Slam.Janowicz stands in Murray’s way. Literally at 6′ 8″ but there is the suspicion that the Polish player might just be overcome by the occasion today and not (yet) have the mental skills for a Grand Slam semi-final against a Murray who wants to put right the Sunday defeat last year.Murray was our outright tip and so far so good. But, please, lets make this one a little easier on the heart today. Murray in three.STAR FORECAST(stake between 0.5 and 10 points)4 point win Murray to win 3-0(-6 points Thursday)WORSHIPPING THE TOONA student has discovered a 1,800-year-old stone head of a “possible Geordie god”, buried in an ancient rubbish dump.The 20cm sandstone head, which dates from the 2nd or 3rd century AD, is thought to have been worshipped as a source of inspiration in war.The find was made at Binchester Roman Fort, in County Durham, by first year archaeology student Alex Kirton as the team dug at an old bath house.last_img read more

Getting Hammered

first_img[dropcap]J[/dropcap]ust as we found out last night, the formbook goes out of the window when it comes to comparing Premier League form against the Carling Cup.To be honest it’s not proving too reliable in the Premier League either but that’s a subject for another day.I gave the benefit of the doubt to Man U last night with a draw prediction but clearly should have gone for Sunderland (20 points below them in the league table).Man U are now very much in the ‘special category’ when it comes to punting and extreme caution seems to be the only way forward, or just backing against them.West Ham need to do a ‘Sunderland’ tonight – and try and get some kind of result against Man City to give them at least a lifeline going into the second leg.After the abject failure of West Ham at the weekend when they were booted out of the FA Cup at the hands of Nottingham Forest (5-0) how can you seriously give them ANY chance tonight?Allardyce has a vote of confidence from the Board – but not so much from the fans and it’s hardly surprising given his ‘junior’ team selection which treated the competition (and his supporters) with contempt and to be frank, he got what he deserved. His only defence is his miserable injury list.Whatever Allardyce thought of the FA Cup you can be sure the Capital One Cup has a bigger priority and he has already indicated he will be fielding a much stronger team but whether it’s enough to trouble Man City at home is a moot point. City have scored a staggering average of 3.7 goals at the Etihad this season.The head to head records also don’t give the Hammers much chance:HEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Max last 10 only)Oct 2013 Premier West Ham 1-3 Man CityApr 2013 Premier Man City 2-1 West HamNov 2012 Premier West Ham 0-0 Man CityMay 2011 Premier Man City 2-1 West HamDec 2010 Premier West Ham 1-3 Man CityMay 2010 Premier West Ham 1-1 Man CitySep 2009 Premier Man City 3-1 West HamMar 2009 Premier West Ham 1-0 Man CityAug 2008 Premier Man City 3-0 West HamJan 2008 Premier Man City 1-1 West HamWest Ham’s only ever win at the Etihad Stadium came in 2006 when they beat City in an FA Cup quarter-final tie.City (-2) with Star Sports at around 11/10 looks a spot of value.RECOMMENDED BET (1-10 points)5 points CITY (-2) at around 11/10 with Star SportsRUNNING RETURN (JANUARY): -25.00 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

Models will enable safer deepwater oil production

first_imgShareDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduMike Williams713-348-6728mikewilliams@rice.eduModels will enable safer deepwater oil productionRice University developing computational models for more successful extractionHOUSTON – (April 1, 2013) – Rice University researchers are developing a comprehensive model that will predict how brine, oil and gas drawn from ultra-deep wells react to everything encountered on the way up to the surface and to suggest strategies to maintain the flow.Deepwater production involves hydrocarbons but also formation water (brine), chemicals, and materials that make up the complex machinery of modern oil extraction. Under high pressures and temperatures, the brine can form acidic mixtures that corrode pipes or form solid mineral deposits, called scale, that inhibit flow in a well.Rice professors Walter Chapman, Kenneth Cox and Mason Tomson will combine their expertise in materials and computer modeling to analyze the brine and its environment on the molecular to macro scales. Their research is supported by $1.2 million awarded last fall by the Research Partnership to Secure Energy for America, a contractor for the US Department of Energy, through Brine Chemistry Solutions LLC.A molecular-level model based on Chapman’s Statistical Associating Fluid Theory (SAFT) equation and on Tomson’s expertise with the Brine Chemistry Consortium will predict the likelihood that scale and corrosion will hinder the flow in a well based on variables found at the site. That will save money, cut risk and make deepwater production safer and more environmentally sound, Chapman said.“This is all about flow assurance,” he said. “Companies want to maintain their ability to produce by knowing how to deal with potential obstacles — scale, asphaltenes, natural gas hydrates, wax — anything that could prevent them from being able to flow the fluids.  Rice works in each of these areas, but the current project involves scale and corrosion.”The degree of difficulty increases as explorers drill further out to sea. Ultra-deepwater wells are those with water depths greater than 7,500 feet. In these fossil fuel reservoirs, extreme temperatures up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit and pressures greater than 25,000 pounds per square inch can turn benign mixtures into pipe-eating acids or clogging solids.“There are a lot of components,” said Cox, who spent 17 years as a research engineer at Shell before entering academia. “You have water, all kinds of salts and other species in a very complex mixture over many extreme combinations of temperature and pressure. But most of the data we have to base our models on, to calibrate the models against, are taken near room temperature and at atmospheric pressure.“It’s kind of like sending someone to the moon, when you only know what you’ve experienced on Earth,” he said. “We mean to take this limited body of data and make the best possible use of it.”“Our idea is to have a single model able to describe all the phases — for gases, water and aqueous solutions, and hydrocarbons — from very hot, high-pressure conditions down hole all the way through the platform and even through transmission and refining,” Chapman said. “We want to use one model to describe conditions along this entire path.”Samples from the deep are difficult to analyze, even when they can be obtained, he said. “Even though sample cells can maintain pressure, and a very few will maintain temperature, by the time they come up to the surface, the samples are completely different,” he said. “So we have limited data from which to project a highly complex system.”That system not only includes the oil and gas, briny water, sodium chloride, calcium carbonate, barium sulfate, carbon dioxide, hydrogen sulfide and other elements found in the chemical stew in and beneath the sea, but also the hardware used to extract oil. Every pipe, every seal, every tank and every part of every pump has to be accounted for in the equation, to see how each might react. Pressure and temperature changes along the entire path affect how – or if – the product flows.“The temperature’s high enough for water to dissolve sand,” Cox said. “That’s an interesting problem in itself, because at very high temperature it forms volatile silicic acid. The presence of this kind of thing is what we try to pin down.”“We’re trying to get basic data into a fundamental model that, given the water chemistry and the conditions at any site, allows us to model what should be expected of that site,” Chapman said.He said a good model would help companies plan their approach to a potential well before committing millions of dollars to set up a platform. “They want to know what they’re going to find. Their inhibition strategy (to limit corrosion), the materials they’re going to use and the separation equipment will all be based on their knowledge of the fluid properties down hole.”The Rice team is working with project leader Brine Chemistry Solutions LLC, a Houston company founded by Tomson’s son, Rice alumnus Ross Tomson. Chapman is the William W. Akers Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. Cox is a professor in the practice of chemical and biomolecular engineering. Tomson is a professor of civil and environmental engineering.Funding for the projects is provided through the ultra-deepwater and unconventional natural gas and other petroleum resources research and development program authorized by the Energy Policy Act of 2005. The program is funded from lease bonuses and royalties paid by industry to produce oil and gas on federal lands and is designed to assess and mitigate risk, enhancing the environmental sustainability of oil and gas exploration and production activities.-30-Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNewsRelated Materials:Chapman Group: http://www.ruf.rice.edu/~saft/chapman.htmKenneth Cox: http://chbe.rice.edu/Content.aspx?id=68Mason Tomson: http://report.rice.edu/sir/faculty.detail?p=4737F40A5E91D591Brine Chemistry Consortium: http://www.brinechem.rice.edu/contact.cfmBrine Chemistry Solutions LLC: www.brinechem.comLocated 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 3,708 undergraduates and 2,374 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 has been ranked No. 1 for best quality of life multiple times by the Princeton Review and No. 2 for “best value” among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to http://tinyurl.com/AboutRiceU. RPSEA is under contract with the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory to administer three areas of research. RPSEA is a nonprofit consortium with more than 180 members, including 24 of the nation’s premier research universities, five national laboratories, other major research institutions, large and small energy producers and energy consumers. The mission of RPSEA, headquartered in Sugar Land, Texas, is to provide a stewardship role in ensuring the focused research, development and deployment of safe and environmentally responsible technology that can effectively deliver hydrocarbons from domestic resources to the citizens of the United States. Additional information can be found at www.rpsea.org. AddThislast_img read more

Study Living abroad leads to a clearer sense of self

first_imgShare62Jeff Falk713-348-6775jfalk@rice.eduStudy: Living abroad leads to a clearer sense of selfNew research also shows that living abroad leads to clearer career decision-makingHOUSTON – (March 20, 2018) – Living abroad can clarify your sense of self, according to new research by a team of social scientists at Rice University, Columbia University and the University of North Carolina.Credit: 123RF.com/Rice UniversityThey found living abroad increases “self-concept clarity,” the extent to which individuals’ beliefs about themselves are clearly and confidently defined and consistent and stable over time.The researchers are Hajo Adam and Otilia Obodaru of Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business; Jackson Lu and Adam Galinsky of Columbia Business School; and William Maddux of UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School. They conducted six studies involving 1,874 participants and published their findings in “The Shortest Path to Oneself Leads Around the World: Living Abroad Increases Self-Concept Clarity” in the journal Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes.To conduct the studies, the authors recruited participants from online panels and United States and international MBA programs, including some who had not lived abroad, who then completed surveys on living abroad.The researchers found living abroad triggers self-discerning reflections in which people grapple with the different cultural values and norms of their home and host cultures. These reflections are helpful in discovering which values and norms define who people are and which simply reflect their cultural upbringing, according to the study.“In a world where living-abroad experiences are increasingly common and technological advances make cross-cultural travel and communication ever easier, it is critical that research keeps pace with these developments and seeks to understand how they affect people,” the authors wrote.“In this vein, our studies demonstrate that living abroad affects the fundamental structure of the self-concept by enhancing its clarity. The German philosopher Hermann von Keyserling wrote in the epigraph to his 1919 book ‘The Travel Diary of a Philosopher,’ ‘The shortest path to oneself leads around the world.’ Almost 100 years later, our research provides empirical evidence in support of this idea.”While most research on foreign experiences has focused on whether people have lived abroad or not, this new research takes a more nuanced approach to distinguish between the depth and the breadth of international experiences. It finds that depth (the length of time lived abroad) rather than breadth (the number of foreign countries lived in) enhances a clear sense of self. The longer people live abroad, the more self-discerning reflections they accumulate and, as a result, the more likely they are to develop a better understanding of themselves and have increased clarity about career decision-making, the authors said.Understanding the impact of living abroad has practical implications for organizations as they operate across national borders and recruit foreign talent.Past studies have found that transitional experiences, such as getting divorced or losing a job, typically decrease individuals’ self-concept clarity. In contrast, this research examines the possibility that living abroad is a rare kind of transitional experience that actually increases self-concept clarity.Extended periods of time spent in a foreign country can yield numerous benefits that come with a clear sense of self, ranging from greater life satisfaction to decreased stress, improved job performance and – as the new research shows – enhanced clarity about the types of careers that best match an individual’s strengths and values. Having a clear sense of self could thus become increasingly important in today’s world with its unprecedented range of available career options, according to the authors.For a copy of the study, email jfalk@rice.edu.For more information about and insights from Rice Business faculty research, visit the school’s Rice Business Wisdom website, http://ricebusinesswisdom.com.-30-Follow the Jones Graduate School of Business via Twitter @Rice_Biz.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Related materials:Adam bio: https://business.rice.edu/person/hajo-adam.Obodaru bio: https://business.rice.edu/person/otilia-obodaru. AddThislast_img read more

Friday News – Booth Expands London Campus Berkeley Haas MBAs Explore Pay

first_imgFriday News – Booth Expands London Campus, Berkeley Haas MBAs Explore Pay Gap, and More RelatedChicago Booth Expands Deferred Admission MBA Program to All StudentsThe University of Chicago Booth School of Business announced this week that it has expanded its deferred admission MBA program. Previously limited to undergraduates at the University of Chicago, it is now open to any student in their final year of study at any undergraduate institution. Chicago Booth Scholars The Chicago Booth…October 11, 2018In “Chicago”Chicago Booth EMBA Alum Gift Expands Social InnovationA $20 million gift from a Chicago Booth MBA alumni will support expanded research and programming in social innovation and entrepreneurship at the University of Chicago.Tandean Rustandy, MBA ’07, is the man behind the generous gift. Previously known as Chicago Booth’s Social Enterprise Initiative, the newly named Rustandy Center for Social…May 30, 2017In “Featured Region”Booth Executive MBAs Participate in The Financial Times MBA QuizA team of Executive MBA students from The Booth School of Business participated in the 2nd annual Financial Times MBA Quiz — a fast-paced competition pitting ten business schools against each other for charity. The quiz was moderated by Financial Times Management Editor, Andrew Hill, at the publication’s London office. According to…March 13, 2015In “News” About the AuthorMaggie BoccellaMaggie Boccella, a lifelong resident of Philadelphia, is a freelance writer, artist and photographer. She has consulted on various film and multimedia projects, and she also serves as a juror for the city’s annual LGBTQIA Film Festival.View more posts by Maggie Boccella Let’s take a look at some of the biggest stories from this week, including Chicago Booth London expanding.Chicago Booth Expands Presence in Europe with new Facility in London – Chicago Booth NewsroomUniversity of Chicago’s Booth School of Business will be expanding its London campus, the center of which will be a newly constructed building adjacent to the Museum of London and St. Paul’s Cathedral.The move from the current campus in the Financial District will be complete by spring 2020. The new location will serve as the home of the Booth Executive MBA Europe program, as well as various events, seminars, and conferences. Madhav Rajan, Dean and Professor of Accounting at Chicago Booth, says, “Our campus will be located in the heart of the City, in a newly developed neighborhood that showcases the best of London. I expect this will serve as a vibrant home for our faculty, staff, and students, and as a welcoming venue to host our external community of alumni, prospective students, and corporate and government partners.”The 44,000 square-foot building will be comprised of two executive style multi-tiered classrooms, open meeting areas, and flexible event space. Booth’s European campus has been active since 2005, and was previously located in Barcelona, Spain. For more on the new Chicago Booth London campus, click here.Georgetown McDonough MBA Students Consult for WMATA to Improve Metro’s Image as Transit Provider, Employer – McDonough School of Business NewsGeorgetown University McDonough School of Business second year MBAs recently met some tough challenges—encouraging ridership on DC’s Metro, along with presenting the agency as an appealing employer.As part of a recently redesigned core course, Managing the Enterprise, students embarked upon a seven week consulting study called The Metro Challenge. Finalists pitched their ideas to WMATA executives, who selected the most workable solution to the problems that they presented.Practice in Management Professor Nick Lovegrove says, “In management courses, which tend to be a bit abstract, it really helps students to collaborate with an organization to provide a sense of reality … The fact that the WMATA is on the cusp of the public and private sectors means the issues they face are classic Washington issues.”Practice in Management Professor Nick Lovegrove says, “In management courses, which tend to be a bit abstract, it really helps students to collaborate with an organization to provide a sense of reality … The fact that the WMATA is on the cusp of the public and private sectors means the issues they face are classic Washington issues.” The organization manages a $3.2 million budget, along with roughly 13,000 employees.One winning team suggested a greater presence of technology such as smart apps to improve both employee and customer experience, while the other suggested mentorship programs and employee exchange programs to enhance operations. For more on the case study, click here.Amir Yaron, Professor of Finance, Awarded Prestigious Stephen A. Ross Prize for Landmark Paper – Wharton NewsAmir Yaron, Professor of Finance at the Wharton School, and Ravi Bansal, J.B. Fuqua Professor of Finance and Economics at Duke University have been recognized with the Stephen A. Ross Prize for their research paper,  “Risks for the Long Run: A Potential Resolution of Asset Pricing Puzzles.”The $100,000 Ross Prize is a bi-annual award given to those who have made significant contributions to research in financial economics. Yaron and Ransal’s paper, which examines the drivers behind movements in asset pricing movements along with factors that determine expected returns on financial assets, is the sixth winner of the prestigious award. It is given by The Foundation for Advancement of Research in Financial Economics (FARFE), which serves as a bridge between theory and practice in the field.Lars Hansen, Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago and Winner of the 2013 Nobel Prize in Economics, says of the paper, “This truly innovative paper … added an intriguing new perspective to asset pricing theory.”You can read here for more on the paper and on the FARFE.MBA Students Fight the Gender Pay Gap—One Offer at a Time – Berkeley Haas Student NewsTwo Berkeley Haas MBAs, Christina Chavez (’19) and Jack Anderson (’19), have decided to do their part for gender equity in pay through their work with the Haas Gender Equity Initiative.Chavez, who will work at Google after graduating, discovered just how large the pay gap was when she joined an online compensation board called Blind. “People were posting their data, and we started saying ‘whoa’ there’s some major differences in how our colleagues are getting paid,” she says.This realization prompted her and Anderson to set up a spreadsheet in which they and their classmates could share their earnings data. The students transformed this data into the Haas Wage Gap Infographic, which showed that the wage gap was closing, with women earning 96 cents of every male dollar. Alumni with over 10 years of experience, however, showed a much wider pay difference.Assistant dean of MBA Career Management and Corporate Partnerships, Abby Scott, says, “I don’t think that we know the real cause of the long-term pay gap, but we are advising students to make sure they’re negotiating salary and thinking beyond compensation—and we speak frequently to women about both the importance of negotiation and taking on leadership roles.”You can read here for more on the Gender Equity Initiative at Haas.Shared Space Under Pressure: Business Support for Civic Freedoms and Human Rights Defenders – NYU Stern News & EventsOn Monday, April 8, the Stern Center for Business and Human Rights hosted the Shared Space Under Pressure event, with the aim of discovering how companies can best support civic freedom and human rights in their practices.Speakers addressed the standards by which organizations can improve their approaches to these issues, and also the outcomes when business leaders do not take them into account.The panel included Stern Professor of Ethics and Finance Michael Posner, Bennett Freeman, Principal author of “Shared Space Under Pressure”; Principal, Bennett Freeman Associates LLC; Deputy Assistant Secretary for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor from 1999-01; and Bobbie Sta. Maria, Director for Labour Rights and Asia, Business & Human Rights Resource Center.For more, visit Stern’s event page.center_img Last Updated Apr 12, 2019 by Maggie BoccellaFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail regions: Chicago / London / New York City / Philadelphia / San Francisco / Washington, DClast_img read more