first_imgA Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) whistleblower has described how a “mismanaged” and under-funded social security system is leaving many disability benefit claimants penniless and helpless.George* works on DWP’s employment and support allowance (ESA) helpline and has told Disability News Service (DNS) that the experience has left him shocked and frustrated at the deeply flawed system.And he also says he believes – although he does not have direct evidence of this – that DWP decision-makers do have targets for the proportion of claimants that they need to find “fit for work”, and so ineligible for ESA.A colleague in another part of DWP, who works with a decision-maker, told him that this member of staff “hates his job” because he has to “disallow people” and had been “struggling to hit his disallowance targets”.Although DNS has been unable to verify this claim, disabled activists have been warning for years that they believe DWP decision-makers, and the healthcare professionals who work for the government contractor Maximus, are set targets for the proportion of claimants they must find fit for work.But DWP has continued to deny imposing any such targets and no-one has been able to provide strong evidence that they exist.George says he believes such targets do exist, although he cannot prove it.“I think decision-makers are trying to meet targets,” he says.He believes the same reason explains why so many mandatory reconsiderations – DWP’s internal review, the first stage of the appeal process if a claimant wants to dispute a benefit eligibility decision – are unsuccessful when the success rates of appeals at tribunals are so much higher.Meanwhile, there are many concerns that he has raised for which he has does have his own direct, troubling evidence.The lack of resources – and the “antiquated” system – can leave desperate claimants waiting well over an hour on the telephone for their call to be put through to an adviser.George says: “Every day you think to yourself, ‘how can this possibly be happening?’ But it is.“It is the sheer incompetence of the system that is so worrying.”He says the problems with the IT and telephone systems used by DWP to deal with benefit claims are getting worse.“We were just talking about this in the office last week. We have noticed an increase in customers being shafted,” he says.“More customers are coming through who are more angry, more irate, more aggressive, displaying what we call ‘unacceptable customer behaviour’.”He says there is a reason for this anger and aggression.“Some of the decisions made, the way they are made, are driving people to become more and more aggressive, more and more frustrated and angry,” he says.He believes that many of the problems are caused by ingrained flaws in the system for dealing with the evidence that claimants need to send by post, such as doctors’ letters or reports from consultants.The way the system should work is that this evidence is opened at one of several huge mail handling sites and then scanned into the system.An electronic alert – a “ping” – is then sent to the relevant benefit centre to alert staff that they need to look at that piece of evidence.But George says that this system frequently breaks down, particularly at times when a large number of “pings” have been sent to a particular benefit centre in a short space of time, which means some pieces of evidence fall through the gaps and are not looked at.One such occasion saw an ESA application – submitted by a woman with terminal cancer who only had a few months to live – fall into what he calls a “black hole” for six months because the relevant benefit centre had not responded to the “ping”.And he says that certain benefit centres have a reputation for incompetence, while others appear to work smoothly and efficiently and rarely cause problems for claimants.He says he did not even know there was a benefits centre in St Helens until he was four months into his job, because he never received calls from claimants who had been dealt with by that centre and were having problems with their claims.“Whatever they do seems to work,” he says. “But I deal with complaints from other benefit centres all the time, all the time. It’s just so frustrating.”The worst, he says, is Clydebank, in Scotland. “It just needs deleting or subject to a massive overhaul in such a way that its shocking poor customer service is never seen again.”He says he was not surprised to hear of a case reported last month by DNS, in which a long-term disability living allowance claimant received a mandatory reconsideration notice – turning down her appeal – before she had even received a decision notice telling her that her claim for the new personal independence payment had been rejected.“That’s a new one, but nothing surprises me,” he says. “I’m not in any way surprised. Working here is like being a cast member in Carry On Benefits.”Another key issue that he faces daily is when claimants ring him for help because they have not received appointment letters or ESA questionnaires and – as a result – their claim for ESA has been terminated by DWP because they failed to reply.He says that many letters setting dates for face-to-face assessments or enclosing the questionnaires – which are supposed to be sent out by Maximus – never arrive.He frequently hears from claimants who never received the initial letter, or a follow-up letter, but do receive a subsequent letter that tells them their claim has been terminated.He says: “I just find it rather odd. The frustrating thing for the customer is they need to prove they didn’t receive a letter. How can you prove that? You can’t.”Again, he cannot prove that the original letters are not being sent out by Maximus, but he says there are frequently “clusters” of cases in a particular geographical area of claimants who say their letters never arrived.George says: “It’s a reasonable assumption that there is something going quite wrong, either with Maximus or Royal Mail.”Asked if he believes this is a deliberate attempt, either by DWP or Maximus, to cut the caseload – and therefore spending on ESA – he says: “I don’t know, but it has crossed my mind, without a doubt.“It’s really strange that someone wouldn’t get a letter inviting them to attend a WCA, or their ESA50, but they do get their decision notice.“I can’t remember the last time I didn’t get my hospital appointment, birthday/Christmas cards, bank statements, etcetera.“Yet, 1000s of people a week aren’t getting the post that means their ESA benefit can function.“Any other institution would surely want to remove that doubt and devise a system that works better or that offers an increased level of contact for appointments or for filling in their ESA50 form. Why can’t the DWP?”He adds: “I’m going to keep helping people but HM Government need to give me the flexibility to do that task and remove the troublesome obstructions that harm the DWP, the customers and the staff.”George says he deals every day with cases of sick and disabled people who have been left with no money to survive on because of the flaws in the system.DWP stopped providing community care grants and crisis loans in 2013, transferring responsibility for new local welfare assistance schemes to local authorities in England and the devolved governments in Wales and Scotland.But research carried out soon after the changeover found that funding for the schemes had almost halved compared with 2010, while many councils were no longer able to provide interest-free emergency loans through their schemes, with many replacing cash grants with benefits such as food bank vouchers and pre-paid store cards.Charities working in the field have not been able this week to update DNS on the current position with the funding of local welfare assistance schemes.But George says that reduced support from these schemes, combined with the flawed system he has to deal with, means he is dealing three or four times every day with people who are left with no money as they try to resolve their situation with DWP.“With people in certain areas, you just have to say to them: ‘There isn’t anything,’” he says.He tries to help by providing details of local welfare advice agencies and support services, but he says he is often left in despair at the situations he has to deal with.George says: “I joined the DWP with a totally open mind as I’d never worked for a government department before, and up to now the people I work with are some of the most dedicated I’ve ever come across but the systems they have to work with, the rules they have to work under, and the situations they are asked to deal with, are so obscene it beggars belief.“The DWP can’t update its system, as to do so would allegedly be seen as a ‘waste of public money’, and yet it is those systems that let our customers down.”He says the continuing roll-out of universal credit “will drive more and more people into a very deep hole” because those who previously would have received ESA will now be paid monthly rather than every two weeks.“This is a cruel, inhumane and pointless exercise. We will have desperate people with medical conditions, with children, facing down the barrel of a penniless Christmas and not a single drop of help coming forward from HM Government.“What am I meant to say to those people when they ring and beg for ESA to take them back? It has happened already and as universal credit continues to roll out, it will increase.”He adds: “Text me on a random day next week and ask me for my ‘nightmare of the day’ and I bet you I can tell you something absolutely shocking. “Friday’s nightmare was that Newport service centre had just two people processing messages, so they weren’t calling customers back… messages were being sent through to them but none were being answered. “Caerphilly benefit centre had one person working on the messages from customers that are passed through people like me.“Just one, it is absolutely disgusting.”After being shown the interview with the whistleblower, a DWP spokesman said: “There’s no evidence to support these claims, which are completely unfounded.“We’re very clear that we don’t have targets to find people fit for work, and never have.“Each year we make hundreds of millions of payments to 18 million customers, the vast majority of which are paid correctly and without incident.“The reality is our dedicated employees are committed to helping people get the support they need.”He added: “The DWP has taken a positive and proactive attitude towards whistleblowing and we have mechanisms in place for our employees to report any concerns of wrongdoing without fear of reprisal.”But George said: “I’d encourage whistleblowing and would do it without an issue if I became aware of illegal activity by DWP colleagues.“But what I have talked about here is either an open secret or DWP policy so there is not much point in me making a report.“I try and help the people I deal with and that’s all I can do, really.”*Not his real namelast_img read more

first_imgThe tenants told the court Maldonado collected rent from them and lied about passing it onto the landlord, Thomas Aquilina. Tenants lived as many as four people to a room, amidst broken smoke detectors, leaky pipes, burnt-out or exposed electrical outlets, and infestations of mice, bedbugs and roaches. The rear bedrooms in the building were also individually rented and therefore locked doors blocked access to the fire escapes.German Maldonado being interviewed in 2009 by Mission Local reporter Stefania Rousselle on the opening of his new champagne bar on Valencia Street.Eventually, it became clear that Maldonado had failed to pass on the rent he was collecting to the landlord, despite collecting at times nearly twice the assigned rent for a single apartment, according to testimony from the tenants. Tenants also alleged that Maldonado would threaten them with physical harm or with reporting them to immigration authorities when disagreements arose. Where the money he collected actually went was unclear.“To put it charitably, Maldonado has been inconsistent,” Ulmer wrote.Finally, in 2014,  Aquilina, the landlord,  hired a management firm for the building and issued three-day eviction notices to all tenants. Maldonado managed to stay in place, while every other tenant was evicted. Aquilina has never explained why Maldonado remains.Though tenants sought damages for eviction without just cause, as they had been paying their rent, the judge found Maldonado not liable for this as it was Aquilina who actually issued the evictions.“Aquilina’s apartment building is now being renovated, presumably for wealthier tenants,” Ulmer commented in the interim ruling.Tenants testified at trial that they suffered depression, hair loss, insomnia, and lost appetite, and also ended up missing work hours. One was rendered homeless, and subsequently fired from her job. Another said she was rejected from 50 apartments she applied to, because the landlords saw she was involved in a legal battle with a former landlord.Mark Hooshmand, the lawyer representing the tenants, cautioned that the ruling may still be challenged.“That being said we’re hopeful that this decision becomes the final decision and then we can focus on next steps,” Hooshmand wrote. He later added, “The tentative decision which is based on the trial testimony says a lot about the current housing crisis and the current difficulties tenants are facing and how we all need to take a step back to see how we can work together to prevent people from being harmed.” Tags: displacement • housing • immigrants Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% San Francisco Superior Court Judge Richard B. Ulmer Jr. issued a tentative ruling Friday in a case brought by nine tenants against their master tenant, writing, that it was “not hyperbolic” to call the building German Maldonado ran at 3150-3154 26th Street “a death trap.”“This court trial told a tawdry tale from the seamy side of San Francisco’s hyper-inflated housing market,” the judge wrote in the tentative ruling, which may be challenged in an upcoming hearing and will not be finalized until October. The ruling awards each of the nine tenants in three units varying amounts between $67,000 and $110,000 in damages.“Despite the conditions, tenants paid as much as $800 a month for a room — they could afford nothing better in America’s most expensive rental market,” Judge Ulmer wrote.Maldonado was found liable for fraud, neglecting the building, profiteering, causing emotional distress, and causing the tenants to lose work income.center_img 0%last_img read more

first_img“Once he was on the ground in the prone position and I could see the gun, [I kept firing],” he said. Adante Pointer, who is representing Nieto’s parents, said during opening statements on Tuesday that the 59 shots fired were excessive because officers should have recognized Nieto was not firing a pistol. There was no muzzle flash or recoil from Nieto’s weapon, Pointer said on Wednesday, and no bullets coming in the officers’ direction.“You didn’t hear any rounds making contact with glass, you couldn’t hear any rounds making contact with anything, correct?” Pointer asked Schiff during questioning. He was the first of the pair to be called to the stand by the plaintiffs.Schiff said he heard the rounds he and Sawyer were shooting and did not know that Nieto wasn’t returning fire until after the incident. “In fact, he hadn’t fired a single shot,” Pointer said.“Unless you count firing a taser a shot,” Schiff replied.Pointer asked whether Schiff saw the taser emit any prongs or confetti, as he said they do when fired. No, Schiff replied, he did not see anything come out of the stun gun. He continued to fire because he recognized the red laser sight coming from Nieto’s weapon as “a tactical aid for picking up sights” that would have allowed Nieto better accuracy, Schiff testified.Joining the “rookie and the vet” — as Pointer called Schiff and Sawyer — in court on Wednesday were the other two officers who killed Nieto, Roger Morse and Nathan Chew. Sitting on the right-hand side of the court, the four chatted and occasionally laughed with their counsel during breaks — more jocular than the plaintiffs and their counsel a few feet away.Pointer and his two-man team were largely silent, ruffling papers and jotting down notes between testimony. They seldom spoke to their clients — Nieto’s parents, Refugio and Elvira — who sat unsmiling in the first row while receiving live translation via headpieces.But Pointer was more animated on the stand, where he frequently gesticulated while asking for the story of Nieto’s shooting from the two officers who testified Wednesday.Schiff and Sawyer responded to Bernal Heights Park that day two years ago after receiving a dispatch call about an armed Latino man wearing a red jacket. Both discussed the possibility that the red jacket might mean he was a gang member, but Sawyer said they didn’t “assume” so.After arriving at the park, Schiff drove their patrol car up a paved road onto Bernal Hill and stopped some 30 yards from Nieto, who he testified was walking towards them down the hill “purposefully” from around a bend.“When you stopped the car…yourself and Sergeant Sawyer immediately opened the car doors and got out with your firearms drawn?” asked Pointer.“Yes, I pulled out my firearm as soon as possible,” Schiff replied.“No one had called out to this person before you got out of your car?” Pointer asked, referring to the car’s megaphone. Schiff said it wasn’t used — nor were the squad car’s lights or sirens deployed — because it would have revealed the officers’ location. He testified, however, that the officers did shout for Nieto to show his hands, which were at his side.“To the best of my recollection, I was only able to yell ‘Show me your hands, show me your hands,’” Schiff said. “I’m not sure I was able to finish it the second time.”Schiff testified that Nieto responded “‘No, show me your hands,’” which he took to mean Nieto had heard him.At that point, Schiff testified, Nieto’s hands went to his hip and then came up to chest level in a “fighting stance” that indicated Nieto was going to shoot. The entire exchange lasted a second and a half, Schiff said in later testimony.  Both Schiff and Sawyer reacted by emptying their clips, Pointer said, firing 13 bullets, reloading their magazines, and firing part of another clip each. Schiff fired 23 shots total and Sawyer 20, according to Pointer, who specified that the semi-automatic weapons required a trigger pull for every shot.“Every one of those squeezes of the trigger, you actually have to be justified in pulling the trigger?” Pointer asked.“Absolutely,” Schiff said. “I’m responsible for every single round.”Rebecca Bers, a deputy city attorney and one of Schiff’s lawyers, began her own questioning by asking the officer about his motivations for being on the force and about his family. Schiff’s father is a police officer, he testified, a fact that Pointer remarked upon after Bers’s brief questioning.“Given your father’s a member of the police department…wouldn’t you be embarrassed if you killed a person with no justification?” Pointer asked.“Absolutely,” Schiff replied.“Doesn’t that give you a justification for concocting a story?” Pointer asked.“Absolutely not,” Schiff answered.Pointer then began questioning Lieutenant Sawyer — promoted from sergeant since the shooting — whose examination revealed little new information but did reveal differences in testimony between the two officers.In what seemed a different description of Nieto walking towards the pair, Sawyer testified that Nieto was eating from a bag of chips while coming down the hill. That appeared to contradict Schiff, who said Nieto’s hands were at his sides.Sawyer continued, “He throws the bag of chips down and says ‘You show me your hands.’ He pulls up the right side of his jacket, pulls out a gun, and points it at us.” That description was slightly different than Schiff’s, who did not mention a bag of chips and said Nieto brought both hands up to his chest to aim the gun.Sawyer then repeated Schiff’s testimony: The pair opened fire, Nieto hit the ground in a prone position while still grasping his gun, and both officers continued firing.“I don’t recall at what point he hit the ground,” he said. “As long as the weapon was pointing at me, I kept firing.”Margaret Baumgartner, a deputy city attorney also representing the officers, got Sawyer to expand on that response. Sawyer told her that Nieto did not “stop [or] pause” after the verbal warnings and did not “wince or drop the gun” after the first few shots.“There was no reaction [from Nieto], no visible reaction at all,” Sawyer said. “Initially I thought it was possible he could’ve had a bulletproof vest.”Baumgartner asked whether that changed Sawyer’s approach.“Once I realized there was no reaction, I picked up my sights and aimed for the head,” Sawyer said. “It was only once we weren’t having any success at all that I changed it and aimed for the head.”The Medical Examiner’s report shows Nieto was shot twice in the head. He suffered 14 or 15 gunshot wounds from at least 10 bullets, the report states, and was also shot in the chest, arms, legs, shoulders, hands, and back.Sawyer ended the day saying that only when Nieto’s “head went down and body went limp” did he know the threat was over. He never second-guessed Nieto’s intentions, Sawyer said.“I had no doubt,” he testified. “I had no doubt that he was trying to shoot us.”On Thursday, Sawyer will finish his testimony. The other two officers — Morse and Chew — are also scheduled to appear, along with expert witnesses. The trial could last until next Friday, when the jury of eight will have to decide on a verdict.A criminal trial against the officers was dismissed last February by the city attorney, so the jury’s verdict will not render criminal charges against the officers. Instead, the jury will decide whether to award an as-yet unspecified amount of financial damages to the Nieto family. 0% Tags: alex nieto Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%center_img See Mission Local’s full coverage of the Alex Nieto shooting here.An officer the plaintiffs called a “rookie” took the stand in a federal district courtroom on Wednesday to say that he shot at 28-year-old Alex Nieto on the afternoon of March 21, 2014, “because I was afraid for my life, the lives of Sergeant Sawyer and other officers.”“As soon as I could I tried to fire,” Richard Schiff told the jury gathered before Judge Nathanael Cousins. Schiff had been on the force just two and a half months the day of the shooting, he testified, and was being evaluated in the field by Sergeant Jason Stewart, another one of the four officers who shot and killed Nieto.Schiff and Stewart said they shot at Nieto because he was armed with a stun gun that looked like a pistol. Even after the first volley of shots brought Nieto to the ground, he was still a threat because “his head was still up, the gun was still pointing, he was in a position which still represents a serious threat,” Schiff testified.last_img read more

first_img 0% Tags: crime • District Attorney Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% Car break-ins in San Francisco have reached epidemic proportions, and city employees aren’t immune.Now it’s the Office of the District Attorney’s turn. Thankfully, it wasn’t a gun stolen from a car this time. But the item lost to a burglar or burglars is tied to San Francisco homicides. An alert sent to San Francisco police officers this week noted that a stolen work laptop left overnight in a DA employee’s car contained “sensitive information related to SFDA homicide cases.” Any officer who comes across the computer is advised to “contact an SIT or DOC immediately.” (That’s the Station Investigations Team or Department Operations Center, incidentally).The computer was stolen earlier last week; Mission Local is not printing the address or exact date of the incident, so as not to inadvertently alert the laptop’s thief of its contents. center_img DA spokesman Max Szabo said that his office was in the process of drafting policy regarding the stowing of work laptops in cars prior to the theft. He declined to discuss much of the sensitive information for obvious reasons, but added that DA work computers are password protected. The SFPD and DA, incidentally, aren’t the only city departments to fall victim to San Francisco’s wave of car break-ins. In 2015, one of the nine drones purchased by the Recreation and Park Department was purloined from an employee’s car.More notorious, however, have been the bevy of guns filched from the parked cars of law enforcement officers in this and nearby cities. Most infamously, the gun used to shoot Kate Steinle on Pier 14 was stolen from the car of a Bureau of Land Management employee; of late, a San Francisco police officer’s gun, taken from his private car, was used in a Mission District killing and a San Francisco Sheriff’s Deputy was dismissed after a firearm was nicked from his rental vehicle. last_img read more

first_imgSAINTS have named their 19-man squad for Friday’s First Utility Super League Round 17 fixture with Salford Red Devils.Mark Percival returns to the roster with Jack Ashworth dropping out.Keiron Cunningham will select his 17 from:2. Tommy Makinson, 3. Jordan Turner, 4. Josh Jones, 5. Adam Swift, 6. Travis Burns, 8. Mose Masoe, 9. James Roby, 10. Kyle Amor, 12. Jon Wilkin, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 14. Alex Walmsley, 15. Mark Flanagan, 17. Mark Percival, 18. Luke Thompson, 19. Greg Richards, 25. Andre Savelio, 29. Olly Davies, 30. Matty Fleming, 34. Shannon McDonnell.Iestyn Harris will choose his Salford side from:2. Ben Jones-Bishop, 4. Junior Sau, 5. Greg Johnson, 6. Rangi Chase, 8. Adrian Morley, 11. Harrison Hansen, 12. Weller Hauraki, 14. Theo Fages, 15. Darrell Griffin, 16. Scott Taylor, 17. Jordan Walne, 18. Mason Caton-Brown, 19. Niall Evalds, 22. Jay Walton, 24. Liam Hood, 25. George Griffin, 26. Carl Forster, 31. Cory Paterson, 36. Josh Wood.The game kicks off at 8pm and the referee is Ben Thaler.Ticket details for the game can be found here.last_img read more

first_imgTHE Betfred Super League gets underway on Thursday when Saints host the Leeds Rhinos at the Totally Wicked Stadium.It is sure to be a mouthwatering start to the new season and we have a whole host of entertainment both on and off the field to bring you the ultimate matchday experience, which is ideal for all the family!Game Schedule:Turnstiles – Open 6:30pm Club Face Painters – These will be operating in the Hattons Solicitors Family Stand and as well as the Totally Wicked North Stand from 6.30pm … come along and get your face painted in Saints colours for free! Inflatables – Rugby themed inflatables will be in the North and South West Stands.Crabbies – Our away kit partner will have their double decker bus outside the Red V Cafe Bar. As well as being able to buy a cool refreshing Crabbies, they will be offering samples to those over 18 and, if you’re an adult, you can take part in their inflatable passing game!Kiosk Food – We have a great range of hotdogs, other great food and pies for you to enjoy. If you’re a member, you can take advantage of our pie and hot drink combo offer for £3.50. Simply present your Membership Card at the kiosks to access this deal.Boots – Your favourite furry mascot Boots, who is sponsored by Small Wonders, will be in attendance in all the concourse areas from 6.30pm onwards so look out for him and say hello! The A Star Saints Angels – Will be performing a brand new routine before the game.Live Band – We’re delighted to welcome Stillia to the stadium once again! They will be ramping up the atmosphere ahead of the big kick off.Bucket Collection – Dig deep for the Academy’s Tour of Australia.The Grand Draw – Will you win a trip to State of Origin? Check out the big screen to see if your Membership number is randomly selected.Kick Off – We’ve planned a pyro entrance for the teams and Eric Chisnall will present the matchball to celebrate 50 years at the club. Half Time – Our Crossbar Challenge in association with OD’s Jewellery & Watch Boutique will take place. Participants can win £100 in ODs vouchers. If you want to take part email the club at There will also be a performance from Sherdley Primary School and Haydock High will be walking around the pitch. The match is sponsored by Fleet Dynamic with Betfred and M&S as our Corporate Sponsor. The Matchball is sponsored by O2 Rainford.Team NewsKeiron Cunningham has named his 19-man squad for the match. You can find out more here.TicketsTickets for the game are available from the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium or by calling 01744 455 052. Price details are here.There will be cash turnstiles on the Hattons Solicitors West, Totally Wicked North and East Stands.If you require a South Stand ticket then you need to head to the Ticket Office.Saints SuperstoreThe Saints Superstore is open from 9am until kick-off. It will be open after the game for half an hour. Our new look programme #asone will be on sale.Featuring an interview with new signing Ryan Morgan it is packed with all you need to know about your Super Saints!The cover has our players on one side of the V and randomly selected 2017 Members on the right hand side! Is your name there? These will change every match!There’s also the latest news and views from around the club, our Academy and community teams – and an interview with Academy Head Coach Derek Traynor.It is priced at £3.Today’s programme is available on the concourse as well as in the Saints Superstore and is sponsored by Warrington AudiTravelMatchday Car Parking details are here.last_img read more

first_imgThis gives children from around Knowsley and the surrounding local area a chance to play and learn more about rugby league.The Community College’s state-of-the-art facility provides an excellent base for new teams with the club’s first age group now recruiting at Under 7s.Saints Community Development Coach for Liverpool, Daniel Mckernan, commented: “I’m over the moon to finally see this club become official. We have been working hard for a long time now to get to this stage and I am looking forward to seeing this club grow over the coming years.“It is a really big day for rugby league in the wider Merseyside area as we continue to grow our great sport”Knights Club Chairman Paul Wilkes added: “I am really looking forward to heading up this new club; I believe there is going to be a very exciting future ahead for rugby league in Knowsley.”The Under 7s team currently train on a Wednesday night on the all-weather pitch from 5.30pm to 6.30pmAll members of the coaching staff at Knowsley Knights are fully qualified and DBS checked!To get in touch please contact KnowsleyKnights@hotmail.comlast_img read more

first_imgWRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — One man has spent the last couple months running across America, and his last stop was at Wrightsville Beach.David Chandler, 26, started running in Santa Monica, California on September 25. After 91 days of running, he finished his trek across America on Sunday at Wrightsville Beach.- Advertisement – He started running to raise money for kids with mental health issues and substance abuse struggles.After crossing the finish line, he found it hard to believe what he had accomplished.“I’ve just been smiling the last 20 miles all day today it’s been unreal. it didn’t matter that i was getting rained on and cold and wet I still don’t know what to think of it or how to process what just happened. ”Related Article: Trump blames mental illness in California bar massacresChandler’s goal was to raise $10,000 and at last check he had raised a little more than $9,000. He partnered with the Sky’s the Limit Fund to help raise that money.last_img read more

first_img 17 years ago doctors began prescribing opioids to Koenig for chronic pain after a work related accident. Koenig said her doctor stopped writing her prescriptions two weeks ago. Now she has nothing to combat the pain.“On a good day I can get up and walk out to my recliner and sit there and watch tv. I used to go for walks on the beach, I used to be able to walk the dogs and I can’t do that anymore, I’m in too much pain,” Koenig said.Koenig said the guidelines to help fight the opioid crisis are hurting those who need them.Related Article: Columbus teen accused of selling prescription pills on social media“The drug addicts are getting more help than the chronic pain people,” Koenig said.It’s a daily battle she never wanted.“I wish I didn’t have to, but I would like to have a life. I want to live,” Koenig said.Doctor Brian Lanier is not Koenig’s doctor, but as a primary care physician he thinks there are other ways to treat those suffering.“The vast majority of cases that these medicines are not appropriate for chronic pain. Chronic pain is extremely complicated. There is often depression or anxiety that’s involved and often those affect people’s perception of pain,” Dr. Lanier said.Lanier said methods like physical therapy and weaning people off pain pills is a start.As for Koenig, she said she’s now left with nothing to help with the pain. A rally is taking place in Durham tomorrow to protest the CDC guidelines. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — An alternative look at opioids. It’s a battle raging across the nation as a crisis grows. For one woman here in the Cape Fear she said she now can’t get the medication she needs because of the substance abuse issue.“Start dealing more with the people who are really abusing the medications, don’t punish us,” Paula Koenig said.- Advertisement – last_img read more

first_imgScene of Singletary Lake and photo of 23-year-old Jesse Sgro of Fayetteville (Photo: WWAY/Family) BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The body of Jesse Sgro, the 23-year-old man who went missing in Bladen County on April 6th, has been found.According to a release from Katie Hall with North Carolina State Parks, Sgro’s body was found in the middle of Singletary Lake, several hundred yards from the pier and shoreline.- Advertisement – Hall says Sgro had removed several articles of clothing, which could indicate he was struggling to swim. He was found in approximately 12 to 14 feet of water.Sgro went missing late last Friday night while on a church retreat at Singletary Lake State Park just south of White Lake in Kelly.The family has been notified.We will provide more information as it becomes available.last_img read more

first_imgSouthport-Fort Fisher Ferry (Photo: @NCDOT_Ferry) NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) —  If you plan to take the Fort Fisher to Southport ferry later this summer, be prepared to pay more.In 2013, the legislature passed a new bill as to how the state ferry system could change tolls.- Advertisement – The Cape Fear Rural Planning Organization and the Wilmington Metropolitan Planning Organization requested a hike for this ferry route.On Thursday, the NC Board of Transportation approved the hike. The increased rates will only apply to the Fort Fisher to Southport ferry route.Tolls for a single cars will increase from $5 to $7. A vehicle between twenty to forty feet will go up from $10 to $14 and rates for a vehicle larger than forty feet will nearly double. The cost goes from $15 to $28.Related Article: Southport-Fort Fisher Ferry back on schedule after mechanical issueThe rate for pedestrians will remain $1, bikes will stay at $2, and motorcycles keep the current $3 rate.Also, commuter passes will remain $150 a year.NC Ferry Division spokesoman Tim Hass says the extra money will be used to replace aging ferries. The new tolls will take effect in early to mid-August.last_img read more

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — From dungeon and dragon art to exotic animals, the Cape Fear Fandom Faire made its mark in Wilmington for another year!Children and young adults got the chance to indulge in the fantasy fun with comics, books, movies, cosplay, and fanart at New Hanover County Library Saturday.- Advertisement – Fans of Julie Kagawa were also in for a treat. The New York Times best-selling author hosted a book signing.The compact event also included a belly dancing performance and combat demonstrations.last_img read more

first_img <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> Two youths suffered from grievous injuries after their car crashed into a lamp post in Marsascala on Wednesday night.The incident happened at around 11pm in Triq id- Daħla ta’ San Tumas.From the investigations by District Police, it was found that a 20-year-old man from Siġġiewi was driving when somehow he lost control over his vehicle. The other victim is a 20-year-old woman from Għaxaq who was a passenger in the car.The two were rushed to Mater Dei Hospital in an ambulance where they were later certified to be suffering from grievous injuries.WhatsApp SharePrintlast_img read more

first_imgReal Madrid’s Marco Asensio has suggested that he might leave Los Blancos after this year’s World Cup. Liverpool are said to be interested in the Spain international and could table an offer of €180m to prise the 22-year-old away from Real Madrid.Jurgen Klopp’s side missed out on Lyon’s Nabil Fekir and are on the lookout for Philippe Coutinho’s replacement. Liverpool have already added Naby Keita from German side RB Leipzig to their squad but could break the club’s transfer record fee by signing Asensio who has played 55 La Liga games for Real Madrid since signing from Mallorca in 2014.Brought to you by Hublot <a href=”;cb={random}” target=”_blank”><img src=”;cb={random}&amp;n=a01a3708&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}” border=”0″ alt=”” /></a> SharePrint WhatsAppcenter_img <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=a7617b59&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

first_imgPhoto Courtesy: NewYork Times Advertisement According to the latest figures compiled by International Data Corporation (IDC); a global technology research and consulting services firm, show’s Africa’s smartphone revolution showing signs of a slowdown.According to IDC, the continent’s smartphone market totaled 95.37 million units in 2016. And while this is up 3.4% year on year, it represents a considerable deceleration from the double-digit growth rates seen in the previous two years, with demand being hampered by the currency fluctuations that are affecting the continent.Overall, 215.33 million mobile handsets were shipped in Africa during 2016, up 10.1% on the previous year. However, it was feature phones that were largely responsible for this growth, with shipments increasing 16.1% year on year in 2016 to total 119.97 million units. This growth saw feature phones increase their unit share of Africa’s overall handset market from 53% in 2015 to 56% in 2016. – Advertisement – “Africa has always been a tough market for mobile phone companies to crack, and in 2016 that challenge got even harder,” Simon Baker, program Director for mobile devices at IDC CEMA said in a press statement. “Many African economies struggled throughout 2016, and this had an inevitable knock-on effect on the smartphone market, which had previously experienced a very strong 2015. And while North African markets saw an increase in overall handset shipments in 2016, the pace of growth slowed year on year due to exchange-rate fluctuations in Egypt and security issues in Algeria,” Baker adds.Samsung continued to lead the African smartphone market in 2016, largely through a reworked product portfolio that now includes more mid- to low-range models.However, at 28 million units, its 2016 smartphone shipments in Africa showed little growth from the figures recorded in 2015.The second-placed smartphone vendor was Transsion, widely known throughout Africa via its itel, Infinix, and Tecno brands. And in terms of feature phone shipments, Transsion comfortably outperformed its main competitors in 2016.[related-posts]Chinese vendors have been showing more interest in the African market in recent quarters and expanding into new countries. However, this expansion strategy is delivering mixed results across the continent. Of the big international Chinese vendors, Huawei posted year-on-year shipment growth to remain as Africa’s number-three smartphone vendor in 2016, while Lenovo saw flat growth and ZTE and Alcatel both suffered slight declines.“Price competitiveness has become a key issue in many African markets,” says Ramazan Yavuz, Research Manager for mobile devices in Africa at IDC CEMA. “To grow significantly in these markets, vendors have to be able to address the continent’s large low-income population by providing phones that are priced very competitively. As such, global vendors are cautious of the lower-priced Chinese brands now entering the market and are keeping a close eye on them,” Ramazan adds.3G handsets continue to account for more than half of all new smartphone shipments in Africa, although 4G devices saw year-on-year growth of more than 50% in 2016.IDC is predicting that 4G handsets will account for more than half of new smartphone shipments in Africa by 2018, as prices for entry-level 4G phones drop and the number of 4G networks across the continent grows.last_img read more

first_imgBlog, at last I can reveal to you, a secret surprise that was kept underwraps for so long…You will remember that in September, the Statements family came to London,to check that their daughter, Pam, was safe and happy in England. Aftermeeting me, whether they thought she was safe or not, I am unaware.However, that evening, when Pam went to powder her nose at one point, it wasorganised that her mum and dad would come over and attend our worksChristmas party in December.Lucky Lukey, her loyal and longterm beau, stepped into the breech andorganised flights and taxis, and all of the other things that are waybeyond, not only my patience, but also my capacity and intellect. And thus;on December 15th, a day before the party, John and Marie Herou arrived at myabode (fully prepared for them with Christmas decorations sourced from JohnLewis.)I truly loved them from the word go, and would now like to formally inviteJohn and Marie to adopt and save me from the Elderly and Infirm, wheneverthey wish. Marie is simply a slightly older version of Pam and looks like alittle dolly. John Herou hugs everyone he meets, immediately, and coversyou in his American warmth and positivity. He was totally overwhelmed bythe whole stay and kept on coming over a bit emotional..I didn’t know whatto say but his energy was most endearing.Within five minutes of their arrival, Pam’s parents were sitting in mykitchen drinking a well-earned coffee. I was telling them all about theJubilee year, how Pam is better than all of the moany staff, the Elderly andInfirm’s latest self-imposed ailments and illnesses, and all of the funplanned for the next few days.John Herou is a proud republican! Yeeehh-haahhhhhh!! Out of the blue, hesuddenly produced a present to thank me for his invitation…a SIGNED copyof non other than George ‘Dubbyah’ Bush’s autobiography! Top class, andmore importantly, a superb prop, along with my 80’s Gordon Gekko phone, foraggravating and instantly offending middle-class lefties whilst making aninnocent face!! From this moment on, myself and John Herou (pronounced‘Hero’ – love it) were absolute best friends of ALL TIME and spent most ofthe time doing impromptu high-fives and ‘USA!!!’ shouts. I also love theway Americans say ‘Iraq’ so as regulalry as possible pushed John towardssaying ‘eye-rack’.John Herou is a man who has spent his seventy years developing some veryclear and concise opinions on the way, not only the U.S. of A should be run,but also the World. Blog, I am going to tell you all about my friend, JohnHerou: (we’re now transatlantic not-staff allies, a bit like our finestleader and Ronald Reagan).John Herou makes and sells customised golf buggies that look like littleold-fashioned Rolls Royces (yes, actually). They are unbelievably cool andif Tiger Woods actually agreed to go in one whilst playing the final roundof the Masters, I would buy one for him, just to witness such a great momentin time.John Herou has a SUPERB American tummy. He told me that he doesn’t over-eat‘too much’. In the name of diplomacy, I shall overlook this small untruth.He owns twenty-three guns and thinks it’s genuinely normal to do so. As asubliminal message; on first meeting Lukey, he laid them all out on a tableand looked at them proudly without saying anything. I think that must havebeen an extremely real and memorable life-moment for Luke! I asked John,with a deadpan face, if he owned any grenades or cannons, to also protecthis property. He responded in an equally deadpan voice ‘No.’. I told him Ithought that was a bit weak.John views George W Bush to be a kind-hearted and well-meant man who alwaysdid his best for America and the World. Well said, John!John’s opinions on:The war; he responded in the most American voice ever ‘if you got itcomin’..’.Shooting burglars or trespassers on your property; ‘if you got it comin’..’The death penalty; ‘if you got it comin’..’Guantanamo Bay; ‘if you got it comin’..’Waterboarding; yep, you guessed it – ‘if you got it comin’..’So, we spent the day having a tour of London, going for dinner, andexchanging stories about how great Pam is. The following lunchtime we thenall made our way down to Brighton for the Star Christmas Party.Pam is in charge of not only EVERYTHING to do with EVERYTHING at Star butalso buying and preparing all of the prizes for our Christmas awards. Shewas kidded into thinking that I wanted to do my speech before dinner inorder that I could enjoy my dinner (as if I, Benjamin Keith, would ever feelnervous about standing up infront of a group of people and ranting a load ofbollocks!).The first prize was for member of staff of the year, for Star Sports. Pamthought Mick, Head of Trading and runner up of Turkish Master-Chef 2012, wasgoing to win it, but obviously it was changed to being her halfway throughmy speech. At this point, I told everyone I had lost Pam’s prize and thenwalked around the room looking for it…only to reveal her mum and dad whowere hiding around the corner..!! At this point, everyone rose to theirfeet and clapped their entrance, all the way from Minnessotta, and Pam stoodstill, in shock, for a moment.It was a real pleasure to host the Herou family, and I would like to notonly thank John for his signed George W Bush autobiography, but also forbeing such GREAT guests. I have been invited to their daughter’s wedding inJuly and will certainly go if Pam can pump me full of all of the correct andnecessary sedatives, pre the long-haul flight.One last note… Later on in the evening, we were all chatting, and severalof us asked Pam how she didn’t burst into tears…she responded ‘I wantedto, but I felt I had to remain professional as it was a works do’.Pure Class.Pam Statements…YOU…are the Star Sports member of Staff of the year 2012!Go USA!!Ben xPs: To Come: will update you all, in due course, re; other Christmasdespatches, incidents at the office party when the staff were drunk, and TheElderly and Infirm’s festive antics. xxlast_img read more

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first_imgFacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThis NANOREX INC. CONTACT: Howard Lovy 248-854-2730 California teens use Rice’s NanoKids for virtual nanotech training Summer course lets kids use computers to ‘see’ single-molecule cars, ‘people’ A team of “virtual” teachers developed by a Rice University nanotechnology researcher are going to help some of California’s brightest high school students design, build and test new structures, one atom at a time. The NanoKids and “nanocar” are key components of the curriculum when students report for the Nanotechnology and Robotics class at the California State Summer School for Mathematics and Science (COSMOS) on July 9 at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Both were born in the Rice University labs of James M. Tour, the Chao Professor of Chemistry, professor of mechanical engineering and materials science and professor of computer science. Students will design and animate the NanoKids, which are characters based on actual anthropomorphic molecules synthesized in the laboratory. The NanoKids help students and teachers visualize molecular-scale science in a way that is fun and easy to understand. The world’s first single-molecule car comes complete with chassis, axles and four buckyball wheels. In a kind of reverse CAD process, students will use powerful new molecular modeling software to build the nanocar and learn how to animate it moving across a gold surface, illustrating the same phenomena demonstrated in Tour’s lab earlier this year. “The idea is to use these figures, in an animated sense, to instruct school kids on the beauty of nanoscale research using entities that operate at that size domain,” Tour said. Helping the students “see” what they are doing on the nanoscale will be an early version of NanoEngineer-1 developed by Nanorex Inc., the world’s first developer of tools for the design, simulation and analysis of atomically precise molecular machine systems. “This is NanoEngineer-1’s first job in the ‘real world’, and I am very pleased it will introduce students to the fundamentals of molecular modeling and molecular dynamics simulations,” said Nanorex CEO Mark Sims. “It is our hope that Nanorex, through educational partnerships like this one with COSMOS, will help change the way we all think about nanotechnology by no longer defining it within the framework of existing applications and products. I’m eager to see what these bright, creative kids come up with.” Rice University’s models and Nanorex’s tools will bring students closer than ever to “actually building things atom by atom,” said COSMOS instructor Miguel F. Aznar, director of education for the Foresight Nanotech Institute. “This will be the first time we’ve been able to give high school students hands-on practice with nanotechnology structures. It makes nanotechnology tangible, connecting it to the science they’ve studied.” Share RICE UNIVERSITY CONTACT: Jade Boyd 713-348-6778 last_img read more

first_img Last Updated May 11, 2017 by Jeanette BrownFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail INSEAD, watch out. New York University Stern School of Business is getting into the one-year MBA game—and leveraging its New York City location in a major way. Stern announced yesterday that it will launch two new May-to-May MBA programs, one in tech and a second in fashion and luxury. In just 12 months, students in these programs will complete a foundational business core, a specialty area core, and electives. Along the way, they will work on real-life business projects for companies in tech or fashion and luxury respectively, gaining the experience and building the relationships that will land them jobs when they’re done.Accelerated MBA programs that require less time out of the workforce and carry a lower tuition price tag to boot have enjoyed broad appeal throughout Europe for years. INSEAD’s 10-month program—offered across campuses in France, Abu Dhabi and Singapore—topped the Financial Times ranking for the second consecutive time this year, buoyed in great part by the quicker return on investment it can offer to students thanks to its accelerated timeline.U.S. business schools, meanwhile, have been slower to go the one-year route. Especially for careers in consulting and finance, the summer internship between the first and second years of a two-year program has been an important part of landing a job post-graduation. And for people looking to make a career change—or to explore that possibility—two academic years with experiential learning over the intervening summer has given them the runway to do so. But if you know without question that you want to pursue tech or fashion and luxury when you graduate, Stern’s new programs are worth considering. Each program is expected to welcome an initial cohort of roughly 30 students in May 2018, with applications due next fall. Students will complete 51 credits over the course of 12 months, graduating with a Stern MBA in one year. Tuition, though not finalized, is expected to fall in the $95,000 range, according to Stern Dean Peter Henry.A Potential Game Changer for the New Economy?The new programs were developed to address market needs in close consultation with industry, said Henry. “We want to make sure there are choices in the marketplace for students,” he told Clear Admit. “For most students, the two-year MBA will continue to be the program of choice,” he said. “But for students who are certain they want to go into tech or fashion and luxury, we wanted to figure out a way for them to get to their degree more quickly—and offer a different kind of experience.”It’s also a bid to remain relevant in a changing economy. Henry came to Stern in 2010 in the aftermath of the financial crisis, and a new economy renaissance has been underway ever since. Silicon Alley, just blocks from Stern, has emerged as an epicenter for tech just as Wall Street has long been the epicenter for finance.“We have been arguably the most important provider of talent for Wall Street for the past 50 years,” Henry said. “As citizens of this ecosystem, we felt we had an obligation to figure out how we can be as important to Silicon Alley over the next 50 years as we have been to Wall Street over the past 50 years.”Stern’s downtown New York location—within blocks of both Silicon Alley and the Fashion District—puts the school in regular conversation with leaders in both tech and fashion and luxury. To inform the process of creating these new programs, Stern assembled power-packed advisory boards filled with business leaders from each industry. One includes top brass from Amazon, Google’s parent company Alphabet, PayPal, Microsoft, and other tech titans as well as heads of technology for old economy giants like Citigroup and Goldman Sachs. The other is made up of heads of fashion, including Gilt Groupe Founder Alexis Maybank; Simon Collins, founder of the Fashion Culture Design Unconference and former dean of the School of Fashion at Parsons; and SWW Creative President and CEO Stephanie Winston Wolkoff.A New Type of Talent Is NeededThe message from both these groups is that a new type of talent is needed. “From big tech to small tech to startups, what we hear is, ‘We can’t find enough tech talent,’” Henry said. “There is a shortage of tech talent relative to demand.” And as the distinction between tech companies and companies run by tech grows ever blurrier, the need for graduates equally conversant in tech and business grows greater.“In our line of work, there is an acute need for people who understand both business and technology,” said Don Callahan, Citigroup head of technology and operations, who is a member of Stern’s new Tech MBA Advisory Board. “To realize the full potential of the rapidly growing fintech industry, we need to equip future business leaders with the skills necessary to drive innovation and impact at scale,” added PayPal President and CEO Dan Schulman, also an advisory board member.“We have the same kind of interest being expressed to us by the denizens of the fashion industry,” continued Henry. “There is an important need that has not been met—they are looking for people who have an appreciation and deep knowledge of fashion, but also a business background. There is a marriage that needs to happen, if you will, between the creative and analytical side.”“The world is filled with promising designers who start labels that fail because they lack the business acumen to transform their innovations into viable businesses,” said Fashion Lab Advisory Board Member Collins. “By developing business talent that understands the creative side, NYU Stern will help close this gap by encouraging the kind of collaboration upon which successful brands are built.” About the AuthorJeanette BrownView more posts by Jeanette Brown NYU Stern Launches New Tech and Fashion & Luxury MBAs regions: New York City RelatedSchool v. School: NYU Stern or Columbia Business School?What happens when you pit two of the New York metro’s top business school’s against each other in a head-to-head duel of MBA might? It’s a school vs. school showdown, as we compare Columbia Business School to the Stern School of Business. Let’s take a deeper dive! Columbia Business School…February 15, 2018In “Featured Home”Orientation: NYU Stern One-Year MBA Programs in Tech, FashionAs it prepares to welcome students for orientation next week, NYU Stern School of Business has shared preliminary class profiles for its two new specialized one-year MBA programs—the Andre Koo Tech MBA and the Fashion & Luxury MBA. Stern announced the launch of the new May-to-May programs one year ago. The inaugural classes will each be made…May 11, 2018In “Featured Home”The Differences Between a Full-Time MBA in New York City and TorontoNew York and Toronto are the largest cities in the United States and Canada, respectively. Both are major financial and cultural centers, and home to millions of hard-working students, employees, and businesses. Both metros are also home to a number of quality business schools, each with their own prestigious full-time…February 21, 2018In “Featured Home” Page 1 of 212»last_img read more

first_img About the AuthorMax PulciniMax Pulcini is a Philadelphia-based writer and reporter. He has an affinity for Philly sports teams, Super Smash Bros. and cured meats and cheeses. Max has written for Philadelphia-based publications such as Spirit News, Philadelphia City Paper, and Billy Penn, as well as national news outlets like The Daily Beast.View more posts by Max Pulcini Last Updated Oct 10, 2017 by Max PulciniFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail Thaler is a native of New Jersey, and received his bachelor’s degree from Case Western Reserve University in 1967. He earned his masters and Ph.D. from the University of Rochester in 1970 and 1974, respectively. He joined the Chicago Booth faculty in 1995, following teaching stints at the University of Rochester and Cornell University. He has also been a visiting professor at the University of British Columbia, the Sloan School of Management at MIT, the Russell Sage Foundation, and the Center for Advanced Study in Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University.This is not the first time Thaler has been honored for his contributions to the field of economics. He was listed in Bloomberg Markets 50 Most Influential People in 2015, and was the American Economic Association’s president for 2015. Thaler’s most popular appearance, however, actually comes from the Academy Award nominated film The Big Short, in which he appears alongside Selena Gomez for the scene you can watch below. Chicago Booth Professor Richard Thaler Takes Home Nobel Prize in Economics regions: Chicago Thaler joins 89 other University of Chicago scholars and faculty members to receive Nobel Prizes, including five current faculty members who are Nobel laureates in economics:Profs. Eugene Fama and Lars Hansen (2013)Roger Myerson (2007)James Heckman (2000)Robert E. Lucas Jr. (1995) A professor from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business has won top honors in the field of economics. According to a press release, Richard Thaler was awarded the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel 2017.Thaler was honored for investigating the implications of relaxing the assumption that everyone in the economy is rational and selfish, instead entertaining the possibility that some of the agents in the economy are sometimes human. He currently serves as the Charles R. Walgreen Distinguished Service Professor of Behavioral Science and Economics. RelatedBooth Professor Wins John Bates Clark MedalUniversity of Chicago Booth School of Business professor Matthew Gentzkow has been awarded the 2014 John Bates Clark Medal by The American Economic Association. The annual prize is awarded to an American economist under the age of 40 who has made significant contributions to economics over the course of a single calendar year. Named after the American economist…April 21, 2014In “Featured Home”Leavey Prof Looks Back At Role, Helping Nobel Prize Winner Richard ThalerIn the wake of famed economist Richard Thaler recently winning the Nobel Prize, the SCU Leavey School of Business looked deeper into SCU’s historical role in the development of the behavioral economics field. Leavey Finance professor Hersh Shefrin and Thaler’s pioneering 15-year collaboration grew out of a mutual dissatisfaction with how neoclassical economics…November 8, 2017In “Featured Region”Rotman Management Magazine Celebrates 10 YearsSince 2007, the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto has provided thought leadership and management insight in the form of the Rotman Management magazine. Now, with its thirtieth issue out this spring, the magazine is celebrating ten years of bringing readers insightful articles and topics from experts…May 19, 2017In “Featured Home” Thaler is well-known for making complex issues in economics easy to understand. His work has been published in the American Economics Review, the Journal of Finance, and the Journal of Political Economy. In his books, he uses relatable scenarios to show how human behavior often contradicts traditional economic logic. His books include:“Misbehaving: The Making of Behavioral Economics”“Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth and Happiness”“Quasi-Rational Economics”“The Winner’s Curse: Paradoxes and Anomalies of Economic Life”last_img read more