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first_imgA leading disabled people’s organisation has called on the local authorities that part-own Manchester Airport to address the “embarrassment” of it being found to be the worst airport in the country at providing assistance for disabled passengers.The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) announced in its third annual review of the assistance provided at the UK’s airports that Manchester is now the only one assessed as “poor” for assistance.In last year’s review, the airport was one of four described as “poor”, but CAA says the other three have all improved over the last 12 months.Disabled passengers are entitled to free assistance when travelling by air under European Union regulations, and CAA is the regulatory body that monitors the quality of this assistance.Manchester Airport is part of Manchester Airports Group (MAG), which is nearly two-thirds owned by Greater Manchester’s 10 local authorities, with Labour-run Manchester City Council owning more than a third of MAG.CAA’s annual review of assistance services for 2017-18 said of Manchester Airport: “Information provided to us shows that disabled passengers and those with reduced mobility took significantly longer to move through the airport than other passengers, with an unacceptable number of disabled and reduced mobility passengers waiting more than 20 minutes for assistance with, in some cases, passengers left waiting for assistance for more than an hour.“This is not an acceptable situation for passengers that need to use the assistance at the airport.”Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People (GMCDP) called on the 10 councils and the elected mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, to pressure the airport to improve its services to disabled passengers.Brian Hilton, GMCDP’s digital campaigns officer, said: “Manchester Airport is a major gateway to both the region and the country and I would hope that the mayor is suitably embarrassed and stirred into action that at present we are officially the worst airport in the country for disabled access.“12 months have passed since the CAA first highlighted Manchester Airport’s failings in relation to disabled people and its failure to improve since then shows a total disregard for disabled people.”He said anecdotal evidence suggested that “whilst policies might be in place to assist disabled people, practices and procedures are still sadly lacking”.He said the coalition had called for action to improve the airport’s performance in its manifesto for last year’s mayoral election, which Burnham won.Hilton warned last year that many staff at Manchester Airport “treat disabled people little better than cattle, moving people without telling them what was happening or where they were going”.A spokeswoman for Manchester City Council refused to say what action the local authority would take to ensure the airport’s provision of assistance improved, or whether it was embarrassed about the airport’s performance.But she said in a statement: “It’s important to us that our local airport is accessible to everyone, and it’s clearly also important for the many thousands of international travellers who pass through the airport every day.“As major shareholder in MAG, we’re pleased the CAA report recognises a number of positive changes made by the airport over the last year to improve services for people with disabilities.“We’re confident that the airport’s £1 billion long term transformation programme – Manchester Airport Transformation Programme – will deliver the further changes needed to significantly improve services for all passengers.”A spokesman for Burnham said that it was important to note that MAG “does not fall under the purview of the mayor”.He said: “While he is in frequent contact with the management of the airport and makes his views and opinions heard he has no direct control over its running.”But Burnham said in a statement: “It is important that all public spaces, including transport hubs, across Greater Manchester are fully accessible.“The CAA’s report is clear in identifying areas where Manchester Airport should improve its accessibility.“I welcome the improvements already implemented and will be in regular dialogue with Manchester Airports Group to ensure further steps are taken.“Across the city-region there is much to be done to improve accessibility on public transport though progress is being made; every Metrolink tram and tram stop has step-free access and the new Bolton transport interchange has been designed with disability access at its heart.“But I will continue to challenge the transport operators to ensure that all facilities are fully accessible.” A note from the editor:For nine years, Disability News Service has survived largely through the support of a small number of disability organisations – most of them user-led – that have subscribed to its weekly supply of news stories. That support has been incredibly valuable but is no longer enough to keep DNS financially viable. For this reason, please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support its work and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please remember that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring, and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS…last_img read more

Disabled activists have fought back against what t

first_imgDisabled activists have fought back against what they say are attempts by the government and big business to “hijack” the UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities through their support for a purple-themed campaign that focuses on disability employment.The #PurpleLightUp campaign, which was launched last year, aims to celebrate the economic contribution of disabled employees.It is led by PurpleSpace, a disabled-led organisation which describes itself as a “professional development hub for disabled employee networks” and is headed by Kate Nash, a former chief executive of RADAR, one of the three disability organisations that merged to become Disability Rights UK.Among those supporting the #PurpleLightUp campaign on Monday’s international day were the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), the Treasury, controversial government contractor Atos – which produced purple lovehearts and cupcakes to mark the day – and accountancy giant PricewaterhouseCoopers.It was also supported by banking giants Lloyds Bank and HSBC, both closely associated with the global recession that led to government austerity policies that have caused misery for hundreds of thousands of disabled people in the UK since 2010.But disabled activists are furious at how they believe the campaign has “hijacked” the UN’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD), which focuses on the rights of disabled people.The theme of this year’s UN international day was supposed to be empowering disabled people and ensuring “inclusiveness and equality” on development issues.Now disabled activists have begun a fightback, calling for the UN day to be marked in the future with what they say are the true colours of the disabled people’s movement: turquoise and yellow.Cllr Pam Thomas, a disabled Labour councillor on Liverpool City Council and a former member of the Disabled People’s Direct Action Network (DAN), persuaded her council to light up its civic buildings on Monday in turquoise and yellow (pictured, Liverpool Town Hall).She said these colours had been used by disabled people’s campaigns for equality since the 1990s, with accounts from the period suggesting that turquoise represented “unity” and yellow stood for “freedom”.Among the more recent UK disability rights battles that have used turquoise and yellow was the campaign to save the Independent Living Fund.Thomas said #PurpleLightUp was “not about disabled people’s rights, but about economic activity”, and she pointed to its close connection with DWP and its discredited Disability Confident employment scheme.She said: “What is really annoying me is that Purple Light Up has taken our international day for their own agenda.“Disabled people are experiencing the extreme hardships of ideologically-imposed austerity, as shown in several different reports, our own organisations have had funding cut and hardly any remain.“Meanwhile, large multi-million pound disability charities and commercial organisations are prepared to promote and perpetuate the DWP’s agenda, which is one of the main deliverers of austerity on disabled people.”She said she was “so disappointed” that disabled people would support the involvement of these organisations in #PurpleLightUp, “knowing what Atos and all the other government departments have done to disabled people.“How could they side with them and not the disabled people’s civil rights movement?”Disabled activists have pointed out that DWP has been repeatedly shamed by the UN for its grievous breaches of international rights treaties, including the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.Thomas said: “Disabled people involved with Purple Light Up need to consider their own ethical position of promoting the DWP agenda and their own business, whilst shutting down disabled people who are campaigning for civil rights and against austerity and oppression, on our international day of all days.”She said she would now push the Labour party and trade unions to adopt yellow and turquoise as the colours of the disabled people’s civil rights movement.Nash defended her organisation’s #PurpleLightUp campaign.She said the idea came from disabled employees wanting to move away from discussions of “deficit”, “welfare reform” and “getting people into work” and towards sharing “stories of success” and disabled people’s contribution “to economies and civil society”. She said: “#PurpleLightUp is therefore designed to celebrate the economic contribution of disabled employees – and the response from disabled people, employers and the public, across the world, where it was featured in 17,000 tweets, suggest that others want to do that too.”Nash* said 3 December was chosen “as a mark of deep respect to the UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities”.She added: “PurpleSpace applauds the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, an international human rights treaty of the United Nations intended to protect the rights and dignity of persons with disabilities.“We hope the #PurpleLightUp will provide further opportunities to notice our rights and dignity, not diminish them. The responses so far seem to confirm that.”Nash said: “Our members are from many different types of organisations – we support employee networks and resources groups irrespective of the nature of the business of the organisation, and wherever they are on the journey of change. “It is not for us to measure the integrity of every contributor, nor judge their record on disability rights.”But the disabled actor and activist Liz Carr was another to express her anger at the hijacking of the international day.She said on Twitter: “Happy international day of disabled people to all the fantastic crips who make this world a better place just by existing.“Despite all the purple # bollocks on here, this is not a day for the likes of DWP & ATOS to light up their buildings purple. This is our day.”Fran Springfield, co-chair of Disability Labour, said: “It is absolutely a hijack which is why the idea of using the turquoise and yellow is absolutely brilliant because it takes it away from their level of commercialism which is what it’s about. Their bottom line is money.“This is something that goes back a long way and it is absolutely about rights and freedoms, which are slowly being eroded away.”She said the #PurpleLightUp campaign was “window-dressing. It has nothing to do with our rights.“If DWP are going to be lighting themselves up purple they are absolutely no beacon at all of good treatment of disabled people. They terrify us, they terrorise our lives.”Liverpool City Council also helped celebrate the UN day with the international disability arts festival DaDaFest, which ends on Saturday and has been taking place across the city region since 1 November.*Kate Nash said that any readers who would like to share their views about the #PurpleLightUp campaign can email her organisation at hello@purplespace.org A note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS…last_img read more

LUKE Douglas says he sought the advice of Grand Fi

first_imgLUKE Douglas says he sought the advice of Grand Final winning coach Nathan Brown before signing for the Saints.The International prop forward joined the club from Gold Coast Titans – and covered all bases before making the switch.Speaking to Titans TV he said: “It all happened really quickly over the last two weeks. I’ve had a lot of advice from different people including Anthony Laffranchi and Nathan Brown and I ended up making the decision to come over.“St Helens are a great club and I’m looking forward to the adventure and the next chapter of my career.“Saints are rich in history and a proud club and I’m looking forward to meeting the supporters. They are successful on and off the field and are run well.“They were the form team over the last few weeks; hopefully I can get over there and add my bit … and go one or two steps further.”Douglas holds the record the most consecutive appearances in the NRL competition’s 108-year history after playing 215 successive games from 2006 to 2014.He continued: “I won awards at the Titans and Sharks and have never been dropped. I have missed four games in an 11 year career and none through injury.“Everywhere I’ve been I’ve wanted to make a difference both on and off the field.”Douglas will also part of the Scotland side that takes part in this autumn’s Four Nations.last_img read more

First Team Match SAINTS TV

first_imgTwo early tries from Kevin Naiqama and Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook put Saints in control in the opening minutes before Brad Dwyer pulled a try back for the visitors. Saints went in twice more through Lachlan Coote and a spectacular try from Tommy Makinson capped off an impressive first half. Leeds started the second half the better going over through Luke Briscoe which reduced the deficit to 24-10, but Saints dug in and scored two late tries through LMS’ second and young James Bentley with Coote kicking all six goals in a 36-10 victory.And despite the win, Holbrook admitted it wasn’t the best Saints’ performance, but was pleased with the victory, paying credit to Makinson’s spectacular finish on the half-time hooter.“We didn’t play our best tonight. I’m not taking anything away from Leeds, but we didn’t play as well as we have, but I guess the good sign is we came away with a good win and that’s the main thing.“We made a lot of uncharacteristic errors and made it hard for ourselves, but we finished the game well which is good. Last week, just before full time and just before half time we made a few errors, but at least tonight we finished both halves well and I think that’s important because we did lots in between which wasn’t great, but against the dangerous attacking side that Leeds are with some many dangerous players I’m really happy to get the win we did.“I think just prior to Tommy’s [Makinson] try we saw how dangerous Leeds were and in that 10 minute period before the last few minutes before half time they looked really dangerous and we got through that tough period which is important to do especially against Leeds and for Tommy to finish that try – he’s the best ever at finishing. It is so good to watch and that was important but then we knew what Leeds could be capable of in the second half.”Holbrook also shed light on why Morgan Knowles and Jo Paulo missed the win whilst there was an update on Mark Percival and it is not good news for Zeb Taia who has a dislocated shoulder.“I was just giving them all a chance to freshen it up a bit. Morgan Knowles has been our hardest working player all year and it’s just time to freshen up a bit both him and Paulo.“It’s different this year, as I’ve said a few times last year we had that international week and everyone had a week off there and this year we don’t have that so we need to find ways of making that up. Last year we could work towards that [international break] and this year we don’t have that luxury so we’re relying on a lot more of the squad this ear and its working well.“Zeb’s not good. His shoulder popped out on the field so it’s a dislocation and obviously we’ll have to get scans next week. I think we managed to get it back in, we wont know how much damage is done until next week.”Holbrook talked up the form of Aaron Smith who stepped in admirably for the injured James Roby.“We knew at the start of this year we could call upon Aaron Smith whenever needed, and he’s done it a number of times now and done a great job. We obviously would like to have our captain on the field, James Roby, but, if not we’ve got all the confidence that Az can step in and do the job he has been for us.”last_img read more

Club Community Match

first_imgThe Saints Angels Programme is looking to recruit 14 girls and boys with a passion for dance and cheer to perform with them at the Saints vs Wigan derby match on Friday 12th July 2019.The opportunity will include:– Performing the iconic V as the players enter the pitch– Performing all sideline routines in front of the sticks– A FREE adult ticket for your parent or guardian to come and watch you be an Astar Angel for the day.HOW DO YOU GET INVOLVED?– Upload a video no longer than 30 seconds telling us why you would like to be an Astar Angel.*– You MUST include your FULL NAME on the video so we know who we need to contact if you are successful.– Videos should be uploaded onto Instagram tagging in @sthelensangelsYour video will then feature on Saints Angels Instagram page and the 14 videos with the most ‘likes’ will be selected as the dancers that will perform at the big derby game.**This competition is open to the general public and not just cheerleaders and dancers currently in our programmes.THE COMPETITION CLOSING DATE IS FRIDAY 5TH JULY AT 8pm.All successful applicants will be informed through our Facebook and Instagram pages.Good Luck!* Please make sure you gain filming consent from your parent/guardian before uploading to social media.**Please note the ‘likes’ must be on the video featured on the Saints Angels Instagram account and not shared posts.last_img read more

CFPUA now charges convenience fees for credit debit transactions

first_img The authority says to avoid the fee, you can pay using your bill pay services, set up a bank draft, drop your check in the mail, or pay on-site using cash or check. CFPUA (Photo: Hannah Patrick/WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Many use credit or debit cards to pay bills and now CFPUA says if customers do so for their water bill, they’ll have pay extra for the service.According to their Facebook page, there will be a $3.75 convenience fee for all credit and debit card transactions. That fee applies to every credit or debit card transaction per $500 increment.- Advertisement – last_img

Dozens attend first ever Wilmington VegFest

first_img Juice and jewelry were only a few of the products available for purchase. Many of the vendors hoped to share how easy it can be to switch to a vegan lifestyle. Dozens enjoying VegFest (Photo: Jenna Kurzyna/WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Port City welcomed its first ever VegFest Saturday and many of the vendors wanted to show ‘change tastes good’.The VegFest had more than 50 vendors and shared with visitors the benefits of a plant-based diet. Organizations and local businesses came together to provide an atmosphere welcoming to both veterans and newbies to the vegan lifestyle.- Advertisement – last_img

Whats next for Carolina Beach lake Here are the four options

first_img Last year, the town began dredging to reduce the risk of flooding during hurricanes or heavy rain.The town suspended the project in September with only 40 percent of the dredging complete.Town Manager Michael Cramer said they can leave the lake alone, build a man made island in the middle of the lake for the sediment removal, continue the project, or start a remediation program with the soil.Related Article: Fire department warns of hidden dangers when charging golf carts“What we need is we need to have some sort of direction from council on how they’d like to proceed,” Cramer said. “Choosing one of the options of a combination of the options. But we need to either decide to move forward or to stop the project and utilize the funds for other activities.”Some people WWAY talked with said they are in favor of keeping the dredging project going while others said the town should quit while they are ahead.“Since I don’t live on, or right around the lake, I’ve not experienced the flooding,” resident Della Marshall said. “So, you know, I’m probably a little more bias to not having anything else done to it. I’m not sure about the option of having a little island out there cause I think it looks pretty just the way it is.”Cramer says the town has $2.7 million allocated for the project but in order to complete dredging the lake it would cost more than what is left over.The goal of the workshop is to weigh the pros and cons of all the options and hopefully come up with a recommendation for an upcoming meeting.For more information, click here. CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — The big question swirling around Carolina Beach is if they should continue dredging Carolina Beach Lake.Town council held a workshop Tuesday evening to discuss four proposed options on how to move forward.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Wilmington police warn of citywide money scam

first_img He is reportedly going to homes, telling residents he lives in the area and then asking for gas money.He is believed to be driving a tan Cadillac SUV.If you come across this individual please call WPD at (910) 343-3609 or use Text A Tip. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police are warning residents to be on the lookout for a man attempting to scam people out of money.Police say the suspect is described as a middle aged white man with light colored hair.- Advertisement – last_img

Brazil Judge Overturns WhatsApp Ban

first_imgImage Credit: venturebeat Advertisement Tech Crunch reports, access to WhatsApp has been restored in Brazil, roughly 24 hours after telecom providers began blocking the messaging app in response to a court order. A judge in the Brazilian state of Sergipe ordered local phone carriers to block access to WhatsApp for 72 hours, but his ruling was overturned on appeal.Mark Zuckerberg celebrated the end of the countrywide ban and called on Brazilian citizens to support legislation that would prevent a ban from happening again.“WhatsApp is now back online in Brazil! Your voices have been heard once again. Thank you to our community for helping resolve this,” Zuckerberg wrote in a Facebook post. “That said, the idea that everyone in Brazil can be denied freedom to communicate the way they want is very scary in a democracy. You and your friends can help make sure this never happens again, and I hope you get involved,” he added. – Advertisement – “Brazilians have been leaders in connecting the world and creating an open internet for many years. I hope you make your voice heard now and demand change,” Zuckerberg wrote, linking to an event hosted by the Internet Freedom Caucus. He also linked to a Change.org petitionagainst the WhatsApp block, which calls on Brazil’s Congress to support a free and open Internet and has already garnered over 100,000 signatures.Prior to yesterday’s ban, WhatsApp access was last cut off in December. That block lasted only 12 hours and was the result of a similar dispute over government demands for WhatsApp data. WhatsApp has argued that it cannot provide the data because it is encrypted.A WhatsApp spokesperson told TechCrunch that banning the service “punishes more than 100 million Brazilians who rely on our service to communicate, run their businesses, and more, in order to force us to turn over information we repeatedly said we don’t have.”During the block, Brazilian users turned to other encrypted messaging platforms like Telegram and iMessage, and used VPN services to access WhatsApp.[related-posts]last_img read more

African Development Bank helps East and Southern Africa set up Trade Database

first_imgAdvertisement A trade database has been set up with support from the African Development Bank for East and Southern African countries to benefit from information on trade and markets in the regions.Plans to set up a transparent and easily accessible database will likely boost the free flow of goods and services in fields such as agriculture and health, experts have said.Inadequate access to trade data at the country level has been a barrier, according to participants in a capacity-building workshop held in Nairobi from the 10-11 July. – Advertisement – Represented by stakeholders from over 10 African countries, they agreed on training on how to organise and present data on trade in online portals that can be accessed by farmers and businesspersons.The African Development Bank contributed US$7.5 million while the UN Conference on Trade and Development is providing technical assistance to the member states in COMESA, EAC and SADC regions for the project.SciDev reports that the database, which is still being developed, is set to contain data from 26 countries that make the tripartite free-trade area of the Common Market for East and Southern Africa (COMESA), the East African Community (EAC) and the Southern African Development Community (SADC).It will use an online mechanism to monitor and report non-tariff barriers (NTBs): restrictions on imports and exports through any method other than a tariff, such as licensing or inspections.“We are here to help nations on how to develop information portals and a database on trade,” says Vonesai Hove, NTBs online mechanism manager of the Tripartite Capacity Building Programme.Credit: SciDevlast_img read more

Roko Construction To Undertake The Civil Works of Raxio Data Centre

first_imgRaxio Director Robert Mullins (left) and Mark Koehler, the Roko Construction Managing Director, exchange signed contracts. Advertisement Roko Construction Limited on Tuesday emerged winner from a total of 6 companies that were invited to bid on undertaking the civil works of Raxio multibillion data centre at Kampala Industry Park, Namanve.The two firms formally signed the contracts on Thursday 14th, March 2019 at Raxio’s offices in Rwenzori Towers, Kampala — making it official on Tuesday 19th, March 2019.Robert Mullins, Brooks Washington and James Byaruhanga from Raxio signed on behalf of Raxio while Mark Koehler and Willie Swanepoel signed on behalf of Roko. – Advertisement – During the signing, Robert Mullins; Raxio Director, said the project received clearance from Mukono Municipality as well as received an Environment Impact Assessment approval certificate from National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) to have the construction start immediately.“We’re not leaving anything to chance. We’ve assembled the best teams and the best contractors and are now good to go,” said Mullins — handing over the construction site to Roko engineers on Tuesday 19th, March 2019.(Left-Right): James Byaruhanga, the Raxio General Manager, signs the contract as Robert Mullins, Director, Raxio as Roko Managing Director, Mark Koehler and Willie Swanepoel the Director, Roko Construction look on.Designed by Future-tech, a UK-based specialized data centre design company, and Symbion Uganda, Raxio Data Centre is being developed to Tier III standards. The data centre will be the first truly carrier-neutral co-location facility of its standard—requiring an investment of roughly USD$15 million (approx. UGX55.7 billion) over its life-cycle.In February Raxio signed Hamilton Cloud Services as its first customer. The company also early this month, co-hosted an event with Oracle Corp. that intends to provide state-of-the-art cloud services solutions within the Raxio data centre. This move is expected to lower the cost of computing to Ugandan businesses.Joachim Steuerwald; Oracle Cloud Platform Sales Director for East Africa said Raxio’s Tier III data centre will be a significant constraint to achieve up-times that a digital economy demands and thus their partnership with Raxio.Joachim Steuerwald, the Oracle Cloud Platform Sales Director addresses business eladers about the benefits of Oracle’s cloud services at the first Oracle-Raxio executive roundtable event at Serena Kampala Hotel, on March 6th 2019.Reduced ICT Related CostsBy enabling businesses to share critical infrastructure and related services, data centres are known to cut ICT related costs for businesses, while allowing them access to the latest technologies at flexible “pay as you grow” models, that are scalable as need arises.86.4% of IT managers working for Uganda government MDAs recently surveyed by NITA-U said that shared services offered in data centres, such as cloud services significantly cut ICT related costs. 77.3% hailed them increased productivity and flexibility amongst a host of other benefits.[related-posts]Dr. Tumubweine Twinemanzi, the Executive Director Supervision, at Bank of Uganda challenged the financial services sector to adopt a shared technology services delivery model, so as to cut down on the cost of doing business and pass on those benefits to customers in form of reduced cost of lending.Dr. Tumubweine Twinemanzi, the Executive Director Supervision, at Bank of Uganda addressing media during the first Oracle-Raxio executive roundtable event at Serena Kampala Hotel, on March 6th 2019.Meanwhile, Raxio are in the process of selecting other contractors to handle electrical and other associated works.“We expect to conclude this process soon. All in all we expect to go live by November 2019,” Mullins said.last_img read more

STARTERS ORDERS Thursday

first_imgWelcome to Starters Orders. Our new daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Thursday 22 August2.20 BathSecret Romance 9/2 > 3/13.40 YorkThe Fugue 5/2 > 2/14.40 BathMambo Spirit 6/1 > 11/28.50 WolverhamptonOstaad 11/8 > evenslast_img

STAR PREVIEW Chelsea v Man U

first_img[dropcap]S[/dropcap]tamford Bridge on Saturday evening for Chelsea v Man U – a match that in many ways doesn’t have the significance it should do.‘First’ playing ‘third’ in the Premier League at this stage of the season should be a box office smash but the reality is whichever way this goes isn’t going to be disastrous for either team.Even a loss for Chelsea would leave them five points clear and a game in hand of Man U who would jump into second.A loss for Man U would still leave them in an automatic Champions League spot.Perhaps on this basis a DRAW might be the best result all round and Chelsea have been masters of claiming a point in high profile matches this season with five draws in nine meetings against top-seven rivals.Given Man U’s injury problems they may want more than that though.United are on a run of six straight wins but manager Louis Van Gaal is without Marcos Rojo, Phil Jones, Daley Blind and Michael Carrick whilst Jonny Evans still suspended.Van Gaal said on Friday “It’s the worst scenario” and it will lead to some serious shuffling of his pack in defence.Van Gaal has arrived at a winning formula this season almost by trial and error but there is little doubt that his side is better now than when they faced Chelsea at Old Trafford in October – the match finishing 1-1.Chelsea v Man UPremier League5.30pm LIVE ON SKYHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)Oct 2014 Premier Man Utd 1-1 ChelseaJan 2014 Premier Chelsea 3-1 Man UtdAug 2013 Premier Man Utd 0-0 ChelseaMay 2013 Premier Man Utd 0-1 ChelseaApr 2013 FA Cup Chelsea 1-0 Man UtdMar 2013 FA Cup Man Utd 2-2 ChelseaOct 2012 Capital One Cup Chelsea 5-4 Man UtdOct 2012 Premier Chelsea 2-3 Man UtdFeb 2012 Premier Chelsea 3-3 Man UtdSep 2011 Premier Man Utd 3-1 ChelseaThe head to head usually produces goals and I’d rather be with over 2.5 goals than against in what is priced up as a flip on Star Sports.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-50 points)BACK OVER 2.5 GOALS for 8 points at around evens with Star SportsRETURN SINCE START OF WORLD CUP: PROFIT 66.31 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

Rice University Accepts Invitation to Join the WAC

first_imgShare Contact: Michael Cinelli Phone: (713) 527-4807 Rice University Accepts Invitation to Join the WAC The Rice University Board of Governors today accepted the Western Athletic Conference’s invitation to join its ranks and become part of the largest Division 1-A conference inthe nation.”For the past several months, following the collapse of the Southwest Conference, I have engaged in a careful review of the university’s options regarding intercollegiate athletics in consultation with the Board of Governors and many members of the Rice community,” Rice president Malcolm Gillis said. “All options, and the corresponding costs of each, were discussed at length and on multiple occasions with members of the board. This process and the feedback we received from all constituencies, including the faculty council, student leaders, the Athletics Committee, members of the administration and many alumni, has been extraordinarily productive.” Rice will join two other Southwest Conference universities-Southern Methodist University in Dallas and Texas Christian University in Fort Worth-as part of a 16-member, expanded WAC. This action along with the announcement earlier this year that four other SWC members would join the Big Eight conference in 1996 assures that the SWC will shut down operations within the next two years. Other schools being added to the WAC’s membership list are San Jose State, Tulsa and Nevada-Las Vegas. The WAC expansion from 10 teams to 16 teams-split into two eight-team divisions-will be completed in time for the 1996 football season, possibly sooner forbasketball. The process for finding a new athletic conference for Rice wasan exhaustive one, Gillis said.”We talked at length to commissioners from several existing athletic conferences,” he said. “We explored membership in conferences at all levels I-A through III, and considered at great length the implications of independent status, again at all three levels.” When WAC officials decided to expand to 16 teams and divide the conference into two divisions, the decision to accept the invitationto join was made easier, Gillis said.”We believe that an affiliation with the new 16 team Western Athletic Conference and maintenance of a Division I-A intercollegiate program is in Rice’s best interest,” he added. Division members will likely include SMU, TCU, Tulsa, ColoradoState, UTEP, New Mexico and either the Air Force Academy or Wyoming.”We have a group of outstanding coaches dedicated to high academic and athletic standards in both men’s and women’s sports,” Gillis said. “We have students who can compete at the highest level of athletics as in so many other areas of extracurricular activity. We are committed to managing the revenues and costs for intercollegiate athletics so that academic programs do not suffer.”The tradition, pageantry and competition of the Southwest Conference will be missed,” he added. “In joining the Western Athletic Conference we eagerly anticipate the beginning of a new era in Rice’s intercollegiate athletics.” Rice became a charter member of the Southwest Conference in 1914, two years after it opened its doors to students. It has a total student enrollment of 4,257 and a full-time faculty of 437. ### AddThislast_img read more

Chairman of Germanys FDP Party to discuss economic issues with US

first_imgFacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThis About admin ShareCONTACT: Ellen ChangPHONE:(713) 348-6777EMAIL: ellenc@rice.eduCHAIRMAN OF GERMANY’SFDP PARTY TO DISCUSS ECONOMIC ISSUES WITH U.S.Wolfgang Gerhardt, thechairman of the Parliamentary Group of the Free Democratic Party in Germany,will discuss Europe and Germany’s economic relations with the United States June11 at Rice University.The lecture begins at 8p.m. in Sewall Hall and is sponsored by Rice and the Consulate General of theFederal Republic of Germany. Gerhardt was the leaderof the liberal Free Democratic Party from 1995 to 2001. He is part of ahigh-ranking delegation that is visiting Washington, D.C., and Houston from June4 to 12 to talk with Congress and the new administration and to gatherinformation on German-American relations in the economic and cultural sectors,said Joerg Herrera, Vice Consul of the Consulate General of Germany inHouston.The three-memberdelegation will meet with representatives of the Greater Houston Partnership andGerman businessmen and will be visiting Compaq Computer Corp.To attend the lecture,take Entrance 12 off Rice Boulevard. Parking is available in the Cohen Housevisitor’s lot. For more information,contact Bryce Simmang, associate director of the Goethe Center of the CentralEuropean Studies program at Rice at 713-348-3473 or the German consulate’soffice at 713-985-3381. last_img read more

Expert Alert Djerejian available to comment on Syrian crisis

first_imgFacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThis Photo courtesy: Rice University’s Baker InstituteNY Times story: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/19/world/europe/russian-warships-said-to-be-going-to-naval-base-in-syria.html.Reuters story: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/06/18/us-syria-crisis-idUSBRE85D0IS20120618.Founded in 1993, the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University in Houston ranks among the top 20 university-affiliated think tanks globally and top 30 think tanks in the United States. As a premier nonpartisan think tank, the institute sponsors more than 20 programs that conduct research on domestic and foreign policy issues with the goal of bridging the gap between the theory and practice of public policy. The institute’s strong track record of achievement reflects the work of its endowed fellows and Rice University scholars. Learn more about the institute at www.bakerinstitute.org or on the institute’s blog, http://blogs.chron.com/bakerblog. ShareDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduDjerejian available to comment on Syrian crisisDjerejian is founding director of Rice University’s Baker Institute and former US ambassador to SyriaHOUSTON – (June 18, 2012) – Edward Djerejian, founding director of Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and former U.S. Ambassador to Syria and to Israel, is available to comment on current developments in Syria and on the United States’ Middle East policy. United Nations observers recently suspended their mission in Syria out of security concerns, and according to news reports today, Russia is sending two “amphibious assault ships” with marines to the region. President Barack Obama is also expected to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin while attending the G-20 summit in Mexico.Djerejian served in the U.S. Foreign Service under eight presidents, from John F. Kennedy to Bill Clinton. Prior to his nomination by Clinton as U.S. ambassador to Israel, he was assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern affairs in both the George H.W. Bush and Clinton administrations. He was also the U.S. ambassador to the Syrian Arab Republic from 1988 to 1991.Djerejian was asked by then-Secretary of State Colin Powell to chair the congressionally mandated bipartisan Advisory Group on Public Diplomacy in the Arab and Muslim World. The group published its report in October 2003. Djerejian served in 2006 as senior adviser to the Iraq Study Group, a bipartisan panel mandated by Congress to assess the situation in Iraq.Djerejian is also the author of the book ”Danger and Opportunity: An American Ambassador’s Journey Through the Middle East.”The Baker Institute has a radio and television studio available for media who want to schedule an interview with Djerejian. For more information, contact David Ruth at david@rice.edu or 713-348-6327.To see a previously aired interview with Djerejian, click below or go to http://youtu.be/UGWW-6dy2ME.-30-Related materials:Djerejian on Twitter: www.twitter.com/EdwardDjerejian @edwarddjerejianDjerejian biography: http://bakerinstitute.org/personnel/fellows-scholars/edjerejianlast_img read more

Synthetic genetic clock checks the thermometer

first_imghttp://news.rice.edu/files/2014/01/Composite-horizontal-web.jpgA vertical version of this image is available here:http://news.rice.edu/files/2014/01/Composite-vertical-web.jpgRice University scientists engineered a synthetic genetic clock inside a mutant Escherichia coli bacteria that keeps time despite rising or falling temperature. In an experiment, the researchers isolated a small number of engineered bacteria under a fluorescent microscope and captured images over three hours as a single cell (yellow arrow) oscillated at a regular clip between states despite changing conditions. They found altering one amino acid to make a regulator protein sensitive to temperature provided the right feedback to the bacteria’s circadian clock. (Credit: Bennett Lab/Rice University)Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,708 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. FacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThis ShareJeff Falk713-348-6775jfalk@rice.eduMike Williams713-348-6728mikewilliams@rice.eduSynthetic genetic clock checks the thermometerRice University leads study to counter effects of temperature on synthetic gene circuitsHOUSTON – (Jan. 7, 2014) – Genetic systems run like clockwork, attuned to temperature, time of day and many other factors as they regulate living organisms. Scientists at Rice University and the University of Houston have opened a window onto one aspect of the process that has confounded researchers for decades: the mechanism by which genetic regulators adjust to changing temperature.Until now, synthetic biologists have not been able to duplicate this marvel, but Rice biochemist Matthew Bennett and his team developed a robust synthetic genetic clock that allows Escherichia coli bacteria to accurately keep time in a wide temperature range. The clock, which regulates the production of proteins, does not speed up or slow down with changing temperatures, and offers one possible solution to a problem that has hindered the advance of synthetic biology.The results were published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.The revelation will be of interest to biologists who study regulatory systems, particularly circadian rhythms, but it may be most valuable to synthetic biologists who wish to reprogram cellular regulatory mechanisms for biotechnology, Bennett said.“One of the problems we’ve had is that the genetic circuits we build are fragile,” he said. “We can build systems that do what we want, but they often do not work well in other people’s hands, or if we change the media or temperature. We wanted to create a system that should work independently of the parameters that might be hard for a synthetic biologist to control. We want to show we can build robust circuits, not just by making the architecture of the system more complicated, but by using the right proteins.”The ability to regulate for temperature comes naturally in mammals, but not all life is warm-blooded, and temperature generally affects biochemistry.“The warmer things are, the more biochemistry speeds up,” Bennett said. “This manifests in a lot of ways: Enzymes work faster and biochemical rates are faster.”He said that E. coli, for instance, shows dramatic changes in behavior even within its comfort zone of about 30 to 41 degrees Celsius (86 to 105 degrees Fahrenheit).“For every 10 degrees Celsius increase in temperature, there’s about a doubling in the cell cycle speed,” Bennett said.Among biological processes, there’s a notable exception: circadian clocks that keep a steady beat despite the temperature. “We have genetically controlled clocks that help us determine the time of day and coordinate our response to the day-night cycle, changing hormone levels and our alertness. And we’re not the only organisms that have them,” he said.“Plants and fungi and even some bacteria that do not have internal temperature regulation also have circadian clocks. For those organisms, it’s very important that the period of their circadian clocks remains the same regardless of temperature changes. Your crops, no matter whether it’s hot or cold, always keep to the same day-night cycle.”But circadian clocks are also biochemical. “As it gets colder, circadian clocks should slow down, and as it gets warmer, speed up, but they do not,” he said. “It’s been a mystery as to why that doesn’t happen.”Bennett suspected the clocks take their cues from a combination of cellular feedback loops and temperature-sensitive proteins. “Instead of looking at circadian clocks in humans or plants, however, we decided to build a system from the ground up,” he said.His research group started with a synthetic gene oscillator that was built to run in E. coli. Then, by altering a single amino acid of a key protein – LacI, the lactose repressor – the researchers made that protein temperature-sensitive and provided the synthetic clock a guide to compensate for changing conditions.Bennett noted in the paper that engineers have struggled with temperature compensation for a long time, perhaps most famously in the search for a device to give sailors at sea their longitude.“Temperature compensation is a problem with timekeeping in general,” said the researcher, whose first paper as an undergraduate also touched upon the longitude problem. “Metals expand and contract in response to temperature changes, thus altering the period of mechanical clocks.“This was a major obstacle for early naval chronometers. The man who invented those chronometers, John Harrison, had to compensate for temperature effects. It was a big problem in engineering back then, and we’re still finding it to be a problem when we build gene circuits in bacteria today.”Faiza Hussain, a postdoctoral fellow at Rice, is the paper’s lead author. Other Rice co-authors are Andrew Hirning, graduate student, and Kathleen Matthews, the Stewart Memorial Professor of Biochemistry and Cell Biology. University of Houston co-authors are Chinmaya Gupta, postdoctoral fellow, Krešimir Josić, associate professor of mathematics, and William Ott, assistant professor of mathematics.The research was supported by the National Institutes of Health through the joint National Science Foundation/National Institute of General Medical Sciences Mathematical Biology Program, the Robert A. Welch Foundation and the John S. Dunn Foundation Collaborative Research Award Program administered by the Gulf Coast Consortia.-30-In this video, E. coli cells containing the dual-feedback oscillator are outlined in blue and red are tracked as they grow in a microfluidic device at 32 degrees Celsius, left, and 41 degrees Celsius, right. The periods of the cells’ fluorescent-tagged “clock” proteins, tracked in the graph at bottom, match despite the change in temperature. (Credit: Bennett Lab/Rice University)Read the abstract at http://www.pnas.org/cgi/doi/10.1073/pnas.1316298111Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Related Materials:The Bennett Lab: http://biodesign.rice.edu“Huygens’s clocks”: http://rspa.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/458/2019/563.abstractUniversity of Houston Department of Mathematics: http://www.mathematics.uh.eduImages for download:last_img read more

Rice U lab grows stable ultrathin magnets

first_imghttps://news-network.rice.edu/news/files/2019/05/0528_OXIDE-2-WEB.jpgAn illustration shows the structure of epsilon-iron(III) oxide, an atomically thin material that is stable, stackable and unlike other iron oxides retains its unique magnetic properties at room temperature. Rice University engineers made the material with a simple method that allows it to be easily transferred and combined with other 2D materials. (Credit: Jiangtan Yuan/Rice University) Return to article. Long Description A microscope image shows flakes of epsilon-iron(III) oxide grown on mica by Rice University engineers. The nearly 2D crystals are promising building blocks for electronics and spintronics that take advantage of their stable magnetic properties. (Credit: Lou Group/Rice University) Epsilon-iron(III) oxide incorporates oxygen atoms (blue) and iron atoms (everything else) into a crystal lattice with magnetic properties that, unlike other iron oxides, remain stable at room temperature. This makes the nearly 2D material a good candidate for combining with other atom-thick materials for novel electronic and spintronic applications. (Credit: Jiangtan Yuan/Rice University) https://news-network.rice.edu/news/files/2019/05/0528_OXIDE-3-WEB.jpgEpsilon-iron(III) oxide incorporates oxygen atoms (blue) and iron atoms (everything else) into a crystal lattice with magnetic properties that, unlike other iron oxides, remain stable at room temperature. This makes the nearly 2D material a good candidate for combining with other atom-thick materials for novel electronic and spintronic applications. (Credit: Jiangtan Yuan/Rice University)Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,962 undergraduates and 3,027 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is just under 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for lots of race/class interaction and No. 2 for quality of life by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. Epsilon-iron(III) oxide incorporates oxygen atoms (blue) and iron atoms (everything else) into a crystal lattice with magnetic properties that, unlike other iron oxides, remain stable at room temperature. This makes the nearly 2D material a good candidate for combining with other atom-thick materials for novel electronic and spintronic applications. (Credit: Jiangtan Yuan/Rice University) Return to article. Long DescriptionAn illustration shows the structure of epsilon-iron(III) oxide, an atomically thin material that is stable, stackable and unlike other iron oxides retains its unique magnetic properties at room temperature. Illustration by Jiangtan YuanLou said the material is technically not 2D, because of the prismlike orthorhombic atomic structure that gives the lattice its unusual properties. “But basically, it has all the features of a 2D magnet,” he said.He said other 2D magnetic materials discovered to this point have two negative characteristics: Their Curie temperature is far below room temperature, meaning the materials need to be cooled to preserve their magnetic effects, or the materials are not structurally stable and decompose quickly in ambient conditions.“Our material has neither of those problems,” Lou said. “It’s air-stable and the Curie temperature is slightly above room temperature. If we test the material we grew a year ago now, it still shows the same behavior.”If the material were as thick as a refrigerator magnet, it too would stick. “The magnetic effect is very strong, around 300 milliTeslas,” Lou said. “But this material cannot exist in bulk. It will phase out of epsilon into some other kind of oxide.”The researchers grew the smooth flakes, as thin as 5.1 nanometers, on silicon dioxide and mica substrates. They successfully tested its ability to bond via the weak van der Waals force with graphene. The flakes’ magnetic properties, measured at Los Alamos, were found to be stable at room temperature with a magnetic field between 200 and 400 milliTeslas. A microscope image shows flakes of epsilon-iron(III) oxide grown on mica by Rice University engineers. The nearly 2D crystals are promising building blocks for electronics and spintronics that take advantage of their stable magnetic properties. (Credit: Lou Group/Rice University) Return to article. Long Description Return to article. Long DescriptionEpsilon-iron(III) oxide incorporates oxygen atoms (blue) and iron atoms (everything else) into a crystal lattice with magnetic properties that, unlike other iron oxides, remain stable at room temperature. This makes the nearly 2D material a good candidate for combining with other atom-thick materials for novel electronic and spintronic applications. Illustration by Jiangtan YuanThe research is the result of an interdisciplinary Rice IDEA proposal by Lou, Natelson and Rice chemist Gustavo Scuseria to investigate the magnetic properties of 2D materials. They plan to combine the oxide with more 2D materials to see how its magnetic field affects the properties of heterostructures. “This interfacial coupling process is going to be very interesting for us,” Lou said.Rice alumnus Jiangtan Yuan, now a postdoctoral researcher at Northwestern University, and Andrew Balk of the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory at Los Alamos, New Mexico, are co-lead authors of the study. Co-authors are assistant research professor Hua Guo, graduate students Qiyi Fang and Xuanhan Zhao, undergraduate Sahil Patel and research specialist Tanguy Terlier of the Shared Equipment Authority at Rice. Crooker is a technical staff member of the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory. Natelson is a professor of physics and astronomy, of electrical and computer engineering and of materials science and nanoengineering. Lou is a professor of materials science and nanoengineering and of chemistry.The National Science Foundation, the Welch Foundation, the Department of Energy Basic Energy Sciences program and Rice IDEA supported the research.-30-Read the abstract at https://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acs.nanolett.9b00905.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Related materials:Lou Group: https://n3lab.rice.eduNatelson Research Group: http://natelson.web.rice.edu/group.htmlNational High Magnetic Field Laboratory: https://nationalmaglab.orgDepartment of Materials Science and NanoEngineering: https://msne.rice.edu/Brown School of Engineering: https://engineering.rice.eduImages for download: https://news-network.rice.edu/news/files/2019/05/0528_OXIDE-1-WEB.jpgA microscope image shows flakes of epsilon-iron(III) oxide grown on mica by Rice University engineers. The nearly 2D crystals are promising building blocks for electronics and spintronics that take advantage of their stable magnetic properties. (Credit: Lou Group/Rice University)Long Description FacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThis ShareNEWS RELEASEEditor’s note: Links to high-resolution images for download appear at the end of this release.David Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduMike Williams713-348-6728mikewilliams@rice.eduRice U. lab grows stable, ultrathin magnetsRare iron oxide could be combined with 2D materials for electronic, spintronic devicesHOUSTON – (May 24, 2019) – Rice University researchers have simplified the synthesis of a unique, nearly two-dimensional form of iron oxide with strong magnetic properties that is easy to stack atop other 2D materials. An illustration shows the structure of epsilon-iron(III) oxide, an atomically thin material that is stable, stackable and unlike other iron oxides retains its unique magnetic properties at room temperature. Rice University engineers made the material with a simple method that allows it to be easily transferred and combined with other 2D materials. (Credit: Jiangtan Yuan/Rice University) Return to article. Long DescriptionA microscope image shows flakes of epsilon-iron(III) oxide grown on mica by Rice engineers. The nearly 2D crystals are promising building blocks for electronics and spintronics that take advantage of their stable magnetic properties. Courtesy of the Lou GroupThe material, epsilon iron(III) oxide, shows promise as a building block for exotic nanoscale structures that could be useful for spintronic devices, electronic or storage applications that take advantage of not only the charge of electrons but also their spin states.Researchers at Rice’s Brown School of Engineering and Wiess School of Natural Sciences reported in the American Chemical Society journal Nano Letters that they had produced oxide flakes through simple chemical vapor deposition. The flakes are easily transferable from their growth substrates and retain their magnetic properties over the long term at room temperature.“Iron oxide is nothing new,” said Rice materials scientist and co-principal investigator Jun Lou. “But this epsilon phase is very rare. In epitaxial growth (in which the crystal aligns with the atomic structure of the surface), the bonding is strong and crystals are hard to transfer. But one of the features of this crystal structure is that it has relatively weak interaction with the substrate. You can pick it up and put it on different things.”“An ultrathin magnetic material like this, which maintains its magnetic properties up to room temperature and can be integrated with other materials by stacking, is very exciting,” said Rice physicist Doug Natelson, a co-principal investigator with Lou and Scott Crooker of Los Alamos National Laboratory. “It will be a great testing ground for seeing how magnetic properties act across interfaces, an important aspect relevant to future information technologies.”last_img read more

The Best Energy Industry MBA Programs in the US

first_imgThe Best Energy Industry MBA Programs in the U.S. With the current shift in global economics that coincides with climate change, business schools have seen the benefit of educating students toward a sustainable future. Whether through influencing public policy, investing wisely in carbon reduction technologies, or developing businesses that serve to adjust to global warming, MBA grads with a focus within the energy industry have limitless career prospects.The Best Energy Industry MBA Programs in the U.S.The University of California, Berkeley Haas School of Business‘ Bay Area location (a center for innovation in sustainability) make it a clean energy industry leader. With an interdisciplinary approach that combines engineering, public policy, and law, Berkeley Haas MBA students have access to such initiatives as Cleantech to Market (C2M). This partnership between grad students, industry professionals, and researchers offers an annual symposium presenting the newest trends in clean technologies. In C2M, professionals in such arenas as energy generation, storage, grid technology, and water purification guide students through past solutions. Students integrate their curriculum into real world solutions with the help of these professionals and leading researchers.Cornell’s SC Johnson Graduate School of Management also offers a wealth of opportunities in the development of sustainable solutions for MBAs with the school’s immersion program, the Center for Social Enterprise. After receiving a sizable endowment in 2002, researchers and business leaders formed the SC Johnson Professorship in Sustainable Global Enterprise. Recently ranked 2nd overall by Bloomberg Businessweek, the sustainability curriculum at Johnson has achieved wide acclaim.In addition, Johnson offers an Environmental Finance and Impact Investing Fellowship. With projects sponsored by corporate and government entities, students receive opportunities to work with the World Bank, Barclays, and The Water Initiative to address pressing issues in development and the increasing demand to find alternative energy sources.UNC’s Kenan Flagler Business School offers an MBA that they consider “unique among major business schools.” The program, which exhibits a marked emphasis upon ROI, focuses on the energy value chain, and the intersection of oil and gas usage, renewables, and petrochemicals.This degree focuses primarily on training future leaders in corporate sectors, power generation, renewable energy, investing firms, and consulting firms specializing in energy.MIT’s Sloan School of Management takes an exemplary role in leadership development for the sustainable energy industry. According to Sloan’s Sustainability Initiative, the school “empowers leaders to act so that humans and nature can thrive for generations to come.” With a mission that includes a sustainability certificate, partnerships with NGOs and government agencies, and an ongoing lecture series, MIT Sloan offers a strong foundation in cleantech development.In a recent roundtable, experts in renewable energy supply chain discussed potential solutions. These include wind farms and solar power for underserved populations.“When you’re inside a startup and talking to your colleagues all the time, it’s easy to lose sight of the big picture,” says Sandhya Murali, a recipient of the Sustainability Certificate. “Being able to talk with experts in the field and share ideas with veterans in the industry was extremely helpful.”Murali, ’15, is the CEO of the Solstice Initiative, which provides solar energy to communities in every economic strata.Finally, University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business is at the forefront of energy efficiency, offering an MBA major in Business, Energy, Environment and Sustainability. Combining a focus in tech, regulation, finance, and business modeling trends, this degree prepares MBAs for leadership roles in energy, clean-tech investment, energy banking, consulting, government, and the sustainable non-profit industry.Courses include Energy Markets and Policy, Energy Finance, Environmental Management, Law and Policy, Social Impact Marketing and Energy Law.In addition, there is a dual degree option for Wharton MBAs. In which, students can combine an MBA with a Master in Environmental Studies for career opportunities in energy management. Last Updated Dec 12, 2018 by Maggie BoccellaFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail regions: Atlanta / Baltimore / Boston / Chicago / Dallas / Denver / Houston / London / Los Angeles / Miami / New York City / Online / Philadelphia / Research Triangle / San Diego / San Francisco / Seattle / Toronto / Washington, DCcenter_img 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 RelatedTop 10 Nonprofit MBA ProgramsIf you want a job that doesn’t just pay the bills but impacts the world, then working for a nonprofit corporation is the way to go. The nonprofit sector is the third-largest segment of the U.S. workforce, according to Fast Company, employing more than 13.7 million people at 1.8 million…July 15, 2016In “Advice”Consulting and Strategic Management MBAs San FranciscoDo you have aspirations of becoming a consultant? If you’re studying in the San Francisco metro, there’s plenty of opportunities for you.January 3, 2017In “Featured Home”The Top Healthcare MBA Programs in CaliforniaThe California healthcare industry is booming. The industry employs more than 1.4 million people across ambulatory settings, hospitals, and residential care facilities. And as the population continues to age, there’s no doubt that the healthcare industry will continue to expand. So, it should come as no surprise that an MBA…February 14, 2019In “Featured Home”last_img read more