A minister is facing accusations that she misled t

first_imgA minister is facing accusations that she misled the House of Lords over the government’s “devastating” decision to allow a security firm with “an appalling history of abuse and mismanagement” to run the national equality advice helpline.The Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS) was set up in October 2012 to replace the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s (EHRC) own helpline, and the government has now handed the contract to G4S.But a report by the House of Lords Equality Act 2010 and disability committee in March concluded that EASS – currently run by the outsourcing giant Sitel – should be returned to the EHRC, “either in-house or as the contract managers for a tendered-out service”, a conclusion that was strongly supported by the EHRC.Despite that support, the government’s response to the report claimed the EHRC “did not express an interest” in taking the service in-house.In last week’s Lords debate on the report, the disabled crossbench peer Baroness [Jane] Campbell said that government claims that the EHRC did not want to bring the service back in-house were “not true”.She said: “The EHRC flatly refutes this, saying it strongly supports our recommendation, and made clear to the government its concerns about EASS, and its desire to take back responsibility or at least greater control.”But when the Conservative Home Office minister Baroness Williams responded to the debate (pictured), she claimed that the EHRC “did not bid to operate the helpline itself, nor did it propose operating it in discussions with the [Government Equalities Office]”.Asked this week why Baroness Williams appeared to have misled peers, and whether she would be apologising to the House of Lords, a government spokesman refused to answer the question.Instead, he issued a statement claiming there had been “an open and competitive tender process, amongst providers who had expertise in running a helpline”, and that G4S had “offered the most cost efficient tender”.An EHRC spokesman confirmed that the commission had asked the government to bring EASS back in-house.He said: “We wanted responsibility for running the service and we have been clear to government on that.“We have been very clear that we wanted responsibility for running the service, whether in-house or managing the service.”Baroness Campbell told peers last week that when the Disability Rights Commission (DRC), for which she was a commissioner, ran its own helpline, it was “one of the DRC’s prime assets, enabling it to monitor the kind of problems disabled people were experiencing”, while some of its key legal cases “started with a call to the helpline”.She said: “The new contract has now been awarded to G4S, which is devastating news.“It beggars belief that a company with such an appalling history of abuse and mismanagement could have been appointed to provide such an important and sensitive service.”A petition calling on the government to reverse its decision to hand the service to G4S and allow EHRC to run it instead has so far attracted more than 60,000 signatures.And more than 40 disability, equality and human rights organisations – including Inclusion London, Equal Lives, Liberty and Sisters of Frida – have written to the parliamentary chairs of the joint committee on human rights and the Commons women and equalities committee to express their “profound concern” at the award of the contract to G4S, which they said had “earned a reputation for serious, systemic mismanagement and discrimination”.Their letter calls for “a parliamentary investigation into both the tendering process and the suitability of G4S to deliver this vital service”.Last July, the Government Equalities Office published a memo which showed that, of all the enquiries made to EASS, 62 per cent related to disability.Of roughly 2,200 enquiries a month made to EASS since 2012 – the memo revealed – 24 per cent were about a failure to make a reasonable adjustment for a disabled person.last_img read more

Greater Manchester Police GMP has admitted that

first_imgGreater Manchester Police (GMP) has admitted that it has a written agreement to share information about disabled people and other activists who take part in protests with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).Disabled activists have expressed alarm at the confirmation, which came despite previous denials by the force and DWP that any such agreement existed.They said the existence of the agreement was a clear blow to the right to protest of disabled people who claim benefits.Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People (GMCDP) said it was “extremely concerned” that its local police force was “spying on disabled protesters and passing on their details onto the DWP”.GMCDP said the agreement was “yet another example of the punitive and unwarranted targeting of disabled people”. Concerns about links between DWP and police forces such as GMP – and the impact on disabled people’s right to protest – first emerged last December after Disability News Service (DNS) reported that forces had been targeting disabled protesters taking part in peaceful anti-fracking protests across England.Lancashire police then admitted in December that it had shared both information and video footage of disabled anti-fracking protesters with DWP, in an apparent attempt to have their disability benefits removed.Greater Manchester Police then told DNS that it had passed DWP information about protesters taking part in anti-fracking protests at Barton Moss, Salford, which took place in 2013 and 2014, and also confirmed that it had shared information with DWP from protests not connected with fracking.This raised concerns that it might have passed information to DWP about disabled people who protested in Manchester about the government’s austerity-related social security reforms, particularly during high-profile actions around the Conservative party conferences in 2015 and 2017.GMP later claimed that it had not shared any information with DWP about disabled activists who had taken part in the 2015 and 2017 protests.The Conservative party is returning to Manchester for its annual conference in October.GMP has previously denied – in response to a freedom of information request – having a written agreement to share data with DWP, while DWP has said repeatedly that it has no such “formal arrangement” with GMP or any other force.GMP’s press office had initially suggested that it did have an agreement with DWP, before later denying there was one.Labour’s deputy mayor for policing for Greater Manchester, Baroness [Bev] Hughes, told DNS in February that she had “consulted with senior officers within GMP who have assured me that there is no formal ‘sharing agreement’ in place, and that the police act on a case by case basis, sharing information in accordance with the Data Protection Act”.But after DNS submitted a second freedom of information request to the force, a member of its information management team confirmed that there was such an agreement.After DNS asked if GMP had an agreement to share information from various protests with DWP, he said he had “located a multi-agency agreement to which DWP are one of many partners”, but he said this had “not yet been assessed for disclosure to you”.He said that most of the agreement “relates to controls/rules partners must adhere to when handling information”.He later told DNS, on 17 April, that he had “identified the area of the force that is responsible for the sharing agreement” and had “posed your question to them, and am awaiting a reply”.The force failed to respond to further emails – which appears to have been a breach of the Freedom of Information Act – until this week.But yesterday (Wednesday), a member of GMP’s information management team said he would “risk assess the agreement next week for disclosure” to DNS.The force’s press office refused to comment this week, or to explain why it had previously claimed there was no such agreement.Brian Hilton, GMCDP’s digital campaigns officer, said the coalition was “extremely concerned that our local police force is spying on disabled protesters and passing on their details onto the DWP”.He said: “This is worrying on so many levels. Disabled people in Greater Manchester have always protested against injustice, whether this be campaigning for our own rights or in support of others.“This news sends a clear message that disabled people should think carefully before they take to the streets and exercise their legitimate right to protest.”He added: “Are we now saying if you can protest you should not be in receipt of benefits?“Should disabled people stay locked inside their homes in case they are sanctioned?“What’s next? Are the police going to run undercover operations at festivals to see if disabled people are brazen enough to sway in time to the music or, god forbid, dance?”Hilton said repeated studies had shown there was “no epidemic of fraudulent [benefit] claims”, and that the force’s agreement with DWP was “yet another example of the punitive and unwarranted targeting of disabled people”. Dennis Queen, from the Manchester branch of Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC), said: “We would like to see this ‘multi-agency agreement’ to which DWP are one of many partners, because the agreement means conditions are effectively being imposed that disabled people have no idea about, they cannot bear them in mind, make informed consent, and so on.“This sounds like a breach of our rights to engage in political protest to me.”Queen said concerns about the agreement would have “a directly chilling effect on people’s ability to stick up for their rights and join in campaigns, both relating to disability and not.“Given my own arrest for an offence I did not commit during [a Tory] conference this is a personal concern too.”In 2017, disabled activists from the Disabled People’s Direct Action Network (DAN) and DPAC criticised “heavy-handed” police tactics at a direct action protest that blocked tram lines outside the conference.Queen was arrested for public disorder but was later found not guilty.She said: “Have I been reported to the DWP? Do the police now have a right to find out if I am a client of theirs?“What other private information are they privy to? Did the police update them that I wasn’t guilty of the charges?”Picture: Dennis Queen taking part in the 2015 protest outside the Tory party conference in Manchester 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

THIS game was over as a contest after quarter of a

first_imgTHIS game was over as a contest after quarter of an hour as the Saints had already run in four tries against their overwhelmed opponents, writes Graham Henthorne.The Giants were so desperate to stop the marauding Saints that they had conceded five penalties by this time but still only had the ball for one set.Last year the Levynator and Matty Lees showed glimpses of what we could expect this term but generally off the bench. This year they are the starting props and if this display is anything to go by then we are in for a treat.The Giants couldn’t handle either of them as they busted holes directly down the middle of the hapless defensive line with Matty Lees literally trampling the hooker into the ground.Behind this you had the guile of Aaron Smith, Rob Fairclough and the outstanding Danny Richardson directing traffic. As spectators you had no idea where they were going to go next and the Giants defence were no better as they tried in vain to stop the juggernaut.Regan Grace opened the 19s account for 2016 as he scooted in for his first and then stretched out for his second, both courtesy of quick hands from Ben Morris and Jake Spedding inside him.Spedding then scored one of his own as again hands, this time from Richardson & Fairclough put him clear.This season’s Captain, Liam Cooper, got in on the act with a well taken try after a repeat set from a Richardson grubber. And when Aaron Smith dove over from dummy half on 17 minutes the Saints were out of sight at 26 – 0.As it always does the game evened out a little in the second quarter with the Giants seeing some possession and the Saints having substituted their dominant front row. So much so that the visitors got off the mark on the half hour taking advantage of a Saints knock on.However, don’t think that I’m insinuating that the second choice front row can’t cut it. Far from it. But it does take time to get to grips with the speed of the game as debutants Jordan Olmez and Jorge Lewtas found out but get to grips they did, both contributing in spades in attack and defence.And in Jonah Cunningham we have one of the best hookers coming off the bench to punish weary defenders. On the stroke of the break he did just that driving over at the sticks.The second half was an exercise in keeping going and not taking the foot off the gas.Three minutes in and Morgan Knowles showed everyone that the saints were not going to ease up. Fresh from his sojourn in the First Team he showed he’s lost none of his appetite for Rugby at this level with a typically rumbustious display and a try crashing over the line.Mike Weldon showed he’d well and truly put his injury woes behind him as he introduced himself to the game and the visitors with a big hit producing a knock on from the Giants on their own 40. From the scrum Grace simply rounded his opposite number for his hat-trick.Lees was sin-binned on the hour for taking out the man without the ball and whilst he was off the Giants impressive second row scored out wide to make their total respectable.But as Lees came back onto the field the Saints finished in style with three more tries.Firstly Smith dummied his way over from close range then Lees scored a deserved try from the second row as he terrorised his opposite number into falling out of his way as he powered over.Finally, Spedding capped a good personal performance winning the 80 metre race to touch down Richardson’s long kick down field.What a difference to the opening display last year! The forwards were sharp in both attack and especially defence not giving any space for the Giants to play and behind them the halves dictated the show producing a dazzling display of handling from all the outside backs.The trick now, of course, is to keep it going but putting 11 tries past a big, powerful Huddersfield team is a fabulous way to start.Match Summary:Saints:Tries: Regan Grace (1, 5 & 58), Jake Spedding (8 & 79), Liam Cooper (14), Aaron Smith (17 & 73), Jonah Cunningham (40), Morgan Knowles (43), Matty Lees (76).Goals: Danny Richardson 7.Huddersfield:Tries: Billy Hayes (30), Liam Johnson (68).Goals: Izaac Farrell.Half Time: 32-6Full Time: 58-10Teams:Saints:1. Ricky Bailey; 2. David Eccleston, 4. Lewis Furlong, 3. Jake Spedding, 5. Regan Grace; 7. Rob Fairclough, 6. Danny Richardson; 8. Levy Nzoungou, 9. Aaron Smith, 10. Matty Lees, 11. Liam Cooper (C), 12. Ben Morris, 13. Morgan Knowles. Subs: 14. Jonah Cunningham, 16. Jorge Lewtas, 17. Mike Weldon, 18. Jordan Olmez.Huddersfield:1. Kieron Reilly; 2. Jake Etchells, 4. Jake Wardle, 3. Darnell McIntosh, 5. Harry Woollard; 6. Will Ingleby, 7. Izaac Farrell; 8. Matty English, 9. Fletcher Davies, 10. Connor Redgwick, 11. Ronan Costello, 12. Liam Johnson, 13. Billy Hayes. Subs: 14. Jamie Greenwood, 15. Ben Harley, 16. Sam Hewitt, 17. Jon Loke Kirby.last_img read more

GLOW Academy awarded 20000 from ChickfilA

first_img “Right now, we’re on a campaign to build a new campus. And to have funds this significant come to us, it’s going to mean a lot. It’s not just going to mean a lot to the campus, but to all the GLOW girls, the entire glow community. We’re really thankful. It’s a great opportunity to work with them and continue our relationship with Chick-fil-A,” Jones said.GLOW was just one of many nominees for the Atlantic Region, which included organizations in North and South Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia and many other states. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The GLOW Academy does its part to guide young girls in the community to a successful future. And with a new donation, even more work can be done.The Chick-fil-A foundation awarded GLOW Academy with $20,000 dollars for getting second place in the True Inspiration Awards. Chick-fil-A came to the school and gave Mini Moos to girls at the school and even brought their mascot along. Senior Development Director, Bob Jones, believes this is an amazing opportunity to help the girls.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Black History Month United States Colored Troops

first_img Locally 500 members of the United States Colored Troops who fought during the Civil War are buried at the Wilmington National Cemetery at the rear left end of the cemetery. Confederates soldiers (white or colored) were not allowed to be buried in any United States military cemetery across the country due to the fact that the Confederates withdrew from the Union.AmenRa says, “The United States Colored Troops played a significant part in Black History, turning the Civil War into a victory for the Union and leading up to the Emancipation Proclamation .There should be more in our educational system about the United States Colored Troops.”Patrick says, she learned her history from her mother through her great-grandmother, Fannie Perkins Williams, a former slave captive.Related Article: Trump signs bill named for Sen. McCain, doesn’t mention him“If it was not for me listening to my mother, I would have missed this important part of our family’s history,” says AmenRa.Their names include her Great Grandfather PVT Henry Williams, Great-Granduncles CPL Dennis Perkins (Shimes) and CPL James Perkins (Shimes) along with CPL David Jackson her Great-great grandfather.The United States Colored Troops (USCT) were regiments of the United States Army during the American Civil War (1861-1865) that were composed of African American (“colored”) soldiers. First recruited in 1863, for the Civil War, the men of the 175 regiments (approximately 175,000 soldiers) of the USCT constituted approximately one-tenth of the Union Army. The Union needed the manpower to win the war. If it had not been for the U.S.C.T. the Union would not have won the Civil War. If the Union had lost the war the Emancipation of Proclamation would not have been issued. The men of the USCT were the forerunners of the well-known Buffalo Soldiers, who fought in the Indian Wars later in the nineteenth century and received their nickname in the American West.Locally 500 members of the United States Colored Troops who fought during the Civil War are buried at the Wilmington National Cemetery at the rear left end of the cemetery. Confederates soldiers (white or colored) were not allowed to be buried in any United States military cemetery across the country due to the fact that the Confederates withdrew from the Union. TheU.S.C.T. was recently acknowledged here in Wilmington, NC in 2011. A historical marker is placed on Market street by the Wilmington National Cemetery this effort was led by Retired Sgt. Fred Johnson. WWAY’s Amanda Fitzpatrick interviewed Sonya Patrick (AmenRa) about her family and learned that she has 4 descendants of the United States Colored Troops.The United States Colored Troops (USCT) were regiments of the United States Army during the American Civil War (1861-1865) that were composed of African American (“colored”) soldiers. First recruited in 1863, for the Civil War, the men of the 175 regiments (approximately 175,000 soldiers) of the USCT constituted approximately one-tenth of the Union Army. The Union needed the manpower to win the war. If it had not been for the U.S.C.T. the Union would not have won the Civil War. If the Union had lost the war the Emancipation of Proclamation would not have been issued. The men of the USCT were the forerunners of the well-known Buffalo Soldiers, who fought in the Indian Wars later in the nineteenth century and received their nickname in the American West.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Bayern Munich join race to sign Under

first_img <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=a7617b59&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=128&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=a7617b59&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrint Bayern Munich are interested in signing AS Roma’s young attacker Cengiz Under. According to Daily Mail, the Bundesliga champions want the 21-year-old to replace Arjen Robben. English sides Arsenal and Tottenham have also expressed an interest in recruiting the Turkish player.It is believed that Tottenham have had a £32million bid rejected by the Italian club who signed Under from Istanbul Basaksehir a year and a half ago. The Turkey international has already scored three goals and provided two assists in the Champions League this season. Roma are keen on keeping hold of the talented attacker as they aim to improve their current form in Serie A.WhatsApplast_img read more

Liberia LoneStar Cell MTNs suspension could be security nightmare

first_imgAdvertisement The Heritage from Monrovia reports that management of LoneStar Cell MTN has described plans by Liberia’s Telecommunications Authority (LTA) to suspend its operating license for three days as “a serious security nightmare to the country”.LoneStar Cell MTN’s management is concerned the decision by the LTA to suspend its operations could result in a security nightmare for the country. (Image: Google/frontpageafricaonline.com)The LTA recently announced the suspension of two operational licenses of the telecommunications services provider as “a punitive measure from the Board of Commissioners resulting from LoneStar Cell MTN’s ‘unilateral’ implementation of an ‘unauthorised’ change in its status of its interconnection with Comium-Liberia from May 18, 2012 to May 21, 2012,” the report states. – Advertisement – Dr. Lawrence Bropleh, Corporate Communications Executive at LoneStar Cell MTN, is quoted as saying, “”Imagine the level of chaos that the dismissal of just 40 persons from the General Auditing Commission (GAC) is causing in the country. Moreover, you remove over 5,000 Liberians who are dependent on these jobs, at once. This poses a great threat to national security and we shouldn’t be taking that chance.”According to the LTA the suspension means LoneStar Cell MTN customers can receive calls but not make calls for the duration of the suspension, which, as reported, is scheduled to run from 3 December to 5 December.The regulatory body stipulated that customers in areas that are exclusively serviced by LoneStar Cell MTN will be exempted from the order, but the company will have to pay 25% of revenue generated from such operations to the government of Liberia.However, management at LoneStar Cell MTN have refuted the reasoning behind the suspension and that this action will “jeopardise the business of LoneStar Cell MTN and could destroy some of its major equipment.” The company also stressed concern that it could also result in the loss of its partner, the MTN Group.Source: ItnewsAfricalast_img read more

Mobile money account holders in Uganda exceed 18 million

first_imgAdvertisement From a mere 10,010 accounts in March 2009, Mobile money account holders in Uganda have  grown to 18,489,989 over the last six years exceeding the number of traditional bank account holders, which stand at 5.5 Million.The communication was revealed by Finance minister Maria Kiwanuka, during economics of mobile money economy seminar in Kampala last week.[related-posts] – Advertisement – Last year alone, Over Shs18 trillion was transacted through mobile money, she said.Mobile money accounts have surpassed traditional banking accounts by threefold which stand at 5.5 million in financial institutions supervised by Bank of Uganda.Commercial banks and mobile network operators engaged in mobile money need to take the mobile banking services to the next level through innovations that are relevant to the needs of Ugandans including credit and saving services.Via The Daily Monitorlast_img read more

Facebook to start hosting other sites content

first_imgAdvertisement Social Networking giant Facebook wants to start hosting content from news organizations.News sources reveal that Zuckerberg has been in talks with at least six media companies about publishing their content directly on the site with no link-clicking required.According to the sources, the initial round of publications apparently includes The New York Times, Buzzfeed, National Geographic and The Huffington Post. – Advertisement – Facebook wants to do this because websites take too long to load, and Facebook says that on mobile, the average eight-second page-load takes too long.Facebook hasn’t exactly established much of a revenue (or traffic-data) sharing precedent.The whole deal looks very one-sided since users stay on Facebook longer while news organizations sacrifice audience info and advertising income in exchange for eyeballs on its content.Via EnGadgetlast_img read more

Instagram For Android Gets An Offline Mode iOS Users Will Have To

first_imgInstagram’s latest update to display your best posts first. Image Credit: Mashable Advertisement Facebook’s Photo and Video sharing app; Instagram for Android has received an offline mode that will let Instagrammers access many of its features even when they don’t have internet connection. This came in an announcement that was made by the company at the ongoing Facebook’s annual F8 developers conference in San Jose, California U.S.The feature, according to the company, will also be rolled out to iOS users in the coming days.According to Instagram Engineer Hendri, users will be able to see the previously loaded content in their feed, leave comments, Like things, save media and unfollow people. Once the users’ device is back online, all his activities will be executed in the background. – Advertisement – The profiles that users have visited before too will be visible, as well as the cached versions of the Explore tab and their own profile pages. The ‘offline mode’ feature is expected to be especially useful in emerging nations where internet connectivity is patchy.[related-posts]According to TechCrunch, 80% of Instagram’s users 600 million users are outside U.S, so Instagram needed a way to provide a better experience for users with limited network connectivity or no data plan.last_img read more

BENS BLOG ‎Andy McCarron

first_img[dropcap]I[/dropcap] remember when I first met Andy McCarron. It was outside Victoria station, and he was interviewing me, many years ago, for his new magazine; Betting Business. Keen and friendly, the young journo, eagerly scribbled down, all of my waffle and self-promotion, showing too; a genuine interest. He was their only journalist, and appeared to do everything for the fledgling magazine. Since then, BB has grown to become, a monthly Bible, for everyone in the game.Andy has now marched on, to set up, with his business-partner, Rasmus, another publication; SBC (sbcnews.co.uk) And last night, they invited many of their subscribers, and bookie type chaps, for a special dinner. And special it was.I was so happy for Andy, though, Blog. Last night was his show; he’s gone all the way. And it’s so deserved. There has been no luck. None at all. Just building and building his credibility and contact base. Building too, such a level of respect, for not just his immaculate professionalism, and depth of knowledge, but also his kind and down-to-earth approach. ‎ Right from one-man-bands, to the CEO’s and owners, of the Goliaths, of our game.Andy McCarron = HUGE CONTRIBUTOR TO THE BETTING-INDUSTRY.Over and out, B xlast_img read more

PBS Roadtrip Nation to visit Rice University

first_imgAddThis ShareCONTACT: LINDSEY FIELDER PHONE: 713-348-6772 E-MAIL: lfielder@rice.edu PBS’ ROADTRIP NATION TO VISIT RICE UNIVERSITY Documentary seeks student teams to take on the open road in a neon green RV The neon green Roadtrip Nation RV will be parked on the Rice University Campus Tuesday, April 5, from 1 to 5 p.m. to encourage students to make the future their own. Teaming up with the Rice Career Services Center, the Roadtrip Nation team will park its signature big, green RV in front of Rice Memorial Center to encourage Rice students to apply to join one of their sponsored trips for the PBS documentary ”Roadtrip Nation: Destination Unknown” or to take their own career road trips and discover their own personal life paths. Rice is one of only two universities the team plans to visit in Texas. The Behind the Wheel program selects student teams from universities across the country to hit the road each summer to interview industry leaders across the country. Roadtrip Nation is on the road with the students to film the journey. Interviews and experiences from the road trips are then shared in books and documentaries, creating a for-students-by-students social movement that exposes the next generation to all the different ways to build their lives. The career center at Rice is sponsoring an afternoon cookout on campus to welcome the Roadtrip Nation team. An information workshop will be presented in the RMC at 7 p.m. For more information about Roadtrip Nation see: http://www.roadtripnation.com . ###last_img read more

London Business School Achieves Best International Ranking from Forbes

first_img If you’re set on getting the right bang for your buck, why not head to London?The London Business School just topped Forbes‘ new list for two-year international schools with the best return on investment, or ROI.The business publication puts out lists every two years deciphering MBA programs’ ROI. One of those lists looks specifically at two-year programs outside the United States. Forbes calculated that the London Business School is the best after looking at how much its graduates earn during those first five years post-graduation. The publication reports that graduates from the best two-year international schools gained, on average, $74,300 over five years. Those within the U.S. saw that number stay at $50,000. This is the business school’s breakdown, per Forbes:“Alumni of its class of 2012 realized a 5-year gain of $119,100, the highest of any 2-year program in the world, and it took the typical graduate 3.4 years to pay back their investment. In comparison, alumni of Wharton, the top-ranked MBA program in the U.S., saw a 5-year gain of $97,100 and took 3.8 years to pay back.”LBS is looking good right about now. The business school has been around since 1964 and offers a full-time MBA, executive MBA, masters in finance, masters in management, and other masters programs. The median GMAT score among enrolled students is currently 708, writes Forbes. So it’s no surprise that this is the school’s fifth consecutive time topping the list.“Going to business school represents one the most significant professional, personal and financial investments that one can make,” said Gareth Howells, Executive Director of the London Business Schools’ MBA program to Forbes. “That investment is for the long term, rather than just about the role upon graduation.”An investment into the London Business School isn’t easy though. It’s super competitive. Just 17 percent of applicants are accepted. May the odds be in your favor.Click here for more on Forbes recent MBA rankings. regions: London Last Updated Oct 5, 2017 by Yessenia FunesFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail About the AuthorYessenia FunesView more posts by Yessenia Funes center_img RelatedSchulich Tops Forbes’ Canada RankingsCanada: birthplace of poutine and your potential business school destination. If you’re looking at the latter, the Schulich School of Business at York University should be at the top of your list. It’s at the top of Forbes’. The publication has ranked the business school as the best in Canada among…October 2, 2017In “Featured Region”Top 5 European MBA Programs for ROIThere’s no denying that European business schools are commanding a growing share of MBA students. According to the latest trends, as MBA applications have dropped in the U.S., they’ve increased. Last year, 61 percent of European business schools reported an increase in application volume. There are many reasons for this…January 28, 2019In “Featured Home”Wharton, Stanford Top Forbes’ 2017 Business School RankingFor the first time ever, the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania topped the biennial Forbes list of the best business school’s in the United States. Coming in second place on the Forbes 2017 rankings, revealed earlier today, was the Stanford Graduate School of Business, which was followed by Harvard Business…September 26, 2017In “Featured Home” London Business School Achieves Best International Ranking from Forbeslast_img read more

For a Career in Supply Chain Management Head to Washington DC

first_img Last Updated Nov 14, 2017 by Jonathan PfefferFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail For a Career in Supply Chain Management, Head to Washington DC Today’s boardroom is tomorrow’s chopping block. Business is a beast, no doubt, one whose needs grow increasingly demanding and complex along with those of we, the consumers, who drive it.To navigate let alone thrive in this hectic environment requires unprecedented strategy, analysis, and execution. For many companies navigating the unruly seas, so to speak, the great white hope is an unsung hero of sorts: the supply chain manager.Supply chain managers, or SCMS, have long been vital to the quality and productivity of projects. In short: SCMs oversee how all the constituent parts of their product—raw materials, information, and finance—move from supplier to manufacturer to wholesaler to retailer to consumer. There are certainly lots of moving parts to this position—no pun intended—which makes sense why supply chain management has become such a popular concentration at business schools and an increasingly in-demand gig for graduates.When it comes to ideal places to pursue an SCM degree, it doesn’t get any better than Washington DC, a cosmopolitan, cross-sectional hub for politics, business, and tech. In addition to its strategic mid-Atlantic location, sandwiched between the business centers of the lower Midwest, the upper Southeast, and the lower Northeast, the Chocolate City is home to a wide range of industry players, offering infinite access to whichever field you aspire to enter through an SCM degree. In addition to the warm, friendly folks like Lockheed Martin and Capital One that make their home in the Beltway, startups like HireKeep, NotionTheory, and Click2Mail do as well.For you aspiring supply chain managers out there, we did the legwork for you and took a deeper dive into four DC metro degrees.University of Maryland’s R.H. Smith School of BusinessThe UMD Smith MS in Supply Chain Management is consistently ranked as one of the most innovative in the region. Whether you’re looking to become a buyer, a logistics officer, freight specialist, or key account specialist, Smith will give you the “relevant, real-world experience” needed to “drive business growth, promote efficiency, sustain the planet,” and last but not least—impress recruiters. Smith’s deep ties to Wal-Mart, Bosch Rexroth, AstraZeneca, China Mobile Cooperation, and Unilever will surely benefit Smith MBAs. All graduates become Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt™ (ICYB™) Certified by the International Association for Six Sigma Certification (IASCC).Howard University School of BusinessThe Howard University School of Business‘ Supply Chain Management (SCM) concentration was designed specifically to prepare students for “leadership roles in global corporations and government entities.” Howard’s combination of faculty, curriculum, executive sponsorship, and real world experience means that graduates are well-equipped to meet the demands of an increasingly competitive job market.CHECK THIS OUT: What Are The Differences Between The World’s Best Online MBA Programs?Georgetown’s McDonough School of BusinessOperations and Information Management (OPIM) concentration at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business is an interdisciplinary effort that combines Production and Operations Management, Operations Research/Management Science, Statistics/Decision Analysis, and IT/Systems Management. OPIM was designed to create opportunities for research and employment within information systems that support decision processes, risk management, business analytics, and global operations.George Mason University School of BusinessThe George Mason University School of Business offers a Project Management concentration that might appeal to MBA candidates with an interest in supply chain. The Project Management concentration—available both online and on-campus—was designed to give MBA candidates the “knowledge and skills needed to manage major projects from conception to implementation.” About the AuthorJonathan PfefferJonathan Pfeffer joined the Clear Admit and MetroMBA teams in 2015 after spending several years as an arts/culture writer, editor, and radio producer. In addition to his role as contributing writer at MetroMBA and contributing editor at Clear Admit, he is co-founder and lead producer of the Clear Admit MBA Admissions Podcast. He holds a BA in Film/Video, Ethnomusicology, and Media Studies from Oberlin College.View more posts by Jonathan Pfeffer center_img regions: Baltimore / Washington, DC RelatedHow To Join The Supply Chain Management Job Revolution in San FranciscoLike blockchain, the phrase supply chain management has been retconned into an inexact wallpaper of business jargon. But it doesn’t change the fact that supply chain managers (SCMs) are in higher demand than ever. The supply chain industry grew by a remarkable 11 percent, according to Garter, from 2016 to 2017,…December 20, 2017In “Featured Home”Los Angeles MBA Programs that Specialize in Supply Chain ManagementAs businesses grow and develop, it’s up to supply chain managers, or SCMs, to effectively ensure that all goods and services are delivered in a quick, optimized manner. SCMs are the logistical overlords of any major operation—they oversee how all the parts of their product, including raw materials, information, and…November 21, 2017In “Featured Home”The Next Big MBA Career: Global Supply Chain ManagementIt’s no secret that the world of business is global, fast-paced, and dependent on the movement of goods from one location to another. As these given features of the business world continue to become more pronounced, those who prefer their “i’s” dotted and “t’s” crossed have started taking their rightful…February 1, 2018In “Featured Home”last_img read more

The Southeast Regions Best Accelerated MBAs

first_imgColumbus State University, Georgia College, Georgia Southern University, Kennesaw State University, the University of West Georgia, and Valdosta State University are the participants in this unique multi-school online degree.American University’s Kogod School of Business offers Washington DC’s only AACSB-accredited, 12 month online program. MBA@American combines in-person immersion courses with the online format. While undergraduate business education is encouraged, it is not required for application, nor is a minimum number of years of professional experience.Fayetteville University is one of the southeast region’s oldest public historically black institutions. Known as the most affordable MBA in the UNC system, Fayetteville offers concentrations in Business Intelligence and Data Analytics; Finance, Entrepreneurship, Healthcare Management, and Project Management.Like the Georgia WebMBA, the Fayetteville online degree is part of a larger system that allows students to take courses at other participant institutions.Students in the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga’s Online Professional MBA program can earn their degree in just 16 months. With two summer start dates, and one each in spring and fall, this degree offers a great degree of flexibility for those in the midst of a career. The PMBA is geared toward experienced professionals, and is offered 100 percent online.UTC’s professional MBA offers concentrations in two main areas: business analytics and healthcare management.The University of North Alabama, which ranks highly among public universities in the south, offers an online MBA that can be completed in just one year. Applicants can choose from such concentrations as accounting, sales and new business development, healthcare management, and global business, UNA offers one of the most inexpensive MBAs in the region. Work experience is strongly encouraged, but those with acceptable GMATs and recommendations are also considered for admission.Louisiana State University’s Online Flores MBA program affords students to complete their degree in 18 months, and those with three or more years of work experience can request to forego the standardized test requirement. Courses take place during seven week intervals, allowing working students to schedule their time accordingly.LSU Flores MBA students can choose from such courses as law and finance, supply chain management, and general management. The Southeast Region’s Best Accelerated MBAs regions: Atlanta / Washington, DC UNC’s renown Kenan-Flagler Business School offers a top tier program on an accelerated schedule; completely online. The MBA@UNC’s 66 required credits are offered in real-time over 18 months. With start dates four times throughout the year (January, April, July, and October), this degree offers a high degree of flexibility for students integrating work and academics.Students in the Goizueta Business School at Emory University full-time MBA program can complete the program in either one or two years. Designed for ‘minimal interruption’ to one’s career and personal obligations, a Goizueta MBA is centered upon project-based learning and networking.Popular concentrations at Goizueta include Decision Analysis, Healthcare Management, Corporate Finance, Management Consulting, and Social Enterprise.Mercer University’s Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics’ 18-month Online MBA provides students with exposure to the same professors as live classes, and consists of 36-45 credit hours. With core requirements that may be waived based upon certain criteria, students can choose from specialties such as human resources, health management, finance, or general management. The degree culminates in a capstone course, worth three credits in total.With an innovative approach that combines the curriculum of six different institutions, the University of Georgia system offers the Georgia WebMBA, a 10-course degree that can be completed in just 18 months. Without interruption to work schedules, students take two courses at a time, all offered online. Up to six credits from other institutions may be transferred and applied to the Georgia WebMBA. Last Updated Nov 29, 2018 by Maggie BoccellaFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail center_img RelatedSchool v. School: UNC Kenan-Flagler vs. Duke Fuqua School of BusinessThe MBA application process is not for the faint of heart. Elite programs have increasingly required applicants to follow paths unique to their schools, which makes the process of narrowing down the options to find the right fit even more essential. Our School v. School series saves you the headache…March 14, 2019In “Admissions Tips”A Guide to the Best Dallas Accelerated MBA ProgramsIf you want to earn an MBA but you don’t want to turn everything in your life upside down to make it possible, then an accelerated MBA might be for you. To help, here’s our newest guide to the top Dallas accelerated MBA programs.July 24, 2017In “Advice”The Increasingly Competitive Online MBA AlternativeFor busy career professionals who can’t afford to take time off of work or who travel or live away from a world-class university, an Online MBA program is a viable option. The latest programs offer incredible flexibility, rigorous curriculum, and a very comparable experience to an in-person MBA. So, it…July 3, 2019In “Featured Home” 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 Though some future b-school students may be challenged to fit in a full course load within a busy work and home schedule, it remains one of the best ways to ensure the widest range of opportunities, not to mention the highest salary prospects. Many students want to find a program that grants an MBA on the quickest schedule possible, without sacrificing the quality of the degree or work/life balance.Here is a profile of some of the best accelerated MBAs with a focus in the southeastern region of the U.S.last_img read more

Florida Officer Threatens to Jail Man for Jaywalking Captured on Video

first_img Share this article Florida Officer Threatens to Jail Man for Jaywalking, Captured on Video By Jack Phillips June 29, 2017 Updated: June 29, 2017 US Share Show Discussioncenter_img (Screenshot/YouTube)  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   A man was cited for crossing the street without identification in Jacksonville, Florida, in a now-viral video that was posted on Facebook.Jacksonville Sheriff’s spokeswoman Melisssa Bujeda told The Associated Press the office is “aware of this video and an administrative review is being conducted.”Jacksonville Sheriff’s Officer J.S. Bolen told 21-year-old Devonte Shipman that he could be taken to jail for “disobeying a direct order” after he stopped him for jaywalking. Shipman recorded the incident before posting on Facebook, where it was seen hundreds of thousands of times.Shipman recorded the incident before posting on Facebook, where it was seen hundreds of thousands of times.The officer then threatens to arrest him. Here’s a transcript of the encounter, according to CBS Miami:OFFICER BOLEN: “I’m about to put you in jail.”SHIPMAN: “For what?”OFFICER BOLEN: “Disobeying a direct order.”SHIPMAN: “That’s not disobeying a direct order.”OFFICER BOLEN: “Resisting without”SHIPMAN: “That’s not resisting”OFFICER BOLEN: “Walk to my car.”SHIPMAN: “That is not resisting officer. That is not resisting officer.”OFFICER BOLEN: “Listen to me. I am doing you a favor. I am not telling you again.”Shipman then says he never saw the crosswalk light indicate that he could go.“There was two cars that were coming through the intersection that had to slow down. They had the right of way, not you,” said Bolen in the video.Later, he tells Shipman that he needs an ID, citing a non-existent state law.“In the state of Florida, you have to have an ID card on you identifying who you are,” said Bolen during the encounter.However, according to Florida state law, only drivers need to have ID—not pedestrians, CBS Miami reported.“You’re already videoing it. We can see the officer’s attitude. Take it to court. Show the judge. The right thing will happen in court,” said lawyer Michael Gottlieb.According to the Miami Herald, Shipman said that he wants Bolen off the police force. The Jacksonville police force is reviewing the video, but Bolen isn’t under investigation, according to the Florida Times-Union. last_img read more

Identities of Marines and Sailor Lost in Devastating Mississippi Plane Crash Revealed

first_img US Sergeant Julian M. Kevianne of VMGR-452 in Orange County, New York. (Photo via U.S. Marine Corps Forces Reserve) Sgt. Julian M. Kevianne of VMGR-452 in Orange County, New York. (Photo via U.S. Marine Corps Forces Reserve) Show Discussion Share this article Gunnery Sergeant  Mark A. Hopkins of VMGR-452 in Orange County, New York. (Photo via U.S. Marine Corps Forces Reserve) Gunnery Sgt. Mark A. Hopkins of VMGR-452 in Orange County, New York. (Photo via U.S. Marine Corps Forces Reserve) Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Ryan Lohrey of 2D Raider Battalion in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. (Photo via U.S. Marine Corps Forces Reserve) HM2 Ryan Lohrey of 2D Raider Battalion in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. (Photo via U.S. Marine Corps Forces Reserve) Staff Sergeant Joshua M. Snowden of VMGR-452 in Orange County, New York. (Photo via U.S. Marine Corps Forces Reserve) Staff Sgt. Joshua M. Snowden of VMGR-452 in Orange County, New York. (Photo via U.S. Marine Corps Forces Reserve)  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Corporal Collin J. Schaaff of VMGR-452 in Orange County, New York. (Photo via U.S. Marine Corps Forces Reserve) Cpl. Collin J. Schaaff of VMGR-452 in Orange County, New York. (Photo via U.S. Marine Corps Forces Reserve) Captain Sean E. Elliott of VMGR-452 in Orange County, New York. (Photo via U.S. Marine Corps Forces Reserve) Capt. Sean E. Elliott of VMGR-452 in Orange County, New York. (Photo via U.S. Marine Corps Forces Reserve) Staff Sergeant Robert H. Cox of 2D Raider Battalion in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. (Photo via U.S. Marine Corps Forces Reserve) Staff Sgt. Robert H. Cox of 2D Raider Battalion in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. (Photo via U.S. Marine Corps Forces Reserve)From NTD Television Sergeant Owen J. Lennon of VMGR-452 in Orange County, New York. (Photo via U.S. Marine Corps Forces Reserve) Sgt. Owen J. Lennon of VMGR-452 in Orange County, New York. (Photo via U.S. Marine Corps Forces Reserve) Major Caine M. Goyette of VMGR-452 in Orange County, New York. (Photo via U.S. Marine Corps Forces Reserve) Maj. Caine M. Goyette of VMGR-452 in Orange County, New York. (Photo via U.S. Marine Corps Forces Reserve) Sergeant Joseph J. Murray of 2D Raider Battalion in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. (Photo via U.S. Marine Corps Forces Reserve) Sgt. Joseph J. Murray of 2D Raider Battalion in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. (Photo via U.S. Marine Corps Forces Reserve) The identities of 16 servicemen killed in the crash of a KC-130 Hercules refueling jet were revealed. Fifteen marines and one sailor were aboard when the jet crashed into a field in Mississippi.Nine of the Marines were based in Orange County, New York, and the remaining six Marines and one Navy sailor were based in North Carolina.The Marines delayed the release of the names after the crash happened on July 10 in order to notify the affected families and give them time to grieve.The plane originated from Stewart Air National Guard Base in Newburgh, New York. The crew on board was from Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, along with Marines from the Newburgh base. They were headed to Naval Air Field in El Centro, California. The purpose of the mission, known as Yanky 72, was simply to transport them and equipment to the California air field. They would then journey to the Marine Corps Air Station in Yuma, Arizona, via ground transport.At 4 p.m. air traffic control lost radar contact and the plane went down. No statement on the full cause of the crash is yet available. Previously it was reported that the FBI was involved in the investigation.Corporal Daniel L. Baldassare of VMGR-452 in Orange County, New York. (Photo via U.S. Marine Corps Forces Reserve) Cpl. Daniel L. Baldassare of VMGR-452 in Orange County, New York. (Photo via U.S. Marine Corps Forces Reserve) Staff Sergeant William J. Kundrat of 2D Raider Battalion in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. (Photo via U.S. Marine Corps Forces Reserve) Staff Sgt. William J. Kundrat of 2D Raider Battalion in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. (Photo via U.S. Marine Corps Forces Reserve) Sergeant Chad E. Jenson of 2D Raider Battalion in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. (Photo via U.S. Marine Corps Forces Reserve) Sgt. Chad E. Jenson of 2D Raider Battalion in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. (Photo via U.S. Marine Corps Forces Reserve) Members of the U.S. Marines stand at attention at an event in North Carolina. (Photo by Sarah Crabill/Getty Images) Identities of Marines and Sailor Lost in Devastating Mississippi Plane Crash Revealed By Colin Fredericson July 14, 2017 Updated: July 14, 2017 Gunnery Sergeant  Brendan C. Johnson of VMGR-452 in Orange County, New York. (Photo via U.S. Marine Corps Forces Reserve) Gunnery Sgt. Brendan C. Johnson of VMGR-452 in Orange County, New York. (Photo via U.S. Marine Corps Forces Reserve) Sergeant Dietrich A. Schmieman of 2D Raider Battalion in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. (Photo via U.S. Marine Corps Forces Reserve) Sgt. Dietrich A. Schmieman of 2D Raider Battalion in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. (Photo via U.S. Marine Corps Forces Reserve) Share Sergeant Talon R. Leach of 2D Raider Battalion in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. (Photo via U.S. Marine Corps Forces Reserve) Sgt. Talon R. Leach of 2D Raider Battalion in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. (Photo via U.S. Marine Corps Forces Reserve)last_img read more

Teen Fights for Life After Marshmallow Roasting Goes Horribly Wrong

first_img  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Teen Fights for Life After Marshmallow Roasting Goes Horribly Wrong By Ivan Pentchoukov January 3, 2018 Updated: January 3, 2018 Leigh Chesney and Layne Chesney (GoFundMe) Share this article A Florida teenager is in a medically induced coma as she fights for her life after a horrific accident on New Year’s Eve.Layne Chesney, 14, suffered third-degree burns on almost her entire body.“My daughter has sustained burns over 95-percent of her body,” the girl’s mother, Leigh Chesney, told CBS. “She has suffered a lot of disfiguring injuries.”Layne is a star softball player. College recruiters are already in contact with her, even though she is only in the ninth grade.“The only part of her body that was not burned was the bottom of her feet,” the girl’s mom said. Layne was spending New Year’s Eve at a friend’s house at a get-together that included some of her friend’s family members.The children were huddled together on the back porch at around 10 p.m. roasting marshmallows for s’mores when the accident occurred, TCPalm reported.“When the flames went out, one of the children or her, I do not know the complete story, accidentally or on purpose, put more gas to the fire,” Leigh said. “An explosion occurred and she was enveloped in flames.”A gas can exploded and Layne became engulfed in flames, according to reports.Layne was airlifted to a burn unit at Kendall Regional Hospital. The teen’s condition is grave, according to her mom.Students from Layne’s highschool and her teammates set up a GoFundMe page in her name.“It’s a very dark time for the family but by coming together we can help support them through this tragedy,” the fundraising page says.“She’s going to have a very difficult, long battle,” Leigh said. “She is going to have many, many setbacks. Some days difficult and some days better. They can’t make any promises. They are doing the very best that they can.”The girl has already undergone several surgeries. The last operation took seven and a half hours, according to CBS Miami reporter Hank Tester.“They are removing all skin to the muscle. She is in grave condition. The risk of infection is high,” Leigh Chesney told TCPalm. “Doctors are unsure whether she will survive her injuries. She is fighting hard. It is in God’s hands.” Recommended Video:2017 Year in Review  QualityAuto 1080p720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video From NTD.tv Follow Ivan on Twitter: @ivanpentchoukov Show Discussion Share US News last_img read more

Milwaukee Teen Rescued From Sex Traffickers by SocialMedia Campaign

first_imgFrom NTD.tv  QualityAuto 720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video Watch Next: A Mother Shares the Story of Her Son’s Heroin Overdose Show Discussion Share this article  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Milwaukee Teen Rescued From Sex Traffickers by Social-Media Campaign By Chris Jasurek July 6, 2018 Updated: July 6, 2018 A Milwaukee teenager who was lured to Chicago via social media and forced into the sex trade has returned home, thanks to the efforts of her mother and a group of social activists.Sixteen-year-old Armoni Chambers didn’t come home on May 17, prompting her mother, Bonnie Bruno, to call the police.The Milwaukee Police Department suggested that the teen might be working as a prostitute.When, after a month, the police had made no progress toward finding her daughter, Bruno contacted well-known Milwaukee social activist Tory Lowe and a trio of Chicago-area online activists. Lowe reached out to his nearly 50,000 followers.The combined reach of all four social-media networks led to tips coming in. In less than a week Armoni was located, taken to a hospital for an examination, and was back home with her mother.Bonnie Bruno is understandably upset with law enforcement. “They really dropped the ball on this one,” she told the Journal-Sentinel. Fooled Into Leaving, Forced Into ProstitutionArmoni left home at the urging of a stranger she met online, someone who promised her whatever it took to get this teenage girl to travel to another city.Armoni caught a Greyhound to Chicago, a 90-mile ride to an unknown city, where she would be dependent on someone she had never met in real life.As happens too often, that person was a pimp, and Armoni was forced into the sex trade.No one knows how many young runaways end up on this path—nor how many never get off it. Armoni was a lucky exception.She had a few things going for her. For one thing, she was caught on a surveillance video at the bus station. For another, she got free long enough to make a single phone call.Most important, her mother absolutely refused to accept that her daughter was gone forever.Dogged Devotion to Her DaughterBonnie Bruno called the Milwaukee Police Department when her daughter didn’t come home. She said she didn’t find the police to be very helpful.The police suggested that Armoni might be in the neighborhoods near North 29th Street and West Lisbon Avenue, or possibly on West Lincoln Avenue—areas where prostitution is rampant.When she visited those areas, she saw a lot of very young girls walking the streets—but none of them was her daughter.For over a month police made no progress on Armoni’s case. Her mother urged them repeatedly to upgrade her to “critical missing” and on June 18, police agreed.“I had to fight so hard for that,” Bruno said in a June 29 interview, the Journal-Sentinel reported.Police publicized Armoni’s disappearance and almost immediately got a tip. Someone called Bonnie Bruno and said he had seen her daughter boarding a Greyhound to Chicago three weeks earlier.Bruno immediately went to the police. Police pulled surveillance tapes from the bus station, and it was indeed 16-year-old Armoni climbing on the bus headed out of town.Bruno got another break. At some point after she left, Armoni had called her father from a Chicago gas station. Her father was at work when the call arrived, but eventually decided to call back the unknown outo-of-town number to see who had called.The gas station employee he spoke with told him the address, which he gave to Bruno, who passed it on to detectives.Later, when Bruno asked Armoni why she called her father, she said she was afraid to call her mother—she was afraid her mom would be upset because she hadn’t come home.Activist OutreachWhen she asked police what they were doing and what she could do to help, “I was told, ‘Let us do our job,’” she said.After several days, Bruno reached out to well-known Milwaukee social activist Tory Lowe.Lowe has worked on income inequality, social justice, and racial discrimination issues in Chicago for years, and has on online following of about 50,000 people. He has used his social network to help locate missing children before—he estimates that he has helped find some 130 children, the Journal-Sentinel reported.Lowe didn’t know much about Chicago, but he did know people who did. Lowe reached out to a trio of Chicago-area activists—Vera Giles Norris, Martin G. Johnson, and Natorah El—and with their help, spread the word that there was a missing teen in need of help.Almost immediately they got results. A cashier from a Chicago Family Dollar store recalled seeing Armoni and contacted the activists on June 25. When Lowe and the others showed up the next day, they were able to identify Armoni from the store’s security tapes.Bonnie Bruno contacted both the Milwaukee and the Chicago police departments with this latest news. Chicago said it was Milwaukee’s case.Disturbing VideoAnother tip, of sorts, came on June 27—but it was not pleasant news.Someone posted live video on Facebook of an unidentified man forcibly molesting young Armoni in the backyard of some building in Chicago. Armoni appeared semi-responsive, as in on drugs.“The online community was in full effect after that went live,” Lowe told the Journal-Sentinel. “It was only a matter of time before she was found.”In fact, the Chicago activists located Armoni that same day. They called the police, who collected Armoni and brought her to a hospital for evaluation.By Thursday, June 28, Armoni was back in her Milwaukee home with her mother.“This was amazing because you had a whole Chicago community trying to find her and people on social media trying to find her,” Tory Lowe told the Journal-Sentinel.“When we jumped in the car, we didn’t know what was going to happen,” he said. “The fact we were able to bring her home and she’s with her mom—I can’t even. Words can’t explain it.”Bonnie Bruno is overjoyed to have her daughter home safe, and heartbroken, knowing what Armoni had to endure.“Her entire time in Chicago was trauma after trauma after trauma,” she said. “She was afraid. She thought she was going to die.”‘Don’t Give Up’Bonnie Bruno decided that since her daughter’s story and photos had already been all over social media, she might as well use the publicity to do some more good.Bruno wants other parents to know what happened to Armoni, and to know that there are many options to find missing children.A committed parent working with dedicated social activists have resources the police cannot bring to bear.Bruno is deeply grateful to everyone who shared her daughter’s story on Facebook and other sites. She knows that without all that help, her daughter might well still be on the streets of Chicago.She wants other parents to know the resources are out there.“It’s about creating awareness,” Bruno told the Journal-Sentinel.“My message for any parent who has a missing child is, don’t give up.” Armoni Chambers was missing for six weeks before a network of online activists found her and helped her get home. 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Maui Hunkers Down for Tropical Storm Olivia Nearing Hawaii

first_imgThis satellite image from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) shows Tropical Storm Olivia east of the main islands of Hawaii at around 10 a.m. Hawaii time on Sept. 11, 2018. Meteorologists say the storm could deposit 10 to 15 inches of rain on the islands, though some areas could get as much as 20 inches. (NOAA via AP)  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Share this article Share US News center_img Maui hunkered down for heavy rains and powerful winds as a gradually weakening tropical storm barreled toward Hawaii, while Honolulu hoped it would be spared the worst.Forecasters said Tropical Storm Olivia could dump 5 to 10 inches (12 to 25 centimeters) of rain, with some places getting as much as 15 inches.Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa urged residents to store drinking water and warned that they should plan for power outages, landslides, high surf, fallen trees and flooded roads.“Nature has a real funny way of not giving us advance notice,” Arakawa said.Rain in Paia, Hawaii A couple walks in a rainstorm amid heavy traffic in Paia, Hawaii, on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018, as Tropical Storm Olivia marched closer to Maui. Olivia was expected to pass directly over Maui on Tuesday night into Wednesday morning. (Matthew Thayer/The News via AP)Olivia was about 100 miles (160 kilometers) east of Maui and packing winds of 50 mph (85 kph) late Tuesday. The storm, which was a hurricane earlier in the week, has been slowly losing power as it nears the state. Schools, courts and government offices will be closed in Maui County on Wednesday in preparation for the storm.Scott Zaffram, a senior response official with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, said emergency teams and supplies were ready on Maui.The National Guard has mobilized personnel and trucks to the east side of Maui, said Herman Andaya, administrator of the county’s emergency management agency.Hawaiian Airlines cancelled flights by its commuter airline, Ohana by Hawaiian.A man looks out towards the ocean Nakoa Ching, of Kailua, Hawaii, watches the ocean as Tropical Storm Olivia approaches the islands, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018 near Honolulu. The National Weather Service says the storm could dump as much as 20 inches of rain on some parts of the state as it hits late Tuesday and into Wednesday. (AP Photo/Caleb Jones)Officials were worried about landslides in west Maui because brushfires during Hurricane Lane three weeks ago wiped out vegetation, Maui County spokesman Rod Antone said.Maui’s Costco was a “packed house” all day Monday, but the stream of customers slowed by Tuesday afternoon, said general manager Tony Facemire. Lines at the gas pumps remained long Tuesday, he said.The store was well-stocked with most items, but was out of lanterns, flashlights and generators, he said.The owner of the only hardware store in the small town of Hana on the east side of Maui said he was determined to stay open so residents could buy tarps, screws or other supplies for their homes.“I think it’s important for us to try to stay open as much as possible, without jeopardizing the well-being of our staff,” said Neil Hasegawa, owner of Hasegawa General Store.The storm was expected to affect Hana starting Tuesday night, and residents were bracing for Hana, with a population of 1,200 people, to take the brunt of the storm, Hasegawa said.Those who prepared for Hurricane Lane have largely left those preparations in place for Olivia, he said.“I think they’re even taking it more seriously than Lane,” Hasegawa said. “You can see the track going … it’s like barreling down on this eastern end.”Hana is a popular day-trip destination for travelers staying in Maui’s resort towns. But Hasegawa urged people who don’t need to be in Hana to stay away because they could become trapped and take up limited shelter space.Resort workers were preparing for the storm by taking down beach cabanas, he said.Public schools on the Big Island, Oahu and Kauai will be open.Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell said his city’s offices will be open as usual. City buses also will be running normally unless winds exceed 40 mph (64 kph).“We don’t want to overreact and tell everyone to stay home when maybe it’s not going to be as bad,” said Caldwell. Maui Hunkers Down for Tropical Storm Olivia Nearing Hawaii By The Associated Press September 12, 2018 Updated: September 12, 2018 Show Discussionlast_img read more