The minister for disabled people misled a Commons

first_imgThe minister for disabled people misled a Commons committee about the government’s pledge to halve the disability employment gap… less than two minutes after she began giving evidence.Penny Mordaunt (pictured) began speaking to the work and pensions select committee at 4.18pm on Monday by confirming her name and ministerial duties, but by 4.20pm she was claiming – in response to a question from Labour MP Neil Coyle – that the government had never set a target date for halving the gap.Mordaunt should have known that was not true because just 11 days earlier she had been in the House of Commons chamber when Labour MP Stephen Timms pointed out that a press release issued by her department last year had stated that the government “aims to halve the gap between the disabled employment rate and the overall employment rate by 2020”.The pledge had also been included in the party’s 2015 general election manifesto, which stated that the next Conservative government would “aim to halve the disability employment gap”.It was a pledge repeated by the prime minister in one of the general election television debates.Despite being present on 17 November, in an otherwise nearly-empty Commons chamber, when Timms drew attention to the press release – subsequently highlighted by Disability News Service (DNS) – Mordaunt told the committee this week that the pledge “didn’t have a specific time commitment at the end of it”.She added: “I know a couple of MPs have suggested it was a 2020 target. It was clearly not a 2020 target.”While Mordaunt continued to give her evidence, DNS contacted Coyle via social media, and included a link to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) press release.Coyle then told Mordaunt about the press release, and said: “With respect, you said the department never had that commitment. That is false.”She replied: “That is my understanding. The press release you refer to I have not been able to find.“It just isn’t a manifesto target. That doesn’t mean we don’t want to do it.”Coyle later tweeted: “@johnpringdns thanks for the link. Apparently Minister @PennyMordauntMP couldn’t find it & no #DWP official could either. Rather worrying…”Asked later if the minister would apologise for misleading MPs, a DWP spokeswoman said: “As mentioned in the Conservative manifesto, the government aims to halve the disability employment gap and is taking action to do so but there was never a firm commitment to achieve this by 2020.“It is been widely recognised that this is a bold and challenging target and the previous minister for disabled people’s press release makes clear that this is an aim – rather than a commitment.”It is not the first time Mordaunt has been criticised for misleading MPs.In October, she told the Commons that under personal independence payment – compared with disability living allowance, which it is replacing for working-age claimants – “more people are entitled to use the Motability scheme”.But Motability’s own figures show that of their customers who have been reassessed for PIP so far, 44 per cent have lost their entitlement to the scheme and have had to return their vehicles.Mordaunt made it clear in her evidence to the committee this week that measuring the disability employment gap should no longer be the government’s focus, because any measurement would “not be meaningful for a number of years”.She was further embarrassed during the session – which was taking evidence for the committee’s inquiry into the disability employment gap – when fellow Tory MP Richard Graham raised doubts about the Disability Confident events for employers being hosted by MPs around the country.He said he and other MPs had held “very helpful” Disability Confident events in their constituencies.But he added: “You get lots of employers who sign a board, a photograph is taken, a press release is issued, people go away with a warm and fuzzy feeling, but it’s about how many of them actually go away and do something.“When I have sent emails to all of those who have signed, asking them to give me chapter and verse on how many people with disabilities they have subsequently employed, the ones who respond are the ones who were already doing this beforehand and they have done a bit more, but the ones who signed it because they felt it was a good idea… on the whole don’t really come back.“This leads me to suspect that not a great deal has really happened.”Mordaunt said DWP had now relaunched Disability Confident and that it now had some “teeth”, because those employers that reach the highest level of “Disability Confident Leader” need to be “independently audited”.She said that employers often need a “real business reason” to take action, and so the permanent secretaries of every government department had signed up to the scheme and would give preference to Disability Confident Leaders when awarding contracts.She said: “If you want to win a government contract and you’re not a Disability Confident Leader, you stand less chance of winning that contract.”The government’s latest figures show just 13 employers across the country have achieved Disability Confident Leader status.Meanwhile, figures obtained by Disability News Service through a freedom of information request suggest that Graham’s concerns could be justified.For the eight months from December 2015 to July 2016, about 100 employers a month were registering interest in the Disability Confident scheme, but an average of only 13 every month expressed a wish to be contacted by Jobcentre Plus to discuss their recruitment needs or how to support a disabled employee.In July this year, just four employers across the entire country asked for such advice.last_img read more

SAINTS are delighted to have signed big Tongan int

first_imgSAINTS are delighted to have signed big Tongan international second rower Atelea Vea for the next two seasons.The 27-year-old joins from London Broncos for 2015 and 2016 and has an ‘option’ for the following season.He made his first-grade debut for Cronulla in 2009, before moving to Melbourne Storm in 2011 and St George-Illawarra a year later.The 6ft, 16 stone forward was then picked up by the Broncos in 2014 and has led the way in making more than 1,150 metres and busting nearly 40 tackles.Atelea, who was born in Sydney, said: “I had offers from many different clubs but once I spoke to Mike Rush and Nathan Brown, and had the chance to view Langtree Park and the training facilities, I felt it was the right fit for me.“Saints have a nice culture and environment and that attracted me to sign.“I played against Saints not too long ago and liked the feeling of the place even though we lost. The crowd were very vocal and it felt like somewhere I would like to be.“I’m looking forward to playing in front of those fans and getting them on my side.”He continued: “I want to come there, play my own game and hopefully the fans will embrace me.”Saints Head Coach Nathan Brown added: “Atelea had a lot of interest throughout Super League and we are pleased he decided to join the Saints.“He is a similar player to Willie Manu in the fact he is quite robust, has good feet and speed and can use the ball well.“He has the ability to play before and in the line and will be a great addition to our squad.”London Broncos head coach Joey Grima said: “I’ve been liaising with Mike Rush and Nathan Brown and while we’re disappointed to be losing a player of Tils’ ability and professionalism, I would never stop anyone wanting to play Super League, given where we are at the moment.“Tils has been an ultimate professional to me and personal friend. He accepted my invitation by coming over to play for the London Broncos and I wish him and his partner all the best for St Helens.“I know the type of person St Helens are going to get and they couldn’t have picked anyone better than him.”last_img read more

They both preview this weeks trip to Warrington

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Wilmington City Hall repairs complete

first_imgCast iron modillion removed from City Hall (Photo: City of Wilmington) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A $600,000 repair project at Thalian Hall/Wilmington City Hall has now finished.The project to repair architectural accents began in October. It involved removing and repairing the modillions – a decorative supporting bracket – and repairing sections of the roof, soffit and gutters that had deteriorated.- Advertisement – More than 130 modillions decorate the top of the historic building, many of them dating back to when the building was originally constructed in the 1860s.The originals were made of cast iron and weigh about 60 pounds each. They were cleaned, repaired and repainted by hand and then reattached to the building. Tin modillions that had been placed on the building at a later date were replaced with new cast iron modillions, along with a few of the originals that had to be replaced.last_img read more

River Road to close near RiverLights next week for bridge repairs

first_imgBridge on River Road near RiverLights that needs repairs (Photo: Justin McKee/WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A heads up to drivers who use River Road in Wilmington. A section of the road near RiverLights will be closed starting next week.According to the city, RiverLights developer Newland Communities will conduct repairs on a bridge between Endurance Trail and Olde Towne Street.- Advertisement – River Road will be closed to through traffic from Lorraine Drive to Independence Boulevard.The detour routes are Independence Boulevard to Carolina Beach Road on the north side of the closure and Sanders Road to Carolina Beach Road on the south side.Local traffic can access Marina Village in RiverLights from Independence Boulevard.Related Article: HURRICANE FLORENCE: Wilmington area road closuresThe StarNews reports that the two year old bridge has cracks in its concrete, prompting the repairs.The closure will begin Monday and that section of River Road will not reopen until March 25.last_img read more

Surf City man allegedly contacts minor for prostitution services

first_imgSam Snowdon allegedly contacts minor for prostitution services (Photo: PCSO) PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A Surf City man is facing charges including soliciting prostitution of a minor.Surf City Police Chief Ron Shanahan said Sam Snowdon, 60, was arrested and jailed Tuesday for charges of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor, Soliciting Prostitution of a Minor and Advancing Prostitution of a Minor.- Advertisement – Chief Shanahan said Snowdon contacted a minor for prostitution services during April in Surf City.Snowdon is in the Pender County Jail under a $150,000 secured bond.The investigation is on-going.last_img

Proposal to replace campus police with Brunswick County deputies

first_imgBOLIVIA, NC (WWAY) — Brunswick Community College is taking the steps to amp up their security. Officials are proposing to replace BCC Police with deputies from the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office.“We did feel like there was a need for heightened security, more training, more drills like we have with the sheriff’s office. But at this point, we felt like it was time,” said Brunswick Community College President Susanne Adams.- Advertisement – The Brunswick Community College Police Chief is retiring after 35 years at the college. The proposal is years in the making and Adams says that with the chief retiring, opportunity knocked.“We feel like with the climate today and the need for enhanced safety and security with our academic institutions, we really want to leverage the power, if you will, of the sheriff’s office to make sure that we keep our campus safe,” said Adams.If BCC’s Board of Trustees and Brunswick County Commissioners approve the proposal, four full-time and two part-time Brunswick County Sheriff Deputies will replace campus police. Adams says these deputies would bring a higher level of training and expertise.Related Article: Deputies looking for missing Brunswick teen last seen leaving for school“I don’t think it would hurt at all. A larger police presence wouldn’t hurt us at all. But I don’t necessarily think it’s needed,” said Lukas McCuiston, who has been attending BCC for several years.McCuiston says he has always felt safe on campus, but he thinks this would be a nice change. Adams says the opportunity will not come at a major cost either. She says the county already has a budget for BCC Police, so instead, this money would go to the Sheriff’s Office.“It’s really is a no-brainer. It’s an opportunity for us to really garner the kind of expertise that our sheriff’s office has. And it really will not cost us any more,” said Adams.As for campus police who will be out of a job, they can apply for jobs with the sheriff’s office. The college will also allocate $30,000 a year of state funding to this proposal. The BCC Board of Trustees will vote on the proposal tonight and the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners will vote Monday.last_img read more

Deadly shots fired as kids celebrate nearby at backtoschool cookout

first_img New Hanover County Schools says Alderman Elementary and Myrtle Grove Middle School were having a cookout for students and their families who live at Houston Moore.New Hanover County Schools Superintendent Tim Markley posted a photo on Twitter of the cookout around 2:15 p.m.Alderman and Myrtle Grove hosting a back to school cookout at Houston Moore!— Tim Markley (@tsmarkley) August 16, 2018Related Article: Worker slain at inn loved to cook, aspired to own restaurantThe school system said that shots were fired two block away on the 15th Street side while the cookout was happening on 13th Street near Board Center around 5:30 p.m.No students or staff were injured or involved, according to the post.NHCS teachers and principals stayed on the scene with the students during this incident. Police officers responded and the situation was handled by them. All students, staff and the families in attendance are safe and unharmed. We are grateful to our staffs and @WilmingtonPD.— New Hanover Co Sch (@NewHanoverCoSch) August 16, 2018Police are still searching for the shooting suspect. Fatal shooting in Houston Moore on August 16, 2018. (Photo: WPD) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Police are investigating a fatal shooting at the Houston Moore housing complex in Wilmington where a back-to-school cookout was taking place only blocks away.Wilmington Police say the shooting happened Thursday evening on 13th and Greenfield streets around 5:30 p.m.- Advertisement – If you have any information, please contact WPD at (910) 343-3609 or Text-A-Tip.,If you have any information, please contact WPD at (910) 343-3609 or Text-A-Tip.last_img read more

We must be masters not slaves to our limits – Bishop Galea

first_img Credit: Credit: 1 of 5 Credit: Credit: WhatsAppcenter_img <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> Credit: Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Galea Curmi has told students at St Dorothy’s school that, ‘We must be masters of our limits and not slaves to our limits.’Bishop Galea Curmi made the comments during his address at the inauguration of the newly installed sports track and training facilities.Paraphrasing from the Pope the Auxiliary Bishop explained that sports were a key way of understanding how to live with rules and to pursue goals faithfully.‘When you face a competition, he said, you learn that rules are essential to live together; that happiness is not found in disregarding the rules, but in pursuing your goals faithfully; and you also learn that you no longer feel free when you have no limits, but when, within your own limits, you give the best.’Credit: the same time, Bishop Galea Curmi also emphasized the Pope’s compassion for the poor and weak.‘In sports – as in every aspect of our lives – we should aim to strive to the best of our ability, but also stop to help anyone who ‘falls’ along the way, with the knowledge that in them we are meeting Christ himself. We should be close to those who are weakest, so that they may participate in the various activities together with others, and never feel excluded.’ SharePrint Credit: read more

Windows XP is a ticking timebomb with under 500 days to go

first_imgAdvertisement The countdown clock has been ticking on Windows XP for a couple of years now, but the end is coming into view.There are only 498 days to go before Microsoft ends its extended support, and that means no more patches and no more security fixes. Given that XP is not exactly famous for its security, this represents a significant risk.However, a security breach might not be the worst of it. Journalists will be only too keen to write up the first few stories about companies whose defences are penetrated because they are still using an obsolete operating system, so the damage to their brand and reputation could be unusually large. And rather than the polite sadness that sometimes colours such stories (unlucky; could happen to anyone), victims can expect a well-deserved splattering of glee (told you so!). – Advertisement – Some companies could end up being sued. I would expect lawyers (I’m not one) who work in the technology scene to see the potential to profit from companies that have done the security equivalent of “driving without due care and attention” when looking after their data.In the UK, it is a mandatory requirement to secure data under the seventh principle of the Data Protection Act, and this necessitates some kind of risk assessment. Good luck telling a judge that your security was based on using an insecure and unsupported operating system.Still, there is no pain without gain. As well as profits for law firms, the end of XP could mean big bonuses for suppliers of cyber-liability insurance. With security breaches typically costing companies thousands of dollars/pounds a time, hefty insurance premiums would increase the already-high cost of sticking with Windows XP.The end of XP should also mean extra profits for all the software companies that offer migration software and services. And as the deadline approaches, these firms should be able to increase their prices along with increases in demand. The longer companies leave the transition to Windows 7, the costlier it is likely to get.One UK-based supplier says:With 500 days to go to this point, Camwood, the application rationalisation and migration specialists, now starts its official ‘Countdown to the End of XP’ campaign: Camwood intends to mark-off significant milestones over the next year-and-a-bit, issuing information to help businesses through the final days of XP.If you’re not sure how long you have left, Camwood has provided a Countdown Clock for XP. I hope you don’t need it.However, Netmarketshare’s browser-based statistics (below) suggest only 50.5 percent of PC users are on Windows 7 or Vista, while 40.7 percent are still on XP. That’s around 500 million users, so to make the deadline, we’ll need to upgrade a million users a day, including weekends.This could be the biggest IT bonanza since the Year 2000 “millennium bug” campaign. Struggling American PC suppliers such as HP and Dell could certainly do with the boost.Of course, the story in Africa is different considering most of the existing Windows XP copies on most laptops are pirated.Users have been moving from Windows XP to Windows 7 over the past two years, but not quickly enough. Source: NetmarketshareCredit: ZDNet.comlast_img read more

Boeing Using 3D Printers To Print Parts For Its Planes

first_imgAdvertisement Boeing uses Stratasys’s 3D printers to make some components of the plane, and is constantly working on more ways to implement the technology. The airline company has even built an entire cabin using one of Stratasys’s 3D printers.This is just one way to show how 3D printing is revolutionizing manufacturing and this is only the beginning. The announcement of 3D printing companies Stratasys and MakerBot merging in a $403 million deal made that all the more clear.[related-posts] – Advertisement – Boeing has produced more than 20,000 3D-printed parts. Its used those pieces in 10 different types of military and commercial airplanes, like the luxurious Dreamliner. The Dreamliner has about 30 3D-printed parts.3D printers can produce a wide range of objects like tiny furniture, guitars, prosthetics, and even airplane parts.They help to reduce the time between the design and manufacturing stages. It’s also a much more cost-efficient process.Source: Business Insiderlast_img read more

Johnson Johnson Launches a Global eHealth Challenge

first_img(Photo Credit: Johnson & Johnson) Advertisement Earlier this year in March, we reported that US based Pharmaceutical firm; Johnson & Johnson will launch the GenH Challenge – after seeing success of their first annual edition of the Africa Innovation Challenge 2017 that saw one of Uganda’s innovation Project Pedal Tap named among the winners.The GenH challenge is a global social venture competition challenging entrepreneurs and innovators that can design locally-tailored and globally-relevant solutions to enduring health challenges.Organisations, both for-profit and non-profit, from all over the world are eligible to apply, but when submitting in their proposals/ideas, they must have received under USD$250,000 funding or been in development for five years or under. In addition, each team must include someone who works at the front lines of care.The #GenH Challenge is calling entrepreneurs and innovators – it’s time to take action for the #GlobalGoals!— J&J Global Health (@JNJGlobalHealth) August 25, 2017 – Advertisement – All valid submissions will participate in a Peer-to-Peer Review process designed not only to surface the most promising ideas, but also to build community and share the exciting, innovative work emerging from the front lines of care. An Evaluation Panel of esteemed judges will score and comment upon the top 75 applications, using four criteria: human-centered, impactful, creative, and feasible.After judging process (of the 75 applications), finalists will be invited to attend a free, one-week, skills-based workshop hosted by Johnson & Johnson to build capacity among the team members, and later pitch their ideas to a selection committee consisting of Johnson & Johnson team members and global experts in health and innovation.Ultimately, 6 teams will win up to USD$250,000 from a USD$1 million prize purse—USD$600,000 in cash prizes and USD$400,000 in non-financial rewards such as capacity-building and engagement with experts in the Johnson & Johnson network.Register to send in your applications and be able to participate in the challenge. (FOLLOW THIS LINK)Editor’s Note: All applications must be submitted in English and should be submitted in no later than Wednesday, October 18th 2017, at 5p.m. Eastern.last_img read more

ICT Ministry Speaks Out as Operators Protest Government Exclusive Procurement Deal with

first_imgAdvertisement Telecommunications operators in Uganda have risen to oppose government’s directive that all its businesses be handled by struggling Uganda Telecom Limited (UTL), in which the state has a minority stake.In the directive issued on September 14th, government ordered that all public offices should buy their internet, mobile and fixed telephone services from UTL.On September 22nd, UTL’s administrator, Bemanya Twebaze met and briefed accounting officers on how they would implement the decision. – Advertisement – Twebaze who is the Registrar General of the Uganda Registration Service Bureau (URSB) is heading UTL as government’s official receiver after the telecom declared bankruptcy in May 2017.He said the telecom has embarked on a strategy to enhance affordability and availability of internet in Uganda to make the country competitive in the region.But other telecoms have objected the manner in which their competitor was awarded the services without competitive bidding.They have raised questions on whether the country is still pursuing a liberalized economy and whether their reward for continuously investing in infrastructure upgrades is awarding services to an organization that is administration.MTN CEO Wim Vanhelleputte said in a letter to UCC that the directive “undermines the operational regime of a fully liberalised sector, and promotes anti-competitive behavior by ring-fencing a major sector of the economy for one operator, to the prejudice of other licensed operators.”He said the decision goes against free market principles urging regulators to call for negotiations, failure of which, they would seek legal redress.Since 2013, government Ministries, Departments and Agencies have been required to buy internet backbone services from the National Information Technology Authority of Uganda (NITA-U) which manages the National Backbone Infrastructure through Telmec.The infrastructure is fully owned by government, contrary to UTL whose ownership is still unclear.[related-posts]ICT Ministry Weighs in ICT Ministry Permanent Secretary Vincent Bagiire noted that transferring services to UTL will leave uncertainty on the future and purpose of the NBI in which government has invested in excess of USD 140million.He said the directive contravenes with the NITA-U Act of 2009 which envisaged that the NBI be used as a primary vehicle for all internet services for government. The Act is still in place and has never been rescinded.Bagiire also hinted on the unresolved ownership of Uganda Telecom saying “we as a sector do not know whether UTL is fully owned by government or not.”“We hold a view that any possible litigation may have consequences that compromise government,” he added.PC Tech Magazine understands that UTL operates a 2G network while most of the competitors are on 4G.Uganda’s telecoms sector was deregulated in 1998, allowing the entry of MTN, Airtel and other players.The Ugandan government does not have its own data provision services, with 80% of telecom companies being foreign owned.last_img read more

African Startups Set to Compete at the 2017 Seedstar Summit Competition

first_img(Photo Credit: seedstarsworld) Advertisement Switzerland based global seed-stage startups competition; Seedstars World has finally finished vetting Africa startups that will be competing with other global startups in its 4th annual global Seedstars summit competition in Switzerland come 2018.Sixteen (16) startups from 16 cities pitched their innovations/startups to a panel of judges emerging as the finalists from the continent. Three (3) winners were selected from each pitch event but only the overall winners will be representing their respective countries and also get to take part in the regional summit and global Seedstars Summits that include a tried and tested bootcamp and investor forum. It’s a catalytic platform for high growth emerging market startups.The final pitch event in Switzerland will be exciting event filled with panel discussions, specialized workshops and the best minds from emerging markets – as it always has been, where the local winners from different parts of the world will compete – to be crowned the Seedstars World Global Winner and also winning a cash prize of US$500,000 (roughly 1,822,500,000 UGX) in equity investment.[related-posts] – Advertisement – Here are the finalists African Startups that will be representing their countries:StartupCountrySectorEMG TechnologiesSouth AfricaMedtech / BiotechTabech Servicos E.I.MozambiqueFinance / PaymentsNefrids Africa LimitedTanzaniaInsuranceNumidaUgandaEnterprise ServicesSREEthiopiaHighTech / NanoTech /MaterialsMedsafNigeriaHealth / WellnessCINETPAYCôte d’IvoireFinance / PaymentsAgroCentaGhanaAgriculture TechESeneMaliAgriculture TechMaTontine SenegalSenegalFinance / PaymentsGiftedMomCameroonHealth / WellnessPikiWash Ltd.RwandaConsumer ServicesTupucaAngolaFood and BeveragemyRunnerZimbabweTravel and TransportBenda Yango SARLCongoConsumer ProductsM-ShuleKenyaEducationThe Past Winners South African startup Giraffe emerged the overall winner of the 2016 Seedstar summit for their for innovative solution that reduces unemployment in the emerging markets. The Giraffe platform guarantees a two-day turnaround on staffing requests and automating scheduling and CVs in the interview process to optimize the matching of recruiters to respective job candidates.This year, a Filipino startup, founded by Mario Jordan “Magellan” Fetalino III, was crowned the Seedstars World Global Winner 2017 for their innovative solution that turns SMEs invoices into cash through discounting of their receivables, providing them with necessary working capital they are not getting from the banks.last_img read more


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BENS BLOG Everyone enjoying themselves at Romford

first_img[dropcap]I[/dropcap]t was great fun to go along to the Romford Greyhound Owners Association, charity-night, on Saturday evening, in aid of Retired Greyhounds. Chatting towards the end of the evening, with Paul Binks, the Chairman and Organiser, I was amazed when he said that they had raised an enormous £4,000. What a fabulous effort!They really do, do things properly at Romford. A bouquet of flowers for sponsors. The manager coming to check on each table in the restaurant. And the whole track gleaming in Coral blue.It takes forever and a day to get there. But the friendly crowd and cheery bookies are always worth the journey. PLEASE DON’T EVER SELL OUT TO A PROPERTY DEVELOPER.In other news:The Chase Restaurant, Romford Dog Track. They have raised their game here. The T-Bone Steak was so big, I’ll still be digesting it in a fortnight. The Chocolate Sponge and Custard dessert; the highlight. The service; quicker now too. At £28 a head, with entry, racecard, and entertainment, it represents outstanding value for a night out in London Town. 9Over and out, B xlast_img read more

STAR PREVIEW Spurs v Liverpool

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US ambassador to view Rice student technologies for the developing world

first_imgAddThis ShareDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduAmy Hodges713-348-6777amy.hodges@rice.eduHOUSTON – (Dec. 3, 2011) – Rice students enrolled in the Commercializing Technology in Developing Countries course will share their business plans and reflect on their experiences during a presentation Dec. 4 at 6 p.m. in McNair Hall’s Shell Auditorium.What:        Commercializing Technology in Developing Countries course presentation.When:        6 p.m. Dec. 4.Where:        McNair Hall’s Shell Auditorium, located at 6100 Main St., Houston.Throughout the past semester, students from the Jones Graduate School of Business’ MBA program and Rice engineering programs created plans for technologies aimed at addressing global health and educational issues in the developing world. With Africa as the target, students visited Liberia to gather market and field research that could help with the launch of these technologies in Africa and other developing markets.Technologies include the BabaLung Apnea Monitor, which treats apnea in premature infants; the DoseRight Syringe Clip, which ensures delivery of accurate doses of medicine to patients; the I-slate, a low-cost, solar-powered, interactive learning tablet enabling students to self-learn through interactive exercises based on a custom curriculum in their own homes; the Bubble CPAP System, a low-cost technology that has the potential to dramatically reduce infant mortality caused by respiratory failure; and the Rice mobileSpiro, the first portable battery-powered spirometer designed to allow inexperienced operators to conduct a reliable test used to diagnose many respiratory
illnesses.Terence McCulley, U.S. ambassador to Nigeria, will give remarks prior to the student presentations about opportunities available for business in Nigeria and the region.The event is free and open to the public. Members of the media can arrange coverage by contacting Amy Hodges at 713-348-6777 or For more information, visit a map of Rice University’s campus, go to news release can be found online at Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNewsLocated 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 you do not wish to receive news releases from Rice University, reply to this email and write “unsubscribe” in the subject line. Office of News and Media Relations – MS 300, Rice University, 6100 Main St., Houston, TX 77005last_img read more