Disabled campaigners have given mixed reviews to a

first_imgDisabled campaigners have given mixed reviews to a new version of the government’s Disability Confident employment scheme, with one saying he was “genuinely shocked” by how weak it was.Disability Confident – which has urged employers to “see the ability, not the disability” – has attracted criticism since its launch three years ago for focusing on “communications”, but ignoring institutional discrimination in the workplace.It is seen as a “key” element in achieving the government’s pledge to halve the gap between the employment rates of disabled and non-disabled people, but attracted just 40 mainstream private sector partners in three years after its launch by the prime minister in 2013.The stated aim of Disability Confident was to “debunk the myths around employing disabled people and encourage employers to take advantage of the wealth of talent available”.But successive Tory ministers for disabled people – Esther McVey, Mike Penning, Mark Harper and Justin Tomlinson (pictured) – failed to persuade more than a tiny minority of businesses to take the scheme seriously.Disabled activists with a focus on employment issues even argued that Disability Confident was actually encouraging employers to ignore the access needs of potential disabled employees.Now the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has quietly published a new version of Disability Confident, although it has yet to relaunch it publicly because it first wants to ensure that the “systems work as planned”.Employers will be able to apply for one of three levels: Disability Confident Committed, Disability Confident Employer and Disability Confident Leader.But employers can reach the first two levels by just assessing themselves on their recruitment of disabled people and how they support existing disabled employees, after which DWP will send them a badge and a certificate.It is only if they want to become a Disability Confident Leader that this self-assessment has to be “validated” by another organisation.Large businesses will have to pay for recognised accreditation, while a small or medium-sized business can use more “informal methods”, such as involving an existing Disability Confident leader organisation or asking a disabled people’s organisation to “validate” their self-assessment.But there are already concerns that the new scheme is too close to DWP’s much-criticised Two Ticks, which allowed employers to describe themselves as “positive about disabled people” while getting away with discriminating against disabled staff and potential employees.Two Ticks employers had to sign up to five commitments around employing disabled workers, but researchers concluded in 2014 that it was “little more than an ‘empty shell’, where employers display the two ticks for impression management purposes to take advantage of its potential reputational benefits rather than because of a genuine concern for disability issues”.Disabled activist David Gillon, who has been a vocal critic of Disability Confident since its launch, said he was “genuinely shocked at how bad” the new version was.He said: “Two Ticks became a laughable example of all that was wrong with business attitudes to disability.“Businesses would sign up, put its logo on their paperwork to show what good citizens they were, and carry on mistreating disabled employees in the same way they always did.“Disabled people were promised the replacement would be better than that. Instead we see a multi-tiered system, where tier one lets companies used the Disability Confident logo, while signing up to do far less than Two Ticks, and with no checks whatsoever on their implementation.“This is worse than Two Ticks, which most disabled people wouldn’t have believed possible.“Tier two is marginally better, and roughly equivalent to Two Ticks, but still consists primarily of companies agreeing to do what they are already legally required to do under the Equality Act 2010.“It is unlikely disabled people will see companies agreeing not to break the law as a major step forward in disability rights, especially when it is still solely self-assessed.“Tier three simply adds external assessment to tier two, but that assessment could come from another tier three company, rather than an external expert.“This creates a system in which even Disability Confident Leaders may be getting the accreditation through the ‘old school tie’ network, rather than ever being examined by anyone with a real understanding of disability discrimination.”Gillon also said there was no mention of discrimination, even though “workplace disability discrimination lies at the core of the issues Disability Confident is supposed to be addressing”.He said: “I wasn’t expecting much from Disability Confident, but I’m genuinely shocked at how bad this is.“It’s worse than Two Ticks, and Two Ticks was a laughing stock amongst disabled people.”Mike Adams, chief executive of Purple (formerly ecdp) – and a member of the taskforce set up by the former minister for disabled people, Justin Tomlinson, to look at how to improve Disability Confident – was more positive.He said he would have liked to have seen the new version of the scheme “much stronger and more ambitious”.But he said he accepted that “if you set the bar too high” it might put off some businesses from engaging with the scheme.He said: “I see it as an opportunity, a tool to engage with companies who hitherto have not engaged with disability before. Would I have liked to see it stronger? Yes, of course.”But he said this “probably” would have acted as a disincentive for businesses to get involved in the scheme, and he added: “Have they struck the right balance? We will see.”He said he hoped that some larger employers, like Essex County Council, might start pushing members of their own supply chains to become Disability Confident – which is mentioned in levels two and three of the new scheme – which would then see it “starting to be much more powerful than Two Ticks”.Adams said that offering businesses the “validation” of being a Disability Confident Leader would offer organisations like Purple – by charging to carry out an assessment – a way of “engaging those companies in conversations around disability”.But he also said the new Disability Confident was “a missed opportunity”, because it had failed to address how businesses could also make themselves more open to disabled people as consumers and not just as employees.Liz Sayce, chief executive of Disability Rights UK, said: “We think that the new version of the Disability Confident scheme is an improvement on the earlier campaign that was based only on communications; and we hope it will stimulate employers to open up many more employment opportunities for disabled people.“We also think it will need further development. As it stands, it could be possible for an employer to get to level three without actually employing disabled people.“We understand that a small employer might not happen to have any vacancies in a given period – and agree that they should be recognised for (for instance) improving their internal processes – but we would advocate measuring employers on the proportion of any recruitment or promotions that go to disabled people.“This would mean larger employers would genuinely be judged on their record in employing disabled people at all levels.“We will be working with employers, offering disability confidence training and advice – and at the same time urging DWP to further develop the programme.”Sayce said that as 60 per cent of DR UK’s staff live with an impairment or health condition, and “we learn from our own experience and draw on that learning in our work to support employers to improve their employment practices”, it already “goes beyond the steps in the Disability Confidence scheme”.She said: “We support many employers to improve their practices and offer challenge and assurance.“We are seeking discussion with our members and other DPOs on use of the scheme itself by disabled people’s organisations.”last_img read more

Former Food Truck Now BrickandMortar on 24th

first_img Tags: Calle 24 • restaurants • street food Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% Baghat initially ran his truck as a “one man show,” with regular appearances at Off-The Grid and other mobile food truck markets around the city.  “You’re the chef, the owner, the dishwasher, the purchaser, the guy who mops the floor – all at once,” said Bhagat. With time came finesse, and Baghat quickly gained recognition among street food enthusiasts for his chicken biryani – a generously seasoned, casserole-like rice dish layered with meat that is slow-cooked in a process called “Dum,” the namesake of his food truck and his new restaurant.Inside Dum Indian Soul Food at 3111 24th St. Photo by Laura WaxmannThat recipe, and several others carried over to the brick and mortar space on 24th street. He calls the 49-seat restaurant that spans roughly 1,200 square-feet an extension of his food truck. The latter is currently navigating new territory in the East and South Bay.Baghat said his prices are reasonable in comparison to other restaurants in the neighborhood, set at just “a dollar or two up” from his food truck menu prices to balance the additional costs of a liquor license, labor, and rent. The Indian food-truck-turned-restaurant isn’t an exclusive novelty in the Mission. Curry Up Now, at 659 Valencia St., offers Indian street food at four brick and mortar locations and five food trucks throughout San Francisco and the South Bay. Still, Baghat said he’s not worried about competition. “Curry Up Now has really set the standard – they showed us that it could be done,” he said. “But their concept is much different than ours.”Part of what makes Bhagat’s Indian food unique is that he does not place much emphasis on tradition or authenticity.  For example, Dum’s customer’s won’t find naan, a type of oven-baked flatbread that usually accompanies curries and other Indian dishes, on the menu.“[Making] Naan is a specialized skill,” explained Baghat. “I didn’t want to put something on the menu that I can’t do well myself.”Baghat said the local community has been welcoming. He hopes to avoid some of the troubles that plagued the predecessor of his restaurant space.For some six years, the Local Mission Eatery, a “farm-to-table” restaurant that was part of the small empire of Mission-based restaurateur Yaron Milgrom, closed in December 2015, when Milgrom cited a lack of customers and a dwindling workforce as reasons why the business could not compete.“We are here to be a part of neighborhood where we do business,” said Bhagat. “We are a family-run restaurant, for the community. That is our dream – why would we do anything that would jeopardize that?”Some customers dining at Dum on Wednesday evening embraced the Indian eatery as a change in palate for the traditionally Latino neighborhood.“The next Indian restaurants around here are Dosa [on Valencia Street] and Pakwan [on 16th street], and they have totally different styles,” said Ryan McGinn, a consultant who lives down the street from Dum and has already eaten there “five or six” times since it opened.“Its good food, it’s a different compared to the other restaurants on this street, and the biryani is the best,” said McGinn. “It’s a little gem that is close to home.”Baghat said that so far, some 90 percent of his clientele live within a “four block radius” from Dum. “We have a family that lives right above Philz and was here four times last week,” said Baghat.  “We have young executives who live here and dine in, but we are also a family restaurant.” 0%center_img After bringing Indian soul food to the Bay Area on wheels, the chef behind the popular food truck “Dum” has taken his menu off the road and into the 24th Street space that once housed the Local Mission Eatery. Sitting inside of his first brick and mortar location at 3111 24th St.,  which he quietly opened to the public on June 7, Rupam Baghat, a former Ritz Carlton sous chef, acknowledged that before investing $50,000 in a food truck in 2014, he had specialized in fine dining and banquets.He wanted, he said,  “to do something different” and so he spent the better part of the last two years perfecting his take on Indian soul food behind the counter of the teal and orange painted food truck. “I never cooked full-fledged, day in and day out, with indian flavors and spices until I got that truck,” he said. last_img read more

The 2018 Supporter ball size 4 supplied by Rhino R

first_imgThe 2018 Supporter ball size 4 supplied by Rhino Rugby, the Official Ball of Super League.Available in a selection of sizes, with size 4 pictured here.Also available in Size 5, Size 3 and Midi size.View herePlease note ball will be shipped deflatedlast_img

Would you know where to go List of area evacuation routes

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) – North Carolina is now under a state of emergency. States like Georgia and Florida have announced evacuation orders.If that is needed here, we asked emergency officials what evacuation routes would be.- Advertisement – The New Hanover County Emergency Services is on a limited activation, no evacuation orders are in place. If that happened officials say the normal major highways out of the county would be the routes they suggest to neighbors. The NCDOT has a map that shows the state and federal highways that will be used for evacuations.They add that the department would alert the public if any routes change because of flooding or other obstacles.“The main conduits in and out of the county are what we would advise people to use based on where their destination is. Our evacuation decision will be placed during a time that would be arrival, well in arrival of any tropical storm force winds or any potential rains that will have accumulations that’s going to affect those areas,” Steve Still, New Hanover Co. emergency management services, said.Related Article: States turn to drones to predict avalanches, spot wildlifeThe department will alert the public days in advance if any type of evacuation will be issued. They remain in a limited activation mode with no shelter activation or evacuation orders issued.last_img read more

Arts take center stage at 23rd annual Orange Street ArtsFest

first_imgArt creations available for sale at the Orange Street ArtsFest (Photo: Justin McKee/WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The arts took center stage in downtown Wilmington this weekend as thousands of people took in the sights and sounds of the 23rd annual Orange Street ArtsFest.80 vendors were on hand to sell their creations. There were food trucks for those who wanted a bite to eat.- Advertisement – New Hanover County high school students had their pieces of art showcased at the Hannah Block Community Arts Center.Thalian Association executive director Susan Habas says this event shows off what Wilmington is all about.“The overwhelming comment is that it’s so quaint,” Habas said. “It’s like a throwback to 1995 when it started. It’s fun to be on the historic streets, in and out of the community arts center, the historic USO building. It’s just a great time with great art.”Related Article: Wilmington Ballet to perform ‘Vampires’This event is one of the Thalian Association’s biggest fundraisers each year. The money supports productions at Thalian Hall and the youth theatre program.last_img read more

Menorah lighting marks start of Hanukkah

first_img Rabbi Moshe Lieblich says this year was a little different. The Menorah was made out of Legos and built by the community.Lieblich says the event brings everyone together and spreads acceptance throughout the community.“Hanukkah is uniquely special because the message of light overcoming darkness is one that’s really universal, not just to us. That’s why we make a big event out of it,” said Rabbi Moshe Lieblich.Related Article: Trump grants poultry pardons to turkeys Peas and CarrotsLieblich says the event grow more and more every year. The Hanukkah celebration will last until December 10. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Jewish community gathered Sunday night for the annual Menorah lighting in downtown Wilmington.Tonight marks the first night of Hanukkah. Families and friends gathered at the Riverfront.- Advertisement – last_img read more

PD proposes replacing GDP with Wellbeing Index

first_img SharePrint “People have become slaves of the GDP,” PD MP Godfrey Farrugia said. “We want to break the link where development is measured solely in terms of economic output and instead focus on a broader index that takes into account investment in education, health, environment and climate protection,” he added.“New Zealand has managed to reform its policy to focus on human well-being instead of GDP. We want to follow suit,” explained Timothy Alden, adding that, “the World Bank has been pushing for a reform in the way we measure success.”“This is the kind of Malta we believe in – a place where people and their well-being comes first. This is the future. We invite all those who want real reform to join in the effort to make Malta a better place,” concluded Farrugia.WhatsApp Partit Demokratiku has announced that it will push for GDP measures to be replaced with a more holistic and modern measure of human well-being.Under the proposal, budget planning and policy decisions will be taken after considering the impact on human wellbeing, instead of solely relying on GDP.center_img <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

British Airways next to adopt Apples Passbook app

first_imgAdvertisement Apple’s Passbook app is gathering speed, with BA preparing to jump on board with the contactless, digital wallet applicationBritish Airways is about to follow its US-based partner American Airlines by introducing support for Apple’s new Passbook app.Apple Insider has received confirmation from the airline that it is working on integrating the e-ticketing functionality to allow iPhone users to check in and board the aircraft. – Advertisement – A representative from BA told the site: “I’m pleased to confirm that the ba.com team are already looking into our website being able to work with the new Apple app, available with the iOS6 upgrade.“Please be assured that we will get our Passbook-compatible functionality live on ba.com as soon as we can.”BA travelers can already bring up digital versions of their boarding passes for use at the airport, but Passbook integration would make it even easier for users to abandon the need to print boarding passes or wait in longer check-in lines at the airport.Passbook arrived on the iPhone with iOS 6 last September and represents Apple’s efforts to embrace the contactless payment / digital wallet revolution without having the need for NFC tech.Airlines like Delta, American, and Virgin Australia already support passbook, along with retailers like Starbucks.Source: T3last_img read more

No job for you without a national ID – minister

first_imgAdvertisement Ugandans who will not have registered to get national identification cards by February 27, next year will not be eligible for employment, education or accessing health services in the country, Internal Affairs State minister has said.Mr James Baba, who was lobbying for a partnership with telecommunication companies’ executive directors for the mass enrolment exercise yesterday, said the move to deny access to such services seeks to compel Ugandans to register and be issued with national IDs.The exercise will be conducted in two phases, according to Ms Betty Nasenja, the deputy National Identity Cards project manager, with the first phase expected to begin next week and end on February 27, 2015 while the second phase will begin after February 2016. – Advertisement – “We will stop the exercise on February 27, next year to avoid any confusion with registering new voters for the 2016 elections, which is expected to take place between February 12 and March 12, 2016,” she said. In the first phase, all Ugandans aged 16 and above will be registered while those aged 15 and below and aliens will be registered in the second phase.Ms Nasenja, however, noted that there will be a continuous enrolment exercise for Ugandans who will not have registered by February 27 next year for various reasons.Mr Baba called upon telecommunication companies to partner with them to publicise the exercise by offering their platforms to send bulk SMS and also offer other logistical support.Although telecoms pledged to collaborate, they said they can only be able to reach out to about 50 per cent of the population who are using their networks.last_img read more

Which horse will AP ride

first_imgWith A P McCoy agonising over which horse to ride in the Grand National we at Star Sports have come up with a market.Give us a call if you fancy a bet, ‘friendly’ stakes only on this market!08000 521321Sunnyhillboy (right on pic) was beaten just a nose by Neptune Collonges in last year’s race.The Ted Walsh trained Colbert Station comes to the race onto a hat-trick and warmed up for this with a win at Punchestown – over hurdles!Speaking on Sky Sports, McCoy added: “There’s a lot of positives and sadly the decision is going to be mine and it’s going to be made late in the day. I’m under no pressure to make the decision.”Star Sports go Sunnyhillboy 8/11, Colbert Station 11/10 (odds subject to fluctuation)last_img read more

STAR PREVIEW Preston North End v Arsenal

first_img[dropcap]N[/dropcap]ot sure how much the head to head stats below will help but the last 10 matches between Preston North End and Arsenal go back to 1957 !!The Gunners come into this on the back of their dramatic 3-3 draw with Bournemouth which must have felt like a win given they were 3-0 down.Preston currently sit 11th in the Championship and such is the compact nature of the division that the play-off places are very much within their grasp. They face a tough game next Saturday at leaders Brighton.So far, the Premier League teams have started well with easy wins for Man City last night and Man U at lunchtime and Arsenal’s boss Arsene Wenger insists that the FA Cup is a “big priority” for the club and is only likely to make a couple of changes ahead of the 5.30pm kick off.He said: ”We know as well that after a congested Christmas period that the third round is always a tricky game.”“That is why I believe it is a mental challenge for the Premier League teams to prepare well and not have a bad surprise – especially when you go to a Championship team, it is always difficult.”Preston North End v ArsenalFA Cup 3rd Round17:30 BT Sport 2 / BT Sport 2 HD / BT Sport 4K UHDHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)Oct 1999 LEAGUE CUP Arsenal 2-1 PrestonJan 1999 FA CUP Preston 2-4 ArsenalAug 1960 DIV 1 (OLD) Preston 2-0 ArsenalAug 1960 DIV 1 (OLD) Arsenal 1-0 PrestonMar 1960 DIV 1 (OLD) Preston 0-3 ArsenalOct 1959 DIV 1 (OLD) Arsenal 0-3 PrestonDec 1958 DIV 1 (OLD) Arsenal 1-2 PrestonAug 1958 DIV 1 (OLD) Preston 2-1 ArsenalApr 1958 DIV 1 (OLD) Preston 3-0 ArsenalDec 1957 DIV 1 (OLD) Arsenal 4-2 PrestonArsenal / Arsenal makes plenty of appeal at a shade of odds-against (11/10) with Star Sports.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK ARSENAL / ARSENAL 16 points at 11/10 with Star SportsPROFIT/LOSS SINCE JAN 1 2017: +7.50 points BET NOW WITH STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

BENS BLOG Thank you to The GRA for trying to piss on

first_img[dropcap]A[/dropcap] big thank you to The GRA (Greyhound Racing Association), for announcing the closure of their track, Hall Green (pictured), on the first day of The Star Sports Greyhound Derby, at go-ahead Towcester.What a disgrace you are, on so many levels, for trying to drag us down, on a day of such positivity, into your deliberate failure.I’m unsure if this was an act of ignorance or just a total lack of class. I SHALL PLUMP FOR IT BEING A BIT OF BOTH!In other news:Food Vlog 16: Tombo, 16 Thurloe Place, South Kensington, SW7 2HQ. WEB SITE (Poor!)Over and out, B xHall Green picture (c) Steve Nashlast_img read more

£50 FREE BET Man U v Derby

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£50 FREE BET Liverpool v Arsenal

first_img£50 FREE BET IFBOTH TEAMS SCORE IN BOTH HALVESTo celebrate the launch of our brand new betting site starsports.bet we are giving all NEW CUSTOMERS a £50 FREE BET if BOTH TEAMS SCORE IN BOTH HALVES.You simply need to open an account and place a bet at evens or above, of at least £10, on any market at starsports.bet between 9am on Saturday 29 December and 5.30pm on Saturday 29 December. TERMS AND CONDITIONS(1) This promotion is for new account holders only. To qualify, you must open a new account at starsports.bet anytime from 9am on Saturday 29 December to 5.30pm (GMT) on Saturday 29 December.(2) In addition, you must place at least one bet online with starsports.bet before 5.30pm (GMT) on Saturday 29 December. The bet must be for a stake of £10 (or more), on a selection at evens or above, on any market as displayed on the starsports.bet web site.(3) The bonus promotional offer of £50 will be paid as a Free Bet if BOTH TEAMS SCORE IN BOTH HALVES (Liverpool v Arsenal 5.30pm). The Free Bet will be valid for a period of 7 days from the point of issue and must be used within this period otherwise will expire.(4) If, for any reason, the event(s) do not take place or are declared void for betting purposes this offer will also be voided.(5) The bonus Free Bet, if successful, will be credited within 48 hours, direct to your online account.(6) Free Bets may not be used in conjunction with any other current promotion.(7) Star Sports reserve the right to withdraw or refuse any Free Bet promotion at any point.(8) Free Bet stakes are not returned with winnings.(9) Free Bet awards cannot be exchanged for cash.(10) Free Bet awards can be used online, tablet or mobile only.(11) The Free Bet must be used within the timeframe specified on the promotion details and may not be either part used or carried forward.(12) This promotion can only be used once per person and per account. Only one bonus can be awarded per person, household, shared computer or shared IP address. In the event of a customer opening more that one account to claim multiple offers we reserve the right to suspend/close duplicate accounts and void any bets placed.(13) Usual Star Sports Betting Rules and Terms and Conditions apply, these can be viewed at starsports.bet.(14) If you have any further questions about this promotion you can contact our customer service team cs@www.starsportsbet.co.uklast_img read more

£25 FREE BET The Masters

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Drezek wins Beckman Young Investigator Award

first_imgAddThis ShareCONTACT: Jade Boyd PHONE: (713) 348-6778 E-MAIL: jadeboyd@rice.edu Drezek wins Beckman Young Investigator Award Rice bioengineer one of just 20 to win prestigious national honor The Beckman Foundation has awarded Rebekah Drezek a 2005 Beckman Young Investigator Award. The Beckman Young Investigators’ program supports the work of the nation’s most promising young researchers in the chemical and life sciences. Only 20 of the awards are given each year. Drezek, the Stanley C. Moore Assistant Professor of Bioengineering and assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, conducts translational biomedical research at the interface between nanobiotechnology and biophotonics. In particular, her laboratory is developing new imaging technologies for improved detection, diagnosis, and monitoring of breast, ovarian, and endometrial cancer. ”Dr. Drezek is an extremely talented and creative scientist, and I am pleased that she has been recognized by the Beckman Foundation,” said Jennifer West, director of the Institute of Biosciences and Bioengineering, Cameron Professor of Bioengineering and professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering. ”The discretionary money that accompanies a prestigious award like the Beckman Young Investigator Program is extremely important for young faculty who are establishing research programs. But awards of this caliber provide more than just money, they also validate new ideas and serve as a stamp of approval for senior colleagues both within and outside Rice.” Drezek’s award comes with a three-year $264,000 grant. ”Beckman awards provide unusually flexible research support because the foundation does not require a budget at the time of proposal submission,” said Drezek.   Her Beckman research will focus on development of novel optical molecular imaging technologies for the early detection of cancer. The optical imaging methods she is developing use a combination of visible and near infrared (NIR) light and targeted nanoparticle contrast agents. The project includes development of imaging instrumentation and fiber optic probes, optical contrast agents and the software needed for real-time image analysis. Rather than focusing on a single molecular marker of cancer, the project is unique in its attempt to noninvasively collect and analyze extremely detailed information quantifying about a broad spectrum of structural and biochemical features of neoplastic cells. ”Today, it would take a battery of tests, including invasive procedures like biopsies, to gather the information that we hope to collect and analyze in a single optical measurement,” Drezek said. ”We want to make this technology compact and inexpensive enough for use in hospitals, clinics and practioners’ offices.” Drezek is the third Rice faculty member to receive the Beckman Young Investigator award while at Rice. Previous winners are Vicki Colvin, professor of chemistry and of chemical and biomolecular engineering, and Jason Hafner, assistant professor of physics and astronomy and of chemistry. ### last_img read more

Paper Legal framework governing Mexicos energy industry has changed dramatically

first_imgShareDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduJeff Falk713-348-6775jfalk@rice.edu  Paper: Legal framework governing Mexico’s energy industry has changed dramaticallyHOUSTON – (May 2, 2017) – The general legal framework governing Mexico’s energy industry has dramatically changed since the implementation of the country’s energy reform in 2013, according to a new paper from the Mexico Center at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.Credit: Shutterstock.com/Rice University“The New Energy System in the Mexican Constitution” was co-authored by Jose Ramon Cossio Diaz, a Supreme Court justice of Mexico, and Jose Ramon Cossio Barragan, a lawyer in Mexico.The paper identifies the main constitutional elements of the Mexican energy system and considers the main aspects of the legislative process that led to constitutional reforms.Mexico’s energy sector had been under strict governmental management since 1938. This changed in 2013 and 2014 when Mexico amended its constitution and passed legislation overhauling its energy sector to allow private and foreign investments.The purpose of the study was to abstract the legal categories of analysis for these constitutional amendments and not to identify the determining factors for the political, financial or economic decisions that motivated the reform, the authors said. They separately considered the two most important sectors of the Mexican energy system since the constitutional reform went into effect: the hydrocarbons sector and the electrical industry.The authors reached the following conclusions:— The general legal framework has dramatically changed, since the status of oil and hydrocarbons or those of activities and services remain under the exclusive property or control of the Mexican state.— People enjoy wide-ranging possibilities of participation with respect to the goods or the performance of the activities in the petroleum and electrical sectors.— A new and complex network of state agencies was established to participate and/or regulate the natural resources and the direct activities of each of the sectors.— Additional agencies and companies were created regarding the actions required to fully cover the goods and activities linked to these sectors and the effect that their actions must generate.— The basic structure and competitive environment of all the created bodies is designed more to enhance the effectiveness and operation of the corresponding sectors than to control participants.The paper was written for a Mexico Center research project examining the rule of law in Mexico and the challenges it poses to implementing the country’s energy reform. The project’s findings are compiled in a Spanish-language book and are being posted on the Baker Institute’s website in English.-30-For more information or to schedule an interview with Cossio Diaz or Cossio Barragan, contact Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at jfalk@rice.edu or 713-348-6775.Related materials:Paper: www.bakerinstitute.org/media/files/files/68d55ed8/MEX-pub-RuleofLaw_JR2-042417.pdf.Follow the Mexico Center via Twitter @BakerMexicoCtr.Follow the Baker Institute via Twitter @BakerInstitute.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Founded in 1993, Rice University’s Baker Institute ranks among the top five university-affiliated think tanks in the world. As a premier nonpartisan think tank, the institute conducts research on domestic and foreign policy issues with the goal of bridging the gap between the theory and practice of public policy. The institute’s strong track record of achievement reflects the work of its endowed fellows, Rice University faculty scholars and staff, coupled with its outreach to the Rice student body through fellow-taught classes — including a public policy course — and student leadership and internship programs. Learn more about the institute at www.bakerinstitute.org or on the institute’s blog, http://blogs.chron.com/bakerblog. AddThislast_img read more

Baker Institute expert Unconventional oil and gas development dramatically more transportationintensive

first_imgAddThis ShareEXPERT ALERTDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduJeff Falk713-348-6775jfalk@rice.eduBaker Institute expert: Unconventional oil and gas development ‘dramatically more transportation-intensive’HOUSTON – (May 2, 2018) – Unconventional oil and gas development, which employs horizontal drilling and fracking, is dramatically more transportation-intensive than prior hydrocarbon development models, according to an expert in the Center for Energy Studies at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. Fracking is a technique for extracting oil and gas from rock by injecting high-pressure mixtures of water, sand or gravel and chemicals.Credit: 123RF.com/Rice UniversityGabriel Collins, the Baker Botts Fellow in Energy and Environmental Regulatory Affairs at the Baker Institute, outlined his insights in written testimony prepared for the Texas House of Representatives Transportation Committee titled “Addressing the Impacts of Oil and Gas Development on Texas Roads.” Collins is available to discuss his testimony, including how to improve road quality and safety in Texas areas impacted by these activities, particularly in the Permian Basin; policy response options, including fuel and truck taxes; and related issues with the media.“Drilling a single horizontal long-lateral well can now require more than 500 tons of steel pipe, a string of sand-carrying railcars 14 football fields long and enough water to fill more than 35 Olympic-size swimming pools,” Collins wrote. “(A well like this) requires approximately 365 truckloads of sand to complete. The water volumes used in these large new frack completions (475,000 barrels) are equivalent to more than 3,600 truckloads. The more than 1.5 million barrels of produced water that such a well could yield over its lifetime could require over 10,000 truckloads of hauling work. And the crude oil a well produces – the main reason it was drilled – also often begins its journey to market in a truck. Tanker trucks hauling crude oil generally carry around 185 barrels per trip.” A well that produces 500,000 barrels of crude over it lifetime could ultimately generate 2,700 truck trips just to move the oil.”Collins said that in mass terms, the combined weight of the pipe goods, “90-plus railcars’ worth of sand, 2 million barrels of total water and half a million barrels of crude from a single long-lateral horizontal well exceeds that of the Empire State Building. The cumulative physical effects of moving so much mass over a concentrated set of asphalt roads in 50,000-pound (or heavier) truckloads are, to say the least, destructive.” Energy producers in Texas are increasingly moving water and crude by pipeline, and Collins suggests six policy options to help accelerate the movement of goods off of roads and into pipes.Collins conducts a range of globally focused commodity market, energy, water and environmental research. His current research focuses on oil field water issues, groundwater valuation in Texas, evolutions in the global gasoline market, shifts in China’s domestic oil consumption structure, Texas water governance and the food-water-energy nexus.-30-For more information or to schedule an interview with Collins, contact Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at jfalk@rice.edu or 713-348-6775.Related materials:Collins biography: www.bakerinstitute.org/experts/gabe-collins.Follow the Baker Institute Center for Energy Studies via Twitter @CES_Baker_Inst.Follow the Baker Institute via Twitter @BakerInstitute.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Founded in 1993, Rice University’s Baker Institute ranks among the top three university-affiliated think tanks in the world. As a premier nonpartisan think tank, the institute conducts research on domestic and foreign policy issues with the goal of bridging the gap between the theory and practice of public policy. The institute’s strong track record of achievement reflects the work of its endowed fellows, Rice University faculty scholars and staff, coupled with its outreach to the Rice student body through fellow-taught classes — including a public policy course — and student leadership and internship programs. Learn more about the institute at www.bakerinstitute.org or on the institute’s blog, http://blogs.chron.com/bakerblog.last_img read more

Will Pelosi be elected speaker of the House Rice political scientist available

first_imgShareRice UniversityOffice of Public Affairs / News & Media RelationsMedia note: Rice University has a VideoLink ReadyCam TV interview studio. ReadyCam is capable of transmitting broadcast-quality standard-definition and high-definition video directly to all news media organizations around the world 24/7. Rice also has a university backdrop, 1080p web cam, light kit and wireless mic for Skype interviews.David Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduAmy McCaig713-348-6777amym@rice.eduWill Pelosi be elected speaker of the House? Rice political scientist available for commentHOUSTON – (Nov. 16, 2018) – Now that the Democrats have taken back the U.S. House of Representatives, will Nancy Pelosi be chosen as speaker? Paul Brace, a political scientist at Rice University, is available to comment on the race for speaker.“For Nancy Pelosi, Democratic victories in the 2018 elections were both a blessing and a potential curse,” said Brace, who is the Clarence L. Carter Professor of Political Science in Rice’s School of Social Sciences. “To expand their base, Democrats ran surprisingly well in some typically unfriendly country where Pelosi is not well-liked.”Brace said that some Democratic aspirants aligned with progressives and were openly opposed to business as usual.“While roughly 25 districts flipped without candidates openly opposing Pelosi, approximately four dozen Democratic House candidates said they would not vote for her to be speaker and 16 of these candidates got elected,” he said. “Of these, two candidates said they would oppose Pelosi under any conditions, while the remainder could oppose her in the Democratic caucus but vote to support on the critical House floor vote.“On one level, Pelosi is easy to oppose,” Brace continued. “Polls reveal she is not popular with the general public, yet most realize public scorn goes hand in hand with legislative leadership.”However, Brace said public support for Pelosi is only slightly below that of exiting Speaker Paul Ryan and compares favorably with Republican and Democratic leadership in the Senate.“In sum, it is not clear anyone else would be much more popular with the general public,” Brace said. “Beyond this, Pelosi is a master tactician and few, if any, challenge or rival her abilities as a legislator. Likewise, she is similarly unrivaled when it comes to fundraising for Democratic candidates.”In the end, while it is easy and popular for some Democrats to call for new leadership, most Democratic House members find themselves like wing walkers, unwilling to jump from one wing without another on which to land.“Thus far, none have stepped forward because the risks of challenging Pelosi are high,” Brace said. “Members of a failed coup would almost certainly expect retaliation, and opponents know the job of speaker requires uncommon skills and offers paltry rewards when it comes to popularity.”Brace is widely published, primarily in the areas of state politics and judicial decision-making. He comments regularly on presidential politics and the judiciary. For more information on Brace, visit http://www.ruf.rice.edu/~pbrace/.To schedule an interview with Brace, contact him directly at 832-628-5285.-30-This news release can be found online at news.rice.edu.Follow Rice News and Media Relations on Twitter @RiceUNews.Related materials:Paul Brace bio: http://www.ruf.rice.edu/~pbrace/.Photo link: http://news.rice.edu/files/2018/11/pelosi-wjo93z.jpgPhoto credit: 123rf.comCaption: Nancy Pelosi during her 2014 visit to Rice University.Photo link: https://cpb-us-e1.wpmucdn.com/news-network.rice.edu/dist/c/2/files/2014/03/0324_PELOSI.jpgPhoto credit: Rice UniversityLocated on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,962 undergraduates and 3,027 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is just under 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for lots of race/class interaction and No. 2 for quality of life by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to http://tinyurl.com/RiceUniversityoverview.If you would rather not receive future communications from RiceUniversity2, let us know by clicking here.RiceUniversity2, Public Affairs – MS610 6100 Main Street, Houston, TX 77005-1827 United States AddThislast_img read more

YouTube CEO and UCLA Anderson Alum Susan Wojcicki Responds to Google Memo

first_imgYouTube CEO and UCLA Anderson Alum Susan Wojcicki Responds to Google Memo Earlier this month, Google found itself in the midst of controversy after an internal memo from now-former employee James Damore was released to the staff. His out-of-nowhere diatribe claimed, more or less, that women are less biologically capable of being software engineers than their male counterparts. The document, titled “Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber,” was later released to the public, instantly causing scrutiny.Damore argued that there are fewer women working in engineering because of scientific and biological differences between men and women, and that Google should not offer educational programs for underrepresented racial or gender minorities. He attempted to call out the tech giant for being overly inclusive and sensitive to racial and gender diversity, but not fostering an environment that promoted conflicting ideological beliefs or political ideals.After Damore’s firing, some have come to the author’s defense, including WikiLeaks Founder and Editor Julian Assange and a laundry list of public personalities that have become increasingly associated with Trump era conservatism. According to Wired, “Damore is now on a media tour, saying he was fired illegally for speaking truth to power. Hashtag Fired4Truth!” One prominent member of the business community who has spoken out against Damore’s memo was YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki—a former Google employee. She was named one of Time Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World” and was called the “Most Important Person in Advertising” by Adweek.Though initially interest in art, Wojcicki would earn a BA in Mathematics and History from Harvard, an MS in Economics from UCSC, and an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management. She went on to take a position at Google, a job she accept while four months pregnant, eventually rising to the position of Senior VP of Advertising and Commerce.Wojcicki helped Google acquire YouTube for $1.65 billion in 2006, which is now valued anywhere between $15-$80 billion.Following the Google memo, Wojcicki release this statement via Forbes:“Yesterday, after reading the news, my daughter asked me a question. ‘Mom, is it true that there are biological reasons why there are fewer women in tech and leadership?’”“That question, whether it’s been asked outright, whispered quietly, or simply lingered in the back of someone’s mind, has weighed heavily on me throughout my career in technology. Though I’ve been lucky to work at a company where I’ve received a lot of support—from leaders like Larry Page, Sergey Brin, Eric Schmidt, and Jonathan Rosenberg to mentors like Bill Campbell—my experience in the tech industry has shown me just how pervasive that question is.”Wojcicki went on to describe how her abilities and commitment to her job have been questioned, and how she was left out of key industry events and social gatherings. She explained meetings with external leaders who showed her little to no respect. Wojcicki said after reading the Google memo she “once again felt that pain, and empathized with the pain it must have caused others.”YouTube’s CEO also addressed those who have been critical of Google’s firing of the author and try to defend the memo’s authorship as an issue of free speech:“As a company that has long supported free expression, Google obviously stands by the right that employees have to voice, publish, or tweet their opinions. But while people may have a right to express their beliefs in public, that does not mean companies cannot take action when women are subjected to comments that perpetuate negative stereotypes about them based on their gender. Every day, companies take action against employees who make unlawful statements about co-workers, or create hostile work environments.”She asks whether those who believe the memo is a matter of free speech, saying, “What if we replaced the word ‘women’ in the memo with another group? What if the memo said that biological differences among Black, Hispanic, or LGBTQ employees explained their under-representation in tech and leadership roles?”Wojcicki isn’t alone in responding to the controversial memo. Danielle Brown, Google’s VP of Diversity, Integrity, and Governance, sent a note to employees stating, “I found that it advanced incorrect assumptions about gender. I’m not going to link to it here as it’s not a viewpoint that I or this company endorses, promotes, or encourages.”Yonatan Zunger, a former distinguished engineer on privacy at Google, wrote that skills the memo’s author deems less important to engineering—cooperation, collaboration, and empathy—are actually critical.“Essentially, engineering is all about cooperation, collaboration, and empathy for both your colleagues and your customers. If someone told you that engineering was a field where you could get away with not dealing with people or feelings, then I’m very sorry to tell you that you have been lied to. Solitary work is something that only happens at the most junior levels, and even then it’s only possible because someone senior to you — most likely your manager — has been putting in long hours to build up the social structures in your group that let you focus on code.”Google has a long track record of fostering female talent that has produced Facebook CEO Sheryl Sandberg and former Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer. Despite that, women only account for 31 percent of Google’s workforce and 20 percent of its technical staff, according to the company’s latest diversity reports.But Google isn’t alone. According to the National Center for Women & Information Technology, women only made up 26 percent of the U.S. computing workforce, and only 5 percent of women in this workforce are Asian, with even lower representation for Hispanic and Black women.While there is certainly still progress to be made, Wojcicki made it clear that she believes in a world where women and men aren’t judged based on their gender or personality, but rather their ability in the workplace. Circling back to her address’ opening statement, Wojcicki wrote:“I thought about all of this, looked at my daughter and answered simply.”“‘No, it’s not true.’” Last Updated Aug 17, 2017 by Max PulciniFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail regions: Atlanta / Baltimore / Boston / Chicago / Dallas / Denver / Houston / London / Los Angeles / Miami / New York City / Online / Philadelphia / Research Triangle / San Diego / San Francisco / Seattle / Toronto / Washington, DCcenter_img About the AuthorMax PulciniMax Pulcini is a Philadelphia-based writer and reporter. He has an affinity for Philly sports teams, Super Smash Bros. and cured meats and cheeses. 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Key MBA Study Insights After surveying 900 male and female MBA alumni who graduated between 2005 and 2017, it found mixed results. While an…January 24, 2019In “Career”MIT Sloan Professor Paves the Way for Women EntrepreneursThe U.S. ranked as the best country for female entrepreneurship in last week’s Dell’s Global Entrepreneurship and Development Index. While this new ranking is an encouraging development that promises interesting, innovative entrepreneurship in the years to come, Professor Fiona Murray of MIT Sloan has researched the subject of female entrepreneurship…June 14, 2013In “Featured Region”last_img read more