Hundreds of disabled children in England are start

first_imgHundreds of disabled children in England are starting to benefit from a new fund that will provide them with the specialist prosthetic limbs they need to take part in sports and other activities that were previously inaccessible to them.The Department of Health (DH) has provided £750,000 to fund running blades and other activity prostheses in a trial that will allow under-18s who were born without a limb or have lost a limb to take part in activities such as team sports, swimming, climbing, dancing and playing musical instruments.The funding is being provided through NHS limb centres, which are being given the money to source and fit the prostheses.Another £750,000 is linking research centres with expertise in child prostheses with experts from the NHS, industry, and clinical academia.The £1.5 million fund was announced by health secretary Jeremy Hunt during last summer’s Paralympic Games in Rio, and the first children have now begun to receive their activity prostheses.Although the trial will only run to the end of 2017-18, there are hopes that – if it proves a success – DH will extend the funding.LimbPower, the national disability sports organisation for people with limb impairments, is supporting DH by alerting families to the fund’s existence and helping health professionals access it. Carly Bauert, children’s prostheses coordinator for LimbPower, whose nine-year-old son Oliver had a running blade fitted when he was six, said she hoped that more than 500 children would benefit during the two years of the trial.She said she believed it would make “a huge difference” to the children who took part.She said: “These are specialist activity limbs that are not normally available on the NHS.“If you have a child who has an amputation or a congenital limb disorder, as a parent… not to be able to provide them with what they need to participate in as normal a childhood as possible is very, very hard.“This is about inclusion and activity. Not all of our children are going to be Paralympians, but they all need to have an active childhood.”She said the fund was helping one girl who wanted a prosthesis that would allow her to dance and “go up on her points”.One concern is that if DH decides not to renew the fund next year, children that have benefited from the prostheses could be left without replacements when they grow out of them.But Bauert said: “What we have got to show is that there is a demand and it is needed.“As a mum of a prosthesis-wearing child who wears a blade, I am hopeful and very optimistic that with the right research and evidence we can show the government it is needed and required for these children.“My little boy got his blade when he was six and it changed his life completely.“It gave him confidence at school, with friends, he joined the rugby and football clubs, his confidence just grew. “Richard Whitehead, a double leg amputee and double Paralympic 200 metres champion, said: “Having run thousands of miles on prosthetics myself I’m delighted to see the next generation take their first steps in experiencing the freedom of running, whether just for general enjoyment or towards achieving their own Paralympic ambitions.”Hunt said: “Team GB [sic]* surpassed everyone’s expectations at last year’s Paralympics and this investment will ensure the next generation of children who have either been born without a limb or who have lost a limb will be able to lead an active life.“It’s wonderful that the first children are now receiving their blades and that they will be able to reach their sporting potential – I hope some may even be selected in the future as members of Team GB [sic]. “*Britain’s Paralympic team is known as ParalympicsGB. Team GB competes in the OlympicsPicture: 13-year-old Ben, from Brighton, one of the first children to benefit from the trial, being fitted with a running blade at Sussex Rehabilitation Centre at Brighton General Hospitallast_img read more

Members of the committee set up to lead on the equ

first_imgMembers of the committee set up to lead on the equality watchdog’s work on disabled people’s rights are said to be frustrated at the government’s continuing failure to appoint a new disability commissioner.The previous commissioner, Lord [Chris] Holmes (pictured), left his post as planned on 14 January, and interviews for his replacement are believed to have been carried out in December, while an appointment had been expected in mid-January.Two months on, no appointment has been made, even though the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is engaged in several pieces of high-profile, disability-related work, including an inquiry into the impact of welfare reforms on the human rights of disabled people and other minority groups, and an inquiry into disabled people’s housing.As well as being an EHRC board member, the successful candidate will chair the commission’s disability committee, although that committee is about to be disbanded and replaced by an advisory group that will not have the same legal powers to make decisions on issues affecting disabled people.One member of the committee, who asked to remain anonymous, said: “I think all of us would say that it is frustrating not to have clarity on this to inform the future of disability at the commission.”The disability committee was given significant powers by the Equality Act 2006 to take important disability-related decisions within EHRC, for example allowing it to overrule commission officers on critical and strategically-important legal cases.But the committee will now have just one more meeting, on Monday, before it loses this statutory status at the end of this month.The committee is currently being chaired in an acting capacity by its vice-chair, Dr Rachel Perkins.EHRC said yesterday (Wednesday) that it had not yet been told by the government when it would appoint a new disability commissioner, and could not comment on the appointment process.But an EHRC spokesman said: “We hope that the secretary of state will soon appoint the new disability commissioner and that they can take up their position as soon as possible.“Our important work on disability rights continues, and we will soon be publishing the biggest ever report into the lives of disabled people in Britain.”A spokesman for the Department for Education, EHRC’s sponsor department, declined to explain why no appointment had yet been made, although he admitted that it had taken “slightly longer than expected”.He said: “We will be making an announcement in due course.”He said the department was aware of its statutory duty to appoint a disability commissioner who is or has been disabled.The government has previously refused to say how many people were interviewed for the role, although it has confirmed that the successful candidate – when they are finally appointed – will be someone who is or has been a disabled person.last_img read more

Figures from across Labour are redoubling their ef

first_imgFigures from across Labour are redoubling their efforts to root out antisemitism from the party. Tom Watson has told colleagues in the Parliamentary Labour Party this afternoon that his team plans to log and monitor all antisemitism complaints. Appearing on The Andrew Marr Show on Sunday, he revealed that 50 cases were passed on to him by Labour MPs during the week, and called for Jeremy Corbyn to “take a personal lead on examining those cases”. Now the deputy leader has pledged to act as an extra safeguard, making sure that action is taken when MPs and peers raise antisemitism complaints.Following expressions of frustration over allegations of antisemitism not being dealt with “in an adequate and timely manner”, Watson says he requested that the PLP be able to refer cases and receive updates from a named staff member. “Jennie Formby was very clear that she sees it as her responsibility to be your point of contact,” read the email he sent to MPs and peers today. Watson has therefore given colleagues the Labour general secretary’s contact details and informed them that he “would like to see any issue or complaint” raised with her. “From now on my team will be logging and monitoring all complaints. I will ensure that this information is shared with… Jeremy Corbyn, the shadow cabinet and colleagues on the national executive committee.”Meanwhile, Momentum chair and co-founder Jon Lansman has questioned the motivations of Skwawkbox, a website known to be well-briefed by the Labour leadership. “Why does @skwawkbox seek to understate the problem?” the Jeremy Corbyn ally asked. In accordance with the figures recently released by Formby, he pointed out that “the most serious cases” have not yet been decided by the national constitutional committee (NCC) and a “proactive approach” would increase the number of cases still. The NEC member continued: “Just last Friday we referred 19 out of 35 cases reviews to the NCC almost all with a strong recommendation for expulsion.”1/2 Why does @skwawkbox seek to understate the problem? Just 61 people have gone following disciplinary action but the most serious cases are those awaiting hearings at the NCC and a proactive approach would yield many more cases than waiting for others to refer them— Jon Lansman (@jonlansman) February 25, 2019Lansman told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme this morning that there are now a “much larger number of people with hardcore antisemitic opinion” in the Labour Party, and they are “polluting the atmosphere” in some local meetings and particularly online. He later clarified via a tweet that there are “perhaps a few hundred” of these “hardcore antisemites” out of Labour’s half-a-million strong membership. But it would seem that, although the Momentum chief wants to make clear that the antisemitism problem comes from a very small number of members, he is becoming increasingly outspoken on the need to handle it better – even calling out fellow Corbyn allies.Tags:Tom Watson /Labour /Antisemitism /Jon Lansman /last_img read more

Sex Worker Abatement Unit formed at Mission Police Station

first_imgAt last night’s monthly community meeting at Mission Police Station, Captain Gaetano Caltagirone addressed an uptick in burglaries, car break-ins and overall crime in the district. But before the floor could open up to the concerns of the citizenry (and their accompanying dogs), Caltagirone announced the initiation of a “Sex Worker Abatement Unit.”The unit, he said, is already in operation. Upon hearing this, one attendee spoke out in immediate support.“It’s like night and day,” she said. “Whatever you are doing, please keep it up. It’s becoming like a residential area again.”Residents living along Shotwell and Capp Streets have long been clamoring for enhanced patrols and police interdiction to stem prostitution on their doorstops. And at Tuesday’s meeting, Caltagirone said the new unit was formed as a result of the complaints he received last month. The Sex Worker Abatement Unit, he continued, has already registered some arrests. Some 20 officers applied, but only four were selected, he noted.According to Caltagirone, the unit has arrested “Johns” — men soliciting prostitutes — as well as pimps. Any ensnared sex workers, he said, have been offered services and assistance in getting out of the sex trade. These so-called LEADS — Law Enforcement Assistance Diversion — social programs will be offered instead of the usual arrest and citation process. Rather than a trip in the paddy wagon, one officer said, a car ride to the station and a social-worker visit are offered.This initiative, he said, was modeled after a pilot program in Seattle.“Every time we encounter a sex worker, we ask them, ‘Do you have a pimp? Do you want to get out of this business?’” Caltagirone said.This news was, by and large, well-received by the meeting attendees. A few people did express concerns that renewed attempts at prosecuting and enforcing laws along the two streets would unfairly target low-income people of color. The captain countered that the unit’s arrests covered a “wide range” of solicitors.Tessa Brown, a Mission resident, pinned the rise of street prostitution on the closures of popular personal websites like Backpage, which ostensibly drove activity into the streets.“I just wanted to push back at the idea that all neighbors agree that we should be arresting all sex workers and more clients of sex workers,” Brown said.Instead, Brown suggested that decriminalization of sex work would reduce crime along those streets. Another attendee, Aaron Sunshine, chimed in and suggested the police ease up.“Let’s just leave the sex workers alone,” Sunshine said. Email Addresscenter_img Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletterlast_img read more

ROYCE Simmons has expressed his delight at securin

first_imgROYCE Simmons has expressed his delight at securing the services of Mark Flanagan for the next two seasons.Saints signed the 23-year-old back rower from Wests Tigers this week.“I did recommend him to the chairman,” Simmons said. “Mark is a young bloke who can play in a number of positions and is a true young pro.“He went out to Australia to try himself and wasn’t offered a massive contract at Wests. He basically paid his own way to get over there and did well.“He can play tight and on both edges, like some of the guys we have here, but he can also play a bit in the halves if we get injuries, as well as a bit of nine too.“He was a wonderful short pass on him and can straighten a guy up in defence. He gets the maximum out of his game and his body and it’s great to have him on board.“He was keen to come to a side that does so well. We didn’t have to get into a battle over money or anything like that – he wanted to be at a team that is running towards the top end of the comp.“He has learnt off the likes of Gareth Ellis and Robbie Farrah and that can only be beneficial. He will fit into the culture with the other young blokes here – the likes of Ashurst, Dixon, Foster, Hale and Makinson who are all tremendous young kids.“He will fit in good with them and we will benefit.”Simmons also said that Flanagan signing might not be the last new face coming into the Saints.“As I said last week, we will continue to wrap up our younger players first of all and then look at the Salary Cap to see how we are positioned.“I don’t think there is ever any problem in strengthening the big men up – and we could possibly find room another big front rower.“There is good depth in the back row and I see big futures for some of the younger players too.“But first things first; we have to wrap up our kids… but I have no problems in carrying another big man.”Tickets for Sunday’s Challenge Cup Quarter Final tie with Hull KR at the Stobart Stadium are still on sale. You can get yours by calling into the Stobart Stadium’s ticket office from 12pm on Sunday. You can also pay at turnstiles 1 and 2 in the North Stand.last_img read more

JOSH Jones says Saints head into their massive S

first_imgJOSH Jones says Saints head into their ‘massive’ Super League clash looking to prove their recent upturn in form isn’t temporary.The second row / centre has been an impressive performer over the last few weeks and is keen to continue that development.“It should be a great game,” he said. “We beat Wigan in a huge game and now we have to take that form to Catalan. It will be hot over there and we are really excited to play in those conditions.“Catalan have been on same form dip as us really but you can never write them off in France. The fans are passionate and the players get up for it too. The win over Wigan will mean nothing if we don’t go over there and put in a good performance.“It is a massive week for us as a club and we are up for it. We have trained well and look confident. The senior players have taken the lead and are telling us to keep our skill up and not to lose focus at this time of the year. We are going over there to do a job.“There was a lot of emotion at the end of the Wigan match. We were hugging each other, jumping around and that has lifted us all. The mood is so much better as is the belief as a team we can do well this year.“As long as we take it week by week then we will be in with a shout of finishing as high as we can. We have to give it our best shot and go into the playoffs strong. We will have players coming back then. We shocked a lot of people with how we performed against Wigan.“To be fair to the Chairman was right in what he said (in his statement). We can’t waste this year, it is massive for us with the new facilities we have, new players and a new coach. Perhaps we needed a wakeup call. Eamonn showed on telly during that Wigan match how much it meant to him. So if it is that important to him then it should be the same for us too.”Josh may be only 20 but he’s played 43 first grade matches for the Saints at centre and in the second row.The latter is his favoured position yet the former Chorley Panther knows staying in the side is more important.“I love it in the second row, the wrestle and the physical contest,” he said. “I think I’m doing quite well there but all I want to do is stay in the side. Centre is a fun place to play too.“I’m still young so playing in different positions will develop my skills and attributes. I can pick them up at centre and in the pack so I can keep on developing.”last_img read more

Community Finishes the Walk Home for teen shot and killed on walk

first_img Friends and family gathered on the corner of Emory Street and Stewart Circle where Williams was shot.Williams’ uncle talks about the importance of this event.“We want people to still remember him because he was killed at such a young age and he was a good kid. So we didn’t want to stop calling his name. So this is his tribute,” said Lloyd James.James says they also held a prayer, balloon release and candle lighting.If you would like to learn more about Aljhean Williams’ story, click here for the “Unsolved Series” full story. The community gathered to remember Aljhean Williams, who was gunned down on his walk home several years ago. (Photo: Kylie Jones/WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The community gathered tonight to “Finish the Walk Home” for Aljhean Williams. The 14-year-old was shot and killed three years ago.Williams was walking home to his grandma’s house when he was gunned down. Thursday the community remembered him by finishing the walk home.- Advertisement – last_img read more

We are all humans – Delia

first_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> Partit Nazzjonalista and Opposition leader Adrian Delia said that everyone is a human with a heart and a soul and skin tone should not create divide.During a political activity in Siġġiewi, Delia started his speech reflecting on the recent developments in the case of murder of Lassine Cisse Souleymane and said that the fact that the accused are members of the Armed Forces of Malta makes the whole thing nothing short of horrific.Delia said that we cannot allow that Malta gets associated with racism. He added that it became common place that children spend long hours play violent games that instil feeling of hatred and racism, and that the Prime Minister cannot continue saying that Malta is a safe place to live in.Adrian Delia also stated that the government is approving of the new tax directive that will be introduced by the European Union.The PN and Opposition leader also touched on corruption and said that those who are corrupt cannot fight corruption.Partit Laburista reacts Meanwhile, Partit Laburista, stated that Adrian Delia is trying to politicize the Lassine Cisse Soulaymane murder case. The party also added that the case demands absolute condemnation which however does not define Malta or the Maltese. SharePrintcenter_img WhatsApplast_img read more

Rwanda Nation to Introduce SIM Card Registration

first_imgAdvertisement The conference brought together regional operators, regulators and other stakeholders.According to Gatarayiha, Rwanda will learn from Kenya and Tanzania, which adopted the scheme. – Advertisement – The scheme will be implemented within six months after cabinet has approved the law governing it, he said.“If they have all the legal tools to implement the system and have proper laws in place, the process of registering does not take six months.”The regulator set June 12, 2012 deadline for SIM Card registration.“We have identified some challenges. First, people have been buying SIM Cards from dealers, who are not registered. So to tell a subscriber to go back and register, we have to have proper registration centres across the country near mobile users and this has to be done by operators,” he added.Benefits Relevant Links Central Africa Rwanda ICT Legal Affairs Business“In case of criminal activities, there was no way of tracking them down and for security purposes, once a subscriber is registered, phone criminality is going to be reduced significantly,” Gatarayiha said.The Director General for Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority, Prof. John S. Nkoma, said that Tanzania was the first country in the region to introduce the system.80 percent of its mobile subscribers registered so far, he said. Burundi and Uganda are yet to adopt the system.Rwanda is also carrying out a study on the entire telecommunications sector, which, among other things, is expected to recommend new interconnection fees.“The Rwf40 that is in force today, is not cost effect and everything is being considered in this case study,” Gatarayiha said, hinting that the fees could be slashed.last_img read more

Equity Bank has launched its thin SIM card to offer voice SMS

first_imgAdvertisement Yesterday, Equity Bank Group finally launched its thin SIM card to offer voice, SMS, data and mobile-to-bank money transfer services.Voice communications will charged at 4 shillings (0.04USD) across all networks and one shilling for SMS, while mobile money transfer services will be free, revealed Equity Group CEO James Mwangi.Transfer of money within Equity Bank will be free and will only attract a fee while transferring from Equity Bank account to other banks.“The free money transfer services is like Internet banking services. What we are saying is why should the low income people be paying while the rich don’t pay so that when you transfer money from your account to your mothers account there will be no charge,” Mwangi said during the launch on Monday. – Advertisement – “With Equitel you will be able to send money to any telecom, bank account or mobile phone in the country,” Mwangi added.Equitel has been set up as a Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) with infrastructure support provided by Airtel.A new thin SIM card will go for 600 Kenya shillings (5.9USD) for new customers with no accounts at Equity Bank and who may be required to open accounts with the bank to enjoy the banking services. However the other normal cards will be given for free.The thin SIM will start with the prefix of 0764 after the bank hit one million users under the 0763 prefix during the pilot project which was on the normal SIM cards.In partnership with switches in the market which include Kenswitch, Paynet and Kenya Bankers Association (KBA) customers can instantly send up to Sh1 million to all banks for Sh200 all days of the week.Safaricom had previously raised concerns that the use of the thin SIM by placing it on top of customers’ existing SIM cards would interfere with privacy, but Equity Bank won the battle and was cleared by the High Court in May.[Via]last_img read more

North Africa and Middle East governments to spend 114B on IT in

first_imgAdvertisement A forecast has predicted that  Governments in the Middle East and North Africa will spend $11.4 billion on IT products and services in 2015.The forecast from research firm Gartner Inc includes spending on internal services, software, IT services, data center, devices and telecom services.Gartner Inc said telecom services, which include fixed and mobile telecom services, will be the largest overall spending category throughout the forecast period within the government sector. – Advertisement – It is expected to be $4.7 billion in 2015, with mobile network services being the largest sub-segment with $3.1 billion in spending.“The software segment includes enterprise resource planning (ERP), supply chain management (SCM), customer relationship management (CRM), enterprise application software, infrastructure software and vertical-specific software (VSS). Software spending will grow 2.8 percent over 2014 spending, to reach US $1.2 billion in 2015,” said Anurag Gupta, research vice president at Gartner.“VSS will grow 9 percent in 2015 to reach USD $454 million. VSS are software applications that are unique to a vertical industry. In government, VSS includes software that focus on agency-specific processes and domain areas, such as revenue and tax, case management.”Via: enterpriseinnovation.netlast_img read more

7 life skills that tech will make obsolete in 2016

first_imgSocial skills that, thanks to technology, may be, if not obsolete, holding on for dear life in 2016. Image Credit: Bizj Advertisement The only constant is change, but even casual observers might recognize an acceleration in the rate of it.“Suffice to say there’s certainly been some pretty big changes since around the time that smartphones started to become ubiquitous — 2009 or 2010,” said Dr. Jean Twenge, author of Generation Me.As someone who has been documenting the sweeping cultural changes and differences between generations for years, Twenge is a keen observer of the seismic activity happening before our eyes. She contends that they’re happening more quickly than ever before. “Trends that were either heading in that direction are now really heading in that direction,” she told me.It might be easy to assume that the changes are being driven by coming-of-age millennials, Twenge told me that there’s actually a significant gap between those born in the 1980s and those born in the 1990s. She calls this younger set the “iGens.” They’re adopting new technology even more rapidly than their predecessors and creating an unusual wave effect. Twenge calls it “The Time Period Effect,” which means that changes are not just impacting iGens or Millennials. “This is everybody,” she told me. – Advertisement – Which means we may be on the precipice of a slew of sea changes brought about by our all-consuming use of technology. If you haven’t noticed people changing the way they’re living, interacting and working, the differences will soon be inescapable. What follows is a list of life and social skills that, thanks to technology, may be, if not obsolete, holding on for dear life in 2016.Cursive writing When was the last time you wrote a letter — in print or cursive? Baby Boomers, those born after World War II and up to roughly 1964, may be the last great generation of letter and note writers. Millennials and iGens were likely taught cursive in school (though many school districts have been trying to kill the instruction for years), but it’s doubtful any of them are putting it into practice outside the occasional paper they have to turn in for grade school. When we want to communicate, we type, and not just on our laptops. We’re expert smartphone thumb typers.In 2016, I think the bells tolls for, at least, cursive writing. It will fade away and eventually be as ubiquitous in everyday life as Latin.Addressing and mailing letters If you’re not writing letters anymore, the process of writing the destination on an envelope might seem foreign to you. Even the most popular time of the year for snail mail is under attack. Dr. Twenge told me that last year a friend of hers said they would no longer send Christmas family photos since everyone sees them all over Facebook. Similarly, the yearly Christmas letters seem redundant in our always-sharing society.And no, life-event mailings like wedding invitations and baby announcements are not beyond the influence of technology. They, too, are being overtaken by Facebook and electronic invite apps and services.In 2016, letters, post cards and hand-written envelopes will sigh a last gasp and expire.Map reading Remember when everyone took Apple to task for introducing a terrible Maps App? We were all so spoiled by the depth, utility and accuracy of Google Maps, that none of us could imagine anyone getting cartography wrong. Apple, of course, revised and significantly improved Apple Maps, but our obsession with direction delivered to us on demand and on a turn-by-turn basis means none of us are actually using maps anymore.When you get directions from one of your favorite map apps, don’t you just look at the steps and ignore the maps? How many of use still remember what latitude and longitude means? What about the scale that usually appears on maps? You could use that to eyeball how many miles it is between your location and your destination.Modern map apps ask nothing of you except an address. In 2016, you’ll encounter more people who have either forgotten their map skills or never had them in the first place.Library skills Library use is on the decline. A recent Pew Research Study put Library usage for those over 16 years old at 46%, a significant drop compared to 2012, when it was at 53%. One of the more interesting stats in this study, though, was the percentage of people who go there solely to use the computers or free Wi-Fi: 27%. These are not people who are really using the library and I bet if you asked them to find a book using the old-school Dewey Decimal System, they’d look at you as if you had two volumes of The Complete Works of Shakespeare for a head.Even those who do go to the library to find books have the benefit of a fully digital lookup system, which basically hand-holds them until they pull the book off the shelf.We also used to visit the library to do research, but with Google and Wikipedia, who really does that anymore? It’s okay. You use Wikipedia. Admit it.Library skills of all kinds are already atrophying and 2016 will see the expiration of that library card.Face-to-Face communication “Hello, how are you? …You’re well? That’s good. Send me a photo so I can see how you’re doing.” That would represent a pretty typical conversation between people who know each other fairly well, but never see each other in person, even if they’re sitting next to each other (I have witnessed teens texting each other from across the couch). It doesn’t matter if you’re young or old, we all have a lot of conversations in text, on Facebook, on Twitter or maybe Snapchat. Seeing people and talking face-to-face is very 20th century and not very hip or cool.For those of us who have a few decades of human-to-human conversation under our belts, this change is not particularly difficult or devastating, but for iGens and some Millennials it means they barely know how to carry on a face-to-face conversation.However, before you jump to conclusions and say that the end of face-to-face conversation will mean the loss of the ability to read facial queues, Dr. Twenge told me that there still have been no studies showing that this is a fact. On the other hand, there is anecdotal evidence. She recalled one study where people were sent to an electronics-free camp and soon their non-verbal communication skills did improve. Yet, Dr. Twenge insists, “We need a lot more data.” Something I think she’s bound to get in 2016.[related-posts]Taking photos that aren’t selfies Our obsession with taking pictures of ourselves is so great, it inspired at least one new invention, the selfie stick, and even resulted in some deaths.The trend toward more selfies doesn’t surprise Dr. Twenge who reminded me that newer, younger generations put a greater “emphasis on the self and less on social rules.”Whatever the cause, selfies and all the tools available to create better selfies are not going anywhere. And as we take more pictures of ourselves, we take fewer of other people and things. In 2016, the ability to properly take pictures of things that are not ourselves – framing, composition, capturing the moment — could see a significant drop in 2016. At the very least, I expect many people to forget how to smile for a photo without making a duckface.Patience and attention spans We are so flooded with digital stimuli on our computers, laptops and phones and with instant access to information that we both lack the ability to wait for anything and have the attention spans of gnats.The lack of patience has led to people angrily tapping on their iPads when a Web page doesn’t load in less than a second and wondering why Google Maps is taking so long to deliver their pre-packed directions to the mall. In 2016, the lack of patience epidemic will reach record levels.If you have no patience, good luck actually paying attention to anything for any length of time. We have all become the dogs in Pixar’s Up. Our lives are full of squirrels to distract us from our core task. In fact, I suspect you got distracted paragraphs ago and have not bothered to read this far. I’d say my work here is done.[Mashable]last_img read more

Silicon Valley Veteran Bill Campbell Dies at 76

first_imgBill Campbell dies at 76 after battling with cancer. Image Credit: idownloadblog Advertisement According to Reuters, Silicon Valley veteran Bill Campbell, who advised tech leaders including Apple’s Steve Jobs and Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, passed on yesterday after a long battle with cancer, his family said.Campbell was chief executive of tax software maker Intuit Inc from 1994 to 1998 and again for a few months until January 2000. He retired in January this year as the company’s chairman, a post he had held since 1998.He has served on a number of boards, including Apple Inc. Campbell, known as “The Coach”, had served on Apple’s board for 17 years, before stepping down in 2014. – Advertisement – A statement from his family said he passed away in his sleep.“He helped us build Google and in countless ways made our success possible,” Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Alphabet Inc, said in a post.“His contribution to the success of Google and now Alphabet is incalculable,” Schmidt said.“Just hearing the news about Bill Campbell. Horrible. Called me on my last day at Twitter & had both the funniest & most insightful comments,” former Twitter CEO Dick Costolo tweeted.Just hearing the news about Bill Campbell. Horrible. Called me on my last day at Twitter & had both the funniest & most insightful comments— dick costolo (@dickc) April 18, 2016last_img read more

Apps Roundup Uber is coming to Kampala MTN launches Webphone app more

first_imgAdvertisement It’s a Saturday that means we bring to you the round up of all the apps that made news during the week.To start off, Uber is coming to Kampala! Yes, ride-hailing service Uber posted a job opening on their website for an Operations and Logistics Manager in Kampala. Uber, now operational in Nairobi and Mombasa in East Africa will be looking to come to Kampala as their expansion plans in Africa continues.Local telecom giant, MTN on Monday introduced a new mobile and web app called the MTN WebPhone. The app is an alternative cost-effective way of communication for frequent travelers and those living in the diaspora offering the same call rates as local call charges, to any network in Uganda. – Advertisement – To the world of Instant Messaging apps, Viber introduced end-to-end encryption a month after WhatsApp turned on full end-to-end encryption. Viber’s new privacy feature will provide complete encryption across all devices. Viber also launched ‘Hidden Chats’ allowing users to hide specific chats from the main screen so no-one but the user knows they exist.Facebook has began the global roll out for group calling support for Android and iOS devices for it’s Messenger app which is currently limited to only 50 members.Related, Telegram is giving away $1 million to developers that build bots for its chat app. Telegram will give the cash as a grant at $25,000 per bot and all you have to do is “create an impressive bot” using the company’s Bot API. Contact BotSupport, using #BotPrize, to submit.Still on Bots, Microsoft introduced its skype bots during its Build 2016 conference, and now these same bots are coming to the Web and Mac too.Let’s skip to browsers! The big news around this was Google hit a milestone with its Chrome browser passing 1 billion monthly active users. This was after the company released its 50th Chrome update.Opera browser on the other hand had a trick of it’s own, with its new update rolling out with a free built-in VPN service. Opera says its VPN offers 256-bit encryption and replaces your IP address with a virtual one to make it difficult to trace your location and identify your computer and it also helps you access region-locked content like streaming video and social networks.Finally, Shazam announced the launch of Shazam for Brands. This will introduce new technology and content tools for brands to utilize data and engagement in a way defined by the very audiences they seek. Coca-Cola is already using this new technology in its “Share a Coke® and a Song” campaign.So that’s a quick round up of all the stories that headlined during the week in the apps section. Be sure to check out the full stories in the links provided in case you missed and stay tuned to PC Tech for everything tech.You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter to get the news as they break and stay informed. Have a great weekend!last_img read more

WHO Launches First Africa Innovation Challenge for Health Startups

first_imgPhilips UNICEFs maternal and newborn health innovations project. (Photo Courtesy: ArtMatters) Advertisement The World Health Organization (WHO) has launched its first Africa Innovation Challenge calling upon innovators, researchers and community-based initiatives that are working on novel solutions to improve health outcomes.This Challenge will prioritize innovative and scalable healthcare solutions for selection in the categories of Product Innovation, Service Innovation, and Social Innovation. In addition will also provide continued support to healthcare innovators through a digital platform in the longer term.Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa in a statement said the innovation challenge recognize the critical need for innovations to address the continent’s challenges in healthcare. – Advertisement – The launch of the challenge serves as a precursor to the Africa Health Forum that will be held in Cape Verde in March 2019 – where finalists will be given an opportunity to showcase their innovations and meet with top political, government and business leaders in the health space. August 2019 in Brazzaville, Congo, finalists will exhibit their solutions at the annual meeting of Ministers of Health from the WHO African Region.Applicants can send in submission (FOLLOW LINK) not later than December 10 at midnight. Entries will be assessed based on the innovation’s potential impact on health in Africa. In addition the possibility of their innovations being replicated or scaled-up.last_img read more

Nano research fit for a king

first_imgAddThis ShareCONTACT: Mike WilliamsPHONE: 713-348-6728EMAIL: mikewilliams@rice.edu Nano research fit for a kingRice University scientists test strength of composite bonds one nanotube at a timeArthur pulled a sword from a stone, proving to a kingdom that right beats might. Researchers at Rice University are making the same point in the nanoscale realm.In this case, the sword is a multiwalled carbon nanotube and the stone is a bead of epoxy. Knowing precisely how much strength is needed to pull the nanotube from the bead is essential to materials scientists advancing the art of making stronger, lighter composites for everything from sporting goods to spacecraft. A team led by Jun Lou, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering and materials science at Rice, and first author Yogeeswaran Ganesan, who recently earned his doctorate in Lou’s lab, has published a paper in the American Chemical Society journal Applied Materials and Interfaces describing its work to measure the interface toughness of carbon nanotube-reinforced epoxy composites. Lou, Ganesan and their colleagues have a second new paper in ACS Nano on using the same technique to measure the effect of nitrogen doping on the mechanical properties of carbon nanotubes.Nanotubes are finding their way into products as manufacturers bank on their reputation for strength and lightness. One can buy baseball bats, tennis rackets and high-priced bicycles reinforced with nanotubes.“Carbon nanotubes are so small (a strand of hair is 50,000 times wider) that in order to use them on the human scale, you have to do something to make them bigger,” Lou said.One such way is to mix them into composites, an imperfect science that involves much trial and error since the possible strength of the interface between every type of nanotube and every type of base material is not well understood. Lou and his team intend to eliminate the guesswork with a way to measure important properties of a composite before the first batch is mixed. “You don’t want to spend a lot of time and money on a fancy chemical treatment without knowing what’s happening at the critical interface,” Lou said. Single-fiber pullout tests have been used since the early days of composite manufacturing to measure not only the strength of a bond but when, why and how it will break. That’s hard on the nanoscale. Others have used atomic force microscopes as part of the pulling mechanism, but the method has its limitations, Lou said. The Rice team has built a better device: a spring-loaded, push-pull micromechanical assembly on a silicon chip that allows researchers to string a multiwalled nanotube to a blanket of epoxy on one side while the other is held firmly in place with a platinum anchor. Pressing down on the spring applies equal force to both sides, allowing researchers to see just how much is needed to pull the tube from the epoxy. The team reported in the first paper that forces binding multiwalled nanotubes to a general-purpose epoxy called Epon 828 were actually weaker than they expected. “We have started to understand that adding nanotubes to bulk material doesn’t always give you better properties,” Lou said. “You have to be very careful about how you add them in and what kind interface they form.”Because batches of nanotubes tend to stick together, some manufacturers functionalize their surfaces to disperse them before mixing into a material. “But that can disrupt the outer wall, and that’s a bad thing,” Lou said. “If you do something to make nanotubes easily dispersible but decrease their intrinsic strength, you’re shooting yourself in the foot.” On the other hand, he said, “If manufacturers need a tough material that absorbs energy without breaking, a weaker interface may not be a bad thing. During this pullout process, there’s a lot of friction at the interface of the nanotube and the matrix, and friction is effectively a way to dissipate energy.”Sometimes the end product is better if the nanotube deforms plastically before it breaks. In the ACS Nano paper, the team compared the tensile strength of pristine versus nitrogen-doped multiwalled carbon nanotubes. They found the pristine tubes tend to snap in a brittle fashion, while nitrogen-doped tubes exhibit signs of plasticity — “necking” before they break. That may be desirable for certain materials, Lou said. “You don’t build a bridge out of ceramic. You build it out of steel because of its plasticity.“If we can develop a nanotube composite with room-temperature plasticity, it’s going to be fantastic,” he said. “It will find many, many uses.”Lou said Rice’s versatile technique for carrying out nanomechanical experiments is poised to find many long-sought answers. “Developing an ability to engineer nanocomposites with mechanical properties tailored for specific applications is the proverbial holy grail of all structural nanocomposite research,” Ganesan said. “The technique essentially takes us one step closer to achieving this goal.”Co-authors of the Applied Materials and Interfaces paper include graduate students Cheng Peng, Phillip Loya and Padraig Moloney; Yang Lu, a recent Ph.D graduate from Lou’s lab; Enrique Barrera, a professor of mechanical engineering and materials science; Boris Yakobson, Karl F. Hasselmann Chair, Professor in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science and of chemistry, and James Tour, T.T. and W.F. Chao Chair in Chemistry as well as a professor of mechanical engineering and materials science and of computer science, all of Rice; and Roberto Ballarini, James L. Record Professor and Head of the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.Authors of the ACS Nano paper included Lou, Ganesan, Peng, Lu, former postdoc researcher Lijie Ci, visiting professor Anchal Srivastava, and Pulickel Ajayan, a Rice professor in mechanical engineering and materials science and of chemistry.The National Science Foundation, the Welch Foundation and the Air Force Research Laboratory supported the research behind both papers.last_img read more

Rice U study Freestanding emergency departments in Texas deliver costly care sticker

first_imgAddThis Share9David Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduJeff Falk713-348-6775jfalk@rice.eduRice U. study: Freestanding emergency departments in Texas deliver costly care, ‘sticker shock’HOUSTON – (March 23, 2017) – The rapid growth of freestanding emergency departments in Texas has been accompanied by an equal increase in use at relatively high prices that lead to sizable out-of-pocket costs to patients, according to new research by experts at Rice University, Baylor College of Medicine, the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX).Credit: shutterstock.com/Rice UniversityThe research, published in the Annals of Emergency Medicine, analyzes more than 16 million insurance claims processed by BCBSTX from 2012 to 2015 to track the growth in use and prices for freestanding emergency departments relative to hospital-based emergency departments and urgent care centers in Texas.“These findings are significant for both patients who find themselves in need of immediate care, as well as for the overall health care system,” said research co-author Vivian Ho, the chair in health economics at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and director of the institute’s Center for Health and Biosciences. “Many patients mistakenly think that freestanding emergency departments and urgent care clinics are similar, because they are often conveniently located in neighborhood shopping centers with modest storefronts.”Ho said patients don’t realize the price difference for these two types of facilities until they receive the bill for their out-of-pocket payment. The total price of a freestanding emergency room visit averaged $2,199 in 2015 versus $168 for an urgent care clinic visit. But in each case, patients were expected to pay roughly one-third out of pocket. The average price for similar treatment at hospital-based emergency departments was $2,259 and patients would have paid 33 percent out of pocket for treatment there.“The rapid growth in freestanding emergency rooms has often occurred in areas where they are easily confused with urgent care centers,” said Jack Towsley, divisional senior vice president of health care delivery, BCBSTX. “This is concerning because charges at freestanding emergency rooms are often more than 10 times higher than urgent care centers. In many cases, these facilities do not contract with insurers and are out-of-network for patients, making patients responsible for more of the cost. Recognizing which health conditions are true emergencies and which conditions are best treated by going to a local urgent care facility or doctor’s office can save time, money and reduce overall health care costs.”“The sticker shock is alarming,” Ho said. “Insurers are being forced to pay higher prices for many health care services at freestanding emergency departments that could have been dealt with at much lower cost. These unnecessary medical costs then get passed onto all insurance consumers in terms of higher premiums.”In their analysis, the authors found that there were many more visits to hospital-based emergency departments and urgent care clinics, 1,046,545 and 926,933 in 2015, respectively, relative to freestanding emergency departments, 183,971. However, the growth in the use of freestanding emergency departments was much higher. Freestanding emergency department use rose 236 percent between 2012 and 2015, compared with growth rates of 10 percent for hospital-based emergency departments and 24 percent for urgent care clinics. The rapid growth in freestanding emergency department use is consistent with a 2015 Texas Tribune article reporting that 162 freestanding emergency departments had opened in Texas since 2010, when they were first licensed by the state.Fifteen of the 20 most common diagnoses treated at freestanding emergency departments were also in the top 20 for urgent care clinics. However, prices for patients with the same diagnosis were on average almost 10 times higher at freestanding emergency departments relative to urgent care clinics. For example, the most common diagnostic category treated at freestanding emergency departments is “other upper-respiratory infections,” which has an average price of $1,351, more than eight times the price of $165 that was paid for the same diagnosis at urgent care clinics.Thirteen of the most common procedure codes associated with freestanding emergency departments were also among the 20 most common for urgent care clinics. In cases in which the type of procedure overlapped, the total price per visit was 13 times higher in freestanding emergency departments versus urgent care clinics. For example, the price for a therapeutic or intravenous injection at a freestanding emergency department was $203, which was 11.9 times the $17 price at an urgent care clinic.The paper also discusses possible regulatory solutions to address inappropriate use of freestanding emergency departments, including limiting the amount for which these departments can balance bill patients for out-of-network care, meaning the difference between what a patient’s health insurance agrees to reimburse and what the provider chooses to charge, and requiring they display the logos of insurance companies with negotiated in-network rates, similar to businesses displaying the logos of credit card companies.“Our findings suggest that careful thought must be applied when one designs insurance plans and policies that cover freestanding emergency departments so that utilization of new services is delivered in a cost-effective manner,” the authors concluded.“Comparing Utilization and Costs of Care in Freestanding Emergency Departments, Hospital Emergency Departments and Urgent Care Clinics” was also co-authored by Cedric Dark of Baylor College of Medicine; Ellerie Weber of UTHealth’s School of Public Health; and Leanne Metcalfe, Lan Vu and Howard Underwood of BCBSTX. Ho is also a professor of economics at Rice and a professor of medicine at Baylor.The study was funded with a grant from the Texas Medical Center Health Policy Institute.-30-For more information, to receive a copy of the study or to schedule an interview with Ho, contact Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at jfalk@rice.edu  or 713-348-6775.Related materials:Ho bio: www.bakerinstitute.org/experts/vivian-ho.Follow the Baker Institute via Twitter @BakerInstitute.Follow the Center for Health and Biosciences via Twitter @BakerCHB.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.last_img read more

Harvey and early childhood educators focus of Rice USave the Children conference

first_imgShareMEDIA ADVISORYDavid Ruthdavid@rice.edu713-348-6327Jeff Falkjfalk@rice.edu713-348-6775Harvey and early childhood educators focus of Rice U./Save the Children conference July 23-25HOUSTON – (July 19, 2018) – A special conference July 23-25 at Rice University will bring together teachers and administrators across the Greater Houston area and the Texas Gulf Coast whose classrooms, schools, homes or personal lives were impacted by Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey.Courtesy of Rice’s Glasscock SchoolThe conference, “Caring for Children, Caring for Ourselves,” will be hosted by the School Literacy and Culture program at Rice’s Glasscock School of Continuing Studies and Save the Children, a global humanitarian organization. The conference is designed for teachers working with children ranging from 3-year-olds to first-graders and will be taught by staff from both organizations.Registration is now closed, but teachers and administrators who are interested can join a waitlist at http://glasscock.rice.edu/courses/caring-our-children-caring-ourselves. Members of the news media who want to cover the conference should RSVP to Jeff Falk at jfalk@rice.edu.The conference’s workshops will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. July 23 and from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. July 24-25 at Fondren Library (Kyle Morrow Room) on the Rice campus, 6100 Main St.“As early childhood educators, we know that children look to us as helpers and desperately need opportunities to engage in meaningful conversations about Hurricane Harvey and other traumatic events,” said School Literacy and Culture Director Karen Capo. “To do this, we must first attend to our own well-being. This conference will support the emotional needs of early childhood professionals while also providing specific ideas for supporting the young children in our care.”In October, a month and a half after Harvey struck Houston and led to extended school closures, Capo and colleagues had hosted more than 175 Houston-area early childhood educators at the Glasscock School for a summit, “Look for the Helpers, Listen for the Stories.” Participants took home a tote full of resources and classroom materials that encouraged both teachers and children to discover the power of story and play to heal.The president and CEO of Save the Children, Carolyn Miles, is a member of the advisory board at Rice’s Doerr Institute for New Leaders. Miles visited the university in February to discuss global child health challenges, a presentation Capo attended and which led to the collaboration between School Literacy and Culture and Save the Children.For a map of Rice University’s campus with parking information, go to www.rice.edu/maps.-30-Follow the Glasscock School via Twitter @GlasscockSchool.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,970 undergraduates and 2,934 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 quality of life and for lots of race/class interaction and No. 2 for happiest students 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. AddThislast_img read more

Natural disasters widen wealth gap between whites and blacks

first_img Return to article. Long DescriptionJames Elliott“Across the United States, communities are experiencing increases in the frequency and severity of natural disasters,” said Elliott, a professor and department chair of sociology at Rice and a fellow at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research. “The prevalence of these damages is worrisome enough, but equally disconcerting are the social inequalities they can leave in their wake.”Elliott said natural disasters were responsible for an increase in inequality between homeowners and renters in the hardest hit areas during 1999-2013. The biggest gaps in wealth were between whites and blacks.“The longitudinal study on which these findings are based was motivated by the reality that “these events keep happening,” Elliott said. “This is not a California problem, this is not a Texas problem, this is not a Florida problem. It’s an American problem.”The paper, “As Disaster Costs Rise, So Does Inequality,” is available online. Elliott’s previous work on this topic, together with lead author Junia Howell of the University of Pittsburgh and Rice’s Kinder Institute, is available here.For more information or to schedule an interview with Elliott, contact him directly at james.r.elliott@rice.edu. Rice is closed for winter break from Dec. 22 through Jan. 1.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.-30-This news release can be found online at news.rice.edu.Follow Rice News and Media Relations on Twitter @RiceUNews.Photo link: http://news.rice.edu/files/2018/08/41917739_l-1mmn0e6.jpgPhoto credit: 123rf.com/Rice UniversityJim Elliott bio: https://sociology.rice.edu/jim-elliottJim Elliott photo: https://cpb-us-e1.wpmucdn.com/news-network.rice.edu/dist/c/2/files/2018/08/Jim_Elliott_PR_Photo-2fze2an.jpgPhoto credit: Jeff Fitlow/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 ShareRice UniversityOffice of Public Affairs / News & Media RelationsEXPERT ALERTDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduAmy McCaig713-348-6777amym@rice.eduNatural disasters widen wealth gap between whites and blacksRice expert available to discuss HOUSTON – (Dec. 20, 2018) – From wildfires to hurricanes, it’s been a year full of natural disasters in the U.S. Jim Elliott, a Rice University sociologist and co-author of a recent paper about disasters’ role in the growth of the wealth gap between whites and blacks, is available to discuss this topic as the year draws to a close. James Elliottcenter_img AddThislast_img read more

DMSB Keynote Speaker Encourages MBAs New Startups and More – Boston News

first_imgDMSB Keynote Speaker Encourages MBAs, New Startups, and More – Boston News Let’s explore some of the most interesting stories that have emerged from Boston business schools this week.Life is Like a Venture Investment, Biotech Entrepreneur Tells Business Graduates – D’Amore-McKim BlogThe Northeastern University D’Amore-McKim School of Business selected biotech entrepreneur Dr. Gerald Chan as the keynote speaker at the DMSB graduation ceremony last month.Dr. Chan, whose private investment firm Morningside Group funds “life sciences startups that are working to discover new ways to treat disease,” implored the assembled crowd at Matthews Arena to “live a life that makes themselves and their loved ones proud” even if “life can be at times so scary and at other times so exhilarating.” Dr. Chan shared a personal anecdote about his father’s refusal to accept a job at casino on ethical grounds: “Had he accepted that offer, our family would have become financially richer. But because he acted on his ethical principles against his own economic interest, my family can stand tall today.”D’Amore-McKim School of Business graduates, during last month’s ceremony / Photo via damore-mckim.northeastern.eduYou can read the full article here for a complete overview of the ceremony.Winning Paper Shows Network Effects Fuel Business Value and Upend Strategy – Questrom School of Business BlogBU Questrom School of Business‘ Marshall Van Alstyne recently co-authored new research that finds that “platform businesses” that depend on high numbers of users like Microsoft, Apple, Uber, Google, and Amazon scale much faster by moving value creation from “internal production to external orchestration.”In “Platform Ecosystems: How Developers Invert the Firm,” Van Alstyne and his co-authors conclude that this approach will reverberate through “every part of a business, from marketing to operations to human resources.”“Instead of a firm doing all its own marketing, consumers can add value through viral marketing. Instead of AirBnB incurring operating costs of a hotel stay, ecosystem partners bear those costs.”“Instead of hiring employees inside the firm, platforms rely on freelancers outside the firm. In each of these instances, the value-creating activity shifts from inside to outside the firm. This shift affects all of the traditional business functions. It also has profound implications for fair division of wealth in society.”You can read the full article here and the complete paper here.25 MIT Startups To Watch – MIT Sloan NewsroomOn Saturday, September 8, Bill Aulet, Managing Director of the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship told the crowd at the MIT Kresge Auditorium, “We’re not just going to be doing another dating app.”“We’re going to be doing things like addressing inclusion in society, making a more informed citizen throughout the world, cybersecurity, mental health, urbanization, improving ed-tech, improving health care. These are significant problems that the brightest people in the world should be working on, and those people are MIT students.”The ambitions Aulet spoke about were created from the 25 startups built within the MIT delta v accelerator, which you can check out here. 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 regions: Bostoncenter_img RelatedCryptocurrency Volatility, a Vacation App, and More – Boston NewsLet’s explore some of the most interesting stories that have emerged from Boston business schools this week. Digital Tulips: High Risks, High Rewards in ICOs – Carroll School News Boston University Carroll School of Management Assistant Professor of Finance Leonard Kostovetsky and Ph.D. candidate Hugo Benedetti (’19) recently co-authored a…July 13, 2018In “Boston”Best Boston Entrepreneurship MBAsClimbing the corporate ladder has gone the way of the Dodo. There’s genuine concern that employees no longer have faith investing their prime years in large corporations that bankrupted, decimated retirement plans and left the economy in shambles back in 2008. Now more than ever, the trend among those with some gumption and likely a small degree…November 1, 2016In “Featured Home”How To Create Your Own Internship, and More – Boston NewsLet’s explore some of the most interesting stories that have emerged from Boston business schools this week. How to Land an Internship That Doesn’t Exist Yet – D’Amore-McKim Blog The D’Amore-McKim School of Business at Northeastern University recently published an account of how Matheus Dos Santos, DMSB ’19 created his…June 14, 2018In “Boston” Last Updated Sep 19, 2018 by Jonathan PfefferFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail last_img read more