Month: July 2019

Department for Work and Pensions DWP officers wh

first_imgDepartment for Work and Pensions (DWP) officers who attend benefit appeal tribunals are being asked by their bosses how many high-level awards to disabled people they have been able to prevent.DWP has finally released information that shows that the presenting officers (POs) it sends to personal independence payment (PIP) appeals must report back to their bosses afterwards on whether they persuaded the tribunal not to grant an enhanced PIP award.The same applies for those sent to employment and support allowance (ESA) appeals, with POs having to tell their managers whether they persuaded the tribunal not to award the claimant eligibility for the ESA support group.The information that POs have to provide to their managers after an ESA tribunal includes: “PO impact – Was SG award averted?” and for those attending PIP tribunals: “PO impact – was enhanced PIP award averted?”The Collins dictionary definition of “avert” is “to turn away or aside” or “to ward off”, as in “to avert danger”, while Oxford Dictionaries, publishers of the Oxford English Dictionary, defines avert as “turn away” or “prevent or ward off (an undesirable occurrence)”.The information came in response to a Disability News Service (DNS) freedom of information (foi) request that was submitted last September.Marsha de Cordova, Labour’s shadow minister for disabled people, yesterday (Wednesday) described DWP’s admission as “truly appalling”.DNS has been in contact with a DWP civil servant working on the PIP “frontline” – who is also a former PIP case manager – who has warned that POs are being given the “target” of stopping enhanced PIP payments.It was this civil servant who first told DNS last September that every PO had to tell their manager if they had prevented an enhanced PIP award when they returned from a tribunal appeal.This has finally been confirmed this week by the foi response, which lists about 40 pieces of information that POs need to pass to their manager on their return from an appeal, including whether new evidence was produced, if the PO agreed with the tribunal’s decision, and whether they managed to “avert” a higher level award.The DWP civil servant said: “That is not fair justice, nor the correct outcome.“If the fair justice and correct outcome is any combination of Nil, Standard, Enhanced [the three levels of PIP eligibility], then the system should be working towards that.“However, with Government trying to subvert justice by restricting enhanced payments, then it is something I must try and highlight and fight.”He said this attempt to restrict enhanced payments was placing an “immoral pressure” on POs.De Cordova said: “The idea that the ‘impact’ of DWP staff is being assessed on whether they managed to get ESA support group or enhanced PIP awards ‘averted’ is truly appalling.“Presenting officers are supposed to be there to provide fair and balanced evidence of a claimant’s needs.“In May last year, freedom of information requests revealed that the DWP was setting targets to reject 80 per cent of social security appeals at mandatory reconsideration.“They clearly haven’t changed their approach.”She added: “The whole system is broken: from assessments where, for example, only eight per cent of claimants think assessors understood their mental health, through to appeals where judges are overturning over 67 per cent of initial ESA and PIP decisions.“Labour will scrap the current PIP and ESA assessments, bringing an end to the Conservatives’ failed, privatised assessment system.“Instead of enforcing a culture of distrust and cost-cutting, we will work with disabled people to ensure that they have personalised, holistic support to live full and independent lives.”It is the latest in a series of damning revelations about PIP, which continued earlier this month with three DNS reports based on data released to campaigner John Slater by DWP, again under the Freedom of Information Act.That data revealed “devastating” proof of the “shocking” performance of DWP contractors Capita and Atos in delivering PIP assessments during 2016.Over the last year, DNS has also heard from about 300 PIP claimants who have described their experiences of dishonest PIP assessors from Capita and Atos.Slater said: “Surely the only concern for POs or any civil servant within the DWP is that a claimant gets the social security benefits they are entitled to, paid at the appropriate rate for their specific circumstances.“People’s behaviour changes to meet the targets/measures that they believe they are being monitored against.“If POs specifically have to report about enhanced PIP or ESA support group being awarded, then any reasonable person must conclude that the DWP sees it as their job to stop that happening.“The obvious risk is the POs will do things that break the rules/law to achieve their targets.”Information published by DWP states that the role of a PO is both to present the department’s case, but also to “draw the [first tier tribunal’s] attention to new points in the appellant’s favour”.The minister for disabled people, Sarah Newton, said last November that DWP was “recruiting, training and deploying” about 150 POs to attend PIP and ESA tribunals “in order to present the Secretary of State’s case and support the First tier Tribunal in arriving at the right decision”.Instead of providing balanced information that is fair to the claimant, the department’s freedom of information response appears to show that POs are being told to prevent as many enhanced awards as they can for PIP and ESA.A DWP spokeswoman declined to say whether Newton was aware that her department appeared to be breaching both the spirit and the letter of the law on ESA and PIP; what action Newton would take; and how she responded to the comments from one of her own civil servants.But in a statement, she said: “The role of the presenting officer (PO) is to present at first tier tribunal (FtT) hearings and support the FtT in making the right decision.“At the tribunal the PO is able to set out why the department has reached the decision it has based on the evidence supplied to date.“Frequently more evidence is supplied on the day of the tribunal, and by having a PO in attendance the department is able to consider this new evidence alongside the tribunal and, if appropriate, change the original decision.“A PO is not there to prevent an award being changed, but to ensure that the award is correct.“For example, judges have recently commented on the improved appeal responses, which are more personalised and better focused on areas such as mobilising descriptors.“We have improved our feedback processes and in many cases our POs have actively supported people to increase their awards when further evidence is presented at Tribunal. This includes applying new descriptors in favour of the claimant.“At a recent tribunal, a PO was able to point out that case law had changed in the favour of the claimant, and this resulted in the judge and PO jointly agreeing on an increased award.“This demonstrates our commitment to law and instructions whilst understanding the complex needs of some of our customers.“In addition to making sure the right entitlement of benefit is awarded, the PO is also able to provide valuable feedback on why a decision may have changed.“This is fed back to decision makers and forms part of any improvements we can make to our processes.”DNS has now submitted a fresh freedom of information request to ask DWP whether the number of enhanced and support group awards that POs prevent affects any bonuses they receive.last_img read more

SAINTS travel to Salford this Thursday looking to

first_imgSAINTS travel to Salford this Thursday looking to continue their good start to the Super League season.Nathan Brown’s men have won both their games so far to sit top of the table with a number of clubs who are also two from two.And they face one of those 100 ‘per centers’ this week.“We’re two from two and have beaten Warrington who will be top four and Hull who have been historically in the next tier,” Brown said. “They are two sides that will win more than they lose and are contenders.“We’ve done what we wanted to but I’d like to think we are going to improve a fair bit, especially on the first half last Friday.”Jordan Turner should be fit to play after he suffered a head knock in the win over Hull FC on Friday.Mose Masoe is very close too – but this game could come a couple of weeks too early.“Mose has come out of rehab this week and is fit, but it’s now a case of when he is physically in the right shape,” Brown continued. “He’s working hard in rehab but he’s probably not quite right to play at the moment.“We will be guided by the training staff but of course the sooner he gets playing the better.”Saints take on a significantly new look Salford this Thursday and Brown reckons they’ve been good value so far.“Salford have done what they’ve needed to do,” Brown said. “They were good in the first half against Wakefield and then held on, and had a convincing win at London.“I think what’s happened there has been great for the game. This game in particular in the past could have been seen as a standard St Helens win I suppose. It’s a good rugby league story which is good for the game and the competition.“Look at Wigan against the Roosters, they did well, but if they played more games against sides spending the cap then the comp would be better and they probably would have been more prepared. There’s certainly no negative to Salford.”Saints will also line-up against two former members of this parish.“Yeah, it will be good to see Tony Puletua and Francis Meli,” Brown continued. “They have no points to prove to us though. They were more than welcome to stay at the club but their budget is what it is and we have younger players coming through.“Franny and TP served the club well and Franny in particular has left a legacy with Josh Jones, Mark Percival, Tommy Makinson and Adam Swift.”Tickets remain on sale from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or by logging on here.last_img read more

ON the scoreboard maybe it was tied 1414 but in c

first_imgON the scoreboard maybe it was tied 14-14 but in chances created the Saints were by far the better team and consequently the more disappointed with the end result, writes Graham Henthorne.Especially as having fallen 10-4 behind at the start of the second period, the Saints showed no little character to come back and take the lead again.The Saints were the first on the scoresheet with Tom Nisbett showing great presence of mind to not give up on a ball which had ricocheted up in the air from Jake Wingfield’s hard pass. Far from turning his back he calmly caught the ball then dropped to the floor to score.Great defence from Christian Kellett and Brandon Scully saved holding the Wire player up and away from the line saved a try as did a fine tackle from Kelvin Ojeaburu to put his opposite number in touch.In fact after a dodgy first carry where he was driven backwards, as the night wore on the contributions from this powerful winger became more and more telling. Be it defensively, shepherding defenders into touch, or with ball in hand terrifying defenders into giving away penalties to stop him.The home side drew level with the softest of dummy half darts over the line, the first of two in the game to the substitute hooker.As the half drew to a close Nisbett was denied a second dropping Luke Ward’s pass after a sweeping cross field move.Ian Lomax and his coaching staff asked the side to believe in themselves which translated into a good first set followed by a great kick and chase from Jack Welsby, who along with Brandon O’Neill and Josh Simm forced the full back in goal to get a repeat set. Unfortunately three tackles in O’Neill knocked on trying to creep over from the play the ball.Minutes later and the Saints were behind to the second soft try from dummy half but the team didn’t collapse as in previous matches rather they dug deep and again put the home side under increasing pressure in their own half.Ryan Horne was sopped short and Joe Sharratt just failed to take Welsby’s crash ball at the line.The home side were reduced to 12 after a fourth shoulder charge from a home player.The Saints capitalised on the numerical advantage as first Horne and Matty Foster were held short and then Kellett had a try disallowed when adamant he was over the line.The Saints were continuing to have joy down the right hand side. Sean Croston jumped down the short side but his pass went behind the unlucky Nisbett.But minutes later Welsby saw his path left blocked so quickly ducked back right, beat seven or eight on a mazy run straightening at the last to commit the winger before putting Josh Simm on a 20 metre run to the line.Simm just missed the touchline conversion leaving the Saints still two behind.But minutes later that man Simm earned the Saints a penalty when he was dragged into touch after the tackle as complete and three tackles later Ryan Horne gave the Wire a touch of their own medicine diving over from close range.The Saints jumped for joy like they’d won the game but with four minutes left there was ample time for a sting in the tail. And that’s exactly what they got as with seconds left a chip over from the Wire found the winger who despite being suspiciously offside was allowed to catch the ball and beat the despairing efforts of Jamie Little to score in the corner.Justifiably the conversion was missed as it would have been a bitter pill to swallow to lose in such a fashion after showing great character in coming from behind.There is much to build on for next year in this and the previous display. The core of the side are still available and will be the better for the exposure they have gained this year.Match Summary:Warrington:Tries: Alex Oldroyd (21 & 43), Liam Jones (69).Goals: Riley Dean (1 from 2), Taylor Brown (0 from 1).St Helens:Tries: Tom Nisbett (8), Josh Simm (60), Ryan Horne (64).Goals: Ryan Horne (1 from 1), Jack Welsby (0 from 1), Josh Simm (0 from 1).Half Time: 4-4Full Time: 14-14Teams:Warrington:1. Brad Holroyd; 2. Liam Jones, 3. Liam Brinksman, 4. Matthew Drake, 5. Andrew Bulman; 6. Fynn Stanley, 7. Riley Dean; 8. Jacob Chamberlain, 9. Patrick Anglin, 10. Matt Heritage, 11. Taylor Brown, 12. Cole Oakley, 13. Jack Wright. Subs: 15. Tyler Lancaster, 16. Alex Oldroyd, 17. Brechan Stephenson, 18. James Machin, 20. Jordan Brown, 21. Jack Wilson, 22. Dec Leonard.Saints:1. Jamie Little; 5. Kelvin Ojeaburu, 4. Sean Croston, 3. Luke Ward (C), 2. Tom Nisbett; 6. Ryan Horne, 7. Jack Welsby; 8. Christian Kellett, 9. Jake Wingfield, 10. Sam Royle, 11. Brandon Scully, 12. Joe Sharratt, 13. Matty Foster. Subs: 14. Brandon O’Neill, 15. Ben Sims, 16. Zac Critchley, 17. Matthew Ashcroft, 18. Kye Siyani, 19. Josh Waterworth, 20. Josh Simm.last_img read more

Autopsy Wilmington man who died after breakins gravely injured

first_img Tuttle had apparently smashed windows at several homes in the 1800 blocks of Princess and Chestnut streets, and attempted to break into a church in the area, Dandron said. Tuttle did not take anything from the houses, according to police and the autopsy. His car was found unoccupied and running at the intersection of 15th and Market streets.At the time police found him downtown, Tuttle told them “he needed help and was poisoned,” the autopsy from the N.C. Office of the Chief Medical Examiner states.Click here to read more.Related Article: ‘Boy Meets World’ actor William Daniels scares off intruder William Tyler Tuttle (Photo: Shatterproof.org) WILMINGTON, NC (StarNews) — A Wilmington man who died after breaking into homes downtown gravely injured himself on broken glass while intoxicated, an autopsy confirmed.William Tyler Tuttle, 29, died May 25 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center’s Intensive Care Unit. Police found Tuttle at about 3 a.m. that morning attempting to break into a house on Princess Street, Wilmington Police Department spokeswoman Jennifer Dandron said at the time.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Zeta Phi Beta plans 2nd Annual ZPack It Up school supply roundup

first_img00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Incorporated is helping students in New Hanover county get ready for school by filling book bags.You can help as well by joining them Sunday for the 2nd annual Z-Pack It Up school supply round-up.- Advertisement – Bring anything school related including back packs to Coastal Kicks in Wilmington on Sunday from 1 – 5 p.m..  Sorority members will pack the bags and get them to needy kids.They are focusing on younger students, but all supplies are welcome and will be distributed.Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. was founded January 16, 1920, at Howard University, Washington, D.C.  Since its inception, Zeta has continued its steady climb into the national spotlight with programs designed to demonstrate concern for the human condition both nationally and internationally.  Zeta chapters and auxiliaries have given countless hours of voluntary service to educate the public, assist youth, provide scholarships, support organized charities, and promote legislation for social and civic change. The Sorority’s international programs such as Z-HOPE (Zetas Helping Other People Excel) through Mind, Body and Spirit serve to empower people from all walks of life.last_img read more

Brigade Boys Girls Club holding fundraiser on the Battleship

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Break out your shagging shoes and shimmy on over to the Battleship North Carolina for a fundraiser to help the Brigade Boys & Girls Club.The non-profit is holding its first ever Battleship Bash on Saturday, October 20th from 7-10 p.m. on the USS North Carolina. Tickets are $50 if purchased online, $60 the day of and include cocktails, local craft beer, hors d’ oeuvres and music by swing and shag band, The Imitations. The event is 50s, post-war/baby boom themed and aims to raise $20k for Brigade Boys & Girls Club.- Advertisement – Battleship Bash is organized by Brigade’s CORPs which stands for Club of Rising Professionals. CORPs is a young professional’s networking organization centered around volunteering with Club members, and raising funds/awareness for Brigade Boys & Girls Club.Although planned and organized by young professionals, the event hopes to draw people of all ages to attend by featuring Carolina Shag dancing and beach music-an homage to coastal culture.For information about Sponsorship opportunities, or to purchase tickets, click here.Related Article: SummerFest at the Battleship promotes fun and healthy lifestyleAbout Boys & Girls Club:Brigade Boys & Girls Club has been in the “youth development business” in our community for over 120 years; it was founded by Colonel Walker Taylor in 1896.Today Brigade serves 2,700 boys and girls across New Hanover, Pender and Onslow County. A proud affiliate of the nationally renowned Boys & Girls Club of America, Brigade has been able to expand its reach without forgetting its roots: the children it serves, and the community they call home. Their mission is to inspire and, through character development, enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.last_img read more

UNC Wilmington to play Clemson for hurricane relief game

first_img Florence, the one-time Category 4 storm, made landfall near Wilmington, North Carolina, and caused significant wind and flood damage.The storm is blamed for the death of at least 50 people with 39 of those in North Carolina.Clemson coach Brad Brownell has also been an assistant and head coach UNC Wilmington. He hopes the game can be a “small part of the healing process” for people in Wilmington.Related Article: New Hanover County suspends curfew, continues relief effortsTickets are $20 and can be purchase starting Monday, Oct. 8 at the UNCW Athletics Ticket Office in Trask Coliseum. The first 1,000 UNCW students will be admitted free with a valid One Card. The Tigers will play a benefit game at UNC Wilmington on Oct. 27. (Photo: UNCW Sports) CLEMSON, S.C. (AP/WWAY) — Clemson’s men’s basketball team is heading to one of the areas hit hardest by Hurricane Florence to raise money for those impacted by the storm.The Tigers will play a benefit game at UNC Wilmington on Oct. 27. Proceeds from the event will go to Good Shepherd Center in Wilmington and UNC Wilmington’s Campus Emergency Fund for Student Hurricane Relief.- Advertisement – last_img read more

NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher helps rehab coldstunned sea turtles

first_imgCold-stunned sea turtles rehab at North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher (Photo: WWAY) FORT FISHER, NC (WWAY) — The North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher has been rehabilitating several cold-stunned sea turtles for more than a month and we checked in on their progress Tuesday.On November 7, the aquarium announced they were caring for five endangered Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles that were injured in New England.- Advertisement – Cold-stunning can happen when water temperatures quickly drop below 50 degrees.Three of those turtles have gotten well enough to release, but three remain at the aquarium.Those three will be seen by a veterinarian Wednesday and could be released at any time.Related Article: Sea turtle nesting season begins along Cape Fear coastThey will not be tracked after their release in the Gulf.last_img read more

Southern fastfood chain favorite and more on the way to Leland

first_imgLELAND, NC (WWAY) — Business is booming in Brunswick county from new apartments to new restaurants and exciting news for Leland residents: Chick-fil-A is coming to town!The town of Leland plans to finish this project by 2020. Mayor Brenda Bozeman says the new center will also include a Starbucks. Bozeman says construction will begin once roadwork design has been approved.- Advertisement – It will be located just off Highway 17 between the Aldi and the Ocean Gate Plaza which includes the Dunkin Donuts, Hibachi Bistro and Bridgewater Wines.last_img read more

Oil drilling risks North Carolina coastal economy mayors worry

first_imgOffshore drilling (Photo: Divulgacao Petrobras / CC BY 3.0 BR) MANTEO, NC (AP) — Mayors from along the North Carolina coast are discussing the costs of offshore oil drilling if something goes wrong.About a dozen mayors from Duck to Topsail Beach are meeting Wednesday in Manteo to discuss their worries about offshore oil and gas exploration. Opponents say that one future oil spill could destroy the state’s $4 billion fishing business and badly dent the state’s $20 billion tourism industry.- Advertisement – The Trump administration is pushing to expand drilling off the U.S. coast, although court challenges and opposition from many coastal states have slowed those efforts. The administration this month moved to give oil and gas companies more flexibility in meeting safety requirements imposed after the deadly 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon explosion, the worst offshore oil disaster in U.S. history.last_img read more

Hotel development goes against Local Plan – Mellieħa Local Council

first_img SharePrint 1 of 2 According to the PA website, the proposed development (which has full development permission) envisages the, ‘Proposed construction of mixed use complex, comprising a Class 3B Hotel including amenities, Class 4B retail shops, 120 no. residential units with underlying basements for vehicle garaging.’ Credit: PAIn more detail, the Environmental Impact Report states that the development would be spread across nine floors and 30,000sqm, including 121 residential spaces of 1 – 3 bedroom apartments and maisonettes, along with Class 4B retail and a food and drink outlet. This will also include two basement levels for parking.Objections to the hotelIn minutes from the consultations beginning in February, objections were specifically levelled at the hotel because it did not comply with the Local Plan.The Architect Carmel Cacopardo explained that this meant that the provisions of the Flexibility Policy could not be implemented because they were ‘diametrically against’ the Local Plan and height limitations.According to the Local Plan, the proposed site of the development could only allow three floors with three sub basements.The Mayor of Mellieħa John Buttigieg also stressed that the hotel would have a detrimental impact on the residential component of the development.He was particularly concerned about how trade in the area would impact on the well being and space for the residents.‘If the hotel is approved it must be ensured that the parking space at basement levels remain as such and are not changed into stores and that delivery vans do not unload or wait in the street,’ Mayor Buttigieg told the consultation.In the last meeting before the application was approved today, Architect Cacopardo stated that the eventual decision to adopt the Flexibility Policy within the application was ‘incorrect’.‘The provisions of the latter policy state that it cannot be adopted to allow development which is diametrically against the thrust of the Local Plan policies and also that the heightlimitation of the area cannot be exceeded. The Local Plan clearly states that in a residential area hotels are not allowed and thus the Flexibility Policy cannot be adopted, and similarly the additional heights over the hotels cannot be allowed,’ Cacopardo said.TribunalIn addition to appealing to the Tribunal, the Local Council, ‘is alos insisting that no construction works should commence before a decision is taken by the Tribunal.’WhatsAppcenter_img Mellieħa Local Council is appealing to the planning tribunal over an approved planning application it believes contravenes Local Planning policy.In their appeal to the Environment and Planning Review Tribunal, the local council explains that the proposed development under PA 5909/17 includes a hotel which goes against the Local Planning Policy NWVS3. <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

We need specialised institutions to better prosecute economic crimes – Minister Scicluna

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> SharePrint DOI/Pierre SammutDOI/Pierre Sammut The Finance Minister Edward Scicluna has said that in order to better prosecute and companies and individuals involved in money laundering, Malta needs ‘specialised institutions.’Minister Scicluna explained that following discussions with a number of ‘international consultants and discussions with UK officials,’ the country would be working to increase its ‘supervisory, regulatory, and enforcement institutions.’The Minister said that these institutions would have the power and agency to, ‘prosecute persons found in breach of organised economic crime and money laundering activities.’These statements were delivered during the Minister’s Keynote speech at the 12th Annual FinanceMalta Conference. The theme of his speech was on ‘Combatting Financial Crime’DOI/Pierre SammutWhatsApplast_img read more

In race to digitise skills gap a drag on South Africas big

first_img SharePrint <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> FILE PHOTO: The logo of South Africa’s Standard Bank is seen above the company’s headquarters in Cape Town, South Africa May 6, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings/File PhotoFILE PHOTO: The logo of South Africa’s Standard Bank is seen above the company’s headquarters in Cape Town, South Africa May 6, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings/File Photo A severe shortage of computer skills in South Africa has left its major banks fighting over a limited pool of people with the skills they need to upgrade technology platforms and keep pace with changing customer demands and competition from new rivals.The country’s four biggest lenders – Absa, Standard Bank, Nedbank and FirstRand – told Reuters it was hard to access the skills they need to rapidly digitise – a response to growing demand for online and mobile banking and the arrival of a host of digital-only banks trying to steal their customers with slick apps and cut-price fees.All four said they had taken a number of measures to address the shortage, including changing their hiring strategies, implementing for example ‘speed dating’ style events where large numbers of candidates undergo short interviews in one go, and developing training programmes.But in some cases lenders said it still took months to hire and they were paying ever-rising salaries to win talent.The problem is particularly acute for positions that did not exist just a few years ago, such as cloud engineers, said Standard Bank Group Chief Information Officer Alpheus Mangale.In September last year, he said the bank wanted to hire 12 such engineers to make sure its cloud systems were up and running and look after their day-to-day upkeep.“We are probably at about 40 percent of that, because the skills just don’t exist … in the market,” he said.Banks can expect to pay a 20-30% premium when they do find such skills, he added.Specialist recruitment agency Acuity Consultants said salaries for software developers had also leapt by up to 30% over the past year.Thando Lukhele, a divisional executive in Nedbank’s group technology division, also said it could take months to fill roles and the bank paid extra for new hirings. Absa and FirstRand’s retail unit cited similar problems.The banks’ issues highlight how the skills shortage is complicating some of South Africa’s largest companies’ ability to compete, making adapting to technological and market changes more time-consuming and costly.Such skills are in short supply globally, and McKinsey has estimated demand for technological skills will rise by 55% by 2030 based on analysis focusing on the United States and Western Europe.But Yossi Hasson, a co-founder at non-profit technology school WeThinkCode_, said the issue was magnified in South Africa by problems in public education, limited access to the internet and computers and the fact that those with skills are often taken overseas by global companies.The banks, many of which sponsor WeThinkCode_ alongside companies ranging from news organisations to Nandos, have tried a range of other steps to attract or develop talent.Standard Bank’s Mangale said it had created training programmes with Amazon and Microsoft, as well as internal programmes and partnerships with universities or technical schools and initiatives to retrain existing staff.The bank, he said, had decided it should not rely on other institutions to create skills whose presence was increasingly becoming make or break for companies of all sectors:“The use of technology, and how you leverage all the emerging tech … is really at the heart of how organisations will win or lose in the market.”WhatsApplast_img read more

West Ham have more transfers up their sleeves

first_imgWest Ham have already made numerous additions to their squad but it seems that they are still willing to recruit more players before the transfer window closes. The Hammers are interested in signing Brazilian midfielder Bernard who left Shaktar Donetsk at the end of last season.Plenty of clubs across Europe are vying for Bernard’s signature, including Chelsea and AC Milan. Should he decide to join Manuel Pellegrini’s side, the 25-year-old creative midfielder, who has played 14 times for Brazil, would become West Ham’s 9th signing of the summer. The English club have also discussed the possible loan return of Portuguese midfielder Joao Mario but Inter Milan prefer a permanent departure.WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=a7617b59&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=128&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=a7617b59&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

Robben believes that move to Bayern was the best decision

first_imgAs Arjen Robben enters his 10th season with the club, the striker stated that leaving Real Madrid for the Bundesliga side was the best decision of his career. The 34-year-old signed a one-year contract extension with Bayern Munich last May.Robben rose to prominence with PSV Eindhoven in 2002 and moved to Chelsea in 2004 where he won numerous trophies including 2 Premier League titles and an FA Cup. He then joined Real Madrid where he won another domestic title over a two-year period. The transfer to Bayern Munich in 2009 brought him more recognition as he went on to win seven Bundesliga titles, four German cups and the Champions League.WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=a7617b59&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=128&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=a7617b59&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrintlast_img read more

AirtelWarid deal is a game of data and mobile money

first_imgAdvertisement Deo Kaitezi, Daily MonitorBharti Airtel’s recent acquisition of Warid Uganda only gives us an inside sneak peak of how the flag posts in the telecom industry have been moved into data and Mobile Money services. The news of an all-cash deal that is believed to be in the region of $100 million points to the struggle of Telecom companies to upgrade their data services and both compete and collaborate favourably with banks and other possible players to offer cheaper and better Mobile wallet services.Warid carried out massive promotions and campaigns for its brand to easily penetrate the Market having launched early 2008. The campaigns such as the popular Bang KB tipped the balance of call rates within the market that were then driven towards lower per second rates. – Advertisement – As market competition tightened, Warid aligned its self with the strategy to drive its volume business up, whilest positioning its self as the most affordable network. The telecom company associated itself with double sim phones with its affordable Warid to Warid rates. It brought in market double sim phones on promotion that hugely became popular with the youth and the low end business segment seeking friendlier communication ways.The fast emergence of smart phone technology coupled with massive data upgrades from 2G to 3G+ bandwidth; has increasingly turned the mobile phone into a multi task machine. Reports in the Media have revealed how the telecoms have had to upgrade their satellite radios and cut on tower infrastructure management as operational greatly increased to live up to the demands of internet services. This meant that there were lower revenues per customer forcing the telecoms to take the initiative of upgrading their data services.Meanwhile the regulator, Uganda Communications Commission has been seeking expansion network of rural coverage from telecoms and improvement in quality of services as dropped calls were experienced. Telecom companies decided to take caution by adopting efficient revenue management strategies.The idea of tower sharing manifested itself last year with most telecom companies leasing off their assets. Eaton towers took over the assets of Warid and Orange telecom while MTN Uganda leased off more than 1000 towers American Tower Corporation. Bharti Airtel meanwhile continues to enjoy a formidable partnership with Nokia Siemens, which manages its assets.The huge demand for data has meant massive upgrade of bandwidth services. The size of the bandwidth for the telecoms determines how many users can sign up to use the service. With huge number of subscribers, any addition beyond the allotted bandwidth is believed to create a need for additional bandwidth. According to a source from Huawei, “there has been massive upgrading by most of the major telecoms to boost their internet services.”In a press statement on the acquisition, Warid Uganda board member Mohammed Nahayan is quoted saying that the deal would offer “wider network coverage, access to the most extensive 3G network and world class products and services.” Airtel recently revealed that having successfully established its 3G service in the Central region, it is extending the service to extensive rural areas of Uganda. MTN Uganda having recently launched 4GLTE service seems to foot ahead of Airtel in the data market.Reports reveal that Airtel will retain the 070 code used by Warid customers, giving the impression that the Warid Market will be retained to offer a variety opportunities like in the Mobile wallet sector,a wise “chase move “if you asked me. Bharti Airtel has partnered with various banks both in African and the Asia pacific region plus various non-banking microfinance institutions offering a saving and payment services.The partnerships have expanded the usage opportunities of Mobile Money service from payment of utility bills to bank products/services. Warid Pesa had taken a lip ahead of the Airtel Money with various partnerships most notably its partnership with Orient Bank, Equity Bank, and Uganda Revenue Authority for easier payment of taxes below UGX 3 million. (the kind of market paying taxes).The company currently the world fourth largest telecom company by customers will be able to increase its customer base in Uganda by nearly 61 per cent to 7.4 million from the present 4.6 million. The deal gives Airtel leverage to compete with MTN in the Mobile Wallet industry.However, this will not mean an outright success as Airtel will have to seriously review its Market Strategy, study its work force and even raise the bar in as far as performance targets and productivity are concerned.The Warid Market could hugely enhance Airtel Money footprints and make it competitive over other players in the mobile money market. Bharti Airtel having previously gained strong foothold on the African telecom market with its $10.7 billion acquisition of Zain Telecom will hope to grip on the local market that has attracted some of the biggest investments in data and Mobile Money. Thus confirming that the “Warid- Airtel deal a Strategic game of data and Mobile Money”.last_img read more

EU parliament set to vote on net neutrality rules

first_imgAdvertisement The European parliament  take a key vote on Today on rules affecting how internet traffic is managed.MEPs are considering a new set of rules for telecoms companies inside the EU.The plan could have major implications for net neutrality, where traffic is not slowed down or priced differently because of its content or origin. – Advertisement – Some people fear the plan may lead to such restrictions but others argue that first it would have to be turned into specific regulations.Some tech companies, campaign groups and the inventor of the web Sir Tim Berners-Lee have all called for the adoption of amendments to the rules, which they believe would better safeguard the principles of net neutrality.However, this would mean rejecting the plan in a form to which EU governments have already agreed.Another part of the legislation, which would abolish mobile roaming charges within the EU, is popular with MEPs, so enthusiasm for rejecting it in its current form and further delaying this move is low, according to some analysts.What is net neutrality? The idea that data should be ferried from place to place as quickly as possible, regardless of what it is, is how most people assume the internet works.That’s the essence of net neutrality.However, it’s possible to decide to prioritise certain types of data over others – perhaps, for example, by charging the producers of such data a fee to make sure their content gets delivered promptly.For big video streaming sites, the prospect is worrying. They could find themselves coughing up lots of money in fees simply to give their users the same experience as before.Some argue, however, that such fees are fair since it costs internet service providers a lot of money to keep providing such content, no matter how popular the streaming sites become.Majority of MEPs will be required for the amendments to pass. Image Credit: ftdataWhat are MEPs voting on? The plan that members are actually voting on is a proposed set of amendments to the rules governing telecoms companies that work inside the EU.If they decide not to adopt the amendments, that will count as acceptance of the proposal in its current form.The amendments make an attempt to highlight the significance of net neutrality principles, such as applying the same scrutiny across networks regardless of their market share.But telecoms law expert Chris Marsden at the University of Sussex told the BBC there is reluctance within the parliament to do this because it could delay and possibly jeopardise other parts of the rules which aim to abolish EU roaming charges.“If the parliament votes for [the amendments] and they amend the text that the governments had all agreed to – then the whole thing would actually fail [if the Council of Ministers also rejects the plan],” he explained. In that case, a further reading of the rules would have to be arranged.[related-posts]How could the rules affect internet use? Part of the problem with the rules in their current form, argued Joe McNamee of theSave the Internet campaign, is that they are ambiguous.“As the text currently stands there is no indication as to how much abuse of dominance would be permissible under this arrangement,” he told the BBC.The sort of scenarios that could impact internet use include the creation of “fast lanes” and “slow lanes” – traffic prioritised depending on fees paid by content providers – or the creation of “zero ratings” in which some services may be accessed without using up any of the internet user’s data quota.In Belgium, for example, some mobile phone companies currently allow unlimited access to Twitter and Facebook while all other data usage is part of a monthly plan. In a few countries such as the Netherlands, such practices are not allowed.However, regulators would have to decide on the specifics of what would and would not be allowed before any EU-wide changes could be enforced.Who is arguing that the amendments be adopted? Besides a host of net neutrality campaigners, inventor of the world wide web Sir Tim Berners-Lee has added his voice to those supporting the amendments.“If adopted as currently written, these rules will threaten innovation, free speech and privacy, and compromise Europe’s ability to lead in the digital economy,” he wrote in a blog.Meanwhile a string of tech companies have signed a letter to the president of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz, asking MEPs to adopt the amendments.The firms include Netflix, Tumblr, Vimeo, Kickstarter and Reddit.“I was contacted by a number of start-ups and investors because they were deeply concerned about the impact of the European Parliament’s network neutrality proposals on start-up innovation in Europe,” Stanford professor Barbara van Schewick, who helped pen the letter, told the BBC.Is it likely the amendments will pass? In order for the amendments to be adopted, they would have to achieve an overall majority of MEPs – 376 out of 751 members.Dr Marsden believes this is unlikely but Dr van Schewick said she believed there was some growing momentum within the parliament on incorporating the changes.Do other countries have net neutrality? Interestingly, three countries within the EU – Netherlands, Slovenia and Finland – already have a range of net neutrality rules enshrined in law.These laws might have to be altered depending on how any new, EU-wide rules are interpreted by regulators later.Elsewhere, net neutrality has received some regulatory protection in the United States after a vote in February this year placed new restrictions on what deals could be sought by internet firms with content providers.But in other countries, such as India, “zero rating” is allowed.“It’s a fragmented picture across the board,” said Dr Marsden.“It’s an extremely difficult area and there are probably no absolutely right answers.”[BBC]last_img read more

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UC Irvine Becomes Latest LA Business School to Offer GMATGRE Waiver

first_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. Max has written for Philadelphia-based publications such as Spirit News, Philadelphia City Paper, and Billy Penn, as well as national news outlets like The Daily Beast.View more posts by Max Pulcini Last Updated Sep 12, 2017 by Max PulciniFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail Accepted quantitative areas of study include:Business AdministrationEconomicsEngineeringBiological SciencesInformation and Computer ScienceHealth SciencesPhysical Sciences regions: Los Angeles RelatedNo GMAT/GRE Required at These Houston MBA ProgramsThere’s a lot of work that goes into your MBA application. Not only do you have to write individual essays for each school and tailor your resume, but you also have to get letters of recommendation and perform well in an interview. And for those bad test-takers, there’s one other…December 5, 2016In “Admissions Tips”San Diego MBA Programs that Waive the GMAT and GRE RequirementWhen prospective business school students plot out their path to an MBA, there’s often one obstacle that looms large in the distance, causing stomach knots to fasten and throats to dry: the standardized admissions test. The GMAT and GRE, much like its little cousin the SAT, are often described in…August 11, 2016In “Featured Region”New York City MBA Programs Without GRE or GMAT RequirementsIt’s not a coincidence that many MBA programs offer flexible options for earning your degree: Such degree programs understand that most business students are already working professionals with busy schedules. Nonetheless, submission of GMAT/GRE scores is frequently a requirement to apply for an MBA program. The number of hours and…September 1, 2016In “News” Are you interested in learning more? For more information about the waiver contact Jon Masciana or attend an upcoming admissions and recruiting event.Merage now joins a number of other business schools in the Los Angeles metro that don’t require a GMAT or GRE for their EMBA programs, including:Mount Saint Mary’s UniversityAnderson School of ManagementMarshall School of Business Applying for an MBA program is a long process: There’s plenty of applications, essays, and interviews involved in getting you into the program atop your list. To add insult to injury, many programs require a GMAT or GRE score, only adding to potential workload and stress.On that note, prospective MBAs in the Los Angeles metro got some good news recently. The Paul Merage School of Business has announced a new GMAT/GRE waiver for qualified Fully Employed MBA (FEMBA) applicants.A waiver means that prospective MBAs won’t have to spend hours studying for the GMAT or GRE. It also benefits those who would identify as poor test takers. “At the Merage School, we recognize and value strong academic achievement. By waiving the GMAT or GRE requirement, we are rewarding high achievers for their academic excellence,” Jon Masciana, Senior Director of the FEMBA program at the Merage School, recently said in a press release.Prospective MBAs must meet the following criteria to be eligible for the GMAT waiver:Must be a qualified FEMBA candidate.Must hold a bachelor’s or master’s degree from a US institution.Must have a 3.2 cumulative GPA or higher in a quantitative area. UC Irvine Becomes Latest LA Business School to Offer GMAT/GRE Waiver Located about halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego, the UC Irvine campus is just ten minutes away from the coastal communities of Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, and Laguna Beach. The Paul Merage School of Business offers a full-time, two year MBA program, as well as a part-time MBA, Executive, and Healthcare Executive MBA programs.last_img read more

How Can You Score a Job at Salesforce with an MBA

first_img RelatedThese Tech Companies Are Looking Out for More MBA TalentLinkedIn may be one of the go-to places to grow a professional network and find job listings, but it’s also an MBA recruiter. Check out this list of exciting new MBA jobs at LinkedIn, as well as a handful of other tech companies, and see how well your resume lines…May 21, 2019In “Dell”These Tech Firms are Looking for Brand New MBA TalentNot every new MBA job in the tech sector is at Google, Apple, Facebook or Microsoft—there are plenty of exciting opportunities for new tech MBA talent at companies like Hewlett-Packard, IBM, and Adobe. According to a study by the Graduate Management Admission Council, an astonishing 89 percent of tech companies hired…February 14, 2019In “Career”New MBA Jobs: BCG, Merck, Adobe and MoreThere are hot new MBA jobs that need to get filled each and every week all over the world. Here are a few new openings for entry level and advance positions at a range of companies, and don’t forget to check out the best new MBA jobs right here on…October 8, 2018In “Advice” Last Updated Mar 1, 2018 by Alanna ShafferFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail How Can You Score a Job at Salesforce with an MBA? Salesforce, one of the country’s highest valued cloud computing companies, is actively looking for promising MBA graduates, offering diverse opportunities in tech, business, and sales. Since it’s founding in 1999, Salesforce has been growing wildly, becoming the first enterprise cloud company tor each $10 billion in revenue as of August 2017. And Salesforce isn’t just remarkable for its product’s success—the company was also rated as the “#1 Best Company to Work For” by Fortune.The Salesforce culture is centered around the idea of “Ohana” (Hawaiian for “family”), and earned its place at the top of the list by offering incredible benefits to its employees—both monetary and mentally. It’s understandable why MBA’s would want a job at Salesforce Ohana, with their focus on helping strong performers find new challenges and opportunities for growth.What Does Salesforce Look for in New Hires?Salesforce makes recruiting a priority at every level through their Futureforce University recruitment program. Salesforce offers new hires the same incredible opportunities available to all of their employees—seven days of paid time for volunteering, networking opportunities, and access to the Executive Lunch & Learn and Speaker Series that puts interns and new hires in direct contact with Salesforce leadership. Because of Salesforce’s focus on having their employees give back to their communities, they seek out new hires who have made a demonstrated impact within their past efforts, whether at school or professionally. In 2015, Salesforce’s senior vice president of global recruiting, Ana Recio, commented on the different ways applicants could make themselves stand out.“What did you do to differentiate your job from others?’” she said. “What was your absolute impact, your legacy? We always look for people who truly were kind of thought leaders and change agents.”How to Get Your Foot in the Door?MBA graduates and current students can apply directly for open roles. Current students will most directly benefit from the company’s MBA internship: a 12-week program that students can pursue during the summer in between years one and two of their program. Each summer, MBA interns are hired in the fields of product marketing, product management, CSG business analyst, corporate development, and data analytics. If recruiters think there might be a good fit, applicants will likely be given a 30-60 minute phone screening, followed by an interview with a hiring manager. Before offering the position, MBAs will likely have to partake in a panel interview/case study, presenting their professional and academic accomplishments.Salesforce also recruits recent graduates (those who graduated in the last 12 months) in the fields of tech, sales, and business. The precise roles and interview process for each varies depending on the field.How Well Does a Job at Salesforce Pay?The majority of hires at Salesforce, both full-time and interns, are for tech-centric positions. However, the company does offer supreme compensation for those with business degree backgrounds—especially those with an MBA.According to Payscale data, MBA graduates wit a job at Salesforce earn between $85,000 and $160,000 USD annually.It’s no secret that one of the reasons Salesforce tops the Glassdoor list of “Best Places to Work” is the compensation. Although, as with any position, salary will vary depending on a number of factors, Glassdoor’s compensation of full-time employees shows a lower-end salary range of $60,000-80,000 annually (for account executives and sales engineers) and upwards of $141,000 for senior engineer positions.What Do Current and Former Salesforce Interns Think?Danielle, who interned with Salesforce as a product marketing MBA intern, commented on her work experience and Salesforce’s company culture in this video. “Not only am I working on independent projects as part of the internship, but I’m also shadowing people in my team and really seeing what a true day in the life is for a project manager within the app cloud,” Danielle said. “Other internships are very focused on their projects and feel very siloed but here at Salesforce I’m really able to be integrated with the team as a whole.”Eamon, a software engineer who began at Salesforce as a recent graduate, also commented on his experience. “As a new grad what’s interesting is there really is no pathway you’re supposed to follow, it’s what you make of it,” he said. “It’s the people you go out of your way to meet, the experiences you make, the projects you decide to take on.”center_img 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, DC About the AuthorAlanna ShafferStaff Writer, covering MetroMBA’s news beat for Atlanta, Houston, and Dallas.View more posts by Alanna Shaffer last_img read more