Only about one in five of the disabled and other unemployed people receiving support from the government’s new work programme have so far secured a “job outcome”, according to official statistics.It is the first time the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has released figures showing how successful its new Work and Health Programme (WHP) has been in securing paid jobs for disabled people and others seeking work.But the figures show that, for the 1,360 people who began to receive support through the programme in January 2018, after 13 months only 270 of them (or 19.9 per cent) had secured a job outcome (defined in most areas as 16 hours per week for 26 weeks at minimum wage, or six months in self-employment).Of the 2,840 people who started in February 2018, 470 have a job outcome after 12 months’ support (16.6 per cent).Despite the release of the “job outcome” statistics, the publication does not show how many disabled people have secured work through the programme.Under the Work and Health Programme, people are referred by jobcentres to receive support from organisations from the public, private and voluntary sectors, which are paid extra when that person achieves a job outcome.About four-fifths of those receiving support through the programme have been disabled people, since its roll-out across England and Wales began in November 2017.The other groups receiving support are those who are long-term unemployed – the only participants whose involvement is mandatory – and those DWP calls the “early access” group, which includes care leavers, carers, refugees, homeless people, survivors of domestic violence and ex-members of the armed services.In all, there have been 51,490 starts on the programme, with 3,140 job outcomes (a proportion of just 6.1 per cent), although this will rise as many participants have not been on the programme long enough to qualify as a successful employment outcome.Ken Butler, welfare rights and policy adviser for Disability Rights UK, said the job outcome rate did not appear to be “a notable success”.He added: “Given that the WHP is only accessible by three groups of claimants – the ‘disability group’, the ‘long-term unemployed group’ and the ‘early access group’ – it would seem daft for the DWP not to monitor how many from each group achieve job outcomes.“How else will it be able to see how well the WHP is performing for any or all of these groups?”The Work and Health Programme is part of the government’s Improving Lives work, health and disability strategy, which has been criticised for its “cruel and disastrous” emphasis on “work as a cure”, the placement of employment advisers in health services, and the continued use of benefit sanctions to “punish” disabled claimants.A DWP spokesperson said: “Our Work and Health Programme is part of our wider commitment to ensuring every disabled person who wants to work can do so.“The Work and Health Programme is targeted at individuals who face significant barriers to gaining employment – and need longer-term support – and therefore it is not surprising that at this stage in the programme the numbers achieving a job outcome are low. “Those starting the Work and Health Programme more recently have had a shorter time to achieve a job outcome and therefore it is not meaningful to divide job outcomes by the number of starts.“For example, the cohort of starts from December 2017 have only completed 14 of a possible 21 months of the programme.“As we investigate and quality assure our data we will release further breakdowns of our statistics where possible.”A note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS…
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DEREK Traynor paid tribute to his side’s guts following their 22-10 loss to Wigan in the Academy Grand Final.“I thought our effort, determination and guts to keep digging in for each other was absolutely awesome but that 10 to 15 minute spell after half time left us with too much to do,” he said. “We gave away too many penalties and didn’t complete a set. It killed us really.“We handled everything they threw at us in the first half even though we were on the back foot. We got on top a little bit and when we got in good ball position we looked threatening but we didn’t spend enough time up there.“You could see Wigan had big game experience because of an older set of lads – but that is the way it goes. We had four top age kids and certainly missed Calvin Wellington and Regan Grace. We created space on the edges and they have the place to finish them off. That said, fair play to Wigan, our lads gave it everything and I couldn’t have asked for me.”He continued: “The side have done well this year and a large group will move through with us. Five of the bottom age will go to Australia and the likes of Olly Davies, Matty Fleming and another couple will move up.“It’s all about developing players though and we’ve had a few that have come through this year.“Morgan Knowles has had a taste and shows he has the potential to kick on. Olly and Matty Flem have been up there as has Ricky (Bailey) and he will get another.“There are others coming up behind and individually the players have improved too and that is what it is about.“I’d finally like to thank the fans who throughout have given us good support – they’ve come over to Hull with us and were here tonight. It’s a shame we couldn’t give them something to cheer about but it is very much appreciated.”
A SAINTLY welcome to our sponsors for this Friday’s Super League clash with Castleford Tigers.MATCH SPONSORS – Arthur J Gallagher We are pleased to welcome Arthur J Gallagher back to Langtree Park once again as our Match Sponsors.Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. is one of the world’s largest full-service insurance brokers, and the largest third-party P&C claims administrator. They have sales and service operations in 31 countries and, through the Gallagher Global Alliance network of independent insurance brokers and consultants, offer client-service capabilities in more than 140 countries.To learn more about Arthur J Gallagher, why not visit their detailed website at www.ajg.com or call Gary Brabander on 0151 702 7721.MATCH BALL SPONSORS – Pet Identity InsuranceThis week’s match ball sponsors are Pet Identity Insurance, who are proud to be with us in 2016 sponsoring not only this game but also Boots, and partner in providing services to our pet memberships.At Pet Identity they have your pet’s welfare in their heart. They understand what owning a pet means to people – the unconditional love and affection they show, the joy a family gets from their interactions and for them just to be there when no one else is.Pet Identity are a team who are pet lovers in both work and play. Founders Ian Gould and Michelle McHugh own a variety of pets including the new addition to the Saints family, “Treasure”.To learn more, visit their website at www.petidentityuk.info/insurance or call 0800 975 1960MATCH PROGRAMME SPONSORS – Warrington Audi We are proud to welcome back our season long matchday Programme Sponsors, Warrington Audi.Warrington Audi are part of the Jardine Motors Group and were a regular programme sponsor throughout 2015.Situated just off the Gemini Retail Park, they are committed to delivering an exceptional level of customer service, worthy of the Audi brand. Their experienced personnel will assist you wherever and whenever they can, as they strive to make your visit to their centre as enjoyable as possibleTo find out more why not visit them at Warrington Audi, Charon Way, Gemini Retail Park, Westbrook, Warrington, Cheshire, WA5 7YD.THIS WEEKS FEATURED PLAYER SPONSORS – Harrwil Engineering Harrwil Engineering sponsor Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook.Harrwil engineering are based in Egremont, Cumbria, and are also proud sponsors of Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook for the 2016 season.Harrwil are a well experienced friendly company established by the late Wilf Harrison in 1995 after his 30 plus years in the industry. It has since been taken over by Kerry Harrison – Wilf’s daughter. The company employs local skilled labourers to produce machining services for the nuclear, oil, gas and construction industries.Over the years Harrwil Engineering has built a solid reputation within the sector; this is down to the dedication and hard work of its staff.Harrwil have a full accredited Quality System under BS EN ISO 9001-2008.To find out more about Harrwil Engineering visit their website at www.harrwil.co.uk or call 01946 824 959.
KYLE Amor and Jon Wilkin have put pen to paper on new deals at the club.Kyle has signed a three-year extension whilst club captain Jon has agreed a two-year contract.Saints head coach Keiron Cunningham said: “I’m delighted that both players have agreed to stay at the club. They are integral to what we do here and provide leadership and professionalism to the younger players in the group.“Kyle is at the hub of our pack and is in his prime. He has been superb for us over the last couple of seasons and is one of our most consistent performers.“What I like about Kyle is he is keen to learn and develop and I’m sure if he continues to do that he will break onto the international scene.“Jon has been an important part of the Saints over the last 14 years and his leadership is second to none. He sets a superb example to all the players here and leads from the front on the field.“His attitude is first rate as his workrate and ability to adapt to whatever is thrown his way.”Kyle originally joined Saints from Wakefield Trinity in 2013.He has played 84 times for the club scoring 13 tries.The 29-year-old Grand Final winner has also appeared for Ireland and Cumbria.He said: “I’m really happy to commit myself to the club until 2020. It was an easy decision. Both my family and I are really happy in St Helens and we enjoy being here.“I now want to try and kick on and gain international recognition and I believe I am at the right place to do that.“This year’s squad is the strongest it has been over the last few years and I’m looking forward to getting started.”Jon Wilkin is one of the most experienced players in Super League and at the club.The club captain has played 363 times for the Saints and made 22 representative honours.He has won the Challenge Cup four times, been part of the 2006 and 2014 Championship winning sides and the successful 2007 World Club Challenge team.Jon added: “I have been part of this club for 14 seasons and I am delighted to stay here. It is a real honour to captain this team and help develop the next generation of leaders that are coming through.“I am excited about 2017 and what is on the horizon for this group.”
NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) – There is one night between us and Friday night lights. Will this be a weekend of high school football looks like what we saw in the NFL last weekend, that’s on the minds of school systems.The NCHSAA commissioner tells us the Association will respect any one who chooses to stand or kneel during the anthem as their First Amendment right.- Advertisement – Below is the statement from commissioner Que Tucker;“The NCHSAA is aware that some individuals, be they players, coaches or officials, are exercising their rights under the First Amendment by kneeling during the National Anthem. At the NCHSAA, we are proud of our nation’s military and the men and women in many uniforms who serve under our colors. We also know that this act of speech is protected by the Constitution of our nation, a document containing the rights and freedoms that those men and women fought to preserve and defend. With that in mind, we respect each individual’s right to stand, kneel or otherwise exercise their rights under the First Amendment.”New Hanover and Bladen county school systems say they cannot prevent the protest, state law that does not address it.“In light of recent events across our nation regarding opposition to the Pledge of Allegiance and/or the National Anthem being recited/sung at athletic events, Bladen County Schools will follow The North Carolina General Statute 115C-47 and the ruling of Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District.The NCGS 115C-47 requires that school districts display the American and North Carolina flags in each classroom, when available, recite the Pledge on a daily basis, and provide instruction on the meaning and historical origin of the flag and the Pledge. It also states that no student is compelled to recite or stand for the Pledge.”The above statement comes from Valerie Newton of the Bladen County schools system.Related Article: 5th Quarter watch list: 5 to watch in 2018Columbus and Brunswick County schools have no policies against kneeling either.On the administrative level, kneeling or standing is free speech and they cannot make a student athlete do one or the other.“We just need to inform our kids on the right and wrong way to do things,” says Laney High School head coach Ashaad Yeoman.Coach Yeoman took part in a conference call with the school district Wednesday about the issue. He says if players do choose to do something it needs to be done right.“Everybody has got their right to do their own thing and we’re going to respect that, but just at the end of the day we just want to make sure that it’s respectful.”The fact is the players have the right, but the school does not want that to cause a problem. Warren Curtis’ son plays and he would not want him kneeling during the anthem.“I wish they wouldn’t do it, I wish we could all just understand each other’s points of views I really wish that could happen,” Curtis says.If he saw others do it he would not be upset.“Even if you are against that point of view, you should listen and understand it.”We did not hear from Whiteville City schools or Pender County schools on their policies for conduct when the national anthem is aired at an event.
WILLARD, NC (WWAY) — A Pender County teen is dead days after being shot by his mother.The Pender County Sheriff’s Office says the 14-year-old boy from Willard was taken off life support Saturday.- Advertisement – Pender County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call reporting a woman who had shot herself at a home in the 1600 block of Lake Road in Willard around 11:45 p.m. Thursday.When deputies arrived on the scene, they found two people with gunshot wounds. A teen, a 14-year-old male, was found with a gunshot wound to the head. He was transported to Pender Memorial Hospital with life threatening injuries.The mother of the teen, Jennifer Craig, was found dead inside the home from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.Related Article: Firefighters wash dead fish off I-40 after floodwaters recedeThe case is being investigated as a murder suicide.
Assistant Superintendent Eddie Anderson said two modular classrooms at Parsley Elementary School are being installed. The contractor doing the work accidentally left the key inside a mini excavator.The vandals used the mini excavator to damage property. Anderson said they dug holes in the play field, damaged the playground, the fence and other items around the playground.Related Article: Man facing slew of drug charges following 2-month investigationThe district estimated the total damage to be between $20,000 to $30,000.Video surveillance has been collected and turned over to the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office. Anderson said the school system can not release this video because it is part of an ongoing investigation. 00:00 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 NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Caution tape surrounds the damaged playground at Parsley Elementary School. There’s a broken basketball goal, bent swings, and destroyed landscaping, all the aftermath of vandalism.The principal discovered the destruction Sunday morning at around 10:00 a.m.- Advertisement –
“We can share God’s love with them right here and that’s an exciting thing to do. For some of these men, this is the for time they’ve been not just to Wilmington, but to the United States,” said Henry Capillary, a chaplain with the center.The workers can spend as long as nine months at sea. Most of the workers on this ship came all the way from the Philippines. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Ship workers from around the world make a stop at the Port City. One group works to make their stay a little more special while they are away from home.The Ministry International Seamen’s Center tries to bring every sailor a breath of fresh air when they visit. The group holds a prayer circle for every ship to give everyone an opportunity to relax, and to have meaningful conversations with each other.- Advertisement –
WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — As we slowly start to feel the chills of cold, fall weather, flu chances start to increase. Reports across the state are similar to last year, which was the worst season in over four decades.Last year, North Carolina saw 391 flu related deaths.- Advertisement – Promina Health Physician Brian Lanier says winter pushes people in closer proximity which can help to spread germs. He says the earlier you get the shot the longer you have the protection.“It’s important to protect ourselves individually from influenza, which is a horrible illness to get but its also really important to protect those people that would be more affected by the flu or people who cant be immunized against influenza,” said Lanier.He says it takes about two weeks for the body to get the full benefit of the vaccination so it is best to get it now.
Crews battle a fire on Kauri St. in New Hanover County on December 10, 2018 (Photo: Hope Benton/WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Wilmington and New Hanover County fire departments were battling a home fire in the Porters Neck area early Monday morning.According to Wilmington Fire Department Battalion Chief Patrick Campbell, firefighters reported seeing flames coming through the roof of the home on Kauri Street when they arrived around 10 a.m. Monday.- Advertisement – A neighbor helped rescue a woman from the fire and told firefighters another person was trapped inside. Firefighters rescued the handicap man. Both were transported to New Hanover Regional Medical Center.The cause of the fire remains under investigation.The fire was contained to one home. The fire was ceased by 12:16 p.m.Related Article: Woman arrested for allegedly setting Wilmington home on fireNew Hanover County Fire Rescue Fire Battalion Shackelford reports this is a total loss of property.
Advertisement And maybe you’ve seen the acclaimed movie “The Social Network,” which portrays Zuckerberg as socially stunted, calculating and arrogant.But is there more to this story? Yes, TIME editors discovered — and that’s what prompted the magazine to choose the multibillionaire CEO for the Person of the Year distinction.TIME Managing Editor Richard Stengel said Zuckerberg stands out for accomplishing something that’s never been done before: “Connecting more than half a billion people and mapping the social relations among them.” – Advertisement – “The social networking platform he invented … is the connective tissue for nearly a tenth of the planet,” Stengel said. “Facebook is now the third-largest country on earth, and probably holds more information than any government about its citizens. Zuckerberg, a Harvard dropout, is its T-shirt-wearing head-of-state.”In his in-depth profile of Facebook’s co-founder, TIME’s Lev Grossman writes that “Zuckerberg is a warm presence, not a cold one. He has a quick smile and doesn’t shy away from eye contact. He thinks fast and talks fast, but he wants you to keep up. He exudes not anger or social anxiety but a weird calm. When you talk to his co-workers, they’re so adamant in their avowals of affection for him and their insistence that you not misconstrue his oddness that you get the impression it’s not just because they want to keep their jobs. People really like him.”What about Chilean miners? Tea Party?The decision to name Zuckerberg Person of the Year followed weeks of debate and discussion among TIME editors and staff members. Here are others TIME considered: The magazine’s No. 2 runner-up after Zuckerberg was the Tea Party, a loose affiliation of American citizens united by their dislike of big government.No. 3: Julian Assange, whose WikiLeaks organization has shared reams of sensitive diplomatic cables with the world.No. 4: Hamid Karzai, the elected leader of the volatile nation of Afghanistan.No. 5: The Chilean miners who were trapped half a mile underground for more than two months. (All 33 of the miners posed for portrait photographs for TIME’s Person of the Year edition.)Another contender was Steve Jobs, the Apple Inc. co-founder and chief executive who in 2010 launched the iPad, which quickly became the gadget of the year. Apple also surpassed Microsoft as the most highly valued technology company this year.Thousands of TODAY viewers voted on their picks for Person of the Year and made decidedly different decisions.Viewers’ top choice was the Chilean miners, who garnered 44 percent of the vote; the second pick was the Tea Party, which got 20 percent. Of viewers who participated, 19 percent voted for Zuckerberg.In the end, TIME’s decision rested on Zuckerberg’s — and Facebook’s — incredible reach over human beings “on a species-wide scale.”The numbers are staggering: nearly 1 out of every 10 people on the planet uses Facebook, and the site handles 1.7 billion interactions a minute. Almost 1 million new people sign up for Facebook every single day.Stengel said Zuckerberg is “creating a new system of exchanging information that has become both indispensable and sometimes a little frightening” — and it’s changing our lives “in ways that are innovative and even optimistic.”The youngest individual ever to be named TIME’s Person of the Year was Charles Lindbergh, the magazine’s very first Person of the Year in 1927. Lindbergh was 25 at the time.Zuckerberg is the magazine’s second-youngest choice, and the third-youngest was Queen Elizabeth back in 1952.Age-wise, Zuckerberg beat out Britain’s queen by two weeks; she also was 26 when the magazine profiled her. Interestingly, Queen Elizabeth just joined Facebook last month.SOURCE: MSNBC
Advertisement In keeping with its Mission to ‘To lead the delivery of a bold, new Digital World to its customers’, MTN Uganda today announced the extension of its bouquet of Cloud Services to Uganda.The introduction of MTN Cloud Services in Uganda comes on the back of a highly successful launch of the services in Ghana, Nigeria and Cote devoir earlier this year.MTN Cloud Services provide business automation tools to enterprises across professional services, micro-finance, health and Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) sectors. – Advertisement – Speaking at the launch breakfast at the Kampala Sheraton hotel on August 23, 2013, MTN Uganda’s Chief Marketing Officer, Ernst Fonternel, said MTN Cloud Services is the first of its kind in Uganda, and expressed optimism that SMEs who have been looking for world-class tools to improve their business efficiencies will find the solutions attractive for their business growth.MTN’ s focus is to contribute to the development of enterprises and the sustainable growth of economies in the countries of operation and MTN Cloud Services is integral to the company’s strategy to achieve this, particularly as enterprises are key economic growth drivers in most of our markets.The MTN Cloud Services are aimed at satisfying the growing appetite of business for ICT solutions that are relevant, customized and affordable. To this end the impressive array of the services under this product include cost effective e-mail and collaborative software such as Microsoft Dynamics CRM, a customer’s relations management tool, as well as security powered by McAfee.Fonternel said, “The aim of launching MTN Cloud Services in Uganda is to support the delivery on the company’s promise to make the lives of customers brighter by leading the delivery of a bold new Digital World to them”. The cloud services approach entails the centralization of access to services, wherein a third party, in this case MTN, acts as the single point of contact for customers.The focus is on convenience as centralizing access to services eases the administrative burden for business where instead of dealing with multiple service providers, they now deal with only one.The introduction of business automation tools in Uganda is part of the first phase of MTN Cloud services designed primarily for SMEs across professional services, and the health and micro-finance sectors. The second phase of MTN Cloud offerings will cater for major corporates and multinationals.The uptake in Ghana and Nigeria has been positive and we are optimistic that MTN Cloud Services will receive a similar response in Uganda and in the other markets when it’s launched.“It is MTN Uganda’s desire and commitment to continue developing tailor-made products and services that are in line with the growing and dynamic technological trends. We are hopeful that SMEs will utilize Cloud services to enhance business efficiency,” concluded Fonternel.For a 30 day free trial customers can visit www.mtn.co.ug/webstore
Advertisement A cyber-arms catalog that leaked has shed more light on the technologies the NSA deploys to obtain information.According to the catalogue, the NSA catalog offers a mobile base station called the Typhon HX (priced at $175,800) that will mimic a network provider’s infrastructure and collect mobile signals to decode and study; it effectively taps cellphones.One scenario where this type of hacking was spotted in action was at the Ecuadorian embassy shortly after Julian Assange arrived as a house guest. The embassy’s staff started getting welcome messages from Uganda Telecom on their mobile because the British intelligence services hadn’t reconfigured their data slurping base-station correctly from a previous operation, apparently. – Advertisement – This means that the previous operation had been carried out in Uganda and targeted Uganda Telecom customers.The catalogue further says that Mobile phone SIM cards can also be easily hacked using a tool dubbed MONKEYCALANDER. This exploits a flaw, only recently spotted by security researchers but used by the NSA since 2007, that allows code to be installed on a SIM card that will track and monitor an individual user’s calls and location.It also details an exploit called DROPOUTJEEP which claims it can gain complete control of an Apple iPhone via a backdoor, at least back in 2007 when the cyberweapon catalog was drawn up.Source: The Register
(L-R) Gaby Hoffmann, Judith Light, Jay Duplass, Jeffrey Tambor, Jill Soloway, Amy Landecker, and Alison Sudol of the Amazon show “Transparent” attend the 67th Emmy Awards. Photo credit: AFP Mark Ralston Advertisement Jeffrey Tambor and Jill Soloway delivered Amazon.com Inc. its first major Emmy awards for the show “Transparent,” as the online retailer went toe-to-toe with Time Warner Inc.’s HBO.HBO’s “Veep” vied for top comedy prizes with “Transparent,” in which Tambor plays the patriarch of a Los Angeles family who reveals to his children that he has long felt he’s a woman and is going to dress like one. The face-off between the companies highlighted the growing competition between newer players like Amazon Studios and longtime leaders like HBO, which demonstrated its dominance again Sunday.Soloway created “Transparent” and won an award for directing, one of 11 nominations the show received. Both Tambor and Soloway called out Amazon and advocated for transgender rights in their speeches.[related-posts] – Advertisement – Allison Janney won the only comedy Emmy that didn’t go to “Transparent” or “Veep,” taking home an award for her supporting role in the CBS series “Mom.” The Emmy was the seventh for Janney, who has garnered awards for “The West Wing,” ‘Masters of Sex” and now her second for “Mom.” That ties her with Ed Asner and Mary Tyler Moore for the most awards of any actor or actress in Emmy history.The annual Emmy awards show coincides with the debut of new and returning shows for major broadcast and cable companies and is a platform to promote their best hits and stars. Last year’s telecast on NBC drew 15.6 million viewers.[Bloomberg]
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Advertisement India has overtaken the United States to become the world’s second largest Internet market, with 333 million users, trailing China’s 721 million. But a new report released by the UN Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development also confirms that just six nations – including China and India – together account for 55% of the total global population still offline, because of the sheer size of their populations.While Internet access is approaching saturation in richer nations, connectivity is still not advancing fast enough to help bridge development gaps in areas like education and health care for those in poorer parts of the world, according to the 2016 edition of The State of Broadband report.Globally, an estimated 3.9 billion people are not using the Internet. But the Commission’s new report estimates that, between them, China, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nigeria account for 55% of all unconnected people, while 20 countries – including the US – account for a full 75% of those not using the Internet. These findings suggest that targeted efforts in just a few key markets could help enormously in redressing the gaping ‘digital divide’ between those who are online and those still offline. – Advertisement – With 165 countries now having deployed ‘4G‘ high-speed mobile networks. As smartphone penetration reaches near-saturation in the US, Europe and mature markets in Asia like Japan and Korea, India and Indonesia in particular are expected to drive future growth. India also recently overtook the US to become the world’s second-largest smartphone market, with an estimated 260 million mobile broadband subscriptions.The Commission argues that if today’s near-universal basic mobile phone access could be converted to high-speed mobile broadband access, mobile phones could serve as a major accelerator of development, driving rapid progress towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals.The report confirms that according to latest ITU figures, by end 2016 3.5 billion people will be using the Internet, up from 3.2 billion last year and equating to 47% of the global population. Progress in the 48 UN-designated Least Developed Countries has been encouraging, with the Commission’s target of 15% of the LDC population onlineexpected to be reached by the end of this year.Download a full copy of the report.Download the key Report Findings. ITU Press Release
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FacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThis ShareCONTACT: Jessica StarkPHONE: 713-348-6777E-MAIL: email@example.com Rice research aims to grow local businessesRice Building Institute invites Houston firms to benefit from three-year studyRice University Building Institute (RBI) has teamed up with seven nonprofit professional organizations to help Houston businesses grow by offering local firms unprecedented access to the conclusions of a three-year research project. RBI has extended $15,000 worth of scholarships to 12 local business professionals to attend a new workshop series aimed to help them cultivate their companies. The seminars will explain the first-of-its-kind RBI study that identified 12 actions a firm in the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry must take to attain and retain competitive advantage despite uncertain market conditions and an influx of international competitors. “When we surveyed local AEC industry leaders about what keeps them up at night, their responses were overwhelmingly focused,” said Joe M. Powell, executive director of RBI. “The paramount concern of firm leaders is their ability to maintain a high level of competitiveness.” The seminars will groom participants to become the next generation of global market leaders by exploring the critical performance characteristics of the world’s most competitive companies. During the seminars, Powell will present and explain each of the 12 strategies that will drive the 21st century’s most successful firms. Among the strategies are inspiring with vision, leading with values, attaining competitive focus, capturing category ownership, using persistent branding, creating marketing breakthroughs, exploiting competitive intelligence, launching a competitive culture, establishing customer intimacy, acquiring and nurturing high-impact people, developing a culture of obsessive improvement and formulating new strategic alliances. The scholarship recipients were identified by their professional organizations as AEC industry up-and-comers. About 55 other industry leaders will attend as well. One of the scholarship recipients, who also was named “Young Architect of the Year” by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Houston, said this research comes at an ideal time for his industry. “With the real estate bubble burst, this is an important time to be able to differentiate,” said Camilo Parra, principal of Parra Design Group. “I’m looking forward to developing my leadership skills, learning how to grow my business and sharing experiences with others in my field.” The seven nonprofit professional organizations and their selected scholarship recipients are. Associated Builders and Contractors: Matt Daniel of Skanska USA and Diego Cabrales of TIC-The Industrial Company Associated General Contractors: Harold Younger Jr. AIA: Parra and Brian Malarkey of Kirksey Architects American Subcontractors Association: Andrew Harman of Texas Metal Equipment Company Council of Engineering Companies: David Johnston Jr. of Brown and Gay Engineers Inc. and Rich Squire of URS Corporation Society for Marketing Professional Services: Carrie Stallwitz of Witz!PR and Nick Dwyer of Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. Texas Society of Professional Engineers: Alan Hirshman of Dannenbaum Engineering Co. and Nathan Adams of AEI Engineering Inc. Beginning this month, the half-day seminars will take place at Rice once a month for four months. Rice’s research on competitiveness has produced two valuable outcomes: The new workshop series designed to teach the 12 strategies and the publication of the findings by John Wiley & Son in a new book, “The New Competitiveness in Design and Construction: 12 Strategies That Will Drive the 21st Century’s Most Successful Firms.”