A note from the editor For nine years Disability

first_imgA note from the editor:For nine years, Disability News Service has survived largely through the support of a small number of disability organisations – most of them user-led – that have subscribed to its weekly supply of news stories. That support has been incredibly valuable but is no longer enough to keep DNS financially viable. For this reason, please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support its work and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please remember 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… Two opposition parties are writing urgent letters to work and pensions secretary Esther McVey – while a third is demanding an investigation – about a possible cover-up over documents linking the “fitness for work” test with the deaths of benefit claimants.Senior figures from both Labour and the Liberal Democrats said this week that they were writing urgently to McVey to ask whether the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) had shown the documents to the independent expert the government commissioned to review the work capability assessment (WCA) in 2013 and 2014.The Green party’s co-leader, Jonathan Bartley, said the failure to be clear about what happened with the documents had “all the hallmarks of a deliberate cover-up”. He has called for an independent investigation.The SNP also said it would be seeking answers from DWP.Dr Paul Litchfield (pictured) was commissioned by DWP to carry out the fourth and fifth reviews of the WCA but has so far refused to say if he was shown letters written by two coroners and a number of secret DWP internal “peer reviews” into deaths linked to the WCA regime.Litchfield, who was recognised by the prime minister with a CBE in last month’s birthday honours, published the two reviews in December 2013 and November 2014, but neither of them mentioned the documents, all of which link the WCA with the deaths of claimants.A spokesman for Marsha de Cordova, Labour’s shadow minister for disabled people, said she would be writing to McVey “as a matter of urgency”.Stephen Lloyd, the Liberal Democrat shadow work and pensions spokesman, said: “I will be writing directly to the secretary of state, Esther McVey, to seek clarification whether or not her department, the DWP, ever showed [Litchfield] the documents linking the WCA to the deaths of benefit claimants.“The public has a right to know, particularly now he’s been awarded a gong.”Neil Gray, the SNP’s social justice spokesman at Westminster, added: “This issue has thrown up a number of questions for the DWP and we need a clear and definitive statement on what people knew and when. We will be seeking those answers.”Even though DWP possessed all the coroner’s letters and peer reviews, it has claimed in a freedom of information response that it holds no information in its records on whether they were shown to Litchfield while he was reviewing the WCA.Since Disability News Service (DNS) revealed the existence of the documents in the years after Litchfield’s final report was published, concerns have grown that DWP and its ministers deliberately covered-up evidence of the fatal impact of the assessment on sick and disabled people.The coroner’s letters followed the deaths of two men with mental health conditions in 2010 and 2013 and each warned of further such deaths if changes were not made to the WCA.The call for evidence for Litchfield’s second review was issued on 10 June 2014, five months after coroner Mary Hassell had written to DWP following an inquest into the death of Michael O’Sullivan, who had had significant, long-term mental health problems.Hassell had told DWP that the trigger for O’Sullivan’s suicide had been the conclusion by civil servants that he was fit for work, but she said that neither DWP nor the Atos doctor who had assessed him through the WCA process had asked his GP, psychologist or psychiatrist for information about his mental health.Hassell told DWP that it needed to take action “to prevent further deaths” like Michael O’Sullivan’s.But despite that urgent call, Litchfield’s second review failed to mention Hassell’s letter or a similar letter sent to DWP by another coroner in 2010 following the suicide of Stephen Carré.Litchfield’s two reviews also failed to mention the peer reviews.Peer reviews – now known as internal process reviews – must be carried out by civil servants into every death “where suicide is associated with DWP activity”.One of the aims of these reviews is to “determine whether local and national standards have been followed or need to be revised/improved”, so DWP would find it hard to explain why they would not have been shown to Litchfield, whose job it was to review how the WCA was working.DWP has admitted that at least seven peer reviews written in 2012 mentioned the WCA, and there are almost certainly more that were written by the time Litchfield wrote his final report in late 2014.Litchfield has so far refused to comment about the documents.But Professor Malcolm Harrington, the independent expert who carried out the first three reviews of the WCA in 2010, 2011 and 2012, has already told DNS that he believes he was shown neither the first coroner’s letter (the second letter had not yet been written by the time he completed his third review) nor any WCA-related peer reviews.Bartley said this week: “If the Department for Work and Pensions failed to show Dr Litchfield vital documents linking the work capability assessment with the deaths of benefit claimants, DWP are clearly implicated in a cover-up.“If he was shown them but didn’t mention them in his reports, then so was he.“This has all the hallmarks of a deliberate cover-up over the fatal impact of the assessment on sick and disabled people. “There is no justification for secrecy, it is clearly in the public interest for the truth to be told and there should be an independent investigation of what happened.”A DWP spokeswoman said: “As we’ve previously said, this was an independent review, and DWP provided information alongside other stakeholders – on request.“Any evidence used was referenced in the review.”last_img read more

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first_imgSenior Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) civil servants have failed to answer key questions about links between the government’s policies and the deaths of disabled benefit claimants, during a face-to-face meeting with grieving parents.Emma Haddad, DWP’s director general for service excellence, and Colin Stewart, its work and health director for the north of England, spent more than an hour in Monday’s meeting with Joy Dove and Eric Whiting, the parents of Jodey Whiting.The Independent Case Examiner (ICE) concluded earlier this year that DWP was guilty of “multiple” and “significant” failings in handling the case of the mother-of-nine, who had her out-of-work disability benefits stopped for missing a work capability assessment (WCA), and took her own life just 15 days later.During the meeting, Dove asked 13 key questions that had been drafted for her by Disability News Service (DNS), based on her daughter’s case and the wider scandal of deaths linked to the actions of DWP ministers and senior civil servants.But Haddad refused to answer many of the questions for legal reasons.Among the questions about her daughter’s case, Dove asked how DWP could have made so many serious safeguarding failings.Her ex-husband asked whether anyone had been disciplined or lost their job over their daughter’s death.Dove asked Haddad why she should believe that DWP had fixed the system when it had made similar promises after so many other deaths.And she asked why DWP kept making mistakes that led to the deaths of disabled people when it had carried out so many secret reviews into deaths linked to DWP actions.Crucially, she also asked about the alleged cover-up which saw DWP fail to show the independent expert ministers had appointed to review the WCA a series of secret reviews into benefit-related deaths and letters written by coroners linked to the assessment process. And Dove asked if she could see the secret review that would have been carried out by DWP after her daughter’s death.Haddad promised Dove that she would provide written answers to all the questions.The meeting took place in the offices of Labour’s Dr Paul Williams, Dove’s MP, in Thornaby-on-Tees.Dove said that Haddad insisted in the meeting that ministers had not ordered her and Stewart to apologise in person, but that they had instead “got together and decided we needed to come here and say sorry”.Dove told DNS she was glad the meeting had taken place, but she warned DWP that this would not be the end of her campaigning, although her legal team would now take the lead in seeking justice for her daughter.She said: “It hasn’t really changed things because she’s dead and she’s not coming back.“I told them that five minutes away from here, my daughter is in that cemetery.”Dove believes Haddad was on the verge of tears when she heard her speak about Jodey and showed her pictures of her daughter.She said: “I thought she had a tear in her eye when I got upset and showed her letters from Jodey saying she was in debt and which said, ‘Please, mam, look after my babies.’“I could see a tear in her eye but at the same time she had to hold it back.”But she said Haddad also told her: “I am a mother of two. I know how you would have felt.”Dove said Haddad and her colleague were left speechless when she told them that campaigners were calling DWP “murderers”.After the meeting, a DWP spokesperson said: “Senior officials have met with Mrs Dove today, to apologise again for the failings in handling her daughter’s case and discuss the lessons learnt.“We fully accepted the Independent Case Examiner’s findings earlier this year and have since reviewed and strengthened our procedures to ensure all vulnerable claimants are safeguarded.”The number of people signing a petition in Jodey Whiting’s name, calling for an independent inquiry into deaths linked to DWP failings, and for evidence of criminal misconduct by civil servants or government ministers to be passed to the police, has now passed 42,000.But that is less than halfway to the target of 100,000 needed to secure a House of Commons debate on the petition.To sign the Justice for Jodey Whiting petition, click on this link. If you sign the petition, please note that you will need to confirm your signature by clicking on an email you will be sent automatically by the House of Commons petitions committeePicture: Joy Dove being interviewed by ITV News after the meetingA 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…last_img read more

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SEAN Long took time out of his busy schedule to ta

first_imgSEAN Long took time out of his busy schedule to take the Super League trophy and League Leaders’ Shield to Heald Farm Court in Newton-le-Willows.Saints Assistant Coach brought joy to the residents and staff with the spoils of the Club’s 2014 season.Karen Chicken, Manager of Heald Farm Court, said: “Heald Farm Court Residents and staff would like to thank Saints so much for bringing the Trophies in for us to see.“We all enjoyed seeing them and meeting Sean and having lots of photographs taken.“It was an enjoyable day and it lifted everyone’s spirits so thanks once again for taking the time out for us.”last_img read more

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ADAM Swift bagged four tries as Saints came from b

first_imgADAM Swift bagged four tries as Saints came from behind to thrash Hull KR 48-16.The winger crossed for two in the first and two in the second to eradicate a 12-0 deficit.They were part of a three tries in seven minutes blitz that also included Shannon McDonnell’s fourth of the season.The result keeping Keiron Cunningham’s side in touch with the top four.Ironically, for 30 minutes at least, no one in the ground would have expected such a scoreline.Shaun Lunt opened the visitor’s account when Hull KR pushed it on the last.Both Maurice Blair and Albert Kelly were involved, opening up the space with some fine offloading for the hooker to cross.Kieran Dixon tagged on the extras – and on the quarter hour mark the lead was increased through Chris Clarkson.The loose forward cruising through a gap moments after Saints had weathered a goal line stand.Dixon then tagged on a penalty after 21 minutes to make it 12-0 and the home side’s nerves were beginning to show.But the introduction of Kyle Amor lifted Saints and solid runs allowed the pressure to mount.And in the end it counted as Jonny Lomax put on a fine pass for Adam Swift to ghost over for his sixth of the season.The winger was unlucky not to add his second shortly afterwards – the referee ruling a knock on in the build up – but he made no mistake whenMark Percival put it on a plate.Swift rounding Kelly to pull Saints right back into it.Saints began the second half on the front foot, gaining a repeat set when Dixon fluffed his lines on a high ball.But Swift was just nudged into touch as he dove for his hat-trick following a great move.He didn’t have long to wait though as on 45 minutes, Dominique Peyroux won the ball back by gathering a loose play the ball from the Robins.In a blink of an eye the ball was moved left through Wilkin and Percival and Swift scorched home from 80 metres.His in and out move to round the full back extra special.Saints had their tails up and their next try was equally as good.After some solid drives, Peyroux showed his strength to take on the line and then offload under pressure to slip McDonnell in.And it got better as on 52 minutes Adam Swift went in for his FOURTH following great work from Walmsley and Lomax.Thomas Minns made it game on for Hull KR but Joe Greenwood’s excellent offload to Mark Percival killed off any hopes of a comeback.Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook powered over from close range to increase the advantage and then Jon Wilkin caught Peyroux on a great line for a deserved try.And Alex Walmsley capped a great second half display when he blasted over from close range at the death following a Jordan Turner 40:20.Match Summary:Saints:Tries: Swift (4), McDonnell, Percival, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Peyroux, WalmsleyGoals: Percival (6 from 9)Hull KR:Tries: Lunt, Clarkson, MinnsGoals: Dixon (3 from 4)Penalties:Saints: 6Hull KR: 6HT: 8-12FT: 48-16REF: J SmithATT: 9488Teams:Saints:1. Jonny Lomax; 23. Shannon McDonnell, 24. Matty Fleming, 4. Mark Percival, 5. Adam Swift; 3. Jordan Turner, 12. Jon Wilkin; 8. Alex Walmsley, 9. James Roby, 14. Lama Tasi, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 18. Dominique Peyroux, 28. Morgan Knowles.Subs: 10. Kyle Amor, 15. Greg Richards, 17. Luke Thompson, 20. Joe Greenwood. Hull KR:21. Thomas Minns; 29. Joe Wardill, 12. Graeme Horne, 4. Iain Thornley, 5. Kieran Dixon; 11. Maurice Blair, 7. Albert Kelly; 17. Dane Tilse, 9. Shaun Lunt, 10. Mitch Allgood, 20. James Greenwood, 15. James Donaldson, 13. Chris Clarkson.Subs: 8. Adam Walker, 14. Kevin Larroyer, 16. James Green, 24. George Lawler.last_img read more

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Several awards will be presented throughout the ev

first_imgSeveral awards will be presented throughout the evening as we acknowledge the skills and hard work that our Women’s squad have shown throughout their 2018 campaign.A fantastic two-course meal with tea and coffee will also served before the main part of the evening gets underway.The event starts at 7pm and tickets are £17.50 for Adults and £6 for Juniors.Click here to buy now, or visit the stadium ticket office.One not to be missed…last_img

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With great support from the Saints Heritage Societ

first_imgWith great support from the Saints Heritage Society, we will have a different front cover for every home game this season which will take its’ inspiration from a retro-programme featuring Saints against the same opposition back in the day.We start tonight with a Saints vs. Wigan classic from Good Friday in 1966, which we hope bodes well for tonight! That day Saints recorded a 17-10 win that included a try from a certain Tom van Vollenhoven!We feature that team inside the programme and this regular feature will also highlight their individual Heritage numbers, produced for us as a result of the outstanding work from our friends at the Saints Heritage Society.Tom has a very appropriate number for a flying winger so pick up your copy to find out which one!If you have any ideas for covers you would like to see and you have the original programme in your collection, then please scan the front cover and email to us at [email protected] never know, we might just choose yours to become part of our collection in 2019.The usual features are inside with columns from Chairman, Eamonn McManus, Justin Holbrook and James Roby plus loads of other content including an interview with Lachlan Coote, details of our successful 2021 World Cup bid to become a Host Venue, more information on how Heritage numbers were brought to life, plus a look back to the video years of the legendary Ron Hoofe, a quick Quiz page and something for Junior Saints to keep them entertained too.Buy yours from inside or outside the ground tonight for just £3 and many thanks to Warrington Audi for their season-long Programme Sponsorship.In addition, we have produced just 200 copies of a special limited-edition version for the same £3 price which will contain exactly the same great content as the main programme but with a special one-off cover design. This unique cover is in tribute to our flying winger Tommy Makinson as he makes his 200th Saints appearance tonight and this version is only on sale in the Club Shop, so when they’ve gone, they’ve gone!Please note, the Tommy Makinson version will NOT be on sale in any other area of the Stadium, so if you want one make sure you visit the Club Shop before you enter the turnstilesAll Hospitality guests will receive the Retro cover version as part of their package this evening.last_img read more

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US welcomes Sudan powersharing deal as important step forward

first_img SharePrint A Sudanese man waves the national flag as he celebrates, after Sudan’s ruling military council and a coalition of opposition and protest groups reached an agreement to share power during a transition period leading to elections, along the streets of Khartoum, Sudan, July 5, 2019. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin AbdallahA Sudanese man waves the national flag as he celebrates, after Sudan’s ruling military council and a coalition of opposition and protest groups reached an agreement to share power during a transition period leading to elections, along the streets of Khartoum, Sudan, July 5, 2019. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah The United States on Saturday welcomed a provisional agreement forged by Sudan’s ruling military council and a coalition of opposition and protest groups to share power for three years as an “important step forward.”The U.S. State Department said in statement that special envoy for Sudan Donald Booth will return to the region soon.The agreement brokered by the African Union and Ethiopia Union, announced on Friday, is due to be finalised on Monday.“The agreement between the Forces for Freedom and Change and the Transitional Military Council to establish a sovereign council is an important step forward,” the State Department said. “We look forward to immediate resumption of access to the internet, establishment of the new legislature, accountability for the violent suppression of peaceful protests, and progress towards free and fair elections.”The deal revived hopes for a peaceful transition of power in a country plagued by internal conflicts and years of economic crisis that helped to trigger the overthrow of Omar al-Bashir in April.Relations between the military council that took over from Bashir and the Forces for Freedom and Change alliance broke down when security forces killed dozens of people as they cleared a sit-in on June 3. But after huge protests against the military on Sunday, African mediators brokered a return to direct talks.WhatsApp <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

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STARTERS ORDERS Monday

first_img[dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Monday 4 AugustRACING2.00 RiponHoneysuckle Lil 7/1 > 100/302.30 RiponGreenbury 13/2 > 11/43.00 RiponMuffin Mcleay 3/1 > 7/43.15 KemptonVerchild Lad 25/1 > 11/15.15 KemptonJohara 3/1 > 7/45.45 CarlisleHail Bold Chief 7/1 > 4/1What’s your view?CALL STAR SPORTS ON 08000 521 321last_img

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Its Not What You Know… betting shop memories

first_img[dropcap]I[/dropcap] was on honeymoon in Palma, Majorca, it was October 1961 when I received a phone call, the call was to tell me we had got a licence for our first betting shop at 148 Finchley Road in NW London.The shop was around 80 yards away from Finchley Road underground station, we opened the shop in early 1962.At that time the Finchley Road consisted of one lane going south into London and one lane going north, away from London. Today it is a six lane highway with three lanes going each way.Our shop was a large shop, it also had a large forecourt where there was enough space to park six cars. Today it is a Holiday Inn Hotel, how times change !We opened the shop with four staff. Issy (tits) as the settler, Marky as the boardman (no televisions in those days), Judy (my wife ) as a cashier and me doing a bit of everything.Between us, we had not got a clue.It took around three months to get the feel of things, like how many bets we would take in a day, the amount of money we would take, the big punters, the regulars and so on.Not sure of opening hours, I know you could not open before a certain time and you had to close by a certain time, we opened 10am and closed 6pm.No sooner had we opened in the morning then the regulars would come in. We had a large table in the middle of the shop and they would all sit round it with their papers open studying form. We supplied tea and coffee, I think it was against the law to do that but it was more like a club than a betting shop.Among our regulars were people from all walks of life, there was actor named Peter Bowes an absolute gentlemen, also one of the best judges I ever came across, it was hard to beat him. Another punter was a Mr Raven who liked backing hot favourites. If the first one got beat he would chase and chase till he got his money back or go broke…. a bookies dream.Then there was John Bloom (Rolls Razor) have a look on Google, you will see how much money he made and lost.John would arrive around ten, park his Rolls Royce on our forecourt, have a cup of coffee, make a number of small bets, he never lost a fortune to us and then leave. In all the time he came in, he never laid out more than £20.Another one was known as Maverick, his real name was Ivin Desai, he was the son of a well known wealthy Indian business man. He, like one or two other people I have come across lived to gamble. As I have said before I think it is a disease. He gambled day and night, I know there was a time his parents sent him to Switzerland where he was placed into a induced sleep for two weeks as he had got to a stage that he could not sleep more than a few minutes at a time…. it helped him for a time.Peter Rothenberg (two other chapters about Peter), if he was not there by 10.15am, there had to be a reason. Also, one of the regulars was Themis the Greek, Cypriot boy. No idea where he got his money from and the last but in my opinion, the cleverest, was Ibrahim Hussan, a young Jewish guy from Iraq.Why do I think he was the cleverest?Well his day went something like this. He would get out of bed around 10 at night, yes 10 at night, have a shower, have something to eat, then go out and find somewhere to play cards games. There were at least six clubs where you could play cards around Finchley Road.Why so late?He had worked it out that the people he was playing cards with had been up most of the day, working and when it came to midnight they were getting tired and their brain was slowing down. His day had only just started, he realised that he had the edge. When he finished playing cards, normally between 5 and 7am, he would get the morning papers, have breakfast, come in to our shop for a few hours, have a few bets but by 2pm in the afternoon he was gone.Home to bed.One day a policeman and another man walk in, the other man turned out to be a policeman too. They walked up to the counter and asked if they could speak to a Mr Thompson.I am sorry we have no Mr Thompson I said.“Do you not have a Mr Thompson who goes round collecting bets on your behalf”.“No, certainly not”.The policeman explained that a man had been going around saying he was taking bets on our behalf and that he had taken quite a lot of money from punters.How much is quite a lot of money? I enquired.Well he got £2,000 off the actress Shirley Eaton (today approximately £65,000).Shirley Eaton,wow, I had her picture on my bedroom wall till I was 16. She was to me, the English Briggitte Bardot.It transpired that this person had conned people out of just over £6,000 (today approximately £200,000) using our name.We never heard a word for about a year when the policeman comes in and tells us that they caught the man a couple of months later. He was well known to the police and was sentenced to six years.One morning, not long after we opened, two men walk in asking if they could see the boss.How can I help ?We work for someone who wants to see that you have no trouble in you shop, ‘you know what I mean’, he added.Yes, I understand, I said but we have Morry Bloom and Maxie Pinkus looking out for us.They both turned and walked straight out of the shop. The peoples names I gave were people I knew. They were both heavies in their time for one or two well known gangsters, we never had any trouble in our shop.Eventually lost contact with all the punters. Don’t know what happened to most of them, except that Peter had committed suicide (separate story) and Ibrahim had got a green card and opened an ice cream shop in Queens, New York.I would like to add we had the cleanest betting shop in the UK.One day after racing had finished I was sweeping up when the phone rang. I left the broom propped up against the counter and went to answer. When I came back there was this little guy sweeping the floor, he got the job. Every day he was waiting for us to open…. he would dust, clean, make the tea, get the shopping and do anything you wanted him for…. he was in the shop all day.The punters loved Robert. He would get cigarette papers and do errands for them. They in turn would give him something for going and a bit extra if they won, he became the shop mascot.After every race he would sweep up and give a clean around like in the barbers shop. He was around for about three years, then one day vanished. Still wonder what became of him.We opened three more shops, one in Covent Garden, one in Holborn and one in Kentish Town. They were ok but nothing special.As I was doing 5 or 6 nights a week at the dogs and the betting shop 6 days a week, it was not a hard decision when a company named Williams came along with a very good offer that we sold the shops.That was the end of my betting shop days.last_img read more

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How Temple Universitys Fox School Remains King of the Online MBA UPDATED

first_img UPDATE: Since the release of this article, U.S. News & World Report has removed the Fox School of Business from its 2018 Best Online MBA ranking for reporting falsified application information. This article does not reflect the changes in the ranking.The Temple University Fox School of Business Online MBA program has been named the best in the United States for the fourth consecutive year by U.S. News & World Report. We recently spoke with Darin Kapanjie—Fox Temple associate professor, Academic Director of the Online BBA, Online MBA, and part-time MBA programs, and the Managing Director of Online and Digital Learning—about the school’s miraculous online supremacy and what the future holds.Staying at the top of any MBA ranking, not just in one region, but across the entire U.S. for four years, is unprecedented. For Kapanjie, it’s been long enough for him and the rest of the Temple Fox team to start guessing when, if ever, another school will take over.“We keep waiting for someone else to claim the top spot,” he says. “To be honest, the end of the day we built a program that we believe to be the best in land. We don’t tailor our program to the rankings, it just so happens that the program we built does well in the rankings.” Unlike many new online MBA programs, which are designed for applicants with less experience, the Fox School of Business Online MBA caters to a more “mature” demographic, he notes.“The design of our program speaks to a more mature business professional. [Students] average over 12 years of work experience, which is unusual for an online program. That mature population helps with some of the ranking criteria. We’ve also invested heavily in the product we are delivering, we have a team of instructional designers, instructional technologist, technical support specialists, and web developers. We have built our program, marketing, recruiting, and instructional design teams from within, nothing is outsourced. As a result, this team is dedicated to the success of this program. There is a sense of pride and community around the Fox Online MBA.Despite the Online MBA’s miraculous rise to prominent among business schools, Kapanjie acknowledges that Fox and other schools like it are still competing against traditional MBA programs. However, there are plenty of reasons to prefer the digital format.Fox School of Business Academic Director Darin Kapanjie“This is more of a personal preference or pressure from a busy travel schedule from work, than a more attractive alternative,” he explains. “We at Fox understand the market is changing and that online/hybrid learning is the now and will continue into the future. Personally, I believe that in a few years the hybrid and online MBA’s will dominate the market. Online education is being accepted more and more, it’s no longer viewed as a cheaper and easier solution. It’s schools like us and Carnegie Melon, UNC, Indiana, University of Florida, etc. that are dedicated to delivering quality online opportunities that are helping change that perception. Personally, I believe our online program stacks up well against most of the top ranked traditional MBA’s.”Even with a rich tradition of forward-thinking business school programs located in and around Philadelphia, Fox manages to stand out—particularly among schools offering an online degree.“We have made a significant investment in online education here at Fox,” he says. “Our entire operation is run in-house and is built for the future. We put a great deal of effort around the entire student experience, from inquiry to alumni. I can’t speak for other schools in the region, I can only say that we believe there is a vast market in need of a high-quality online MBA program and we are listening to that market.”But to keep Fox’s top spot, Kapanjie acknowledges that the program cannot remain stagnant.We are building more and more concentrations (mini-major within our MBA) and integrating several dual degree opportunities to widen our net,” he explains. “I personally believe that the dual degrees, MBA/MS, will become more popular in the next few years.”For more information on the Online MBA at the Temple University Fox School of Business and other MBA offerings, check out our profile on the business school and head over to the official Fox Temple site. About the AuthorMatthew KormanMatthew Korman is the Managing Editor of MetroMBA. Since graduating from Rowan University with a degree in journalism and political science, Matthew has worked as a music industry writer and promoter, a data analyst, and with numerous academic institutions. His works have appeared in publications such as NPR and Sports Illustrated.View more posts by Matthew Korman How Temple University’s Fox School Remains King of the Online MBA (UPDATED) regions: Philadelphiacenter_img Last Updated Jan 23, 2018 by Matthew KormanFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail RelatedTemple Fox Axes Online MBA Director After Rankings FalloutWeeks after the Temple University Fox School of Business announced the forced resignation of its long-time Dean Moshe Porat, reformed to its approach to its ranking system, and the hiring of Interim Dean Ronald C. Anderson, the Philadelphia metro business school has announced the departure of its Online MBA Academic…August 23, 2018In “Featured Home”Fox Temple Maintains Top Spot As Country’s Best Online MBAFor the third straight year, the Fox School of Business at Temple University earned top honors as the country’s premiere Online MBA program, according to U.S. News & World Report. The publication’s 2017 ‘Best Online MBA & Graduate Business Programs’ list was formally revealed Jan. 10, with Fox leading the way…January 11, 2017In “Featured Home”Temple, Carnegie Mellon Top U.S. News 2018 Online MBA RankingsThe annual U.S. News & World Report 2018 Online MBA rankings are officially in, with the Fox School of Business at Temple University, once again, taking the top honors. The Fox School of Business has owned the top honor for multiple years in a row, further cementing its case as not…January 9, 2018In “Featured Home”last_img read more

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MIT Sloan MBA Deadlines Have Been Announced

center_img regions: Boston RelatedMcCombs School of Business Announces Upcoming MBA DeadlinesThe newest batch of University of Texas MBA deadline dates have been announced for the McCombs School of Business, going in to the 2018-19 academic season. Round One Deadlines: October 9, 2018 Notifications: December 19, 2018 Round Two Deadlines: January 8, 2019 Notifications: March 28, 2019 Round Three Deadlines: April 2,…June 18, 2018In “Dallas”Emory Goizueta Announces New MBA DeadlinesDeadlines for the One and Two-Year MBA programs at the Emory University Goizueta Business School have been officially announced for the 2018-19 academic year, which are as follows: Round 1 Application Deadline: October 5, 2018 Notification Date: November 30, 2018 Deposit Due: December 21, 2018 Round 2 Application Deadline: November…May 30, 2018In “Advice”Boston College Announces MBA Deadlines for 2018-19The newest batch of Boston College MBA deadlines dates have been announced for the Carroll School of Management, going in to the 2018-19 academic season. Round One Deadlines: September 17, 2018 Notifications: December 5, 2018 Round Two Deadlines: January 7, 2019 Notifications: March 15, 2019 Round Three Deadlines: March 15, 2019…August 22, 2018In “Advice”last_img read more

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VIDEO Qantas CEO hit with pie in the face during speech

first_imgMay 10, 20170 Comments Blog Qantas chief executive, Alan Joyce, was hit with a pie in the face during a business breakfast event in Perth.Alan Joyce, CEO of Qantas, was attacked with a lemon meringue pie at a business breakfast event in Perth, Australia.Tony Overheu, who carried out the stunt on Tuesday, said he did it to make a statement about Joyce’s support for same-sex marriage. The 67-year-old has since apologised to the Qantas chief executive.Mr Joyce was one of twenty Australian executives who signed a petition in March 2017 urging Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull to legalise same-sex marriage.“No attempt at bullying us into suppressing our voice will work,” Mr Joyce told reporters. He has said that he will press charges.center_img VIDEO: Qantas CEO hit with pie in the face during speechlast_img read more

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Emergency landing as smelly passenger causes others to vomit and faint

first_imgJune 1, 20180 Comments Blog Emergency landing as smelly passenger causes others to ‘vomit and faint’center_img A Transavia plane was forced to make an emergency landing after a passenger’s body odour allegedly caused others to vomit and faint.A Transavia flight from Gran Canaria to Amsterdam had to make an emergency landing in Faro, Portugal after a passenger’s body odour caused others to ‘vomit and faint.’Passengers were reported to have been overwhelmed by the ‘unbearable’ smell of the man.A Belgian passenger on board the flight said: “It was like he hadn’t washed himself for several weeks. Several passengers got sick and had to puke.”Flight attendants tried to quarantine the unwashed man in the toilet, before the pilots decided to divert the flight.A Transavia spokesman said: “The airplane diverted because of medical reasons, but it is indeed right that he smelled quite a bit.”This is not the first smelly incident on a Transavia flight.Earlier this year, a fight broke out on a flight from Dubai to Amsterdam over an elderly passenger’s excessive farting, resulting in the pilot making an emergency landing in Vienna.last_img read more

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City of Bend Seeks Applicants for the Bend Economic Development Advisory Board

center_img on May 15, 2014 Facebook Pinterest Tumblr Email  There are openings on the BEDAB board and the City of Bend has extended the deadline for applying to May 30. BEDAB members are appointed by the city council and advise the council on economic development matters. Their goal is to promote a supportive business environment to foster economic growth. There are three positions available, and to balance out the board, the City is looking for representatives from the health care, retail, banking and high tech industries. Here’s a link to the application: Here and to the City’s weblink about BEDAB: www.bendoregon.gov/BEDABTop 10 BEDAB SuccessesFive years ago, the City of Bend launched a new committee that has since become the hub of a strategic and well-coordinated effort to bring business to Bend and keep it here. It’s called the Bend Economic Development Advisory Board (BEDAB)—a 13-member team made up of business owners and the city’s key economic development partners. The board is doing great things to propel our business community forward. These are the highlights of its work.1. Business support community galvanized. Most importantly, BEDAB has brought a great team together. In the past, groups such as Economic Development for Central Oregon, Bend Chamber of Commerce, the Small Business Development Center, Visit Bend and the City of Bend each had its own game plan. Now, through BEDAB, these groups work in tandem, each understanding its role in the economic development eco-system and larger effort to build Bend’s business scene.   2. City agenda revamped with a business focus. Through BEDAB and the hiring of Carolyn Eagan as the Bend Business Advocate in 2012, the City of Bend is now tapped into the needs of the business community like never before. As new plans for capital projects around the city are made, BEDAB and Eagan now bring home victories for the business community in the process such as encouraging prioritization of development in employment lands and sewer improvements that benefit business. Through this process, Bend has become a city that links long-range planning goals with economic goals. 3. Communication from businesses to the City streamlined. Now that BEDAB is up and running, business owners know where to go to reach the city about critical issues such as zoning, fees or ordinance concerns. BEDAB then has the authority to bring these issues directly before the Bend City Council or to the right department, clearing the way for a rapid response to issues. 4. Target industries identified. Through the collective knowledge of all the business organizations at the BEDAB table, the group has been able to identify five core industries that Bend is ready to serve. These groups include the outdoor industry, aviation and aerospace, technology and software, bioscience and advanced manufacturing. As our coordinated economic development efforts become more sophisticated each group is pulling in its own way to direct these business types to town. 5. Business support directory created. This desktop directory allows businesses to quickly look up who can best help them with their problem. If you want to create a tech meet-up, the number for Tech Alliance is right there. A question about the enterprise zone? EDCO’s contact info is at your fingertips. 6. Bendforbusiness.com up and running. Through a partnership with Visit Bend, BEDAB has launched this very website bendforbusiness.com. Serving as a business recruitment tool and place to share successes and news, bendforbusiness.com is the place to learn why Bend is great for business. 7. Cohesive marketing plan in effect. The economic development organizations involved in BEDAB now speak with one voice through a coordinated marketing effort. Bend has a lot to offer and through the synergy of a coordinated media campaign that message has been amplified to the world. 8. Relocation packet done. For businesses considering moving to Bend, BEDAB has created a relocation packet available through the Visit Bend website filled with information about this community and why we’re great for business. Not only that, but when a relocation packet is requested, Bend Business Advocate Carolyn Eagan is able to follow up with a personal email to the business, increasing the likelihood that businesses give Bend the consideration we’re hoping for. 9. Welcome packet ready for action. For businesses that have moved to Bend, BEDAB is ready to help and tells them so with a packet of critical information such as the business support directory and information about how to plug into the business community right away. 10. Future goals envisioned. Now that many of the first steps have been taken including a strategic vision, a marketing plan and a website, BEDAB is looking to take Bend’s economic development efforts to the next level by identifying legislative opportunities that could be a boost for businesses in Bend, by lobbying local and regional government for more economic development tools and by finding the resources to spread the good word about this community farther and wider.  last_img read more

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These 15 NYC Startups Raised the Most Capital in Q2 2019

first_imgThese 15 NYC Startups Raised the Most Capital in Q2 2019July 2, 2019 by Reza Chowdhury 344SHARESFacebookTwitterLinkedin Over $3.3B was invested in Q2 of 2019. Find out where it went…Today, we take a look at the companies that have raised the largest startup funding rounds in New York City in Q2 of 2019 using some data from our friends at Crunchbase.  In addition to the dollar amount, we have included a brief description, industry, round type, total equity funding raised, and funding round details. Lastly, in order to maintain a focus on conventional tech-enabled startups, pharmaceutical, financing, real estate, and biotech companies were removed from the data.CLICK HERE TO SEE THE 15 NYC STARTUPS THAT RAISED THE LARGEST ROUNDS IN Q2 2019The TechWatch Media Group audience is driving progress and innovation on a global scale. With its regional media properties, TechWatch Media Group is the highway for technology and entrepreneurship. There are a number of options to reach this audience of the world’s most innovative organizations and startups at scale including sponsoring a piece like this, which will be read by the vast majority of key influencers in the entrepreneurial universe. Find out more here.PREVIOUS POST1 / 23NEXT PAGE Filed Under: #NYCTech, AlleyTalk, Funded in the Alley, Funded in the Alley, Funding, Funding News, Startups, Venture Capital Tagged With:  Amos Stern,  Bernard Liautaud,  Garry Fatakhov,  Guillaume Maron,  Iyah Romm,  Jean Guillou,  Jeremy Suriel,  Mat Balez,  Toyin Ajayi, 500 Startups, 83North, 8VC, Aaron Schumm, Accel, Aglaé Ventures, Aleksandr Yampolskiy, Alexis Fogel, Allianz, Alon Cohen, Andreessen Horowitz, Arab Angel Fund, Artem Petakov, Arun Gupta, Atlas Venture, Avalon Ventures, Away, Baillie Gifford, Battery Ventures, Bay Gross, Bessemer Venture Partners, BlueVoyant, BoxGroup, Brad Birnbaum, Brandon Weber, Brookfield Asset Management, Button, Canaan Partners, Centene, Centricus, Chris Maddern, Cityblock Health, Coatue Management, Comcast Ventures, Commerce Ventures, Daniel Dines, Daniel Schreiber, Dashlane, Dave Morgan, Dennis Crowley, Donald DeSantis, Earlybird Venture Capital, Eight Roads Ventures, Elkstone Capital Partners, F-Prime Capital, Fiserv, Fortress Investment Group, Founders Fund, Foursquare, Franklin Templeton Investments, G20 Ventures, General Catalyst, George Soros, Georgian Partners, Giorgos Tsetis C.E., Global Founders Capital, Greycroft, Greylock Partners, GV, Hercules Capital, Hillhouse Capital Group, Icon Ventures, Inc., Insight Partners, Jen Rubio, Jill Layfield, Jump Capital, Karl Baum, Kustomer, L Catterton, Leerink Transformation Partners, Lemonade, LetsGetChecked, Litify, Madrona Venture Group, Marius Tirca, Maverick Ventures, Michael Jaconi, Microsoft, Mike Dudas, Morgan Stanley, Naveen Selvadurai, Naver Corporation, New Enterprise Associates, NGP Capital, Niall Smart, Nicholas Romito, Noom, norwest venture partners, Nutrafol, Oak HC/FT, Optum Ventures, Oren Frank, OurCrowd, Peter Foley, peter thiel, Plug and Play, Point72 Ventures, Polaris Partners, Primary Venture Partners, Qiming Venture Partners, Quadrille Capital, Qualcomm Ventures, Quartet, R&R Ventures, Redpoint, Reuven Moskowitz, Revolution, Riverwood Capital, Roland Peralta, Roni Frank, Ronnie Mateo, Ryan Hallman, Ryan Masiello, Saeju Jeong, Sam Kassoumeh, Samsung Ventures, SecurityScorecard, Seedcamp, Sequoia Capital, Shai Wininger, Siddhartha Dabral, Sidewalk Labs, Siemplify, Silicon Valley Bank, SimulMedia, Singapore Exchange Limited, SoftBank, Spark Capital, StartUp Health, Steph Korey, Stephen Milbank, Steve Shulman, Talkspace, Tamara Mellon, Tanner Hackett, TheTime, Thomas Glocer, Tiger Global Management, TransLink Capital, TransUnion, Trinity Ventures, Trumid Financial, Two Sigma Ventures, UiPath, Unilever Ventures, Union Square Ventures, Valiant Capital Partners, Vestwell, VTS, WarnerMedia, Winton Ventureslast_img read more

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AM115 – CAST – Center for Applied Special Technology

first_imgPodcast: Play in new window | DownloadShow NotesHi folks. Welcome to “Accessibility Minute”, your weekly look at Assisitive Technology—those clever tools and devices designed to help people who have difficulties with vision, mobility, hearing or other special needs.CAST or the Center for Applied Special Technology was founded in 1984 when a small group of special educators became involved in using computers for the benefit of their students.  In the more than 25 years from it’s inception, CAST has become the premier resource in the area of Universal Design for Learning.  As educators work to meet the needs of students with disabilities, the resources available from CAST are very valuable.  At CAST.org you will find online tools like BookBuilder, iSolveIt Math puzzles, and the UDL Curriculum Toolkit to help educators create materials that are more accessible to students WITH or WITHOUT disabilities.For more information, to read our blog or to drop us a line, visit EasterSealsTech.com. That was your accessibility minute for this week. I’m Wade Wingler with the INDATA Project at Easter Seals Crossroads, in Indiana.CAST: Center for Applied Special Technology http://bit.ly/1esWe6EShare this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedAM118 – DOITAugust 30, 2013In “Accessibility Minute”AM113 – PACER CenterJuly 26, 2013In “Accessibility Minute”AM084 – National Center on Health Physical Activity and DisabilityJanuary 4, 2013In “Accessibility Minute”last_img read more

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Tech Tip Defender Otterbox for iPad

first_imgSteve Carter shows us the assembly of the Defender Otterbox for the iPad.  Check it out!Share this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedMonday Tech Tip: iPad Keyboards (that charge from an iPad)December 28, 2015In “Tech Tips”Monday Tech Tip: Stump iPad holderMarch 3, 2014In “Tech Tips”Monday Tech Tip: Hand Gestures on iPadJuly 14, 2014In “Tech Tips”last_img

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AM161 – Sensory World

first_imgPodcast: Play in new window | Download161-12-11-15 Sensory WorldHey there! Welcome to Accessibility Minute, your weekly look at Assistive Technology, those clever tools and devices designed to help people who have difficulties with vision, mobility, hearing or other special needs!Looking for a fun tool for an individual with learning disabilities? If you frequent our blog, you’ve probably noticed I spend a lot of time researching and writing about a multitude of apps for individuals with special needs. Unfortunately, several of these apps require purchase to download, some costing over $100!UK-based company FitzRoy offers a fun, educational tool developed specifically for individuals with learning disabilities called Sensory World. The best part? It’s COMPLETELY FREE! It features a virtual house where you can visit different rooms and find multiple activities. To check it out, simply go to SensoryWorld.org.For more information, to read our blog, or to drop us a line, visit EasterSealsTech.com. That was your Accessibility Minute for this week! I¹m Laura Medcalf with the INDATA Project at Easter Seals Crossroads, in Indiana.Share this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedAM182 – Autism Discovery Tool: Sensory From Within AppMay 6, 2016In “Accessibility Minute”Top 5 Posts from 2016December 28, 2016In “Accessibility Reviews”AM186 – Fun and FunctionJune 3, 2016In “Accessibility Minute”last_img read more

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Consumer Highlight Stephanie Weatherford

first_imgI went to the small town of Attica, IN to meet with Stephanie Weatherford to learn about the assistive technology services she received from the assistive technology department at Easterseals Crossroads.Stephanie and I spent time talking a little about her history and I learned that she was born in Lafayette, Indiana and moved to Attica in the 1980’s. Stephanie was born with Cerebral Palsy (CP). Cerebral Palsy is a disorder of movement, muscle tone or posture that is caused by damage to the brain most often before or during birth. People with CP can have physical, developmental, and speech disorders. For Stephanie, it affects her physical and speech abilities. Stephanie uses a wheelchair and has since she was a very young girl. She also has some visual problems and needs very large print to read. Stephanie is legally blind and told me that she has cataracts that are progressively getting worse. She is near-sighted in one eye and legally blind in the other.Stephanie was in special education classes throughout elementary school, but was mainstreamed into the Attica school system in 8th grade. Stephanie graduated from high school in 1990.After finishing high school, Stephanie worked with a Vocational Rehabilitation counselor to work on her goal of furthering her education. Vocational Rehabilitation is a state agency that assists individuals with disabilities in obtaining or maintain employment. They assisted her in going to the Hadley School for the Blind. Hadley School for the Blind has personalized learning programs for people who have low vision or are blind.Stephanie then began an internship with The Arc of Tippecanoe County. The Arc of Tippecanoe County is agency that provides services to individuals who have developmental delays. These services include: adult recreation, advocacy, mentoring programs, and social clubs.For this internship, she needed to be able to use a computer to perform the job duties so she connected with Vocational Rehabilitation again and was referred by them to Easterseals Crossroads for an assistive technology evaluation. An assistive technology evaluation is a one-on-one evaluation to determine what type of technology can maintain or increase the independence of an individual at work, home, or in the community. Stephanie was assigned to work with Belva Smith, Assistive Technology Specialist at Easterseals Crossroads to determine her needs.Belva met with Stephanie at her home and learned that she had many difficulties using a computer. She learned that with Stephanie’s physical limitations she was unable to use a mouse or keyboard for computer inputand due to her visual impairments she was unable to read what was displayed on the screen. Stephanie also has difficulty with speech so using voice input to control the computer was also very challenging, but was her best option. Belva determined that for Stephanie to use verbal commands to control her computer her best option was to use a computer with Dragon Naturally Speaking software, which is dictation software along with JAWS, which is a screen reader. She also set up JSay, which is software that allows both the voice input and the screen reader to work at the same time.With Dragon allowing Stephanie to speak to her computer and the software inputting the information she speaks and JAWS reading the information that is on the computer screen aloud to her, she is able to perform her internship duties.Belva told me, “Using JAWS and Dragon is a very advanced technology. With all of Stephanie’s challenges most people might have said there was no way she could ever use a computer. Stephanie has an amazing attitude and is very determined. She has great family support and with her determination, technology, and family support she is now using a computer which allows her to work at the ARC and continue to seek future employment opportunities.”As part of her internship duties for the Arc Executive Director, Stephanie writes thank you letters for donations or volunteers work hours someone has given to the agency. She keeps track of the attendance for social events and assists in organizing these events. Some of the events she coordinates are exercise classes, dance classes, bowling outings, the Valentines dance and a prom they host every year. She serves on both the Adult Direct Services committee and the Prom Committee. Stephanie is also an ARC board member as a consumer representative. She serves as a consumer representative to assure “a member’s voice can be heard.”Stephanie said when she started working with Belva, “I wanted this internship. That was my main goal. Belva helped me get the technology that allowed me to do the internship and she also helped me find ways to do stuff on my own. She helped me learn easier, better ways to use the computer.”Stephanie is using a Dell laptop with the input and output software mentioned above and a headset to verbally dictate. She spent one month training with Belva and now can use her computer to write emails, use Facebook, and surf the Internet. She works her internship from home 20 hours per week and also goes to The ARC for meetings. She has an aide who assists her with daily activities and her parents are able to drive her anywhere she needs to go in their van that is equipped with a wheelchair lift. Stephanie tells me she also uses Siri to text on her iPhone and really likes her amazon Echo to be able to ask what time it is and what the weather is like outside.Stephanie is interested in obtaining a paid position now that she is able to use technology so efficiently. She has also been working on a book for a few years. She loves reading and journalism and hopes to complete her book now that she can use a computer more easily. Her book is about her life story. She said, “ I want to hopefully write a story so people don’t make the same mistakes that my team and I have made. I also want to be an inspiration. I would love for people to look at my story and say, “If she can do it, so can I”. I hope that people can learn from the problems I have faced and apply the solutions I have found along the way and help them with their own struggles. I see it as a self-help guide. “Stephanie said, “I like technology. I like it a lot. It allows me to do things I could never do otherwise on my own. Belva helped me so much. She knew what I needed to know. She understood the whole situation and she knew how to show me what I needed.”I asked Stephanie if she had an advice for anyone who struggles with technology and she said, “ I would tell people to get out there and research your options. If you can’t figure out how to do something there are people to help. If you can’t do the research ask family, friends, or staff to help you find the resources. Ask for help when you need it. “We wish Stephanie all the best with future employment goals and the completion of her book! We look forward to reading it!Share this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedConsumer Highlight: Cadira GreerMarch 28, 2016In “Consumer Highlight”Cerebral Palsy in the SpotlightMarch 10, 2011In “cerebral palsy”Consumer Highlight: Sarah JonesOctober 15, 2017In “Consumer Highlight”last_img read more

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