Many disabled students could effectively be barred

first_imgMany disabled students could effectively be barred from higher education because of the introduction of the government’s new universal credit, according to MPs and peers who have written to the minister for employment.The seven MPs and peers, all members of the all-party parliamentary group for disability, have joined the new chief executive of Disability Rights UK (DR UK), Kamran Mallick, in writing to Damian Hinds to ask him to change the universal credit regulations.The seven – who include the new disabled Labour MP Jared O’Mara and disabled peers the Countess of Mar and Lord Addington (pictured) – say the move to universal credit, which is gradually being rolled out across the country, could make university unaffordable for many young disabled people.At present, disabled full-time students who receive either PIP or DLA are automatically treated as having “limited capability for work” and so can receive both employment and support allowance (ESA) and housing benefit during their studies.Although income-related ESA is often paid at low levels during term-time – as it can act as a means-tested top-up to student loans – it can be particularly useful during summer vacations, when disabled students are often unable to secure employment.And claiming housing benefit is often the only way a disabled student can move away from home for the first time.But the same rules that applied to ESA do not apply to universal credit, which is slowly replacing several means-tested benefits, including income-related ESA and housing benefit.DR UK says that the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has confirmed that only disabled students who receive DLA or PIP and have had their limited capability for work confirmed by a work capability assessment (WCA) are eligible for universal credit.But DWP rules also bar disabled students in a universal credit area from undergoing a WCA to determine whether they have limited capability for work.This means that if a student has not yet had a WCA – even if they are currently receiving ESA – and move to an area where universal credit has been introduced, they will not be able to receive support from universal credit at university.DR UK has been campaigning to raise awareness of the issue for several months, and fears the current regulations will increase the gap between the proportion of non-disabled people (30 per cent) and disabled people (16 per cent) with a degree.Because universal credit has only been introduced in some parts of the country, DR UK says the government has created “a postcode lottery where some disabled students can still claim ESA and housing benefit but others can only claim and be refused universal credit”.It wants all full-time disabled students who receive DLA or PIP to be eligible for universal credit.Ken Butler, DR UK’s welfare rights adviser, said: “We are concerned that the UC system does not allow a disabled student to be assessed as to their limited capability for work.“It puts them in a Catch 22 situation – they cannot be entitled to universal credit unless they have a WCA but they cannot have a WCA unless they are entitled to universal credit.”He added: “The DWP’s belated confirmation that many existing disabled students legitimately being paid ESA are barred from universal credit makes an unfair situation even worse.“Disabled students may have made their decisions on undertaking courses away from home partly on their ability to claim housing benefit.“If their college or university is then included in a ‘full service’ [available to all types of claimant] universal credit area this may mean them abandoning a course before they even start it.”DR UK also says the rules which prevent many young disabled people from claiming universal credit were not subject to an equality impact assessment, and were not referred to in extensive notes published alongside the universal credit regulations in 2013.Most disabled students are also excluded from other ways of claiming universal credit, because they are not carers, are not lone parents with young children, and cannot actively seek work. A DWP spokesman said: “I can confirm we have received the letter, and will respond to Disability Rights UK directly.”last_img read more

A CONSUMMATELY professional first half display saw

first_imgA CONSUMMATELY professional first half display saw the Saints home in Friday night’s curtain raiser at Langtree Park. The game again mirrored the first team’s performance in that it was done and dusted by half time and the Saints found it hard to get back to the same intensity in the second stanza eventually winning 50-16, writes Graham Henthorne, Team Manager.The opening quarter of an hour was an arm wrestle with both teams struggling for supremacy, but significantly the Saints defensive effort meant the Broncos almost exclusively kicked on their own 40 whereas the Saints started their sets in the same position.This pressure finally tolled on the visitors as they knocked on in their own half. Four tackles later and great interplay between Dave Hewitt and Olly Davies saw the half back take the return pass on the inside to score under the posts.Both Hewitt and his half back partner Dan Abram were kicking well in play constantly turning the visitors around and one such kick lead to a repeat set and the Saints second try. Luke Thompson, back from first team duty, poked his nose through the line and his quick play the ball allowed Connor Dwyer to drag two tacklers over the line with him.The game was taken away from the Broncos with three tries in the final ten minutes of the first period. Ben Parry scored his first diving under the tackle to score after big Ross McAuley had been stopped short.Adam Hesketh continued his return to form charging under the sticks after Dwyer and Matty Fozard had gone close.Then on the stroke of half time Jack Ashworth scored the best of the lot. Connor Dwyer sent a pass out of the back of his hand to Ashworth who in turn fed Lewis Galbraith. The winger looked to have been pushed into touch but slung the ball back inside to the supporting Ashworth for the try.As is sometimes the way the Saints, despite trying their best, the Saints never regained the intensity of the first period.They were the first on the scoresheet, however, as Ben Parry extended the lead racing 95 metres down the left after plucking a bomb from the clutches of his opposite number.Poor handling allowed the visitors to open their account virtually straight from the kick off and when they scored on their next set visions of another Featherstone were starting to appear over the horizon.Matty Fleming steadied the ship with his second in the left corner after Galbraith had raced 50 metres down the opposite flank.The Broncos replied again but two tries in the final 15 minutes took the game away from them.Connor Dwyer took advantage of the Saints first penalty 65 minutes in bursting through some wafer thin tackling after Thompson and James Tilley had set up the position.Olly Davies bombed a second try for Fleming by not passing to his centre but made up for it bringing up the half century as he latched onto a delightful grubber from Dan Abram.The first half was back to something like the Academy of the early season as they dominated the opposition giving them little time or space to think.The half backs combination of Hewitt and Abram looked good on the ball while Chris Webster and Tilley both ran Thompson and Dwyer close for best on the field.Match Summary:Saints U19:Tries: Jack Ashworth, Matty Fleming, Ben Parry 2, Dave Hewitt, Olly Davies, Connor Dwyer 2, Adam Hesketh.Goals: Dave Hewitt 7.Broncos U19s:Tries: Richard Harris, Harry Griffiths, Patrick Mooney.Goals: Joe Keyes 2.Half Time: 28-0Full Time: 50-16Teams:Saints:20. Adam Saunders; 2. Lewis Galbraith, 4. Jack Ashworth, 3. Matty Fleming, 5. Ben Parry; 6. Dave Hewitt, 7. Dan Abram; 8. Chris Webster, 9. Dom Speakman, 10. Luke Thompson, 11. Olly Davies, 12. Connor Dwyer, 13. James Tilley.Subs: 14. Matty Fozard, 15. Adam Hesketh, 17. Ross McCauley, 21. Joe Ryan.Broncos:1. Jonathan Smith; 5. Dapo Awolfo, 4. Richard Harris, 3. Harry Griffiths, 2. Saeed Agboke; 6. George Taylor, 7. Joe Keyes; 8. Toby Everett, 9. Shaun Keen, 10. Patrick Mooney, 11. Kieran Morgan, 12. Anthony Cox, 13. Dan Igbinedion.Subs: 14. Liam O’Callaghan, 15. John Wallace, 16. Oliver Thoms, 18. Sam Druce.last_img read more

Born in the Laffak district of St Helens Geoff P

first_imgBorn in the Laffak district of St. Helens, Geoff Pimblett showed he had tremendous sporting ability as a pupil at Windle junior school and later at Cowley Grammar School. He had tremendous hand-eye coordination and was a natural games player. Even then it was obvious that he was cool under pressure and was rarely, if ever, flustered. Although he was a quiet, somewhat reserved character, he had a total belief in his own ability that could never be described as arrogance, which every successful sportsperson has to have.In rugby and cricket, he continued to flourish and by the late 1960s, he was an integral member of St. Helens RUFC and had picked up county honours, for Lancashire, in the process. In the summer months, he was a deadly fast bowler for St. Helens Cricket Club and also represented the Manchester Association. Many good judges reckon he was one of the quickest bowlers never to play for his county, but I digress.He was never the biggest of players and his anticipation and timing had to compensate accordingly – another reason he was to achieve so much.“I was quite happy playing rugby union with St. Helens RUFC at Moss Lane, where I was captain and that’s where I thought I would remain until Saints came in for me,” he recalled. “I was well into my twenties and they wanted me to play as an attacking full-back. I had been a centre in union, although I played a few games at stand-off before settling down in the number one jersey. I was really chuffed that they had approached me and it was the right time to do so for me, personally.”What they got was an astute and intelligent footballer, with a nimble step and the ability to chime into the attack with deadly effect. It seemed as though his football brain was several notches ahead of his opponents and he made things look easy, such was his natural ability. He appeared to be so organised and unflappable, in command of most situations, whether in defence or attack. Geoff was also a fine goal-kicker, with a precise, chipped style, like a golfer with a nine-iron and could pop over crucial drop-goals if need be.Geoff was 26 when he became a Saint on January 7 1971 and a change of codes was always a potential gamble. He played several games in the A team as a stand-off and was the back substitute for the visit to Whitehaven on February 27.“You have to have some luck in the game and I remember the team got knocked out of the Challenge Cup by Leeds and perhaps it was then that they thought about giving me a chance to establish myself,” he recalled.He wore the full-back’s jersey for the first time against Wigan on Good Friday at Central Park, with the Saints winning 9-6, in front of 24,017 and by the end of the campaign, 12 matches in fact, Geoff was playing a vital role in another Saints’ success over Wigan, at Swinton in the Championship Final, when they kept the trophy for the second successive year. He looked the part in the number one jersey too.Geoff had certainly arrived at Knowsley Road at the right time. The next eight seasons were sprinkled with finals, winner’s medals and Man of the Match awards, as Geoff made the number one jersey very much his own. He was the first player to win both the Lance Todd Trophy [1976 v Widnes] and Harry Sunderland Trophy [1977 v Warrington] and after taking over the goal-kicking duties from his great friend Kel Coslett, he led the goal-kicking charts in 1977/78 with 138. He also became the only man to captain both St. Helens RUFC and St. Helens RLFC!He made a sterling contribution towards Saints’ success in the 1972 Challenge Cup Final victory over a powerful Leeds side and was a virtual ever-present in the team that won the First Division Championship in 1975 at a canter. Yet it is the 1976 Challenge Cup Final that saw him produce his greatest performance.“We were playing good rugby that season – the best I had experienced in a Saints’ side,” he remembered. “Once we got the breakthrough, you could enjoy the experience of playing at Wembley.”Despite the intense heat, Pimblett revealed why he was such an asset to the Saints, with three conversions and two vital drop-goals as his ‘Dad’s Army’ side held their own – and more – against a much younger Widnes outfit. He was a constant threat to the Widnes defence all afternoon doing what he did best – linking up with the attack. It was a superb all-round performance worthy of the coveted Lance Todd Trophy.“It was different in those days,” he remembered. “As we were lining up ready to go up for the cup, this fellow comes up to me and says ‘by the way, you’ve won the Lance Todd,’ which was a nice surprise – without doubt the highlight of my career.”Following a 15-2 Premiership success against Salford seven days later, Geoff and his team-mates embarked on a short tour Down Under, playing against Easts at the Sydney Cricket Ground, but were beaten decisively.The Saints, with Geoff in sparkling form, retained the Premiership trophy in 1977, with the 32-20 defeat of Warrington. Pimblett’s marvellous seven goals and a try earned him the Harry Sunderland Trophy outright, when, almost like an extra stand-off with his deceptive, jinking running style, he created wholesale panic in the opposition ranks! By this time, despite his relatively slight frame, he had also perfected a superb front-on ‘man-and-ball’ tackle. Not many got past him! He was more durable than many realised.Geoff was the natural choice as Club Captain, following the departures of Billy Benyon and Kel Coslett and he skippered the team in the classic 1978 Challenge Cup Final against Leeds. Unfortunately, the heavier Leeds pack triumphed that day 14-12, in one of the classic Wembley finals. Indeed, the Captain could not disguise his disappointment: “I would have loved to have lifted up the cup for the fans, that’s my main regret, although it was a close game.”Geoff became a ‘dual-code’ county player with his selection for Lancashire against Other Nationalities at Knowsley Road on November 25 1975, at right centre. He played once more, two years later, in his more accustomed full-back position, against Yorkshire at Naughton Park, Widnes. He also achieved a long-standing ambition by playing for England against Wales at Knowsley Road on May 28 1978.It was a proud moment when Geoff heard of his selection: “There were some good full-backs around at the time, especially Wigan’s George Fairbairn, but I finally got my chance after Wembley. We stayed the night before in a hotel in Kirkby, which was a bit strange with me living so close to the ground anyway! But to play at Knowsley Road was always a pleasure – a superb, flat pitch, always in great condition.”England won 60-13, the widest-ever margin between the two countries, yet Geoff delighted his supporters with a fabulous 21-point performance, nine goals and a try, a record for an England player at the time. Ironically, this was later broken by another Saints’ full-back, Steve Prescott, in 1996.The 1978/79 season saw the Saints in relative decline, although the side battled through to the semi-final of the Challenge Cup against Wakefield. After a string of bad results, the unthinkable happened and Geoff was dropped before the game. The team itself had not been playing well in the run up and supporters thought that Pimblett had been made a scapegoat, especially when Saints lost 9-7 and he could have made quite a difference.“I decided to call it a day after that,” he remembered. “I didn’t feel bitter, although the feeling of stability I felt had gone. In the mid-seventies I was making, perhaps four tackles in a match. Now it was in double figures! I played with the best and I had no intention of putting on a pair of boots again!” But for the fantastic achievements of another superb full-back and local lad, Paul Wellens, Geoff would have been ‘nailed on’ as a member of the club’s Greatest 17. Even after his magnificent playing career had come to an end Geoff maintained his links with the St. Helens Club, right to the end. He was the Secretary and a founder member of the St. Helens Players Association, which has grown from strength to strength over the years and he was an integral part of the Saints’ Smart School, helping local primary schools who visited the club. He loved that. Geoff was also a trustee of the Saints’ Lottery.Geoff was a brilliant history teacher at Grange Park High School, where another Saints’ great, Steve Llewellyn, was Deputy Head. He was a supremely organised person, an engaging personality and so well-respected by pupils and staff alike. When Grange Park became Broadway, he was Senior Master and remained a popular figure until his retirement in the mid-1990s.A devoted family man, and married to Merle for more than 50 years, they have two daughters, Helen and Janet; five grand-children, Jarrod, Josh, Keeley, Hollie and Chloe, together with two great grandchildren, Zak and Eli. Indeed, his grandson Josh [Simm], has recently returned from the Saints’ Academy tour to Australia and, hopefully, has a great future ahead of him. Geoff was so proud of the progress he was making.St.Helens R.F.C. has lost one of its greatest sons and we extend our sympathy to Geoff’s family at this sad time.Geoff was always a very modest man, despite his considerable achievements and never one for fuss. He was an absolutely top-notch bloke, great company and so many will feel such a tremendous sense of loss at his untimely passing. He was truly one of our own.Geoff PimblettBorn: St. Helens May 11 1944 Died: St. Helens February 19 2018 Debut: February 27 1971 Whitehaven 8 St. Helens 15 [Lge] Last match: April 1 1979 Wakefield Trinity 23 St. Helens 3 [Lge] Appearances: 365 Tries: 48 Goals: 608 Drop-goals: 28 Points: 1,388last_img read more

Thalian Hall Bellamy Mansion tops the list of mustsee buildings in NC

first_img Located in downtown Wilmington, Thalian Hall has had the unique responsibility of serving as both the area’s cultural and political center since the 1850s.Also in Wilmington, the Bellamy Mansion is a 10,000-square-foot home that was built around 1860.Others places on the list include the NASCAR Hall of Fame, Biltmore, Tryon Palace and Cape Hatteras Lighthouse.Related Article: Black History Month: The history of Bellamy MansionMore from USA TODAY. Bellamy Mansion and Thalian Hall (Photo: WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Two historic landmarks here in the Cape Fear region are getting some national attention. According to USA TODAY, Bellamy Mansion and Thalian Hall in Wilmington are buildings you must see in North Carolina.USA TODAY Travel teamed up with the American Institute of Architects (AIA) to create the list of the best buildings for visitors to check out in each state.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Town Hall on gun violence planned by local students

first_img A town hall in New Hanover County, to make these students thoughts heard and to listen to others as well. They took part in the March for our Lives and say they were inspired by what the students from Parkland Florida accomplished. They want to hold a town hall because they believe change will come as long as they keep at it.“Every movement starts somewhere and change doesn’t happen overnight and it’s going to take a while for especially this type of change to happen. But we aren’t going to stop just because it’s only the beginning,” New Hanover High School student Ingrid Ericson said.The students speaking at the town hall want to have an open conversation with the public and want to hear the other side of the argument. They also want to clear up any misunderstandings.Related Article: Local students plan vigil to honor Parkland school shooting anniversary“A lot of people throw the term ‘we just want to take all guns away,’ which is completely untrue. We aren’t, from what I understand, we aren’t anti-gun. We’re anti-people being shot. I just want people to realize that we are open to conversation. that is why we are here,” Hoggard High School student Kaylyn Koone said.Students contacted Representative David Rouzer to attend but he declined their invitation, something they are not pleased with.“He’s not even talking to us face to face. he needs to see what’s going on and he needs to see that people are actually being affected by it and it’s not just some little game,” New Hanover High School student Starr Holcombe said.Despite Rouzer’s absence, they hope their message and intentions come across.The town hall starts at five tomorrow at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation.We reached out to Rouzer’s office and we have not heard back but they told the StarNews on Monday, “the congressman will not be able to attend, however, he is more than happy to meet with students, as he does with many groups on a regular basis, in a private setting to discuss issues of concern.” WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Students from Cape Fear area schools will get together to talk to the rest of the community in a town hall, focusing on gun violence and what political leaders can do to help.“Just have everyone listen to what people’s views are because we’re all living in this world together and we all just gotta listen to everybody’s views,” New Hanover High School student Kathryn Conlon said.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Daphne Murder We are not considering a public inquiry – Malta to

first_img SharePrint Daphne Caruana GaliziaDaphne Caruana Galizia The Maltese Government told the United Kingdom that it will not consider carrying out a public inquiry about the murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia. This notwithstanding the request of the murdered journalist’s family and notwithstanding the recommendations for said report from the Council of Europe.This information emanates from a number of replies which the UK Minister for the State Tariq Mahmood Ahmar gave to a number of questions put forward by House of Lords Baroness Arminka Helic.Ahmad said that the Maltese Government made it clear that it will not be considering a public inquiry about the murder whilst judicial procedures are ongoing. The UK Government said that it respected this decision and that it shall wait for the outcome of the investigations.The UK Government considers meeting Caruana Galizia’s family – AhmadAhmad said that no UK minister has till date met with the Caruana Galizia family, however he said that the Government is willing to consider meeting the family should a request in writing is made.Ahmad said that the Government made it clear, both in public and in private with the Maltese Government, that the UK wants justice.Ahmad also said that a number of Members of Parliament of the UK Government had met with Maltese Members of Parliament, where the murder was discussed. He explained that the most recent meeting took place on the 13th of May between the Ministers for Foreign Affairs of both countries.Ahmad said that the Maltese Government has already publicly and privately assured that all efforts are being undertaken in order to ensure that justice will prevail in the case relating to the journalist’s murder. Ahmad also said that the Maltese Government showed interest to attend the UK Government’s conference relating to freedom of the press, which shall take place in July. He said that the Maltese Government has the intention to do so to show that Malta is ready to work with foreign associations in order to increase the protection of journalists and freedom of expression.Ahmad explained that since there are ongoing criminal and judicial procedures in Malta in relation to this murder, the UK Government has not yet raised this case with the Foreign Affairs Council in the European Union or with the Commonwealth Secretariat.The PACE report about the murder of the journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia has been recently approved. The report says that she was the most well-known and followed investigative journalist in Malta. She used to focus on the corruption amongst Maltese politicians and public officials.The report said that the Maltese authorities failed to find out who ordered the murder. It said that this raises a lot of questions about the respect towards the laws in Malta. In the resolution annexed to the report, Malta shall be requested to carry out an independent and public inquiry about the journalist’s murder. Notwithstanding this, Malta is not obliged to implement said recommendations.In the words of Arminka Helic, human rights are not a portfolio. She said that they cannot be separated from the decisions relating to foreign affairs and bilateral relationships. She said that this in view of the fact that the Secretariat for Foreign Affairs raised an issue relating to Muslin imprisonment in China and in view of the fact that the Minister of State for Europe is working in favour of an independent inquiry in relation to the murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.WhatsApp <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

Horse damages cars in Valletta

first_imgArkivjiArkivji A horse hit three cars and caused some damage after it bolted in Valletta on Sunday. A Police spokesperson told that the incident happened at around 10.15 am in Saint Elmo’s Square. According to the police, a public bus hit the horse carriage shelter that is on site. Consequently, one of the horses waiting underneath bolted and hit three cars parked nearby. The Police also confirmed that the horse is well and that nobody was hurt. WhatsApp SharePrintcenter_img <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

Samsung to announce Galaxy S4 next February

first_imgAdvertisement While an S4 announcement early next year was long expected, the specific timetable appeared only three days after Apple introduced the iPhone 5, which quickly sold out of its initial pre-orders on Friday.Samsung has divulged little about the successor to the Galaxy S III, which has a slightly smaller 4.8-in. display. The S4’s display will be OLED-based, according to the report.The new iPhone 5’s display measures 4-in. – Advertisement – The S4 will definitely support LTE networks, parts suppliers said, and will use Samsung’s in-house application processors and quad core chips that use the Exynos brand name.Both the Exynos and Qualcomm Snapdragon processors are used in the Galaxy S III, varying by the country where they are sold.The S4 will run Android, presumably the latest version available when the phone ships in March. One executive told the Korea Times that the S4 will also be rectangular with rounded corners, like its predecessor.The S III is the most popular Samsung smartphone, with sales of more than 20 million units in three months, and 30 million expected by the end of 2012. That pace would put it behind Apple’s projected iPhone 5 numbers. Some analysts expect 10 million iPhone 5s will be sold in the first 10 days alone.The competition between Apple and Samsung has reached epic proportions. There are more than 50 different patent disputes between the two companies in many countries across four continents, according to patent experts.A U.S. jury awarded Apple $1.05 billion in damages last month, after finding that Samsung had copied several features of the iPhone.The most direct impact Apple could have on Samsung’s Galaxy sales would be if U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh honors Apple’s request for a permanent ban on U.S. sales of eight smartphones, including seven Galaxy models. A hearing is set for Dec. 6.In addition to the news about the S4, an unidentified Samsung executive told the Korea Times that the company is going to boost the price charged to Apple for processors produced at its Austin, Texas, plant.No other details were provided on that report, and Samsung did not respond to a request to comment.Apple now holds about 31% of the U.S. smartphone market, while Samsung has a 24% share, according to NDP.Samsung is the biggest maker of cell phones, including smartphones, worldwide, but is slightly behind Apple in global smartphone sales. Apple makes smartphones, but does not make feature phones.IDC said Apple shipped 19% of the 106 million smartphones shipped worldwide in the second quarter, while Samsung had 16.2%. Source: computerworld.comlast_img read more

Uganda To Launch ICT Association

first_imgDr. Rugunda visited the ICTAU stall at the Orange Expo in 2012 BEFORE the Association was officially launched. Advertisement ICT Minister inspects ICTAU’s booth at the Orange Expo 2012.The ICT Industry in Uganda is readying for the launch of the first multi-stakeholder forum, the Uganda ICT Association (ICTAU).Formed by members of the private sector, the association was formed with the main objective of building the professionalization of the ICT sector in Uganda, providing stewardship to individuals and organisations engaged in ICT in the private sector, as well as offering advisory services to the government on policy based-issues.The ICTAU seeks to become the foremost and largest forum for ICT practitioners, managers, entrepreneurs, researchers and policy makers to share knowledge and experience on development informatics in Uganda by working with various stakeholders to be able to improve standards in the country.“These objectives are clear and beneficial to all Ugandans in general and to the sector as a whole,” wrote Founder Chairman, Simon Kaheru in a letter published on the Association website. – Advertisement – “The Association is now taking membership additions in order to create a wide level of stakeholder involvement in the stewardship of the ICT sector of Uganda to greater national impact,” Kaheru added.The launch will be held on Thursday May 16 2013, and is being supported by players in the country’s ICT industry including SMS Media, Makerere University Business School, Libilinks (UGO), PC Tech Group, Soliton Telmec Limited and the National Information Technology Authority (NITA-U). ICT Minister Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda is expected to be the guest of honor.Registration of members is open and details can be found on the Association website, Facebook page and Twitter.last_img read more

The Moto Hint Is Bringing The Movie Her To Life

first_imgAdvertisement Motorola has taken it upon itself to give us the future the movie Her promised us – or at least one key ingredient in the future. The new Moto Hint is a single wireless earbud that comes in a variety of designs, and while it isn’t quite as invisible as the headset showcased in Her, it is designed to give its wearer the ability to quickly and easily ask their phones questions.The Moto Hint is an accessory for the new Moto X specifically, and so won’t bring its magic to the downmarket Moto G, but it will let you instantly query the new flagship with requests like “What’s the weather like?” to instantly get a spoken forecast. You can also ask for directions, and receive turn-by-turn voice navigation, or dictate and send messages, plus of course make and receive calls.Finishes include fabric, leather and wood to match your Moto X, along with both black and white body accents and silver or black metallic finishes.Does having just a single earbud make you look more or less crazy when you’re talking to yourself? It’s a question we’ll have to wait a while to find out, as this ships in the U.S. later this fall. It also has a retail price of $149.99, which is kind of steep for mono sound, but then again, what price can you put on getting an early taste of our virtual assistant-heavy future?Credits Techcrunchlast_img read more

Airtel Uganda Google confirm partnerships with 2016 CMS Africa Summit

first_imgAdvertisement We have just got confirmation that Airtel Uganda and Google will be part of the upcoming 2016 CMS Africa Summit that will take place 1st – 2nd April at GEMS Cambridge International School in Kampala. Whereas this is Airtel Uganda’s first time to get on board for the Summit, Google has been a partner for 3 years already.As part of their partnership with “Africa’s premier web and mobile summit”, Airtel will provide a Fiber Optic internet connection that will be available to all delegates and will also provide 4 premium devices to the winners of the Hackathon.Speaking about the partnership, Airtel Uganda’s Digital Manager, Charity Kamusiime said, “CMS Africa is a great platform for internet users in Uganda and we would like to offer them the fiber optic experience that we offer to our customers at Airtel”. – Advertisement – Mr Oduor Jagero, the CMS Africa Lead welcomed Airtel’s partnership saying, “Airtel is a strong regional telecommunications network and by partnering with CMS Africa Summit, it reinforces their commitment to development of ICT in Africa. We are glad to have them on board and I know that bringing a fiber optic experience will make the summit better for everyone.”Commenting on Google’s partnership, Mr Oduor said, ”Google has been our partner for the last three years and their expertise and the quality of speakers they have always brought to the summit have been of great value to our delegates. Additionally, their financial support has helped us run the summit smoothly.”Google will be sending in their Expert Eugene Mutai, a Software Engineer at Andela as part of their partnership, and he will speak on the topic “Progress Web Apps”. Progressive Web Apps use modern web capabilities to deliver an app-like user experience. They evolve from pages in browser tabs to immersive, top-level apps, maintaining the web’s low friction at every moment.You know the saying “all work and no play…”, and the CMS Africa Summit has got you covered in that area, with a gaming booth for delegates, set up by Airtel Uganda. You can expect to catch up with all your online gaming tournaments and get back on top of the table![related-posts]Airtel will also bring the “Yoola Amajja” money game where participants stand a chance to win up to UGX 2 million.If you haven’t already, you can book yourself a slot at the Summit website. Expect to network with the best in the industry, both from the local scene and global players.Julie Auma, Training Manager Huawei Device, Kenya had this to say about the summit, “CMS AFRICA SUMMIT offers a platform for ICT companies, financial companies, and many other organizations a chance to reinforce strategic relations and brand awareness amongst a relevant audience.”Download the Summit app for Android for the full Summit Schedule and lots of other information.last_img read more

African Union to launch epassport at the 27th African Union Summit

first_imgAdvertisement In two weeks’ time, the African Union (AU) will be launching an electronic passport as part of measures to boost movement of people across the continent.The e-passport, will be launched during the African Union’s 27th Summit which is kicks off in Rwanda on July 10.Member countries of the African Union will have to adopt necessary protocols and laws to prepare the way for use of the passport. – Advertisement – Heads of state and government, ministers of foreign affairs and the permanent representatives of AU member states based at the headquarters in Addis Ababa will be the first group to get the e-passports during the summit.Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, the chairperson of the African Union Commission said that this is a steady step toward the objective of creating a strong, prosperous and integrated Africa.Countries like the Seychelles, Mauritius, Rwanda, and Ghana have taken the lead in ensuring easier intra-Africa travel by relaxing visa restrictions and in some cases lifting visa requirements altogether.last_img read more

The Battle of the Smartphone Brands in Uganda

first_img(Photo Courtesy: San Francisco Chronicle) Advertisement All phone brands available in Uganda are listed on Jumia, which gives the online shop exclusive insights in to how each phone brand is performing in the country. For Jumia Uganda specifically, Samsung is still the top selling smartphone brand – but Tecno edges close at number 2 and continues to secure an increasing amount of market share.The competitive landscape in the smartphone industry over the last five years has shifted, welcoming the Chinese Brand Era. The Chinese brands dominating the sector have led to a reduction in the average price of a smartphone – making smartphones more accessible to the masses (democratisation).Over the last three years the average price of a smartphone in Uganda has decreased by almost 45% – from 178 dollars in 2014 to 99 dollars in 2017 (according to Jumia Business Intelligence). This is largely accelerated by Chinese Brands such as Tecno, Itel and Infinix entering the Ugandan market with decreasing price points and surprisingly good specs. – Advertisement – The lowest priced smartphone currently on Jumia is the Fero A4001 at just UGX 143,000. Meanwhile, Jumia’s current bestseller – the Tecno CX Air – is priced at just UGX 90,000.[related-posts]In other African markets, where Infinix has had presence for over 2 years, Infinix secures its position as the top selling smartphone brand on Jumia. Infinix officially entered the Ugandan market earlier this year and is on track to achieve a similar level of popularity, with price points ranging from UGX 298,000 (Infinix Smart) to UGX 929,000 (Infinix Zero 4 Plus).The battle of the smartphone brands intensifies this week on Jumia Uganda website and via the free Jumia app, when the online shop will be running a ‘Game of Phones’ campaign. The promotion will see smartphones from the likes of Samsung, Tecno, Infinix, Fero, Itel, Nokia and more, discounted to exclusive prices, with free delivery being offered in Kampala from 28th August – 10th September.last_img read more


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Baker Institute study Consumerism in health care increasing

first_imgAddThis ShareJeff  Baker Institute study: Consumerism in health care increasingHOUSTON — (March 22, 2018) — Rising costs and changing attitudes about convenience and the ability to personalize life choices are driving a trend toward greater consumer purchasing power and individual responsibility in health care services, according to a new issue brief by experts at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.Credit: University“Making ‘Cents’ for the Patient: Improving Health Care Through Consumerism” was co-authored by Vivian Ho, the James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics and director of the institute’s Center for Health and Biosciences, and Anaeze Offodile, a physician at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. The issue brief explores and identifies the impetus for rising consumerism in health care, available levers to increase consumerism, changes underway to health care data management as well as points of concern with consumerism.“We live in a world where an individual’s discretionary choices (food, clothing and travel) are increasingly driven by convenience and amenability to control — for example, online shopping — and the prevalence of mobile apps,” the authors wrote. “These attitudes will only heighten with future generations and it should come as no surprise that they greatly influence how people interact with the health care sector. The increasing prevalence of walk-in clinics, patient experience/satisfaction surveys, online physician reviews, telemedicine and concierge medicine speak to this. More importantly, they add an air of permanence to the present consumerism movement.”The idea that patients should have more purchasing power and, consequently, individual responsibility over their health care services has translated into a redesign of health insurance benefits, the authors said. Consumers now bear more out-of-pocket expenses (through high deductibles) before cost-sharing with the insurer kicks in, they said. “These high-deductible health plans can be coupled with a health savings account or health retirement account — or so-called consumer-directed health plans — and have predominantly manifested in the employer-sponsored market and insurance exchanges, both public and private,” the authors wrote.According to a recent analysis, more than 30 percent of workers are currently enrolled in a high-deductible health plan, and nationwide out-of-pocket health care spending grew by 40 percent from 2010 to 2014, the authors said.“By shifting the ‘first dollar risk’ through these structures to patients, the hope is that they will become more conscientious and engaged in decisions about which drugs (generic versus name-brand), treating clinician (specialist versus primary care) and treatment setting (inpatient versus outpatient) are the most appropriate to use,” the authors wrote. “In theory, this should help check health care costs by incentivizing the use of lower-priced options and reducing unnecessary variations in health care utilization.”The authors cited several barriers against health care consumerism: Patients rarely have to pay the full “sticker price” for health care, due to insurance coverage, thereby creating a “moral hazard” by consuming more care; it can be difficult to navigate the complex U.S. health care system; and there is a considerable knowledge gap between providers and patients with regard to treatment plans and medical diagnoses.“Making cost and quality data of shoppable services available to consumers in a format that is timely, actionable and easy to interpret will be critically important,” the authors wrote.For more information or to schedule an interview with Ho or Offodile, contact Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at or 713-348-6775.-30-Related materials:Issue brief: bio: the Baker Institute via Twitter @BakerInstitute.Follow the Baker Institute’s Center for Health and Biosciences via Twitter @BakerCHB.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Founded in 1993, Rice University’s Baker Institute ranks among the top three university-affiliated think tanks in the world. As a premier nonpartisan think tank, the institute conducts research on domestic and foreign policy issues with the goal of bridging the gap between the theory and practice of public policy. The institute’s strong track record of achievement reflects the work of its endowed fellows, Rice University faculty scholars and staff, coupled with its outreach to the Rice student body through fellow-taught classes — including a public policy course — and student leadership and internship programs. Learn more about the institute at or on the institute’s blog, read more

Scientists go deep to quantify perovskite properties

first_imgAddThis An artist’s representation of perovskite quantum wells Return to article. Long DescriptionScientists led by Los Alamos National Laboratory and Rice University have created a general scaling law to help tune the electronic properties of 2D perovskite-based materials for optoelectronic devices. (Credit: Jean-Christophe Blancon/Los Alamos National Laboratory)Perovskite quantum well-based optoelectronic devices convert and control light at the quantum scale, reactions below 100 nanometers that follow different rules from those dictated by classical mechanics.Solar cells that turn light into electricity are optoelectronic devices. So are devices that turn electricity into light, including light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and the ubiquitous semiconductor lasers that power barcode readers, laser printers, disc players and other technologies. Any step toward maximizing their efficiency will have wide impact, according to the researchers.The excitons at the center of their research are electrically neutral quasiparticles that only exist when electrons and electron holes bind in an insulating or semiconducting solid, like quantum wells used to trap the particles for study.Quantum wells used in the study were synthesized by the Northwestern University lab of chemist Mercouri Kanatzidis and the Mohite Lab. They were based on perovskite compounds with a particular layered structure known as a Ruddlesden-Popper phase (RPP). This class of materials has unique electronic and magnetic properties and has found use in metal-air batteries.“Understanding the nature of excitons and generating a general scaling law for exciton binding energy is the first fundamental step required for the design of any optoelectronic device, such as solar cells, lasers or detectors,” said Mohite, who will become an associate professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at Rice.Previously, researchers discovered they could tune the resonance of excitons and free carriers within RPP perovskite layers by changing their atomic thickness. That appeared to change the mass of the excitons, but scientists could not measure the phenomenon until now.“Varying the thickness of these semiconductors gave us a fundamental understanding of the quasi-dimensional, intermediate physics between monolayer 2D materials and 3D materials,” said lead author Blancon, currently a research scientist at Los Alamos. “We achieved this for the first time in non-synthetic materials.”Los Alamos research scientist Andreas Stier tested the wells under a 60-tesla magnetic field to directly probe the effective mass of the excitons, a characteristic that is key for both modeling of the excitons and understanding energy transport in the 2D perovskite materials.Bringing the samples to Rice allowed the researchers to expose them simultaneously to ultra-low temperatures, high magnetic fields and polarized light, a capability offered only by a unique spectroscope, the Rice Advanced Magnet with Broadband Optics (RAMBO), overseen by co-author and physicist Junichiro Kono.Advanced optical spectroscopy carried out by Blancon at Los Alamos (a capability soon to be available at Rice in Mohite’s lab) offered a direct probe of the optical transitions within the RPPs to derive the exciton binding energies, which is the basis of the breakthrough exciton scaling law with quantum well thickness described in the paper.Matching their results to the computational model designed by Jacky Even, a professor of physics at INSA Rennes, France, the researchers determined that the effective mass of the excitons in perovskite quantum wells up to five layers is about two times larger than in their 3D bulk counterpart.As they approached five layers (3.1 nanometers), Blancon said, the binding energy between electrons and holes was significantly reduced but still larger than 100 milli-electron volts, making them robust enough to exploit at room temperature. For example, he said, that would allow for the design of efficient light-emitting devices with color tunability.The combined experimental and computer model data allowed them to create a scale that predicts exciton binding energy in 2D or 3D perovskites of any thickness. The researchers found that perovskite quantum wells above 20 atoms thick (about 12 nanometers) transitioned from quantum exciton to classical free-carrier rules normally seen in 3D perovskites at room temperature.“This was a great opportunity for us to demonstrate the unique capabilities of RAMBO for use in high-impact materials research,” Kono said. “With excellent optical access, this mini-coil-based pulsed magnet system allows us to perform various types of optical spectroscopy experiments in high magnetic fields up to 30 tesla.”The researchers noted that though the experiments were carried out at ultra-cold temperatures, what they observed should apply to room temperature as well.“This work represents a fundamental and nonintuitive result where we determine a universal scaling behavior for exciton binding energies in Ruddlesden-Popper 2D hybrid perovskites,” Mohite said. “This is a fundamental measurement that has remained elusive for several decades, but its knowledge is critical before the design of any optoelectronic devices based on this class of materials and may have implication in the future for design of, for example, zero-threshold laser diodes and multifunctional hetero-material for optoelectronics.”Additional co-authors of the paper are Rice graduate student Hsinhan Tsai, also of Los Alamos; Fumiya Katsutani and Timothy Noe of Rice; Wanyi Nie, Sergei Tretiak, Scott Crooker and Jared Crochet of Los Alamos; Constantinos Stoumpos of Northwestern University; and Boubacar Traore, Laurent Pedesseau, Mikael Kepenekian and Claudine Katan of the University of Rennes, France. Kanatzidis is the Charles E. and Emma H. Morrison Professor of Chemistry at Northwestern. Kono is a professor of electrical and computer engineering, of physics and astronomy and of materials science and nanoengineering.The research was supported by the Department of Energy, the National Science Foundation, the State of Florida, the Office of Naval Research, the French National Agency for Research, the Robert A. Welch Foundation and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research.-30-Read the paper at DOI of the paper is: 10.1038/s41467-018-04659-xThis news release can be found online at Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Related materials:Light ‘relaxes’ crystal to boost solar cell efficiency: Kono Laboratory: http://kono.rice.eduRice Department of Materials Science and NanoEngineering: https://msne.rice.eduGeorge R. Brown School of Engineering: https://engineering.rice.eduImage for download: led by Los Alamos National Laboratory and Rice University have created a general scaling law to help tune the electronic properties of 2D perovskite-based materials for optoelectronic devices. (Credit: Jean-Christophe Blancon/Los Alamos National Laboratory)Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,970 undergraduates and 2,934 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is just under 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for quality of life and for lots of race/class interaction and No. 2 for happiest students by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to Share1David Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduJade Boyd713-348-6778jadeboyd@rice.eduScientists go deep to quantify perovskite propertiesRice University, Los Alamos lead project to study excitons important to next-generation electronicsHOUSTON – (June 8, 2018) – Scientists led by Rice University and Los Alamos National Laboratory have discovered electronic properties in quantum-scale devices that are likely to impact the growing field of low-cost perovskite based optoelectronics.In an open-access Nature Communications paper, researchers led by Los Alamos scientists Aditya Mohite and Jean-Christophe Blancon, both of whom will join Rice this summer, studied the behavior of excitons trapped in quantum wells made of crystalline, halide-based perovskite compounds.As a result, they were able to create a scale by which labs can determine the binding energy of excitons, and thus the band gap structures, in perovskite quantum wells of any thickness. This could in turn aid in the fundamental design of next-generation semiconductor materials.last_img read more

University of St Thomas Launches MBA Degree Plan Builder

first_img regions: Houston Upon the announcement of the new MBABuilder™, Todd Boutte, director of graduate admissions for the University of St. Thomas, said; “We are always striving to empower prospective students with the knowledge and resources to advance their career. MBABuilder™ provides them with personalized, practical and relevant information that is not easily accessible on most higher education websites.”Prospective applicants can utilize the easily navigated system (see: below) by simply entering in which year they would prefer to graduate (between 2017-19), how many years they wish to complete the MBA program (one-to-four years) and one of eight concentrations, which includes: accounting, economics, ethics, finance, free enterprise and entrepreneurship, international business, management information systems and marketing.The new MBABuilder™ allows St. Thomas students to plan exactly what kind of MBA they want.“Before engaging with a brand, consumers want to do as much research as possible on their own,” says Mike Kramer, director of digital marketing and media. “They are able to put themselves in the mindset of an MBA student to see how the flexibility of the curriculum will fit into their lives.”Once a user is completely satisfied with the degree plan they’ve built, they can email themselves a copy of the sequence in order to discuss it further with one of the school’s graduate admission counselors. For more information, head to the MBABuilder™ page today. University of St. Thomas Launches MBA Degree Plan Builder Last Updated May 10, 2017 by Kelly VoFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail Sponsored ContentChoosing an MBA degree just got a lot easier for prospective applicants to the Cameron School of Business at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas. The school has formally announced its brand new MBABuilder™, which allows a new level of personal customization that few other MBA programs can match. About the AuthorKelly Vo    Kelly Vo is a writer who specializes in covering MBA programs, digital marketing, and personal development.View more posts by Kelly Vo RelatedWhat Are the Fastest MBAs You Can Earn in Houston?Even if you’ve just started the process of choosing an MBA program, you’re probably already aware at the extreme variety in programs throughout the country. Just within one school, you might find MBAs that can be pursued full-time, part-time, online, on the weekends, in the evenings, and maybe even more.…April 24, 2018In “Featured Home”Finding The 6 Most Affordable Houston MBA ProgramsThere are various investments a prospective MBA needs make when deciding to pursue an advanced degree, especially investments of time and money. When it comes to cash, some top-tier business schools ask for more than $60,000 in tuition, which automatically put them out of the question for lots of folks. Luckily,…June 12, 2017In “Featured Home”The Best Houston Part-Time MBA ProgramsNot every MBA candidate can manage the schedule of pursuing full-time degree. Many business school students continue to work throughout their studies, balancing a job and graduate school through a part-time MBA program. Many of these programs take place in the evenings and on weekends, allowing for flexibility along with…January 26, 2017In “Featured Home”last_img read more

Jury Rolling Stones Rape Story Defamed University Official

first_img  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   US Show Discussion University of Virginia administrator Nicole Eramo, left, leaves the federal courthouse in Charlottesville, Va., with attorney Libby Locke, right, on Friday, Nov. 4, 2016. A federal jury on Friday found Rolling Stone magazine, its publisher and a reporter defamed Eramo in a discredited story about gang rape at a fraternity house of the university. (Ryan M. Kelly /The Daily Progress via AP) RICHMOND, Va.—A federal jury on Friday found Rolling Stone magazine, its publisher and a reporter defamed a University of Virginia administrator who sued them for $7.5 million over a discredited story about gang rape at a fraternity house.The 10-member jury in Charlottesville sided with administrator Nicole Eramo, who claimed the article portrayed her as a villain. Jurors found that journalist Sabrina Rubin Erdely was responsible for libel, with actual malice, and that Rolling Stone and its publisher were also responsible for defaming Eramo.Eramo claimed the November 2014 article falsely said she discouraged the woman identified only as Jackie from reporting the incident to police. A police investigation found no evidence to back up Jackie’s claims.Rolling Stone’s attorneys said there was no evidence that the reporter knew what she was writing about Eramo was false or had serious doubts about whether it was true.In a statement Friday, the magazine apologized to Eramo and anyone else impacted by the story.“It is our deep hope that our failings do not deflect from the pervasive issues discussed in the piece, and that reporting on sexual assault cases ultimately results in campus policies that better protect our students. We will continue to publish stories that shine a light on the defining social, political and cultural issues of our times, and we will continue to seek the truth in every story we publish.” The jury found that Erdely acted with actual malice on six claims—two statements in the article and four statements to media outlets after the story was published. Among them was one in which Erdely wrote in the story that Eramo had a “nonreaction” when she heard from Jackie that two other women were also gang raped at the same fraternity at the university.Jurors also found that the decision by Rolling Stone and Wenner Media, the magazine’s publisher, to repost the story on Dec. 5, 2014—with an editor’s note acknowledging that there were discrepancies in Jackie’s account—counted as “republishing” the debunked story. The magazine did not officially retract the story and remove it from its website until the following April.Related CoverageRolling Stone Heading to Trial Over Debunked Story of RapeJurors will decide at a later date how much to award Eramo in damages.The jury decision is the latest in a year that brought large judgments against other media outlets.In March, former pro wrestler Hulk Hogan won a $140 million invasion-of-privacy verdict against Gawker for posting a sex tape of him. Gawker settled with Hogan for $31 million this month.Last month The News & Observer of Raleigh was ordered to pay about $6 million in a State Bureau of Investigation agent’s libel lawsuit.Rolling Stone has agreed to cover all of Erdely’s legal cost and any damages levied against her.The story about Jackie’s rape account set off a firestorm at the university and in schools nationwide. Eramo received hundreds of angry letters and emails calling her the “dean of rape,” among other things, and faced protesters outside her office. The story crumbled after other news outlets began asking questions and police found no evidence to back it up. The article was officially retracted in April 2015.Over the course of the more than two-week trial, the jury of eight women and two men watched 11 hours of video testimony, heard from a dozen live witnesses and examined nearly 300 exhibits.The judge earlier this week dismissed Eramo’s claim that the story, when taken as a whole, implied that Eramo was a “false friend” to Jackie. Rolling Stone had called that a “critical element” of her case.Related CoverageDerrick Rose, Friends Cleared In Rape Civil LawsuitBecause the judge determined that Eramo was a public figure, she had to prove Rolling Stone made statements with “actual malice,” meaning it knew that what it was writing about her was false or entertained serious doubts as to whether it might be true.Eramo’s attorneys argued that Erdely came into the story with a preconceived storyline about institutional indifference to sexual assault and intentionally disregarded statements and facts about Eramo that didn’t fit that narrative.They claimed Erdely also ignored red flags about Jackie’s credibility, including the changing account of Jackie’s rape and her refusal to let Erdely talk to people who could corroborate her story.Attorneys for Rolling Stone acknowledged that Erdely and her editors made serious reporting mistakes, but argued that there was no evidence they acted with actual malice.The magazine’s attorneys said that Erdely and her editors had full faith in Jackie until they realized she was no longer credible in early December after the story was published. center_img Share this article Share Jury: Rolling Stone’s Rape Story Defamed University Official By The Associated Press November 4, 2016 Updated: November 5, 2016last_img read more

Man Who Stole 14 Million to Pay Online Romance Scam Gets Prison

first_img PITTSBURGH—A man who prosecutors say was victimized in an overseas, online romance scam has been sentenced to two years in federal prison for stealing more than $1.4 million from two Pittsburgh-area companies whose funds he controlled.Fifty-nine-year-old Jeffrey Plimpton pleaded guilty in August to stealing the money from Alpha Aromatics, a fragrance business, and Pestco Professional Services, a pest control firm. Plimpton worked as the companies’ controller.During Thursday’s sentencing, he also was ordered to repay the money.Federal prosecutors sought about three years in prison, but Plimpton’s attorney asked for leniency.Plimpton used more than $80,000 to pay his mortgage and credit card bills but sent most of the money overseas at the direction of someone he thought was a woman he met online. (GaudiLab/Shutterstock) US Share Man Who Stole $1.4 Million to Pay Online Romance Scam Gets Prison By The Associated Press December 15, 2016 Updated: December 15, 2016center_img  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Share this article Show Discussionlast_img read more