Month: July 2019

The failure of the criminal justice system to reco

first_imgThe failure of the criminal justice system to recognise and punish disability hate crime has been highlighted yet again, after nine members of the same family were jailed for modern slavery and fraud offences spanning more than 25 years.Members of the Rooney family received sentences of up to 16 years after Nottingham Crown Court heard how they had exploited 18 men, several of whom had mental health conditions or learning difficulties, while others had drug or alcohol problems.The men were kept in squalid conditions on two sites in Lincolnshire, with many living in caravans without running water or toilet facilities.All of them had been picked up by members of the Rooney family and, according to Lincolnshire police, were “specifically targeted” because they were “vulnerable and homeless”.They were forced to work long hours, and were paid little if anything in wages – they were often given only a packet of tobacco and some alcohol – while the family enjoyed expensive holidays and cars, spa days and cosmetic surgery.Some of the men were forced to sleep in stables next to dog kennels, and were sometimes only fed on the family’s leftovers.They were kept in conditions the police described as “truly shocking”, and were “financially, emotionally and physically abused”, subjected to threats of violence and intimidation, and assaulted, while their bank accounts were ransacked.One of the men is believed to have been held for 26 years.The police investigation also found that the Rooneys had fraudulently obtained four properties, by befriending the “vulnerable” owners and encouraging them to sign over the houses for prices well below their market value. At least two of those defrauded were disabled people.But despite police admitting that the victims had been targeted by the Rooneys because they were seen as vulnerable, including those who were disabled, none of the offences were treated as disability hate crimes* by the police or Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).The courts have a legal duty** to increase sentences for offences found to be motivated by disability-related hostility, under Section 146 of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 and the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012.But disability hate crime campaigners have repeatedly raised concerns that it is too difficult to prove such hostility under the current legislation.Anne Novis, chair of Inclusion London and an adviser to both the police and CPS on disability hate crime, said the case proved yet again that the law on disability hate crime was “inadequate”.She said: “We definitely see this as hostility related to disability. They have been targeted because they have been deemed vulnerable. That’s because they are disabled.”She said it was frustrating that she and other activists had to repeatedly highlight such cases and criticise the criminal justice system for its failure to recognise them as disability hate crimes.But she added: “We need to do this because it keeps the pressure on.“Hate crime is supposed to be about our perception. Until the law is changed we are not going to get an adequate response.”Chief superintendent Chris Davison, head of crime for Lincolnshire police, told Disability News Service in a statement that many of the men had been targeted because they had become estranged from family and friends, were out of work and homeless. He said: “There was no evidence to support that these were hate crimes purposefully committed against people with disabilities so we did not prosecute under such legislation.“If the family members had demonstrated hostility towards the victim because of a disability, or their treatment of victims was found to have been motivated because [of a] particular disability, this is something our investigation team would have considered.“In this case some of the victims’ learning disabilities were only diagnosed once we removed them from the sites and they were in the care of support services.”A CPS spokesman said the offences were not treated as hate crimes by prosecutors because “there was not sufficient evidence to prove hostility towards disabled people or a disabled person as a motivation”.*The Crown Prosecution Service defines a disability hate crime as “any criminal offence which is perceived, by the victim or any other person, to be motivated by hostility or prejudice based on a person’s disability or perceived disability”**Section 146 of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 imposes a duty on the court to increase sentences for offences motivated by disability-related hostility, while the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 doubles to 30 years the starting point for sentences for disability hate crime murdersPicture: An aerial view of one of the sites where the men were keptlast_img read more

A disabled Tory peer has resigned as a board membe

first_imgA disabled Tory peer has resigned as a board member of the equality watchdog over a government minister’s “collusion” with the decision not to appoint him as a disability commissioner.Lord [Kevin] Shinkwin made the announcement in a speech in the House of Lords on Tuesday, during a debate on the human rights implications of Brexit.He told peers that women and equalities minister Justine Greening had “colluded” with the decision of the Equality and Human Rights Commissioner (EHRC) to scrap the role of disability commissioner by appointing him instead as a general commissioner.He told peers that he would not collude in this “shameful downgrading of disability”.He has previously criticised the commission’s “shocking” behaviour over the appointment process.He has also written to the prime minister, threatening to resign the Conservative whip and work instead as a crossbench peer.He told fellow peers on Tuesday that Greening “colluded with the commission to help get rid of the role when she decided to appoint me as a general commissioner instead”.He said: “Needless to say, she did not make that point clear to me at the time she wrote to offer me the role of a commissioner on the board.“Had the minister bothered to ask me, I would have told her straight that disabled people desperately need a dedicated disability commissioner to champion our equality. That need cannot simply be abolished.”He told peers he was “withdrawing” his acceptance of the post of commissioner because it was “made under false pretences”.He repeated a request he had made to the prime minister to release all the communications between the government and EHRC over his appointment “so that parliament can understand how on earth the equalities minister could possibly think that agreeing to help get rid of the disability commissioner role would somehow help disabled people in our fight for equality”.Lord Shinkwin (pictured) had been refusing to attend EHRC board meetings in protest at the decision to appoint him as a general commissioner.He had applied last year for the post of disability commissioner but was told months later – just 36 hours before his first board meeting – that the role had been made redundant and that he had instead been appointed as a general commissioner and would not lead on disability issues.He has suggested that the decision to appoint him as a general commissioner – rather than as the commissioner leading on disability issues – was only made after the commission learned that he had been selected for the role by Greening.Theresa May has told Lord Shinkwin in a letter that the government “had no involvement in the EHRC’s decision to abolish the Disability Commissioner role”.Lord Shinkwin told Disability News Service last night (Wednesday) that he was waiting for a reply from the prime minister to his latest letter before deciding whether to resign the whip.He said: “I’m reassured that the prime minister hasn’t replied yet, as I think the situation deserves careful consideration.”The commission insists that it had decided there was no need for a disability commissioner because of the decision to “mainstream” disability into its work.It has said that during the gap of several months between the interviews for the post, last December, and Greening’s decision to appoint Lord Shinkwin in April, the statutory disability committee had “expired” and the board had decided that the post of disability commissioner should also be scrapped.An EHRC spokeswoman said the commission was “disappointed Lord Shinkwin believes he cannot take up his position as a commissioner”.She claimed that the decision on the future of the disability commissioner role was taken “after no successful candidate was appointed”.She said: “As the statutory disability committee had come to an end it was decided to strengthen our disability work by mainstreaming it across the whole of the organisation.“This gives a greater voice for disabled people as all board members now focus on disability issues which will be central to all the commission’s work.”She refused to say if the commission knew what would happen now over replacing Lord Shinkwin, saying that it was “a question for government”.The Government Equalities Office had failed to comment by noon today (Thursday), nearly two days after Lord Shinkwin’s speech.last_img read more

Good Morning Mission to Ships At Sea

first_imgRight now it is 58° with a high of 73° – the forecast for the next ten days is here.Today’s block: 24th to 25th, Hampshire to PotreroYou can see a map of all of the blocks here. The blocks in grey are being saved for others who have signed up. Let us save a block for you as well.Photo by Judy Graboyes 0% Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%center_img Photo by Judy GraboyesPhoto by Judy GraboyesPhoto by Judy GraboyesPhoto by Judy GraboyesPhoto by Judy GraboyesPhoto by Judy GraboyesPhoto by Judy GraboyesPhoto by Judy GraboyesPhoto by Judy GraboyesPhoto by Judy GraboyesPhoto by Judy GraboyesPhoto by Judy GraboyesPhoto by Judy GraboyesPhoto by Judy GraboyesPhoto by Judy Graboyes last_img read more

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first_imgThe hoody has a predominantly black body, with a sublimated vee pattern on upper chest which runs throughout the 2018 Training Range.And above all, it’s comfortable and cosy too!It’s available in Kids sizes Age 5/6 through to 13/14.To buy call into the Superstore at the Totally Wicked Stadium or click here.Remember, you can buy from our online store and collect in store!last_img

First Team Match SAINTS TV

first_imgSaints put in a masterful performance in the win over Castleford Tigers which maintained our 100% start to the season and Holbrook reflected on the performance, paying tribute to the forwards and the fans before looking ahead to the challenge that lies in waiting on Friday against Hull KR.last_img

Deputies locate missing Pender County teen

first_img Beverly Yvonne Bell Myer, 16, was reported missing from Hampstead Sunday.Myer was last seen wearing a maroon shirt and black jeans.If anyone has information about the whereabouts of Beverly Myer, please contact the Pender County Sheriff’s Office at 910-259-1515. Beverly Yvonne Bell Myer (Photo: Pender Co. Sheriff’s Office) UPDATE: The teen was found in New Hanover County.PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Pender County Sheriff’s Office is asking for your help in locating a missing teen.- Advertisement – last_img read more

WPD investigating shooting that sent man to hospital

first_img The spokeswoman said Point should be out of the hospital soon.No word on a suspect.Anyone with information should use Text-a-Tip or call 910-343-3609. (Photo: MGN Online) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — An investigation is underway into a shooting in Wilmington that sent one man to the hospital.A Wilmington Police spokeswoman said 21-year-old Malik Amar Point was shot in the bicep in the 100 block of Spring Avenue just after 6:30 p.m. Friday night.- Advertisement – last_img

Veterans and military ride Wave Transit for free this weekend

first_img Up to two friends or family members can also ride for free.Beginning this Fri through Sun, Nov 9-11, Wave Transit honors #Veterans and active duty military personnel with a free fare weekend! Show a valid Veteran or military ID to ride the bus to the #VeteransDay Parade or other destinations at no cost! #ILM https://t.co/HD4HRlfWxz pic.twitter.com/SVNJaMotwp— Wave Transit (@WaveTransitILM) November 6, 2018You must have your valid ID, which can include your VA issued ID, former military ID, or driver license that indicates you’re a Veteran. Wave Transit trolley (Photo: Wave Transit) WILMINGTON,NC (WWAY) — Veterans and members of the military can catch a free ride on Wave Transit this weekend.From Friday through Sunday, in honor of Veterans Day, retired and current military personnel can ride any route without paying the fare.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Updated Man found dead in Saint Pauls Bay – reports

first_img <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrint CMRUCMRU Police have told Newsbook.com.mt that a male was found dead in a garage in Sailor’s Street St Paul’s Bay yesterday afternoon around 1.30PM.No further details on their age or nationality have been provided so far.This update following reports in local media yesterday that a man had been found dead in Saint Paul’s Bay. According to media reports, the body in all probabilities belongs to Allan Hartmann-Jensen, who was reported missing on the 5th of June.WhatsApplast_img read more

Eminem Is Suing Facebook

first_imgEminem Advertisement Eight Mile Style, Eminem’s song publisher  is suing Facebook and its Portland ad agency Wieden+Kennedy for allegedly copying his 2000 song “Under the Influence.” The publishing house filed a 12-page formal complaint in a federal court in Detroit on Monday.The 60-second ad in question is called ‘Airplane’ and promotes Facebook Home.According to Eight Mile Style, the song was featured in a webcast given by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg on April 4, prompting the publisher to issue a complaint shortly thereafter. The section of the video using the song has since been changed.“The alteration of the Airplane advertisement was an admission that Facebook knew it had infringed on the Eminem/D12 Composition.” Eminem’s lawyers claim – Advertisement – Curiously, the complaint not only criticizes Facebook’s unauthorized use of the song, but it also specifies that Wieden+Kennedy copied Eminem’s music “in an effort to curry favor with Facebook by catering to Zuckerberg’s personal likes and interests, and/or to invoke the same irreverent theme” of the 2000 song.Blogger, Josh Wolford, posted about the familiarity of the song featured on the Zuckerberg webcast and noted that an altered version of the spot – using different music – was uploaded on Facebook’s official YouTube channel a few days later. He pointed out that in the new version (see below), “the melody is similar, but not the same,” as the Eminem song. The television release of the spot used the new music, as well.Eight Mile Style included the amended version in their court complaint, claiming that the revision was “an admission that Facebook knew it had infringed” on the songwriter’s music.The music publisher has had a string of law suits with various companies like Apple and Audi who have used Eminem’s music without permission. Both companies settled with the rapper’s publisher out of court.Source: Business Insiderlast_img read more

Huawei Launches its First Brand Shop and Service Center in Uganda

first_img(L-R) Sam Cris Ayo, Device Services Manager Huawei Uganda, Bhishma Dave, Telco Head Mitsumi Distribution, Wang Hua, Vice President Huawei Uganda and Zeng Bin, Country Manager Huawei Uganda cut the ribbon to officially open ‘Kinetic Shop’ Huawei’s first brand and service center in Uganda. This brand shop and service center will not only be selling original Huawei devices including Y6Pro, P9, Mate 8 among others but will also offer after-sales services. Advertisement Huawei Consumer Business Group (Uganda) has today opened doors to its first brand shop and service center in Uganda. The shop managed by a dealer named ‘Kinetic’ is located on Kampala Road, in the middle of the city center giving Huawei device customers’ easy access to its service offerings.Dong Chengzu, Head of Retail and Marketing Department Huawei Uganda while opening the shop said, ‘Due to an increase in demand for original Huawei smartphones and devices in Uganda, we saw the need to open up brand shops with service centers fully dedicated to handling matters pertaining to our devices. To this end, today we have officially opened up our first brand shop and service center, with a strategic plan to open up at least 4 shops within the next three months period.’Sam Cris Ayo, Device Service Manager Huawei Uganda said in a statement that, the service center will not only be selling original Huawei devices but will also offer after-sales services. – Advertisement – Sam concludes saying, “The brand shop will be open from 8am till 7pm each day and will be supplemented by a 24 hour 7 days a week free hotline 0800200620.”(L-R) Sam Cris Ayo, Device Services Manager Huawei Uganda, Bhishma Dave, Telco Head Mitsumi Distribution, Wang Hua, Vice President Huawei Uganda and Zeng Bin, Country Manager Huawei Uganda cut the ribbon to officially open ‘Kinetic Shop’ Huawei’s first brand and service center in Uganda. This brand shop and service center will not only be selling original Huawei devices including Y6Pro, P9, Mate 8 among others but will also offer after-sales services.In 2012, Huawei became the world’s third-largest smartphone manufacturer and was the first Chinese company to sell more than 100 million mobile phones in one year 2015, with products and services available in more than 170 countries. Huawei continues to develop innovations based on customer needs with an aim of enhancing their experiences and creating maximum value for every single device purchase they make. Huawei is therefore very keen on availing to its customers devices that suit their specific customer preferences.Chengzu notes that on top of the newly opened brand shops, Huawei smartphones will still be available several dealer shops to include Nile Communications, Ssimba Telecom, Go Phones, Nile Communication, Fone Express, Praise Communication and Kilimall Uganda.(L-R) Dong Chengzu, Head of Retail and Marketing Department Huawei Uganda and Zeng Bin, Country Manager Huawei Uganda unveil some of the Huawei phones available for sale at Huawei’s first brand shop and service center in Uganda. The shop managed by a dealer named ‘Kinetic’ is located on Kampala Road will not only be selling original Huawei devices but will also offer after-sales services.Huawei Uganda this festive season is rewarding all its customers a chance of winning fantastic goodies including; 43’ LED FHD Hisense TV screens, Huawei Y6II and P7, sports bags, laptop bags, t-shirts among others, in it’s promotion running that begun on 28th November and is scheduled to end on 25th December, 2016, if they buy any of their Huawei smartphones over a 24 Day period.[related-posts]last_img read more

Pam Statements in military coup of Star Sports – SHOCKER

first_imgI am rather worried that Pam Statements, my PA and life-assistant, issecretly planning a military coup on Star Sports.This week we have had some fabulous guests in our box and amongst them wereLaurie and Ben, Pam’s friends from the U.S. of A. I obviously forgot theirnames about four times, like I always do when I don’t immediately writepeoples names down, but promptly told them that I may be English by birthbut my soul is 1/3 German and 2/3 American (I love the Yanks just that bitmore than my German Brethren (I am not allowed to say Krauts)). They askedwhy, and I said it’s because they are totally unashamed about success, areTRULY positive, love crushing drong, and when they work at McDonaldsflipping burgers, believe that one day they will OWN McDonalds.We went on to discuss how great Pam Statements is and if there was a PAOlympics, would she represent Great Britain or America? I said that I wouldbe able to get a special dispensation for Pam to compete for us and she thenshockingly said that she might not make the USA team.Hang on, what’s going on here then? Why would Pam Statements not make theAmerican PA Olympics team? This is a serious issue.Is Pam holding something back from me? Is she secretly a bit staff incomparison to her country-folk?This also raises another frightening question – if all Americans believethat they will work their way to the top, is she planning a military coup ofStar Sports, like one of her great leaders G ‘Dubbya’ Bush might have done?I shall keep my eye on her from now on, and if I spot ANYTHING dodgey, willinform you IMMEDIATELY, blog.In other news:The toilets and standard of fast-food at Royal Ascot really is deplorable.It is worth the cost of a Royal Enclosure badge alone so you can performyour necessaries in the upstairs toilets rather than the First World Warlatrines downstairs. And it also gives you a chance to blag your way into abox for some half-decent grub, instead of having to suffer the soggy andlukewarm chicken burgers that slide of their paper plates downstairs. RA,pull your finger out. The whole place, from start to finish, is a rip-offand finishes a mile behind Cheltenham. Worry a bit less about how you thinkpeople should be dressing when they are spending their hard earned with youand worry a bit more about the deplorable service you offer.The IMF and potless ‘Eurozone’ leaders have all got their hands out and aretrying to give Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, a guilt trip. Staystrong, Angela. If they all want to have twenty bank-holidays a year, onlygo to work for a few hours a day, and then make unlucky faces about havingno money – that’s their problem, not yours.The French are so proud of their new ultra-leftie leader. Can’t wait forthem to go skint too! I hate them more than corporate types!!Poor Lofty, he’s got so tired of taking £2 bets on the pitch in the bettingring. You’ve done so well, Loft, and you’ve looked absolutely immaculate inyour topper and tails. It’s the last day now – keep going, mate. I shalllook down from the box, save a scone for you, and give you a couple of Royalwaves! :))B xxlast_img read more

STARTERS ORDERS Monday

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STAR PREVIEW Man City v Chelsea

first_imgMatch of the weekend, on paper at least, as Man City bid to continue their monopolisation of the Premier League 2017/18. It’s Champions Elect v Champions De-Select.City have only been held once at the Etihad this season in the League and with Chelsea seemingly faltering it looks destined to go to the paler shade of blue. Believers in stats from a bigger sample will point to City’s tally of 24 defeats by Chelsea being their worst record against any Premier League opponent.City manager Pep Guardiola said: “Right now, as we sit here, they are the champions.“We want to take this crown but, not too long ago, they made amazing things. They can do it again. They have the same manager, almost the same players.“They work all week preparing for the game, so it is another challenge.”His counterpart Antonio Conte is facing the possibly of a third straight league away loss for the first time as a manager, whilst Chelsea could also sustain a fourth straight away loss in all competitions for the first time in 14 years.City could be without Kyle Walker with a calf problem and Fernandinho has been ruled out with a hamstring injury. Raheem Sterling is also a doubt, whilst Fabian Delph completes a three-match suspension.Tiemoue Bakayoko, Ethan Ampadu and David Luiz all remain out for Chelsea.Man City v ChelseaPremier League16:00 Sky Sports Premier League / Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Ultra HDHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)Sep 2017 PREMIER Chelsea 0-1 Man CityApr 2017 PREMIER Chelsea 2-1 Man CityDec 2016 PREMIER Man City 1-3 ChelseaApr 2016 PREMIER Chelsea 0-3 Man CityFeb 2016 FA CUP Chelsea 5-1 Man CityAug 2015 PREMIER Man City 3-0 ChelseaJan 2015 PREMIER Chelsea 1-1 Man CitySep 2014 PREMIER Man City 1-1 ChelseaFeb 2014 FA CUP Man City 2-0 ChelseaFeb 2014 PREMIER Man City 0-1 ChelseaThe HT/FT obliged yesterday at Anfield and I’m sticking with it at 11/8 here for Man City to dominate which can be backed at 11/8 with starsports.betRECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK MAN CITY HT/FT 15 points at 11/8 with Star SportsPROFIT/LOSS SINCE JAN 1 2017: PROFIT 101.79 points BET NOW starsports.bet or 08000 521 321last_img read more

New 1 million grant to fund Rice study on Houstonarea urban development

first_imgShareRice UniversityOffice of Public Affairs / News & Media RelationsDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduAmy Hodges713-348-6777amy.hodges@rice.edu New $1 million grant to fund Rice study on Houston-area urban developmentHOUSTON – (June 19, 2014) – A new $1 million grant from Houston Endowment Inc. will enable researchers from Rice University’s Hobby Center for the Study of Texas to embark on a three-year study of how urban development is affecting neighborhoods and residents in the Greater Houston metropolitan area, with emphasis on Harris County and the city of Houston.Steve Murdock (left) and Mike Cline (Photo credit: Jeff Fitlow)The project aims to identify population changes between 2000 and 2014 in the metropolitan-area counties and in neighborhoods within Harris County and Houston.Steve Murdock, director of the Hobby Center and the Allyn R. and Gladys M. Cline Professor in Sociology, will serve as principal investigator for the study; Mike Cline, a research scientist at the Hobby Center, will serve as project director. The research team will also include three additional staff members.“Development has been widespread in the major cities and counties in Texas, especially the Houston metropolitan area, which is one of the fastest-growing areas in the country,” Murdock said. “Part and parcel of that development is the fact that the housing base is changing dramatically in many parts of the metropolitan area, the county and the city.”Murdock said the research team will initiate the study by identifying the many areas in the counties and city that are undergoing significant development and redevelopment.“In urban development, traditionally people move from the central city out to the suburbs,” Cline said. “Now there has been a lot of discussion of people moving back to the central city. Academic literature indicates that this may be happening in some locations, but we do not know how much of that is true for our area. We also do not know the extent of recent changes in the Houston-metropolitan area, in Harris County and the city of Houston. This is a major goal of the study.”“Modest housing structures are being replaced by multi-unit and/or high-end single-family structures,” Murdock said. “We wish to determine the characteristics of the people moving to these areas — such as where they are from, why they are moving to a particular neighborhood and their socio-economic characteristics. We also want to gather similar information about those who used to live in these areas, including how they have adjusted to their new areas of residence.“There are always two sides to development – some are very positive, while others are negative,” Murdock said. “This project will examine the issue from both sides, and our goal is to provide quantitative, definitive data on how metropolitan, Harris County and Houston neighborhoods are changing.”The study will rely on population and housing data from the censuses of 2000 and 2010 and American Community Survey data from 2005 through 2014, as well as new data obtained through a survey to be administered in 2015. Rice’s Hobby Center has contracted with the University of Houston’s Hobby Center for Public Policy to conduct the survey. The researchers will also conduct in-person meetings with people — everyone from residents to government officials — throughout the metro area. The researchers will prepare several reports on their findings and will give public briefings on the findings from the study.“We are indebted to Houston Endowment for providing this gift that will allow Professor Murdock and the Hobby Center to advance a new and clearer understanding of the many pressing issues of Houston’s growth in population,” said Lyn Ragsdale, dean of Rice’s School of Social Sciences. Engagement with the city of Houston is one of Rice’s Priorities for the New Century.Both Murdock and Cline said they are looking forward to providing a “more complete description” of development changes in the Houston metro area, Harris County and the city of Houston, including where these changes are occurring and the implications for people in the areas where change is occurring, for those moving to such areas and for those who have moved because of redevelopment.Houston Endowment Inc., a philanthropic foundation established by Jesse H. and Mary Gibbs Jones in 1937, improves life for the people of Greater Houston through its grants to nonprofit organizations and educational institutions. The foundation donates approximately $75 million each year to organizations that support and promote arts and culture, education, the environment, health and human services. For more information, visit www.houstonendowment.org.For more information on Rice’s Hobby Center, visit http://hobbycenter.rice.edu.-30-For more information, contact Amy Hodges, senior media relations specialist at Rice, at 713-348-6777 or amy.hodges@rice.edu.This news release can be found online at http://news.rice.edu/.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Related Materials:Hobby Center for the Study of Texas: https://hobbycenter.rice.edu/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 3,920 undergraduates and 2,567 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6.3-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice has been ranked No. 1 for best quality of life multiple times by the Princeton Review and No. 2 for “best value” among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go here.If you do not wish to receive news releases from Rice University, reply to this email and write “unsubscribe” in the subject line. Office of News and Media Relations – MS 300, Rice University, 6100 Main St., Houston, TX 77005 AddThislast_img read more

Researchers find new clue to halting leukemia relapse

first_imghttp://news.rice.edu/files/2015/09/0908_BALL-3-web.jpgRice University researchers are strategizing with colleagues at Baylor College of Medicine and the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center to help keep patients with acute myeloid leukemia from suffering a relapse. From left to right, graduate student Matthew Minus, Associate Professor Zachary Ball and graduate student Farrukh Vohidov. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)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 3,888 undergraduates and 2,610 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for best quality of life and for lots of race/class interaction 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 here. http://news.rice.edu/files/2015/09/0908_BALL-1-web.jpgAn illustration shows a molecule, MM-206, synthesized at Rice University and where it binds to a site on the coiled coil of a STAT3 protein. The protein is suspected of interfering with chemotherapy in a way that allows some patients with acute myeloid leukemia to relapse. (Credit: Ball Research Group/Rice University) ShareEditor’s note: Links to images for download appear at the end of this release.David Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduMike Williams713-348-6728mikewilliams@rice.eduResearchers find new clue to halting leukemia relapseRice, Baylor, MD Anderson team creates molecule that attacks chemo-inhibiting protein HOUSTON – (Sept. 8, 2015) – A protein domain once considered of little importance may be key to helping patients who are fighting acute myeloid leukemia (AML) avoid a relapse.Researchers at Rice University, working with colleagues at Baylor College of Medicine and the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, have made a small molecule that could deliver a one-two punch to proteins that resist chemotherapy in patients with AML.The protein, called STAT3, interferes with chemotherapy by halting the death of cancerous cells and allowing them to proliferate. The molecule discovered at Rice locates and then attacks a previously unknown binding site on STAT3, disrupting its disease-promoting effects.The new work led by Rice chemist Zachary Ball, Baylor pediatrician Michele Redell and MD Anderson oncologist David Tweardy appears this week in the journal Angewandte Chemie.The discovery and exploitation of this new drug target was made possible by an earlier discovery by Ball’s lab. That finding enabled researchers to identify, on a molecular level, the target of action for drug molecules by using rhodium-based inorganic complexes that recognize specific folds in a protein chain and catalyze minute changes in those sequences, creating a “tag” for later analysis.The STAT3 protein – it stands for “signal transducer and activator of transcription 3” – is a suspected factor in the relapse of nearly 40 percent of children with AML. The new proximity-driven rhodium(II) catalyst known as MM-206 finds and modifies an inhibitor-binding site on the protein’s coiled coil — literally protein coils coiled around each other — and delivers the inhibitor, naphthalene sulfonamide, to the modified site.“This is the confluence of two ideas we’ve been working on around what you can do with conjugates linked to rhodium,” Ball said.“We know that increased activity of STAT3 in AML and other cancers helps the cancer cells survive chemotherapy, so any new strategy we can develop to stop that process could mean real benefit for our patients,” said Redell, who is also part of the leukemia and lymphoma teams at Texas Children’s Hospital.Ball said STAT3 has been a target for scientists trying to shut down cancer cells. “STAT fits in the broad category of what are called ‘undruggable protein-protein interactions.’ There’s a large surface area with weak interactions for which we have typically failed to find good drugs,” he said.Previous research revolved around only one region of STAT3, its SH2 domain, with limited success. “There’s no evidence people have tried to go after the coiled coil as a drug target,” Ball said, though he noted one paper suggested it might be worth a look. “But they didn’t follow up on it.“Our main advance, from a medicinal perspective, is that this compound also works in a mouse model,” he said. “All the other compounds worked in cells, but in mice, they weren’t potent enough or stable enough.”Follow-up studies should lead to improved versions of the complex, Ball said. “The discovery raises new questions about STAT3 biology and points the way to future anti-cancer approaches, including combination therapies of coiled-coil STAT3 inhibitors in tandem with other agents,” he said.Co-authors of the paper are Rice graduate students Matthew Minus and Farrukh Vohidov; Baylor College of Medicine postdoctoral associates Wei Liu and Xin Long, researchers Michael Krueger and Mikhail Kolosov, and Alexandra Stevens and Edward Allan Sison, both assistant professors; and MD Anderson Assistant Professor Moses Kasembeli. Tweardy is division head of internal medicine and a professor of infectious diseases and molecular and cellular oncology at MD Anderson. Redell is an associate professor of pediatrics-oncology at Baylor. Ball is an associate professor of chemistry at Rice.The National Institutes of Health, the Robert A. Welch Foundation, the National Science Foundation and the Virginia and L.E. Simmons Family Foundation supported the research.-30-Read the abstract at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/anie.201506889/abstractFollow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNewsRelated Materials:The Ball Research Group: http://www.ztb.rice.eduRhodium(II) Metallopeptide Catalyst Design Enables Fine Control in Selective Functionalization of Natural SH3 Domains: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/anie.201411745/abstract Wiess School of Natural Sciences: http://naturalsciences.rice.edu/HomeWelcome.aspxMichele Redell bio: http://txch.org/doctors/dr-michele-redell/David Tweardy Laboratory: http://www.mdanderson.org/education-and-research/departments-programs-and-labs/labs/tweardy-laboratory/index.htmlImages for download: AddThis http://news.rice.edu/files/2015/09/0908_BALL-2-web.jpgRice University chemist Zachary Ball, left, talks with graduate students Farrukh Vohidov, center, and Matthew Minus, right. The researchers led an effort to keep patients with acute myeloid leukemia from suffering a relapse by attacking a protein that interferes with chemotherapy. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)last_img read more

Baker Institute expert Mexicos energy reform requires investor caution new laws

first_imgShare1EXPERT ALERTDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduJeff Falk713-348-6775jfalk@rice.eduBaker Institute expert: Mexico’s energy reform requires investor caution, new laws HOUSTON – (Jan. 11, 2017) – Foreign companies and potential national and international investors willing to venture into Mexico’s reforming energy sector need to be aware of the legal and political circumstances under which they would operate, according to an expert in the Mexico Center at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.Credit: shutterstock.com/Rice UniversityLuis Rubio, nonresident fellow in the Mexico Center, said that while important structural reforms have been made the energy sector over the past few years, the legal and political context of the reforms is very different from that of the United States and other democratic countries.Rubio offered his guidance in a prologue he wrote for a Mexico Center research project examining the rule of law in Mexico and the challenges it poses to implementing the country’s energy reform. The project’s findings are compiled in a Spanish-language book and will be posted on the Baker Institute’s website in English.Rubio, who is also the chairman of the Center of Research for Development, an independent research institution in Mexico City focusing on economic and political issues, is available to discuss his insights with the media.Mexico’s energy sector had been under strict governmental management since 1938. This changed in 2013 and 2014 when Mexico amended its constitution and passed enabling legislation overhauling its energy sector to allow private and foreign investment.“This opened up a multitude of opportunities and mechanisms for private parties to invest, participate in and run independent energy operations in the country,” Rubio wrote. “The new legal framework not only liberalized the sector but also created a new reality on the ground, one in which interactions among the players, old and new, will require new rules, new dispute settlement procedures and new expertise in legal matters.“Importantly, it also redefined Mexico’s prevailing culture and legal norms,” he said. “Many potential players in the energy sector are experienced in these battles — as they have dealt with similar state-controlled economies elsewhere — but this is not true for Mexico and Mexicans. In Mexico, the law itself has never been a priority, nor do the players abide by it. Political, rather than legal, criteria have ruled over energy (and, to a large extent, over Mexico in general). The law and the constitution could be considered more of a series of aspirations than of strictly adhered-to rules.”-30-For more information or to schedule an interview with Rubio, contact Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at jfalk@rice.edu or 713-348-6775.Related materials:Prologue: www.bakerinstitute.org/media/files/files/bc76b99a/MEX-pub-RuleofLaw_Rubio-121316.pdf.Rubio bio: www.bakerinstitute.org/experts/luis-rubio.Follow the Mexico Center via Twitter @BakerMexicoCtr.Follow the Baker Institute via Twitter @BakerInstitute.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Founded in 1993, Rice University’s Baker Institute ranks among the top five university-affiliated think tanks in the world. As a premier nonpartisan think tank, the institute conducts research on domestic and foreign policy issues with the goal of bridging the gap between the theory and practice of public policy. The institute’s strong track record of achievement reflects the work of its endowed fellows, Rice University faculty scholars and staff, coupled with its outreach to the Rice student body through fellow-taught classes — including a public policy course — and student leadership and internship programs. Learn more about the institute at www.bakerinstitute.org or on the institute’s blog, http://blogs.chron.com/bakerblog. AddThislast_img read more

For graphite pellets just add elbow grease

first_imghttp://news.rice.edu/files/2018/03/0326_PELLET-2-web-24dk5fb.jpgScanning electron microscope images show graphene flakes before compression, at left, with individual flakes outlined, and well-connected graphene sheets after compression at right. Scale bar is 20 nanometers. (Credit: Ajayan Research Group/Rice University) Researchers at Rice University consolidated functionalized graphene at room temperature by first crushing graphene powder and then pressing it into pellets. Chemically altering the graphene powder with carbon, oxygen and hydrogen provided a way to bind the graphene into a three-dimensional solid under pressure. (Credit: Ajayan Research Group/Rice University) http://news.rice.edu/files/2018/03/0326_PELLET-1-web-1ozor00.jpgResearchers at Rice University consolidated functionalized graphene at room temperature by first crushing graphene powder and then pressing it into pellets. Chemically altering the graphene powder with carbon, oxygen and hydrogen provided a way to bind the graphene into a three-dimensional solid under pressure. (Credit: Ajayan Research Group/Rice University) Scanning electron microscope images show graphene flakes before compression, at left, with individual flakes outlined, and well-connected graphene sheets after compression at right. Scale bars are 20 nanometers. (Credit: Ajayan Research Group/Rice University) Return to article. Long DescriptionScanning electron microscope images show graphene flakes before compression, at left, with individual flakes outlined, and well-connected graphene sheets after compression at right. Scale bar is 20 nanometers. Courtesy of the Ajayan Research GroupCo-authors of the paper are postdoctoral researchers Vidya Kochat and Matias Soto; Chandra Sekhar Tiwary, a former postdoctoral researcher at Rice and now an assistant professor at IIT Gandhinagar, India; Sanjit Bhowmick and Syed Asif of Bruker Nano Surfaces, Minneapolis; Anirban Som, K.R. Krishnadas, and Thalappil Pradeep of the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India; Ahmad Kabbani of the Lebanese American University, Beirut; and Enrique Barrera, a professor of materials science and nanoengineering, and Robert Vajtai, an associate research professor of materials science and nanoengineering, both at Rice.Ajayan is chair of Rice’s Department of Materials Science and NanoEngineering, the Benjamin M. and Mary Greenwood Anderson Professor in Engineering and a professor of chemistry. Mohamad Kabbani is now a research scientist at Shell International Exploration and Production.The Department of Defense, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, the Government of India Nano Mission and the state of Nuevo Leon, Mexico, supported the research. Supercomputing resources were provided by Rice’s National Science Foundation-supported DAVinCI supercomputer administered by the Center for Research Computing and procured in partnership with Rice’s Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology.-30-Read the abstract at https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0008622318302987Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNewsVideo: https://youtu.be/Cmynggzb9VwVideo produced by Brandon Martin/Rice UniversityRelated materials:Researchers grind nanotubes to get nanoribbons: http://news.rice.edu/2015/06/15/researchers-grind-nanotubes-to-get-nanoribbons-2/Ajayan Research Group: http://ajayan.rice.eduRice Department of Materials Science and NanoEngineering: https://msne.rice.eduImages for download: Return to article. Long DescriptionResearchers at Rice University consolidated functionalized graphene at room temperature by first crushing graphene powder and then pressing it into pellets. Chemically altering the graphene powder with carbon, oxygen and hydrogen provided a way to bind the graphene into a three-dimensional solid under pressure. Courtesy of the Ajayan Research GroupKabbani previously showed how carbon nanotubes could be turned into graphene with a mortar and pestle rather than harsh chemicals. This time, he and his colleagues demonstrated how to make a battery-sized pellet, but the graphene powders with chemical functionalities attached to it can be pressed into any form. Kabbani said the material could be suitable for structural, catalytic, electrochemical and electronic applications.“This is the first time anyone’s made these at room temperature and without very high pressure,” he said. “Usually these kind of materials require sintering (a process that uses pressure or heat to form solids without melting them) at temperatures above 1,000 degrees Celsius to produce strong pellets. In this case, mechano-chemistry at the nanoscale saved us a lot of energy and money.”The process began with two sets of functionalized nanotubes, one with carboxylic acid and the other with hydroxyl molecules. Once crushed to combine them either by hand or machine, they are placed in a lab-scale hydraulic press and subjected to 5 tons of pressure. The functional groups cross-linked the graphene sheets to each other, and even though no liquids were involved, they produced a tiny amount of water as a byproduct of the reaction, Kabbani said.The pellets remained stable when placed in hot water for five hours, even when stirred; this confirmed the interlocking of the graphene sheets within, the researchers reported.The combination of light weight, high strength and high conductivity is appealing for applications such as conducting cables and electrodes, Kabbani said. “The pellet material is stronger and lighter than commercial graphite electrodes and could be promising for electrical storage applications with high energy and power densities,” he said. Scanning electron microscope images show graphene flakes before compression, at left, with individual flakes outlined, and well-connected graphene sheets after compression at right. Scale bars are 20 nanometers. (Credit: Ajayan Research Group/Rice University) http://news.rice.edu/files/2018/03/0326_PELLET-3-web-21z7k8t.jpgA graphite pellet made by hand from crushed graphene powder. The strong, light pellets developed at Rice University hold promise for electronic and catalytic applications. (Credit: Rice University)Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,970 undergraduates and 2,934 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is just under 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for quality of life and for lots of race/class interaction and No. 2 for happiest students by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to http://tinyurl.com/RiceUniversityoverviewcenter_img Return to article. Long Description Researchers at Rice University consolidated functionalized graphene at room temperature by first crushing graphene powder and then pressing it into pellets. Chemically altering the graphene powder with carbon, oxygen and hydrogen provided a way to bind the graphene into a three-dimensional solid under pressure. (Credit: Ajayan Research Group/Rice University) Share2NEWS RELEASEEditor’s note: Links to video and high-resolution images for download appear at the end of this release. David Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduMike Williams713-348-6728mikewilliams@rice.eduFor graphite pellets, just add elbow greaseRice University researchers use mechano-chemical process to make strong, lightweight materialHOUSTON – (March 22, 2018) – It’s easy and economical to make shiny pellets of graphite from functionalized graphene, according to scientists at Rice University.A report in Carbon shows how chemically altered graphene powder can be pressed into a lightweight, semiporous solid that retains many of the strong and conductive qualities of graphite, the form of carbon found in pencils, lubricants and many other products that normally requires high-temperature processing to make.Mohamad Kabbani, a former graduate student of Rice materials scientist Pulickel Ajayan and lead author of the paper, demonstrated the environmentally friendly, scalable process can be done in minutes by hand by grinding chemically modified graphene into a powder and using a hand-powered press to squeeze the powder into a solid pellet. A graphite pellet made by hand from crushed graphene powder. The strong, light pellets developed at Rice University hold promise for electronic and catalytic applications. (Credit: Rice University) Return to article. Long Description Return to article. Long Description FacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThislast_img read more

Working From Home Maximizing Profits and More – Chicago News

first_img About the AuthorJonathan PfefferJonathan Pfeffer joined the Clear Admit and MetroMBA teams in 2015 after spending several years as an arts/culture writer, editor, and radio producer. In addition to his role as contributing writer at MetroMBA and contributing editor at Clear Admit, he is co-founder and lead producer of the Clear Admit MBA Admissions Podcast. He holds a BA in Film/Video, Ethnomusicology, and Media Studies from Oberlin College.View more posts by Jonathan Pfeffer Last Updated Oct 25, 2018 by Jonathan PfefferFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail Let’s explore some of the most interesting stories that have emerged from Chicago business schools this week.Are You a Different Person at Work Than at Home? Compartmentalizing Like This Can Lead to Unethical Decisions – Kellogg InsightsNorthwestern Kellogg Assistant Professor of Marketing Maferima Touré-Tillery and the University of the Sciences’ Alysson Light coauthored new research, which finds that “people who perceive their personalities as constant across their roles are more likely to behave ethically than those who think of themselves differently in each role.”Touré-Tillery explains, “If I tend to think about myself the same way from one identity to the next, then if I do something that’s going to make me feel bad about myself, it’s likely that I’ll feel bad about myself across all of my identities.”She adds, “Every unethical thing amplifies that sense of being a bad person. By having them merge their work and personal lives, you are helping them merge their identities as parent and worker—so they might behave more morally across the board.” You can read the full Kellogg Insights article here.Should Public Companies Do More Than Maximize Profits? – Chicago BoothAt a recent panel discussion hosted by Chicago Booth’s Rustandy and Stigler Centers, BlackRock Co-founder Sue Wagner and Booth’s Luigi Zingales and Marianne Bertrand dissected BlackRock CEO Larry Fink’s letter to his fellow CEOs, imploring them to engage more deeply with social issues as part of their long-term strategies.Moderator Robert H. Gertner explains, “We have seen greater discussion, both within and outside of academia, about the role of corporations. It has come from consumers, from employees, from the government, from academics, and from investors. Perhaps this letter from Larry Fink may go down as a sort of cornerstone of this discussion.”You can read the full exchange between all the panelists here.Tech Leader Shares His Views On Innovation, Autonomous Vehicles, and Purpose – Gies School of Business NewsThe University of Illinois Gies College of Business recently hosted Mobileye ASIC Department Project Manager and Founding Engineer Mois Navon, who discussed how his company’s purpose has driven their success.The Israeli-based Mobileye is “one of the leaders in driver assistance technology and autonomous vehicle research.” According to the article, “the demonstrated ability of [Mobileye’s] products to help prevent accidents led insurance companies to give discounts to people who used them. People were getting into fewer accidents, and the accidents they did get into were less severe.”Navon explains Mobileye’s purpose within the Jewish concept of tikkun olam, which means “fixing the world.”“I think that technology is that driving force for fixing the world—even though new technologies can engender difficult transitions. I think humanity is ultimately driven by purpose. We’re here to fix ourselves. We’re here to fix the world. And I hope you’ll join me.”You can read more about the company and Navon’s speech at Gies here. RelatedPolitical Turnover, Gaming, and Venture Acceleration – Chicago NewsLet’s explore some of the most interesting stories that have emerged from Chicago business schools this week. Why Economic Crises Trigger Political Turnover in Some Countries but Not Others – Kellogg Insight New research from Northwestern Kellogg Professor of Managerial Economics and Decisions Nancy Qian explores “how much the people of…September 27, 2018In “Chicago”Kellogg McGowan Fellow Applies Sports Lessons to Help at a Community LevelThe following article was originally sourced from Team Captain, a piece on Kellogg’s News & Events page.  Tyler Barrack, an MBA at Kellogg School of Management, was raised believing that sports could profoundly impact communities. This idea and feeling came natural to him while growing up playing hockey in Canada and earned…December 18, 2013In “Featured Region”Booth Research Reveals Dominance of Snap Judgement, and More – Chicago NewsLet’s explore some of the most interesting stories that have emerged from Chicago business schools this week amidst the Polar Vortex (stay warm, everyone). Why People Make up Their Minds Sooner Than They Realize – Chicago Booth News More information does not necessarily lead to more informed decisions. New research…January 31, 2019In “Chicago”center_img Working From Home, Maximizing Profits, and More – Chicago News regions: Chicagolast_img read more

London Business School on Gaining and Using Power

first_imgLondon Business School on Gaining and Using Power 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 Last Updated Mar 5, 2019 by Kelly VoFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail regions: Londoncenter_img RelatedLondon Business School Still Hotspot for International StudentsLondon is a key destination for people abroad, especially for its business schools. The London Business School is still attractive for international students, a press release reads. The incoming 2019 class will be 91 percent international—even with the drama and controversy following the Brexit decision. It seems that this move…October 13, 2017In “Featured Home”Hiring Practices Examined in New UMD Smith ResearchDid you know that about half of job openings go to friends and acquaintances of high-powered individuals within an organization? We’ve always been told it’s about who you know, not what you know, after all. Yes, referral-based hiring come across as a little sketchy, but many human resource departments actually…December 5, 2017In “Advice”Columbia Prof Explains Overcoming Insecurity in TED TalkColumbia Business School published an article that reviews the work of Vikram S. Pandit Professor of Business at Columbia and “negotiations expert” Adam Galinsky on how to “increase [your] power, overcome insecurity and boost [your] assertiveness in public settings.”  Galinsky explains in his viral TED Talk, How to Speak up…December 30, 2016In “Featured Region” Power shapes every interaction. Powerful people get their way often, we’re generally nicer to them, and we listen to them. So how do you get power and use it? Power is a zero-sum game and complicated to discuss. However, for London Business School Associate Professor Ena Inesi, that’s what makes it so appealing to study.Power is Situationally DependentPower is “the privileged access to a resource that other people want and have less access to.” This could equate power to money, respect, or contact with important individuals. The reality is that power can be different between people and situations. You might hold power in one area and have no power in another. “Power is shifting, it’s fleeting,” says Inesi. “It’s relative and it’s always about what matters in that moment—what is the value currency?”Power also extends beyond an individual. The people around you can enable power, as in the case of mogul Harvey Weinstein. He was a gatekeeper for women’s careers, which was “something that was incredibly valuable to them. Most of these women were very early on in their careers, so the power discrepancy was massive.”Power Exaggerates Our PersonalityAt the same time, power doesn’t necessarily change who we are on the inside. Instead, it frees us to act more in line with what we truly want. This is especially the case where there’s a strong power hierarchy. In these situations power greatly exaggerates your good and bad behaviors. In particular, there’s a focus on bad behaviors called the “power paradox.”While you might rise to power because of your good qualities, once you gain power, the responsibilities take their toll and change your interactions.“We rise in power and make a difference in the world due to what is best about human nature, but we fall from power due to what is worst,” explains UC Berkeley Professor Dacher Keltner. “We gain a capacity to make a difference in the world by enhancing the lives of others, but the very experience of having power and privilege leads us to behave, in our worst moments, like impulsive, out-of-control sociopaths.”Good People Gaining PowerSo, how can we ensure that good people gain power? The problem may be that there are many trade-offs. Often you have to choose between being liked and getting things done. You also have to trade how you spend your time. The reality is that the world is not fair and that to gain power you have to treat your peers as your competitors and that can make it difficult to be considered a “good” person.The key is to change how we think of power. Power is merely the “capacity to bring about certain intended consequences in the behavior of others,” says Stanford University Professor Jeffrey Pfeffer. So, don’t avoid it. Pay attention to powerful people and the skills they display. That’s what you need to acquire.Gaining PowerTo gain power, there are five things that Assistant Professor Eliot Sherman suggests:Learn to influence othersUnderstand cultural differencesStay hungryKnow the politicsAcknowledge the gender issueLearn more by reading “Power Play” in the London Business School Review.This article has been edited and republished with permissions from its original source, Clear Admit.last_img read more