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 regions: Atlanta / Baltimore / Boston / Chicago / Dallas / Denver / Houston / London / Los Angeles / Miami / New York City / Online / Philadelphia / Research Triangle / San Diego / San Francisco / Seattle / Toronto / Washington, DC Most of the time, full-time MBA programs require work experience and, overall, class averages of professional experience are close to five years. Rarely are programs open to younger candidates who are still pursuing their undergraduate degrees. However, that all changes when it comes to deferred enrollment programs.These programs guarantee senior undergraduate students a spot at some of the top MBA programs in the world, two to five years after they graduate. This means that you graduate with a plan for the future and the time to figure out the details.Recently, MIT Sloan announced a new deferred enrollment program, joining the ranks of other top b-schools including Chicago Booth, Columbia Business School, Harvard Business School, Stanford GSB, UVA Darden, The Wharton School, and Yale School of Management. Each of these programs is set up similarly and vies for top talent at undergraduate schools around the world. How Deferred Enrollment Programs Work“This type of program is for those who know that an MBA program is something they want to pursue, in the future. Not directly after their undergraduate degree (in most cases), but a couple of years later,” explains Alex Brown, an MBA admissions expert at Clear Admit.Ambitious undergraduate students apply to b-school during their senior year and then receive a promise of a seat in a future cohort. Typically, students gain two to five years of work experience between acceptance and starting the MBA. Then, after their deferral, they join the same MBA cohort as the traditional full-time MBA.“By applying and gaining admission, it helps reduce the uncertainty of their plan, going forward. So rather than entering an analyst program at a consulting firm, for example, with the hope of gaining admissions to a top MBA program after a few years, they can enter the analyst program knowing they have an MBA option already,” Brown says. “Of course, it doesn’t stop them from changing their mind, or pursuing other MBA options, and forgoing the early admission.”These deferred enrollment programs are ideal for future leaders. Typically candidates have outstanding internships, strong academic credentials, and high test scores when they apply. “Also, these candidates are still typically early in their career arch when they do attend their MBA program. But, it makes sense if they are focused and really understand how the MBA program will help develop their career further,” explains Brown. “It’s good for candidates with focused career goals.”Additionally, it’s important to note that deferred admissions MBA programs are designed to attract different types of students. They want candidates who might not typically have business school on their radar, but come from a STEM or humanities background. The key for applicants is to have a solid plan for the future and knowledge of how the MBA fits into that plan.So, what are some of the top deferred enrollment programs and how are they unique?Deferred Enrollment at a GlanceAt a glance, most of the top b-schools offer very similar MBA programs geared toward younger candidates. All but Yale SOM are two years in length and place students in the same cohort as the full-time MBA. On the other hand, the Yale Silver Scholars program is three years in length with the first and third year being the same as the standard MBA and the second year in an extended internship. The reason behind this difference is that the program accepts candidates directly after their undergraduate career without any work experience.The Yale Silver Scholars is one of the many MBA deferment programs offered at some of the best business schools in the world.The rest of the programs encourage students to take two to five years off to gain work experience before they start their MBA. However, in some cases, work experience is not necessary if acceptance is during their final year (fifth year) of graduate school, such as is the case for Stanford’s deferral program.“Generally, the students co-exist in the same program,” explains Brown. “Younger students might have more energy and enthusiasm, older candidates might have more experience and insights. It can become a great blend for an academic experience.”Other stand-out differences include the fact that the Wharton Moelis program is only for University of Pennsylvania students. Sloan allows MIT students with an undergraduate GPA of 4.25 to avoid the GMAT, and Darden and Wharton both include scholarships for their deferred programs.Finally, you can expect to apply to each of these programs in April, around the Round Three MBA application deadline, though Darden uniquely offers three application deadlines.Inside the Top B-Schools with MBAs Geared Toward Younger CandidatesThe differences between the programs lie in the characteristics and incentives offered by each. Here’s a deeper look at some of the top offers, who can apply, and how it works.• Chicago Booth Scholars ProgramThe Chicago Booth Scholars program is for candidates with three or fewer years of full-time post-undergraduate work experience. It’s open to undergraduates from any institution in their senior year, granting applicants a two to four-year deferment before starting the MBA program. While working full time, students have the opportunity to engage with Booth, explore the community, travel, and whatever else is of interest. Applications are due in April and are similar to the full-time MBA application.• Columbia Business School Deferred Enrollment ProgramThe Columbia Business School Deferred Enrollment program is open to undergraduate and graduate students who apply during their final year of schooling. Once accepted, you can take two to five years to enter the workforce and start the full-time MBA program when it’s right for you. Applications are similar to the full-time MBA program with slightly different short answer questions and are due in April. Once you decide to matriculate, you join the full-time MBA program.• Harvard Business School 2+2 ProgramHarvard’s 2+2 program is the best-known deferred MBA of its kind. Candidates apply in their final year of undergraduate or graduate school, then spend a minimum of two years (maximum of four) working full-time before they begin their full-time, two-year MBA program. This program is specifically for students working in the public, private, or nonprofit sector with an emphasis on STEM and humanities disciplines. The application is essentially the same online application for the MBA program; the application fee is simply lower. The admissions deadline is in April. Candidates enter the full-time MBA program once they have met work experience requirements.• MIT Sloan MBA Early AdmissionThe MIT Sloan MBA Early Admission program is open to any exceptional undergraduate student. However, MIT students can avoid the GMAT with a GPA above 4.25. You can apply your senior year or directly after graduation in either your undergraduate or graduate academic career. Applications are due in April, and between acceptance and starting the program, candidates may seek two to five years of full-time work experience. Once matriculating, students enter the same MBA full-time program.• Stanford GSB Deferred EnrollmentThe Stanford GSB Deferred Enrollment program is open to undergraduate students who want to begin their MBA immediately after their senior year. However, students can defer for one to three years to gain work experience. You can apply during any of GSB’s three application rounds and can choose which year’s MBA program you’d like to enter. If you decide to defer for one to two years, you can apply for specific fellowships the year before starting your full-time MBA.• UVA Darden FYSPThe UVA Darden FYSP program is open to undergraduate students in their final year and fifth-year master’s students. Candidates can apply in March, May, and August, and once admitted begin their professional journey. They ear two to four years of work experience and gain access to the Darden alumni community for mentorship, networking, and individualized career support. Then, once ready, candidates join the regular full-time MBA program with a guaranteed scholarship in hand.• Wharton Moelis Advance Access ProgramThe Wharton Moelis program is a feeder program only for University of Pennsylvania undergrads. Students accepted into the program receive special professional development, career services, and access to the Wharton community such as annual retreats, mentoring, and a potential $10,000 a year fellowship. You apply senior year during Round 3 MBA admissions, and with evaluation similar to the overall MBA pool. You defer for two to four years of work experience and then join the regular two-year, full-time MBA program when you’re ready.• Yale SOM Silver ScholarsThe Yale Silver Scholars program was initially created just for Yale undergrads, but now recruits from an international talent pool. The difference with this program is that students start their MBA immediately after college graduation. You spend one year taking core curriculum before your full-time extended internship in year two. Then, your third year, you return to Yale SOM to complete your degree. Students integrate into the Yale SOM MBA, but have special programming and career development tailored to them. Candidates apply their senior year and fill out the same full-time MBA application.This article has been edited and republished with permissions from its original source, Clear Admit. Top Deferred Enrollment MBA Programs Geared Toward Younger Candidates RelatedWith $10 Million Alumni Gift, Wharton Enters Deferred-Admission MBA GameUndergraduates at the University of Pennsylvania will now have a unique opportunity to gain admission to the Wharton School MBA program as seniors in college thanks to a new program funded by a $10 million alumni gift, the Wharton School announced today. Named for Wharton alums and benefactors Ken Moelis…March 29, 2017In “Featured Home”Chicago Booth Expands Deferred Admission MBA Program to All StudentsThe University of Chicago Booth School of Business announced this week that it has expanded its deferred admission MBA program. Previously limited to undergraduates at the University of Chicago, it is now open to any student in their final year of study at any undergraduate institution. Chicago Booth Scholars The Chicago Booth…October 11, 2018In “Chicago”Which Graduate Business School Students Have The Highest GMAT Scores?Along with required work experience and undergraduate prerequisites, prospective MBA students also look at the average scores on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) for a certain school they are interested in applying to. According the Graduate Management Admission Council, the exam is used as part of the admissions process…March 16, 2017In “Featured Home” Last Updated Mar 7, 2019 by Kelly VoFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail
Body Broker Who Sold Diseased Remains is Convicted of Fraud By Reuters January 23, 2018 Updated: January 23, 2018 Show Discussion A Detroit businessman who sold and leased donated body parts for two decades was convicted Monday of defrauding medical customers by selling them diseased human remains.The case against Arthur Rathburn is part of a growing national investigation by federal authorities into the largely unregulated market for body parts in the United States. Federal agents found a grisly scene when they raided Rathburn’s warehouse in 2013, including remains frozen together flesh on flesh.Current U.S. laws only regulate body parts intended for transplant, such as hearts and livers. The buying and selling of body parts for research and education—Rathburn’s line of business—is legal under U.S. law. He was charged with defrauding clients by selling them body parts infected with HIV and hepatitis without their knowledge.Rathburn’s ex-wife and business partner, Elizabeth, testified that they bought body parts from companies that encourage people to donate their bodies to science. In an effort to boost profits, she testified, the Rathburns sometimes bought infected bodies and parts, which are sold at discount because few medical entities want them for training or education.Elizabeth Rathburn pleaded guilty to fraud, and she cooperated with the prosecution. During testimony before the federal jury in Detroit this month, she said that she expects her sentence will be between four and 10 months. FBI agents search the premises during a December 2013 raid on Arthur Rathburn’s warehouse in Detroit, Michigan, U.S. Agents said they found “thousands” of body parts during the raid. (REUTERS/Steve Neavling/File Photo) Arthur Rathburn, who did not testify at trial, faces a maximum of 20 years in prison, although the U.S. sentencing guidelines the judge must consider generally call for a shorter term. Both are expected to be sentenced in the spring.Rathburn was convicted on seven counts of fraud and acquitted of two counts of fraud. His lawyers had contended that the case focused on contract disputes with his customers over the quality of his products and ought to be brought in civil court, not criminal court.“There are no industry regulations regarding the business Arthur Rathburn was engaged in,” his defense lawyers argued in a court filing. “Industry standards and what constitutes a ‘clean’ environment are subjective matters, not a matter for criminal prosecution.”Reuters reported last month that authorities found four fetuses, each in its second trimester, during the warehouse raid. It is illegal to sell fetuses. Rathburn was not charged with doing so, and it’s unclear how the fetuses were acquired. Officials and defense lawyers have declined to comment on the matter. The discovery of the fetuses, however, may be raised during the sentencing phase. In this photograph obtained by Reuters, a government worker in a hazmat suit uses forceps to lift a fetus found during a 2013 search of a Detroit warehouse operated by Arthur Rathburn, a businessman who sold human body parts for medical research and education. (Government photo via REUTERS)The government’s failure to stop Rathburn sooner, despite a decade of warning signs, was one in a series of stories Reuters published last year about the industry.As part of the series, a reporter purchased two human heads and a spine from a broker in Tennessee, deals made with just a few emails at a cost of $900, plus shipping.The series also profiled two Phoenix brokers—one who earned at least $12 million from the sale or use of donated body parts and one who pleaded guilty to defrauding customers. The latter, Steve Gore, cooperated with the government and testified against Rathburn in the Detroit trial. He told the jury that he “made mistakes” while operating a business that harvested 5,000 bodies in a decade, but said that he had no state or federal regulations to guide him.A Reuters story in December described how Gore’s technicians dismembered bodies with construction saws purchased from Home Depot. Under cross-examination, Gore was asked if he used the construction saw instead of a proper medical instrument because it was cheaper.Yes, Gore nodded, adding, “and effective.”By John ShiffmanRecommended Video: How doctors in China turn into murderers Arthur Rathburn is pictured at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in Nov. 1988. (REUTERS/Peter Yates/File Photo) LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON Share QualityAuto 720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen click to watch video Share this article US News
LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON NY News How a Traditional Spiritual Practice Changed the Lives of These People By Bowen Xiao May 10, 2018 Updated: September 27, 2018 Share NEW YORK—If you were in the concrete jungle recently, you might have come upon waves of bright yellow shirts, golden dragons, and drumming troops. About a thousand practitioners of the spiritual practice Falun Dafa participated in three days of events around the city to celebrate World Falun Dafa Day.Officially observed on May 13, it marks the day when Falun Dafa, also known as Falun Gong, was first introduced to the public by Mr. Li Hongzhi in Changchun, China. May 13 is also Mr. Li’s birthday.The ancient spiritual discipline involves slow-moving exercises and a sitting meditation. The practice has attracted tens of millions across the world with its core principles of truthfulness, compassion, and tolerance.The festivities kicked off at Union Square’s North Plaza, with a demonstration of the meditative exercises that stopped busy New Yorkers in their tracks. Shortly after noon, the pace jumped up about 100 notches with a performance by the New York branch of the Tian Guo (“Celestial”) Marching Band. Branches of the band perform in major parades across the world.Other musical performances followed, including a choir, a range of instrumental solos, classical singing, and as a special treat, a solo on the songful pipa, a traditional Chinese instrument.Aside from the music, a crowd-pleasing golden dragon dance team glided across the audience (perhaps scaring a few little ones in the process), as did a Chinese lion—all accompanied by the beats of Chinese drums. Every single piece was performed by Falun Gong practitioners, most of them from the local New York area.Many of the participants said they found inner peace and true wellbeing after taking up Falun Gong—often standing in stark contrast to what their lives were like before practicing. They say the practice changed them both physically and mentally.Changing Lives Mika Hale Mika Hale. (Bowen Xiao/The Epoch Times)“Most of my relationships were really strained, especially with my family. In 2007, I was so miserable with my life that I used to pray every day outside my window to be killed. But after practicing, the biggest change is now being able to talk to people from a genuine place. My relationship with my mother is amazing, and the relationships with my sister and children are amazing; before, they were really turbulent.”Dorian Filip Dorian Filip. (Bowen Xiao/The Epoch Times)“I was sick, physically sick, really sick. My body was feeling quite a lot of pain in different parts. Over time with the pain, I started becoming quite anxious and depressed—not happy at all. I was wondering a lot about life: ‘What’s the meaning of life? Why is there so much pain [and] suffering?’“When I started practicing, everything changed, tremendously. [Now] I feel a lot more relaxed, more focused on what I’m doing in my daily life, whether work- or family-related. And I’m happy, really happy, inside.”Michael Carter Michael Carter. (Bowen Xiao/The Epoch Times)“I indulged in a lot of fun; I used to party a lot, wasted a lot of time, so it was very destructive behavior. Physically, I became unwell because of that. I had a lot of health issues: back problems, knee problems. I also had a bad relationship with my family. I was never around or spending time with my relatives, [and I was] very selfish.“Physically, [Falun Dafa] completely changed my life. Mentally, it made me realize there’s more than myself in this universe. I became more positive, more harmonious. [Now] when I have a conflict, instead of immediately getting angry or striking out, I kind of reflect on it instead.”Victoria Szafranska Victoria Szafranska. (Bowen Xiao/The Epoch Times)“Before practicing, I had a lot of muscle pain, so the Falun Dafa exercises really helped me to get rid of my pain throughout the day. Before I started doing the exercises, I felt stressed and mentally overwhelmed, and then after the exercises, I felt like I could breathe again. I’m more calm mentally and able to deal with situations and emotions better. I feel more at ease mentally, less stress overall, and definitely more happy and more positive going to work.”Scott Chinn Scott Chinn. (Bowen Xiao/The Epoch Times)“Before I started practicing Falun Gong, you could say I had a lot of anxiety, also stress, stressed about things I couldn’t control—relationships, family issues, work. On the mental side, I was just like, ‘Why do I go through these ups and downs of happiness? Why can’t I be always happy?’ I used to have a lot of football injuries, neck, and back.“Now my mindset is completely different. So many things over the past 19 years of practicing helped to naturally bring more and more happiness to my life. I have two kids, and I try to raise them and apply the principles to my kids, work friends, and family as well. I’ve never missed a day of work in 19 years, so no sickness—my body feels great. I feel really wonderful physically and mentally.” Recommended Video: Why is Falun Gong persecuted? Rewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen click to watch video Follow Bowen on Twitter: @BowenXiao3 Share this article QualityAuto 1080p720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen click to watch video Show Discussion
A road is submereged in flood water after heavy rains in Spring Lake, New Jersey, U.S., August 13, 2018, in this still image taken from a veideo obtained from social media. (@TheWeatherMstr/Reuters) Share this article US News LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON New Jersey declared a partial state of emergency on Aug. 14 as forecasts for further heavy rainfall posed new danger in parts of that state, New York and Pennsylvania, where rescuers hauled people from waterways, flooded cars and homes.Following several days of torrential rain throughout the northeastern United States, the National Weather Service issued new warnings for flooding in areas around Binghamton, New York, near the Pennsylvania border, and in New Jersey. A road is submereged in flood water after heavy rains in Spring Lake, New Jersey, U.S., August 13, 2018, in this still image taken from a veideo obtained from social media. (@TheWeatherMstr/Reuters)Federal forecasters warned that areas in the region could see as much as 4 inches (10 cm) more rain on Aug. 14.New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy said in a statement five of the state’s 21 counties were under a state of emergency, where additional rainfall could further complicate flood cleanup.“Parts of our state have received nothing less than historic amounts of rain, and some communities received an entire month’s worth in just a few hours,” said Murphy. The police department in Brick, a town of 75,000 on the Atlantic coast, said on Facebook that residents were barred from returning to 105 homes without a security escort until township officials finished inspecting them. The top of the Empire State Building is covered in fog during a rainy day in Manhattan, New York, U.S., August 13, 2018. (Reuters/Shannon Stapleton)In Seneca County, New York, emergency crews were evacuating some residents by boat and taking them to a nearby shelter, the sheriff’s office said in a statement.“Flooding is one of the primary killers with regards to weather. It’s not tornadoes. It’s not wind damage,” said Brett Rossio, an Accuweather meteorologist. “It doesn’t take much. Even just a foot of water can pull you away very easily.”More than 8,000 people had lost power in areas drenched by the storms and the Red Cross said it was operating shelters. It was not immediately clear how many people were in them. A person walks with an umbrella during a rain storm in Manhattan, New York, U.S., August 14, 2018. (Reuters/Shannon Stapleton)“It’s Mother Nature so it’s a fluid situation, watching where the rain falls and if there’s additional evacuations necessary,” said Jay Bonafede, the Red Cross spokesman.Both Pennsylvania and New York have already activated their emergency response centers for the storms, which started over the weekend. A woman crosses Fifth Avenue with an umbrella during a rainy day in Manhattan, New York, U.S., August 13, 2018. (Reuters/Shannon Stapleton)Molly Dougherty, a spokeswoman for the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, said some people affected by the flooding had been recovering from deluges three weeks ago.“People are looking at losses of most of their belongings and, in some cases, we’re still concerned about the safety of folks and making sure they’re able to stabilize,” said Dougherty.By Makini Brice Show Discussion Evacuations, Rescues as ‘Historic’ Floods Hit Northeastern US By Reuters August 15, 2018 Updated: August 15, 2018 Share
As Hurricane #Florence makes landfall — or tries to very slowly — the rainfall will add up quickly across the Carolinas but also Virginia …I’d bet on maximum totals > 30″ in many counties … forecast totals from the adjacent states near landfall around 17 trillion gallons. pic.twitter.com/xcfio0u1fA— Ryan Maue | weathermodels.com (@RyanMaue) September 13, 2018 US News Hurricane Florence Is a ‘Horrific Nightmare’ to Predict, Says Forecaster By Jack Phillips September 13, 2018 Updated: September 13, 2018 Share U.S. weather officials said Florence weakened to a Category 2 storm, but the storm, according to NASA in a blog post on Sept. 12, is still more than 400 miles in diameter.“Florence core winds dropping but the storms strong wind is spreading out, Eye trying to reform, A big dangerous widespread storm. It’s here where Saffir-Simpson may not be best measure of storms true power,” tweeted Weatherbell.com meteorologist Joe Bastardi. One weather forecaster says Hurricane Florence is a “nightmare” to predict.“This is a horrific nightmare storm from a meteorological perspective,” University of Georgia meteorology professor Marshall Shepherd told The Associated Press. “We’ve just never seen anything like this. … This is just a strange bird.”According to some forecasts, Florence is predicted to slow down and stall off the coast of North and South Carolina before moving around off the shore on Sept. 14, Sept. 15, and Sept. 16. Then the storm is slated to affect Georgia, Tennessee, Virginia, Alabama, and Kentucky before moving north, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center’s forecasting model. Florence is predicted to slow down and stall off the coast of North and South Carolina before moving around off the shore on Thursday (Sept. 14), Friday (Sept. 15), and Saturday (Sept. 16). (NHC)The NHC said that between 20 and 30 inches of rain could fall in some areas. If the storm lingers longer, more rain will fall, according to forecasters.“For a meandering storm, the biggest concern—as we saw with Harvey—is the huge amount of rainfall,” said Chris Landsea, chief of tropical analysis and forecast branch at the National Hurricane Center. He’s referring to Hurricane Harvey, which inundated some parts of southern Texas with 60 inches of rain in 2017. Ryan Maue, a meteorologist for Weathermodels.com, tweeted that “the rainfall will add up quickly across the Carolinas but also Virginia” after Florence hits the region. “I’d bet on maximum totals > 30″ in many counties … forecast totals from the adjacent states near landfall around 17 trillion gallons,” he added. He’s referring to the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale, which measures the strength of hurricanes in categories. A Category 2 hurricane has 111 mph to 129 mph winds.“It certainly is a challenge forecasting precise impacts when its exact track won’t be known until a day in advance,” Landsea told AP.“It’s going to coming roaring up to the coast Thursday night and say ‘I’m not sure I really want to do this and I’ll just take a tour of the coast and decide where I want to go inland,’” said Jeff Masters, who is the meteorology director of the private Weather Underground website, AP reported.“The satellite presentation of Florence has changed little overnight with the eye waxing and waning in infrared imagery,” according to the NHC’s discussion of the hurricane.It added: “As mentioned in the previous discussion, it appears that some southern shear has caused the degradation of the inner core. The global models suggest that this shear will relax today while Florence moves over warm waters, however, given the current storm structure, little overall change in strength is anticipated as Florence approaches the coast.”Did you enjoy this article? Continue to read more stories here. QualityAuto 720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen click to watch video Florence core winds dropping but the storms strong wind is spreading out, Eye trying to reform, A big dangerous widespread storm. Its here where Saffir Simpson may not be best measure of storms true power— Joe Bastardi (@BigJoeBastardi) September 13, 2018 Share this article LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON Show Discussion
Video footage posted by a person who stayed in Mexico Beach, Florida, during Hurricane Michael revealed total devastation wrought by the storm.Splintered homes and buildings could be seen floating away in storm surge as the hurricane hit on Oct. 10. Tessa Talarico posted it to her Instagram page and wrote: “A whole house is gone and is floating in front of our place.”It appears that she was shooting the footage from a high-rise building.Talarico uploaded footage of the Mexico Beach devastation from another vantage point. Rewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen click to watch video Video: Hurricane Michael Crushes Mexico Beach, Florida Another angle shows the devastationBy Jack Phillips October 10, 2018 Updated: October 10, 2018 US News Share Share this article QualityAuto 360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen click to watch video The NHC said at 6 p.m.: “NOAA Doppler radar data indicate that the eye of Michael is now moving over Seminole County in extreme southwestern Georgia. Everyone in this county should not venture out into the relative calm of the eye, as hazardous winds will increase very quickly as the eye passes.” The agency said that the dangerous storm surge continues along the coast of the Florida Panhandle.“A turn toward the northeast is expected this evening or tonight. A motion toward the northeast at a faster forward speed is forecast on Thursday through Friday night. On the forecast track, the core of Michael will move across southeastern Alabama and southwestern Georgia through this evening,” the agency said in its update.The storm is weakening and has 125 mph wind gusts, the NHC said. “With the eye of Michael moving inland, residents are reminded to not venture out into the relative calm of the eye, as hazardous winds will increase very quickly as the eye passes,” it stated. Rewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen click to watch video Michael, which had caught many by surprise with its rapid intensification as it churned north over the Gulf of Mexico, was the most powerful storm ever recorded to hit the Panhandle.It gathered still more strength just before making landfall northwest of the town of Mexico Beach on Wednesday afternoon as a Category 4 hurricane on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale. Its sustained winds were just 2 mph (3.2 kph) shy of being an extremely rare Category 5.Reuters contributed to this report. LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON Show Discussion
LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON Share Share this article An archdiocese has apologized for reacting too quickly after an incident involving Kentucky Catholic high school students, blaming the reaction on “incomplete reports.”Following the Jan. 18 incident in Washington, numerous media outlets wrote stories that said students from Covington Catholic High School were mocking Native American activist Nathan Phillips.Phillips, who falsely claimed to be a Vietnam veteran, also told a number of outlets that the students surrounded him and that he felt threatened. He also said they wouldn’t let him access the Lincoln Memorial.Once the full video of the encounter was acknowledged, a number of outlets backtracked as many of his claims turned out to be false.The Archdiocese of Baltimore issued an apology on Jan. 23, saying it had reacted too soon. QualityAuto 1080p720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen click to watch video “The annual March for Life is a magnificent affirmation of the value and dignity of human life. It is especially wonderful that so many young people from all around the nation participate in this March and the Archdiocese of Baltimore applauds them for doing so,” the archdiocese stated in a press release. “How sad, then, that this life-affirming event was marred by the widely reported confrontation at the Lincoln Memorial. It has become apparent, however, that initial reports of that incident were at best incomplete. Those incomplete reports led many, including the Archdiocese of Baltimore, to speak out too hastily. We apologize for doing so.”It’s not clear which media outlets the archdiocese relied on specifically or why an apology wasn’t forthcoming until Wednesday, days after the full video was acknowledged.The Archdiocese of Covington, where the high school is located, also reacted to the edited video that initially circulated. It condemned the students for allegedly making fun of Phillips and said some could be expelled. Nick Sandmann, wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat, looks at Nathan Phillips, a Native American anti-President Donald Trump activist, after Philipps approached the Covington Catholic High School student in Washington on Jan. 18, 2019. (Survival Media Agency via AP)The archdiocese later took down its post and issued a fresh statement saying that an “independent, third-party investigation is planned to begin this week.”“This is a very serious matter that has already permanently altered the lives of many people. It is important for us to gather the facts that will allow us to determine what corrective actions, if any, are appropriate,” the archdiocese stated.“We pray that we may come to the truth and that this unfortunate situation may be resolved peacefully and amicably and ask others to join us in this prayer. We will have no further statements until the investigation is complete.”The Archdiocese of Covington has not apologized for basing its initial statement on slanted media reports. Students arrive at Covington Catholic High School as classes resume following a closing due to security concerns the previous day on Jan. 23, 2019, in Park Hills, Ky. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)Diocese Evacuated Over ThreatThe Covington students have faced a number of death and other threats in the aftermath of the incident, including from Hollywood producers and journalists.“I have received physical and death threats via social media, as well as hateful insults. One person threatened to harm me at school, and one person claims to live in my neighborhood. My parents are receiving death and professional threats because of the social media mob that has formed over this issue,” Nick Sandmann, one student, said in a statement.Another student shared more details of the abuse with The Daily Wire, saying: “We’ve been getting school shooting threats, school bomb threats, vandalism of our buildings, people have gone out and said they’re going to slash our tires and break our school windows.”“We’ve have threats saying that it’s best if the students at CovCat are locked in the school and set on fire. We’ve had tweets saying that we should be raped by clergy members. We’ve had every sort of threat that we should be thrown in woodchippers,” the student added. A police car sits at the entrance to Covington Catholic High School in Park Hills, Ky., on Jan 19, 2019. (Bryan Woolston/AP Photo)Fresh threats came in at the diocese on Wednesday, along with multiple suspicious packages, triggering an evacuation and a response by authorities, reported WLWT. The intersections of 11th and 12th streets and Madison Avenue were closed near the diocese as authorities investigated the packages.The packages were not ultimately detonated and were taken away.This incident came as the Kenton County Commonwealth’s Attorney said he, alongside police, are tracking threats from emails and phone calls, the broadcaster reported.“I suspect that a lot of these people are folks that do this on the Internet on a regular basis and they’ve gone to great lengths to hide their identity. And that obviously makes it more difficult. There are some people that are using what I believe are their real names and their real locations,” Commonwealth’s Attorney Rob Sanders said.From NTD News Follow Zachary on Twitter: @zackstieber US News Students arrive at Covington Catholic High School as classes resume following a closing due to security concerns the previous day in Park Hills, Ky., on Jan. 23, 2019. Local police authorities controlled access to the property at entrances and exits. (John Minchillo/AP Photo) Archdiocese Apologizes for Hasty Statement About Covington Students By Zachary Stieber January 24, 2019 Updated: January 24, 2019 Show Discussion
Share Share this article Water bottles with a BPA-free sticker hang on display at an outdoor supply store in Arcadia, California on April 16, 2008. (David McNew/Getty Images) LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON Show Discussion China-US News Chinese-American Charged With Stealing $120 Million Worth of Trade Secrets By Nicole Hao February 17, 2019 Updated: February 17, 2019 A naturalized U.S. citizen from China has been charged with stealing trade secrets valued at roughly $119.6 million from American companies, for the purpose of setting up a Chinese company that would manufacture the involved product for the global market.According to federal prosecutors, while You Xiaorong—also known as Shannon You—was working at two U.S. companies, she stole trade secrets related to BPA-free (bisphenol-A) coating technology, which lines the insides of cans and other food and beverage containers to prevent flavor loss, corrosion, and reactions to the food or beverage content.In recent years, companies have turned to developing BPA-free coatings as alternatives to BPA coatings, after scientists have found that BPA is potentially carcinogenic.You, 56, was recruited to bring her stolen technology to China through a Beijing-run and -funded hiring program that focuses on scientists and engineers of Chinese descent. “The conduct alleged in today’s indictment exemplifies the rob, replicate, and replace approach to technological development,” Assistant Attorney General National Security John C. Demers said in a U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) statement on Feb. 14. You was indicted on seven counts of theft of trade secrets and one count of wire fraud. A co-conspirator, Liu Xiangchen, a 61-year-old man from Shandong Province, China, also was indicted, for allegedly forming a plan to bring You’s stolen technology to the Chinese firm that Liu would establish and manage. In return, Liu promised You ownership shares in the company. Filipino media ABS-CBN reported on Feb. 15 that another co-conspirator, who was mentioned but not charged by DOJ, is a relative of Liu.Although the indictment doesn’t identify the U.S. companies, it mentions that You worked from December 2012 to Aug. 31, 2017, at an Atlanta-based company. That would match information on You’s Linkedin page, which says she began working at Coca-Cola as a principal engineer in December 2012. A spokeswoman for Coca-Cola confirmed to ABS-CBN that You had been an employee.You, who was born in China and lived in Lansing, Michigan, also worked at a Kingsport, Tennessee-based company—where she also had access to relevant trade secrets—from September 2017 until June 2018, according to the indictment.Chinese media have previously reported publicly about You and Liu’s Chinese company. The news site KKnews reported on Nov. 3, 2018, that You is a bisphenol-A (BPA) and BPA-free expert who developed BPA-free technology successfully at the Coca-Cola lab in 2015 and wanted to set up a production line in China. When You sought to find a partner to provide materials for a future manufacturing plant, Xu Dongguo, the chairman of Jinhong Group, which is based in Weihai City of Shandong province, contacted You in 2016. Jinhong, founded in 1997, mainly produces chemical materials, according to Qichacha, a Chinese database on the country’s private enterprises.You signed an agreement with Jinhong in June 2017, for a production line manufacturing BPA-non-intent coating—which would be the first of its kind in Asia, the state-run Weihai Evening Paper reported on March 5, 2018. KKnews reported that in 2018, You became Jinhong’s chief technology officer. The company invested 180 million yuan ($26.58 million) for the production line, which was planned to be put into operation in 2020, with production of 30,000 metric tons. The annual output would be valued at 700 million to 900 million yuan ($103 million to $133 million). Weihai Evening Paper further reported that Jinhong sponsored You in her application to join the “Thousand Talents Plan” in 2018, through which she was to be rewarded 3 million yuan ($443,000) from the central government, Shandong provincial government, and Weihai City government for bringing her stolen BPA-free technology to China. At the same time, the production line also received 50 million yuan ($7.4 million) in funding from those governments, according to the newspaper.The Chinese regime established the Thousand Talents Plan in 2008 to recruit international experts—both Chinese and non-Chinese—in scientific research, innovation, and entrepreneurship, with incentives such as guaranteed employment at a lucrative job in China, and funding for their research. The program has been criticized by the U.S. administration as a program to encourage overseas Chinese to transfer technologies to China.“China continues to use its national programs, like the ‘Thousand Talents,’ to solicit and reward the theft of our nation’s trade secrets and intellectual property,” Demers said in the DOJ statement. “The Justice Department will continue to prioritize investigations like these, to ensure that China understands that this criminal conduct is not an acceptable business or economic development practice,” he added.
“I realized that giving pleasure made me happy and that doing good deeds fed me,” she told The Daily Mirror.“I think happiness comes from the heart. It’s nice to have a new home or car,” she said. “It can be really fun, but you don’t need that to be happy.”NTD reporter Paula Liu contributed to this report.From NTD.com Follow Eva on Twitter: @EvaSailEast US News Lapierre said her passion for helping others went back to over two decades ago, while she was working in the modeling industry.Lapierre became Miss Quebec at 20 and had the opportunity to tour around Canada.The publicity she earned became a gateway for Lapierre to open her own modeling school to support young women who wish to have a career in modeling, from where she began a lifelong journey of volunteering, traveling to India, Haiti, and Senegal, and later start a nonprofit of her own. LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON Man Buys Lottery, Becomes Multimillionaire Over Lunch Break By Eva Fu May 30, 2019 Updated: May 30, 2019 It seemed just like any other afternoon when James Belich stepped out for lunch and stopped by a convenience store.Belich, a logistics manager in Charlotte, North Carolina, decided to go inside and buy himself a lottery ticket.He scratched the ticket while still standing in the store, then stared speechless at the card in his hand: he had just won $10 million.“When he got home, he was so shocked all he could do was hold the ticket up in front of my face,” his wife, Emily, told the North Carolina Education Lottery (NCEL).“You never expect it. You think maybe you’ll win something, but not $10 million,” said Belich. “It’s unbelievable.”“Our two boys are too young to really understand. Our oldest is five and he thinks we won $20,” Emily said. Belich wanted to share the joy with those close to him—he called his brothers, his childhood best friend, and his uncle, before driving off to deliver the good news to his mother in person.“You know, I’m one of four brothers, my mom was a single mom. We’re all really, really close. It’s important for me to share this win with them,” Belich said.“When I told her, we both just cried.”Belich had two choices of claiming his prize—he could either receive $500,000 a year for 20 years or a lump sum of $6 million. He chose the latter, taking home a total of $4,245,009 after taxes on May 21 from the NCEL headquarter in Raleigh.The grand prize will help Belich make investments, pay the bills, and raise his sons, but no big changes are coming into their life otherwise, he said.“We like where we live, it’s great to raise a family,” Belich said. “We may buy a few extra rounds for folks when we go out, but this prize will create a brighter future for our kids. That’s what’s important.“It’s awesome, just a blessing,” he added.Belich was the first person to win the top lottery prize of the game $300,000,000 Supreme Riches, launched in April, beating the odds of 1 in 3,210,000.Using Winnings to Help OthersA woman from Quebec, who recently won the lottery prize of $1,000 per week for the rest of her life, said that she wanted to spend the money to make others happy.Rachel Lapierre, 55, purchased the ticket from Win for Life. She had quit her job as a nurse after winning the prize to dedicate her time on Le Book Humanitaire, a charitable organization she established to help those in need through social media.“Money is money,” she told the BBC News in a video interview. “When you’re born you don’t have anything, and when you go, you go with nothing but your memories. You go with what you did here in life.” Show Discussion Share this article James Belich with his $10 million lottery prize. (North Carolina Education Lottery) Share
Unintentional Drowning: Get the Facts from the CDCAbout one in five people who die from drowning are children 14 and younger.1 For every child who dies from drowning, another five… https://t.co/1yxwjjioin— SNCDPC (@SNCDPC) October 10, 2018 US News Avinash Kuna, 32, who drowned in Lake Hopatcong, New Jersey, on June 1, 2019. (Jay Majeti/GoFundMe) In the United States, 45 percent of drowning deaths happen among the most economically active segment of the population.“Coastal drowning in the United States alone accounts for $273 million each year in direct and indirect costs. In Australia and Canada, the total annual cost of drowning injury is $85.5 million and $173 million respectively,” said the report. Follow Venus on Twitter: @venusupadhayaya Show Discussion LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON Deaths Due to DrowningDrowning is considered a major public health problem worldwide and 360,000 people died from it in 2015, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).The WHO report says drowning is the third largest cause of unintentional injury death, accounting for 7 percent of the total injury-related deaths globally.“Children, males, and individuals with increased access to water are most at risk of drowning,” said the report. Share The body of a Morris County man who went missing during a swim in Lake Hopatcong on June 1 was recovered on Monday.Avinash Kuna, 32, of Parsippany was at the lake with his friends to celebrate his birthday. They had rented a pontoon boat and Kuna stepped out of the boat to swim.“Avinash got into the water and within no time started saying something is pulling him down and screamed for help. He started flailing and was gasping for air,” his friends wrote on GoFundMe.The friends said they tried to help him with a life vest but he couldn’t reach it. “Understanding that the situation is getting worse, one of our friends jumped into the water with a life vest but we had to pull him out since his vest came off too.“Avinash started to drown in water. Everything happened so quickly and all of us were terrified. Not knowing how to react, we called Bridge Marina and 911 for help,” said the fundraising appeal. Avinash Kuna. (Jay Majeti/GoFundMe) Bad weather conditions and the weed inside the lake made search operations difficult. New Jersey State Police recovered Kuna’s body on Monday at 6:09 p.m. from the Henderson Cove on the lake, said a police press release.Kira Sudol, 36, a resident who boats at the lake, told NJ.com that the area where Kuna got into the water is not good for swimming. “It’s a lot of muck and mud,” she said. “It’s not deep over there, but there’s a lot of weeds and seaweed. It’s not somewhere you’d want to swim.” Man Drowns in Lake After ‘Something Pulls Him Down’ By Venus Upadhayaya, Epoch Times June 5, 2019 Updated: June 5, 2019 Swimmer screamed something was pulling him down, friends say, after he went missing in Lake Hopatcong https://t.co/IqOATL8nbI pic.twitter.com/kH9uxad8zN— Swimmer’s Daily (@swimmersdaily) June 4, 2019 Share this article Kuna was a software engineer and was originally from India. “In case of unfortunate event of not seeing him alive, we are planning to send the body back to India for his family and well-wishers to see him for one last time and to perform last rituals,” his friends wrote.Kuna’s mother is reportedly in shock and had to be hospitalized due to his death.“Avinash is one of the very few people being loved by all his associates for his plain hearted nature and willingness to help others. He always cared for well-being of fellow people and the society. He had high ambitions in life, to become an entrepreneur, give back to the society, travel places around the globe etc.,” said the fundraising appeal.
Share The agency did not provide any details as to the circumstances of the assault or whether they had apprehended the perpetrator. A border patrol agent was assaulted while patrolling Calexico, according to the agency on June 24, 2019. (CBP El Centro/Twitter)This is not the first time agents from the federal agency has been assaulted while patrolling along the border.In March this year, another agent patrolling near the border fence in Calexico, California, was assaulted, CBP said in a statement.Border patrol said the 33-year-old suspect from Mexico, Josue Gomez-Reyes, approached the female agent’s fully marked patrol vehicle. Gomez-Reyes threw a partial lawnmower blade into the vehicle, which landed on the driver side window. The blade broke through the window and hit the agent’s arm. The agent was injured by the blade and shattered glass.Despite the injury, the agent immediately chased after the suspect and with the help with other agents, the suspect was arrested.“It is unacceptable for our Border Patrol agents to come under such a violent attack, but I am extremely proud of the quick determination of our agent to give chase and arrest her attacker,” said Chief Patrol Agent Gloria I. Chavez, according to the statement.“Our agent was ambushed while faithfully carrying out her sworn duties as a law enforcement officer by a gang member with a lengthy criminal history here in the United States. Anytime a person chooses to attack a Border Patrol agent, they will know that they are going up against a highly trained professional and that once arrested they will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” she added.Gomez-Reyes was illegally present in the United States at the time of the incident.In a more recent case, a 44-year-old illegal immigrant from Mexico assaulted an agent at Eagle Pass, Texas, in May while agents tried to place him under arrest, according to a CBP statement.“As agents attempted to apprehend the suspected illegal aliens, a man in the group became combative and struck an agent,” the statement said. “The agent was able to subdue the man and placed him under arrest after a brief struggle. The man was taken to a local hospital for minor injuries. The agent was not seriously injured and did not request medical attention.”The agency said the suspect was previously arrested several times by immigration officials and was deported before in 2000.They added that the 44-year-old has an extensive criminal history, which includes an aggravated felony conviction in 1998 on multiple counts of transporting and selling narcotics.CBP has repeatedly warned that the influx of illegal immigrants from Central America in recent months has overwhelmed border patrol facilities and resources and created a humanitarian crisis. U.S. Border Patrol agents detained two large groups of illegal immigrants consisting of over 400 people within five minutes in the El Paso area on March 19, 2019. (U.S. Customs and Border Protection)In May, border patrol agents detained more than 132,000 people crossing from Mexico—the highest level over more than a decade. Moreover, during the first seven months of the 2019 fiscal year, 531,711 illegal immigrants crossed the border into the United States, according to CBP data.The agency’s data also shows that there were 794 incidents of assaults against border patrol agents in the 2018 financial year.President Donald Trump has previously called the situation at the border a “humanitarian crisis.” He had pushed for a wall to be built on the southern border in order to curb the surge of illegal immigration as well as the inflow of large scale criminal organizations and drug trafficking. Follow Janita on Twitter: @janitakan Show Discussion US News @CBPElCentro had one of its #BorderPatrol agents assaulted while patrolling in #Calexico. Our Agents face dangers like this one while maintaining the security of our nation. pic.twitter.com/MLleKATPIo— CBP El Centro (@CBPElCentro) June 24, 2019 LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON A border patrol agent was injured after a person threw a rock into his vehicle while he was patrolling in Calexico, California, according to the federal agency on June 24.“[CBPElCentro] had one of its BorderPatrol agents assaulted while patrolling in Calexico. Our Agents face dangers like this one while maintaining the security of our nation,” the federal agency wrote on Twitter, while also posting photos of the agent’s injuries and damage to the patrol vehicle. A border patrol agent was assaulted while patrolling Calexico, according to the agency on June 24, 2019. (CBP El Centro/Twitter) Share this article Border Patrol Injured After Rock Was Thrown at His Patrol Car in California By Janita Kan June 25, 2019 Updated: June 25, 2019
Angel MooreAPTN NewsTwo Indigenous communities on opposite sides of the Atlantic Ocean have more in common than you might think.Cape Breton University hosted a Basque-Mi’kmaq cultural exchange conference.More than 40 researchers and scientists visited Eskasoni First Nation to learn about the connections between the Mi’kmaq and Basque email@example.com@angelharksen
Tamara PimentelAPTN NewsInteraction with police services has been one of the most critical topics at this week’s hearings of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.“I’ve heard multiple examples of how police perceived to have failed and, in many cases, continue to fail Indigenous people in this country,” said Katrina Swan of the Saskatchewan Association of Chiefs of Police (SACP).Swan is the first of only a few parties with standing to represent police services in this week’s hearings in Calgary.Swan said the SACP, which represents 12 municipal police forces, has been taking note of issues arising within the inquiry.“Contact with the family is a critical part of the investigative process. I would love to stand before you today and say we get it right all the time,” she said.“But, as you’ve heard, as often as we get it right or think we get it right, we’re being told that we missed the mark. Police need to work harder at ensuring there is an open relationship and communication between the parties.”Charlene Belleau of the Esketemc First Nation in British Columbia represents the First Nations Health Council.She shared stories of missing and murdered women from her community and how cultural protocols are used as an alternative to the RCMP or justice system.“The victims of violence feel they lose their voice in the criminal justice system,” she said.“We wanted to be able to give them a voice through these protocols.”The traditional and ceremonial approach seems to be more effective, Belleau added.“When we have our healing circles they do acknowledge the behaviour, and they do acknowledge having perpetrated those crimes.”It also works faster.“We feel a responsibility that we can help these families that we don’t have to wait for the RCMP or police services or search and rescue,” Belleau said.“We can do things on our own and we should be doing what we can for these families.”Swan said while there are things police services need to work on, in Saskatchewan the SACP has been improving.“Police are involved in initiatives designed to address the root causes of vulnerability and marginalization of indigenous women and girls,” she said.“(They’re) becoming more involved in restorative justice efforts and are working collaboratively with community partners.”firstname.lastname@example.org@tamara_aptn