Oxford ranked world no. 1 in four subjects

first_imgOxford University has today been ranked as the number one in the world for the study of four subject areas in a new league table.The QS World University Rankings by Subject found Oxford is the world’s leading institution for teaching, research, and employability in Anatomy and Physiology, Archaeology, English Language and Literature, and Geography.Oxford was ranked ahead of Cambridge, which had no top spots this year, having lost its leading position in Archaeology, Mathematics, and History.The analysis rated Oxford second in the world for History, Law, Medicine, Philosophy, Politics & International Studies, Social Policy & Administration, and Theology, Divinity & Religious Studies.The survey, compiled by “higher education analysts” Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), ranked Oxford alongside Harvard and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) as one of only three universities in the world to record a number one position in more than one subject. Harvard had 15 and MIT had 12.Ben Sowter, Head of Research at QS, said: “Though the University of Oxford, like the rest of the UK’s leading universities, is receiving challenges from more places than ever before – Chinese and Russian universities advance apace this year – this year’s rankings indicate that it has risen to the challenge, continuing to provide world-class teaching, research, and career preparation in a comprehensive range of subjects”.According to QS, their analysis was based on over 185 million citations, 43 million papers, 194,000 responses to their Employer survey, and 305,000 responses to their Academic survey.Last year, Oxford was named the best university in the world by the Times Higher Education world rankings.A University of Oxford spokesperson told Cherwell: “The latest QS rankings show Oxford in the very forefront of the world’s universities, both for the quality of its teaching and the excellence of its research, across the full range of academic subjects.“This latest league table is consistent with last year’s Times Higher Education rankings, which rated Oxford as the number one university in the world.”last_img read more

Helping Eric Reed in wake of devastating barn fire

first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare Donated tack and supplies can be dropped off at Horse Cents or any of three Kentucky HBPA offices: the main office at 3729 S. Fourth Street, Louisville, 40214, or the backside offices at Turfway Park in Florence and The Thoroughbred Center in Lexington. The National HBPA Foundation and HBPA state affiliates are rallying to assist trainer Eric Reed and his wife, owner Kay Reed, after 23 horses in their care were killed in an early-morning barn fire Sunday.The large barn, believed to have been struck by lightning, is one of three at the Reeds’ Mercury Equine Center on Russell Cave Road in Lexington. Another 13 horses were saved by the Reeds’ employees who risked going into the burning barn at the private training facility.Through its charitable foundation, the National Horsemen’s Benevolent & Protective Association will match HBPA affiliated-organizations contributions to help the Reeds. The foundation’s contribution will cap at $10,000, but the hope is that much more than $20,000 is donated overall.While Reed is based in Kentucky, he also races extensively in West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania and Illinois. He told Kentucky HBPA executive director Marty Maline that he had lost almost everything, including substantial tack and supplies.The HBPA contributions will go into an account for the Reeds at Horse Cents tack shop in Versailles, Ky., where the trainer does considerable business, allowing him to buy what he needs.“Benevolence is the core of what the National HBPA stands for,” said Leroy Gessmann, president of the National and Iowa HBPA and chair of the organization’s National Assistance Committee. “We are first and foremost here to help horsemen. In this instance, Eric Reed and his stable have undergone a severe tragedy, a nightmare for any trainer. We are here to help him, as we know he would do for us.”There are several ways that individual horsemen and the public can help:Donations to Reed’s fund through the National HBPA, a tax-exempt 501 (c)(3) fund, are tax deductible. Contributions can be made online via credit card at https://nationalhbpa.com/donate/. Checks made out to the National HBPA Foundation, with “Eric Reed fund” written in the memo, can be mailed to the National HBPA, 870 Corporate Dr., Suite 300, Lexington, KY 40503-5419. A Go Fund Me account has been set up by the Reeds’ close friends Mike, a steward in Ohio and the 1970 Kentucky Derby-winning jockey, and Kitty Manganello. http://bit.ly/2icnkYO Donations also can be mailed to, or dropped by, Horse Cents, 199 Markham Drive, Versailles, KY, 40383. Such checks should be made payable to Horse Cents-Eric Reed fund. Credit-card contributions can be made over the phone by calling Horse Cents at 859-873-4707. These donations are not tax deductible.last_img read more

Indiana granted federal Major Disaster Declaration status

first_img Google+ Twitter Google+ Facebook WhatsApp Previous articleLocal State of Emergency extended in Berrien CountyNext articleSt. Joseph County Police Officers released from quarantine after COVID-19 scare 95.3 MNCNews/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel is your breaking news and weather station for northern Indiana and southwestern Michigan. CoronavirusIndianaLocalNews Indiana granted federal Major Disaster Declaration status WhatsApp Twitter Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb, right, speaks during a during a news conference while Dr. Kristina Box, the Indiana state health commissioner, listens on Friday, March 27, 2020, at the Statehouse in Indianapolis. Holcomb said the locations of confirmed COVID-19 cases show that all parts of Indiana are seeing illnesses. (AP Photo/Tom Davies) Governor Eric J. Holcomb has announced Indiana has been granted a federal Major Disaster Declaration, which provides funds to help communities recover from COVID-19.The funding can be used to cover costs of emergency needs including crisis counseling, food programs, temporary shelters, protective equipment, safety resources and personnel.The Governor also signed an executive order to extend the public health emergency by an additional 30 days – to May 5.The executive order is posted here: https://www.in.gov/gov/2384.htm.The first public health emergency was declared on March 6 and allows the state to increase coordination across all levels of government in the state’s response to coronavirus.Gov. Holcomb also announced he will extend the Stay-at-Home Order and the restrictions on bars and restaurants an additional two weeks – to April 20 at 11:59 p.m. ET. The executive order will be signed Monday.Additional steps taken include:The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration has been working closely to provide maximum flexibility, including using telehealth, to treatment providers to ensure that crucial services for people that suffer from Serious Mental Illness, and children who suffer from Severe Emotional Disturbances can continue.Hoosiers can call 211, or contact your insurance company, to find access to tele-therapy, and talk to your doctor about whether medication might be right for you during this time. Additional mental health guidance can be found here: https://coronavirus.in.gov/files/IN_COVID-19_MentalHealth_03.31.20.pdfFSSA announced more than 152,000 Indiana households will receive additional Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits when April distributions begin this Sunday. The additional funds are intended to help Hoosiers obtain food and support for their families while Indiana responds to the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to learn more: https://www.in.gov/fssa/files/SNAP_additional_funds_4-3_FINAL.pdfThe Indiana National Guard, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Indiana State Department of Health will scout locations for potential alternative care sites. Hoosiers may see the Indiana National Guard members traveling in communities and should not be alarmed.Gov. Holcomb signed a joint letter from all three branches of government to local criminal justice leaders regarding the impact of COVID-19 on detention facilities. The governor, Senate President Pro Tem Rodric Bray, House Speaker Todd Huston and Chief Justice Loretta Rush signed the letter which asks local judges, sheriffs, and county leaders to properly identify which low-risk, non-violent juveniles and inmates, if any, may be re-evaluated and released safely into their communities under pretrial, probation, or community corrections supervision. Click here to see the letter: https://www.in.gov/judiciary/files/covid19-2020-0403-release-assessment-local-effort.pdfSix Bureau of Motor Vehicles branches will be open by appointment only beginning Monday, April 6 to process new Commercial Learner’s Permits, new Commercial Driver’s Licenses, and upgrade/downgrade for the CDL to add the tank vehicle or hazardous materials endorsement credential transactions. These branches are opening for appointments to support the current critical need to increase the number of new licensed commercial truck drivers on the road delivering supplies and to aid in the start of agricultural season in our state. Click here to learn more: https://www.in.gov/bmv/files/pr-clp-cdl-appointment-only-hours.pdf By 95.3 MNC – April 4, 2020 0 179 Pinterest Pinterest Facebooklast_img read more

The Honeymooners Will Strike Rich at Goodspeed; Is B’way Next?

first_img In addition to The Honeymooners, the 2015 Goodspeed season will include Guys and Dolls and La Cage aux Folles. Ralph and Ed are finally hitting the stage! The new musical based on the classic 1950s sitcom The Honeymooners will premiere at Goodspeed Musicals in Connecticut next year. Tony winner John Rando will direct. The production, which features music by Stephen Weiner, lyrics by Peter Mills and a book by Dusty Kay and Bill Nuss, will run from September 18, 2015 through November 29. With producer Jeffrey Finn attached, this is certainly one to keep an eye on for a potential transfer to the Great White Way. As previously reported, an industry reading of the tuner (with Rando at the helm) will take place on November 7, starring Megan Hilty, Michael McGrath, Hank Azaria and Leslie Kritzer. The show was initially slated to premiere at San Diego’s Old Globe with director Jerry Mitchell in September 2013, but was postponed due to scheduling conflicts. The Honeymooners began in 1951 as a recurring sketch on the variety show Cavalcade of Stars. After gaining popularity and a move to The Jackie Gleason Show, the show premiered as its own series in 1955. The Honeymooners follows Ralph Kramden and Ed Norton, a Brooklyn bus driver and a sewage worker, who continuously engage in get-rich-quick schemes, much to the chagrin of their wives.center_img While there is no word yet on a move to Broadway, many Goodspeed productions have transferred to the Great White Way in the past, including Tony winners Man of La Mancha and Annie, as well as 13, Shenandoah and the 1992 revival of The Most Happy Fella. View Commentslast_img read more

Two-lane traffic restored on East West Routes 9 and 11

first_imgThe Vermont Agency of Transportation (Vtrans) announced the reopening of two (2) major east west routes for two lane traffic today. Bridge # 9 on Route 9 had been restricted to one lane after a second round of inspections found damage that had been hidden by debris. Route 11 in Chester was also reopened to two (2) lane traffic today after being reduced to one lane in late September. While both Routes are open and traffic is flowing well, Vtrans is asking drivers to be very careful as they drive through towns where the local recovery effort is still underway. VTrans 10.4.2011last_img read more

Black & Veatch to exit coal plant engineering and construction business

first_imgBlack & Veatch to exit coal plant engineering and construction business FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Power Magazine:Black & Veatch is ending the company’s participation in coal-based power market design and construction, saying it will allow the company to focus on clean energy technologies. The engineering and construction giant’s announcement Oct. 29 comes just more than a month after another major energy company, General Electric, said it would exit the new-build coal power market.“We are an employee-owned company, and we do not make decisions based on what the market wants to hear, or how the market will react,” said Mario Azar, president of Black & Veatch’s power business, in an interview Thursday with POWER. “We make decisions based on the values of our company. We’ve been around for more than 100 years, and we want to be around for another 100 years or more. That’s how we make decisions as the executive committee of Black & Veatch,” he said. “It’s really centered around our values and our future. It was us, telling ourselves, did we really want to be part of that [coal] legacy anymore?”Overland Park, Kansas-based Black & Veatch in a news release said it recognizes “the global power industry is in a state of transformation and needs to accelerate the path to net zero as many companies, communities and stakeholders forge ahead with commitments to lower carbon emissions.” The company said it “will fulfill current project commitments to completion,” but going forward its efforts “will focus on supporting clients through their transition to a balanced energy portfolio with cleaner energy sources and towards achieving their decarbonization and sustainability goals.”Black & Veatch, founded in 1915, is a global leader in the engineering and construction industry, and had revenues of $3.7 billion in 2019. The company over the past several years has increased its participation in renewable energy and energy storage technologies, and in Thursday’s announcement said it has supported “deployment of hydrogen as a carbon-free fuel and advanced technologies for carbon capture.” The company also has invested in modernizing a power grid that increasingly must accommodate intermittent renewable energy and different baseload sources of generation.“There’s going to be a point when you have to make some of these difficult decisions,” Azar said. “We have been involved in building power plants in Asia, some of which we’re in the process of finishing, and as we near completion—particularly in Asia—there’s been a new wave of projects we’ve been invited to participate in. Looking at the future, looking at our sustainable commitment as a company, looking at the economics today that make renewable energy affordable, and certainly energy that is far, far lower in emissions than coal … we asked ourselves, ‘Do we really want to build another coal plant that is going to pollute the air for a very long time to come?’ We decided we don’t. It’s time to recognize that this is just the right thing to do.”He continued: “There is a financial implication to this decision. We are leaving projects that we can participate in behind, and there is a [financial risk] to it, but we believe it is a very short-term implication compared to a longer-term vision. It’s really about the future, a cleaner and very robust energy alternative to coal.”[Darrell Proctor]More: Black & Veatch: no more coal constructionlast_img read more

Becoming “Big Ups” Again

first_imgAppalachian Trail Days in Damascus, Virginia is a celebration. Thousands of people from all over the world infiltrate the quiet mountain town to celebrate the journey of the white blaze. It’s truly captivating to witness the energy that fills the streets. Up until this time in my life I had been unable to fully grasp the true meaning of Trail Days.Years ago, before I had hiked the AT, I could see the excitement on the faces of the people who would pass me by waving the flag with the year they had thru-hiked on it, but I never felt what they were feeling. I had forever longed to feel that energy._MG_6405 _MG_6608I wasn’t sure what Trail Days would bring for me this year. It had been two years since I attended the festival last. I was anxious on the ride in. In the two years I was absent I had thru-hiked the AT and the PCT both, and in the time leading up to Trail Days I knew that familiar trail faces would take me back to the walks I had completed in some small way. And I was right. Bumping into people who shared those trail experiences with me hit me way harder than I could have imagined._MG_6593For the first time in months I was called “Big Ups” again. This was my trail name. It was granted to me early on hiking the AT. My head would snap and I would stop dead in my tracts as soon as it was called. Although these people only knew me for a short time, they knew the real me, they knew me in my happiest moments._MG_6596 _MG_6616I just stood there grinning as we caught up. I could picture vividly each of their packs, what they wore, and where I had hiked or camped with them. They would tell stories, some I had forgotten, of how my sarcasm and overwhelming positivity cheered them up in some way. It’s amazing how much you can remember. I hadn’t mentally prepared myself for those kinds of encounters. Each person I bumped into, whom I had hiked with, brought a different tear to my eye. I was filled with joy.As if seeing fellow thru hikers wasn’t enough, we teamed up with IceMule Coolers to provide trail magic to hikers making their way to Damascus. We intersected the AT on Tennessee 421 in Shady Valley, about 15 trail miles from town. After two years of collecting the generous handouts of trail angels, I was extremely excited to give back to the AT Class of 2016!_MG_6391After many years of attending Trail Days I finally learned for myself why it was so special. A thru-hike is about the journey. Significant meaning comes from the people with whom you share your experience. I didn’t realize, but there are people all over the world who remember me as I have remembered them.last_img read more

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This huge southside home is “one of the best I’ve ever seen” according to the agent

first_img21 Weal Avenue, Tarragindi is deceptive from the roadfrontThey’re two words which barely capture the imposing floor space on offer at 21 Weal St, Tarragindi, according to Harcourts Coorparoo sales consultant, Conrad Leisemann.Mr Leisemann said when buyers arrived for their first inspection, their senses were thrown.“A lot of buyers have rocked up and said, ‘Surely this can’t be the right house?’ and then you open the front door and walk in — it just never ends this house,” Mr Leisemann said. The agent said the home is so large, he gets lost in it.WHEN it comes to family homes, space and separation have been the hallmarks of recent successful sales. The agent said the owners didn’t skimp on the quality“There a central cinema, the gymnasium off to the side and the basketball court at the back of the garage.“They’ve done it in a way that’s so tasteful and they’ve kept the character and feel of the home,” he said.Follow Kieran Clair on Twitter at @kieranclair There’s room for families to spread out at 21 Weal Avenue, TarragindiThe renovation took the early 1900s colonial to a new level by creating a two-storey, six-bedroom, six-bathroom layout with a myriad of features.Mr Leisemann said the work was of the highest quality and the new design is thoughtful and functional.“This home, to me, takes the cake. They haven’t skimped on anything,” he said.“For a renovated home it’s one of the best I’ve ever seen, definitely,” he said. The spaces are perfectly laid out according to the agent.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus1 day agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market1 day ago“It took us 15 minutes just to turn off all the lights last Saturday when we left. It’s a big place — I get lost in it,” he saidThe home is now a far cry from its origins.last_img read more

Aba criticises lack of tax incentives in German pension reform proposal

first_imgThe German government’s draft law for a reform of the second-pillar pension system, published last week, has garnered much praise but also drawn criticism.On Friday, the social ministry BMAS published the official final draft of the Betriebsrentenstärkungsgesetz on its website.In a first reaction to the reform proposals, the German pension association aba welcomed the “direction” of the draft, which outlines how industry-wide pension plans, without guarantees, are to be introduced.As reported by IPE last week, aba chairman Heribert Karch supports the idea of “more flexible guarantees” and defined ambition plans to increase return potential. The association, however, sees “urgent need for amendments” in the government’s proposal on tax incentives.For years, the aba and other stakeholders have lobbied to increase the tax-free threshold for employer contributions to second-pillar plans.Under the government’s proposal, the percentage of tax-free contributions would be increased from 4% to 7% of the annual payroll (i.e. the part used to calculate contributions to the first pillar).The government, however, wants to apply the 7% to all contributions, not just those over €1,800, as the current legal provision states.According to Marco Arteaga, a partner at law firm DLA Piper, this is practically no improvement at all.“When the fixed rate of €1,800 is scrapped, we are back at the beginning because 4% plus €1,800 is the same as allowing 6.5% tax-free contributions,” he told IPE previously.For aba’s Karch, the 7% proposal “falls far behind requirements”.  Another problem with this part of the reform was pointed out by legal publishing group Wolters Kluwer on its website: The increase to 7% applies to tax exemptions but not to exemptions from social contributions.Companies will therefore have to continue to use different pension vehicles for different types of pension promises, the publisher notes.Added complexity was also highlighted by Reiner Schwinger, managing director at Willis Towers Watson Germany.In a statement, he pointed out that companies that already have well-established pension plans will have to set up new ones adhering to industry-wide standards should they wish to switch to defined ambition.“In total, social partners’ influence in occupational pensions – an area that, to date, has been widely dealt with at the company level – will increase,” he said.Overall, however, aba – as well as the consultancies Willis Towers Watson and Mercer – said they saw a lot of positive approaches in the reform draft.They all welcomed lower guarantees, the possibility of opting-out models and subsidies for low-income workers in particular.Mercer Germany disputed the risk of “a race to the bottom” regarding pension guarantees, primarily because not all companies will change their existing pension plans.Mercer’s occupational pension expert Uwe Buchem said he was sceptical the social partners would make full use of the new law.“It would almost be tantamount to a revolution should the unions agree to make use of all the new possibilities,” he said.Stakeholders in the German pension industry have until 24 November to comment on the government draft.The aba has called its members to a special meeting on that same date to analyse and discuss the reform proposal.Possible amendments will be discussed by the government in early December.last_img read more