Oxford ranked highest for medicine ninth year in a row

first_imgNotable achievements over the past year include the award of the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine to Professor Sir Peter Ratcliffe, Director for the Target Discovery Institute within the Nuffield Department of Medicine at Oxford University. With support from a network of international research units, the division is able to constantly improve “the University’s research and teach- ing, while the latest developments in medical research lead to improved patient care.” Topping the THE World University Rankings table for the ninth time running in the medical field, this follows from the THE overall rankings in September, which awarded Oxford the spot of top university. Professor Gavin Screaton, Head of the Medical Sciences Division, said: “Our extensive research partnerships and collaborations with universities, researchers and industry at home and abroad play a major part in keeping Oxford at the top of the international league tables, as well as helping us to continue to attract and support some of the best scientists and clinicians to work with us. “This focus on research directly translates into improved clinical treatments and teaching, helping us to provide better care and treatment for patients, create a better learning experience for students and continue to help researchers to develop their breakthroughs into successful spin-out companies.”center_img Oxford University contains one of the largest biomedical research centres in Europe, supported by close partnerships with the Oxford University Hospitals and Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trusts. Times Higher Education (THE) has named Oxford University as the world’s best institution for medical and health teaching and research, it was announced this week. There are over 1,500 graduate and 1,500 undergraduate students in the Medical Sciences Division at Oxford.last_img read more

Ocean City Flag Ceremony Honors Capt. Brian T. Kennedy, Recalled as a ‘Special’ Marine

first_imgTom Tumelty. left, and Tom Kennedy as they raise the American Flag at dawn. After graduating from the Naval Academy, he joined the Marines and became a pilot, flying the huge CH-53 “Super Stallion” helicopters that are used for lifting heavy cargo and carrying troops.Tom Kennedy, Capt. Brian T. Kennedy’s uncle, accepts the flag from Joe Bisbing, commander of the American Legion of Cape May County, and Tom Tumelty, service officer for American Legion Post 524 in Ocean City.Tom Kennedy said the type of helicopter Brian flew reflected his personality and his dedication to military service. Brian Kennedy grew up in Malvern, Pa., where his immediate family still lives. He is survived by his parents, William and Linda Kennedy, and his sister, Caitlin Kennedy. Strong emotions and fond memories rushed over him as he recalled the life of the fallen Marine helicopter pilot. Then he smiled. “I guess we always thought that Brian was a special kid,” Kennedy said. “He was very single-minded and always knew what he wanted to.” He followed his father and both of his grandfathers into the military, Tom Kennedy noted. “He died loving what he was doing,” Tom Kennedy said. “He died with the intent of keeping America safe and keeping it the greatest country in the world.” He is also survived by his wife, Maj. Paige Stull Kennedy, who is a Marine helicopter instructor pilot in Pensacola, Fla. They were married only 11 months before he was killed.Military veterans joined members of the Kennedy family for the ceremony.The Kennedy family’s ties to the Jersey Shore include spending summers in Cape May and Ocean City. Another one of Capt. Kennedy’s uncles, Paul, a Roman Catholic priest in Philadelphia, has a home in Ocean City. The reverent, flag-lowering ceremony culminated a day of honor in Capt. Kennedy’s memory. At sunrise, the same flag was raised at the Ocean City Welcome Center. “It was always his goal to go to the Naval Academy,” Tom Kennedy said. By Donald Wittkowski After graduating from Conestoga High School in 2003, Brian Kennedy attended the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. He majored in oceanography and made the dean’s list every semester while earning his degree in 2007. “Brian always wanted to give back. He applied to fly this type of helicopter because he always wanted to be first on the scene,” Kennedy said. “He always wanted to keep a hand in whatever he did. He always wanted to help everybody.” Tom Kennedy had to compose himself for a moment Wednesday evening while thinking about his nephew, Capt. Brian T. Kennedy. What he wanted to do was to serve his country as a Marine helicopter pilot. His life was cut short during a midair collision in January between two Marine helicopters during a nighttime training mission off Hawaii. In all, 12 Marines died in the crash.Thousands of miles from where the 31-year-old Kennedy was killed, members of his family joined with military veterans to honor him Wednesday during a flag ceremony that took place at sunset at the Ocean City Welcome Center.The solemn ceremony at the Ocean City Welcome Center included lowering the flag at sunset.As a brilliant red sun dipped below the western horizon, bugler Jack Hagan of American Legion Post 524 of Ocean City played the mournful notes of “Taps.” Tumelty and Bisbing then carefully folded the flag and presented it to Tom Kennedy, who represented the Kennedy family.The American flag was carefully folded by Tumelty, left, and Bisbing before it was presented to the Kennedy family.“I’m going to fly it at my house in Brian’s honor and in honor of the 11 other Marines who died in the crash, as well as the rest of the men and women in military service,” said Kennedy, who lives in Blue Bell, Pa. Tom Tumelty, service officer of Post 524, and Joe Bisbing, commander of the American Legion of Cape May County, slowly lowered the American flag while Hagan played.last_img read more

Bagel Factory seeks buyer

first_imgThe UK’s largest bagel chain has been placed on the market for £2m, receiving a wealth of potential takeover bids.As reported by M&C Report, Bagel Factory is looking for an outright sale or an injection of a new investment to develop the brand’s growth. A spokesperson from Coffer Corporate Leisure, who is advising the group on the move, spoke to British Baker on the sale of the national bagel chain. He said that the business had been pleasantly surprised by the response of offers currently on the table, with interest from private equity firms, along with trade buyers operating in train stations offering healthier alternatives to fast food.In addition, he mentioned how it was early days for the company to make a decision, but Bagel Factory was looking to make an announcement in the next couple of weeks.The brand opened its first site in London back in 1997 and currently operates 14 outlets in England and 40 franchise units in Ireland. The majority of its sites are based in transport hubs.In August 2008, Bagel Factory acquired its five-strong rival Oi! Bagel, for an undisclosed sum off an asking price understood to be around £1m. However, the group closed five of its own sites this year with four outlets making a loss. The company has plans to close a further two before the end of 2011, with a further unit set to close next year.Bagel Factory is currently owned by a group of private investors, including the company’s chairman Geoff Westmore, former global head of M&A at PricewaterhouseCoopers. He holds a stake in the business through investment vehicle Subito Partners.The chain reported pre-tax profits of £148,524 for the year to 25 September 2010, against a pre-tax loss of £350,635 in the previous year. Operating profit stood at £149,066 compared to a loss of £351,160 in 2009 and turnover declined from £6.194m in 2009 to £5.287m last year.last_img read more

Approximately 400 Indiana National Guard soldiers return from Washington, D.C.

first_img Twitter IndianaLocalNews Google+ Google+ By Brooklyne Beatty – June 8, 2020 0 338 Facebook Approximately 400 Indiana National Guard soldiers return from Washington, D.C. WhatsApp TAGScoronavirusCOVID-19D.C.IndianaIndiana National GuardprotestssoldiersWashington center_img Previous articlePlans on how to reopen schools in IndianaNext articleIvy Tech offers free classes, training to 10,000 participants Brooklyne Beatty Pinterest Twitter (Photo supplied/Indiana National Guard) Hundreds of Indiana National Guardsmen have returned to the Hoosier State after serving in Washington D.C.The approximately 400 soldiers were deployed to the nation’s capital to help protect local communities and infrastructure during the ongoing protests. Soldiers manned traffic control points, provided security and escorted emergency personnel.All returning service members will complete a Post-Response COVID-19 Screening before leaving camp. The screening will consist of an assessment of exposure history, a temperature check, and a check for COVID-19 symptoms. Facebook WhatsApp Pinterestlast_img read more

The Disco Biscuits Announce 2018 Bisco Inferno With Spafford & Organ Freeman At Red Rocks

first_imgFollowing a successful four-night run in New York City for New Year’s Eve, The Disco Biscuits have announced plans for their annual Bisco Inferno. The 2018 edition will again feature three nights at the Ogden Theatre in Denver, CO on May 24, 25, and 26 ahead of a night at Red Rocks Amphitheatre on Sunday, May 27th for a massive Memorial Day Weekend. As support for the Red Rocks show, the jamtronica pioneers will bring two of the jam scene’s fastest growing bands, Spafford and Organ Freeman, along for what is sure to be a wild ride.Arizona-based jammers Spafford have just completed their most ambitious year to date, selling out esteemed venues from coast to coast and performing some of the best music festivals in the circuit–gaining huge momentum from their growing fanbase on a national level. Their success has only just begun, with a huge headlining tour ahead of them this winter. Spafford and The Disco Biscuits are no strangers to each other, as keyboardist Aron Magner recently joined Spafford for an exciting cover of “Mad World” by Tears For Fears at Suwannee Hulaween. Watch video of the collaboration here.Spafford Releases Live 53-Minute Improv Studio Session And More [Pro-Shot Video]2017 was also a very big year for Organ Freeman, the explosive instrumental jazz-funk fusion trio out of L.A. In addition to releasing their brand new sophomore LP, Respect My Art, to overwhelmingly positive reviews, the band mounted their biggest tour to date (a 30+ date spring run featuring supporting gigs for Umphrey’s McGee and Pigeons Playing Ping Pong) and played a number of festivals nationwide including Fool’s Paradise in St. Augustine, FL, NOLA Crawfish Festival in New Orleans, LA, Summer Camp Music Festival in Chillicothe, IL, and the inaugural Canyon Jam at the scenic Mishawaka Amphitheatre in Bellevue, CO.Tickets for Bisco Inferno go on-sale at 10am MT this Friday. Tickets to any of the Ogden Theatre shows can only be purchased as part of the bundle with The Disco Biscuits event at Red Rocks. More information on packages can be found here. Don’t miss out![cover photo via Disco Biscuits Facebook]last_img read more

Pinkeye hurting cattle

first_imgBack to school means more potential outbreaks for pink eye, a bacterial disease also called conjunctivitis. Thanks to increased rainfall this summer, pinkeye is also affecting the cattle industry.There may not be an “epidemic” of pinkeye in area cattle but the bacterial disease still presents a major concern for cattlemen. It’s an issue that consumed Jacob Segers during his first month on the job as University of Georgia Cooperative Extension’s new beef cattle specialist in Tifton. Segers joined UGA on July 1. Pinkeye is the redness and swelling of the conjunctiva, the mucous membrane that lines the eyelid and eye surface. The lining of the eye is usually clear but if irritation or infection occurs, the lining becomes red and swollen. “It’s a condition that’s always prevalent in cattle. Every time that you have years that are really wet, you have issues with disease, in plants as well as in livestock,” Segers said. Pinkeye is an infection that is a function of irritation in the eye, he said. “Years like this when we have a lot of rain and grasses are growing really fast, (cows) stick their head down in the grass to eat and the stems and leaves irritate the eye. The next time they stick their head down to eat, they spread the infection and it can go through the entire herd,” Segers said.Like human pinkeye, cattle pinkeye is highly contagious to other cattle. However, it is not transmissible to humans and does not pose a threat to beef consumers, Segers said. Pinkeye is also spread through face flies that transmit the diseases on their legs from one animal to another.Pinkeye can be treated with antibiotics, which Segers urges cattle farmers to do after consulting their veterinarian.“If it goes untreated, it can cause the eyeball to rupture or cause actual blindness,” Segers said. “Usually a round of antibiotics will treat it. We have a vaccine for one strain, and there is another strain right now that we don’t have a commercial vaccine for.”Farmers and ranchers are also encouraged to trim their pasture, increase stocking rates and maintain a healthy forage stand to better reduce the risk of disease. For more information about how UGA Extension is helping farmers cope with Georgia’s wet summer, visit read more

Hillary Clinton’s Book Revue Signing in Huntington Draws Hundreds

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Some women had been waiting outside Huntington’s Book Revue from 11 p.m. the night before, others had been there since daybreak as the line wound around the block. Their goal was the same: get a signed copy of Hillary Clinton’s new book, Hard Choices, and lug the 635-page memoir home with them. In all, the store sold out its supply of 1,200 books—and the staff lamented that they could’ve moved more product if they’d had the inventory.Across the street was a much smaller group of boisterous people who would never dream of reading anything written by New York’s former senator, ex-first lady and Secretary of State as they made clear by their shouts denouncing her. They stood on the corner of New York Avenue behind a police barricade, waving the yellow “Don’t Tread on Me” flag that has become an emblem of the Tea Party, holding placards promoting Fox News and denouncing Clinton for “lying.” One young man proudly displayed a black T-shirt with white lettering that read, “Liberalism is a mental disorder.” A middle-aged guy wearing a tan cowboy hat yelled at Clinton’s booklovers that “You don’t even know who Benghazi is!” Not so, shouted a man in line outside the book store, “Yeah, he’s Will Benghazi’s brother!” That riposte drew a big laugh from his side of the street.The mood inside the Book Revue was ebullient as the line of people weaved between the stacks and up the stairs to a balcony and down. Each patron had been frisked by the Secret Service, and the store was closed to customers after 2 p.m. The bathroom was off limits after 5 o’clock. There were a few people in wheelchairs, an elderly woman in a walker who’d come from Hempstead, and an infant dressed in a red, white and blue jumper.Clinton sat down exactly at 6 o’clock, as promised, sparking applause and cheers, greeting the crowd with a big smile, “It’s good to see you! Thank you for coming!” Beaming beside her were Huntington Supervisor Frank Petrone, Town Councilwoman Susan Berland, and State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli—all Democrats and all big fans. They posed for the first pictures and took off. The store staff and volunteers, plus a handful of interns, kept people moving like a human conveyor belt. There was constant laughter and chatter.Pre-signed copies of Hillary Clinton’s new book “Hard Choices” lay on a table inside Huntington’s Book Revue. (Spencer Rumsey/Long Island Press)Many people were wearing red and blue stickers on their shirts that read “I’m ready for Hillary!” and some even had T-shirts proclaiming “Hillary in 2016!” She hasn’t come close to declaring whether she’s going to run for president, but these people on line had already made up their minds. She could count on them.“I wanted the chance to possibly look in the face of the future female leader of the free world,” said a young woman from Huntington, who said she was a registered Democrat but declined to give her name. She’d been waiting since 9:30 a.m. “with about 30 people” ahead of her. And more than a thousand people eventually lined up behind her.The last time Clinton had been at the Book Revue for a signing, J.K. Rowling had just released another Harry Potter book so the store was packed. “We had Hillary people and Harry Potter people,” said Loren Aliperti, the Book Revue’s event coordinator, with a smile. “That was the biggest business day we’ve ever had!”For 23-year-old Danielle Steinmetz of Wantagh, meeting Clinton was one more thing to cross off from her bucket list.“I am a huge Hillary fan! I just love her,” said Steinmetz. “She’s such an inspiration and a role model! It’s great to finally meet her—it’s a dream come true!”last_img read more

Levels of consciousness in the boardroom: From complacent to framing

first_imgMy work with boards is stimulating and invigorating because of the variety of thinking patterns, perspectives, and energetic engagement. Each person is there to contribute in a way he or she believes is important to adding value. Sometimes, there are boards with one or two verbally expressive board members carrying the dialogue. Other times, each board member is highly engaged in strategic dialogue with a robust exchange across the table. Once in awhile, there are multiple mindsets and consciousness levels that produce at least seven varieties of simultaneous conversation. When multiple conversation types are happening, it takes some effort to find the discussion thread and the desired outcome or result. One way the thread is found is to help people in the room determine their mindset—or perspective—regarding the conversation. What often happens is people behave in their own familiar embodied way and, many times, they do not realize that they may be moving too fast or shutting down strategic dialogue with too many detailed questions.I like to read, study theories, observe, and apply new supporting practices. Recently, the following framework is helping board members create awareness of their own perspective in—or not in—alignment with other board members. Which of the following consciousness levels is embodied in your boardroom conversations? Are there multiple levels in your boardroom? Which are the most prevalent? Which support your board in performing the highest?1. Complacent: What will be, will be. This perspective can look like partial or total inertia, as in napping while awake. We wake for socializing and connecting, and once in a while, we add immaterial comments such as “good idea,” “sounds good,” or “yes.”2. Social Loafing: This perspective lets others carry the conversation and makes decisions; they do it so well that we don’t need to add value. Our engagement and conversation style is mainly silent watching.3. Oversight/Micro Detail: This is deliberate or unconscious directing and micro checking. It is just our nature to be in charge. Oversight is needed at certain times, so be intentional in an oversight conversation, such as managing a breakdown that causes enterprise risk versus governance misuse.4. Questions/Inquiry/Curiosity: This perspective includes managing assumptions, fact- and data-checking, validating, or just showing curiosity that can take the conversation down a rabbit hole. The insatiable board member will often say, “I have just one more question,” about a budget or expense line item.5. Action Planning: In this perspective, people take an idea into action steps that may or may not align with the overall strategic vision, available resources, and other already approved initiatives.6. Strategic: Participants decide what business they are in and whom they serve in what way that aligns with their vision and mission.7. Framing: This is when participants ask the question beyond the first question, followed by a question beyond that question, just like a Babushka Doll, to get to the highest order question that needs dialogue. Contextualizing the issue, challenge, or opportunity for creative dialogue and moving the conversation to a higher consciousness level is where innovation is sparked and new possibilities emerge.Action Research in the BoardroomMany boards either aspire to or are moving toward a continual practice of higher-level performance. Start with a baseline that surfaces the embodied consciousness level in your boardroom. Assign one or two people to be observers and note the statements made, questions asked, and actions during meetings. Break down the statements into one of the above seven categories. Note that complacency and social loafing are forms of actions, and any word spoken is an action through speech. Some actions (or spoken words) produce compelling outcomes while others entrench or stagnate the progress. Your observers can be trained staff or external resources with objectivity and discernment. Another option is to record your meeting and send it via media file to a trained resource that listens and categorizes the consciousness and conversation. The observer does not need to know who is speaking; he or she just listens, observes, and categories.Why does observing and noticing consciousness and conversation patterns matter? Maybe you are more strategic than you think. Perhaps you are ready to start framing practice, or you might be one of the boards where 67% of the time, board members are bored. You might learn that the board jumps between oversight, inquiry, and complacency, and the CEO is asking you to be strategic.Get a baseline. Decide what consciousness level is needed in your boardroom. Put up the bumper guards so you stay in that lane. Have fun with learning and practicing this technique! 19SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Deedee Myers Deedee Myers is founder and CEO of DDJ Myers, Ltd. and co-founder of the Advancing Leadership Institute. For the past 20 years, she has been passionate about establishing and developing … Web: Detailslast_img read more

Workers in hazmat suits collect prayers from “God’s mailbox” in Jerusalem

first_imgTwice a year, cleaning teams using long sticks gouge out tens of thousands of written prayers that visitors traditionally cram into the crevices of Judaism’s Western Wall in Jerusalem.It was spring cleaning again at the wall on Tuesday. But this time, the rite was held with precautions against coronavirus infection in place.Workers in hazmat suits and gas masks sprayed sanitizer on the wall’s ancient stones while others held onto their sticks with gloves as they extracted the paper notes left in “God’s mailbox”. Religious authorities also operate a service in which people can email their prayers for placement between the stones.One would-be worshipper, who stepped up to the wall and kissed it, was removed by police, a day after Israel tightened public prayer restrictions.The Rabbi of the Western Wall, Shmuel Rabinowitz, who oversees the collection of the notes to ensure there’s always room for more, offered a prayer for salvation “from this difficult virus that has attacked the world”.The papers were placed into bags for ritual burial on Jerusalem’s Mount of Olives. A short distance away from the Western Wall, al-Aqsa mosque was also being sanitized.The Western Wall is a remnant of the compound of the Second Temple that was destroyed in 70 AD. It stands today beneath a religious plaza revered by Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and by Jews as the Temple Mount.  Topics :last_img read more

Third metro programme approved

first_imgSEOUL Metropolitan Government has approved plans for a third phase of metro construction in the South Korean capital, adding a further 120 route-km by the end of 2005. Hong Jong-min, Head of the city’s Office of Subway Construction, announced on March 12 that work on Lines 9 to 12 should get under way towards the end of next year.However he admitted that ’how to raise the huge amount of funds necessary is still at issue’; the programme is costed at 9100bn won. Negotiations are under way with central government, which has been asked to pay 50%, compared to the 21% it is contributing to Phase II. First to be built will be a 3 km extension of Line 3, and the 18 km western section of Line 9. This will start from Kimpo International Airport and run eastwards along the south bank of the Han river to Yoido, interchanging with Line 11 at Mok-2-dong, Line 2 at Tengsan and Line 5 at Yoido. Line 9 would later be extended east by 20 km to Hanam, via Kangnam and Olympic Stadium, with interchanges to Lines 2, 3, 5, 7 , 8 and 11.Line 10 would run for 35 km from Sihung to Myonmokdong, via Toksan-dong, Yoido, Seoul Station and Chongnyangri. Line 11 will also be 35 km long, serving Yangjae-dong, Kangnam, City Hall, Namkajwa-dong, Mongdong and Sinwol-dong. The 9 km Line 12 would form an extension of the existing Pundang line through central and northern parts of the city, serving Wangshimni, Chongam-dong, Mia-dong, Wolgye-dong and Songbuk. Completion of the programme will bring the network to over 400 km. olast_img read more