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Student road gets a face lift

first_imgAn unlit section of Roger Dudman Way, which runs behind the railway station from Botley Road to blocks of flats in Venneit Close and Oxford University student accommodation, is to have streetlights installed next year.The road is divided into four sections, under the responsibility of First Great Western, Network Rail, Oxford University and Oxford County Council.This led Labour councillor for Jericho and Osney, Susanna Pressel, to call it “Oxford’s strangest street” in 2007. She said that getting agreement to install the lights had been “an incredibly torturous process”.The lights are to be installed along the section owned by Network Rail, alongside the north end of platform 2 at the station. The part owned by the University already has lights installed.21-year-old Mary Ondieki, a student from Venneit Close, commented, “When we come home late at night it’s quite dark along here. Better lights are a really good idea.”The work will cost about £85,000.last_img read more

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Caithness bakery signs valuable export deals

first_imgThurso-based bakery Reids of Caithness has secured two potentially lucrative export orders for its range of biscuits and oatcakes with wholesalers in Singapore and the US.The company signed the deals after exhibiting at the Speciality & Fine Food show in Glasgow in January and has already started shipping products. These include treacle toffee biscuits, honey and oat biscuits, butter shortbread, oatcakes and mini oatcakes called Groaties, all of which were launched under the Reids brand in 2009. The products will eventually be sold by independent retailers in the US, and in food halls in Singapore, Dubai and Abu Dhabi.”There is strong demand internationally for Scottish food, particularly bakery items,” said director Gary Reid, who runs the business with his brother Graeme. “There are a lot of big players in the [Scottish bakery export] market, but buyers are realising that there are other good products out there. The buyers said they looked at a lot of different Scottish baked goods, but were blown away by the quality of our products.”To help meet the new orders, Reids may extend its production area. “Currently exports make up around 5% of our sales, but we hope to increase that significantly in the coming years,” said Reid.last_img read more

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News story: Universities to be rated by subject quality

first_img Our new Open Data Competition will open up Government data on universities for the first time. It will harness the creativity and enterprise of coders and tech businesses to create new tools to help applicants get value for money. And it puts government data to work for students, democratising the information Government holds about universities. The Department for Education has today launched a 10-week public consultation, seeking views on the design of the new framework. This will run alongside a pilot of the scheme, which has 50 universities and colleges taking part, including the University of Cambridge, Imperial College London, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), De Montfort University and the Open University.Universities Minister Sam Gyimah said: Prospective students deserve to know which courses deliver great teaching and great outcomes – and which ones are lagging behind. In the age of the student, universities will no longer be able to hide if their teaching quality is not up to the world-class standard that we expect. The new subject-level TEF will give students more information than ever before, allowing them to drill down and compare universities by subject. This will level the international playing field to help applicants make better choices, and ensure that more students get the value for money they deserve from higher education. Teaching excellence will be rewarded and poor quality teaching exposed under a new rating system for English universities, the Universities Minister has announced today (12 March).In a global first, Universities Minister Sam Gyimah has launched a new tool that will rate universities either gold, silver or bronze by subject – holding them to account for the quality of their teaching, learning environment and graduate outcomes.By extending the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework – or TEF – to subject level the government aims to:center_img The plans announced today will build on the progress already made under the first wave of TEF – which awards universities with an overall rating of gold, silver and bronze. This new framework recognises that outcomes and teaching quality differ not just by university but also by course, and will allow students to look behind provider-level ratings and access information about teaching quality for a specific subject.Those universities and colleges taking part in the pilot scheme for subject-level TEF are working with the sector in academic years 2017/18 and 2018/19, with the intention that the first full year of subject-level TEF will take place in 2019/20.The new framework will take into account student feedback, drop-out rates and graduate outcomes to help deliver the objectives of the review of post-18 education launched by the Prime Minister last month, ensuring that students get the value for money they deserve from higher education.The Minister will also launch an Open Data competition, the first of its kind in the UK HE sector, which will use selected government data on universities so that tech companies and coders can create apps to help prospective students decide where to apply.This competition will build on the government’s recently published Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO) dataset, which gives information on employment and salaries after graduation. By democratising access to information about courses and their outcomes, it will help all applicants, regardless of their background, make better decisions and get better value for money.The Universities Minister added: help prospective students compare the different courses on offer across institutions, to make sure they get the most out of their university education; shine a light on course quality, revealing which universities are providing excellent teaching, and which are coasting or relying on their research reputation.last_img read more

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Telluride Bluegrass Festival Unveils 2018 Lineup With Sturgill Simpson, Chris Thile, & More

first_imgFor 45 years running, Telluride Bluegrass Festival has brought the best and brightest to Telluride, CO, reveling in the majesty that is folk and bluegrass music. This year’s lineup is no exception, as many favorites – old and new – will return to the festival once more on June 21-24, 2018–exactly 6 months away from today’s date, the beginning of the winter solstice.At the top of the billing is Sam Bush Band, Sturgill Simpson, The Del McCoury Band, Yonder Mountain String Band, Greensky Bluegrass, and Emmylou Harris. There will also be sets from the Telluride House Band featuring Sam, Bela, Jerry, Edgar, Bryan & Stuart, a special “Live From Here” with Chris Thile (live broadcast), Leftover Salmon, St. Paul & the Broken Bones, I’m With Her: Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz & Aoife O’Donovan, as well as Tim O’Brien Band, The Jerry Douglas Band, Punch Brothers, Edgar Meyer & Christian McBride, Bela Fleck, The Infamous Stringdusters, The Wood Brothers, Chris Thile, Billy Strings, Peter Rowan & the Free Mexican Air Force featuring Flaco Jimenez, and many more to be announced…The Best Of Telluride Bluegrass Festival 2016 [Gallery]A Few Highlights From The 44th Annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival [Photos/Videos/Full Audio]This initial lineup announcement includes about two-thirds of the Festival’s main stage lineup. Watch for more artist additions over the next couple months, followed by the announcement of the Telluride NightGrass late-night indoor concert series in early Spring. Tickets, camping, and lodging are on sale now here. As always, Planet Bluegrass charges no handling fees on any tickets.45th Annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival:* Sam Bush Band* Sturgill Simpson* Emmylou Harris* Telluride House Band featuring Sam, Bela, Jerry, Edgar, Bryan & Stuart* “Live From Here” with Chris Thile (live broadcast)* The Del McCoury Band* Yonder Mountain String Band* Greensky Bluegrass* Leftover Salmon* St. Paul & the Broken Bones* I’m With Her: Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz & Aoife O’Donovan* Tim O’Brien Band* The Jerry Douglas Band* Punch Brothers* Edgar Meyer & Christian McBride* Bela Fleck* The Infamous Stringdusters* The Wood Brothers* Chris Thile* Peter Rowan & the Free Mexican Air Force featuring Flaco Jimenez* Billy Strings* Sugar & The Mint* and many more to be announced…last_img read more

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James Brown Band Pays Homage To The Godfather Of Soul At The Major Rager [Videos]

first_imgThe spirit of James Brown, the Godfather Of Soul, was strong as the band that bears his name, the James Brown Band, closed out the Major Rager Music Festival in Brown’s childhood home of Augusta, Georgia. James Brown Band’s wild and wonderful set of beloved tunes was bookended by bands that did, in fact, have soul power to spare, with the seriously groovy Major Rager lineup also featuring Dumpstaphunk and George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic. For James Brown Band’s set, the crowd was packed in and feelin’ good, enjoying classic tracks like “Super Bad”, Sex Machine”, and “Make It Funky”.It’s only fitting that the all-day Major Rager festival celebrate Brown’s legacy in Augusta, as the whole city is filled with homages to their funkiest son. A museum houses some of his most famous outfits, original hand-written lyrics and notes, and even the famed “King Of Soul” crown he wore in the fifties. From streets to statues, the city does its best to honor its past—but it also looks to the future. Brown’s daughter, Deanna Brown-Thomas, builds upon his legacy with the James Brown Academy of Musik Pupils (J.A.M.P).Deanna works hard to fulfill one her late father’s wishes—to keep music in schools and available to the next generation. The school itself serves an as an honorarium, and musicians from J.A.M.P. were among the small band that filled time between sets with covers of funk and soul classics, much to the delight of the crowd. However, the tributes to James Brown were not all musical in nature. The organizers of the Major Rager had one last testament to the singer’s legacy to unveil before James Brown Band’s set got going—a giant portrait of James Brown by a local artist who said the piece was inspired by the music itself.James Brown Band is made up of musicians who either worked with the legend or had their styles and sound shaped by the legendary performer. In the playlist below, you can hear razor-sharp renditions of some of James Brown’s most famous hits like “Baby Baby Baby”, “The Payback”, “Sex Machine”, and “Make It Funky.” Check them out and remember: when you got soul, you’re super bad!“Baby Baby Baby” > “The Payback”<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>last_img read more

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Easy like Lionel Richie

first_imgOn a rare balmy December night, a superstar swept through Harvard. He was tall and handsome, and came with a legendary musical repertoire that even your parents knew.One doesn’t immediately associate Lionel Richie with “Harvard.” But the same sentiment applied to the award-winning artist, who remarked that when he learned he’d be visiting the University, he expected to hear the grand, sweeping sounds of Bach.But Richie heard instead the traditional sounds of Mexico as performed by Mariachi Véritas de Harvard, which ushered the legendary singer into Kirkland House’s Junior Common Room Monday evening for a special question-and-answer session and reception with Harvard College students.Richie, in town to receive the Harvard Foundation’s inaugural Peter J. Gomes Humanitarian Award, looked dapper and ageless and answered questions about his sprawling career in entertainment with a down-to-earth demeanor.Originally an economics major at Tuskegee Institute, Richie and his band the Commodores went on tour with the Jackson 5, which halted Richie’s studies. Because he missed classes, his grades fell.“I went in and met with the dean, who told me I was making more money than him. He said, ‘School is a place to develop a scheme to make money, if you don’t already have a scheme,’ ” said Richie. “But I returned four years later, with a No. 1 record with the Commodores, and I went back to school and finished that last year.”Alongside the late Michael Jackson, Richie famously co-wrote “We Are the World,” a charity single to help alleviate the famine crisis in Africa that featured dozens of singers, including Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, and Bob Dylan. The song was repurposed in 2010 to raise money for victims of the Haitian earthquake.“I do believe there’s a higher calling for all of us,” Richie said. “When ‘We Are the World’ came along, it was the best opportunity for me to show off all this talent and give some money back to some lives. So in terms of my most valued period, Michael and I with ‘We Are the World’ was just amazing.”After the Harvard reception, Richie was treated to a dinner with Harvard students and performances by the Kuumba Singers of Harvard College and Harvard College KeyChange. Harvard Foundation Director S. Allen Counter emceed the event and presented Richie with the 2011 Gomes award for his worldwide humanitarian contributions, which include raising more than $3 million for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation after seeing his grandmother suffer from, but ultimately survive, the disease. She lived to be 103.“I thought, in her name, in her honor, it was necessary to get on board, necessary to be a support unit for this life-altering disease,” said Richie, whose grandmother was a close friend of Gomes, who was the Plummer Professor of Christian Morals and Pusey Minister in the Memorial Church, and who died from a stroke in February.“He watched me grow up,” Richie revealed.Richie and his family, who hail from Tuskegee, Ala., first encountered Gomes while he taught for two years at the institute.“My grandmother and he would get together and talk about things, and I was surrounded by his genius and his humor,” said Richie. “He put a real, everyday face on a subject like religion. He made it real.”“Rev. Gomes served Harvard for over 40 years … and I cannot begin to tell you all that he did for this University,” said Counter.Richie, who tossed his planned speech aside, said: “I had no idea about this experience. I didn’t realize at Harvard I’d get a gospel group, a jazz group, a mariachi group, all this talent. … I had a speech designed, but it’s not necessary because you’ve all upstaged me completely.”“To me, ‘humanitarian’ means only one thing. It means lover of people, all people, for no other reason but for the fact that they’re alive. We find so many times in life that we travel the world criticizing why people are not like we are. And what I’ve learned, if nothing else, is that you live for the fact that we’re different,” he said, adding, “I write about three corny words that will never go out of style: I love you.”Edwin Magema ’15 (left) is called up to meet Lionel Richie after Magema admits that Richie is a reigning superstar in his homeland of Kenya.last_img read more

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Harvard Judaica in the 21st century

first_imgThe Judaica Division’s latest publication — “Harvard Judaica in the 21st Century” by Charles Berlin — was recently published to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Division. In 1962 the Division was established with the appointment of Charles Berlin, Lee M. Friedman Bibliographer in Judaica and Head of the Division.Alan Garber, Harvard’s provost, noted in his foreword, “ ‘The Harvard Judaica Collection’ has grown into one of the most extensive, and eclectic, collections of cultural and intellectual records of the Jewish world that can be found anywhere.… To partake of even a small part of its riches is to begin to understand how vigorously Charles Berlin, his colleagues and their predecessors have pursued the Collection’s mission of ‘the documentation of the Jewish people throughout history.’”As one would expect of an anniversary volume, it chronicles the Division’s history and achievements. It includes an account of the growth of the “Judaica Collection” from Harvard’s earliest days, through the first half of the 20th century when several major collections of Judaica were acquired, to the recent half-century, the period in which the Judaica Division undertook the systematic development of Harvard’s Judaica collection into a world-class resource.last_img read more

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Judge OKs Weinstein bankruptcy plan with $17M for victims

first_imgDOVER, Del. (AP) — A Delaware judge has approved a revised Weinstein Co. bankruptcy plan that provides about $35 million for creditors, with roughly half that amount going to women who’ve accused disgraced film mogul Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct. The judge approved the plan following a hearing Monday and overruled objections by attorneys representing four women. The settlement amount is $11.5 million less than under a previous bankruptcy plan. That plan was scrapped after a federal judge in New York refused to approve a proposed $19 million settlement between Weinstein and some of his accusers.last_img read more

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A triumphant return

first_imgThe cold weather and early hour did not stop hundreds of Notre Dame fans from greeting the No. 1 Irish as they returned to campus from Los Angeles. Notre Dame, with a 22-13 win over USC on Saturday night, finished the regular season undefeated and punched its ticket to the BCS National Championship Game in Miami on Jan. 7. In frigid 25-degree weather, fans lined the sidewalks leading into the Guglielmino Athletics Complex as the team arrived at 6:13 a.m. Sunday morning. A procession of police vehicles escorted the team from South Bend Regional Airport back to campus. As the Irish approached, Notre Dame fans broke out into chants of “Here come the Irish” and “Let’s go Irish.” The crowd was mostly South Bend residents, since many Notre Dame students were away for Thanksgiving break. Sophomore Jeff Wilush was one of the students on hand and said the decision to come out early and in the cold was an easy one. “It’s definitely worth it,” he said. “It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. It’s been 24 years since the last time we were undefeated so you never know when you’ll have this chance again. I’m a student so you have to take advantage of it and show support for the team.” Wilush said his father went to Notre Dame and believed the Irish would make the national championship game again. “Ever since I was born, I was destined to go here,” Wilush said. “I think he [expected Notre Dame to get to the championship] but I don’t think he knew when it would come so he’s just as excited as I am.” While the Irish began the season unranked and facing one of the toughest schedules in the nation, the team is undefeated for the first time since 1988, when Notre Dame took the title. Sophomore Joseph Abbamonte confessed he did not expect Notre Dame to have a perfect season initially. “Not at the beginning of the season, no,” he said. The Irish will face either No. 2 Alabama or No. 3 Georgia in the BCS National Championship Game. The two teams play Saturday in the SEC Championship Game. The Irish are 5-1 all-time against the Crimson Tide but have not played Alabama since 1987. Notre Dame lost its only meeting against the Bulldogs in 1980. Wilush said he would like to go Miami for the game but fears tickets may be too expensive. “I’m going to be on a family vacation in Orlando during the game so I’m hoping so,” he said. “But tickets are already like $1,400 for the worst seat in the house. We’ll see what happens.”last_img read more

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Nicaragua Eliminates Last Vestige Of War With Removal Of Antipersonnel Mines

first_imgBy Dialogo June 23, 2010 With the removal of 179,000 antipersonnel mines scattered throughout its territory, Nicaragua has closed one of the most painful chapters of its postwar period, which killed and mutilated dozens of victims over the last twenty-one years, military spokespersons announced. The mines laid in 74 of Nicaragua’s 153 municipalities have been removed, AFP was told by military spokesman Col. Juan Morales, for whom this puts an end to “a vestige of the war” that caused pain to 1,278 affected individuals, counting both those wounded and those killed, the majority of them civilians. Nicaragua, a signatory to international agreements to eliminate landmines, has also destroyed another 133,435 that it had in storage, according to official figures. With the demining of Nicaragua, Central America is now “free of antipersonnel mines,” according to the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL) in Geneva, an unofficial body that works to eradicate weapons of this kind around the world. Nicaraguan president Daniel Ortega, in a ceremony with Nicaraguan and foreign guests, declared the fulfillment of the demining plan, but warned that “there is a risk” that some landmines still remain. If people find strange objects, “they should not touch them” and should notify the army, he indicated. The Humanitarian Demining Program, which cost about 82.19 million dollars, was implemented without interruption from 1994 to 1 May this year, with international assistance. Although the war between ‘Contras’ and Sandinistas officially ended on 27 June 1990, peasants continued to be imprisoned in their own communities by landmines on their outskirts. The Nicaraguan Army estimates that demining will benefit nearly two million people in these areas. These explosives were laid for the most part along sectors of Nicaragua’s borders with Honduras and Costa Rica and in the interior of the country to protect electrical transmission towers, bridges, and landing strips.last_img read more

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