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17-Year-Old “Seriously Ill” after Bloody Fight on High Street

first_imgPolice voiced concerns about youth-culture in Oxford over the weekend, following a serious incident on High Street.A 17 Year-Old was put into a coma on Sunday after a fight broke out on High Street in the early hours of the morning.The incident, which occured around 2:30am when a drunken tit-for-tat conflict got out of hand, left Declan Dew fighting for his life. He was rushed to Christchurch Hospital where he was listed as “seriously ill”.The attacker, Hamish James McQuillan, is charged with wounding Dew with intent to cause grievous bodily harm. McQuillan did not plead to the charge and was remanded on bail.Dew regained consciousness yesterday, but the extent of his injuries will not be known unil the swelling on his brain has subsided. Detective Sergeant Rex Barnett said “It is not acceptable and if parents are not prepared to set standards, then there is little wonder why teenagers are overstepping the boundaries themselves.He warned: “This boy was close to dying. Someone will die and no-one will want that on their conscience.”last_img read more

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News story: Lieutenant General Mark Carleton-Smith appointed new Chief of the General Staff

first_imgDefence Secretary Gavin Williamson has today confirmed that Her Majesty the Queen has approved the appointment of the new Chief of the General Staff.Lieutenant General Mark Carleton-Smith CBE is to be promoted General and will succeed General Sir Nicholas Patrick Carter KCB CBE DSO ADC Gen in June 2018. General Carter is taking up the post of Chief of the Defence Staff, succeeding Air Chief Marshall Sir Stuart Peach who is leaving to become Chairman of the Military Committee at NATO.Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said: I’m delighted to offer my congratulations to Lieutenant General Carleton-Smith on his appointment of Chief of the General Staff. Lt Gen Carleton-Smith has played a leading role in many of our recent operations at home and abroad, including our campaign to defeat Daesh in Iraq and Syria, our support to British Overseas Territories affected by Hurricane Irma and the military’s support to areas badly affected by the snow earlier this year. I have no doubt that Lt Gen Carleton-Smith will be an outstanding leader of the Army at this crucial period, as we look to strengthen and further modernise the Army to deal with intensifying threats.last_img read more

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Rappaport fellows get hands-on government experience in Greater Boston

first_imgAs a group of Boston-area graduate students discovered this summer, there is truth in the adage that if you want to change the world, you can start in your own backyard.Jennifer Vorse and Michael Zakaras (both M.P.P. ’11) were among 13 students from Harvard graduate schools, Boston University, Tufts, and MIT who worked for state and local officials as Rappaport Public Policy Fellows this summer. Now in its tenth year, the fellows program has given over 100 graduate students the opportunity to help public officials in the region address a variety of key issues. Fellows are selected and paid by Harvard Kennedy School’s Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston, but work full time for state or local officials.Vorse and Zakaras were among five Rappaport fellows working in Boston mayor Thomas Menino’s office this summer. Four of those fellows worked primarily on the city’s Circle of Promise initiative — an ambitious, new cross-departmental effort to support educational achievement, family self-sufficiency, and community stability for students and families in some of Boston’s most disadvantaged neighborhoods.Vorse found the initiative’s holistic approach to community development to be especially appealing and important. “While public policy issues are sometimes segmented into separate issues and departments, I believe that many of the most compelling policy challenges we face lie at the intersection of several issues,” Vorse says.But a multi-disciplinary, cross-department effort isn’t simple. “The sheer scale and ambition of the project was a challenge,” says Zakaras. “Taking initiative and not waiting for direction was one of our most important decisions.” Zakaras was pleased that at the end of the summer the Rappaport fellows were able to give city officials materials describing a potential comprehensive strategy for the Circle of Promise, as well as a series of specific next steps and deliverables for the coming year.David Luberoff, executive director of the Rappaport Institute, notes that what was unique about the experience of Zakaras and Vorse was that their work was “an interesting window into the moment when you translate a big idea into component pieces.”Overall, the summer was a tremendous learning experience, according to Zakaras. “The fellowship gave me something that my studies could not: a close-up look at how policy is shaped at the city level,” he says. “It gave me a feel for what it’s like to work in government – both the good and bad – which is especially helpful as I consider where I want to find myself after I graduate.”The Rappaport Institute is accepting applications for the 2011 Rappaport Public Policy Fellowships from any graduate student in greater Boston who will be returning to school in fall 2011. A University-wide entity housed at the Kennedy School, the institute strives to improve the governance of the region by strengthening connections between scholars, students, officials, and civic leaders. It was founded and funded by the Phyllis and Jerome Lyle Rappaport Charitable Foundation, which promotes emerging leaders in Greater Boston.last_img read more

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Painting the Town Blue! Off-Broadway’s Blue Man Group Celebrates 25 Years

first_img Blue Man Group has been entertaining audiences at the Astor Place Theatre since November 17, 1991. The delightfully wacky downtown staple is a comedy show, rock concert and dance party all rolled into one, sparking tales of paint-drumming and poncho-wearing from all those lucky enough to experience the madness. Creators Chris Wink, Phil Stanton and Matt Goldman got together with the Blue Men at the top of the Empire State Building on November 17 to celebrate the off-Broadway hit’s 25-year run. Here’s to 25 more years of marshmallow cheek-stuffing, rainbow paint-splatter and three bald blue dudes ruling the New York stage! from $82.50 View Comments Related Showscenter_img Blue Man Group Blue Man Group(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser)last_img read more

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Regional biotech association warns Vermont legislation could have profound negative impact

first_imgThe region’s largest biotechnology association today warned that a bill under consideration by the Vermont Legislature will create the most restrictive and onerous regulatory environments for biotechnology growth and development not only in New England, but in the entire nation. Senate Bill 48, an Act Relating to the Marketing of Prescribed Products, is the focus of a presentation today at the State House by Senate President Peter Shumlin.”The Legislation’s radical expansion of Vermont’s existing and strict biopharmaceutical marketing laws promises to hinder significantly the development of the biotechnology industry in this state,” said Paula Newton, Chair of the New England Biotech Association (NEBA).NEBA serves as the regional policy and public affairs voice for the biotechnology and biopharmaceutical community, representing state biotech associations, companies, academic institutions, and other organizations consisting of more than 800 entities.Vermont law already heavily regulates biopharmaceutical marketing activities by requiring the disclosure of the value, nature and purpose of certain marketing related expenses by pharmaceutical manufacturers of just $25 or more in value, among other things. The bill would expand existing regulation by limiting compensation and other payments between biopharmaceutical manufacturers and physicians — including educational materials. And it would broadly expand already onerous disclosurerequirements to include competitively sensitive information concerning clinical trials. Furthermore, IMS Health this month reported that annual U.S. prescription sales growth was just 1.3 percent in 2008, the lowest rate since 1963, according to data maintained by CMS — making the stated purpose of the Legislation, controlling drug costs, moot.”With the enactment of these over-the-top restrictions, Vermont’s pharmaceutical marketing law will be far more severe than those of any other New England state. Such a uniquely sweeping expansion of the regulatory climate in Vermont will have a chilling effect on the growth of the industry in this state,” said Newton. “These requirements would certainly discourage biotechnology manufacturers from participating in clinical trials and academic research in Vermont, since reportedinformation would include competitively sensitive and proprietary information, making it more prudent to conduct research in one of the 49 other states,” she continued. “We urge reasonable elected officials who care about future jobs and the health care system in Vermont to reject this legislation.”Two other states, Colorado and New Mexico, have recently rejected marketing restriction legislation far less extreme than the Vermont bill as bad policy with unintended negative consequences for the life sciences industry and the jobs it producesNEBA is a non-profit, member-driven organization comprised of state biotech associations, companies, academic institutions, and other organizations with a collective mission to support and grow the biotechnology industry in New England. NEBA serves as the regional policy and public affairs voice for the biotechnology and biopharmaceutical industry, and is committed to ensuring that New England remains a global leader in biotechnology and the life sciences.NEBA members include the largest biotech associations in those states, including the Biotech Association of Maine, Connecticut United for Research Excellence (CURE), New Hampshire Bio/Medical Council, Rhode Island BioGroup, Massachusetts Biotechnology Council, Massachusetts High Technology Council, and the Biotech Association of Vermont (in formation).To find out more about NEBA, visit http://www.newenglandbiotech.org(link is external)last_img read more

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Innovative borrower communication strategies

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » In the past decade, the digital transformation has reshaped how credit unions are expected to interact and communicate with their borrowers. This is due in large part to advances in Fintech and evolving consumer expectations. As your member base shifts to a larger number of millennials and their younger Gen Z counterparts, traditional forms of communication will likely fall on deaf ears. According to Pew Research, 93% of Millennials in the U.S. own a smartphone, so one can conclude that the best way to reach and market to this demographic is digitally and electronically.;This is not just a trend among younger Americans. The fact is, members of all age groups are busier than ever with demanding work, personal, and social schedules. For better or for worse, busier schedules and advanced technology has shifted the way that Americans communicate and interact with their lenders.Meet Shifting Consumer ExpectationsBack in the day, if a member needed to apply for a loan, make a payment, or resolve account issues, visiting or calling their credit union was the standard way of getting these tasks accomplished.These days, members can simply visit an ATM or log in to their home banking portal to pay their loans and conduct other transactions. Most modern banking can all be done online—in some cases, from a smartphone. The reason why it’s so critical for lenders to know, understand, and accept this shift in consumer behavior is because it affects the way that you successfully gain new account holders and communicate with existing members.last_img read more

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Trainings for holders and organizers of tourist contents in nature

first_imgFind out the program with the lecture schedule, the dates of the trainings by ugliness, as well as the method of applying for the training HERE According to the Tourism Services Act (OG 130/17), all companies / crafts and other legal and natural persons providing active and adventure tourism services must employ or have an employee with an appropriate domestic or foreign certificate or certificate establishing the ability and skill level of performing a particular activity.  The certificate obtained upon completion of this training is one of the recognized certificates / certificates for performing certain activities from the list of activities that are considered tourist services of active and adventure tourism. For a complete list of active and adventure tourism services, a list of appropriate certificates or other conditions, see HERE. The Croatian Chamber of Commerce (HGK) in cooperation with the Croatian Mountain Rescue Service (HGSS) organizes two-day education for holders and organizers of tourist contents in nature.center_img Training for holders and organizers of tourist content in nature will be held in Šibenik, Split, Rijeka, Zagreb, Otočac, Osijek, Požega, Split, Zadar and Dubrovnik. All providers of active and adventure tourism services are obliged to adapt to it no later than 3. December 2019.years. last_img read more

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The revolution within

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First time in history: Shorter trading hours for Indonesian stocks amid COVID-19

first_imgThe new schedule follows the Financial Services Authority’s (OJK) instruction letter for stock trading to adjust to Bank Indonesia Real Time Gross Settlement (BI-RTGS) shorter operating hours.“In maintaining the stability of the capital market industry and in line with the Indonesian President’s direction to support working from home to minimize the spread of COVID-19 […] and in line with the operational schedule adjustment and public service of Bank Indonesia, additional measures need to be taken to maintain a stable capital market,” the OJK wrote in the letter.The move adds to a previous announcement that scrapped pre-opening trade, which normally takes place between 8:55 a.m. and 8:59 a.m. as the local stock market “faces pressures” and the IDX is “taking steps to minimize pressures on the Indonesian stock market”.Trading hours were also shortened in Malaysia, with Bursa Malaysia cutting market hours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to only operate between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. during the Movement Control Order period imposed by the Malaysian government.US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin also said on March 17 that the Trump administration would consider shortening the trading hours at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in a bid to keep the market open despite volatility caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.But the statement was quickly denied by the NYSE, saying it was in constant dialogue with the US government and regulators and had “no current plans to shorten the trading day”, as quoted by Bloomberg.Read also: Stock falls capped at 7%, no pre-opening trade as IDX prevents steep drops amid global market rout Budi added that it was the first time in history that the IDX had made such a move. “The IDX has suspended trading for a few days, but it has never shortened the trading hours before,” he told The Jakarta Post.With the new hours, the JCI could have more stable movement as investors would have less time to sell their stocks amid the pandemic panic, said Budi. Stock trading at the IDX hit circuit breakers five times this month as investors exited risky investments including stocks over fears of a COVID-19-driven global recession.As of Thursday, the benchmark Jakarta Composite Index (JCI) was among the worst-performing indexes around the world, having declined 31.1 percent so far this year to 4,338. The Philippines dropped 30.9 percent, Japan tumbled 21 percent, Australia declined 24.5 percent and the US went down by 25.7 percent.Read also: Bourse announces new trading suspension policy on brink of bear market Koneksi Kapital analyst Alfred Nainggolan said the potential decrease in transaction value would be insignificant as the OJK had announced the plan in advance, enabling market players to adjust their positions accordingly.“Market players would shift their trading activities in accordance with the specified time,” Alfred said, adding that he believed the move would have no effect on stock prices.“The index’ movement would depend on market sentiment, and since the COVID-19 pandemic has yet to show any signs of slowing, I think the market will continue to fluctuate,” added Alfred.As of Thursday, Indonesia had recorded 893 confirmed COVID-19 cases with 78 deaths and 35 recoveries. Meanwhile, the coronavirus has infected more than 500,000 people worldwide and killed more than 24,000. Topics :center_img The Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) is shortening trading hours starting next Monday to adjust to shorter bank settlement hours and the work-from-home policy implemented on account of COVID-19, potentially resulting in lower trading value in light of high volatility.Stock trading hours will be shortened to four hours from five-and-a-half hours previously, according to an IDX announcement. The bourse will open as usual at 9 a.m. Jakarta time, but close trading one hour earlier at 3 p.m. The lunch break is also extended by half-an-hour to two hours between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. from Monday to Friday. The policy will come into effect on Monday, March 30.“Transaction value could decrease slightly by around 5 to 10 percent because investors will have less time to put in their orders,” University of Indonesia stock market expert Budi Frensidy said on Thursday. The average daily transaction value currently stands at Rp 6.8 trillion, according to IDX data.last_img read more

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Where capital city dwellers can buy homes under $300K

first_img(Source: PRD Nationwide) Househunter Tayla Barrett with buyer manager Taylah Rossiter and TeeKay of Coronis at an Algester property in the $300,000 range. Picture: Jono Searle.LATEST research has found 43 suburbs in Brisbane where homes have sold for under $300,000 in the past year.Researchers at PRDNationwide found the number of suburbs where homes have sold for $3000,000 or less dropped 25 per cent in the past six years, but that still meant one in five suburbs were in that price range.PRDNationwide research manager Dr Diaswati Mardiasmo said the suburbs where sales occurred last year stretched from as close to the CBD as Milton to as far as Mount Crosby.“If you have $300,000 budget you have access to approximately 22 per cent of Brisbane,” she said.The average distance from the Brisbane CBD of homes sold in that price range last year was 18km, with the median price sitting at the higher end of the scale at $272,000. Suburbs where the most $300,000 homes were sold were Ellen Grove (19) and Inala (12), with the properties generally three bedroom, one bathroom type properties. Inala has been constantly in the top two for the past six years, but Upper Kedron which was second in 2010 has been wiped off the list.Hotspotting founder Terry Ryder said there were many areas where there were “cheapies with prospects” mostly in fringe areas where jobs were growing.“The vast majority of people who live in metro areas really have no reason to go to the CBD, they don’t work there, they don’t shop there, unless you work in CBD – and 80 per cent don’t – being close to it is not relevant to a lot of people..”Househunter Tayla Barrett, 26, began her property search two months ago along fringe suburbs in Brisbane’s southwest.“The property would be to live in, with the intention to turn into an investment property later down the track,” she said. “It’s the best way to step into the Australian property dream.”Her search was concentrated around properties 15 to 20km from the Brisbane CBD, where real estate buyer manager Taylah Rossiter and Teekay of Coronis have seen a lot of activity.“It is still fairly common for us to find properties around the $300,000 mark or less,” Ms Rossiter said. “Usually these properties are townhouses and units. You can still find the odd house around $300,000 however now it is fairly rare.”More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor8 hours agoShe said places like Forest Lake, Algester, Regents Park, Slacks Creek and Loganlea still had properties in that price range and were “still proximity to the Brisbane CBD”.“We find that most buyers looking around the $300,000 mark are usually first home buyers, investors and even in some cases people who are downsizing”. Top 5 Brisbane suburbs where homes sold under $300K last year: Ellen Grove 19 Inala 12Rocklea 9Darra 6Fitzgibbon 5last_img read more

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