City Bursars

first_imgAmidst growing speculation over the financial future of British Universities, Oxbridge college bursars have increasingly been looking to the City to consider their investment strategies.Dr. Robert Gasser, Bursar of Brasenose between 1982 and 2001, has arranged a series of roundtable discussion forums for Oxbridge bursars in conjunction with his current firm, Chiswell Associates.He commented that “the financial pressures have concentrated minds”, as it emerged that St. John’s College, Cambridge was facing a deficit of £2.4 million against a projected sharp drop in government funding alongside top-up fee proposals.Archive: oth week HT 2004last_img

“LEFT JAB AND RIGHT JAB” JULY 4, 2019

first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare,“Right Jab And Left Jab” was created because we have two commenters that post on a daily basis either in our “IS IT TRUE” or “Readers Forum” columns concerning National or International issues.Joe Biden and Ronald Reagan’s comments are mostly about issues of national interest.  The majority of our “IS IT TRUE” columns are about local or state issues, so we have decided to give Mr. Biden and Mr. Reagan exclusive access to our newly created “LEFT JAB and RIGHT JAB”  column. They now have this post to exclusively discuss national or world issues that they feel passionate about.We shall be posting the “LEFT JAB” AND “RIGHT JAB” several times a week.  Oh, “Left Jab” is a liberal view and the “Right Jab is representative of the more conservative views. Also, any reader who would like to react to the written comments of the two gentlemen is free to do so. “Right Jab And Left Jab” was created because we have two commenters that post on a daily basis either in our “IS IT TRUE” or “Readers Forum” columns concerning National or International issues.Joe Biden and Ronald Reagan’s comments are mostly about issues of national interest.  The majority of our “IS IT TRUE” columns are about local or state issues, so we have decided to give Mr. Biden and Mr. Reagan exclusive access to our newly created “LEFT JAB and RIGHT JAB”  column. They now have this post to exclusively discuss national or world issues that they feel passionate about.We shall be posting the “LEFT JAB” AND “RIGHT JAB” several times a week.  Oh, “Left Jab” is a liberal view and the “Right Jab is representative of the more conservative views. Also, any reader who would like to react to the written comments of the two gentlemen is free to do so. FOOTNOTE: Any comments posted in this column do not represent the views or opinions of the City-County Observer or our advertisers.,“Right Jab And Left Jab” was created because we have two commenters that post on a daily basis either in our “IS IT TRUE” or “Readers Forum” columns concerning National or International issues.Joe Biden and Ronald Reagan’s comments are mostly about issues of national interest.  The majority of our “IS IT TRUE” columns are about local or state issues, so we have decided to give Mr. Biden and Mr. Reagan exclusive access to our newly created “LEFT JAB and RIGHT JAB”  column. They now have this post to exclusively discuss national or world issues that they feel passionate about.We shall be posting the “LEFT JAB” AND “RIGHT JAB” several times a week.  Oh, “Left Jab” is a liberal view and the “Right Jab is representative of the more conservative views. Also, any reader who would like to react to the written comments of the two gentlemen is free to do so. “LEFT JAB AND RIGHT JAB”center_img FOOTNOTE: Any comments posted in this column do not represent the views or opinions of the City-County Observer or our advertisers.,“Right Jab And Left Jab” was created because we have two commenters that post on a daily basis either in our “IS IT TRUE” or “Readers Forum” columns concerning National or International issues.Joe Biden and Ronald Reagan’s comments are mostly about issues of national interest.  The majority of our “IS IT TRUE” columns are about local or state issues, so we have decided to give Mr. Biden and Mr. Reagan exclusive access to our newly created “LEFT JAB and RIGHT JAB”  column. They now have this post to exclusively discuss national or world issues that they feel passionate about.We shall be posting the “LEFT JAB” AND “RIGHT JAB” several times a week.  Oh, “Left Jab” is a liberal view and the “Right Jab is representative of the more conservative views. Also, any reader who would like to react to the written comments of the two gentlemen is free to do so.,“Right Jab And Left Jab” was created because we have two commenters that post on a daily basis either in our “IS IT TRUE” or “Readers Forum” columns concerning National or International issues.Joe Biden and Ronald Reagan’s comments are mostly about issues of national interest.  The majority of our “IS IT TRUE” columns are about local or state issues, so we have decided to give Mr. Biden and Mr. Reagan exclusive access to our newly created “LEFT JAB and RIGHT JAB”  column. They now have this post to exclusively discuss national or world issues that they feel passionate about.We shall be posting the “LEFT JAB” AND “RIGHT JAB” several times a week.  Oh, “Left Jab” is a liberal view and the “Right Jab is representative of the more conservative views. Also, any reader who would like to react to the written comments of the two gentlemen is free to do so. FOOTNOTE: Any comments posted in this column do not represent the views or opinions of the City-County Observer or our advertisers.last_img read more

CHRISTAMAS TRADITIONS

first_imgChristmas TraditionsGift givingExchanging gifts is probably the most popular Christmas tradition. This represents the ‘spirit of giving’ for which Christmas is known. As well as giving to friends and family, it is important to think of people less fortunate than ourselves at this time of year. Many people choose to donate to charities that support work with families who will not receive gifts at Christmas.Sharing A MealAnother common Christmas tradition is sharing a meal with family or friends. A traditional Christmas meal might consist of a cooked turkey or ham, roasted vegetables and Christmas pudding. This meal originated in countries where December is in winter. In Australia, because December is in summer, many people choose to eat meals that include BBQs (which can be cooked outside), seafood, salads and other things that are great to eat in summer.There are also other treats to enjoy at Christmas, such as mince pies, candy canes and marshmallow-filled chocolate Santas.Putting Up DecorationsMany people decorate their house at Christmas time. The most popular decoration would definitely be a Christmas tree with tinsel, ornaments and maybe even lights. Some people even decorate their whole front yard with lights and encourage people to walk past at night to enjoy them. You will also see lots of decorations in shops and sometimes on the streets in busy areas.Another interesting Christmas decoration is mistletoe. Have you heard of it? The original mistletoe custom says that if you find yourself and someone else standing under the mistletoe you have to give them a kiss. Traditionally, if a man wanted to kiss a woman beneath the mistletoe he would have to pluck a berry from the sprig. However, if there were no more berries left, there would be no more kisses!Christmas In Other CountriesChristmas is traditionally a Christian holiday, but in modern times it has been embraced by people of all faiths and cultures around the world. Although there are many differences between the ways in which cultures celebrate Christmas, there are also many similarities too.Discover how Christmas is celebrated in some other parts of the world, below.IndiaThe Christian community in India has many Christmas traditions that would be familiar to us, such as attending church services, singing carols and exchanging gifts.However, they do not decorate a traditional Christmas tree: instead they decorate banana or mango trees. They also make sure that they have a large stock of home-made sweets for visiting family and friends and often place clay lamps on the roof of their house to celebrate the birth of Jesus.GreeceIn Greece, Christmas Eve marks the end of 40 days of fasting. It is celebrated with the baking of ‘Christopsomo’ or ‘Christ bread’. Families decorate the crust of the large, sweet loaves with symbols of their professions.Christmas trees are not traditional in Greece. Instead, most houses have a bowl with a piece of wire across it. They tie a piece of basil to the wire and fill the bowl with water to keep the basil alive. Sprinkling the water from the bowl around the house is thought to keep bad spirits away.EgyptDid you know that in Egypt (and some other countries) Christmas is celebrated on January 7, not December 25?Egyptian Christians will fast for the 40 days before Christmas (eating no meat, poultry or dairy). They break their fast after midnight mass on Christmas Eve with a meal known as ‘Fata’ (bread, rice, garlic and boiled meat).DenmarkIn Denmark, and many other European countries, presents are exchanged on Christmas Eve instead of Christmas Day. The presents are opened after a big meal has been shared and everyone has danced around the Christmas tree. In Denmark, children know Father Christmas as ‘Julemanden’ which means ‘Christmas man’.EthiopiaEthiopians call the Christmas celebrations ‘Ganna’ and celebrate Christmas Day on January 7. Traditionally, Ethiopians fast completely on Christmas Eve (January 6) and then get dressed in a special white garment called a ‘shamma’ at dawn and go to a church service to celebrate.Christmas food in Ethiopia includes a traditional dish called ‘wat’, which is a thick and spicy stew containing meat, vegetables and sometimes eggs.VenezuelaTraditional nativity scenes, depicting the birth of Jesus, are set up in many countries. In Venezuela, a ‘pesebre’ is built out of a frame and canvas before being painted. Like a nativity scene, it depicts the birth of Jesus, including the entire landscape, hills, mountains and valleys, with Bethlehem and the manger at its centre.LebanonIn Lebanon, about two weeks before Christmas, children plant seeds in cotton wool. They water them every day leading up to Christmas and when the seeds have sprouted and grown green stems, they add them to a nativity scene, surrounding the manger with grass.AustraliaIn Australia we enjoy a hot summer Christmas rather than the cold European and North American white Christmas. Instead of sitting inside by the fire, Australians enjoy the sun by having pool parties and barbeques, or by going to the beach, where we build sandcastles instead of snowmen. Seafood is also very popular, instead of a hot roast turkey.Christmas FactsDid you know that the song ‘Jingle Bells’ was written in the American town of Massachusetts by James Lord Pierpont? It was originally sung to celebrate Thanksgiving, not Christmas!Officially, there is still a law in Britain which makes it illegal not to attend church on Christmas Day. It also states that you cannot use a vehicle to travel to the church. Of course, even though this law still exists on paper, it is no longer enforced.Until 1939, Rudolph (the red-nosed reindeer) was known as Rollo.Did you know that in the United Kingdom, there is an old wives’ tale that says that bread baked on Christmas Eve will never go moldy.The inventor of strings of electric Christmas lights got the idea from the string lights used in telephone switchboards in the late 1800s.In England, Christmas celebrations were banned from 1644 until 1660 by an Act of Parliament. Some politicians thought that Christmas was a wasteful festival and the celebrations were against Christian beliefs.In the Middle Ages, housewives spread rosemary on the floor at Christmas time, so that the leaves would release a fragrant scent when stepped on and crushed.The first-ever nativity scene was set up in a cave by Saint Francis of Assisi in Italy around 1224. He had to gain permission directly from the Pope before he could proceed.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

A very merry Christmas to all our readers!

first_imgThe British Baker team wishes its readers a happy and prosperous Christmas – and a great start to the new year. We’ve loved bringing you news and insights from this fascinating industry over the past 12 months, and will begin reporting again on the ever-changing world of bakery from 3 January.Though we will be doing it a little differently next year.While we will never lose sight of bakery’s roots and tradition, British Baker is changing to better reflect today’s industry.We are keeping our plans under wraps for now – and you won’t see any changes immediately – but can say we are transforming how we report on the baking industry in print and online.Expect deeper coverage of the issues that matter most to you, more comment and opinion from industry experts, and more articles to reflect the art and creativity of Britain’s bakers.But that’s a little way off. For now, we once again wish our readers a merry and fruitful festive period and look forward to discovering what the coming year will bring.Vince Bamford, EditorAlice Cooke, Multimedia Content EditorAshley Williams, Multimedia ReporterEllie Woollven, Chief Sub EditorTony Castro, Senior DesignerElizabeth Ellis, Senior SecretarySimon Apps , Commercial Director – ManufacturingSamantha White, Sales ManagerSara Beswick, Senior Sales ExecutiveJo Brown, Senior Classified & Recruitment Sales ExecutiveSonia Young, Publisher & Events Director, Retail & Manufacturinglast_img read more

10 Named Schwarzman Fellows

first_img Realizing dreams, Harvard’s newest scholars unveil plans for Oxford years Joining the ranks of Rhodes Related Ten Harvard students and alumni have been selected to attend Tsinghua University in Beijing as Schwarzman Scholars.The one-year master’s degree program is designed to assist future leaders who are now pursuing public policy, economics and business, or international studies and wish to tackle the many challenges facing China’s rapidly changing political, economic, and social landscape and ultimately build greater understanding and closer relationships between 21st-century China and the world.Kayla Chen, 22, received an A.B. in government in 2016. While at Harvard, she served in many leadership roles with the Phillips Brooks House Association (PBHA) and was a senior staffer for Harvard Model Congress. Chen also enjoyed participating in the Modern Company and Harvard Dance Project, taking circus classes, and singing. Following graduation, Chen served as a Fulbright teaching assistant in Yilan, Taiwan. She plans to enter public service to link resources and conversations between East and West on human rights, international law, and civil society to combat global issues of inequality.Janet Eom, 25, received an A.B. in social studies in 2014. She is currently the research manager at the China-Africa Research Initiative at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies. Following graduation, she worked as a social development consultant at the World Bank before moving to Beijing to study Mandarin at Peking University and research China’s social and environmental impact in Africa at the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy. At Harvard, Eom was chief of the copy board of the Harvard International Review. Her own writing has been published in Foreign Policy, Forbes, and The Diplomat. She aspires to strengthen relations between the United States, China, and African countries to create new opportunities for economic development.Anatol Klass, 21, is a senior living in Mather House pursuing a joint concentration in history and East Asian studies. He has conducted research in archives from Cambridge to Shanghai to Beijing to Taipei, publishing several papers and presenting original research at graduate school conferences. At Harvard, he is an active member of the ultimate Frisbee team and the First-Year Outdoor Program.Quynh-Nhu Le, 22, is a Harvard College senior from Vietnam and the United States who studies gender and development as a social studies concentrator. She has been involved in several campus organizations, including as director of BRYE Extension, a PBHA after-school program for immigrant children, a staff writer for The Crimson on gender and sexuality, and president of the Harvard Vietnamese Association. Passionate about social justice and social impact, Le previously interned at the Fulbright Economics Teaching Program in Vietnam and founded a nonprofit summer camp there. She intends to pursue a career in academia studying social change in the Asia-Pacific.Tonatiuh Liévano, 25, graduated with an S.B. in engineering sciences and a secondary concentration in economics in 2014. During his time in College, Liévano conducted research on tissue engineering and biomedical devices at SEAS, worked with the Colombian government on policy, was vice president of Engineers without Borders, represented Adams House on the Undergraduate Council, and studied economics and business in Portugal. Following graduation, Liévano worked with Partners In Health and the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery and spent a year in Brazil and Mozambique as a Michael C. Rockefeller Memorial Fellow. As a Schwarzman Scholar, he hopes to develop perspectives that will help him become an effective contributor to the public good in a rapidly globalizing world. Sophia Lugo, 22, a senior at Lowell House, is studying history and science with a secondary concentration in global health and health policy. At Harvard, she has served in several leadership roles, including president of HACIA Democracy, vice president of the Harvard Organization for Latin America, and chief of strategy and social impact for the International Relations Council. Lugo is interested in exploring how business and politics interact with the production of knowledge in China. She will be joining the Boston Consulting Group after her Schwarzman fellowship.A senior living in Dunster House, Rhea Malik, 21, studies regenerative biology and education policy. She has established a system of virtual classrooms in rural India and directs Harvard College Alzheimer’s Buddies, which led her to help develop a national nonprofit for Alzheimer’s care. She has also served on the executive board of the Harvard Political Opinion Project and has worked at the U.S. Department of Education, the National Institutes of Health, and the Greek Institute of Preventive Medicine. An aspiring physician-economist, she works at Harvard’s Stem Cell Institute developing cellular models for schizophrenia research.A 2012 graduate of Harvard College with an A.B. in government, Jonathan Padilla, 27, is currently pursuing a master’s degree in public policy at the University of Oxford’s Blavatnik School of Government, to which he received a full scholarship as a Start-Up Nation Fellow. Prior to his time at Oxford, Padilla worked in local, state, and national politics, including in the White House and for former California controller Steve Westly. Outside of work, he is passionate about his involvement with the Hispanic Heritage Foundation and its mission to train the next generation of Latino leaders. He hopes to pursue elected office in the not-so-distant future.Senior Bo Seo, 22, from Sydney, lives in Pforzheimer House and concentrates in social studies with a secondary concentration in English. His research in political theory focuses on human rights, identity politics, and the status of migrants. A winner of both the World Universities and World Schools debating championships, Seo is currently the coach of the Australian national debating team and has also held many positions with the Australian Human Rights Commission. Elected to Phi Beta Kappa as a junior, Seo is editing an anthology of diasporic writings on North Korea and has a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. He hopes to pursue a career in Australian politics.Bob Wu, 23, is a 2015 College graduate who studied economics and lived in Winthrop House. As a student, he was a Class Marshal and the director general of the World Model United Nations conference. Following graduation, he worked for the Australian government and was a founding member of the Behavioural Economics Team of Australia. He aspires to apply the insights from behavioral economics to global economic policy. Wu grew up in Sydney.last_img read more

New York ‘Pink Tax’ Ban Now In Effect

first_imgCropped Hannah Rosen / CC BY 2.0 ALBANY – Businesses in New York State are now prohibited from charging a ‘pink tax’ on items.In April, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the measure as part of his budget.The new law prohibits businesses from charging different prices for “substantially similar” products that are marketed to different genders.The Governor’s Office says by abolishing the ‘pink tax’, women and girls will no longer be subject to harmful and unfair price discrimination. Officials say any businesses who fails to adhere to the new rules will be held accountable. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img

Culturalist Challenge! Rank 2015 Broadway-Themed Halloween Costumes

first_imgThe Broadway.com staff is crazy for Culturalist, the website that lets you choose and create your own top 10 lists. Every week, we’re challenging you with a new Broadway-themed topic to rank. Halloween is less like a holiday and more like a religion to a lot of theater-obsessed types. We’re not sure why this is except that we are 1. really good at it and 2. fabulous and creative people. With that in mind, we’d like you to take a slight pause from sending us your #WickedDubs to rank the Broadway costumes from 2015 that would make the best Halloween costumes. Whether you grab your siblings to be the Schuyler sisters from Hamilton or Fun Home’s three Alisons or figure trick or treating is the perfect opportunity to wear a codpiece as Shakespeare from Something Rotten! or Henry VIII from Wolf Hall, it’s time to rank our favorite Broadway-themed costumes for 2015. Broadway.com Social Media Manager Caitlyn Gallip kicked off this new challenge with her list of top 10 picks. Now it’s your turn…STEP 1—SELECT: Visit Culturalist to see all of your options. Highlight your 10 favorites and click the “continue” button.STEP 2—RANK: Reorder your 10 choices by dragging them into the correct spot on your list. Click the “continue” button.STEP 3—PREVIEW: You will now see your complete top 10 list. If you like it, click the “publish” button.Once your list is published, you can see the overall rankings of everyone on the aggregate list.Pick your favorites, then tune in for the results next week on Broadway.com! View Commentslast_img read more

Odds & Ends: John Stamos Set for Scream Queens & More

first_img View Comments Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Broadway Alum John Stamos Set for Scream QueensBroadway alum John Stamos (Gore Vidal’s The Best Man, Bye Bye Birdie) has boarded the second season of Fox’s Scream Queens. PEOPLE reports that the Fuller House star will be a series regular; he is set to join Lea Michele, Keke Palmer, Jamie Lee Curtis, Emma Roberts and more in the show. Stamos of course previously collaborated with Scream Queens’ creator Ryan Murphy (and Michele!) on Glee.Spamilton to Blow Off-Broadway AwayDare we say that this will make those feeling somewhat jaded by Hamilton hysteria…satisfied?! Gerard Alessandrini, creator of Forbidden Broadway, has come up with Spamilton. The affectionate 80-minute parody of the Tony-winning tuner will play a limited engagement July 13 through August 18 at off-Broadway’s The Triad. A young “virtuoso” cast will star, and audiences can expect special appearances from Christine Pedi and other Forbidden Broadway divas.Emma Stone & Ryan Gosling Musical to Land in VeniceWe can’t wait to see this tribute to Hollywood’s golden age of musicals! According to The Wrap, the Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling-led tuner La La Land is scheduled to open the 2016 Venice Film Festival. As previously reported, the film, which is the brainchild of Whiplash’s Damian Chazelle, is set to hit movie theaters on December 16.BBC One Casting Show for Take That Musical ConfirmedCould it be magic? Back in September, Take That frontman Gary Barlow exclusively revealed to Broadway.com that he’d love to write a musical using the back catalogue of the internationally successful boy man band. And now it’s been confirmed that the Finding Neverland scribe will search for talent for his new jukebox musical, The Band, on a BBC One reality casting show. Let It Shine will be hosted by Graham Norton and The Great British Baking Show’s Mel Giedroyc, and just because it’s Friday, we’ve a sweet treat for you below. John Stamos(Photo: Jason Kempin/Getty Images)last_img read more

Honduras Will Finance the Purchase of Super Tucanos with the New Security Tax

first_imgBy Dialogo July 11, 2011 He gave as another example the need to purchase at least one ten-foot coast guard launch that can maneuver and overtake speedboats, at a cost of between ten and twelve million dollars, while a “piranha,” another kind of boat, which is faster and has up to four motors, in addition to the necessary technological equipment, is much more expensive. The Honduran government is expected to finance the purchase of its new Super Tucano planes, as well as other kinds of equipment for the fight against drug trafficking, through its security tax. The head of the Armed Forces affirmed that a “Technical Committee,” made up of members of the executive branch, the National Convergence Forum (Fonac), and representatives from the Honduran Private Enterprise Council (Cohep), as well as a representative of the Defense Ministry responsible for security, the Public Prosecutor’s Office, and the Supreme Court of Justice (CSJ), will be in charge of administering the funds obtained. “It’s necessary that we have that equipment, because for more than thirty years now, the Armed Forces haven’t had equipment, and everything has deteriorated now,” he noted. This was confirmed on a Honduran radio program in early July by the head of the Joint General Staff of the Honduran Armed Forces, Gen. René Osorio Canales, who indicated that the Central American country’s aerial hardware has not been renewed for approximately three decades. center_img Aside from the Brazilian-made aircraft, the extensive plan to renew the Honduran military’s equipment also includes ships and helicopters, among other items of military hardware. According to General Osorio, a fleet of at least four Super Tucano planes is expected to be acquired for the fight against drug-trafficking activities, the same planes that countries such as the Dominican Republic already “have on order.” Speaking to Radio HRN, Osorio Canales affirmed that the Army has a series of needs, such as the equipment required for the objective of responding positively to the population in the security and defense area. For Osorio Canales, it is also urgent to purchase bulletproof vests, infrared equipment for conducting operations at night, and uniforms, among other items, taking into consideration that “resources are minimal” and have been “optimized as much as possible.”last_img read more

Bernanke wanted Wall Street’s worst in jail

first_img 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Bernanke advocated for Wall Street’s bailout in 2008 during the financial crisis when he led the Federal Reserve.He still thinks the bailout was the right call, but looking back he wishes more corrupt Wall Street bankers who helped bring on the crisis went to jail.“You can’t put a financial firm in jail,” Bernanke told USA Today in an interview Sunday. “Everything that went wrong or was illegal was done by some individual, not by an abstract firm…there should have been more accountability at the individual level.”Bernanke left the Fed more than a year ago and his memoir, The Courage to Act, comes out this week. It is supposed to detail life inside the Fed during the worst crisis since the Great Depression.Bernanke and the Fed drew lots of criticism from the media and general public for bailing out Wall Street at a time of great income inequality, rising unemployment and a collapsed housing market.On Sunday, Bernanke defended his bail out decision. He also said he wished Lehman Brothers, which collapsed into bankruptcy and was portrayed as a poster child of Wall Street corruption, could have been saved. continue reading »last_img read more