Greyhounds dominate Brookes in local derby

first_imgDespite an impressive supporters contingent at Iffely Road, the Oxford Brookes rugby team was sent back up Headington Hill on Wednesday after failing to convert determination into points. A strengthened Greyhounds team that mixed newcomers with capped Blues was woken into action by the Brookes’ 15, just moments after kick-off when he converted a penalty to take Brookes into the lead. The response was not long in coming however, as Allfrey fed to Humphrey-Baker in midfield who made a trademark break, releasing Oxford’s full-back to score in the corner. Shortly after, a chip into the corner set Jonan Boto up to dive in a second try, which was also converted successfully. Having found some momentum, the Greyhounds employed the catch and drive tactic, which resulted in third try, grounded by fresher Chris Davies and duly converted.When Brookes finally reached Oxford’s twenty-two the scrum half initiated a comeback, scoring a try just before half-time, taking the score to 21-10.Returning to play, the pressure on the visitors was maintained after half-time, but a few careless handling errors prevented Oxford from scoring. An outside break leading to a try and conversion for Brookes’ speedy full-back brought the scoreline closer, but Oxford’s response was not slow in coming; Tomaszczvk burst through the defence to score under the posts. With the Headington crowd’s jeering creating a home atmosphere for the away team, Brookes’ had a few breaks in the latter part of the game, but the Iffley-based forwards remained dominant at both scrum and breakdown. The ‘hounds will need maximum composure if they are to improve on the final score of 34-17 at the away fixture later this term.last_img


first_imgJohnstone’s just desserts (Wishaw, Warwickshire) has created a range of festive cakes in the run-up to Christmas.New products include Caramel Shortbread, which uses edible decorations to display pictures of snowmen, as well as Luxury Cheesecake Mini Bites, Luxury Caramel and Chocolate Drizzled Flapjacks, Yoghurt Coated Flapjacks and Stem Ginger and Chocolate Tiffin.MD Lewis Johnstone, says: “Christmas is a time of indulgence. What better way to celebrate with family and friends than to share some of the sweeter things in life and spoil them with luxury cakes.”Johnstone’s Just Desserts recently announced a £2m investment for the development of new packaging, new products and new technology.last_img

Beanstalk Festival Announces Final Additions To 2017 Lineup

first_imgToday Colorado jam outfit Magic Beans announced the final lineup additions for the 2017 edition of their Beanstalk Music and Arts Festival. In addition to two sets from Portland quintet Fruition, Snarky Puppy’s Cory Henry and his band The Funk Apostles will perform for the Rancho Del Rio crowd.As was previously announced, these acts will join the Beans, Moshi Fameus (featuring Aron Magner and Allen Aucoin of The Disco Biscuits), Vulfpeck’s Theo Katzman, Reed Mathis & Electric Beethoven, Kitchen Dwellers, Tom Hamilton’s American Babies with Magner, Holly Bowling, and many more for what promises to be an incredible weekend of music. You can view the full lineup below:Tickets are available here. For more information about Beanstalk Music and Arts Festical 2017, visit the event website.last_img

Bursts of thought

first_imgPromised “a little taste” of each of Harvard’s 12 graduate and professional Schools, the audience at the “Harvard Lectures That Last” event on April 9 at the Memorial Church instead received an intellectual banquet.Attendees heard about solar energy and cell research, and about the charisma America brings to the world stage. They heard calls for a “moral choreography” in the study and teaching of business ethics, and for countering a “digital pandemic” of online misinformation against water fluoridation and vaccinations.This was the third year the Harvard Graduate Student Government staged the TED-style talks in which professors from across the Schools deliver 10-minute sketches of their research or teaching.The student-picked lineup: Michael Aziz, a professor of materials and energy technologies; Noah Feldman, a professor of international law; Roy Gordon, a professor of chemistry; Tina Grotzer, an associate professor of education; Miguel Hernan, a professor of epidemiology; Sergio Imparato, a visiting research fellow in government at Harvard Extension School; Sanford Kwinter, professor of architectural theory and criticism; Joshua Margolis, a professor of business administration; Timothy Patrick McCarthy, a lecturer on history and literature; Bjorn Olsen, a professor of cell biology; Stephanie Paulsell, a professor of the practice of ministry studies; and Brittany Seymour, an instructor in global and community health.Each speaker offered a window onto his or her work, and the inspiration behind it.Paulsell told the story of Antoinette Tuff, a bookkeeper at a Georgia elementary school who talked a gunman into putting down his weapon by telling him she loved him. Tuff described afterward how she had been “praying on the inside” as she persuaded the man to surrender peacefully, said Paulsell. This “anchoring of oneself in God” is the sort of phenomenon she seeks to learn from and teach, she said, recalling St. Gregory’s description of the care of souls as “the art of arts.”Margolis suggested an innovation in thinking about business ethics, a shift from “explaining to equipping,” with the aim of better preparing students for real-world challenges.“Can we bridge how people actually act in the face of ethical challenges with how people ought ideally to act?”He talked about “flipping the classroom”: asking at the outset the questions he is asked every day by his M.B.A. students. “What do they need to know, and know how to do, given the challenges and opportunities they are going to face in the world?” Then, he said, “we go out in the world and do real research so we can come back and, from an informed perspective, truly equip them with the knowledge and know-how they need to navigate the world.”Olsen offered an observation from 17th-century physician William Harvey: “When you want to learn something fundamental about biology, you have to study the rare cases.” From there, he described a recent paper connecting a mutation in a cell receptor called TEM8 with a rare genetic disorder called GAPO syndrome, marked by stunted growth, early hair loss, and a failure of teeth to erupt from the jaws.Olsen said he and his lab colleagues were particularly excited by the discovery because, in the course of their research on a different disorder, they already had developed a mouse lacking this very receptor. Without knowing it, they had created a “GAPO mouse” that hopefully will help shed light on the syndrome.“By studying many rare disorders, new insights emerge, especially where fields intersect,” he said. “If that is the only message you remember from this talk, then you’ve got it.”last_img

Chemical flavorings found in e-cigarettes linked to respiratory disease

first_img The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. “Since most of the health concerns about e-cigarettes have focused on nicotine, there is still much we do not know about e-cigarettes. In addition to containing varying levels of the addictive substance nicotine, they also contain other cancer-causing chemicals, such as formaldehyde, and as our study shows, flavoring chemicals that can cause lung damage,” said study co-author David Christiani, Elkan Blout Professor of Environmental Genetics.Other Harvard Chan School authors included Skye Flanigan, Mallory LeBlanc, Jose Vallarino, Piers MacNaughton, and James Stewart.This study was supported by an NIH/NIEHS Center grant.Photo courtesy of Diacetyl, a flavoring chemical linked to cases of severe respiratory disease, was found in more than 75 percent of flavored electronic cigarettes and refill liquids tested by researchers at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.Two other related, potentially harmful compounds were also found in many of the tested flavors, which included varieties with potential appeal to young people such as cotton candy, “Fruit Squirts,” and cupcake.The study was published online today in Environmental Health Perspectives.The Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the flavoring industry have warned workers about diacetyl because of the association between inhaling the chemical and the debilitating respiratory disease bronchiolitis obliterans, colloquially known as “popcorn lung” because it first appeared in workers who inhaled artificial butter flavor in microwave popcorn processing facilities.“Recognition of the hazards associated with inhaling flavoring chemicals started with ‘popcorn lung’ over a decade ago. However, diacetyl and other related flavoring chemicals are used in many other flavors beyond butter-flavored popcorn, including fruit flavors, alcohol flavors, and, we learned in our study, candy-flavored e-cigarettes,” said lead author Joseph Allen, assistant professor of exposure assessment sciences.There are currently more than 7,000 varieties of flavored e-cigarettes and e-juice (nicotine-containing liquid that is used in refillable devices) on the market. Although the popularity and use of e-cigarettes continues to increase, there is a lack of data on their potential health effects. E-cigarettes are not currently regulated, although the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a proposed rule to include e-cigarettes under its authority to regulate certain tobacco and nicotine-containing products.Allen and colleagues tested 51 types of flavored e-cigarettes and liquids sold by leading brands for the presence of diacetyl, acetoin, and 2,3-pentanedione, two related flavoring compounds that the Flavor and Extract Manufacturers Association lists as “high priority,” i.e., they may pose a respiratory hazard in the workplace. Each e-cigarette was inserted into a sealed chamber attached to a lab-built device that drew air through the e-cigarette for eight seconds at a time with a resting period of 15 or 30 second between each draw. The air stream was then analyzed.At least one of the three chemicals was detected in 47 of the 51 flavors tested. Diacetyl was detected above the laboratory limit of detection in 39 of the flavors tested. Acetoin and 2,3-pentanedione were detected in 46 and 23 and of the flavors, respectively.last_img

HILT Speaker Series

first_imgHILT Speaker SeriesWednesday, Nov. 30 from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.Boylston Hall 110 – Fong AuditoriumPre-Texts: The Arts Teach (Anything)Learn about a program for education professionals to employ close reading and critical thinking skills by making art based on challenging texts. The pleasures of creative interpretation fuel admiration for difference among participants from diverse racial, cultural, and gender positions. Pre-Texts facilitators will share examples of remarkable learning outcomes, unique ways of evaluating students, and time-saving strategies for preparing lessons and reaching objectives. With ample time for discussion, instructors can explore ways to introduce this pedagogy into various disciplines and curricula.Doris Sommer, Ira Jewell Williams, Jr. Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures and of African and African American StudiesGigi Luk, Associate Professor of EducationViviane Gontijo, Senior Preceptor in Romance Languages and LiteraturesAdriana Gutiérrez, Senior Preceptor in Romance Languages and Literatureslast_img

Saint Mary’s College Republicans attend Conservative Political Action Conference

first_imgWhen the members of Saint Mary’s College Republicans attended the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), which took place from Feb. 25 to 28 in Washington D.C., they thought they would be listening to the news — not making it.College Republicans president and senior Nicole O’Toole said she and vice president Shannon Golden were leaving New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s speech when Fox News reporter Griff Jenkins approached them.“He asked if he could interview Shannon and me for Greta Van Susteren’s ‘On the Record’ show that evening,” O’Toole said. “I discussed Chris Christie’s speech and how I admire his passion and energy. The 2016 candidate should emulate a lot of his personal qualities.”Golden said her stance surprised Jenkins because she is from New Jersey but does not back Chris Christie. She said her time on Fox News, along with her overall experience at CPAC, increased her enthusiasm about the College Republicans organization.“This gave us the passion to get back to campus and spread the conservative view to other girls at Saint Mary’s,” Golden said. “One of the most valuable things that we took away from CPAC was that we are the future, and this next election is about us and our future.”O’Toole said this year’s CPAC served as a learning opportunity for the College Republicans organization.“I explored more deeply some issues I have been flip-flopping on and was inspired by some of our country’s smartest and brightest leaders,” O’Toole said. “We will definitely take back all of the incredible networking we were able to do, and we hope to send a conservative speaker to campus this spring.”According to O’Toole, one of the most interesting parts of CPAC was the differing viewpoints of the speakers.“It was a nice reminder of the many different views of the Republican party,” O’Toole said. “… I believe you can only truly be sure of your beliefs if you have really investigated the other side.”O’Toole said one speech in particular made a lasting impression on her: a luncheon with the Clare Luce Booth Policy Institute, which honored communications consultant KT McFarland as its “Woman of the Year.”“[McFarland’s] best advice for young conservative women was to always be prepared and confident,” O’Toole said. “Men ask for more and do not feel rude about doing so. Women need the confidence men have in order to be more successful in the world.”Golden said CPAC speakers such as Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Phil Robertson of “Duck Dynasty” covered a variety of topics, but Sarah Palin’s speech was especially focused on the military.“It was an extreme change of pace from all the other speakers who talked about what they would bring to the table if they run in 2016,” Golden said. “She talked about improving soldiers’ benefits and the support for when they return from war.”O’Toole said Palin’s speech distinguished itself from the others as she discussed her son Track Palin’s military service.“Sarah Palin’s speech really stuck out because she’s very colorful,” O’Toole said. “She emphasized the need to legitimize military degrees so that veterans are able to get better jobs that they are more than qualified enough to do.”Golden said Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, who focused on liberty and economic freedom, was a crowd favorite.“People were chanting ‘President Paul’ and going crazy,” Golden said. “He seemed to get the best response from the crowd, especially from the millennials.”Golden said some of the most memorable parts of the conference were the opportunities to network and her time on Fox News.“It was great being with like-minded peers from all over the country and hearing who everyone wants in 2016,” Golden said. “There were so many politicians and huge people in the Republican Party. It was such a privilege that SMC College Republicans was able to take part in this year’s CPAC.” Tags: Chris Christie, conservative political action conference, CPAC, Griff Jenkins, Nicole O’Toole, Rand Paul, Saint Mary’s College Republicans, Sarah Palin, Shannon Golden, SMC college republicanslast_img

Patrick Page & John Cullum Will Star in Broadway’s Casa Valentina

first_img Set in the idyllic Catskills mountains in the 1960s, Casa Valentina is a discrete venue for men who enjoy dressing up and acting as women. When the opportunity to become an official organization arises, Casa Valentina must decide whether this would help gain their clientele recognition in society or wreck havoc on their personal lives. Show Closed This production ended its run on June 29, 2014 Casa Valentina Broadway favorite Patrick Page and two-time Tony winner John Cullum have officially joined the cast of Tony winner Harvey Fierstein’s world premiere play Casa Valentina, according to a spokesperson for the show. Directed by Tony winner Joe Mantello, the play will begin previews on April 1 and open on April 23 at Manhattan Theatre Club’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. Casa Valentina marks Fierstein’s first play in almost 30 years. Page most recently appeared on Broadway in A Time to Kill. His other Broadway credits include Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Julius Caesar, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, The Kentucky Cycle, A Man for All Seasons, Spider-Man, Turn Off the Dark and Cyrano de Bergerac. His film and TV credits include The Substance of Fire and The Good Wife. Related Showscenter_img Cullum garnered Tony Awards for his performances in Shenandoah and On the Twentieth Century and received Tony nominations for On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, Urinetown and 110 in the Shade. His other Broadway credits include Camelot, Boys in Autumn, Hamlet, 1776, All My Sons, Show Boat, Old Money, August: Osage County, Cymbeline, 110 in the Shade and The Scottsboro Boys. View Comments Star Files Patrick Pagelast_img

Onsite: BAI Payments Connect Conference 2015

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,David Miller David Miller is one of the founders of, your one stop place for all things credit union. He has been involved with the credit union community for over … Web: Details Another great BAI conference has just concluded. BAI held their annual Payments Connect conference in Phoenix AZ. This year’s agenda had industry experts and vendors discussing the latest payments regulations and challenges that financial institutions are facing. BAI did an excellent job of providing quality content that provided actionable ideas participants could take back and implement.There were several tracks to choose from. Attendees weren’t limited to just one. Which was great. I talked with several people who attended sessions in all of the tracks.The first track pertained to payments strategy and consumer insights. Some of the key topics were: the latest shifts in payments preferences and mobile adoption, what researchers and regulators have to say about consumers’ evolving needs, and building relationships with emerging competitors like Twitter and Apple Pay. MasterCard provided a great presentation about the demand for immediacy and the implications of innovation. Today’s consumers want immediate access to their money in a variety of ways. How are you meeting their needs?The second track discussed the future of payments fraud. Sessions were geared toward finding new ways to secure digital information and reducing fraud exposure. These two topics may sound easy, but with payments happening at a much higher rate than just a few years ago, it can be difficult to achieve. Attendees in this session discussed how their financial institution could reduce cyber crime and fraud, and they listened to the Fed outline their vision for the future and the potential fraud impact that comes with faster payments.The third track was a little more technical. Discussing how digitization is changing the payments operations space. Check image and remote deposit capture technology is evolving and really taking off. Both consumers and business want to the leverage the power of RDC. The presenters discussed how to address RDC duplicates and how to make business deposits mobile. Also discussed were options for responding to financial product and service patent threats, the regulatory impact on payment processing, and what Apple Pay means for your financial institution’s mobile technology and security.The conference offered a unique fourth track, digital day. Presentations in this track provided up to date information about the technology behind digital payments systems. The key discussion points were partnering for success in the payment space, preparing for the next big digital disruption, how payments are disappearing into apps, and why financial institutions, merchants, and customers must work together for the future. Fiserv and US Bank did an interesting presentation on the evolution of money movement. Payment processing has come a long way and is still maturing. Today’s consumers expect speed and don’t want to wait for payments to catch up. What is your financial institution doing to keep everyone satisfied? Or are they?BAI’s Payments Connect conference is a must go to conference for any financial institution that processes payments. I would also say it’s a great conference for any financial institution. Attendees are sure to come away with some great ideas and learn about new solutions to help implement those ideas.Disclaimer: Information contained in this article obtained from the conference agenda, BAI website, and our first hand experience at the conference. last_img

10 ways you’re throwing money away

first_img 16SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Chloe Della CostaThere are all sorts of ways to cut spending and boost your savings, and there are just as many ways to sabotage your own finances. In addition to missing out on money-saving discounts, making unwise shopping decisions, and purchasing unnecessary items, you might also be throwing your money down the drain for no real reason at all. Often, all it takes is a little effort and organization to fix the problem. But first, you need to be aware of all the ways your money is being wasted. The list could go on and on, of course, but here are 10 ways consumers repeatedly throw their money away.1. Never redeeming gift cardsEven if you don’t want your gift card, at least give it to someone who will use it. According to statistics compiled by Gift Card Granny, more than $41 billion in gift cards went unused between 2005 and 2011. American households also average $300 in unused gift cards, and nearly half of recipients do not use the full value of the card. Don’t be the person letting these dollars go down the drain.2. Letting Groupons expireAccording to Yipit, roughly 15% of Groupons go unredeemed by the time the expiration date rolls around. Make a note of your daily deal coupon’s expiration date to ensure this doesn’t happen to you. And if your Groupon does expire, you can still get some value from it. The digital coupon should retain its face value at the organization for at least five years. MoneyCrashers explains how you may be able to sell or swap your Groupon if you change your mind after purchase. continue reading »last_img