Written by October 23, 2018 /Sports News – National Scoreboard roundup — 10/22/18 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Saturday’s sports events:NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATIONOrlando 93, Boston 90Toronto 127, Charlotte 106Minnesota 101, Indiana 91Milwaukee 124, N-Y Knicks 113Dallas 115, Chicago 109Memphis 92, Utah 84OT Washington 125, Portland 124OT San Antonio 143, L.A. Lakers 142Golden State 123, Phoenix 103NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUEColorado 4, Philadelphia 1Carolina 3, Detroit 1OT Winnipeg 5, St. Louis 4Washington 5, Vancouver 2NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUEAtlanta 23, N-Y Giants 20Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Beau Lund
The Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) has backed the government’s recent housing White Paper and says there is an “increased appetite” among lenders to advance mortgages to landlords who accommodate renters on longer tenancies.The White Paper sets out how the government is planning to create more secure, longer tenancies for families that would last up to three years and give people ‘the security they need to plan for the future’, Prime Minister Theresa May says in its introduction.Although the initiative has encountered criticism from some quarters of the property industry including eMoov chief execute Russell Quirk, who described the White Paper as ‘recycled rhetoric’, it has been welcomed by most agents and consumer groups including housing charity Shelter.The CML says it is keen to assist the government as it ‘works towards a market in which those renting can find a tenancy to suit their needs’.“Lenders already contribute to the funding of private and social rented housing, as well as owner-occupation, so we welcome and are comfortable with the cross-tenure approach in today’s white paper,” says Paul Smee, the CML’s director general.“We are now ready to work with the government, and with members and others, on the detailed implementation of these proposals. We want to play our part in developing a coherent, long term plan to deliver more housing and help ensure that it is durable, affordable and in the locations and tenures that people want.”But the CML has come under fire as recently as last month for its members’ resistance to long-term tenancies. Up to half of lenders – research by Shelter revealed – are reluctant to sanction because, should the landlord default on the loan it would be difficult for the lender to then sell the property to recoup their loan by selling the property.The National Landlords Association (NLA) also believes that lenders could ‘do more to help’ and that many landlords remain on inflexible legacy mortgages.longer tenancies Shelter Council of Mortgage Lenders February 10, 2017Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Has the CML changed its tune on longer tenancies? previous nextRegulation & LawHas the CML changed its tune on longer tenancies?’Increased appetite’ to advance mortgages to landlords offering three-year contracts, it is claimedNigel Lewis10th February 20170612 Views
View post tag: US Navy View post tag: News by topic U.S. Navy awarded a prime contract to Leidos to provide to provide scientific, engineering, and technical services in support of the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division (NSWCCD). The single-award, cost-plus fixed-fee indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract has a four-year period of performance and a total contract value of approximately $49 million. Work will be performed primarily in West Bethesda, Md.NSWCCD is the full-spectrum research and development, test and evaluation, engineering, and Fleet support organization for the Navy’s ships, submarine, military watercraft, and unmanned vehicles.Under the contract, Leidos will provide scientific, engineering, and technical services required for the design, development, fabrication, integration, test, fleet implementation, and maintenance of synthetic signature generation-based training and analysis systems utilizing the All World Environment Simulation (AWESIM) and the Periscope Simulation (PSIM) visual simulation.[mappress mapid=”16045″]Image: US Navy May 21, 2015 Authorities View post tag: NSWCCD View post tag: americas View post tag: Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today US Navy Hires Leidos for NSWCCD Services View post tag: Naval View post tag: Leidos US Navy Hires Leidos for NSWCCD Services Share this article
June 11, 2015 View post tag: News by topic View post tag: ESPS Infanta Cristina View post tag: Officers View post tag: africa Ten Malagasy naval officers carried out counter-piracy training on board the Operation Atalanta flagship, ESPS Infanta Cristina, during the Spanish warship’s recent visit to Diego Suarez.The training demonstrated how the EU Naval Force communications system called Mercury is used to exchange information with naval forces and merchant ships about suspected pirate activities in the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean.The training is part of the EU’s Comprehensive Approach that is helping to enhance maritime security and capabilities of regional states. The experience was ideally suited to the Malagasy naval officers due to the impending setup of the Indian Ocean Maritime Information Centre in the capital, Anatananarivo.[mappress mapid=”16208″]Image: EUNAVFOR Back to overview,Home naval-today Malagasy Naval Officers Train aboard ESPS Infanta Cristina Share this article View post tag: Navy Authorities Malagasy Naval Officers Train aboard ESPS Infanta Cristina View post tag: Naval View post tag: train View post tag: Malagasy
Those who opposed the decision to remove the thread argued that the JCR was being hypocritical, having passed a motion defending the Union’s invitations to Irving in Michaelmas term in defence of free speech. Gil-Aid Schwartz was against the censorship and said, “There is a fundamental distinction between the interests of a person included in the content of a comment (such as gossip reported in the Bogsheet) and the interests of a third party. For that reason there is a logical flaw in the “Bogsheet precedent” which was applied.”Since the incident there has been an Equal Opportunities committee meeting which agreed to propose a change to the JCR constitution. The change will propose a clear cut policy defining what is unacceptable on the message board, similar to the codes of conduct that many forum sites already have. Complaints received by Welfare would be dealt with in strictest confidence to decide whether they should be upheld according to this policy, and, if so, the Computer Rep as moderator would edit the offending post alone, explaining why.President Jon Griffiths admitted that under the new constitution the censorship would not have taken place, but added that to focus on such a detail was to miss the point. He said, “Posts drawing complaints will still put Welfare in a difficult position when not covered in the agreed policy; they have a duty to the JCR to do whatever they can to address their concerns, whilst being powerless to deal directly with things said that are perfectly within one’s rights, but equally could offend or intimidate. We will now have clear guidelines to determine if a post should be removed, and if not, Welfare can still act in a personal capacity to address said concerns.He urged students to use the message board responsibly in the future. “Given the usual content of our message boards, I think this issue has become one of principle rather than genuine concern for a lack of freedom of speech. Hopefully with the matter settled common sense will prevail, and our message boards can return to being a beneficial resource for the whole JCR.” Magdalen Junior Common Room was forced to censor a comment on their JCR message board after a student complained that they found it offensive. The censorship caused some outcry amongst members of the JCR as they suggested that their right to free speech was being threatened.A student took offence after a request was made for a stripper for a friend’s birthday. The affronted student complained to the JCR welfare representatives which led to the President having to remove the thread.Jon Wright at Magdalen was drawn into the debate after somebody suggested he apply for the stripper position and suggested that the JCR had overreacted. He said, “As far as I’m concerned, whether or not that sort of thing is suitable for the JCR website should be up to the discretion – and sense of humour – of individuals.”“Admittedly, as threads go it probably wasn’t the best use of JCR web space but to find it offensive would presumably require an almost superhuman degree of thin-skinned humourlessness,” he added. “At any rate, the only person with grounds for a legitimate personal grievance was me, since a friend posted a comment along the lines of “Jon Wright’ll do it. I hear he’s desperate for money…”, which certainly didn’t offend me in the least, though I did almost choke to death on a cup of tea from laughing.”JCR President, Jon Griffiths, explained that the situation proved difficult due to the conflict of interests faced by the JCR, he said, “Welfare did indeed receive a complaint that someone was uncomfortable with the nature of the post and it was removed. This opens up a bit of a can of worms – welfare officers are mandated to cater to the needs of the JCR, whilst as a student body we have professed our defence of freedom of expression on several occasions in the recent past – but the area where the two meet is very hazy.”Currently if a student does not wish to appear in Magdalen’s college magazine, the ‘Bogsheet’, then they can make a request to the Welfare representatives who will ensure the removal of their name. Jon Griffiths explained that it was this precedent that had been followed after a student complained about the content of the JCR thread, “a complaint to Welfare leads to removal of the offending comment by the person responsible for the upkeep of the medium used, in this case the Computer Rep. However Welfare, the Computer Rep and I recognise that this raises issues; we are treading on new ground, and policy regarding it requires clarification.”
The report was compiled after analysing nine-months of data provided by litter-pickers who had downloaded the Plastic Patrol App. During the period, 110,614 pieces of litter were recorded and 64,913 were categorised by type and brand. The report focuses on the litter which was able to be classified. OxClean also organises a “Spring Clean”every spring and estimates that during the 2019 event, over 1000 volunteers took part and cleared over 6 tonnes of litter. The 2020 Spring Clean will take place from Friday 28th of February to Sunday 1st of March. OxClean also runs “spotless Oxford” which encourages local businesses, such as Quod, to clean up the area outside their business. Plastic Patrol aims to accelerate the transition to a circular economy and in the December 2019 Queen’s Speech, the government set out their plan to “progress towards resource efficiency and a circular economy.” Plastic Patrol seeks to use the information gathered by volunteers to ensure that the government meets this target. Oxford City Council is responsible for ensuring that the streets are kept clean. Tony Eccelstone, a Council representative, said that though both “Oxford City Council and ODS work hard to keep the city clean” this is a “never-ending task”. Therefore, the Council encourages “partnership working with volunteer groups who aim to help us keep Oxford one of the best litter-picking cities in the country.” According to the report, Oxford, London and Reading are some of the most engaged litter-picking locations, as determined by the number of uploads to the Plastic Patrol App. Plastic made up the majority of items found and of this litter, the majority was plastic packaging. A report published by Plastic Patrol has found that Oxford residents are some of the most engaged litter-pickers in the country. According to the website of OxClean, another non-profit organisation, the City Council supports their litter-picking activities by supplying volunteers with rubbish sacks and taking away full ones. Plastic Patrol, which is a non-profit organisation has also produced a “litter map” which uses data stored in their App. This allows users to spot trends in litter-picking and single-use plastics. The group also organises clean-up events to encourage people to tidy up the environment around them.
Last month, Vermont jam band Twiddle announced the group’s upcoming Thanksgiving run. The run will kick off with a show on Wednesday, November 21st, at The Fillmore in Philadelphia, PA, followed by a two-night “Frendsgiving” celebration on Friday and Saturday, November 23rd and 24th, at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY. As previously announced, Boston-based rock group Ripe will open the show in Philadelphia.Twiddle has since shared their special “Frends” for the upcoming Capitol Theatre shows. On Friday, November 23rd, Montana-based bluegrass sensations Kitchen Dwellers will handle the night’s opening duties, while Eric Krasno Band is set to open things up the following night on Saturday, November 24th.Twiddle’s Frendsgiving run falls at the tail end of a heavy fall touring schedule. The four-piece recently announced a Boston NYE run, as well as a Halloween run at Washington, D.C.’s 9:30 Club that falls between Twiddle’s two previously announced late-2018 tours. This includes the band’s own headlining fall tour, which began at the end of August, and ran through the beginning of October. Twiddle also has a stretch of upcoming dates supporting SOJA, which will take them down the West Coast and into the South throughout the month of November.Twiddle also recently announced a Halloween-proper collaboration with Phil Lesh, set for October 31st. Dubbed Phil-O-Ween, the three-set celebration will kick off with GEM, the trio whose name is derived from the first initials of its members: Midnight North’s Grahame Lesh and Elliot Peck and Twiddle’s Mihali Savoulidis. Then, Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band will perform a set together. To close out the evening, Phil Lesh and Twiddle will team up for their collaborative project, Phiddle.Tickets for the Capitol Theatre shows can be purchased here for November 23rd, and here for November 24th.For a full list of Twiddle’s upcoming tour dates, or for more information, head to the band’s website.
In 2018, Saint Mary’s will introduce new graduate program, a Master of Autism Studies. Although students cannot begin their coursework until 2019, the program will begin accepting applications and hosting workshops this calendar year. “Everyone knows about the critical need for understanding and responding to autism in the world today,” Michael Waddell, program director, said in an email. “The Master of Autism Studies program responds to this need by examining autism from scientific, therapeutic and humanistic perspectives.”The first proposal for the program was submitted in the spring of 2011, Waddell said. This program speaks to the values of Saint Mary’s and specifically a Holy Cross education, said Susan Latham, a Master of Autism Studies faculty member and program director of the Master of Science in speech language pathology program.“I think it’s important that this is happening at Saint Mary’s because we are Holy Cross. And Holy Cross means that we are educating our students in a way that reflects the way that Fr. Moreau envisioned our work happening,” Latham said. “So for example, one characteristic of Holy Cross educators is respect for the individual in that we don’t concern ourselves with only the mind but also the heart, and that really speaks to our values and how we approach families with whom we work.” Waddell said that throughout their time in the program, students will study autism in relation to both intervention approaches as well as other subjects.“The Master of Autism Studies program will provide the interdisciplinary, autism-specific expertise students need to become leaders in autism-related fields,” he said. “Unlike other programs, the Master of Autism Studies will introduce students to the full range of evidence-based autism interventions, including — but not limited to — behavioralist approaches. And it will do all of these things in conversation with the Catholic tradition.”Waddell said the program looks beyond just the science and examines the intersection of autism with the humanities.“Autism therapies are important because, when done well, they can improve the quality of life of people who live with autism,” he said. “And, of course, in order to provide the best autism therapies, you have to understand the science of autism. But autism is about more than a diagnosis and treatment. It affects every dimension of life. That’s why it’s important to think about autism from humanistic perspectives too.”In these humanities courses, students will study autistic art and literature, as well as take into account how philosophical, theological, political and legal lenses can aid in the understanding of autism, Waddell said. “The humanities courses in the autism studies program help us to think about autism as more than a diagnosis and treatment — to understand that autism shapes the lives and identities of human beings and is giving rise to a distinctive culture,” he said. “This is the only program I know of that takes such a broad approach to thinking about autism as part of the human experience.”This specific approach is unique to Saint Mary’s. Most other programs across the nation look solely at the scientific aspects, and the holistic approach taken in this program is “visionary,” Latham said.“There aren’t other programs like this,” she added. “This is sort of groundbreaking, in having this degree being offered. It’s nice to know that right here, on this campus, we are creating something and are really passionate about something that I feel is visionary, that is not what everybody is doing.”The program brings together faculty and faculty fellows who are experts in various aspects of autism studies, Waddell said. “Every person teaching in the program has a significant interest in autism and brings a special kind of expertise to the table,” he said. “In my personal opinion, the quality of the faculty and fellows is one of the greatest strengths of the program. I want to take every course my colleagues will be teaching.”On March 2, the program will host its first workshop. Waddell said workshops will be focused on intervention techniques, sometimes offering an opportunity for certification.“The autism intervention workshops bring world-renowned experts to campus to provide training in state-of-the-art autism interventions,” he said. “… We strive to represent the full range of evidence-based interventions rather than just limiting ourselves to one particular approach, as happens in many programs.”Waddell said that many of the workshops offer students and community members the opportunity to achieve valuable certification in intervention methods at little to no cost. The upcoming one will be cosponsored by the Master of Autism Studies program, the Communicative Sciences and Disorders department and LOGAN Community Resources. It is free and open to all, as long as participants register online prior to the workshop. “This is the sort of thing that students can list on resumes and professionals can use to maintain licensure,” Waddell said. “The training would cost a lot of money for students and community members if they pursued it on their own, but it’s being offered for free in our workshops through the financial support of sponsors.”Latham looks forward to sharing her passion for autism studies to both the community through workshops and through teaching, she said. “It’s really encouraging to me to know that there are people that think that there is value in this as a graduate study and that they have that same level of compassion and concern for individuals on the autism spectrum,” she said. Tags: Autism, Holy Cross, Master of Autism Studies
The University will begin to loosen restrictions as a result of a decrease in the number of positive COVID-19 cases in the community, vice president for student affairs Erin Hoffmann Harding said in an email Thursday.Students may begin to gather outdoors in groups of 20 or fewer, and indoor gatherings will depend on the distanced capacity of the space to allow for proper physical distancing.As a result of a decrease in case counts in residence halls, up to two additional residents of the same residence hall may gather in another student’s room. All will be required to wear masks, physically distance and leave the doors open.“If this extension is successful and case counts stay low, we anticipate modifying the guest policy again by opening up 24-hour space in a few weeks,” Hoffmann Harding said. “Please help us achieve this goal by continuing to follow all requested health and safety protocols.”The University has extended hours in a number of spaces across campus, and the eighth floor of Duncan Student Center will now be open for study use between 8 p.m. and midnight daily.A number of outdoor locations will begin to be heated, including Library Lawn, South Lawn, North Quad, South Quad, East Quad and West Quad.North and South Dining Halls will offer indoor dining with physically distanced seats and plexiglass shields.“These steps will increase seating capacity while reducing potential virus transmission,” Hoffmann Harding said. “All meals will continue to be served in takeout containers with additional seating available in the adjacent heated tents and other locations around campus.”More details regarding the Winter Session will be relayed in the next few weeks. Notre Dame will offer a limited number of housing options during the session, but separate charges and contracts will apply.Hoffmann Harding closed the email by reminding students to continue to follow the health and safety protocols.“Thank you for all you are doing to keep us healthy by following the University’s health and safety protocols,” Hoffmann Harding said. “I am proud of our community and grateful to be on campus together.”Tags: COVID-19, duncan student center, Erin Hoffmann Harding
8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Serving customers and helping them achieve their financial goals are often identified by credit union executives as their organizations’ top objectives. Whether it is Wells Fargo (with $1.6 trillion in assets and thousands of employees) or tiny Oakwood State Bank in Texas (with $6.5 million and two employees), financial institutions understand the importance of customer and community service.At the same time, top executives and managers at credit unions know that customers cannot be served well if the financial institution is struggling to survive. As a result, growing profitably and mitigating risk are also core objectives at virtually every credit union, regardless of size.The challenge is that in order to meet these goals, institutions have to overcome an assortment of internal and external pressures that threaten growth and security. Some pressures are amplified by institutional processes and systems; others can disproportionately dominate executives’ time and attention. Identifying and acknowledging these pressures is critical to discovering solutions that help address larger goals of optimizing capital deployment, managing risk more effectively and fueling profitable growth – achievements that put the bank or credit union in the best position to serve customers. continue reading »