March 1, 2021 /Sports News – Local BYU announces football games with Ole Miss and Dixie State Tags: BYU Cougars Football/Dixie State Trailblazers Football/Ole Miss Rebels FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPROVO, Utah — BYU today announced agreements for future football games with the University of Mississippi of the SEC and FCS foe Dixie State University.Ole Miss and BYU have agreed to a home-and-home series that will see the Rebels visiting LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo, Utah, on Sept. 16, 2028, and the Cougars traveling to Oxford, Mississippi, on Sept. 8, 2029.BYU and Ole Miss have met only once previously, with the Cougars earning a narrow 14-13 road victory in the 2011 opener at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. The matchup, which marked BYU’s first game as an independent in football, was a defensive battle highlighted by BYU All-American linebacker Kyle Van Noy providing the winning score on a strip-sack touchdown in the fourth quarter.A founding member of the SEC, Ole Miss has won three national championships (1959, 1960, 1962) and earned six conference titles while ranking No. 43 in the history of college football with 647 wins dating back to 1893. The Rebels have appeared in 38 bowl games, tied with BYU at No. 21 for the most appearances in college football history. The Ole Miss .649 postseason winning percentage ranks No. 4 all-time. The Rebel program boasts 12 consensus All-Americans and 22 first-round draft selections among its 246 overall NFL draft picks.BYU will host Dixie State on Nov. 16, 2024, in the first-ever football matchup between the two in-state programs. The Trailblazers, currently one of three FCS independents in football, are scheduled to join all other DSU sports in the Western Athletic Conference after the league’s recent decision to sponsor FCS football. Located in St. George, Utah, Dixie State officially began its transition to NCAA Division I status this past July with all sports except football joining the WAC.BYU achieved its highest final ranking since 1996 with a No. 11 national finish in 2020. The Cougars earned an 11-1 record as the only team in the country to produce both a top-10 offense and defense. With seven members of the College Football Hall of Fame, 80 All-America honorees, 143 NFL Draft picks and 38 bowl appearances, including winning the 1984 national championship, the Cougars boast a storied football history that dates back to 1922. Over the last 50 seasons, BYU ranks No. 8 overall in wins among all FBS programs with 425 victories.Kickoff times and broadcast plans for the announced games will be determined at a future date. Written by Robert Lovell
Signs of Brexit fatigue are appearing in London as home buyers return to the market in significant numbers despite the ongoing political paralysis, it has been claimed.Chestertons, which has 41 branches across the Capital, says the number of purchasers registering with it to buy homes increased by 36.5% during the first three months of 2019 compared to the same period last year.Other indicators that suggest a revival in London’s largely catatonic sales market include a 13.6% rise in the number of viewings, a 7.6% increase in the number of offers being made and a 12.6% jump in exchanges.Fall-through rate dropsBut perhaps most tellingly, the number of sales transactions falling through prior to exchange dropped by 42.9%, a clear sign that confidence in the market is returning after almost a year of jitters as the original Brexit deadline approached.“As the March 29th deadline got closer, we expected buyers to take a ‘wait and see’ approach and for the market to slow down,” says Guy Gittins, Managing Director of Chestertons (left).“In the event, the opposite happened and buyers became increasingly active, which suggests that people either did not believe that Brexit would happen or have become so fatigued with the B-word that they are deciding to carry on regardless.”Despite an increase in buyer activity, Chestertons says the ongoing shortage of stock continues and its inventory is currently down 21% compared to the same time last year.But the company says its stock increased marginally last month, a sign that some buyers are now putting their own properties on the market so as to be in a position to buy.guy gittins London property market Brexit Chestertons April 26, 2019Nigel 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 » Housing Market » Buyers returning to London market in significant numbers, claims agency previous nextHousing MarketBuyers returning to London market in significant numbers, claims agency41-branch Chestertons says buyers are getting weary of waiting for Brexit and beginning to return to the fray.Nigel Lewis26th April 201901,298 Views
The university and many colleges have received controversial donations in the past, and it would seem sensible to implement some kind of screening process to ensure that groups linked to human rights abuses and serious environmental degradation cannot make donations in future- as doing so may validate the activities of such companies/individuals and damage the integrity of the uni/college.”Cherry Jackson, Environment and Ethics representative, said, “We do need the money desperately. I remember in my first year having to deal with yellow water coming out of the taps in my room, and the money will be used to improve these conditions. Indeed, I participated in the Telethon last year because I know we need money to keep college running.“The money will help college to become more environmentally friendly as well; with improved refurbishments, not as much heat will be lost and leakages of pipes etc will stop as much water being lost.“However, personally I would not have accepted the donation given the track record of the company that the two alumni are linked with in destroying biodiversity and people’s lives amongst other atrocities. However, I am in a position to do so as I am a student here, not a staff member in the direct line of wondering how to sort out this or that problem that college has to cope with.St Peter’s continues to support many charities, including environmental charities, especially with Fairtrade Fortnight commencing, we hope to show how green St Peters is.”Francois and Bertrand Perrodo are alumni of St Peter’s and wish to express their appreciation for the time they spent here . The donation is very much theirs – and is supported by other members of the Perrodo family. Perenco, one of Europe’s biggest oil companies, is a family owned company and is their chosen vehicle for this gift.The appropriate University body advised the donation was acceptable and it was then approved by the College’s Governing Body.The investment vehicles used by St Peter’s are all interviewed about their ethical policies before selected to ensure that those policies are appropriate.We take our environmental responsibilities seriously. Following a Carbon Trust Survey, we have regular energy audits , performed by an independent external company, to help us reduce energy consumption. We have recently pioneered a water saving system. We are part of the Carbon Reduction Commitment of Oxford University Colleges, which prescribes a strict set of rules including documentation and record keeping and we pay carbon credits annually. We also took part in the 10:10 Campaign where we pledged and achieved a 10% reduction of carbon emissions.St Peter’s is delighted to receive this important and generous donation. Many of the college’s buildings and spaces will be much improved – to the benefit of students , Fellows and staff St Peter’s College has attracted criticism after accepting a £5 million donation from Francois and Bertrand Perrodo, alumni of the college with senior roles in the controversal oil and gas company Perenco.The donation is intended to go towards the renovation of quads and facilities in the college, and all members of the college will be consulted about the use of remaining funds.Perenco is a major Franco-British company which produces 375,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day and operates in 16 countries. It has been criticised for its denial of the existence of uncontacted, indigenous peoples in the Peruvian rainforest, and was sued in 2010 by a Peruvian indigenous rights organisation, AIDESEP. A report published by Peruvian NGO CooperAcción last year criticised the company for failing to negotiate with indigenous peoples when planning a drilling operation, which included a proposed pipeline through the Pucacuro National Reserve.The company has received further allegations of funding a military initiative in Guatemala that oppresses citizens who object to the energy projects, but this cannot be substantiated.Navjeev Singh, JCR President at St. Peter’s, defended the decision. “The donation was reviewed and cleared by the university committee and subsequently accepted by the college. The allegations [against Perenco] have been strongly contested and flatly denied by Perenco as far as I know.“From the point of view of the JCR and the college, we see it as Francois and Bertrand Perredo, both Peter’s Alumni, coming back and contributing to improve college life. I described the details of the donation during a JCR meeting (with over 50 members attending) last Monday and received no negative comment or any questions/comments at all about why our college is accepting the donation. The feedback was generally positive.”The news comes after OUSU has formally requested that the university cease to invest in fossil fuels. James Rainey, OUSU E&E chair, said, “At the OUSU E&E campaign we’ve been focusing on how the University invests- particularly in relation to fossil fuel companies. Receiving donations is to some extent a different matter (so I can only comment at a personal level).
Oxford City Council has issued a statement to the Environment Secretary Michael Gove calling for a 10-point contract between the government and local authorities to help tackle air pollution in urban areas.Under their plan more powers and funding would be provided to empower local authorities to keep levels of air pollution below the safe and legal limits.The plan was sent to Michael Gove by Tom Hayes, Oxford Council’s Board Member for a Safer and Greener Environment, and calls for the government to;End the sale of all new polluting vehicles earlier than 2040.Install infrastructure to accelerate the uptake of electric vehicles.Revise vehicle Excise Duty to incentivise the purchase of new and second-hand zero emissions vehicles.Revise the standard driving licence to increase the maximum payload of light goods vehicles.Implement a polluting vehicles scrappage scheme.Put equity to those on low incomes at the very heart of the approach.Tighten clean air standards in line with the latest scientific evidence.Take into account Oxford’s local data for developing national air quality measures.Establish an independent watchdog to enforce air quality measures after leaving the EU.Launch a public health campaign to highlight the dangers of air pollution and the health benefits of switching to electric vehicles.Councillor Hayes said that “There is no safe level of air pollution… [it] is an invisible killer, and we want to work with the Government to accelerate our pollution protection”, describing current levels of air pollution as “a clear health injustice” in which “the poorest in our communities… are hit hardest by toxic pollution”.He added that “It doesn’t have to be this way. Mr Gove has the chance to put the health of towns and cities across the UK first by signing up to our 10-point contract.”The proposals follow new data showing that air pollution in Oxford fell by 22.7% between 2016 and 2017, but that four of the city’s monitoring areas still registered toxic levels of nitrogen dioxide.Air pollution currently plays a role in 40,000 deaths a year in the UK, and health experts have warned that there is no safe level of nitrogen dioxide.Last year, Oxford City Council announced new proposals to introduce the world’s first Zero Emission Zone in the city centre, and has secured £3.5 million in government funding to help achieve this.The City Council has yet to receive a response from Michael Gove or his office.
Irish sandwich and coffee chain O’Briens has revealed it will make its first foray across the Atlantic with the roll-out of a franchise operation in Canada.Retail and operations director Andrew Moyes said that the firm, which has an international presence in Singapore, Australia and China among other countries, is also set to build up a cluster of stores in central Europe.He told British Baker: “Our plan is to have two Canadian shops open by spring next year. Canada is a vast country, so there are huge opportunities. We’re also looking to go into Belgium and France to get a continental European cluster of shops.”Our Irishness is a big strength when we’re trading outside Ireland,” he added, “and the made- to-order model, along with the speed of service, provides a compelling proposition.”Moyes also revealed that the chain’s turnover was up by around 10% year-on-year and that its booming outside catering business now accounts for up to 50% of inner-city store turnover. “Some operators have two or three refrigerated vans, and we have a very strong business with outside catering. That, I think, makes our operation quite unique,” he said.O’Briens will also introduce a party menu this autumn for private functions, weddings and christenings. “This gives the franchisees a huge opportunity to increase their sales beyond the retail offer. We can also attract customers into our stores through cross-marketing,” said Moyes.
As Muslims at home and across the world begin the holy month of Ramadan I want to wish you all Ramadan Kareem. Ramadan is a time of self-reflection, but also of being part of something bigger; fasting together, prayer and the gathering of families. Ramadan is also about the values of compassion, charity and selflessness. Values that unite us all. I want to highlight the huge contributions that British Muslims make to all areas of British life. At this special time of year I say to you, your friends and your relatives, Ramadan Mubarak. Follow the Foreign Office on Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn Follow the Foreign Secretary on Twitter @BorisJohnson and Facebook The Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson said: Further information Media enquiries For journalists Email [email protected]
Leaders from government, military, and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) gathered at Harvard to reflect on the response to last year’s devastating Haiti earthquake and begin the search for ways to improve future disaster response.A significant part of the discussion Wednesday and Thursday (March 23 and 24) revolved around the lack of coordination in the massive response that saw more than 350 organizations send personnel with a wide mix of skills to the quake area.The lack of coordination was exacerbated by the fact that the quake struck the island nation’s capital city, Port-au-Prince, and heavily damaged government facilities and equipment, affecting personnel too.“One of the findings was the need to support the government and government structures very early, provide space for them, generators, vehicles,” said Michael VanRooyen, director of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative.Other sponsors of the closed-door roundtable included the Harvard Kennedy School’s Program on Crisis Leadership, Massachusetts General Hospital’s Center for Global Health, and the Harvard Global Health Institute.Arnold Howitt, co-director of the Program on Crisis Leadership, said participants detailed not just problems, but also things that worked well in the response. The work of the U.S. military, he said, was “exemplary,” and the organization was committed to humanitarian objectives. Some of the larger nongovernmental organizations also were praised. The group felt that the NGOs and the military got to know each other better during the crisis and perhaps dispelled some preconceived notions about each other.In some ways, the Haiti crisis was unique, VanRooyen said. The island’s needs and proximity to the United States meant there were pre-existing relationships between the two nations in thousands of small ways, through Haitian immigrants to the United States and through schools and church groups that had relationships with Haitian communities and sister churches there. When the quake hit, these relationships resulted in a massive wave that landed groups of people who set up mobile kitchens, supplied water, and even provided small comforts like toys for kids.“We were already engaged with Haiti. We had a long history of NGO activity, volunteer activity, church activity,” VanRooyen said. “When Pakistan floods, that’s not a place where you’re going to find 20 college or high school kids or kids from a community center who show up in matching T-shirts because they have a relationship.”VanRooyen said the response of U.S. civil society was a plus, but the veritable flood of organizations and people created chaos in the early days after the quake.Though 350 NGOs did register with the Haitian government, Howitt said, there were many more operating there that did not register. Participants also voiced concerns that organizations were operating outside their areas of expertise, a potentially dangerous situation if that involves medical procedures. Even after the Haitian government began to get back on its feet, Howitt said, some NGOs continued to go it alone, pursuing their own organizational goals with little concern for the government’s priorities.While not every disaster will strike at the heart of a nation’s government as the Haiti earthquake did, VanRooyen said many developing nations’ governments are resource-poor and will still need support to cope with a major disaster and coordinate the influx of help. There was some discussion of setting up a fund to help governments cope in such times.The fund could be used to help construct buildings, meet other needs related to a disaster, and help governments function amid the swarm of helping organizations. There was also discussion of the United Nations’ cluster system, Howitt said, which seeks to coordinate groups around different functional goals, such as health, and which did not uniformly function in Haiti as designed.One of the participants in the discussions was Haitian Minister of Health Alex Larsen. Responding to questions before the event began, Larsen said that the cholera epidemic that broke out in the weeks after the quake continues and will likely become an endemic disease in Haiti, with periodic outbreaks that must be dealt with by the health care infrastructure. In Port-au-Prince, the general hospital’s reconstruction is moving ahead, with contracts being signed and work to begin in the coming months.About 800,000 people remain in temporary camps, Larsen said, though some are moving to permanent homes. Those who remain have access to clean water and sanitation, he said.As to the future, extending primary medical care across the country remains a major governmental priority. As such, the ministry is moving ahead with plans to train more than 5,000 health care workers to function in the community and provide services, particularly to inaccessible rural parts of the country that remain without access to even basic medical care.“It’s very important to train these workers,” Larsen said.Howitt said the roundtable discussions should continue in the future. Organizers plan to write a summary of the sessions for publication on the web and hope to convene leaders in the field to continue to consider the broader issues raised and their general applications to such disasters.
It’s officially ski season, and Appalachian Mountain Brewery is here to help you say hello to the snow! The 2014 Winter Rail Jam, hosted at Appalachian Mountain Brewery in Boone, North Carolina, is ready to put your skills to the test this Saturday, December 5.The competition is open to all skiers and snowboarders of any level, novice and experts alike. The winners of each Beginner and Advanced category in skiing or snowboarding will walk, or glide, away with cash! Even all you klutzes out there have a shot to win – the best wipe-out earns its own prize.Farm to Flame Pizza, App Terrain Park, and Alpine Ski Shop will join Appalachian Mountain Brewery in sponsoring this breakout event. All competitors can chow down on Farm to Flame cheese pizza and AMB brews after the competition, enjoy App Terrain Park’s rail and box jam designs, and check out Alpine Ski Shop gear.Competition fees are only $10 per person, and all proceeds from the event will benefit local nonprofit organization OASIS (Opposing Abuse with Service, Information, and Shelter). Come out to Appalachian Mountain Brewery this weekend for a good cause and good fun.For even more incentive, check out this promo video for the event. Get psyched on snow!
Courts put plan in place to deal with a flu pandemic The bottom line is keeping the courts open Mark D. Killian Managing Editor If a full-fledged bird-flu pandemic hits Florida, the Department of Health estimates the total duration of the event could last up to three years; 35 percent of the population could become ill; and as many as 320,000 Floridians could die.While it is difficult to predict when the next influenza pandemic will occur or how severe it will be, it is against this backdrop that the Florida Supreme Court recently approved a strategy document for the courts to deal with a flu pandemic, prepared by the Unified Supreme Court/Branch Court Emergency Management Group.Greg Cowan of the Office of State Courts Administrator said the document provides a broad level strategy following the lines of the strategy for a flu pandemic President Bush outlined for the nation in November 2005.“We have taken their planning efforts and applied them to the Florida courts and how a pandemic would affect the Florida courts,” Cowan said, adding that now that an overall state court system strategy has been spelled out, Florida’s chief judges have until November 30 to get their local plans in place.The statewide plan has two strategic goals for the courts: • Deal with any crises in a way that protects the health and safety of everyone at the court facilities; and • Keep the courts open to ensure justice for the people. Faced with a flu pandemic, Cowan said the most likely scenario, specifically for the Florida state courts, includes: • A significant increase may occur in emergency matters and case filings generated due to issues associated with the quarantine and isolation of individuals by state and local public health officials; • One third of the judges, attorneys, parties, clerks, deputy sheriffs, court administrators and staff, state and local public health officials, jurors, etc., necessary to perform the mission-essential functions, will not be available due to illness or death; • Face-to-face contact necessary to perform mission-essential court functions may be dramatically limited or unavailable; • Court facilities, court infrastructure, public utilities, residences, etc., will all, more than likely, be physically undamaged but may be impacted by a lack of adequate staffing due to isolation, quarantine, illness, or death of necessary staff to keep operations running.The report contains both tactical and long term objectives for the courts, both of which are augmentations of existing court continuity of operations plans that were put into place after the September 11 terrorists attacks.“So the Florida state courts have been in emergency preparedness business for years now,” Cowan said.In the first 90 days of continuity of operations plan activation due to the outset of an influenza pandemic, the tactical objectives will be to have the capacity to perform all mission-essential functions, as should be currently defined in each courts’ continuity of operations plans and have the capacity to address all emergency matters and cases generated due to issues associated with the quarantine and isolation of individuals and other public health-related cases brought by public health officials.These short-term objectives may need to be performed under a situation where no, or only limited, face-to-face contact is possible due to illness or death, the report said.Within 90 days of continuity of operations plan activation, the tactical objective is to have the capacity to perform all criminal matters, including conducting jury trials, addressing all emergency civil matters, and performing all other mission-essential functions under a situation where no, or only limited, face-to-face contact is possible and with significant impact to judges, attorneys, parties, clerks and deputy clerks, sheriffs and deputy sheriffs, court administrators and staff, state and local public health officials, jurors, etc., due to illness or death.The report says technology also will be vital in order to maintain operations in a pandemic.“Given that an influenza pandemic may place extraordinary limits on face-to-face interactions, these plans should now be updated to consider the supporting IT infrastructure components necessary to perform all appropriate mission-essential functions and other tactical objectives by videoconference or teleconference/telephone, if conditions require,” according to the report. “In order to assist in these efforts, attorneys with the OSCA General Counsel’s Office have advised that all court proceedings could legally be held via videoconference if necessary.”The report, Florida State Courts Strategy for Pandemic Influenza, can be accessed at www.flcourts.org/gen_public/emergency/index.shtml. April 30, 2006 Regular News Courts put plan in place to deal with a flu pandemic
For his part, Omtzigt had said he wanted to prevent low interest rates from causing further damage to the predominantly capital-funded pension system in the Netherlands.He said he feared that the Dutch state – with its own central bank DNB being a stakeholder in the ECB – ran an increasing financial risk due to low rates.According to Omtzigt’s estimates, a 0.3% drop in rates would immediately increase combined Dutch pension liabilities by €45bn, while a drop of 1% would increase liabilities by €165bn.He warned that the gradual impact of the ultimate forward rate (UFR) – part of the discount mechanism for liabilities – stood to increase these liabilities to €75bn and €220bn, respectively, in 10 years’ time.If pension-fund participants were to account for these increased liabilities through rights discounts over a 10-year period, it would cost them each, respectively, €600 and €1,800 a year, Omtzigt said.At the same time, he said, a 0.3% drop in interest rates would cause cost-covering contributions to jump to €2bn, and – also owing to the UFR’s impact – double to €4bn in 10 years’ time.In another example, he pointed out that, at present, a 27-year-old had to pay 145% more to reach a pension target of €100 when compared with 2008, when interest rates were at more than 4%.A 62-year-old worker, Omtzigt said, today faces a 25% cost increase to meet this same goal.Dijsselbloem, however, ignored the MP’s call to investigate the impact of low interest rates on the Dutch pension system. The Dutch government will not pressure the European Central Bank (ECB) to reduce its quantitative easing (QE) programme in order to push up interest rates, Dutch finance minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem has said.Speaking at a debate in the Dutch Parliament, Dijsselbloem took pains to emphasise that the government was adhering to the principle that central banks should be independent.Responding to a motion tabled by Christian Democrat MP Pieter Omtzigt, Dijsselbloem said low interest rates were “patently not the ECB’s fault” and argued that they had been falling gradually in Western economies for the last 20 years.Citing the UK and Japan as examples, he also argued that QE was “not an extraordinary financial instrument”.