Filming in library disrupts Corpus finalists

first_imgCorpus Christi College’s decision to allow filming to take place on Tuesday angered some students who are immersed in Finals revision.All College members received emails on the 16th and 21st of May from College Librarian, Joanna Snelling, warning them of the distractions. The email read, “There will be some filming in College next Monday and Tuesday, and the Library will feature heavily on Tuesday morning.“Between 8 and 9 am we will be setting up equipment and so it might not be possible to enter or leave the Library during this time (those of you already in the Library are welcome to stay, but please note that there is likely to be some noise).”The film is thought to be part of a fundraising campaign being run by the college, who hope to extend the college library in the near future.One anonymous student was enraged by the filming, and told Cherwell, “This is yet another example of the college prostituting itself to the highest bidder.”However, the College’s decision to allow the filming did not bother some students. One student told Cherwell, “As far as I am concerned, Corpus did nothing wrong here – they gave warning weeks ahead that it would be going on, it lasted for a single morning, and over half of the library was free from disturbance.”Jack Evans, a finalist, was similarly unconcerned. He said, “I picked up my books, walked ten metres to my room, and continued my work.”Gareth Langley, a Chemistry finalist, said, “The filming was a minor inconvenience, but the real story this week was Corpus Cricket Club’s first win in three years.”Corpus Christi College were unavailable for comment when contacted by Cherwell.last_img read more

Metallica Announces 34-Date U.S. Arena Tour

first_imgMetallica will bring their WorldWired Tour back on the road later this year when they embark on a 34-date run across much of North America. The outing will last well into 2019, and will take the band to many cities they missed on the 2017 leg of their tour.Metallica’s upcoming jaunt will kick off in Madison, WI on September 2nd before wrapping up in Grand Rapids, MI on March 13th, 2019. Evidently, the tour will find the band performing in a number of locales that have been off their radar for some time. According to Rolling Stone, the metal icons haven’t played in El Paso, TX, Birmingham, AL, and Sioux Falls, SD in over 25 years, while Grand Forks, ND hasn’t seen a Metallica show in more than three decades.As was the case with last year’s tour, Metallica will be hitting the road in support of their 2016 LP Hardwired…To Self-Destruct. Unlike last year’s tour, the upcoming run will feature opening sets from comedian and longtime Metallica friend/fan Jim Bruer, who will perform at a series of “Light It Up” pre-show parties before every gig. Watch Bruer riff on his friends in Metallica below:Jim Bruer On Metallica:[Video: Metallic Power]In a move that would make plenty of jam band fans salivate, Metallica, through CID Entertainment, will also be selling a limited amount of “Wherever I May Roam Black Tickets” that give fans floor access to every stop on the tour (provided they give at least 48 hours notice). Only 250 of these tickets will be sold.Pre-sale tickets for the next leg of the WorldWired Tour will go on sale February 27th, and tickets will be available to the general public at 10 am local time on March 2nd. Watch the announcement video and check out a full list of dates below.Metallica WorldWired Tour DatesSeptember 2 Madison, WI – Kohl CenterSeptember 4 Minneapolis, MN – Target CenterSeptember 6 Lincoln, NE – Pinnacle Bank ArenaSeptember 8 Grand Forks, ND – Alerus CenterSeptember 11 Sioux Falls, SD – Denny Sanford Premier CenterSeptember 13 Winnipeg, MB – Bell MTS PlaceSeptember 15 Saskatoon, SK – SaskTel CentreOctober 16 Milwaukee, WI – Wisconsin Entertainment and Sport CenterOctober 18 Pittsburgh, PA – PPG Paints ArenaOctober 20 State College, PA – Bryce Jordan CenterOctober 22 Charlotte, NC – Spectrum CenterOctober 27 Buffalo, NY – KeyBank CenterOctober 29 Albany, NY – Times Union CenterNovember 26 Las Vegas, NV – T-Mobile ArenaNovember 28 Boise, ID – Taco Bell ArenaNovember 30 Salt Lake City, UT – Vivint Smart Home ArenaDecember 2 Spokane, WA – Spokane ArenaDecember 5 Portland, OR – Moda CenterDecember 7 Sacramento, CA – Golden 1 CenterDecember 9 Fresno, CA – Save Mart CenterJanuary 18, 2019 Tulsa, OK – BOK CenterJanuary 20, 2019 Little Rock, AR – Verizon ArenaJanuary 22, 2019 Birmingham, AL – Legacy Arena at The BJCCJanuary 24, 2019 Nashville, TN – Bridgestone ArenaJanuary 28, 2019 Raleigh, NC – PNC ArenaJanuary 30, 2019 Cincinnati, OH – U.S. Bank ArenaFebruary 1, 2019 Cleveland, OH – Quicken Loans ArenaFebruary 28, 2019 El Paso, TX – Don Haskins CenterMarch 2, 2019 Lubbock, TX – United Supermarkets ArenaMarch 4, 2019 Wichita, KS – Intrust Bank ArenaMarch 6, 2019 Kansas City, MO @ Sprint CenterMarch 9, 2019 Louisville, KY – KFC Yum! CenterMarch 11, 2019 Indianapolis, IN – Bankers Life FieldhouseMarch 13, 2019 Grand Rapids, MI – Van Andel Arenalast_img read more

A life of wisdom grown in the Amazon

first_imgOne of the world’s leading ethnobotanists was recognized this week at Harvard for his lifelong commitment to protecting the Amazon rainforest and its tribal communities. Mark Plotkin ’79, was honored in front of more than 500 guests with the Michael Shinagel Award for Service by Harvard Extension Alumni Association at its Commencement Banquet.The annual event held in Annenberg Hall, celebrates the Harvard Extension School (HES) alumni community and their accomplishments. Plotkin, who co-founded the Amazon Conservation Team (ACT) in 1996, reflected on his time at Harvard as one of the most pivotal in his learning career. He previously served as Research Associate in Ethnobotanical Conservation at the Botanical Museum and has lectured on the travels of fellow Amazon explorer Richard Evans Schultes. Plotkin also co-taught the first Harvard course on rainforest conservation with Schultes at Harvard Extension.“I knew I wanted to go on this path after my very first Harvard Extension class — taught by Richard Schultes,” Plotkin said. “Schultes inspired biocultural conservation as it’s done around the world today. Inspired by his example our team has been able to improve the protection of 80 million acres of ancestral lands in the Amazon.”According to the ACT website, Plotkin “has spent almost three decades studying traditional plant use with traditional healers of tropical America.”,He has also been the Director of Plant Conservation at the World Wildlife Fund, the Vice President of Conservation International, and Research Associate at the Department of Botany of the Smithsonian Institution.The night also recognized two recent alumni with the Emerging Leader Award.The award given to Wilson Vorndick, A.L.M. ’15, currently stationed in Africa as a Commander in the Navy Reserve, was accepted on his behalf by his father Bill Vorndick. Since graduating from Harvard Extension School, Vorndick has leveraged his expertise in China and advanced technologies on the Joint Staff, which advises the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon. He also co-founded the Washington, D.C. area Harvard Veterans Alumni Organization, which raises awareness for Harvard military veterans and veteran-related issues. Vorndick shared the moment with his wife and fellow HES alumna, Aline, A.L.M. ’15.Award winner Nicolas Tejera, A.L.M. ’15, co-founded Boston-based Tolemi, a company which helps city governments manage their assets and data. Tejera and his company have helped dozens of cities across the country with their simple, user-friendly data analytics tool to help government teams trace neighborhood trends, deploy resources, and anticipate future problems.Having been inspired by years of expanding his opportunities and interacting with different cultures Dr. Plotkin left the audience with this advice: “The world is in bad shape.  Take that perseverance, that dedication that got you to Harvard and through Harvard, and use your Harvard education and degree to make the world a better place.”last_img read more

Road warriors: Bucs win 31-26 at Green Bay, reach Super Bowl

first_imgGREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Tom Brady, along with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ road magic, has them heading home to the Super Bowl, the first team to play in one on their home field. Brady owns six Super Bowl rings with New England and now heads to his 10th NFL championship game with his new team. With help from a stifling pass rush led by Shaquil Barrett and Jason Pierre-Paul combining for five sacks, and a curious late call by the Packers, Brady and the Bucs beat top-seeded Green Bay 31-26 for the NFC title Sunday. The Bucs (14-5) earned their franchise-record eighth consecutive road victory to reach the Super Bowl for the first time since their 2002 championship season.last_img

AP Interview: All 33 sports ‘unanimously’ want Tokyo Games

first_imgROME (AP) — The IOC is adamant that the Tokyo Olympics will be held this year despite the pandemic. So are Japanese organizers. Now hear it from the man who represents all 33 sports in the Summer Games. Francesco Ricci Bitti says “we’re positive that the games will be held.” The president of the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations adds that all of the 33 sports “want the games.” The more pressing matter now is qualifying. Ricci Bitti says “we still have 30% of the athletes theoretically not qualified.”last_img

153 New COVID-19 Cases Reported In County, Positivity Rate At 5.3%

first_img1 1.2% All Ages20 COVID-19 Cases by Known Age 1.9% 8 40-49246 34 3.57% 14752- Lily Dale0 9 23.74% 16 14775- Ripley3 14063- Fredonia17 8 40-491 0.6% 0.41% 14712- Bemus Point4 19.3% 4 58 14781- Sherman1 Active Cases 90+1 38 2 3 0.98% 13 3 2.1% 14750- Lakewood2 14701- Jamestown47 82 11.94% 4 1.7% 14716- Brocton1 0.0% 6 14736- Findley Lake0 Number 66 1 0 393 Total Deaths 3 6 14062- Forestville6 14784- Stockton1 14787- Westfield4 17.4% 0 12 0.1% 2.4% 14081- Irving3 8 14 19 66 4.6% 0.7% 6.68% 11 1 0.4% Number 16 14136- Silver Creek7 New Cases 0.8% Zip Code 0.2% Age Group 35 MGN Stock Image.MAYVILLE – The Chautauqua County Health Department reported 153 new cases of COVID-19 from over the past weekend.In an update to the online dashboard, the county says there are now 326 cases active.Of the new cases, 47 are in Jamestown with 82 active in the city.In total, 17 people are hospitalized with COVID-19. The seven-day average percent positive rate is at 5.3 percent, up from 4.7 percent last week. There have been 2,036 total cases the outbreak started, with 1,690 recovered and 20 related deaths.On Friday the county announced new COVID-19 rapid testing and gave a warning to those not following health protocols.A full breakdown of the day’s stats is posted below:COVID-19 Cases by ZIP Code of Residence 1.23% 5.15% 0 0 9.72% 14726- Conewango Valley0 14738- Frewsburg2 18.91% 14740- Gerry0 Age 70-797 93 90+28 70-79136 14718- Cassadaga2 14724- Clymer8center_img 13 0-390 0 60-69243 1.1% 24 3 0 76.26% 2 14757- Mayville1 Total Cases 1.2% Percent 0.9% 11 15 0.7% 0.8% 80-897 43 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) 20-29385 14710- Ashville1 14 1.9% 14722- Chautauqua0 14720- Celoron0 22 Fatality Rate by Age Group 14782- Sinclairville2 0-19254 19 1.38% 14048- Dunkirk19 0 25.6% 14728- Dewittville0 13 0 14769- Portland3 12.48% 2.8% 0.7% 15 4 Yes803 3.2% 2 355 0 Symptoms 3.2% 0.0% 41 11.94% 14733- Falconer8 30-39223 0.41% Percent 80-8972 3.54% 0.7% 14767- Panama4 COVID-19 Cases by Presence of Symptoms at Time of Interview 14747- Kennedy3 5 No250 0.4% 37 Percent of Total Cases 0.9% Symptoms Known1053 49 2.0% 0.0% 8 14138- South Dayton0 43 14166- Van Buren Point0 0.00% 5 0.0% 50-591 24 60-693 522 12.08% 10.95% 14723- Cherry Creek4 39 1 50-59245 Fatality Ratelast_img read more

FHFA releases 2021 housing goals

first_imgFHFA The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) Monday released updated housing goals, confined to the 2021 calendar year, in light of the coronavirus pandemic and the uncertainty surrounding its economic impact. The goals remain unchanged for the government sponsored enterprise’s (GSEs) single-family and multi-family purchases and pushes back the conversation surrounding the GSE’s affordable housing duties through 2021.“It is likely that the full picture of the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on housing markets will not be known until well after the virus is contained,” wrote FHFA Director Mark Calabria in the proposal. “While the enterprises showed strong goals performance in 2020 before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is unclear whether this will continue in the light of evolving market conditions and continued tightening of underwriting by lenders.”Read the 2021 housing goals here.The FHFA in June issued its 2019 Report to Congress which included an outline of efforts to ensure safety and soundness within the housing market and the GSEs financial condition, as well as its response to the coronavirus pandemic. continue reading »center_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Telkomsel sees teleconferencing surge as companies forced to digitize

first_imgTelecommunications company PT Telekomunikasi Selular (Telkomsel) has seen a surge in users of its teleconferencing platform, CloudX, as companies shift their operations online to accommodate employees working from home. CloudX has seen its usership increase by a factor of 50 since the government instructed businesses to operate remotely.More than 2,000 corporate users have signed up for the cloud-based teleconferencing service since it was launched in December of last year.  Dharma said the digital transformation had been pursued by companies even before the health crisis disrupted conventional business operations. “One reason is that they want to increase their growth rapidly. Some are doing so for operational efficiency or cost savings, but many are of the view that the digital transformation is inevitable,” Dharma said, adding that companies had to adapt or risk becoming obsolete. The pandemic had accelerated the digital transformation agenda, he noted, by pushing several trends into the mainstream and “forcing people to transform”. Those “inevitable trends” included remote work and collaboration, reliance on digital platforms and the utilization of data and analytics in decision-making. Read also: Surge in data traffic expected during Idul Fitri as more people stay homeCompanies were trying to digitize their customer experience, products, services, organizations and operations, Dharma said. On Wednesday, Telkomsel introduced another product to its #AlwaysSafeAtHome (#dirumahterusaman) campaign: Mobile Security, a data securitization service to protect companies from malware and cyber-attacks. Dharma said the product would be especially useful for companies that had many field workers or sales agents as it prevented data from being misused or breached, a common case in many industries including banking and retail.According to the Kaspersky Lab Bulletin in its Mobile Malware Evolution 2019 report, 80 million mobile malware attacks occur every year. A 2019 IBM Security report found that the global average cost of a data breach was US$3.92 million.Topics : “The demand is huge. We are trying to catch up to that very high demand,” Telkomsel Enterprise senior vice president Dharma Simorangkir told reporters in a virtual press briefing on Wednesday. Read also: Indonesian telcoms record data traffic surges as people start staying homeCloudX was the first virtual private automatic branch exchange (PABX) to be offered in Indonesia. It provides an integrated internal communication network for corporations. It is not yet available for retail consumers, although the company plans to expand its services in the future.Several surveys have shown that the telecommunications sector has benefitted from the emergent stay-at-home economy. According to the Mobile Marketing Association and SurveySensum, consumers are spending more on digital services, including mobile data and home internet subscriptions. A report by Inventure Knowledge has listed media and telecommunications as sectors on the rise during the pandemic. last_img read more

RBA to stay in limbo this year as lenders move to jack up rates

first_imgMore from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home5 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor5 hours agoAuctioneer Mark Frater at the auction of 71 Withington St, East Brisbane, which sold for $607,500 in March this year amid strong demand for inner city homes. Picture: Darren England.According to Mark Brimble of Griffith University, “broad economic indicators suggest the economy needs further support”. “The concerns re certain elements of the credit and housing markets is likely to keep the RBA on the bench.”Shane Garrett of the Housing Industry Association said there was “no particular advantage in changing rates one way or the other at this stage”, a sentiment shared by Noel Whittaker of QUT – “no reason to move either way” – and Clement Tisdell of UQ School of Economics – “no reason to change”.AMP Capital’s Shane Oliver said “worries about excessive home prices and debt growth prevent a cut, but low underlying inflation and wages growth prevent a hike and meanwhile growth is okay.”Michael Blythe of CBA said “low inflation says no need to raise rates. Hot housing markets says don’t cut rates”, while CommSec’s Savanth Sebastian said “there are doubts that rate cuts would actually do much in terms of driving the economy higher and lifting inflation”. According to home loan marketplace HashChing 95.6 per cent of more than 300 brokers surveyed also believed interest rates would stay on hold.But it warned that 91.25 per cent of brokers also believe that lenders would raise rates to follow recent increases by CBA and Westpac – even if RBA stays on hold.The RBA board is expected to release its decision at 2.30pm on Tuesday. Reserve Bank of Australia board will gather in Sydney Tuesday for its May monetary policy meeting, where experts believe they will agree to keep the cash rate target at 1.5 per cent. Picture: AAP Image/Dean LewinsTHE Reserve Bank board meets for its monthly monetary policy meeting Tuesday, but it’s lenders that will have the final say.RBA was expected to keep the official cash rate target on hold at 1.5 per cent – a view shared across the market with the ASX RBA Rate Indicator showing a 98 per cent expectation of no change to rates.Even the RBA cash rate survey by comparison site had its 34 experts unanimous that RBA would sit on its hands, even though five of the last seven Mays have seen the RBA move on rates, according to insights manager Graham Cooke.Over three quarters of the experts surveyed predicted the next official move would be up with four out of five of those believing it won’t happen until 2018.“The expectation across the board is that rates will rise in the next year, so locking in a low rate now could help you manage your repayments both now and into the future,” Mr Cooke said.last_img read more

Definition change leads to surge in Swiss schemes’ alternatives allocations

first_imgAt the MPK, this category mainly includes loans granted to non-listed companies, infrastructure and some real estate investments with leverage beyond the 50% mark.Ryter said the new definition increased not only the size of alternative allocations in some portfolios but also their costs.The Swiss government, introducing full transparency on asset management costs and mandatory total expense ratio reports for all Pensionskassen investments, is now considering whether to cap the share of costs for alternative assets.Meanwhile, the CHF10bn Vita Sammelstiftung already has exceeded the 15% limit – this is permitted as long as the fund provides an explanation of its risk strategy to the regulator.On a panel at this year’s Swiss Pensions Conference, the multi-employer plan’s managing director, Samuel Lisse, said: “Because we do not have a say in target returns like the legal minimum interest rate (Mindestzins), we must allocate a higher percentage of our portfolio to alternative asset classes to achieve a better diversification and ultimately a better performance.” Vita’s alternatives exposure is mainly to senior secured loans and hedge funds, while the fund has almost completely divested from commodities.According to some pension fund experts, Swiss Pensionskassen are currently “not using all the freedom they are given” under the investment guidelines.In an ad hoc survey among the delegates at the conference, the vast majority indicated they believed alternative assets would be the best-performing asset class over the next three years on a risk-adjusted basis – Swiss bonds were expected to be the worst performers.But Roman Denkinger, head of asset management at Swisscom’s CHF9.5bn pension fund comPlan, stressed that alternatives had to be viewed as “a heterogeneous asset class with very different investment possibilities”.One of his pension fund’s alternative strategies is financing small and medium-sized enterprises directly, which, according to Denkinger, “requires a lot of in-depth due diligence and time”. The share of alternative assets in some Swiss pension fund portfolios has surged in the 2014 due to a new definition of the category.In summer 2014, revised investment regulation BVV2 for Pensionskassen widened the definition of ‘alternative assets’ to include ‘non-traditional’ bonds, including asset-backed securities, debt issued by non-listed companies, real estate investments with more than 50% leverage and infrastructure.Following the change, the CHF21bn (€20bn) Migros Pensionskasse (MPK) saw its share of alternative assets increase from 3.5% to just over 11% year on year – almost solely because of the new regulations.Managing director Christoph Ryter noted this was “still well below” the 15% cap for alternatives set down in the BVV2 regulations.last_img read more