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Queen’s urges Andrew Smith MP to support marriage equality

first_imgQueen’s College JCR voted unanimously in favour of a motion supporting marriage equality in light of the second reading of the same-sex marriage bill that was passed with a majority of 225 in the House of Commons on Tuesday.The motion, proposed by Jane Cahill, Queen’s College JCR President, and seconded by Ashley Francis-Roy, the college’s LGBTQ rep, mandated Francis-Roy to write to Andrew Smith, Labour MP for Oxford East.The JCR urged him to vote in favour of the marriage (same-sex couples) bill, which was subject to a free vote by MPs. There were no speeches in  opposition to the motion at the JCR meeting on Sunday and it was thus passed unanimously.The motion claimed, “Andrew Smith MP has been ambivalent recently about how he will vote on marriage equality, as he is concerned about religious freedom.” Smith’s constituency encompasses 29 Oxford colleges, including Balliol, Merton and St Catherine’s, which also petitioned Smith to support the proposals on equal marriage. A letter from Merton gathered 90 signatures and a petition from 150 St Catz students was also sent.However, in a statement, Smith commented, “My view is that in all but name Britain already has gay marriage through the institution of civil partnerships, which I thought was a very important and civilised step forward, and which confers very largely the same rights and responsibilities. I don’t see any  strong case for denying the opportunity to call this a marriage.”The same-sex marriage bill passed through the House of Commons on Tuesday and saw MPs including Mr Smith vote in favour of the same-sex marriage bill by 400 votes to 175. The bill was subject to a free vote, although over half of Conservative MPs voted against the government.Jane Cahill told Cherwell, “I’m very proud that we voted to defend the rights of our LGBTQ community. It’s important we express a view because these members are an important part of our community, and we want Mr Smith to know that his constituents, far from being against the bill, or even ambivalent about it, are strongly supportive of a ‘yes’ vote from our MP.”OUSU Vice-President for Welfare and Equal Opportunities Katie Colliver commented, “Questions of equality affect everyone, whether or not you are a student. I think it is absolutely right that Queen’s JCR has taken a stand on equal marriage and I hope that other JCRs will follow their lead.”Elizabeth Sherlock, a second-year classicist at Queen’s, told Cherwell, “Queen’s JCR’s decision to support and stand by its LGBT members made me incredibly proud to be a member of Queen’s! Any statement a college can make in favour of equality is valuable.” However, OUSU’s LGBTQ campaign had concerns about the bill, commenting, “We feel that equal marriage is a significant and necessary step forward, bringing us closer to equality and providing more religious freedom for LGBT and pro-LGBT people of faith.“We feel that although aspects of the bill are inadequate, for example it forces transgender people to annul civil partnerships in order to transition, the bill must be passed to facilitate further progress.”Smith resolved to continue considering the implications of the bill, stating, “I shall look to see how [the bill’s] inequalities and inconsistencies can best be addressed. I will reflect further on all the issues raised in the light of the views constituents are putting to me, and the wider public debate.”last_img read more

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Stars of the Sixties rescheduled at The Lerner

first_img WhatsApp IndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market By Brooklyne Beatty – October 2, 2020 0 354 Pinterest Google+ WhatsApp Stars of the Sixties rescheduled at The Lerner TAGS2021coronavirusCOVID-19novemberrescheduledStars of the Sixtiesthe lerner theatre Twittercenter_img (Photo Supplied/Stars of the Sixties) “Stars of the Sixties” at The Lerner Theatre has been rescheduled due to ongoing coronavirus concerns.The new date is set for Friday, November 12, 2021 at 7:30 p.m.Tickets previously purchased for this rescheduled concert will be honored on the new date. Ticket holders unable to attend the new date can obtain a refund through the Box Office by calling (574) 293-4469 or by emailing [email protected] more information, click here.  Facebook Facebook Pinterest Twitter Google+ Previous articlePresident Trump, First Lady Melania Trump, test positive for the coronavirusNext articleStandoff with Elkhart man near Claypool ends without incident Brooklyne Beattylast_img read more

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Bakery boosts M&S’ food sales

first_imgMarks and Spencer’s (M&S) new in-store bakeries helped drive sales in its food department, which were up 3.4% for the first half of the year.Over 190 of its food halls have now been updated, with the introduction of in-store bakeries, delis and pasta bars. These stores outperformed the rest of the chain in terms of sales, with the new in-store bakeries being the best-performing department during the first half of the year, according to M&S.Total sales for the retailer were up marginally (+0.6%), although UK like-for-like sales fell 1.4% for the 26 weeks to 29 September 2012.Food performed better in Q2, with sales up 3.9%, compared to a 2.9% rise in the first quarter. One notable successes was its Jubilee biscuit tin, which sold 4.1m units worldwide.Profit before tax fell from £321m to £290m on the same period last year.Marc Bolland, chief executive, said food had outperformed the market on a like-for-like basis. “Eighteen months in, we are making strong progress with our plan to transform M&S into an international multi-channel retailer. Our new international stores are performing well, and our multi-channel business is delivering strong growth,” he added.last_img read more

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Graduates compete in job market, enter work force

first_imgAs their collegiate careers wind down, members of the Class of 2012 have set sights on their professional futures. A majority will enter the work force with the strength of a Notre Dame degree backing them up, as statistics show University graduates fare well in job placement.  Kevin Monahan, associate director at the Career Center, said he expects this year’s placement statistics to compare well to last year’s strong numbers. “For the class of 2011 last year, 85 percent left Notre Dame with definite plans: military careers, graduate school, post-graduate service or full-time employment,” he said. “Within three months of graduation, that number was in the upper 90s [percent.]” A Notre Dame degree carries great value, according to Monahan, who cited positive feedback from recruiters at Epic, a medical technology company located in Madison, Wisc., which recruited 36 graduating seniors this year. Monahan said the nature of certain sectors of the job market where positions become available and are filled rapidly leads to fluctuations in employment opportunities.  “It really depends on the industry,” he said. “Certain industries hire on the ‘just-in-time’ market, like advertising, film, television and communications – they hire when they have need.” While some companies recruit well in advance of graduation, opportunities with those who use this type of hiring schedule are more difficult to anticipate. “If an advertising agency has an opening, they interview you today and ask you to start next week,” he said. Monahan said alumni networking is important in the job hunt, stressing these connections can lead to unexpected opportunities. “Because of the tight time frames, networking is very important,” he said. “You want people to be able to alert you to potential job openings.” The Notre Dame alumni network is especially helpful with “just-in-time” hiring industries, he said. Monahan cited the Chicago-based advertising agency Abelson Taylor as an example. “They have hired about 10 Notre Dame alumni in the past year, and each one has been through networking and referrals,” he said. “They rarely post any openings on their website, because [recruiting is] all done by alumni recommending other alumni.” Regardless of how graduates find job opportunities, Monahan said he is confident members of the class of 2012 will succeed in finding employment. “It’s still a challenging job market for graduating seniors,” Monahan said. “But with the resources available to our students through employer relationships, Career Center counseling and alumni networking, we are confident that all of graduates will be successful in their chosen careers.” Monahan said the Career Center continues to offer its services to seniors after graduation. “We will continue to work with students and young alumni in their job search,” he said. “I want to encourage the graduates, that, if they’re still seeking employment, please reach out to the Career Center. We’d love to help each person build a game plan for their job search.”last_img read more

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Grease: Live Standout Will Join Hamilton on Broadway

first_img Related Shows from $149.00 Jordan Fisher will make his Broadway debut this fall in Hamilton. The Grease: Live favorite will take on the roles of John Laurens and Philip Hamilton beginning November 22. He takes over for Anthony Ramos, who will play his last performance in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony and Pulitzer-winning musical on November 20.Fisher became the breakout star of Fox’s Grease: Live (like Hamilton, directed by Thomas Kail) for his performance as Doody. He has also appeared on screen in the Teen Beach Movie franchise, Liv and Maddie and The Secret Life of the American Teenager.Fisher will join a cast at the Richard Rodgers Theatre that includes Javier Muñoz as Alexander Hamilton, Brandon Victor Dixon as Aaron Burr, Mandy Gonzalez as Angelica Schuyler, Jasmine Cephas Jones as Peggy Schuyler and Maria Reynolds, Lexi Lawson as Eliza Hamilton, Rory O’Malley as King George III, Seth Stewart as Marquis de Lafeyette and Thomas Jefferson.As previously reported, Nicholas Christopher will assume the role of George Washington from Christopher Jackson beginning November 15. Jordan Fisher Jordan Fisher(Photo: John Hong)center_img Hamilton Star Files View Commentslast_img read more

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Know your sprinklers

first_imgBy Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaKnowing how much water to give your lawn is important. People normally water their lawns too much and too often, creating an environment for disease.An inch of water a week is the rule of thumb.Most sprinkler systems apply about one-fourth inch of water per hour. But sprinklers can vary. They all have different nozzles, so test your system’s output.To test sprinklers, place open-top containers of the same size, such as margarine tubs, randomly on your lawn. After an hour, measure the amount of water in each container.The difference in the amounts will give you an estimate of the water distribution and application rate. When you have an inch of water in your containers, you know you’ve applied enough water.Keep in mind the rate at which the soil absorbs water, too. Apply enough water to soak the soil 6 to 8 inches deep. If your system is applying water too fast, you’re just watering the curb and sidewalk, because the water is running off.To make the most of your efforts, water between sundown and sunrise.If your street address is an odd number, you’re asked to water on Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday. If it is an even number, you’re asked to do it on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. There’s should be no outside watering done on Friday.Watering turf more often than recommended will actually hurt it. Light, frequent irrigation produces shallow and weak root systems. A shallow root system prevents efficient use of plant nutrients and water in the soil.Mowing your lawn regularly is important, too, especially during dry spells. Mow often enough that you remove no more than one-third of the leaf tissue during a cutting. And raise the mowing height. This helps the grass maintain a deep root system, which helps it find more water.last_img read more

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Danish coal consumption continues falling

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享CPH Post:Denmark has long championed the transition to more sustainable energy sources, and that is being reflected in a steep decline in coal consumption at a national level.New figures from the Energistyrelsen energy agency reveal that Danish coal consumption fell by 25.5 percent from 2016 to 2017, while the utilisation of sustainable sources rose by 11.4 percent over the same period.“It’s good news that energy from coal has dropped by more than a quarter in 2017. Despite the fluctuation from year to year, it shows that it’s going in the right direction in terms of restructuring the coal-powered power plants and the government’s goal to completely phase out coal by 2030,” said the energy minister, Lars Christian Lilleholt.The report showed that Danish consumption of coal has fallen by 81.4 percent since 1994, while oil consumption has declined by 89.5 percent.One of the principal factors in the significant decline in coal consumption from 2016 to 2017 is the transition to biomass at the central power plants, as well as a considerable increase in wind power utilisation.More: Denmark’s coal consumption plummets in just one year Danish coal consumption continues fallinglast_img read more

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The Road Team Sees The Great American Eclipse

first_img In preparation for the total eclipse, I read “American Eclipse: A Nation’s Epic Race to Catch the Shadow of the Moon and Win the Glory of the World,” by David Baron. I highly recommend this read if you are a history and/or science nerd. It details the total solar eclipse of 1878 that swept the wild west and even what Denver was like around that time. It had just enough science in it that I knew what I was looking up at when the moon started making its way across the sun.“For three glorious minutes, I felt transported to another planet, indeed to a higher plane of reality, as my consciousness departed the earth and I gaped at an alien sky … I felt something I had never experienced before — a visceral connection to the universe …” -David BaronWe spent the weekend getting to know Greyrocks Reservoir in Wyoming in preparation for the big show on Monday morning. We set up camp Friday morning along the shore of the reservoir and began the waiting game. Greyrocks Reservoir sits just north of Wheatland, Wyoming, solidly inside the line of totality. It touted unbearable heat during the day, and gloriously breezy, perfectly temperature evenings. We slept with the van doors open and let the nighttime air relax us to sleep. Mornings were spent staring into the endless blue sky wondering how everything would change.Saturday and Sunday were filled with friends and family slowly filtering in, setting up tents and ez ups, sharing food, drinks, and excitement for Monday morning. We cooled off in the reservoir and let the dogs run around in the mud. We put our chairs in a circle and talked about how it felt not as crowded as we expected and like we had our own little plot of beachfront property. It was like any old ordinary camping trip, but with a major celestial event happening at the end. If you like the gear we’re reppin’, or what we’re wearing, check out some of the sponsors that make this tour possible: La Sportiva, Crazy Creek, National Geographic, RovR Products, Sea to Summit, Mountain House, LifeStraw, and Lowe Alpine. I’m sure every other article about the eclipse tells you you shouldn’t miss it. This one is no different. It exceeded our expectations. This world is a huge, incredible place, and magic still exists, even if it’s scientific magic. Standing under the dark sun with a handful of friends and family is life marker. I will never forget the feeling I had as the moon finally moved fully over the sun, and the world went dark in the middle of the day. Witnessing the moon slowly blot out the sun, and stars appear in the sky during daylight hours, is a once in a lifetime experience. The crickets chirped and the horizon line glowed pink and orange. The corona around the black hole where the sun used to be shimmered with an otherworldly gleam. Everyone I was with screamed with joy and nervousness. For three minutes of totality during the eclipse, the world was a completely unfamiliar place, even though we had made that campsite home for the past three days. last_img read more

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Funding remains strong at Unilever scheme despite 20.5% loss

first_imgForward, Unilever’s new collective defined contribution (CDC) pension fund, has reported a 20.5% loss for the last nine months due to rising interest rates and falling equity markets.In its annual report, Forward’s board said the scheme recorded a loss on its 35% interest hedge of more than 17 percentage points, after long-term interest rates began to climb over the second quarter.At the same time, equity markets entered a period of decline, hitting returns by another 3 percentage points.In terms of funding, however, the scheme, launched in April 2015, remains in good shape, reporting a coverage of 137% as of the end of September. At launch, Unilever contributed €15m to the scheme as starting capital and paid an equal amount for indexation for active participants.The latter allowed Forward to grant workers full salary indexation of 2.15% while paying pensioners 0.44% inflation compensation based on the consumer index.At year-end, the scheme’s assets amounted to €63m, against €38m of liabilities.Forward’s board warned that both its assets and liabilities were set to grow substantially in the coming years, reducing the positive impact of the starting capital on its funding ratio.The pension fund’s investment policy is based on a 60% return portfolio and a 40% matching portfolio, with an interest hedge ranging between 30% and 50%.The board said the scheme needed to generate returns of at least 5.5% over the long term to achieve its indexation target.It pointed out, however, that part of the required return had already been factored into the valuation of its liabilities, currently based on a relatively low interest rate.“As a consequence,” the board said, “as long as the interest level remains low, a return of between 1% and 1.7% will suffice for indexation.”Forward and Progress – Unilever’s defined benefit fund, closed in April last year – share the same investment philosophy, but, owing to the former’s smaller size, as well as its members’ objectives, their asset allocation differs.In November’s How We Run Our Money, chief executive Rob Kaal says Forward’s portfolio has greater potential on the risk/return side.On the one hand, he says, its smaller size means it cannot take advantage of all the asset classes available to larger investors, such as Progress.“But the required return is slightly higher because of the different member population,” he adds. “In Forward, downside protection is particularly important because participants bear the risk, and there is no employer protection in place.”Since Unilever closed Progress, all new pensions accrual has gone to Forward.The company is awaiting a licence for its general pension fund (APF), which is to accommodate both schemes.With this arrangement, Unilever hopes to simplify governance and achieve the benefits of scale.How We Run Our Money: Unilever Dutch pension fundslast_img read more

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Gold Coast home comes with a free holiday to New Zealand

first_imgThe Daimler Drive property’s spacious open floorplan makes it perfect for entertaining guests.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa15 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago“It’s lovely living here,” Mrs West said. “The Gold Coast is a wonderful place to be, we’d just like to get something a bit smaller.”She said the buyers could choose when they wanted to stay at the holiday home in Wanaka, a resort town on New Zealand’s South Island, but it was subject to availability as it was often rented out to travellers. UNIT BIGGER THAN MOST HOUSE BLOCKS FASTEST SELLING COAST SUBURBS REVEALED “It’s about an hour from Queenstown and really beautiful,” she said.“Every time I go there, it soothes the soul.“It’s a great place, especially from a skiing point of view but it’s equally as good in the summer.” The Gold Coast home on offer at 5a Daimler Drive, Bundall.THE new owners of a million-dollar Gold Coast home will be treated to a free overseas holiday.Mary and Ron West will let anyone who buys their Bundall house stay in their New Zealand holiday home for a week free of charge.They will even throw in airfares, but only from the Gold Coast or Brisbane to Queenstown.The couple hoped the offer would give house hunters more incentive to buy their five-bedroom waterfront home on Daimler Drive, which is listed under Genc and Co with an asking price of more than $1.3 million. Explore the ski fields or simply admire the stunning scenery.A week’s stay in the art deco home would cost more than $2000 at this time of year.Mrs West said travellers often visited the town in autumn.“The colours at that time are sensational – it’s most renowned for the autumn colours,” she said. The Bulletin this month reported on a Broadbeach Waters couple who were trialling a similar marketing strategy.Instead, they were including their Four Winns Horizon 190 boat and furniture in the sale of their Rio Vista Blvd property, which will go to auction on August 26. The Gold Coast home has water views. Imagine kicking back and relaxing in this holiday home at Wanaka, NZ, for a week.last_img read more