According to The Times Higher Education’s World University medicine rankings, Oxford is the best university in the world for medicine, topping the league table for clinical, preclinical and health subjects.The Times stated that Oxford University stands out in its medical research, mentioning its long-standing network of clinical research units in Asia and Africa as a particular strength. These centres enable world-leading research on the most pressing global health challenges such as malaria, TB, HIV/AIDS and flu.A spokesperson for Oxford University commented, “It is tremendous to be listed as the best university for medical sciences, not just in the UK but in the world – above the US powerhouses of Harvard, Johns Hopkins and Stanford.”Tim Seers, a medical student at Imperial College in London, said however that the methodology of the league tables is a problem. He said, “It places too much emphasis on student satisfaction, which skews other results. For example, Imperial intentionally makes the course difficult and offers students little support, therefore there is lower student satisfaction overall.”The medical sciences division has enjoyed considerable success iin attracting research funding. In August 2011 more than 100 million pounds to fund research over the next five years was awarded to the university by the National Institute for Health Research.Alice Caulfield, a first year medic at St Anne’s, commented, “It’s unbelievable, Oxford has the greatest research funds, even though it is one of the smallest medical schools.” Andrew Mawer, a fourth year medic at St Anne’s, found Oxford’s ranking unsurprising, saying, “The teaching at Oxford is really amazing. There are a lot of professors who truly are world leaders in their field at Oxford.” When asked whether he thinks the rankings will affect people’s decisions when applying, he replied, “Applicants dithering between Oxford and Cambridge will certainly be swayed by these rankings.” Mawer added that it would reflect badly on the university if they were not right at the top, saying, “Oxford would need to be worried if they dropped out of the top 10: it would certainly make it harder for them to attract the world class research scientists that give it its edge.”Caulfield explained her decision to apply to Oxford, saying, “I chose Oxford because the course is academic and mainly theoretical. We learn about the science that underpins medicine rather than spending hours learning how to talk to patients.“At the end of the day, medicine is a science. One needs to understand the scientific principles behind a diagnosis before learning how to communicate.”Professor Andrew Hamilton, Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University, released a statement concerning the merger, ‘With the joint working agreement now coming into effect, we are determined to deliver a true health sciences partnership that provides high-quality healthcare for patients backed by the latest in world-leading medical research.’Dr. Lancaster is convinced that the newly-integrated trust will result in many benefits, ‘The new organisation will facilitate the translation of research findings into advances in patient care, leading to improved care for NHS patients and a stimulating environment for medical training.’
WHAT IS ON YOUR MIND TODAY?Todays “READERS POLL” question is: How do you rate the 2016 performance of the Vanderburgh County Council ?We urge you to take time and click the section we have reserved for the daily recaps of the activities of our local Law Enforcement professionals. This section is located on the upper right side of our publication.If you would like to advertise or submit and article in the CCO please contact us City-County [email protected] County Observer has been serving our community for 16 years.FOOTNOTES: Todays “READERS POLL” question is :How do you rank the Vanderburgh County Councils job performance in 2016?Copyright 2015 City County Observer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
Dear Friends,The citizens group Fairness in Taxes is petitioning to stop the city’s purchase of the former car dealership lot next to the Community Center until the public can vote on it. FIT members came to the City Council meeting last night and argued that they agree with the purchase but not the price.I want to remind everybody that, in the end, we all share the same goal in acquiring this piece of property. I urge everybody to keep this in mind and to be respectful of each other. But I want everybody to be aware of the facts:· The price on the table is $9 million.· This appropriation has been approved by City Council after two public meetings.· The city already has received informal offers from developers to flip the property.· Taking this property by eminent domain will not lower the price. It could cost us even more.· The suggestion by FIT members that the property is worth $6 million is false. This appears to be based on an arbitrary number created by FIT members who are not professional real estate appraisers.· The suggestion by FIT members that the property cannot be developed with coastal cottages is also false.· The city tried to block this type of development but lost in court when a judge ruled that an application for this site was submitted before the permitted use was eliminated.· The development of this property will not wait for a special election.I remain certain that if this petition is successful, it will effectively kill the deal. Jerry Klause, one of the owners of the property, knows correctly that he has the court-ordered right to develop the lots with coastal cottages and that he believes he can make more money by doing so. Instead, he hopes to see the lot preserved for public use. Please don’t be misled by incorrect information. This remains a great and rare opportunity to protect an entire city block from more residential development.The north end drainage project contractor paved Fifth Street this week. Weather permitting, crews will base-pave Third Street starting Monday and continue work between Second Street and Fifth Street during 10-hour days Monday through Thursday.The completion of Fifth Street comes in time for Saturday’s Bike MS: City to Shore Ride. The riders will come into town again this year on the Ninth Street Bridge and use Bay Avenue to Fifth Street to reach the traditional finish line at the boardwalk parking lot at end of Fifth Street. Lane closings and detours will be in effect starting at 9:30 a.m. Saturday (Sept. 28).Ocean City also will be host to the OCNJ Half Marathon on Sunday, and the Ocean City-Longport Bridge will be closed from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. to accommodate a field of more than 1,000 runners.I thank you in advance for your patience during these events. If possible, plan alternative routes to avoid delays and to help provide a safe route for these event participants. I also hope you’ll welcome these thousands of cyclists and runners during their stay in Ocean City.Warm regards,Mayor Jay A. Gillian Mayor Jay Gillian
There is less than a month left until the start of National Doughnut Week (NDW), but there’s still time to sign up and get involved. The week, sponsored by BakeMark UK, runs from 9-16 May and gives bakers the chance to benefit from boosting its doughnut sales as well as making money for charity.For every doughnut sold, a donation goes to The Children’s Trust – a charity that provides specific care, education and therapy for children with multiple disabilities.To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Trust, NDW aims to raise more than £50,000.Founder of NDW Christopher Freeman, of Dunn’s Bakery in Crouch End, North London, is encouraging craft bakers up and down the country to get involved.“In these days of difficult trading conditions and doom and gloom, this is a fun event that will raise the profile of high street craft bakers and raise money for the most severely challenged children in the UK. What’s stopping you?” says Freeman.Two employees from Dunn’s have also decided to don doughnut costumes and take part in this year’s Flora London Marathon on 26 April, in aid of The Children’s Trust.Mark Legg and his partner Mari Griffiths are running in the event to help raise awareness about National Doughnut Week.If you would like to sponsor Mark and Mari, please visit www.justgiving.com/marigriffiths1. Bakers can obtain registration forms for NDW from Christopher Freeman by calling or texting 07776 480 032, or emailing him at [email protected] You can also sign up online at www.nationaldoughnutweek.org.
Premier Foods, the manufacturer of Mr Kipling and Cadbury cakes, has revealed it is to write off its £8m investment in Hovis.The company said it would retain its 49% stake in the company and maintain the joint venture.British Baker has contacted Premier Foods as to the reasons behind the move and is awaiting a response.Premier Foods split off its bread business, including Hovis, in early 2014 to run as a separate joint venture with US company Gores Group.Meanwhile, Premier Foods has rejected two takeover bids from US spice brand company McCormick, which Premier said undervalued the company.An unsolicited offer of 52p per share on 12 February was followed by a higher offer of 60p on 14 March. McCormick now has until 20 April to make a higher offer, but Premier Foods refused to speculate on whether it would be receptive to such an approach.David Beever, Premier’s chairman, said: “McCormick’s proposal represents an attempt to capture the upside value embedded in Premier’s business that rightfully belongs to Premier’s shareholders.“The proposal fails to recognise the value of Premier’s performance to date and prospects for the future, including the strategic plans we have to accelerate growth.”Premier Foods owns many UK household brands, including Mr Kipling, Homepride, Oxo and Bisto.McCormick describes its products as “saving your world from boring food”.
1919: Willie Fisher and David Donaldson return from World War One and purchase a small bakery premises in Cupar, Fife1942: Fisher’s nephew, Alexander Milne, buys the business and a second shop opens1965: Alexander’s son Grant Milne takes over the business1975: Two of Grant’s sons, Sandy and Eric, join the business1996: Ben Milne leaves school and joins the firm full time2005: Bakery HQ moves to a new state-of-the-art facility in Cupar and Eric’s son, Ben, becomes bakery manager2019: The business celebrates its centenary year As Scottish bakery Fisher & Donaldson celebrates its centenary, director Ben Milne reveals the formula he believes will keep the business healthy for the next 100 years.From humble beginnings 100 years ago, with a small shop in Cupar, Fisher & Donaldson now has seven outlets across Fife and Tayside and a state-of-the-art bakery.Fisher & Donaldson began operating in 1919 after founders Willie Fisher and David Donaldson returned from war. The business was later purchased by Fisher’s nephew Alexander Milne, who had helped out in the bakery for many years, and has since passed through four generations of the Milne family.The business began with the purchase of a small premises in Fife, Scotland, followed in 1942 by a second in St Andrew’s that is now Fisher & Donaldson’s flagship store.In 1965, Alexander’s son Grant Milne took ownership of the business and expanded it into Dundee. Two of Grant’s five sons – Sandy and Eric – followed in 1975, and Eric’s son Ben joined the business in 1990.Ben was aged 10 when he began helping out in the business by cleaning the baking tins on a Saturday. He has since performed a range of roles including serving customers, working the night shift in the bakery and as a chocolatier.He is now a director alongside his father and uncle, who still remain in the company.In 2005, Ben oversaw the purchase, design and build of the new state-of-the-art bakery in Cupar and became the bakery manager when the two existing bakeries merged there. Ben is now learning the ropes in the lead-up to Sandy and Eric’s retirement.The business operates mostly for retail, preparing goods to sell in its seven shops across Fife and Tayside. Each has a bakery counter and handmade chocolate display, and five of the seven also operate tearooms, serving breakfast and lunch.As the business celebrates its centenary year, Ben and his sisters, Jade and Chloe, hope to take what the business does well and build on it, securing its position as a well-loved, traditional Scottish bakery.“I think our success is down to quality first and foremost; we have always strived to make the best products we can,” says Ben.“Our aim is to leave the business on a firm footing to allow it to continue for another 100 years or more.”
At the March 21 meeting of the Faculty Council, its members heard reports on proposed updates to the Handbook for Students, the FAS’s plans for implementing the University’s conflict of interest policy, Harvard College admissions, and the Library.The Council next meets on April 4. The faculty next meets on April 10. The preliminary deadline for the meeting of the faculty is March 27 at noon.
Three former members of the Congregation of Holy Cross who spent time at Notre Dame during their careers were credibly accused of sexually abusing a minor during their ministry, a press release Wednesday from the Congregation of Holy Cross said.In the release, the Congregation of Holy Cross listed 15 of its former members as credibly-accused sexual abusers. Of the 15, 10 are deceased and two were removed from ministry, the release said.The three who worked at Notre Dame include Fr. John Fitzgerald, who was removed from ministry in 1992 and left the Congregation in 1997, Fr. Archibald McDowell, who died in 1994, and Fr. David Verhalen, who died in 2012. Fitzgerald, McDowell and Verhalen join four other Notre Dame-affiliated priests who were credibly accused of sexual abuse in September by the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend.McDowell had “multiple” accusations against him while Fitzgerald and Verhalen each had one, according to the release.The announcement of the abusive priests follows the University’s creation of a task force in 2018 to address the Catholic Church’s sexual abuse crisis and subsequently released plans to combat the crisis through dialogue, scholarship, advanced leadership training and better accountability for sexual abusers.Paul Browne, vice president for public affairs and communications, said in an email he became aware of the list shortly before it was posted by the Congregation of Holy Cross.“One of three individuals, who had been at some point in their careers assigned to Notre Dame, was credibly accused 70 years ago of child sexual abuse while employed by the University,” he said. “Archibald McDowell, who taught religion, was accused in 1949 of unwanted touching by a teenage male, and was separated from the University soon thereafter.“… As far as we know, [no other priest] was the subject of a child sexual abuse complaint while employed by the University.”The accusation against Fitzgerald was received the same year he was removed from ministry in 1992. The allegation against Verhalen was received in 2007, six years after he was “permanently removed” from ministry.The press release was accompanied by a letter from Fr. William Lies, provincial superior of the Congregation of Holy Cross. In the letter, Lies apologizes for the suffering caused by the abusers.“On behalf of the members of the U.S. Province, I apologize,” Lies said. “I am profoundly sorry for the pain and suffering inflicted on anyone who has been abused or impacted in any way by the actions of any of our members. All victim-survivors and their families are deserving of transparency and accountability. I hope that these disclosures, while painful to review, will help bring about some healing and peace.”An accusation is deemed credible following an independent review of all information and consultation with a review board, the provincial council and the provincial administration, the release said. It can also be named credible if the accused member admits to the allegation or is “convicted by civil authorities in a court of law.”Although the accusations have been deemed credible by the Congregation, the release said a credible accusation still may not necessarily be true.“It is important to note that inclusion on this list does not necessarily mean that these allegations are true or correct or that the accused religious has been found guilty of a crime or liable for any civil claim,” the statement said. “Many of these allegations arise from events that occurred decades after the alleged abuse would have taken place, making it difficult to conduct a complete investigation. In addition, some of these allegations were made after an accused religious died and, therefore, he did not have the opportunity to respond for himself.”The statement also said the list will be updated as more information emerges.In his letter, Lies said the Congregation will assist victims who come forward in the future.“Nonetheless, we know there may be other victims who have not come forward,” he said. “We are committed to accompanying all who have been abused by these or other men, and we encourage any victims to please come forward. Any victimization of a minor should be reported to law enforcement immediately.”Tags: Catholic Church abuse scandal, congregation of holy cross, sexual abuse, Sexual abuse scandal
continue reading » 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Paid media is coming back into its own as a strong marketing choice as the promise of other channels has faded or been assessed more realistically, according to a study by Gartner.Getting the media mix right is critical. Consumers’ attention represents a finite quantity spread more thinly than ever. Financial marketers find themselves not only up against other banks and credit unions and fintechs, but anybody vying for that attention, including, in digital channels, any brand on the planet, potentially. Measurement of results both in specific channels and for marketing efforts overall is proving more critical than ever as financial marketers need to pick and choose among options with finite budgets.Gartner’s “Annual CMO Spend Survey 2019-2020” makes a handy yardstick for seeing how your financial institution’s budgeting picks, priorities and processes compare to many other firms. The annual research is based on a study of spending by larger companies in both North America and the U.K. (Another pair of handy tools that are even more specific are The Financial Brand marketing budget reports for banks and credit unions. Readers can also download detailed Excel documents for deeper digging.)Marketing budget growth in Gartner’s CMO surveys has been relatively flat in the last five years, coming in around 11% of annual company revenue. Budgets took a slight tick down in 2019, to 10.5%, according to the firm. In a related series of surveys among CEOs, 61% anticipate increasing their company’s marketing budgets in 2020, according to Ewan McIntyre, Vice President and Analyst, though the research also found that the potential state of the economy makes this prediction less certain than usual.
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » When it comes to your credit union’s marketing, what’s one of the worst things that can happen? Creating an ad that you think is awesome—only to find your masterpiece at the center of a social media uproar due to its perceived offensiveness. That scenario may sound far-fetched, but I’m willing to bet that most of the companies that have experienced this nightmare never thought it would happen to them. So, what’s the best way to handle it if your organization’s advertisement went viral for all the wrong reasons? Let’s take a look at a recent misstep by Peloton®.What Peloton experienced last week went far beyond the objections of a few exercise-hating trolls. The high-tech exercise equipment company heard from thousands—perhaps hundreds of thousands—of people mocking them for becoming “tone deaf” in their advertising. Their gaffe came in the form of a new holiday ad that featured a svelte, slender woman receiving one of the company’s interactive stationary bikes as a Christmas morning surprise. The ad generated a flood of social media responses, many echoing the sentiment of one Twitter comment that read, “Nothing says ‘maybe you should lose a few pounds’ like gifting your already rail-thin life partner a Peloton.”In the advertising circles, many suggested the ad could have been produced in better taste with a variance in creative. And while it certainly could have benefitted from a different approach, the commercial itself was not the company’s biggest mistake. No, their biggest mistake was how they responded to the criticism. How bad could it have been? Peloton’s official corporate response was as follows:“While we’re disappointed in how some have misinterpreted this commercial, we are encouraged by—and grateful for—the outpouring of support we’ve received from those who understand what we were trying to communicate.”