Queta lifts Utah St. over UNLV 74-53 in MWC tourney

first_imgMarch 11, 2021 /Sports News – Local Queta lifts Utah St. over UNLV 74-53 in MWC tourney Tags: Mountain West/Mountain West Tournament/Neemias Queta/Utah State Aggies Basketball Associated Press FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLAS VEGAS (AP) — Neemias Queta posted 18 points and 13 rebounds as Utah State romped past UNLV 74-53 in the Mountain West Conference Tournament quarterfinals.Marco Anthony added 15 points and 13 rebounds for the Aggies on Thursday night.Bryce Hamilton led the Runnin’ Rebels with 16 points. Written bylast_img read more

Revealed: rules letting agents must follow to join new CMP schemes

first_imgHome » News » Revealed: rules letting agents must follow to join new CMP schemes previous nextRegulation & LawRevealed: rules letting agents must follow to join new CMP schemesHousing ministry has revealed how new Client Money Protection schemes will work and the new red tape agents must tackle to join them.Nigel Lewis31st July 201803,655 Views Details of the Client Money Protection (CMP) schemes that letting agents must join by April 2019 have been released by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (DHCLG).This includes paying interest on monies owed, undergoing rigorous financial checks before they join one of the new schemes and integrating CMP procedures closely into their businesses.The new rules are designed to stop the large number of disputes that arise between landlords/tenants and letting agents over lost deposits and rental payments.One of the more shocking cases was  unveiled earlier this year when a Luton agent was expelled from The Property Ombudsman after it transpired that the company owed one of its landlord clients £181,000.The details of the new CMP schemes have emerged as the department advises those hoping to provide the schemes, which are designed to give landlords and tenants confidence that their money is safe when being handled by an agent.Red tapeThe additional red tape that agents will soon face to join one of the schemes include having written procedures to deal with client money and publishing them on their website, providing free copies of their written procedures to anyone who asks and keeping up-to-date records and accounts of client money dealings.DHCLG also says agents will have to pay back monies both promptly and with interest “where feasible” to landlords and tenants, and hold client money in FCA-regulated bank or building society accounts.The CMP schemes must also insist that letting agents have taken out appropriate professional indemnity insurance cover in order to join.Agents will have to provide written proof to show that they are following the rules, while the schemes will be required to complete financial due diligence on each member before they join.The MHCLG also says that the schemes cannot charge landlords or tenants any fees for using their service or limit the size of their pay outs or require them to pay an ‘excess’.Tenants and landlords will also be able to make claims against letting agents for unpaid money for up to 12 months after the circumstances.Read more about the Client Money Protection legislation.client money protection department of housing communities and local government dhclg July 31, 2018Nigel 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 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

Extension Specialist- Urban Agriculture Production

first_imgProvides educational leadership in the development, implementation,management, and evaluation of research based, integrative statewideExtension programs that meet the needs of limited-resource andsocially-disadvantaged audiences. Delivers training and educationalsupport materials for Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR)agents, technicians and their clientele/customers in urbanagriculture (sustainable agriculture and food systems), consistentwith the philosophy, policy and overall mission, goals andeducational objectives of Cooperative Extension at North CarolinaAgricultural and Technical State University. This position worksboth individually and collaboratively to plan, deliver, and assessthe effectiveness of Extension programs relating to urbanagriculture (sustainable agriculture & food systems) with aprimary focus on addressing the historical and current inequitiesthat impact these systems. Secures external research funding forprograms to engage underserved and limited-resource audiences inthe revitalization and profitability of small farms. This positionprovides: 1) innovative leadership in planning, implementing, andevaluating statewide educational programs that address the needs ofsmall, part-time, and limited resource farm audience related tourban agriculture (sustainable agriculture & food systems); 2)leadership in identifying and conducting staff developmentopportunities, training and technical assistance in hydroponic andalternative agriculture production techniques and related areas forExtension professionals, paraprofessionals and non-Extensionpersons; 3) program accomplishment reports to share with internaland external audiences and assist with marketing the organizationand its impacts; 4) collaboration with College of Agriculture &Environmental Sciences (CAES) faculty, other Extension specialists,and research scientists to develop relevant research-basedhydroponic and alternative agriculture production technique programinitiatives; and 5) actively promotes diversity within Extensionprograms and with audiences. The Urban Agriculture ProductionSpecialist reports to the Assistant Administrator – Agriculture andNatural Resources of Cooperative Extension.last_img read more

Three in a Bed Romp-Com

first_imgNoel Coward’s bisexual ménage a trois has lost none of its audacity in the seventy years since it was first performed on Broadway. This week Anomie Productions, the team behind the Talented Mr Ripley at the BT in Michaelmas, stage Coward’s resonant tale of the love triangle between a playwright, painter and an interior decorator and the development of their relationship in London, Paris and New York over a number of years. Director Hugh Montgomery remains faithful to Coward’s original concerns. This was a very personal play for Coward, based on his own experiences, and performed in New York to avoid the sanctimonious outrage the play would have raised in London. Montgomery resists the temptation to vamp the production up to compensate for the blasé attitude an audience of undergraduates will have towards the polysexuality of the piece compared with Coward’s audience. Montgomery’s is a confident production that doesn’t need to sensationalise to express the moral torpor and emotional immaturity of the characters. The heart of this play is of course the tripolar relationship between Otto, Gilda and Leo. And while John Walton is his usual dazzling self as Leo and Katherine Gray fills the role of the amoral Gilda beautifully, the threesome is compromised by Australian KA barman Richard Cornally’s Otto. While the dynamic between Walton and Gray at the start of the play gives off a sense of champagne- flute ennui and cosmopolitan decadence, Otto comes on like a Home and Away character mad as hell to find his sheila copping off with his best mate. Throughout the production Walton ponces, Gray wafts and Cornally fails to fit in. With his thick Aussie accent, his skinhead and ear stud, it’s like Romper Stomper meets The Importance of Being Earnest. Cornally is a perfectly good actor and is certainly telanted enough for such a large role in an OFS play, but is almost fatally miscast in the role of Otto. What saves the play is the command that Montgomery and his team have over the script. The excellent Coward set-pieces are handled perfectly. Gilda’s husband Ernest (Daniel Cooper)’s reaction when he comes home to find two gay men in his pyjamas demanding his wife is spot-on. What really impressive is how sympathetic this production is to the moral ambiguities of the script and the astute observation of the loss of authenticity the characters experience in their desperate craving to fill the holes in their lives with sex, success and stability. As the play progresses and the characters find themselves being subsumed by their public roles, the set decoration washes out from vibrant colours in the opening scenes of idealism and passion to washedout costumes and diluted furniture drapes towards to the end of the play. Anomie productions have shown guts by refusing to put on an unthreatening anyone-for-tennis? Coward play you’d expect in late May on the Oxford stage. It’s not Ibsen, but this adaptation of Design for Living reveals a pleasantly surprising maturity in the playwright and production team that should make for a rewarding emotional challenge before we begin idling our evenings away in front of indulgent lawns plays.ARCHIVE: 4th week TT 2003last_img read more

OC Arts Center Pottery Students Bring One-of-a-Kind Gifts to Gallery in December

first_imgThe Ocean City Free Public Library and Community Center is at 1735 Simpson Ave.  Ocean City—The Ocean City Arts Center will feature the pottery of more than 25 artists December 1 through December 17.  Also, on exhibit are mosaic pieces from the Center’s students.  A  “Meet the Artists” reception will be held Friday, December 2, 7 pm to 8:30 pm.  Please note that the reception will be held on First Friday to give our guests the opportunity to purchase one-of-a-kind art for Christmas. The reception is free and open to the public with items starting at $5.   In addition, the Center will be open Sunday, December 4, from 1 pm to 4 pm, to participate in the Community Center’s Christmas Tree Lighting and Holiday Festival. The featured artists in December are long time pottery students at the Ocean City Arts Center.  They will sell unique Ocean City-themed items, as well as traditional bowls, mugs, serving dishes, plates, garden totems, and much more.  Also, on display for sale, will be handmade Angel ornaments.  The work is reasonably priced and of extremely high quality.  Their work has been featured in Ocean City Magazine. Many of the participants have studied ceramics and pottery for more than a decade.   Each piece has been professionally crafted and designed for this show. The Ocean City Arts Center is located at 1735 Simpson Avenue, Ocean City, New Jersey and is open 9 am to 9pm, Monday through Friday, and 9 am to 3 pm on Saturday.  The Center will be closed Sunday, December 18 through Monday, January 1.  It will reopen on Monday, January 2 with an exhibit by Upper Township painter Alisa Harris.last_img read more

Hinchliffe’s celebrates Pie Week with giant pastries

first_imgTo celebrate British Pie Week (4-10 March), Hinchliffe’s Farm Shop Bakery has created two oversized pies in the shape of a Union Jack flag and the Yorkshire Rose.The business based in Netherton, Huddersfield, unveiled the giant pastry products yesterday (4 March). Created by bakery supervisor Nell Weavill, it took four hours in total to produce the two products with 15lbs of pork meat used in each pie.Craig Midwood, master butcher at Hinchliffe’s, said: “We wanted to celebrate British Pie Week with a creation of a classic Yorkshire pie and focus on the importance, now more than ever, of locally-sourced British meat. What better way to do it than making giant Union Jack and Yorkshire Rose pork pies.”Both pies will be on display in the business’ shop throughout the week.Last year, Weavill created a giant York Minster pork pie for Yorkshire Day, which took 10 hours to create using 36lbs of flour, six litres of water and 12 ounces of salt, with the weight equivalent to 320 of Hinchliffe’s pork pies.She said: “It was quite a challenge to make. The hardest bit was the foundations and the fiddliest bits were the windows.”last_img read more

The String Cheese Incident Delivers A “Beautiful” Performance On New Year’s Eve

first_imgLoad remaining images Fans at the first two nights of The String Cheese Incident‘s New Year’s run at Broomfield, CO’s 1STBANK Center witnessed two solid performances, all leading up to the big night. To just say the group delivered would be an understatement. Cheese laid it all out on the table for a three set extravaganza that featured some of the band’s biggest hits, and a few surprises thrown in for good measure.With a packed house ready to ring in the New Year, SCI came out strong with a “San Jose” opener that got things going early on and never let up from there. “Outside and Inside” led into a cover of the Allman Brothers Band‘s “Hot ‘Lanta” before veering its way into the Grateful Dead‘s “Deal” to close out the set.If the first set was good, the second set was straight fire. “Close Your Eyes” saw Kyle Hollingsworth take the lead, and despite playing with a cast on his left hand, it proved to not be as much of a hinderance as you would expect. “Orange Blossom Special” brought the hoedown to the 1STBANK Center, and featured nice work on the violin from Michael Kang. SCI opened things up with “Best Feeling,” as the group sandwiched a cover of The Police‘s “Walking On The Moon” (with Michael Travis on vocals) before making their way back into a serious “Best Feeling” jam. And then “Howard” happened, and it was absolutely glorious, with everyone in the crowd going bonkers.For their New Year’s proper set, the gentlemen of SCI strolled out on stage all decked out in suits and tuxedos, making it a truly formal affair. “Youv’e Got The World” was the song that brought us into 2017, as a Cirque du Soleil style performance ensued, with acrobats streaming down from the rafters, dancing on platforms on the floor, and a huge silver ball opening up to reveal a Merry-Go-Round of performers riding horses. And lots of balloons and confetti!The dark, brooding build to the drop into “Rivertrance” had the crowd foaming at the mouth, as the fan-favorite brought out the tribal vibe that we were all anticipating the entire night, whipping the venue into a complete frenzy. A Keith Moseley-led “Sirens” was a welcome addition to the set, while “Beautiful” closed out the show. It’s one of the best new songs the group has come out with in recent years, and has become a major jam vehicle.For the encore, SCI covered Bob Dylan‘s “The Mighty Quinn (Quinn the Eskimo)” before closing things out with “Sitting On Top Of The World”….which we were all doing on this very special night. Front to back, this show was absolutely stellar, with not one dull moment. It was a masterful performance through and through. The String Cheese Incident was at the top of their game on New Year’s Eve, and when that happens, there is no other place in the world to be.“Walking On The Moon > Best Feeling”:“Just One Story” New Year’s Ball Drop:“Rivertrance”“Sirens > Beautiful”:[all videos courtesy of PhatBeats 420]All photos courtesy of Jake Cudek; see a full gallery below.Setlist: The String Cheese Incident | 1STBANK Center | Broomfield, CO | 12/31/16Set 1: San Jose, Song In My Head, MLT, Who Am I, Outside and Inside > Hot ‘Lanta > DealSet 2: Close Your Eyes, Looking Glass > Orange Blossom Special, Get Tight, Best Feeling > Walking On The Moon > Best Feeling, Howard, You’ve Got The WorldSet 3: You’ve Got The World, Just One Story, Don’t It Make You Wanna Dance, Rivertrance, Sirens, BeautifulEncore: The Mighty Quinn (Quinn The Eskimo), Sitting On Top Of The Worldlast_img read more

Lessons for the season of giving

first_img The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. ’Tis the season of giving. For people with the means, donating to an organization or cause in need feels good and, particularly in tough times, feels like the right thing to do.Most of us like to think that our charitable contributions, whether to the local food bank or a nationally known medical research fund, make a real difference. And chances are that every dollar does indeed help. But if donors understood data better, those donations often could stretch even further, according to a pair of Harvard psychologists studying the psychology of altruism and ways to optimize charitable giving, which totaled $450 billion in the U.S. last year.That’s because no matter how prudent or well-intentioned, they say, most gift-giving decisions are driven by our social and emotional ties, not by a clinical analysis of which cause delivers the “best bang for the buck.”“The idea is to pay attention to the research and use your money to do as much good as possible, which often means doing things that you wouldn’t have predicted,” said Joshua Greene ’97, who studies the psychology and neuroscience of moral judgment.“It’s not about bad versus good, but good versus even better,” said Joshua Greene. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard file photoHe and Lucius Caviola, a postdoctoral researcher, are studying how people decide to give, and under what conditions givers might support “effective altruism,” a concept based on the philosophy of utilitarianism that encourages donors to take the same evidence-based approach used by financial investors and apply it to charitable giving. If a $100 donation can help 20 people or 2,000 people, effective altruism would show donors where the greatest number of people will benefit. Most giving decisions, such as on international aid, aren’t very data-driven because information about charity performance is scarce, so donors often rely on rudimentary or problematic metrics, the psychologists say.“Many people believe charities must have low overhead ratios to be effective, but that’s not true,” said Caviola, who studies charitable giving. “What matters is: Does the charity focus on a really important problem. and does it use a really effective intervention? It doesn’t matter whether it has a high or low overhead as long as it uses it effectively.”Donors also underestimate how wide the gap is between effective charities and others, according to a recent study Caviola conducted. They assume there’s only an incremental difference in their outcomes, when in fact top organizations are 100 times more effective than others. In global-health giving, for instance, “effectiveness” is typically measured by governments and health economists in lives saved or health-adjusted life years added per dollar.But supporting effective giving doesn’t mean that donating to a cherished group isn’t worthwhile, said Greene. “It’s not about bad versus good, but good versus even better.”“It often means giving money to organizations that help people overseas where the money goes further, and it means prioritizing the outcome over one’s personal feelings of connection or the personal satisfaction one gets,” he said.“Many people believe charities must have low overhead ratios to be effective, but that’s not true,” said Lucius Caviola, a postdoctoral researcher. Courtesy photoThat seems sensible, but the deeply rooted psychology behind why we give is complicated. While people like the idea of giving effectively, Caviola said even after learning that one charity is more effective than another, most people still prefer to give to entities where they have emotional or personal connections.“We weren’t designed for impartial beneficence; we weren’t designed to care about everybody equally. Our social emotions really evolved for social teamwork — I give you food when your hunting doesn’t go well, and you do the same for me — and we survive that way,” said Greene.Since charitable giving is as much about joyful feelings of helping others as it is about the gift received, Caviola and Greene are exploring whether more people might embrace effective giving if they didn’t have to forgo their favorite causes. They recently launched Giving Multiplier, an online platform that eases — and sweetens —donations to global health and development charities as part of their research. Donors select a favorite charitable organization and then choose from a short, curated list of charities rated as highly effective by GiveWell, a nonprofit that evaluates charity effectiveness. They then can decide how much to donate and what percentage of their donation goes to each organization. For every donation, the platform will add as much as 20 percent on top.The project will give them better insight into charitable decision-making and into whether such an intervention helps donors overcome the innate tug of personal interests. If Giving Multiplier proves popular, it may outlast their current research, Greene said.“Our hope is that this can be a way into effective giving that works for a much wider group of people and that works with people’s basic desires and motivations instead of trying to replace them,” he said.last_img read more

Ben Carson’s Views on Electing a Muslim President Draw Rebuke

first_imgMuslim leaders gathered Wednesday in Mineola to denounce the prejudice they perceived in comments from Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson, who said recently that he would not “advocate” for a Muslim in the White House.Standing on the steps of Nassau County Supreme Court on a sun-splashed morning as Pope Francis made a historic speech on the White House lawn, this group of local Muslims called on politicians from all parties to engage in constructive dialogue amid a disturbing rise in Islamophobia nationwide.Wednesday’s gathering came three days after GOP president candidate Ben Carson said on NBC’s Meet the Press: “I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation. I absolutely would not agree with that.”On Monday, Carson appeared to double down in a Facebook post to his nearly 4 million followers on the social media site.“I could never support a candidate for President of the United States that was Muslim and had not renounced the central tenet of Islam: Sharia Law,” he said.Carson went on to acknowledge that there are “many peaceful Muslims who do not adhere to these beliefs. But until these tenets are fully renounced…I cannot advocate any Muslim candidate for President.”But on Tuesday, Carson seemingly gave his blessing to people of all faiths to run for president as long as they put the Constitution ahead of their beliefs.CNN reported that fundraising dollars have “poured in” since the former brain surgeon first made his controversial remarks on television Sunday.In Mineola on Wednesday, Ali Mirza of Elmont denounced Carson’s comments.“Politicians should not use us as political footballs,” he said, referring to Carson, who’s now surging in Republican polls after the second GOP debate held last week.“It is basically a political issue,” Mirza added. “Some people are using whatever they can in order to get attention in the media and to address a very limited group of voters within their party.”“No religious test should ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States,” Mirza said, quoting the Constitution.Carson isn’t the only GOP candidate who has drawn attention for his views on Islam. Donald Trump, who is leading in the polls, was criticized last week for placating a questioner at a New Hampshire event who, referring to Muslims, asked: “When can we get rid of them?”“We’re going to be looking at a lot of different things,” Trump responded.Long Island civil rights attorney Frederick Brewington, a Christian, stood alongside Muslim leaders Wednesday. He advised Trump and Carson to “stop being ignorant candidates.”“Don’t remain silent on this issue because your silence bespeaks of your acceptance of this misinformation that is put out concerning our brothers and our sisters who are of the Muslim tradition,” Brewington said in a message to local officials.“We are rich because of our diversity,” he added.Carson’s comments drew a strong rebuke nationwide from Democrats and Muslim leaders. Other Republican candidates, like Ted Cruz (R-TX), Jeb Bush, the former Republican governor of Florida, and Marco Rubio (R-FL), invoked the Constitution when asked if Muslims were fit to sit in the White House.“The freedom of religion is a founding principle of our nation,” said Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), the first Muslim elected to Congress, in a statement. “For Ben Carson, Donald Trump, or any other Republican politician to suggest that someone of any faith is unfit for our office is out of touch with who we are as a people.” View image | gettyimages.com The Council on American-Islamic Relations, a Muslim advocacy group, called on Carson to withdraw from the race.Mirza invited both the Nassau Republican and Democratic committees to meet with Muslim leaders to discuss community issues.Both Carson’s and Trump’s comments come one week after a 14-year-old high school student in Texas was arrested for bringing in a clock he made at home which school officials mistook for a potential bomb. The arrest sparked an outpouring of support for the teen on social media–including an invitation from President Obama to bring his invention to the White House–and accusations of Islamophobia among school officials and police in Texas.Meanwhile, national security hawks in Congress, such as Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford), have criticized the president’s plan to welcome thousands of Syrian refugees into the country, citing security concerns. The majority of people fleeing war-torn Syria are Muslim.center_img Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York last_img read more