Leading NW agency rejoins Zoopla after shedding 60% of its branches

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Leading NW agency rejoins Zoopla after shedding 60% of its branches previous nextAgencies & PeopleLeading NW agency rejoins Zoopla after shedding 60% of its branchesFarrell Heyworth is now listing 2,000 properties on the portal just months after announcing it was adopting a ‘hub’ approach.Nigel Lewis23rd December 20200497 Views Leading North-West independent estate agency Farrell Heyworth has officially re-joined Zoopla.The 29-year-old agency caused a stir during the pandemic when it announced that it establishing seven ‘hub’ and ‘super-hub’ offices in Preston, Garstang, Barrow-in-Furness, Blackpool, Lancaster, Chorley, Clevelys and Morecombe.These are the branches left after the company cut its original network by 60% during the pandemic from 18 branches following a review that was begun in June. Zoopla, like Rightmove, charges per branch so Farrell Heyworth brings a lower number of offices to the portal than it would have a year ago.Farrell Heyworth appears to have been planning the move for some time; in February it advertised for a marketing manager to help manage both its Rightmove and Zoopla accounts as part of the job description.The agency had previously listed with Zoopla before quitting, but the portal says this was not related to an OTM membership and its ‘one other portal’ rule, as is often the case.ChangesJeremy Collins, Group Director at Farrell Heyworth, says: “This year we have made a lot of changes at Farrell Heyworth consolidating [the] branch network… while still operating in all of our North West markets.“Returning to Zoopla will help support our super-branch proposition, offering vendors and landlord’s properties the widest possible exposure to the market.“2021 will be our 30th year helping clients move and find a new home in the North West, our theme for the new year is ‘Let’s make 2021 the best year ever’ so re-joining Zoopla is part of that ambition.”The agency has already begun uploading its 2,000 properties to Zoopla.jeremy collins farrell heyworth Zoopla December 23, 2020Nigel 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

Royal Australian Navy Welcomes Bell 429 Into Service

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today Royal Australian Navy Welcomes Bell 429 Into Service “These are indeed exciting times”, 723 Squadron Commanding Officer, Commander Matthew Shand told the assembled guests as the Royal Australian Navy marked the introduction of the Bell 429 helicopter into service with a ceremony at HMAS Albatross on 5th June.“Since 1953, when 723 and the RAN received its first helicopters, 723 Squadron has continuously operated rotary wing aircraft including, Sycamores Scouts, Wessex, Iroquois, Kiowas, Squirrels and the A109.” Commander Shand said. “During this process I believe 723 has evolved into a rotary wing training centre of excellence and today this tradition continues with the latest incarnation, the very contemporary 429.“Raytheon Australia secured the contract to provide the Navy with three Bell helicopters under the RAN’s Retention and Motivation Initiative (RMI).Commander Fleet Air Arm, Commodore Peter Laver said the RMI was a very successful program. “It’s ensured our junior aircrew are able to develop their aviation skills prior to operational conversion to front line aircraft types, specifically the MRH90 Taipan and S-70B-2 Seahawk. The introduction of the Bell 429 will expose crews to some of the most advanced technology in rotary wing aviation today.”LS Aaron Smits of 723 Squadron intends to take full advantage of these exciting times and the opportunities the Bell 429 will provide. “I’ll be trained as an aircrewman in the Bell”, he said, “so while I’ll be doing the same utility evolutions I’ve been doing in the Squirrel, it’s obviously going to be in a bigger aircraft with a bigger winch and the ability to pick up a lot more people, so the Bell is going to advance my capability and my training which will great for my career.”“The Squirrel was a nice challenge”, LS Smits said, “but the Bell will be a bigger challenge, it’s state of the art, the bees knees with everything you’d want, so it will be really exciting to be in such a capable aircraft and go away and do all the things we need to do in the navy”[mappress]Naval Today Staff , June 7, 2012; Image: Australian Navy View post tag: welcomes View post tag: Australian Industry news View post tag: 429 View post tag: Bell View post tag: News by topic Royal Australian Navy Welcomes Bell 429 Into Servicecenter_img View post tag: Naval View post tag: Royal June 7, 2012 View post tag: Navy View post tag: Service View post tag: into Share this articlelast_img read more

OCBP Then and Now: Memorial Day Wreath Ceremony

first_imgOcean City Beach Patrol lifeguards Jack Kelly Jr., left, and Sims Drain rowed their lifeboat a short distance away from the Moorlyn Terrace beach and placed a wreath on the ocean on Memorial Day (May 30, 1943) to honor the men and women who sacrificed their lives so we can live free.This patriotic beach patrol event was especially meaningful as America was fighting in World War II.On May 14, 2015, Mayor Jay Gillian signed a proclamation declaring Ocean City’s participation in National Beach Safety Week, May 23 to May 31. The proclamation reminds bathers to take appropriate measures to protect themselves including: swim near a lifeguard; never swim alone; never drink alcohol before swimming; respect the power of the surf; and learn to swim.Memorial Day on Monday, May 25, 2015 at 9:00 a.m., on the Moorlyn Terrace beach, the lifeguards will continue the wreath laying tradition.— By Fred Miller, historian and former Ocean City Beach Patrol lieutenantlast_img read more


first_imgRichard ThomasUnifine Food & Bake Ingredients UKPromotion has come for Richard Thomas, who now takes on the role of regional sales manager at Unifine Food & Bake Ingredients UK. His responsibilities include technical sales and marketing support for south Wales, south-west England and the west Midlands. He will also be involved in new product development and tailor-made lines for new and existing customers.Thomas originally joined the firm, then known as Dohler, in 1991 as a technical sales representative, later becoming area sales manager for Dohler UK, subsequently renamed.Philippe LeveauSAI Global/EFSISFood inspection and certification organisation SAI Global/EFSIS has appointed Philippe Leveau as its new European operations general manager.Leveau has spent four years as general manager at SAI Global/ EFSIS France.In his new European-wide role, he aims to apply the success achieved in France, where the organisation claims it now has a 35% share of the French market for inspections under the International Food Standard, to other mainland countries in Europe.Claire Blake, Ben TomkinsonImproveTwo new appointments have been made at food and drink sector skills council Improve. Claire Blake has been named senior marketing executive, with responsibility for the development and implementation of Improve’s marketing strategy.Ben Tomkinson fills the newly created role of research executive, supporting the research team and helping in the analysis of labour market information.Stacey HamptonFood InsightsWest Midlands Food Partnership has appointed Stacey Hampton to manage its free online market research service for food and drink companies in the West Midlands, called Food Insights. The site is located at the recently revamped Heart of England fine foods business website.The service is designed to give businesses in the region up-to-the-minute industry reports, analysis and statistics and Hampton says it will include Mintel marketing report summaries, consumer insights and news and data on the latest scientific and technical issues, including updates from the Campden and Chorleywood Research Group. She aims to have a fully populated site complete by 17 May.Colin KellyWarburtonsColin Kelly has joined branded bakery supplier Warburtons as technical services director. Kelly joins the firm with 15 years’ experience in the food industry, having previously worked for Heinz as the East and Western Europe technical manager.In his new role, he will continue Warburtons’ technical development, while focusing on food safety and quality systems.John ScatchardMuntons Malted IngredientsThe position of technical manager, milling, at Muntons Malted Ingredients has been filled by John Scatchard, who is returning to Muntons in this new role. Scatchard has been involved in the milling industry since 1981 and has held various production and technical roles, both in the UK and overseas. He previously worked for Muntons as production manager, milling.brian edgezeelandiaSpecialist ingredients supplier Zeelandia (Essex) will be looking to add to its technical and development team following the retirement of bakery technologist Brian Edge last month. Edge had worked at the company for 16 years.—-=== Write to: ===British Baker, Wm Reed Publishing, Broadfield Park, Crawley, West Sussex, RH11 9RT or send an email to [email protected]last_img read more

Press release: New research to encourage more shoppers to register their household appliances

first_img Registering your fridges, freezers and other every day appliances only takes a few minutes and makes it easy for manufacturers to get in touch in the unlikely event there is a problem. This research will build on a fantastic first year for the Office for Product Safety and Standards. It has helped build on the UK’s already world leading consumer protection regime, raising awareness of faulty products and keeping in place the strong protections we will need after EU Exit. We congratulate OPSS on its first anniversary and have been particularly grateful for its support of our Register My Appliance campaign. All AMDEA members are committed to product safety and we have been pleased to share our technical and standards expertise with the new teams in OPSS and look forward to working with them in the future. Today also marks Register My Appliance Day, which has been organised by AMDEA to raise awareness of the benefits of registering household products.Douglas Herbison, Chief Executive of AMDEA, said: Registering products enables customers to be more easily contacted if a fault has been identified and this research will look at how to boost registration rates Announcement comes as the OPSS marks its first anniversary on national Register My Appliance Day The new research is one of several science-based research programmes planned by OPSS. Other activity over the past year includes: The Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) is marking its first anniversary by launching new research into the reasons why many consumers don’t register their household products, and what more can be done to boost rates.Registering products enables manufactures to more quickly contact customers if a fault occurs and could improve the long-term reliability of appliances if an issue has been identified or a product is recalled. At present, less than a third of people have registered their large appliances according to the Association of Manufacturers of Domestic Appliances (AMDEA).OPSS wants to better understand the reasons why some people do not register their devices in order to develop mechanisms to improve rates. Ideas such as making registration mandatory will be tested on almost 5,000 product purchases.Following the research, manufacturers and retailers will get guidance on the best ways to increase rates of product registrations.Consumer Minister Kelly Tolhurst said: reaching more than two million people with public awareness campaigns about the dangers of products such as flammable costumes, fireworks and laser pointers strengthening the UK’s ability to stop unsafe products at the border after EU exit funding testing-houses for potentially hazardous products such as cosmetics, ladders and toyslast_img read more

Snarky Puppy Captivates Sold-Out Chicago Crowd With Two Set Performance

first_imgGuests arrived early into the night to pack the house and hear Snarky Puppy at Chicago’s Concord Music Hall last night. The sold-out show featured Charlie Hunter as the opener with support from the Snarky Puppy’s horn-line and drums. Snarky Puppy’s bassist and leader, Michael League, explained that it’s tradition for Snarky Puppy members to play with their new label artists, and urged the crowd to listen to Charlie Hunter’s upcoming album, Everybody Has a Plan Until They Get Punched in the Mouth. Hunter’s comedic facial expressions paired well with his blues and soul tunes, for which he played both the bass and guitar at the same time!The audience, anxious with anticipation, cheered promptly at nine o’clock to egg the jazzy improv group on stage. The show featured two sets, a first-time experience for Chicagoan musical goers. The first two songs of the night were heaters, powered by strong basslines from League. Several songs from the album We Like it Here were crowd favorites throughout the night, such as “Lingus,” “Shofukan,” and “What About Me?.” The first set also featured keyboardist, Shaun Martin, for a quick rap verse.After a jazzy jam heavy first set, the second set slowed in pace and smoothed out to exotic sounds, such as in the song “Tio Macaco.” The band also treated the excited listeners to a few songs, including “Tarova,” from their new album, Culcha Vulcha. Read the review here. Solos occupied much of the time during this set.At one point there were three trumpets on stage, leading the horn section in a movement. A long, well-executed, enticing percussion and drum duet by Nate Werth and Jason ‘JT’ Thomas was sandwiched in the middle. After a loud stomping and clapping ovation, the band finished up the set with the slow and powerful main segment of the song “Sleeper.” Although the pacing did not compare to the rest of the show, the finish satisfied happy ears. After an two song encore of “Beep Box” and “Shofukan,” the band called it a night.Check out the setlist and a full gallery of images below, courtesy of Tara Gracer.Setlist: Snarky Puppy at Concord Music Hall, Chicago, IL – 5/14/16Set One: Tarova, Go, Binky, Thing Of Gold, What About Me?Set Two: Grown Folks, Semente, Young Stuff, Tic Macaco, SleeperEncore: Beep Box, Shofukan Load remaining imageslast_img read more

An unprecedented admissions year

first_imgNearly 35,000 students applied to Harvard College this year for admission to the Class of 2015 entering in August. Letters of admission (and email notifications) were sent on March 30 to 2,158 students, 6.2 percent of the record pool of 34,950.More than 60 percent of the admitted students will receive need-based scholarships averaging more than $40,000, benefiting from a record $160 million in financial aid. Families with students on scholarship contribute an average of $11,500 annually toward the cost of a Harvard education.Many other selective institutions also experienced record admissions years and have made substantial changes in their financial aid programs. “The public policy benefit of enabling students from all backgrounds to make the most of their talents through higher education will be felt for generations to come,” said William R. Fitzsimmons, dean of admissions and financial aid. “Our colleges and universities are reaching out more than ever before for students with remarkable personal qualities and character who can play leadership roles in addressing the many urgent challenges facing us,” he said.Beyond improvements in financial aid and outreach, Harvard has made substantial changes both to support students once they enroll and to improve their college experiences. Among the enhancements in the past decade are: a new program in General Education; a four-fold increase in the number of small freshman seminars; a new program offering more than 40 secondary fields; the new School of Engineering and Applied Sciences; an augmented advising system that doubles the number of advisers to more than 400 (and includes 200 peer-advising fellows and 60 resident proctors); expanded opportunities for close collaboration with faculty through numerous research and regional centers; a new Arts Initiative and the New College Theatre to enliven already vibrant arts and humanities opportunities; and a wide variety of new possibilities for study abroad, supported by a $100 million gift from David Rockefeller.“We have worked very hard over the past few years to ensure that every student who comes to Harvard is given the support and the tools that they need to succeed here,” said Dean of Harvard College Evelynn M. Hammonds. “I am very pleased by the progress we have made in delivering an educational experience equal to the talents and aspirations of our undergraduates.”Not only did more students apply this year to Harvard, but the academic strength and diversity of the pool increased as well. By standard measures of academic talent, including test scores and academic performance, this year’s applicants presented an unprecedented level of excellence. More than 14,000 scored 700 or above on the SAT critical reading test; 17,000 scored 700 or above on the SAT math test; 15,000 scored 700 or higher on the SAT writing test; and 3,800 were ranked first in their high school classes.Minority representation remained strong. The admitted class is 17.8 percent Asian-American, 11.8 percent African-American, 12.1 percent Latino, 1.9 percent Native American, and 0.2 percent Native Hawaiian. Although it is difficult to make precise comparisons to previous years because of changes in federal requirements concerning the collection and reporting of race and ethnicity information, it is likely that the percentages of African-American and Latino students are records.Slightly more than half (51.5 percent) of those admitted are men. Last year, both the pool and the admitted group comprised more males, but the matriculating class included only eight more men because a higher percentage of women accepted offers of admission.Geographic representation remained similar to last year’s figures. More than 22 percent of the admitted students are from the mid-Atlantic states, 21 percent from the Western and Mountain states, 19 percent from the South, 16 percent from New England, 10 percent from the Midwest, and 12 percent from the U.S. territories and abroad.Foreign citizens make up 10 percent of the admitted students. In addition, a significant number of other entering students will bring an international perspective, including 141 U.S. dual citizens, 70 U.S. permanent residents, and many Americans who have lived abroad. Together, foreign citizens, U.S. duals, and U.S. permanent residents constitute nearly 20 percent of the class. There are 85 countries represented in it.Nearly a quarter (24.9 percent) of the admitted students intend to concentrate in the social sciences. The biological sciences attracted 23.3 percent. Students expressing an interest in the humanities constitute 19 percent. Students planning an engineering concentration represent 12.6 percent, the physical sciences 9.5 percent, mathematics 7.7 percent, computer science 1.9 percent, and 1.2 percent undecided.The Class of 2015 will bring extraordinary extracurricular talents to Harvard across a wide range of endeavors. Major interests cited by students include music and other expressive and performing arts (44 percent), debate and political activities, including student government (35 percent), social service (21 percent), and writing and journalism (19 percent). In addition, 56 percent of the class expects to participate in recreational, intramural, or intercollegiate athletics.“Faced with 35,000 applicants, our alumni/ae interviewers contributed to our process as never before,” said Marlyn E. McGrath, director of admissions. “Personal qualities and character remain central to each and every admissions decision. Our 10,000 alumni/ae volunteers around the world are irreplaceable in other ways as well — attending college nights, visiting schools, and calling newly admitted students and hosting gatherings for them in April. There is no way we can thank them enough for their loyalty and devotion to Harvard,” she said.Added Elizabeth Adams, liaison to the Alumni/ae Schools and Scholarship Committees, “We are particularly grateful to our alumni/ae volunteers for making our new electronic system function so well, a change that enabled interviews to be submitted rapidly and in time to assist the admissions committee in its vital work.”Recruitment is the foundation on which Harvard’s excellence rests. Nearly 70 percent of all admitted students and 87 percent of admitted minority students appeared on the original College Board Search List that helped launch Harvard’s outreach program for the Class of 2015. Staff members will visit 60 cities this spring, targeting the high school juniors who may eventually join the Class of 2016. Joint travel trips will be conducted with Duke University, Georgetown University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Stanford University. “Joint travel is the fundamental element of our recruitment. Last spring and fall, Harvard admissions officers visited all 50 states, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and Mexico, where we saw 44,000 high school students and parents. We also met with more than 3,000 high school guidance counselors,” said Jennifer Gandy, director of the Joint Travel Program.Eliminating Early Action three years ago allowed more time in the fall for staff to communicate with students who might not have otherwise thought about applying to Harvard. Joint outreach events with Princeton University and the University of Virginia (both of which also eliminated early admission) met with an overwhelming reception in November, previously a time when all three institutions were off the road conducting early admission selection meetings. Harvard once again will visit nearly 20 cities with this group. Even though Harvard has restored early admission starting next year (as have Princeton and UVA), all three institutions will continue this travel to reach out to students from modest economic backgrounds.“Undergraduate recruitment has a long and distinguished history at Harvard,” said Roger Banks, director of recruitment. “Members of the Undergraduate Minority Recruitment Program [UMRP] and the Harvard Financial Aid Initiative [HFAI] once again played a vital role in attracting this year’s record pool of students.” Members of both organizations telephoned and sent email messages and letters to prospective applicants. They also conducted recruitment trips around the country and met with middle school and high school student groups who visited Harvard.“HFAI is one of Harvard’s highest priorities, and once again we were able to attract outstanding students from families with annual incomes under $60,000 and $80,000,” said Monica Del Toro-Brown, co-director of HFAI. Precious Eboigbe, HFAI co-director, noted, “Our students worked closely with staff and alumni/ae, forming a partnership that enabled us to reach out to talented students from modest economic backgrounds who never dreamed Harvard was possible. We are particularly pleased to see a larger number of students admitted from families with incomes under $60,000.”Fitzsimmons and McGrath praised the efforts of the Undergraduate Admissions Council (UAC) and the undergraduate tour guides and greeters who work throughout the year with visitors to Cambridge — leading tours, hosting prospective applicants overnight, and visiting high schools. David L. Evans, co-director of the UAC, said that “prospective students need to learn firsthand about the Harvard experience from current undergraduates.” Added Elise Eggart, UAC co-director, “UAC members extend a warm welcome to students interested in Harvard. The UAC provides a human face to the Harvard community, and we hear often from students and families that UAC members made the difference in students’ decision to consider Harvard among their college choices.”Banks, director of the Student Tour Program, said, “Our tour guides and greeters welcome students to Harvard throughout the year. They love to share personal anecdotes about life in the College, both inside and outside the classroom. Often, they are the first Harvard students a prospective applicant meets, and they introduce college life with grace, humor, and enthusiasm. Added Lucerito Ortiz, assistant director of the program, “Rain or shine, in small groups or large, you’ll find them walking through Harvard Yard, leading groups of prospective students and their families from around the world.”McGrath emphasized the important role of the teaching faculty in the admissions process. Faculty members speak with many prospective students in person or on the phone and answer their letters and email inquiries. “Faculty accessibility is a clear demonstration of Harvard’s commitment to undergraduate education. In addition, faculty members read hundreds of applications, evaluate academic research of all kinds, and assess portfolios across a range of academic and creative disciplines,” she said.Members of the teaching faculty serving on the Admissions Committee are Peter J. Burgard, John E. Dowling, Edward L. Glaeser, Benedict H. Gross, Guido Guidotti, Hammonds, Joseph D. Harris, J. Woodland Hastings, Eric N. Jacobsen, Thomas Jehn, Harry R. Lewis, Richard M. Losick, David R. McCann, James J. McCarthy, Louis Menand, Michael D. Mitzenmacher, Cherry Murray, Richard J. O’Connell, Orlando Patterson, Frans Spaepen, Christopher Stubbs, Richard F. Thomas, Thomas H. Waldo, Steven C. Wofsy, Robert M. Woollacott, and Amir Yacoby.Personal contact with admitted students will be important over the next few weeks. Members of the UAC, the UMRP, the HFAI, the admissions and financial aid staff, and teaching faculty will telephone and meet with admitted students.The admissions office reaches out to recruit students across the world through message boards and undergraduate student blogs. The message boards allow students to speak with Harvard undergraduates and one another, while the blogs offer an insider’s view of the College. Danielle Early, director of Internet communications, said, “The boards and blogs provide yet another way for students to meet and make connections with future classmates.”To give admitted students the opportunity to experience Harvard life and meet future professors and classmates, a Visiting Program for admitted students is scheduled for April 16 to 18. The program, recently renamed “Visitas” by current undergraduates, enables guests to sample classes, attend faculty panel discussions, concerts, receptions, department open houses, symposia, and hundreds of events organized by extracurricular organizations. More than 1,300 admitted students are expected to visit during April, and 1,100 will do so during Visitas. “Contact with current undergraduates and faculty is critically important to students as they evaluate their college options. Students often cite the Visiting Program as pivotal in their decision to choose Harvard,” said director Valerie Beilenson.Sarah C. Donahue, director of financial aid, and her colleagues will be available to talk with admitted students and their families on weekdays during April from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. EDT and on Sunday (April 17) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. during Visitas. “We look forward to talking with students and parents who have concerns or questions about how to finance a Harvard education, including families who may not have applied for financial aid but who are interested in the wide range of available payment options. Our program offers assistance to all students and families, ranging from full financial aid to a number of financing alternatives: a monthly payment plan; the opportunity to prepay tuition at current rates; and a variety of parent loan programs that extend payments up to 15 years,” she said.“Students and their families should know that there are other forms of financial assistance, such as the Faculty Aide Program, the Harvard College Research Program, and the Dean’s Summer Research Program, which enable students to create paid partnerships with faculty members on academic projects of mutual interest,” said Meg Brooks Swift, director of student employment and the Harvard College Research Program.Admitted students have until May 1 to accept their offers.last_img read more

Universities as peacemakers

first_imgHarvard Divinity School (HDS) Dean David Hempton knows too well the cost of religious conflict. As a college student in Belfast in the 1970s, he witnessed the “tragedies of violence” that marked “The Troubles” between the Catholic and Protestant communities in Northern Ireland.But Hempton also saw “inspiring examples of people of faith on both sides of that division using religion to overcome violence and promote understanding and healing,” he told a crowd at HDS Monday evening.Following an “overwhelming” response to his inaugural 2012 convocation address about those difficult years in his homeland, Hempton said he began to understand “the power of exploring practical ways for HDS and the University to make even more of a difference in our world.”One of those practical exercises unfolded Monday as a panel of experts versed in religion, pluralism, politics, conflict resolution, and international peace gathered to explore how universities can help create interreligious dialogues, collaboration, and peacemaking.The group agreed that universities are uniquely poised to help educate people about the myriad dimensions and shared values of the world’s religions, to forge interdisciplinary connections that shed light on how religion can influence conflict, poverty, and the environment, and to convene scholars, experts, and the public for far-ranging, multifaith discussions.Offering a political perspective was Shaun Casey, an ethicist and special adviser to the U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry for faith-based community initiatives. The HDS and Harvard Kennedy School graduate said his new department is part of “a quiet revolution” of engagement with religious leaders and communities around issues of pluralism, regional security and stability, and humanitarian efforts. Harvard can help in that effort, Casey said, by creating joint degree programs that combine areas such as law, international relations, and development with religious studies.“Who is going to train the people I need to hire?” Casey wondered aloud. “We do not have people who are well-trained on the political side as well as the religious studies side. Harvard is uniquely poised to overcome that.”Matthew Hodes, director of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, said his organization is one of many that are planning systems and doctrine based on the best ways to use intercultural and interreligious dialogue “as a bridging element in our policy.” For help in that endeavor, Hodes said he wouldn’t hesitate to turn to Harvard Law School’s (HLS) Program on Negotiation.“It is a globally understood leader in the field of not only practice, but also the development of doctrine on everything from interparty negotiations on a bilateral level to multilateral mediation. And I would suggest to those of you who are interested in pursing dialogue processes, this is the place where the synergy that exists at Harvard needs to be applied the most.”Harvard’s Jocelyne Cesari echoed Casey’s call for universities to develop an interdisciplinary approach to studying and understanding religion. Too often, said Cesari, a lecturer on Islamic studies and a research associate at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, her American colleagues in political science harbor inhibitions when it comes to religion.“One of the major arguments I receive all the time is, ‘Oh, we don’t do theology.’ And this cuts the dialogue right there,” Cesari said. “How can you work together if you don’t take into account also what your colleague does?”HLS Dean Martha Minow, whose experience with conflict and human rights includes her work with the Independent International Commission on Kosovo, said the University can play a role by incorporating “discussion, debating, collaborating, and listening” skills further into the curriculum. “We don’t talk about it as explicitly as we ought to, even thought it’s the medium of our business,” said Minow.Universities can also be important places to convene varied discussions around religion, said Minow, and places to explore the overlap as well as the differences among religious traditions.“The risk of assuming that you understand is so much greater than the risk of saying ‘We are different’ … It’s the over-presumption that, I think, leads to the resentment, leads to the identity concerns. … I think that universities are places where people can talk about the content of religion.”Jonathan Granoff, president of the Global Security Institute and special representative of the United Religions Initiative, explained that creating a venue where dialogue, debate, and communion can freely take place is hugely important in forging an ethical foundation for global community.“I believe that if Harvard were to create such a multidisciplinary, multidimensional place, it would really electrify the academic world,” he said.Harvard’s Diana Eck, professor of comparative religion and Indian studies at HDS and Fredric Wertham Professor of Law and Psychiatry in Society, moderated the panel. HDS professor Diana L. Eck moderated this panel discussion, featuring: Martha Minow, Dean of Harvard Law School; Shaun Casey, MDiv ’83, ThD ’98, special advisor to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry for faith-based community initiatives; Jocelyne Cesari, Lecturer on Islamic Studies at HDS and director of Harvard’s Islam in the West Program; Jonathan Granoff, president of the Global Security Institute and special representative of the United Religions Initiative; and Matthew Hodes, director of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations. <a href=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HOrxjAhz2UE” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank”> <img src=”https://img.youtube.com/vi/HOrxjAhz2UE/0.jpg” alt=”0″ title=”How To Choose The Correct Channel Type For Your Video Content ” /> </a>center_img Religions & Peace: Do Universities Have a Role?last_img read more

Young mums’ fresh chances

first_imgNZ Herald 25 November 2013While they love their children dearly, the teenage mums at Rotorua’s School for Young Parents have a message for others: “Don’t get pregnant young.”The school, one of 22 teen parent units in New Zealand, lets teenage mothers continue their education while their children are cared for.While having a baby young is tough it doesn’t mean your life is ruined, according to three students.BK, 17, has a 19-month-old daughter. “Mum was disappointed [when I got pregnant] because she was a young mum … she didn’t want her struggles for me.”BK now loves being a mum and plans to go to university to become a sonographer or midwife.She believes school health classes need to be more realistic.“They say have safe sex but they don’t tell you about the consequences of not using protection, what it’s really like [having a baby].”http://www.nzherald.co.nz/rotorua-daily-post/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503438&objectid=11162545last_img read more

Bacolod abattoir ramp up quarantine vs ASF

first_imgBACOLOD City – In a bid to beefup measures against the African swine fever (ASF), a slaughterhouse in BarangayHandumanan has put up quarantine system. This move, according to Lacson, willprotect the province’s P6-billion swine industry. Negros Occidental, the country’s number one backyard swine producer, hasprohibited since Sept. 11 the entry of pork from Luzon, which has confirmedcases of ASF. Goldwyn Nifras, the city’s agriculturehead, also disclosed that there are no swine fever cases in this city and inNegros Occidental. Glorydee Cometa, AVM BernardoSlaughterhouse plant manager, said they have enforced strict monitoring on hogsbrought in the abattoir. She also said that animals or anyperson enters the holding pen must pass through a foot-bath area filled withdisinfectant to ensure that people do not enter with contaminated material ontheir shoes.“This biosecurity protocol ensures that the slaughtered hogs and large animalshave no infection and safe to eat,” said Cometa.She also said that as of now, there was no reported swine fever case in theslaughterhouse.center_img Mayor Evelio Leonardia last weekissued Executive Order No. 29 banning live pigs, hog carcasses, pork, porkproducts, and pork by-products from Luzon and certain countries from enteringthe city for a period of 90 days.Earlier, Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson announced that he considers extending the90-day pork ban in Negros Occidental. Cometa added that it is a regularprocedure for hogs and large animals intended for slaughter pass through theCity Veterinary Office for an “ante-mortem” inspection. The ban covers live pigs, pork, porkproducts, and by-products, whether fresh, processed or canned, which can carrythe ASF virus./PNlast_img read more