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first_imgThe University’s testing service has confirmed 212 cases of COVID-19 among students and staff for the week 24th-30th October, with a positivity rate of 29.2%. This marks the third consecutive week in which the number of new cases has remained constant and brings the total number of confirmed cases since the implementation of the University’s testing service on August 20th to 708. Figure 2: New COVID-19 Cases recorded by the University’s testing service. Data: https://www.ox.ac.uk/coronavirus/status Figure 1: Cumulative COVID-19 Cases recorded by the University’s testing service. Data: https://www.ox.ac.uk/coronavirus/status The University’s Status and Response website states that the figures released do not include positive test results received outside of the University testing service. It notes further that “due to the time interval between a test being done and the result becoming available, it is expected that there will be a mismatch between actual results and those confirmed to us on any given day”. Until Thursday, Oxford will remain in Tier 2 and residents will have to adhere to the following new measures:center_img On Saturday, Oxford was moved into Tier 2, which will remain in place until new national lockdown restrictions come into place on Thursday. Following the government announcement on Saturday night, the University has updated its guidelines: “New National Restrictions will be introduced from this Thursday (5 November). The University is now considering the impact of these measures, and further information will be made available on these pages as soon as possible. You should also refer to the UK Government website for the latest advice.” People cannot meet “socially” with anybody outside their household or support bubble indoors, including at home or in public places such as restaurants and bars. People should try to reduce the number of journeys they are making, and if they need to travel should avoid public transport where possible.  The University has implemented a four-stage emergency response, depending on how wide the spread of COVID-19 is. The current status is Stage 2, which allows the University to operate “in line with social distancing restrictions with as full a student cohort as possible on site”, with teaching and assessment taking place “with the optimum combination of in-person teaching and online learning”. A Stage 3 response would imply “no public access to the University or College buildings” and “gatherings for staff and students only permitted where essential for teaching and assessment to take place”.last_img read more

first_imgPaul CatterallBakery technology manager, Campden BRIWell the new harvest is in, so it is that time of the year when everything that goes wrong in the bakery can be blamed on the ’new crop’ flour! Millers have a difficult job; they have to produce a consistent product from an infinitely variable raw material. And as bakers, we expect one flour to make a variety of products perfectly. So we don’t want much then?A true baker should have the knowledge and skills to recognise normal variations in flour and have the experience to deal with the issues. It worries me that some of the people I meet these days in bakeries don’t have these skills and, just as importantly, they don’t have the passion for bakery products. How can we ask our staff to make a ’good’ loaf if they don’t understand what a ’good’ loaf looks like? The consumer definitely knows what they want, and if they don’t like what they see they will go elsewhere. Good quality will always sell.We all talk about training and skills development, and we take exception if we are told there is not enough training being done. Good training is not a ’tick box’ exercise “We’ve done training now, so what’s next?” It has to be continuous, it has to be refreshed, it has to be involved in all aspects of the product from the raw materials, through processing to final product characteristics.The winner of this year’s Trainee Baker of the Year at the BIA is exactly the sort of person we need in the industry. He expressed great wonderment at how products were made, how they rose in the oven, and what they tasted like. He had opinions on quality and a passion for bakery that was very obvious. It was good to see such enthusiasm in a newcomer to the industry. It makes you realise the passion is still there; it just may need unlocking.last_img read more

first_imgFans of spurious corporate litigation that we are, Stop the Week was as pleased as ever to see Subway up to its old tricks. The sandwich chain, has been wrangling its way through the UK courts, trying to prove that its toasted subs are VAT-exempt, and in so doing, posing the most profound philosophical, ’when is a toasted sandwich not a toasted sandwich?’. This time, it is going to be getting its subs out in court after trying to trademark “footlong” for its 12-inch subs.Subway in the US had issued a cease-and-desist letter against Casey’s for using the term in advertising. Casey’s was having none of it and filed a lawsuit against Subway to prove it had no proprietary ownership of “footlong”. An Iowa court will now adjudicate as the two measure up in a courtroom sub-off.The case revolves around the use of “footlong” as a noun or verb. Subway has used “footlong” as a noun across 34,000 outlets, while Casey’s has begun using it as an adjective on menus in 180 stores. The latter claims it is a generic adjective to denote 12-inch subs. Subway has already had a trademark application for restaurant services denied, but another bid for footlong to describe the sandwiches is still pending.For those of us excited by linguistic sparring, the role of grammar in trademarking will have its day in court. Sit tight, this one’s going to be a rollercoaster.last_img read more

first_imgOn Sunday, season 7 of HBO’s Game Of Thrones wrapped up, drawing 12.1 million viewers live and a total of 16.5 million viewers if you include online streaming services—a record for the already immensely popular fantasy series. We won’t get too into the details of what went down, but we will mention that while many viewers were wrapped up in the various movements of the key players in Westeros and beyond, two players of a different type made a cameo in the season finale. In “The Dragon and the Wolf,” guitarist and singer Brent Hinds and guitarist Bill Kelliher from Mastodon, the Atlanta-based metal band, appeared as wights under the Night King’s rule, making for a special appearance that might have flown under the radar for many. This appearance was not completely out of left field, however. It turns out that the show’s co-creator and showrunner, D.B. Weiss, is a big Mastodon fan, and members from the band have previously appeared on Game of Thrones during season five as members of the Wildling army.last_img read more

first_imgOn Thursday, YarmonyGrass Music Festival announced the lineup for their 2019 event, set to take place from August 8th-11th at Bond, Colorado’s picturesque Rancho Del Rio.The lineup for YarmonyGrass 2019 is led by daily sets from host band The Drunken Hearts, as well as headlining sets from phAb Duo (Paul Hoffman & Anders Beck), The Travelin’ McCourys, Kitchen Dwellers, Jeff Austin Band, and Yarmony Mystery Band.YarmonyGrass 2019 will also feature performances from Jon Stickley Trio, Roosevelt Collier’s Colorado Get-Down, Grant Farm, Daniel Rodriguez (Elephant Revival), Silas Herman, Tenth Mountain Division, The Holler!, Brad Parsons & Starbird, Jack Cloonan Band, Jackie & The Racket, Timber!, Hawthorne Roots, Opal Agafia, and more to be announced. The initial lineup announcement also notes that an additional headliner will be announced on May 29th.The three-day event offers tubing and other water-related activities on the beautiful Colorado River, which is easily accessible throughout the weekend. In addition to a consistently stellar bluegrass lineup, YarmonyGrass’ prime location along the banks of the Colorado River allows attendees to enjoy the outdoors—including hiking, hot springs, cliff jumping, ATVing, and world-class mountain biking—before the music starts in the mid-afternoon.Tickets for this year’s event go on sale on Tuesday, March 5th at 10 a.m. (MST).Head to YarmonyGrass’ website for more information.last_img read more

first_img In America, safe from Nazi power, Martin Karplus began on a Nobel Prize journey quickened by intuition The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. Every scientist starts out looking for one thing, but sometimes finds something else along the way.On Monday, newly minted Nobel laureate William G. Kaelin  described a decades-long scientific journey that was like that. It started as an exploration of a condition that can lead to kidney cancer but resulted in a prize-winning discovery about how cells recognize and regulate the oxygen needed to survive, a discovery whose most tangible fruit is a drug to treat anemia.“I’m a cancer biologist and a cancer physician, but the first truly unique thing coming out of my lab was for anemia,” Kaelin said during a late-morning news conference at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.The unexpected application shows the importance of basic research and curiosity-driven science — undervalued today in a culture that often wants to know what results to expect before the work is underway, and leaves little room to pursue the unknown, Kaelin said.,Kaelin, the Sidney Farber Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, learned in a phone call from Stockholm at 4:50 a.m. that he had won the 2019 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine. In a humorous and poignant telling, Kaelin recounted the story of his discovery, the science, and the importance of those around him, particularly his late wife, Carolyn, a breast cancer surgeon and an inspiration to him. She died of a brain tumor in 2015.“I like to think she’s smiling and nodding, ‘I told you, I told you this was going to happen!’” said Kaelin, who is also a senior physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and an investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.,The Nobel committee recognized Kaelin, Sir Peter J. Ratcliffe of the Francis Crick Institute in London, and Gregg L. Semenza ’78 of Johns Hopkins University “for their discoveries of how cells sense and adapt to oxygen availability.” The work centers around two main molecules, called VHL — the focus of Kaelin’s work — and HIF. Together, they found that VHL works like a cellular garbage disposal, destroying HIF molecules when oxygen is plentiful in the cell. When oxygen levels drop, HIF builds up, signaling stress to the body and triggering a response that can include producing more red blood cells and growing new blood vessels. In 2001, Kaelin and Ratcliffe simultaneously found the missing link between the chemical reactions and oxygen levels, a process that, when oxygen is plentiful, chemically tags HIF for destruction.In the years since, Kaelin said, similar pathways have been found in an array of animals, indicating it is evolutionarily conserved, a sign of its importance to survival.Kaelin cut his scientific teeth in the lab of David Livingston, the Emil Frei III Distinguished Professor of Medicine at Dana-Farber. He arrived in 1987 after finishing medical school at Duke University and a residency at Johns Hopkins. Kaelin said Livingston mentored him during his postdoctoral fellowship and remains a mentor to this day. Livingston recalled Kaelin doing “spectacular work” in his lab, leaving him impressed with the clarity of the younger researcher’s scientific mind and his commitment to scientific rigor.,“I’m overjoyed — times 10 — but not surprised,” Livingston said of his friend’s good news. In the early 1990s, Livingston said, when Kaelin left the lab to start his own, it was an easy decision to keep him at Dana-Farber.The heads of the three institutions with which Kaelin is affiliated had praise for the new laureate. Speaking at the morning news conference, Harvard Medical School Dean George Q. Daley said Kaelin’s story is an example of how clinical medicine can inform scientific discovery, describing him as the “finest medicine has to offer.”“He is the consummate physician-scientist,” Daley said. “He is fiercely dedicated to rigor and excellence in both the laboratory and in the clinic.”Dana-Farber President Laurie Glimcher said because oxygen regulation is so important to so many biological processes, understanding and being able to manipulate the pathway discovered by Kaelin and co-laureates may be transformative in a host of diseases, including cancer, heart disease, anemia, and macular degeneration.Kaelin said that popular media commonly falsely depicts scientists as loners jealously guarding research results, but it was a spirit of collaboration that boosted the Nobel-winning discoveries and, more broadly, made the Boston area’s medical-scientific community such fertile ground for discovery.,Though he didn’t collaborate directly with Semenza and Ratcliffe, they had a collegial relationship and would talk about the latest lab findings when they met at scientific gatherings, sharing work months before official scientific publication.“I learned years ago that I learn fastest when surrounded by people smarter than me,” Kaelin said. “Science today is not done by an individual, but by an ecosystem.”Kaelin has worked to create such an ecosystem in his lab, a series of rooms on the fourth floor of the Mayer Building. The rooms, containing laboratory benches crowded with equipment, host 10 to 15 postdoctoral fellows at a time working on related projects.,Hilary Nicholson, a fourth-year postdoctoral fellow whose work on a treatment for the most common kind of kidney cancer was recently on the cover of the journal Science Signaling, said Kaelin freely shares equipment with colleagues and selects people for his lab based not only on their interest in advancing science but also on their willingness to help others.Nicholson said an important feature of their research is that it has potential applications that one day may help patients in the waiting rooms they pass each morning when they arrive at work.“One of the great things about Bill’s discovery is that it’s been translatable, and it’s fundamental, and it’s stood up against the test of time. He always pursues the truth, very doggedly,” Nicholson said. “For me, it’s all about the patients waiting for you to come up with something amazing.”With Kaelin’s Nobel, Harvard now has 49 current and former Harvard faculty members who are Nobel laureates. For a full list, visit the website. A 5 a.m. phone call rewards restless night ‘I had the conviction that my ideas were correct’ Harvard’s Oliver Hart wins Nobel in economics Relatedlast_img read more

first_img Really, they’re inseparable. Until… CeCe becomes a bawdy Bette Midler-style performer (naturally)… They keep in touch during their teen years… They meet and become unlikely BFFs for life. Tragedy strikes! And, in the end, a power ballad for Cee Cee (but not THAT one). Photos by Margot I. Schulman featuring Mara Davi as Bertie Hillary, Alysha Umphress as Cee Cee, Brooklyn Shuck as Little Bertie Hillary, Presley Ryan as Little Cee Cee, Maya Brettell as Teen Bertie Hillary and Gracie Jones as Teen Cee Cee. The musical Beaches is here (well, if “here” is Arlington, Virginia, where it’s at the Signature Theatre through March 30), and based on these photos, it’s delivering everything we know and love about the story of two friends through thick and thin. Let’s relive that teary tale through the production photos, shall we?center_img …when sassy Cee Cee Bloom struts by (with a straw hat and cane, apparently). Bertie Hillary gets married… …and reunite as adults. Young, uptight Bertie Hillary (sorry—her name in the movie was Hillary so she’s HIllary to us!) is hanging out on the beach… View Commentslast_img read more

first_imgTony-nominated The Last Ship composer Sting, 2015 Tony honoree Tommy Tune, The Spoils’ Jesse Eisenberg and more will present at the 60th annual OBIE Awards, honoring the best of off-Broadway. Additionally, Signature Theatre Artistic Director James Houghton will receive a special OBIE Award for Sustained Achievement at the ceremony, which is set for May 18 at Webster Hall.The event will also feature special performances by Fun Home Tony nominee Michael Cerveris and Natalie Cortez. Orange is the New Black’s Lea DeLaria will host. Additional presenters include It’s Only a Play’s Stockard Channing and T.R. Knight, Billy Crudup, Tony Kushner, LaChanze, Fun Home book writer and lyricist Lisa Kron, Bradley Theodore, William Ivey Long and Tom Finkel.Unlike most awards, the OBIEs do not publicize nominations or employ rigid categories. As previously announced, this year’s judging panel includes playwright Adam Bock, orchestrator Bruce Coughlin, director Lear deBessonet, scenic designer Mimi Lien, critic David Rooney, Village Voice critic Tom Sellar, director Liesl Tommy and Michael Feingold. View Commentslast_img read more

first_imgLanguage jobs from lingua-jobs.comLingua-Jobs is proud to announce the official launch of Lingua-Jobs.com, an exciting new job portal dedicated to the entire spectrum of multilingual and bilingual job vacancies on a global level.The new language job site aims to connect ethnically diverse language groups with employers committed to fostering a diverse workplace or simply having the need to recruit for language speakers.As the European Union, the Internet and other globalizing forces create new and expanding business relationships throughout the world, Lingua-Jobs.com provides clients with access to talent not found at more generalized job boards. With this focused talent pool, we help our clients leverage the advantages of diversity, filling key positions and increasing the strength of their organizations.In many cases, a lack of diversity happens by accident. Companies expand to new markets or find their client demographics shifting over time. Lingua-Jobs.com can help clients shift with the demographics using internal diversity to open new doors and expand existing business relationships.Lingua-Jobs.com covers junior level to executive level positions across the full range of industry sectors, in over 50 languages. The team behind Lingua-Jobs has many years of sales, marketing and language recruitment experience making it a major player within its sector. Our extensive marketing knowledge in this area, coupled with the use of the latest search engine technology, allows Lingua-Jobs to attract thousands of jobseekers with language skills. Our specialist multilingual CV database is also free to access unlike many other job portals!The Lingua-Jobs.com website has been carefully designed and tested to make the process of finding, applying or advertising for jobs as quick, easy and painless as possible with new features continuously added. Some of our products include:1. FEATURED RECRUITER / EMPLOYERYour company logo with a comprehensive company description positioned on the homepage for maximum exposure linked to all your multilingual and bilingual vacancies.2. LOGO ALONGSIDE EACH VANCANCYOption to upload a company logo for each vacancy advertised – a powerful method to make your multilingual vacancy stand out.3. IMPROVED CV SEARCHDevelopment of high speed Boolean CV Search. Allowing you to run more powerful queries on our CV database comprising of active multilingual candidates.4. RSS FEEDSAllowing us to send you multilingual and bilingual vacancies directly to your desktop as soon as they are posted.5. VACANCY STATISTICSReal-time statistics showing you the number of times your vacancy has been viewed and the number of language professionals who have applied.There are many more features in development, so you can look forward to the many new and exciting cutting edge elements still to be delivered over the next few months.If you’re a jobseeker interested in using your language skills, simply register with us in order to apply for language jobs and have access to our wide range of features such as receiving updates by email as new language jobs matching your criteria are posted. By registering on Lingua-Jobs.com you also automatically get entered into one of our free monthly prize draws in which you can win a FREE gift!If you’re an employer or recruitment agency looking to recruit candidates with language skills, advertise your language vacancies with Lingua-Jobs.com to receive unrivaled exposure to the largest specialist audience of highly qualified language speaking candidates in the market place.A good record on diversity provides a strong competitive advantage as companies hire and sell to Japan, China and all throughout Europe. Through Lingua-Jobs.com you will be able to create a more capable and adaptable workforce, as well as reinforce a sense of cultural awareness.The result: Better relations between employees and importantly, better communication between you and your clients, customers, partners and investors.For further information please visit: http://www.lingua-jobs.com(link is external)last_img read more

first_imgJuan Mata set to be fit for Manchester United’s FA Cup clash with Wolves Mata has been out with a hamstring strain (Picture: Getty)And now Mata has appeared to confirm he’s on the way back to feature against Wolves at Molineux on Saturday after returning to training last Friday.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘It is has been another different week, without being able to play, but there are reasons to be optimistic,’ Mata wrote in his blog.‘On Friday I was able to put in some work out on a pitch again, and my recovery is progressing as hoped. Hopefully I can rejoin the team soon.’More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errorsMata was joined by Ander Herrera and Jesse Lingard in training and the pair also hope to feature in the FA Cup.A win at Molineux would put United into the semi-finals of the competition where Manchester City appear to be their only other serious challengers.Solskjaer admitted on Sunday that he hopes to have a fully fit squad after the upcoming international break with the club currently without seven first team players.MORE: Michael Owen’s European predictions, featuring Bayern Munich v Liverpool and Arsenal v Rennes Advertisement Juan Mata hasn’t featured since a 0-0 draw against Liverpool on 24th March (Picture: Getty)Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata is set to be fit for his side’s FA Cup clash with Wolves on Saturday.The Spaniard limped out of United’s 0-0 draw with Liverpool at Old Trafford nearly three weeks ago after sustaining a hamstring strain.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has had to call-up the likes of Tahith Chong, Angel Gomes and Mason Greenwood into United’s first team squad in recent weeks to solve their injury crisis.However, there were signs on Sunday in the return of Anthony Martial and Nemanja Matic against Arsenal.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisement Comment Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 12 Mar 2019 10:19 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link348Shareslast_img read more