University announces courses allowed to return for start of Hilary

first_imgSome colleges also suggested that students on these courses could still study at home if they so desired. One email from Merton, sent on 6 January, told students: “Let me stress that it is not compulsory for students on these courses to return, and so if you are able to continue to work from home satisfactorily then you should do so”. One email to students very strongly advised students “to get tested for COVID-19. Your college will provide you with three Lateral Flow Device (LFD) tests when you return to Oxford” and noted that “this is extremely important for stopping the spread of the virus”. However, students were also urged to check with their colleges regarding their ability to return – “please ensure that you contact your college before you make any plans to travel to Oxford”. Government guidance notes that there should be “no presumption that all courses within these categorisations should return to in person teaching” and that “HE Providers should seek to limit the courses that return to face to face teaching as far as possible” with “clinical courses” being the main cause for the exemption. As a result, the University has specified year groups within courses. Those allowed to return are: The University has instructed most students to remain at home from the start of term, with all other students asked not to return until at least mid-February, following the announcement of a national lockdown. However, students studying medicine, dentistry, subjects allied to medicine or health, veterinary science, education and social work were defined to be exempt from these rules. Oxford has now released specific guidance explaining which courses will be allowed to return early.center_img Others who are specified to be exempt from include international students who have remained in the UK and those who have arrived without alternative accommodation, those who remained in their university accommodation over the winter break, those without access to study space in their vacation accommodation, those requiring additional support (including those with mental health issues) and commuter students in some cases. Biochemistry (Year 4)Biomedical Sciences (Year 3)Pre-clinical Medicine (Year 3 of the 6-year undergraduate Medical Course) Clinical Medicine (Years 4-6 of the 6-year undergraduate Medical Course) Graduate Entry Medicine (All years) Chemistry (Year 1) from the start of Week 5 to enable laboratory classesChemistry (Year 4)Materials Science (Year 4)Postgraduate Certificate in Educationlast_img read more

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Gloucester Services to hold ‘Meet the Buyer’ event

first_imgGloucester Services is to hold a two-day Meet the Buyer event for small and medium-sized artisan producers in the south west.It will be held at the Southbound Gloucester Services and will take the form of drop-in sessions between 11:30am-5:30pm on 23 May and 9am-11am on 24 May, for which no appointment is required.Producers are invited to bring products and meet a buyer for a face-to-face conversation, in which they will receive feedback from the team.Gloucester Services currently works with more than 130 local producers, each located within 30 miles. It said it was looking to develop and extend its supplier base with new and innovative products including bakery, butchery, homewares and gifts.“Fresh local and artisan produced products are at the heart of Gloucester Services, no franchises just our own farm shops and kitchens,” said Julie Mills, commercial director at Gloucester Services.“We pride ourselves on selling and making proper food that reflects the regions in which we trade. We work tirelessly to find small, exceptional producers to take pride of place in our farm shops and kitchens, always starting locally.”last_img read more

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Still Growing Strong -Bringing the Answer to Northern Vermont – Quality Homecare

first_imgGRISWOLD SPECIAL CARE a 22-year-old international company is celebrating its one-year anniversary in Vermont. The company, which has been on NBC’s Today Show and has received numerous national awards for quality and service, is a leader in non-medical homecare.The Burlington based office, which serves the 10 northern counties of Vermont, refers carefully screened Caregivers that assist seniors with non-medical personal care, including: bathing and dressing, as well as light housekeeping, cooking, companionship, assistance with self administered medications, and incidental transportation.The Director and owner of GRISWOLD SPECIAL CARE in Vermont, is Barbara Headrick, who for the past 10 years has wanted to open a GRISWOLD SPECIAL CARE office, and is delighted to see that dream coming true.“Our first year has had many successes,” explains Ms. Headrick. “First, our Clients are delighted with their Caregivers. Each Client tells me that their Caregiver is ‘the best’.”“The Caregivers are trustworthy, caring and experienced,” Ms. Headrick explained. Each Caregiver takes part in an in-depth screening process, including behavioral based interview questions, various quizzes and tests, at least four reference checks, and a criminal background check.The company collaborates closely with other services in the area because the family may need medical care (such as physical therapy or a nurse’s visit) for some needs, yet can use more affordable non-medical care for personal care or homemaking tasks. “Care is not about competing with other providers. Nor is it about the number of Clients and Caregivers an agency has,” says Ms. Headrick, “The real meaning of Care is all about quality.”In addition to quality, another priority for us is affordability for seniors. Clients pay $12.50 per hour for a standard 4-hour visit. “Before we opened our Vermont office, unfortunately many persons were paying (and some still are) $21 to $26 per hour to other agencies for non-medical homecare.”Another fact that sets GRISWOLD SPECIAL CARE apart is the Caregiver pay. Of the $12.50 per hour a Client pays for homecare, $10 of this is paid to the Caregiver. “I wish their wages were even higher,” comments Ms. Headrick. “They definitely earn it through their hard work and care.” The company is able to offer affordable rates, while also giving higher wages to Caregivers, by keeping the office overhead expenses low.Remarking on the office’s one-year anniversary in Vermont, Ms. Headrick states, “I was honored to be sought out by GRISWOLD SPECIAL CARE to open the Northern Vermont office, and more importantly I am honored by the trust the Caregivers and Clients have in me and my staff. As we start our 2nd year in Vermont, and 23rd year nationally, we look forward to helping many more wonderful and delightful persons to remain safe and independent in their homes.”GRISWOLD SPECIAL CARE can be reached at 862-7200 or on the web at: www.griswoldspecialcare.com(link is external)last_img read more

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Trailhead Shorts: Energy Miles, Adventures, and Ride Across America

first_imgEnergy Mile TestingPhoto: Randall Holcombe Energy MilesHiking a mile uphill is as difficult as hiking 1.6 miles on flat ground, according to a new study performed by Western Carolina University.Must Do AdventuresWatch the Shredders The East Coast Surfing Championship in Virginia Beach is the longest-running surf contest in the country. Last year, they were treated with head-high surf thanks to Hurricane Danielle. August 24-28. surfecsc.com  Moonlight Hike August 13 is the full moon. Find a lonely peak and try a night hike sans headlamp, or head to Tallulah Gorge State Park and take a guided night hike deep into the gorge and across the 250-foot long suspension bridge that joins the 1,000-foot rock chasm. Forage for Fruit August is the end of blackberry season at high elevations. Check out the West Virginia Blackberry Festival in Clarksburg on August 4-6 for a blackberry baking contest. August 6 is also the annual Blackberry Harvest Festival at Hill Top Berry Farm and Winery in Virginia.Ride Across America, By the Numbers30: Number of years bikers have officially been racing across the United States. 3,000: Miles solo bikers and team relays pedal during RAAM, which is 30 percent longer than the Tour de France. 170,000: Distance the bikers climb as they travel across 12 states. 12: Days allotted to solo bikers to finish. 8 days, 8 hours, 6 minutes: Time it took Christopher Strasser, the solo category winner, to reach the finish line last year.Unbreakable DeterminationSleep deprivation, dehydration, and a fractured pelvis—three challenges that Katie Spotz faced during the Race Across America, a 3,000-mile, around-the-clock bike race from Oceanside, Ca. to Annapolis, Md. Spotz fractured her pelvis during a training ride days before the race. Instead of scrapping plans for the ride, Spotz switched vehicles from her road bike to a handcycle and completed the ride with teammate Sam Williams.last_img read more

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Finally comes a new era of amusement parks that are different and modern

first_imgNot every city, especially those on the sea, can have an amusement park like the first Croatian theme amusement park for children and adults Fun Park Mirnovec in Biograd na Moru, which opened this year, but in Vodice, Zadar and Bibinje they realized how the tourist offer of their places can be expanded with an amusement park for children.This logic was followed by Vedran Jukić from Vinkovci, who set up and opened amusement parks in these three places with the consent of the local self-government, which attract many visitors every day. ”There has been an amusement park in Vodice for 6 or 7 years, in Zadar for 4, and in Bibinje for two years, and this has greatly improved and enriched the tourist offer of these places. Amusement park Jukić is a unique amusement park in our area. I believe that it is in the interest of every city to enrich the offer of its facilities and amusement parks for children. All the equipment in our amusement park is top notch and it is no longer even like those amusement parks we used to see in our cities. We offer a carousel, mini ferris wheel (large wheel that lifts visitors high), children’s train, adrenaline park, mini cars, free fall, pirate boat, slides and inflatable playrooms, children’s trains, adrenaline parks, trampolines, bungee trampolines, dragon, cars and more ” says Vedran Jukić owner Amusement park Jukić.”We are the only ones in Croatia to have a Baroque carousel, which is extremely attractive to us for Advent, but also in summer events. Attendance is satisfactory and foreign and domestic tourists and even locals come to us. Tourists are thrilled because they have a place to leave their children and know they are safe while they relax and drink coffee”, Points out Jukić, adding that all equipment must be correct and tidy and they pay special attention to that. “My safety comes first, I go through the whole safety list a hundred times every day, because if there is any omission on our part, I can close the company immediatelySays Jukić.At first glance, when we say “amusement park”, we immediately see a film of those old amusement parks that do not instill much security and that have been there for decades. Such amusement parks do more harm than good because, on the contrary, they ruin the reputation of a tourist destination. But times are changing, and so are amusement parks that are more modern and thus serve their purpose – and that is a quality additional content of a tourist destination.”We are the only ones in Croatia to have a Baroque carousel, which is extremely attractive for us for Advent, but also in summer events” – Vedran JukićFor now, the local self-government is not generous about issuing consents and permits, says Jukić, and the reason is the poor perception of old amusement parks, which is good because they care about the quality of their content, while on the other hand the biggest challenge is to change the bad perception. “There are amusement parks in several places on our coast, ours differs in the variety of offers and newer attractions that we have introduced. We pay special attention to landscaping. I have an idea to offer campsites and hotel houses setting up an amusement park for their guests. I plan to open a few more amusement parks in places where I manage to get a permit because I have enough equipment. My desire, and I plan to do so, is to create a brand of amusement parks that will be recognizable by their appearance, quality of equipment and safety. For now, I am satisfied, although the visit has not reached the level we expect in all places, but I believe that everything I do has a perspective”, Concludes Vedran Jukić.On small projects like these tourist destinations can stand out with their offer and attractiveness to visitors. Those who have children know how impossible it is to walk past an amusement park and not stay in it. But at the same time, parents in this way during the evening find satisfactory content for their little ones who are willing to pay and maybe next year they will choose the destination according to such content that they want to consume on vacation.If we are developing a tourist destination as a destination for families with children, then the focus is certainly on content that is primarily intended for children, because children are the first focus of parents. From animation for children, amusement parks, children’s playgrounds, events and creative workshops, bicycles for rent with added seats, arranging promenades by the sea with a fence to the entire infrastructure such as setting fences along the promenades if they are elevated so that children do not fall on the rocks or sea etc…To conclude, content, content and only quality and diverse content. Why is this most important and why is the main focus on the content? That is why the motive for coming is not accommodation, but the offer and content of the tourist destination.last_img read more

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Reifer heroics futile as Windies A lose again

first_imgNORTH SOUND, Antigua, (CMC) – Raymon Reifer’s defiant half-century went in vain as West Indies A produced another inept batting display to slip to their second defeat in four days to India A here Sunday.In pursuit of 256 at the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground, West Indies a slumped to 190 all out in the 44th over, to lose by 65 runs and fall behind 2-0 in the five-match one-day series.Tottering on 108 for seven in the 30th over, Reifer, promoted to number three, stroked a top score of 71 to rescue some pride for the hosts.Tail-ender Romario Shepherd hit an accomplished unbeaten 34 while Sunil Ambris got 24, but the Windies A top order failed once again in a spineless display.The innings was wrecked by fast bowler Navdeep Saini who claimed five for 46 while leg-spinner Rahul Chahar supported with two for 47.India A had earlier gathered 255 for eight off their 50 overs after being sent in, with Ruturaj Gaikwad top-scoring with 85 and opening partner Shubman Gill stroking 62.Captain Manish Pandey got 27, wicketkeeper Ishan Kishan chipped in with 24 while Hanuma Vihari struck 23.Fast bowler Shepherd was the leading wicket-taker with four for 36.Looking to level the series following their meltdown in Thursday’s opening one-dayer at Coolidge Cricket Ground, West Indies A were immediately put on the back foot as Gaikwad and Gill put on 151 for the first wicket.The 22-year-old Gaikwad faced 102 balls and struck five fours and two sixes while Gill counted four fours and a six off 83 deliveries.Shepherd trapped Gill lbw in the 31st over to break the stand and his departure triggered a slide that saw India lose three wickets for two runs in the space of 10 balls.Pandey and Vihari rebuild in a 59-run fourth wicket partnership but West Indies A kept the brakes on the innings and the visitors were unable to accelerate at the death.The hosts were then set back early when impressive left-arm seamer Khaleel Ahmed removed left hander John Campbell for five with the score on 11 at the end of the second over.Reifer and Ambris steadied the innings, however, putting on 36 for the second wicket as West Indies A started to find their touch.Ambris had struck three fours in a 31-ball knock when he was lbw for the second match in a row, hit in front by Navdeep at 47 for two in the 12th over.The wheels then suddenly came off the West Indies A innings as six wickets tumbled for 61 runs. Captain Roston Chase edged a cut at Chahar and was caught at the wicket for two in the 13th over and left-hander Jonathan Carter (10) sliced Navdeep to Chahar on the ropes at third man in the 18th over.With no addition to the score, Rovman Powell gloved the second ball he faced from Navdeep and was caught at the wicket without scoring, at 77 for five, and Test wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich lasted eight balls for his five runs before he was spectacularly yorked by Navdeep, leaving the innings in disarray.The left-handed Reifer then staged a recovery, punching seven fours and three sixes in an innings lasting 103 deliveries.Crucially, he put on 24 for the seventh wicket with Rahkeem Cornwall (13) before adding a further 69 for the eighth wicket with Shepherd.Reifer started cautiously before blossoming to reach his half-century in style, carting Chahar over long on for six and then lifting him over square leg for a four two balls later.With the partnership beginning to threaten, he was run out by Axar Patel’s direct hit from gully in a mix up over a single with Shepherd in the 41st over, ending West Indies A’s hopes of a comeback win.last_img read more

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Health Department and MidMichigan Medical Center Encourage Northeast Michigan Mothers to ‘Pump at Work’

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisDistrict Health Department #4 and MidMichigan Medical Center-Alpena are working together to promote breastfeeding in Northeastern Michigan. In our quest to do this, we have encountered numerous mothers that have told us that their employer will not allow them to take time to pump.  In this edition of Insights, we are promoting breastfeeding and informing viewers of workplace laws concerning breastfeeding. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Art in the Loft Shows You How to Become a ‘WokStar’Next Ella White Elementary on Full Lockdownlast_img

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To Honor Stacey Weathers, Friends ‘Pay It Forward’

first_imgBy Danielle SchipaniPeople are turning tragedy and their personal grief into acts of kindness and generosity, following the tragic death of Stacey Gregerson Weathers, 46, of Tinton Falls, who died on Route 34 in Colts Neck during a storm on Oct. 3, when a tree fell down on her car.Weathers was the executive director of New Jersey’s chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society for over 11 years and is credited with helping raise $7 million for the society during her time there. Her friends said she was a beautiful, vibrant and caring person.More than 1200 people inspired by Weathers’ life have come together on a memorial Facebook page called “This is Stacey.” They are sharing their stories of random acts of kindness in an effort “to share the generous light she left behind.”They are also raising money for the cause Weathers held so dear. At the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation One Walk benefit Sunday the team that called itself “This is Stacey” raised $2,145 for Type 1 diabetes research.Weathers spent much of her time raising money for charity and to remember her, people wish to commemorate her life by helping others. These actions have included buying strangers coffee and gift cards, offering people a car ride, and other acts.One member of the Facebook page, Allison Celmer Cerco, shared with the group, “This morning I paid for the car behind me at Dunkin Donuts. This was something I have always wanted to do but never did. Today I thought it was a good day to do this in honor and memory of Stacey and all the good that she did. I will continue to do random acts of kindness in her honor and will always think of her and share with others what a beautiful, loving and caring person she was.Another member of the page, Santa Myles, told this story: “Today while I was driving through Long Branch, I saw a young man riding his bicycle and struggling to hang onto a backpack and 3 bags. He was having such a hard time as he dropped one of his bags on the street. I turned my car around and asked him if I could help him deliver his bags where he was headed. The look of relief and gratitude that I saw on his face was so uplifting. Would I have done this normally? I would have thought to, but probably would have kept driving, but today I stopped, because of Stacey.”last_img read more

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DEFENDING CHAMP HOPPERTUNITY TAKES ON STABLEMATE MOR SPIRIT, ACCELERATE, DALMORE & PROSPECT PARK AT 1 1/16 MILES IN THE GRADE II, $300,000 SAN ANTONIO STAKES SATURDAY AT SANTA ANITA

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 1, 2017)–Still going strong at age six, Bob Baffert’s Hoppertunity will defend his title against seven older horses at 1 1/16 miles in Saturday’s Grade II, $300,000 San Antonio Stakes at Santa Anita. Although he figures to be favored, Hoppertunity faces stiff competition from the likes of stablemate Mor Spirit and two other 4-year-olds–Accelerate and Dalmore. Five year old Prospect Park will try to rebound off a disappointing fourth place finish in the Grade II San Pasqual Stakes here on New Year’s Day. Hoppertunity–Flavien Prat–125Avanti Bello–Mario Gutierrez–120Prospect Park–Norberto Arroyo, Jr.–120El Huerfano–Victor Espinoza–120Mor Spirit–Mike Smith–122Dalmore–Kent Desormeaux–122Accelerate–Tyler Baze–125Hard Aces–Santiago Gonzalez–122 PROSPECT PARK: A well beaten fourth at 3-1 in the Grade II San Pasqual Jan. 1, Pam and Martin Wygod’s homebred 5-year-old will hope to turn things around on a fast track Saturday. A sharp second two starts back in a seven furlong classified allowance at Del Mar on Dec. 1, Prospect Park has been winless in five starts since winning the Grade III La Jolla Handicap at 1 1/16 miles on turf in August, 2015. Trained by Clifford Sise, this son of top sire Tapit is 15-3-6-2 with earnings of $465,370. The San Antonio is one of four graded stakes on a nine-race program Saturday at Santa Anita. First post is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m. For scratches, changes and complete morning line information, please visit santaanita.com THE GRADE II SAN ANTONIO STAKES WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 8 of 9                                                                                                          Approximate post time 4 p.m. PT                 MOR SPIRIT: An even fourth in the Grade I Malibu on Dec. 26 at seven furlongs, he had been idle since well beaten in the Kentucky Derby May 7. Owned by Michael L. Peterson, this Pennsylvania-bred ridgling by Eskendereya was considered a top tier Derby hopeful a year ago and finished second as the 7-5 favorite in the Grade I Santa Anita Derby three starts back on April 9. With two wins and a pair of seconds from four tries at the San Antonio distance, Mor Spirit can be expected to show good tactical speed as he stretches out on Saturday. DALMORE: Trained by Keith Desormeaux, he was most recently third, beaten 2 ½ lengths by Accelerate in the Grade II San Pasqual Stakes on Jan. 1. An impressive maiden special weight winner here on March 25, he was subsequently distanced in the Grade I Wood Memorial April 9, but rebounded later in the spring and summer to win a pair of races, including the Grade III Affirmed Stakes five starts back on July 2. Blessed with plenty of natural speed, it’ll be up to Desormeaux’s Hall of Fame brother, Kent, to ration it out over a distance that he’s won at on three occasions from six starts. Owned by Big Chief Racing, LLC, Head of Plains Partners, Rocker O Ranch and partners, the 4-year-old colt by Colonel John is 15-3-4-1, with earnings of $311,302. ACCELERATE: Trained by John Sadler, this chestnut colt by Lookin At Lucky rallied to be a big second over a wet fast track in the Grade II, 1 1/16 miles San Pasqual Stakes here Jan. 1, earning a 99 Beyer Speed figure in the process. Owned by Hronis Racing, LLC, he won the Grade II Los Alamitos Derby three starts back on Sept. 24 and validated that effort with a solid third here in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile on Nov. 4. Ridden in all eight of his starts by Tyler Baze, he is currently 8-3-2-2 and could be poised to have a career year. HOPPERTUNITY: Fresh off his biggest career year, in which he also won the Grade I Jockey Club Gold Cup three starts back at Belmont Park on Oct. 8, Hoppertunity has been freshened by Baffert since running fourth at 3-1 in the Grade I, 1 1/8 miles Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs on Nov. 25 and would appear primed for a top effort on his home court. Although he’s long toiled in the shadow of several superstar stablemates, he has quietly amassed earnings of $3,886,425 from an overall record of 24-6-6-4. Owned by Mike Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman, he is 12-3-4-2 at Santa Anita.last_img read more

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