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Green stealth tax bombshell stuns business

first_img Show Comments ▼ KCS-content by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastNoteabley25 Funny Notes Written By StrangersNoteableyMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesBrake For ItThe Most Worthless Cars Ever MadeBrake For ItBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBemoneycougar.comThis Proves The Osmonds Weren’t So Innocentmoneycougar.comMagellan TimesThis Is Why The Roy Rogers Museum Has Been Closed For GoodMagellan Times Share Green stealth tax bombshell stuns business Thursday 21 October 2010 8:54 pmcenter_img whatsapp BUSINESS leaders were left stunned by what they called a green “stealth tax” following news by the government on Wednesday that it would keep the revenue raised from the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) rather than recycle cash raised back into scheme.Richard Lambert, director-general of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), attacked the proposals saying: “Businesses that have just signed up to the flagship CRC energy efficiency scheme will be very let down by the government’s unexpected announcement that it will remove the cash-back incentive.”And Stephen Robertson, director general of the British Retail Consortium, added: “This is a stealth tax on business which not only goes back on the commitments given in developing the scheme but removes a major source of incentives to reduce carbon emissions.”PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) calculated the government would raise around £3.5bn by 2015 by making the change to the scheme Henry Le Fleming, carbon reporting specialist at PwC, said the change would “substantially increase compliance costs for businesses.”“If companies do not take steps to reduce their CRC carbon emissions, the bottom line is they will face increasing costs to buy the permits to comply with the scheme,” he added.PwC said for a company with a £1m energy bill the cost of acquiring permits at £12 per permit in 2012 is likely to be in the region of £76,000.The change could also have implications for the Climate Change Levy (CCL). The government had proposed to reform the CCL from a tax on energy, to a tax linked to the carbon content of fuels, but now may face pressure to abandon these plans to avoid double taxation of carbon for CRC participants, PwC added.WHAT THE CRC was meant to beThe Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) was supposed to be a scheme that would encourage businesses to reduce their carbon emissions. It would charge a levy of £12 per tonne of carbon produced by businesses that used over £500,000 worth of energy per year. Under the scheme, which is mandatory and comes into effect in April 2012, businesses would have been ranked in a league table showing how green they were. Those that reduced their carbon emissions would receive a rebate from the government on the £12 per tonne levy. Those that didn’t would pay the levy in full. Yet in one fell swoop a scheme that was only introduced in April this year has been radically altered. The removal of the rebate means there is no incentive to businesses to become more energy efficient and simply amounts to a £1bn a year tax on energy consumption. What has angered the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) is the lack of consultation over the proposals and the fact the chancellor’s speech made no mention of the change on Wednesday. whatsapp More From Our Partners A ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comPuffer fish snaps a selfie with lucky divernypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comFeds seized 18 devices from Rudy Giuliani and his employees in April raidnypost.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.com Tags: NULLlast_img read more

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Portland Paints & Products Nigeria Plc (PORTPA.ng) Q12019 Interim Report

first_imgPortland Paints & Products Nigeria Plc (PORTPA.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Building & Associated sector has released it’s 2019 interim results for the first quarter.For more information about Portland Paints & Products Nigeria Plc (PORTPA.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Portland Paints & Products Nigeria Plc (PORTPA.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Portland Paints & Products Nigeria Plc (PORTPA.ng)  2019 interim results for the first quarter.Company ProfilePortland Paints & Products Nigeria Plc manufactures and sells a range paint in Nigeria for the decorative, automotive, industrial, marine and protective coatings sectors. The company also markets a range of cement; markets instant road repair materials; and sells sanitary ware products for homes, hotels, schools and factories. Decorative paints are sold under the Sandtex brand name and includes Sandtex Biocote which is an anti-microbial paint used for hospitals, clinics, primary health centres, laboratories, hotels, restaurants, colleges, universities and industrial kitchens. The company sells a range of professional coatings under the Crown Trade brand name; and marine/protective coatings under the Hempel brand name. Portland Paints and Products Nigeria Plc is a subsidiary of UAC of Nigeria Plc. The company head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Portland Paints & Products Nigeria Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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Author Kate Dicamillo Visits Blair, Meets First Place Winner of Scholastic Reader Contest

first_imgEducation Author Kate Dicamillo Visits Blair, Meets First Place Winner of Scholastic Reader Contest Article and Photo courtesy of PUSD Published on Monday, February 6, 2017 | 6:07 pm Top of the News HerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Celebrities Who’ve Lost Their FandomsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyNutritional Strategies To Ease AnxietyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeauty Young adult author Kate DiCamillo visited Blair Middle and High School Feb. 3 to meet the first place winner of a Scholastic Reader essay contest, sign books, and speak with students.It was amazing to be standing next to a writer whose work I’ve admired for so long,” said Blair sixth grader Minal Saldivar (pictured, right with DiCamillo), who was awarded first place for Scholastic Reader’s Raymie Nightingale Writing Contest.Thousands of students participated in the contest, which required them to write an essay about a friendship that changed their lives and was based on Kate DiCamillo’s most recent book, Raymie Nightingale. The first place winner would receive a special visit from author Kate DiCamillo along with copies of Raymie Nightingale, t-shirts, and a pizza party.Blair High and Middle School’s English teacher Christine McLaughlin submitted 130 student essays to the contest last fall. Her students were working on narratives and had begun writing stories about their lives, drawing their houses, making heart maps—activities that sparked memories.“I had no idea that one of our students would win first place!’ said Ms. McLaughlin (pictured, right with Minal and DiCamillo). “Minal’s essay is beautiful. I love the part about tolerance—often people don’t learn that kind of wisdom even when they’re older.”Saldivar’s first-prize winning essay, “A Friendship Created by a Sequin,” tells the story of her experience in kindergarten, when she became best friends with another girl as both tried to pry off a sequin that was stuck to the ground in the hallway of their Houston school. More than six years later, even after an early falling out in kindergarten and Minal’s recent move to Pasadena, the two girls remain BFIs (Best Friends for Infinity). In her essay, Saldivar describes how she and her friend played together – until they had a disagreement over their views about religion. The girls resolved their differences and remained friends.During her visit, Kate DiCamillo spoke at an assembly of all Blair Middle School students. She then visited Ms. McLaughlin sixth period English class, where she signed books and hosted a pizza party.“It was wonderful to see Minal Saldivar stand up there and take in all the applause with poise,” said DiCamillo after she finished signing books. “I know she’s going to be a writer!”“We offer a very unusual prize through Scholastic Reader,” explained Jennifer Roberts, Vice President of Marketing for Candlewick Press, a Boston-based publishing house that publishes writings by young adult writer Kate DiCamillo. “Thousands of students submitted writings and Minal won first place!”Scott Phelps, a parent and also a member of PUSD’s Board of Education, attended the class party. “This is a fabulous opportunity for the kids,” he said. “Thank you for winning the prize, Minal.” His wife, Lisa Phelps, added: “My daughter loves Ms. McLaughlin’s class—she’s enjoying every moment of her English class!” Shirleen Thorpe, another parent, also volunteered for the afternoon. “This was very exciting for myself and my daughter, Lydia, who wants to be a writer.”Students made congratulatory signs for Minal, which they waved in the gymnasium during diCamillo’s presentation.“It was special to hear Kate DiCamillo’s life story and what she went through as a kid,” said sixth grader Katie Mencken. “I especially appreciated the images she shared of a teddy bear when she talked about all the illness she had when she was a kid—measles, mumps, pink eye and so much more!”“I loved the assembly!” said another sixth grader Sophia Tarampi.At the end of the afternoon and two long months of planning, Ms. McLaughlin just shook her head. “We’ve had other authors visit us. But Kate DiCamillo is so personable. I’m in awe. That’s all I can say.” Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Community News More Cool Stuff Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,PCC – EducationVirtual Schools PasadenaDarrell Done EducationHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. 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CFPB Asked to Repeal Mortgage Servicing Amendments

first_img Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago CFPB Asked to Repeal Mortgage Servicing Amendments Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / CFPB Asked to Repeal Mortgage Servicing Amendments February 13, 2018 3,263 Views American Financial Services Association CFPB cfpb acting director Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Consumer Mortgage Coalition CUNA HOPE NOW Alliance Independent Community Bankers of America Mick Mulvaney Mortgage Servicer Rule National Association of Federally-Insured Credit Unions Real Estate Settlement Providers Council RESPA TILA 2018-02-13 David Wharton Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Previous: High Prices Collide With Dwindling Inventory Next: Serious Delinquencies Spike in Texas, Florida  Print This Post Share Save Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Related Articles Sign up for DS News Daily Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Tagged with: American Financial Services Association CFPB cfpb acting director Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Consumer Mortgage Coalition CUNA HOPE NOW Alliance Independent Community Bankers of America Mick Mulvaney Mortgage Servicer Rule National Association of Federally-Insured Credit Unions Real Estate Settlement Providers Council RESPA TILA The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago A group of a half dozen trade associations recently sent a letter to Mick Mulvaney, Acting Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The letter raises objections over 2016 amendments to the CFPB’s  2013 RESPA and TILA Mortgage Servicer Rule, which are scheduled to go into effect in April 2018. The trade associations present an argument that these amendments, if implemented, could lead to borrower confusion and lead to numerous other administrative and legal hassles during the mortgage servicing process.The amended CFPB rule would require mortgage servicers “to send monthly billing statements to consumers in active bankruptcy cases and certain bankruptcy cases in which the debtor’s personal liability was previously discharged.” The trade groups claim that this requirement would conflict with “well-settled bankruptcy law prohibiting a creditor from collecting from consumers who are in an active bankruptcy case or who have previously been discharged from personal liability in a prior bankruptcy case.”According to the letter, “the CFPB’s final rule is contrary to this strong public policy of protecting bankruptcy debtors, will cause conflict within the administration of the bankruptcy case, and will unnecessarily subject servicers to serious liability under the Bankruptcy Code.” The letter goes on to argue that the CFPB’s final rule “presents significant risk of diluting the Judiciary’s efforts in effectively administering its bankruptcy cases and usurps the Judiciary’s rulemaking power in deciding what information should and should not be provided to a debtor during a bankruptcy proceeding.”If the CFPB declines to repeal its amended rule, the letter asks that the bureau to revisit specific portions of the rule, including “the past-payment breakdown, servicer transfers, and pre-confirmation cases, among others.”Signatories on the letter included the National Association of Federally-Insured Credit Unions, American Financial Services Association, Consumer Mortgage Coalition, CUNA, HOPE NOW Alliance, Independent Community Bankers of America, and the Real Estate Settlement Providers Council. You can read the letter in full by clicking here.Although the CFPB won a legal victory in late January, after the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled that the CFPB’s structure is constitutional, the bureau is nevertheless undergoing a sea change of focus and intent under Acting Director Mick Mulvaney. Earlier this week, the CFPB and Mulvaney unveiled a new strategic plan for the bureau, vowing to meet the organization’s statutory responsibilities but go “no further,” adding that “pushing the envelope in pursuit of other objectives ignores the will of the American people” and “also risks trampling upon the liberties of our citizens.”This backing away from the CFPB’s focus on enforcement is consistent with Mulvaney’s past criticisms of the bureau as being too independent and overpowered. In November, shortly after taking the reins of the CFPB, Mulvaney instituted a 30-day hiring and regulatory freeze. About Author: David Wharton in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Headlines, Journal, News Subscribelast_img read more

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A friend in need isn’t necessarily a ‘friend’

first_img Sponsored Content Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson By Jaine Treadwell Email the author Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthGet Fortnite SkinsTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Several us “girls” were sitting around the other day and a couple of them were commenting on how many “friends” they have on facebook. Mama always said if you have just one true friend, you are richly blessed. Mama also said a friend in need is a friend indeed.I have/had a true friend that “left” me in need. Granted, Weaser and I were a little too seasoned to be boarding a train bound for a Colorado ski resort. But snow skiing was on our bucket lists.We arrived just in time to go twilight tubing. The hill paled only in comparison to Mt. Everest. An inch of snow on six feet of ice made for a good ride, we were told. We shot off the hill like a space rocket on the way to the moon. Faster than a speeding bullet, we zoomed down Lil’ Everest. We lost our shoes and our religion in an effort to stop the runaway tubes as we entered New Mexico. One at a time, we were to ski between the lines demonstrating our expertise at walking, wedging and snow ploughing. “If you fall, you must get up by yourself,” he said. “No one will help you.”I demonstrated style and grace as I walked the skis between the lines on my first run.And, I was wedging along all right on my second run until the tips of my skis tangled. I fell flat right there in the cold, cold snow with a thousand irritated, nameless faces peering down at me. I tried the maneuvers I’d learned in ski school but my hip wasn’t in the moving mood. I thrashed around kicking my feet but my hip was snowbound. I found Weaser in the line and motioned for her to come help me up. But she didn’t see me .So I called to her, “Help!” She didn’t hear me. I called again. My calls turned into pleas.In time, the whole world stood still, like I was in a vacuum. The only thing moving was my hand beaconing Weaser to come to me. The only sound was that of my weak voice calling, “Help! Help!” Latest Stories Published 3:00 am Saturday, January 23, 2016 My mouth filled with snow. I could plea no more. I thought I heard the barking of a St. Bernard but it was only the angry yapping of a thousand ski bunnies.I began to hallucinate. Then, an angel in a ski suit appeared. Through the blowing snow, I could read his nametag, Gabriel. He helped me to my feet and stood me back in line.Weaser turned her head as if she didn’t know me.“Why didn’t you come help me get up?”“I didn’t know you couldn’t get up,” she said in a flippant way.I whacked her with my ski pole. Unsnapped my boots, shouldered the skis and trudged back to the ski lodge. After bumping her buns on the bunny slope all afternoon, a weary Weaser found me in my wool socks with my feet stretched out to the fire, sipping hot chocolate and munching warm roasted hazelnuts.Tsk. Tsk. The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… But we had survived so, sure, we wanted to hook onto a human chain and zoom down the mountain again. There’s safety in numbers. Elbows were hooked to feet all up and down the chain. If the chain started to break up, we were told to unhook our elbows and let go of the feet of the person behind you. But the sadistic human holding my feet didn’t let go. He went one way with my feet and me and my tube went the other. Down the icy mountain I bounded – bouncing my bottom on the ice like a monkey on a pogo stick. I was battered and bruised. A chunk of ice was imbedded in my right thigh. It would not melt until the spring thaw.I managed the pain by eliciting little ekes with every movement. But I had come to ski. Hang the pain. I was going to ski.The next morning, some in our group Weaser and I signed up for ski school at the bunny slope. The instructor showed us how to walk with skis on and wedge and plough. Then, he lined us up in two lines – 500 snow bunnies in each line and facing each other. You Might Like Now, the voters will decide Everywhere I go, people want to know who will win the presidential nominations. And I tell them, wait until the… read more By The Penny Hoarder Skip Book Nook to reopen Print Article Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day A friend in need isn’t necessarily a ‘friend’ Plans underway for historic Pike County celebrationlast_img read more

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Improved benefits help to keep staff

first_img Previous Article Next Article Improved benefits help to keep staffOn 23 Oct 2001 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Corporate travel company Rosenbluth has halved staff turnover after theintroduction of an innovative benefits package. Rosenbluth’s HR director Paul Kennedy said employee turnover has dropped to12.5 per cent from 25 per cent last year after the firm developed a raft of newbenefits. He said with an industry-wide manpower shortage of 20 per cent, the companyhad to offer more than the traditional benefits of a pension scheme, lifeassurance, healthcare, bonus schemes and income protection. The company now offers two “family responsibility days” on top ofannual leave to allow staff time off, for example, to attend their schoolevents or visit a relative in hospital. It also runs a maternity scheme where employees receive full pay for 27weeks and have the option of extending their maternity leave. A career-break scheme allows staff to take a month or more off work on an unpaidbasis for educational or family reasons, and August is set aside as”employee appreciation month”, involving parties, competitions andfun days. Comments are closed. last_img read more

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Impact of atmospheric forcing on Antarctic continental shelf water masses

first_imgThe Antarctic continental shelf seas feature a bimodal distribution of water mass temperature, with the Amundsen and Bellingshausen Seas flooded by Circumpolar Deep Water that is several degrees Celsius warmer than the cold shelf waters prevalent in the Weddell and Ross Seas. This bimodal distribution could be caused by differences in atmospheric forcing, ocean dynamics, ocean and ice feedbacks, or some combination of these factors. In this study, a highly simplified coupled sea ice–mixed layer model is developed to investigate the physical processes controlling this situation. Under regional atmospheric forcings and parameter choices the 10-yr simulations demonstrate a complete destratification of the Weddell Sea water column in winter, forming cold, relatively saline shelf waters, while the Amundsen Sea winter mixed layer remains shallower, allowing a layer of deep warm water to persist. Applying the Weddell atmospheric forcing to the Amundsen Sea model destratifies the water column after two years, and applying the Amundsen forcing to the Weddell Sea model results in a shallower steady-state winter mixed layer that no longer destratifies the water column. This suggests that the regional difference in atmospheric forcings alone is sufficient to account for the bimodal distribution in Antarctic shelf-sea temperatures. The model prediction of mixed layer depth is most sensitive to the air temperature forcing, but a switch in all forcings is required to prevent destratification of the Weddell Sea water column.last_img read more

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Scholarship launched to help “break down barriers” for Muslim students

first_imgA new scholarship will award up to £10,000 annually to 24 students, paid for by the Children of Sheikh Abdul Rashid and Fahmida (COSARAF) Charitable Foundation. The £300,000 support and mentor programme for underprivileged Muslim students will cover both tuition fees and living expenses. For more details, visit cosaraf.org They will also have access to a personal mentor and a tailored leadership support programme, paid summer internship at a leading charity and ongoing support from COSARAF. It was launched at St Anne’s College on Friday. Other institutions are also involved with the programme, including any Cambridge college and the University of Warwick. Both graduate and undergraduate students will be eligible for the award, which will be made each year over the next three years. COSARAF Charitable Foundation chairman Haroon Sheikh said: “One of our core objectives is to enable young people to realise their potential and this ground-breaking programme seeks to remove barriers to Muslim applicants to leading universities, increasing their participation and helping them to make a difference within their communities. St Anne’s College principal Helen King QPM, said: “From our founding as the Society of Oxford Home-Students, in 1879, St Anne’s has always actively widened access to an Oxford education. According to the Oxford University Islamic Society, Muslims comprise 7% of the UK population, but only 0.5% of Oxford students. In COSARAF’s press release, the charity said: “Muslim communities are significantly over-represented in the UK’s most disadvantaged communities. “46% (1.22 million) of the Muslim population lives in the 10% most deprived and 1.7% (46,000) in the 10% least deprived Local Authority Districts in England, based on the Index of Multiple Deprivation measure. Muslim women in the UK are more likely than all other women to be economically inactive, with 18% of Muslim women aged 16 to 74 recorded as “looking after home and family” compared with 6% in the overall population.” center_img “The awards will provide long-term support to develop leadership within UK Muslim communities, fostering long-term integration and cohesion.” “However, the scholarship goes a lot further than merely boosting personal outcomes. The scholarships were launched by MP and St Anne’s advisory fellow Rosena AllinKhan, and Tom Ilube, who topped UK’s 100 most powerful people with African or Afro- Caribbean heritage. Haroon Sheikh added: “We are pioneering this comprehensive support programme for Muslim youngsters who, traditionally, must contend with a whole host of barriers to higher education on top of the already stiff competition for all applicants.” “This heritage became enshrined in our firm purpose to create a diverse and inclusive community and we want to be the destination of choice for the brightest and best students, including those from underrepresented groups. “Being one of the founding colleges for such a dynamic package of practical benefits is another key tool in ensuring their continuing involvement here.” last_img read more

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No. 11 Penn State takes step forward in dismantling Pitt

first_imgHe got one. Just a half later than he would have liked.The Nittany Lions pummeled Pittsburgh 51-6 in the slop at Heinz Field on Saturday night, scoring the game’s final 45 points and pouring it on in the pouring rain. Still, Franklin found himself as focused on his team’s uneven first 29 minutes as he was on its dominant final 31.“I’m pleased with where we’re at, but we’ve got to take another step,” Franklin said after beating the Panthers decisively for a second straight season. “We have to play better in the first half. Because depending on how things go, you might not be able to come back. You might not be able to recover.”Penn State (2-0) recovered in time to post the third-largest margin by either team in a series that dates back 125 years. Still, the blowout seemed unlikely for most of the opening two quarters. Pitt (1-1) pushed the Nittany Lions around at times behind running back Qadree Ollison and only trailed thanks to a series of penalties, special teams gaffes and some curious playcalling.Things turned late in the first half when the Nittany Lions stuffed Pitt on a fourth-and-3 at the Penn State 4 to preserve a one-point lead. Minutes later Pitt punter Kirk Christodoulou botched a snap, dropped the ball and the Nittany Lions recovered. It took three snaps for Trace McSorley hit KJ Hamler for a 14-yard score to put Penn State up 14-6.Still, Franklin felt there should have been more. Miles Sanders ran for a career-high 118 yards in his return to his hometown but also had about 40 yards chopped off a long gain in the first half thanks to an illegal block behind the play. Sanders then had a 64-yard touchdown reception wiped out early in the second half when Juwan Johnson was called for offensive pass interference.They’re the kind of miscues Franklin wants his team to avoid with Big Ten play looming later this month. The team he saw in the second half looked capable of competing for a conference title. The one in the first half? Not so much. It’s why he couldn’t get too excited even after his defense limited Pitt to just 69 yards in the second half.“We shouldn’t need to make adjustments. We should be doing that from the beginning,” said Franklin, whose team hosts Kent State next week. “We played really good clutch defense in the first half. As the season goes on, we won’t be able to get away with that with some of our opponents.”Still, the one-sidedness of the final two quarters was startling. The running room Ollison found while rolling up 125 yards in the first half vanished. He actually lost six yards in the second half and Pitt could muster little else. Quarterback Kenny Pickett was under siege for most of the night.“We try to thrive on stopping the run and obviously we didn’t do as great a job in in the first half,” Penn State cornerback Amani Oruwariye said. “But we knew if we stop the run, make them one dimensional we can win the game and that’s what we tried to do in the second half.”There were no such offensive issues for the Nittany Lions, though Franklin’s decision to have McSorley in the game and throwing with Penn State up by more than 30 in the fourth quarter raised some eyebrows. Franklin stressed he wasn’t running it up on Pitt so much as trying to impart a lesson after the Nittany Lions allowed Appalachian State to score 28 points over the final 13:39 of regulation to force overtime in the opener.“We gave up a bunch of points in the fourth quarter last week and I wanted to make sure we were able to finish the way we should have,” Franklin said.Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi shrugged when asked if he felt the Nittany Lions were trying to prove a point, something that could carry over when they meet for the 100th time at Beaver Stadium next September.“I coach Pitt football,” Narduzzi said after suffering his worst loss since taking over the Panthers in 2015. “I don’t coach for anybody else. That’s on them. You’ve got to sleep at night. It’s just where we are right now. We’ll have another shot. We’ve got another shot. It ain’t over.”___More AP college football: https://apnews.com/tag/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP— Penn State head coach James Franklin expected a response from his players after dodging an upset in its opener against Appalachian State. Penn State wide receiver Mac Hippenhammer (12) celebrates with offensive lineman C.J. Thorpe (69) after scoring a touchdown during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018. Penn State won 51-6. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)last_img read more

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The Rams had their chances, but Brady is too much! (Feb. 6)

first_imgBILL NEAL:10—Simply put, that’s how we roll in the “Foot Hills” AKA Penn Hills. I thought 100 percent sure Aaron Donald, the superior two-time defensive player out of Indian Country by way of Pitt, would lead the LA Rams to Lombardi Gold by doing the one and only thing that can stop the Patriots and that’s…take out Brady! And, it almost was done…I guess almost isn’t good enough. I guess the Rams just weren’t good enough…:09—A shoutout to the latest Locker Room inductee for doing the right thing…reading my column every week. To my new main man “Carmen”…of Duquesne University Connection…You are now in the Locker Room.:08—Speaking of inductions, the great Connie Hawkins was inducted into the Pennsylvania Basketball Club Hall of Fame this past weekend. Joining the elite best of the best in the PA basketball family.:07—Put this on the things that make you wonder list. When I watch Stephen Adams play for OKC and dominate in the paint…I wonder what may have gone differently if Coach Jamie Dixon could have kept him for four years. I wonder???:06—Speaking of wondering and Duquesne University…and I was if you were paying attention. I wonder what “The Heck” the NBA has been thinking all these years not inducting Mr. Chuck Cooper in the NBA Hall of Fame! Are you kidding me? The Jackie Robinson of basketball is not in the NBA Hall of Fame. And I bet you didn’t know that. Well, that may change this year. Stay tuned. I’ll keep you posted the next couple weeks.:05—A.B. who? If they can trade Babe Ruth they can trade A.B.…who?:04—A shoutout to my friend Fred Crawford…he of local tennis fame. He’s reading “Overtime” on a weekly basis. And you should be reading, too. And not just my column but the New Pittsburgh Courier front to back. Shame on you, if you’re not a subscriber to the oldest Black publication in America. But, it’s not too late, sign up now…no not tomorrow, right now. Don’t make me come back there! Call 412-481-8302, ext. 134!:03—For the record, if Magic Johnson and LeBron can get Anthony Davis to L.A. the Golden State Warriors can get ready to get ready. And if Kyrie Irving decides to eat some humble pie and make nice with King James…The West Coast party is over!:02—If you’re reading this, it’s not too late for you to join us at the fabulous new social spot of the year, “Sugar and Smoke” in Bloomfield for the 4th Annual Dr. Cyril Wecht Western PA Humanitarian Awards honoring Ms. Joy Starzl, Henry Sowell and Company, Andrew Stockey of WTAE-TV, Bruce Schifino, Robin Cole – former Pittsburgh Steeler Super Bowl Champion, Ms. Dayna Delgado (yes that Dayna) of the New Pittsburgh Courier and others on Saturday Feb. 9, at noon. Keynote Speaker is Olympic Gold Medalist Kevin “Freight Train” Parker. For information call Achieving Greatness Inc. at 412-628-4856.:01—It’s the long-awaited return of the original Magnificent 7. “Champions Live” Sports Talk Show live at the Savoy, Thursday, Feb. 14. Doors open at 5 p.m., free parking, free admission, cash bar, cash kitchen, family friendly, prizes, surprises, live audience interaction and of course the fabulous sensational models. Call Achieving Greatness Inc for information 412-628-4856.:00—GAME OVER. Like us at https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Pittsburgh-Courier/143866755628836?ref=hlFollow @NewPghCourier on Twitter  https://twitter.com/NewPghCourierlast_img read more

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