The European Investment Bank (EIB) has agreed to provide Oxford University with a £200 million loan, the largest sum ever lent by the bank to a European university. The 30-year loan from the EU’s bank for long- term investment will be used in the funding of the University’s plans to upgrade and replace buildings across the city. This includes the Radcliffe Observatory Quarter and an expansion of the University’s Old Road Campus in the east of Oxford.The new financial support was announced on a visit to Oxford last month by the EIB Vice-President, Jonathan Taylor, who was welcomed by the outgoing Vice-Chancellor, Professor Andrew Hamilton, along with students and staff involved in the development projects. Professor Hamilton commented, “Oxford’s internationally outstanding facilities and resources are key to our position as a global leader in education and research. The European Investment Bank has shown a great understanding of our ongoing investment plans for highly advanced buildings and equipment.”“Their support now gives us greater freedom to progress our vision of a continually evolving campus, enabling world-leading academics to tackle the great research challenges of the 21st Century.” Vice President of EIB Jonathan Taylor said in a statement, “Investment in research facilities and teaching is essential to unlocking new ideas and scientific discoveries and the Euro- pean Investment Bank is committed to sup- porting investment at leading universities across Europe.”“The new loan will strengthen research and learning across a broad range of disciplines here in Oxford and ensure that the University continues to be at the forefront of global research. The size of the EIB’s support, through the largest ever university loan, and that the UK is the largest recipient of EIB loans for university development reflects the expected contribution of the impressive range of capital investment being considered both here in Oxford and across the country.” The EIB loan will help to support specialised research in the sciences at Oxford. Developments planned at the Old Road Campus include housing provision for up to 600 more scientists. A number of new laboratories for interdisciplinary bioscience are to be constructed, and funding for further research into drug discovery at the Target Discovery Institute is planned. Following this announcement, the UK’s position as the largest beneficiary of EIB university lending has been further secured, with Oxford University receiving a particu- larly large share. The £200 million loaned to the University alone accounts for approximately 14 per cent of the £1.45 billion in EIB loans granted to UK universities over the last five years. The EIB also provides funds for a variety of other projects across the UK, including hospitals, renewable energy and water and sewerage infrastructure. The bank was established by the Treaty of Rome in 1958, and last year the bank’s total lending reached €77 billion. Around 10 per cent of that money is lent to non-EU countries.
Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) Agent Ines Beltran, of University of Georgia Cooperative Extension in Gwinnett County, recently combined two of her favorite things — teaching people how to improve their health and visiting her home country of Colombia.As a FACS agent, Beltran teaches people how to become, and stay, healthier. Last January, she was awarded first place in the UGA Extension Winter Conference poster presentation competition for her work to increase the number of Gwinnett County women who get screened for cancer and change their behavior to help prevent cancer. The project was a collaboration with FACS agents from several counties across Georgia.Shortly thereafter, Beltran’s sister Adriana Beltran, a researcher at the University Corporation God’s Minute (UCGM) in Bogotá, Colombia, met with her colleagues to discuss the curriculum of the university’s preventive medicine programs. The university’s office of virtual and remote programs was planning a conference and needed experts to present.“We were planning the ‘cycle of conferences’ in which well-known panelists of national and international importance participate with different topics of interest for our students,” said Margarita Palma, director of the university’s Occupational Health Administration program. “We needed someone to present on the issue of nutrition and aging in a healthy way, so when we received Ines’ vitae, we proceeded to contact her.” Before accepting the invitation, Beltran got approval from her district head, Sheldon Hammond, who wholeheartedly supported the venture.“Ines works in brain health, and by making an international presentation, not only is she raising awareness, she’s also bringing scientific, academic and outreach-minded individuals to the table to effect real change,” said Kisha Faulk, UGA Extension FACS program coordinator for the Northwest District. “Many of us in Family and Consumer Sciences often teach about health and well-being, but we’re usually focusing in on the body and not the mind. As professionals, we know that brain health and the effects of aging on the brain, such as Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, can significantly affect the whole family.”Beltran then used prize money from her award-winning poster to help pay for her plane ticket to Colombia. She spent the week of June 15 teaching UGA Extension’s Healthy Brain program, which she developed, to more than 220 Colombian occupational health and psychology students and staff in UCGM’s distance learning division.The number of students initially overwhelmed Beltran, who is accustomed to teaching Gwinnett County residents in small groups. But she soon realized that although there were more students, they were just as eager to learn as her clients back home in the U.S., and these students would soon graduate, become professionals and apply the information she taught them in their own careers.Beltran taught the Healthy Brain program, which includes a recipe preparation demonstration and tasting session designed to encourage participants to add more fish to their diets. During the class, participants use a risk calculator to assess their lifestyle and future potential for keeping their brain healthy. Beltran explains the differences between dementia and Alzheimer’s and helps the students determine their own risk factors through the risk calculator handout.“Each student is given a drawing of the brain divided in nine different areas. Each area identifies the risk factors for dementia,” Beltran said. “Participants color in the areas for which they respond ‘YES’ to the associated risk factors.”If most of the areas are colored in, the participant sees that they may be at increased risk for Alzheimer’s disease and poor brain health as they age, she said.“This interactive activity includes an explanation of the life behaviors that may lower their risk for dementia,” she said.At the end of the class, data is collected from each participant using a specific evaluation tool designed to determine their knowledge before and after the lesson.“They loved the program, which is very interactive,” said Beltran who presented the information in Spanish. “I found the handouts in Spanish through the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and we saw great results through the students’ evaluations. I also created a Spanish version of the recipe handout to use during the program. They received all the information, and they learned something, too.” The Colombian university’s distance education program would like Beltran to teach more programs virtually from Georgia.“It is valuable to (UCGM) to raise its mobility indicators of international experts that allow us to carry out research projects related to the area of nutrition and aging healthy,” Palma said. “Our mode of study (distance and virtual), allows us to carry out activities with teachers from other countries without them moving physically to our institution.”Although Beltran would love to return to Colombia and see her elderly father, presenting the classes virtually via the Internet is a much more efficient method, and she won’t have to tackle the “awful” traffic in Colombia.(Beltran received two first places poster awards at the State FACS conference in August. On Sept. 2, she received the Epsilon Sigma Phi Alpha Beta Chapter’s International Service Award for her work in Colombia.)
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The ex-Town of Islip public safety commissioner, who resigned last week citing health concerns, has been accused of accepting bribes and coercing four people into refusing to accept town jobs. John Carney, 54, of West Islip, and Assistant Fire Chief Michael Allen, 41, of Holbrook, both surrendered to Suffolk County authorities Tuesday and pleaded not guilty to charges in a 16-count grand jury indictment.“It is alleged in the indictment that during the interviews for the Fire Marshal openings, the four applicants were coerced by Mr. Carney and Mr. Allen into declining the position and signing declination letters,” Suffolk County District Attorney Tom Spota said. “That way, the defendants could attempt to reach their preferred candidates who finished lower on the civil service list after an exam.”The charges include four felony counts of bribe receiving. The other dozen misdemeanor counts include four charges of official misconduct and eight counts of coercion.Judge Fernando Comacho released the pair without bail. They each face up to seven years in prison if convicted of the felonies. They are due back in court Oct. 12.Attorney and former NYPD officer Anthony D’Amico replaced Carney when Carney resigned Sept. 6.“We thank Commissioner Carney for his 26 years of service working for the Town of Islip,” Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter said in a statement last week.Caroline Smith, a town spokeswoman, said Allen was placed on modified administrative duty.“No organization is going to be happy to see any of their employees or former employees involved in something questionable,” Smith added. “This administration is focused on ethics reform as well as selecting the best people for the positions that we have available.”
Share 21 Views no discussions Share Sharing is caring! Tweet Share LocalNews Diabetic foot workshop gets underway in Dominica by: – October 24, 2011 Minister of Health, Julius Timothy.Several health practitioners are currently participating in a workshop geared at preventing and taking care of the diabetic foot in Dominica.The event dubbed “The first course modeled on the Step-by-Step programme” is a joint venture between the Ministry of Health, the Rotary Club of Dominica and the Dominica Diabetes Association.Heath Minister Julius Timothy told the official opening ceremony at the Public Service Training Center this morning that the country has waited too long in establishing appropriate polices for addressing the care and health of the Dominican feet.“I must say however recently considerable effort has been made by the ministry of health in this direction but we still have not obtained the optimum foot care program,” he explained. He said too many persons are seen losing and wasting valuable and possibly productive years of life in the wake of an unavoidable amputation of their foot,” he said.Meantime Coordinator of the Health Promotion Unit Helen Royer told today’s workshop, that the country’s ministry of health have been taking steps to reduce the number of amputations on the island.She says several individuals have also been trained on how to deal with the diabetic foot.“The health promotion unit has coordinated a series of training and a total of 150 health workers have been trained and over 40 caregivers were recipients of this training. In August 2011 over 50 diabetics and their caregivers received training in the management of diabetic foot in Portsmouth. There have also been several diabetic foot programs organized by health officials,” she further explained.The workshop is being facilitated by Dr. Vilma Urbanic who is the head of the Diabetics Unit of Endocrinology in the Caribbean.Dominica Vibes News
“For sure I’m going to miss Liverpool, the league and the country – I will miss everything about it, it is going to be an emotional few weeks, but I go with my head held high and I’m not going to hang my boots up yet – I’ve got a couple of years left in me.” Lampard is also set to join Gerrard in America, with his loan deal at Manchester City ending at next month as he embarks on a career swansong with New York City FC. He was delighted to share the evening with Gerrard and heralded the joint award as a great way to end his time in England. “I’m pleased – it is a great honour,” the former Chelsea man said. “I have been fortunate enough to have a long time playing in the Premier League – along with Steven it is a great honour to be alongside a player who himself has done so much for the game. For the two of us to get it, it is a nice send-off and a nice ending for me. “I have got a huge amount of respect for Steven – we had a few ding-dongs up and down the years, we seemed to play each other five or six times a season when the Champions League was involved. “He deserved the accolades he gets for his career and being a statesmen of Liverpool – he will be remembered for what he has done in the game. I’m proud to stand alongside him, he is a good friend and we had fun playing together for England.” Former England midfielders Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard were back in tandem as they shared the PFA Merit award on Sunday. Press Association Questions were often asked of their suitability as partners in central midfield, with both being attack-minded players, but each man’s individual ability was never in doubt. Liverpool skipper Gerrard was pleased to join his former international colleague in accepting the award. “Of course, we played together for England for a long time and I’m a huge admirer of Frank and his game and the success he has had at Chelsea,” Gerrard said. “He is an unbelievable player, a world-class player and I couldn’t ask for anyone better to share it with. “I’m really pleased. Every time you get an individual award and an award for the job you do, you’re really happy. I’m a young boy from a council estate who has worked every so hard to get to where I am today. “I have been lucky, I have had a fantastic career it has been full of highs and lows but some of the highs I have achieved have blown me away and I achieved a lot of my dreams playing for Liverpool and England.” Gerrard will call time on a 17-year Liverpool career when he completes a move to Los Angeles Galaxy at the end of the season and admits he will miss many aspects of playing at Anfield. “It has been a privilege to represent Liverpool for so long and to share some of the highlights of my career,” he added. The veteran pair will leave the Premier League for Major League Soccer in the summer, having left an indelible mark on English football. Both Gerrard and Lampard were mainstays of England’s much-heralded ‘golden generation’ and collected 220 caps between them.