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In recruiting the next DPP we are looking for an extraordinary candidate. The job requires excellent legal judgement, the ability to lead a large organisation and the capacity to work with others in improving the criminal justice system as a whole. This is an exciting time to be joining the CPS and to be able to play a pivotal role in shaping the organisation and its future. The Attorney General, Jeremy Wright QC MP, has today launched a recruitment campaign to find the next Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).It was announced earlier this week that the current DPP, Alison Saunders CB, will stand down in October 2018 at the end of her 5 year term.Announcing the recruitment campaign, the Attorney General Jeremy Wright QC MP said: The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) employs around 6,000 people. It prosecutes criminal cases that have been investigated by the police and other investigative organisations in England and Wales, including the National Crime Agency and HMRC.The job advert can be found on the Civil Service Jobs website and the deadline for applications is 9.00 on 14 May 2018.
Trisha Banerjee was skeptical. Could taking four minutes to consume one Hershey’s Kiss really help calm her pressure-filled day?It could indeed.“It was totally transformative,” said Banerjee of the eating meditation exercise included in a mindfulness program sponsored by Harvard’s Center For Wellness. Banerjee, a doctoral student in the English Department, said that devoting all her energy to “the sensation of tasting” helped her disengage from her stress, focus on the connection between her body and her mind, and maximize the pleasure of chocolate.“It was so amazing,” said Banerjee, “because it just connected me to this world of potential happiness that is always around me if I just take something I like and really focus on it.”Less stress can lead to a happier, more productive life, and research says meditation can help you get there.In 2011, Sara Lazar, a psychology instructor at Harvard Medical School, released results of a study that showed that eight weeks of mindfulness meditation actually produced changes in brain regions associated with memory, sense of self, empathy, and stress, where more or less in reserve can make a big difference in exams, presentations, and dissertations, as any scholar knows. Thanks to a range of Harvard programs, grad students and undergrads have myriad ways to take a deep breath and relax.With support from a recent anonymous gift, the Center for Wellness at Harvard University Health Services sponsors several meditation options, including four-week courses based on a mindfulness curriculum specifically geared toward college-aged students, 20-minute drop-in sessions at the Serenity Room at Grays Hall, and weekend and weeklong retreats.“The retreat experience can be very powerful and wonderful, but then having something that students can attend for four weeks helps them maintain their practice or stay connected to other students,” said Jeanne Mahon, director of the Center for Wellness. Eight weeks to a better brain Related Meditation study shows changes associated with awareness, stress This year, nearly 400 Harvard students took part in either the meditation classes, based on the Koru Mindfulness curriculum developed by two Duke University psychiatrists, or the retreats, which are run by Inward Bound Mindfulness Education. Among them was junior Jarrod Wetzel-Brown.An English concentrator on a pre-med track, Wetzel-Brown signed up for a weekend retreat in October as a way to “take a step back and reflect a little bit on myself without having every facet of society blaring out loud in front of me.”The retreat was held at a conference center on the edge of a pond nestled in 500 wooded acres in Charlton, Mass. Walks and meditation sessions filled the hours; silence ruled. Once he’d adjusted, the absence of conversation proved freeing, said Wetzel-Brown.“Not having to devote the energy to think about what to say next … was a very liberating and powerful thing.”Back on campus the Winthrop House resident has made meditation and regular walks part of his weekly routine, and has noticed a renewed sense of self.“The major thing I have taken from it is this awareness … I know that I have an existence outside of the classroom again, and I think that’s something that I forgot.”Banerjee, who turned to one of the four-week student meditation programs to help her cope with the stress of working on a Ph.D., said she “liked the idea of being obligated to go somewhere for a few weeks and to make a commitment and to find multiple strategies.”She and about 10 students met once a week at Dudley House, where they practiced different types of meditation and discussed incorporating the practice into their daily lives.“It extended my sense of what meditation could be,” said Banerjee.“Every single day I am doing it, it’s really had an impact. My life has become much richer.”
Athlete and activist Colin Kaepernick and activist and comedian Dave Chappelle are among the eight distinguished people who will receive the W.E.B. Du Bois Medal at the sixth annual Hutchins Center Honors presented by the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research at Harvard University.Honorees also include Kenneth I. Chenault, chairman and a managing director of General Catalyst; Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute President Shirley Ann Jackson; philanthropist and founder of Avid Partners, LLC, Pamela J. Joyner; psychologist and author Florence C. Ladd; Bryan Stevenson, founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative; and artist Kehinde Wiley.All of the Du Bois medalists have made significant contributions to African and African-American history and culture, and more broadly, are individuals who advocate for intercultural understanding and human rights in an increasingly global and interconnected world.The ceremony will be held Oct. 11 at 4 p.m. in Sanders Theatre, Memorial Hall, 45 Quincy St., Cambridge.“In the year of the 150th anniversary of his birth, W.E.B. Du Bois would be proud of the eight individuals being recognized at this year’s Hutchins Center Honors,” said Henry Louis Gates Jr., Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and director of the Hutchins Center. “Emerging from a variety of backgrounds and professions, each represents the quest for knowledge, freedom of expression, and pursuit of truth that are foundational to black history and culture, and that were foundational to Du Bois as a thinker and activist.”Glenn H. Hutchins, co-founder of North Island and chairman of the National Advisory Board of the Hutchins Center, said, “The Hutchins Center Honors celebrates the innovators and trailblazers who seek, each in their own way, to nudge the arc of history toward justice. The W.E.B. Du Bois medalists who will be on this year’s stage at Sanders Theatre have all had an outsized impact for the better on our society, our nation, and even our world. It will be a privilege to be among them.”The Du Bois Medal recipientsColin Kaepernick, an athlete and activist, is perhaps best known for protesting against racial injustice by taking a knee rather than standing during the playing of the national anthem when he was a quarterback with the San Francisco 49ers. Kaepernick has pledged to donate $1 million to “organizations working in oppressed communities.” And, in a recent highly publicized endorsement deal with Nike — Believe in Something. Even if it Means Sacrificing Everything — the company has agreed to donate to Kaepernick’s “Know Your Rights” nonprofit organization.In 2017, GQ magazine named Kaepernick its “Citizen of the Year.” “Colin Kaepernick’s determined stand puts him in rare company in sports history: Muhammad Ali, Jackie Robinson — athletes who risked everything to make a difference,” the magazine stated.Comedian, actor, and producer David Chappelle may be best known for “Chappelle’s Show” on Comedy Central and, more recently, for his comedy specials on Netflix, but he has also had a career in acting and producing. He has appeared in several movies, including “Robin Hood: Men in Tights,” “The Nutty Professor,” “Con Air,” and “Undercover Brother.” His first lead role was in “Half Baked,” which he co-wrote. He also starred in “Buddies,” an ABC-TV series. He can be seen now in the 2018 film “A Star Is Born,” with Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga.Chappelle has received numerous accolades and awards, including several NAACP Image Awards, a BET Comedy Award (“Chappelle’s Show”), a 2018 Grammy Award for best comedy album, and two Prime Time Emmy Awards: outstanding guest actor in a comedy series (“Saturday Night Live”), and outstanding variety special (pre-recorded) for “Dave Chappelle: Equanimity.” Rolling Stone ranked him No. 9 in its list of 50 Best Stand-Up Comics of All Time, and he was called a “comic genius” by Esquire magazine.Kenneth I. Chenault is chairman and a managing director of the venture capital firm General Catalyst. Prior to that, he was chairman and chief executive officer of American Express Co., a position he held from 2001 to 2018. He joined American Express in 1981 as director of strategic planning and served subsequently in a number of increasingly senior positions, including vice chairman and president and chief operating officer, until his appointment as CEO. Under his leadership, American Express built one of the world’s largest customer loyalty programs — Membership Rewards — and earned global recognition as a leader in customer service.Chenault is recognized as an expert on brands and brand management and has been honored by multiple publications, including Fortune magazine, which named him one of the world’s 50 Greatest Leaders in its inaugural list in 2014. He serves on the boards of Airbnb, Facebook, IBM, The Procter & Gamble Co., the Harvard Corporation, and numerous nonprofit organizations, including the Smithsonian Institution’s Advisory Council for the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, and Bloomberg Philanthropies. He also serves on the board of trustees for New York University Langone Health.Shirley Ann Jackson is president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the oldest technological research university in the U.S. Described by Time magazine as “perhaps the ultimate role model for women in science,” Jackson has held senior leadership positions in academia, government, industry, and research. A theoretical physicist, she holds an S.B. in physics and a Ph.D. in theoretical elementary particle physics, both from Massachusetts Institute Technology. She also holds 53 honorary degrees.In September 2014, President Barack Obama appointed Jackson co-chair of the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board, where she served until January 2017, and in 2016 he awarded her the National Medal of Science. She also served on the U.S. Secretary of State International Security Advisory Board, 2011‒2017, and the U.S. Secretary of Energy Advisory Board, 2013‒2017. From 2009 to 2014, Jackson served on the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), and, as part of PCAST, was co-chair of the President’s Innovation and Technology Advisory Committee (PITAC). Pamela J. Joyner has nearly 30 years of experience in the investment industry. She is the founder of Avid Partners, LLC, where her expertise has been in the alternative investment arena. Currently, Joyner is focused on her philanthropic interests in the arts and education.Joyner is a trustee of The Art Institute of Chicago and the J. Paul Getty Trust, chair of the Tate Americas Foundation, and a member of the Tate International Council and the Tate North America Acquisitions Committee. She is also a member of the Director’s Circle of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and a member of the Modern and Contemporary Art Visiting Committee of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In the education arena, Joyner serves on the board of the Art & Practice Foundation.Florence C. Ladd, author, social critic, and psychologist, is a fiction writer. Her novel “Sarah’s Psalm” (Scribner, 1996) received the 1997 Literary Award for Fiction from the American Library Association’s Black Caucus. Ladd’s short stories have appeared in The Golden Horn and Ragtime. She also has written several nonfiction and research works. She co-authored the book “Different Strokes” (Westview Press, 1979). Her recent nonfiction works are included in “A Stranger in the Village” (Griffin and Fish, eds.), “Grandmothers: Granddaughters Remember” (Marguerite Bouvard, ed.), and “Dutiful Daughters” (Jean Gould, ed.). Her essay “On Being Daddy’s Son and Daughter” was published in “Father” (Claudia O’Keefe, ed.). She also contributed to “At Grandmother’s Table” (Ellen Perry Berkeley, ed.).From 1989 to 1997, she was director of the Bunting Institute at Harvard University, a multidisciplinary center for women in higher education. In 1998, she taught a fiction writing workshop at the Women’s Institute for Continuing Education in Paris. She has held fellowships at the Bunting Institute and the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute at Harvard, has been a resident fellow at the MacDowell Colony, and has been awarded several honorary degrees.Bryan Stevenson is the founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) in Montgomery, Ala. Under his leadership, EJI has won major legal challenges eliminating excessive and unfair sentencing, exonerating innocent death-row prisoners, confronting abuse of the incarcerated and the mentally ill, and aiding children prosecuted as adults. Stevenson recently won a historic ruling in the U.S. Supreme Court banning mandatory life-without-parole sentences for all children 17 or younger. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School and has been awarded 34 honorary doctorate degrees. He is the author of the award-winning New York Times best-seller “Just Mercy.”In April 2018, EJI opened The Legacy Museum: From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration, built on the site of a former slave warehouse in downtown Montgomery. This is a companion to a memorial to victims of lynching, The National Memorial for Peace and Justice, which opened at the same time.Kehinde Wiley has firmly situated himself within art history’s portrait-painting tradition. He engages the signs and visual rhetoric of the heroic, powerful, majestic, and the sublime in his representations of urban black and brown men and women found throughout the world. By applying the visual vocabulary and conventions of glorification, history, wealth, and prestige to subject matter drawn from the urban fabric, the subjects and stylistic references for his paintings are juxtaposed inversions of each other, forcing ambiguity and provocative perplexity to pervade his imagery.Wiley holds a B.F.A. from San Francisco Art Institute, an M.F.A. from Yale University, and an honorary doctorate from Rhode Island School of Design. His paintings are in the collections of more than 40 museums, including the National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C.; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; and the Brooklyn Museum. Wiley was recently the subject of the documentary “An Economy of Grace” (2014, Show of Force). The U.S. Department of State honored him in 2015 with the Medal of Arts, celebrating his commitment to cultural diplomacy through the visual arts. In February 2018, his portrait of Barack Obama was added to the permanent installation of presidential portraits in the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery.The Hutchins Center at Harvard includes the W.E.B. Du Bois Research Institute; the Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African & African American Art; the Hiphop Archive & Research Institute; the Afro-Latin American Research Institute; the Project on Race & Cumulative Adversity; the Project on Race & Gender in Science & Medicine; the History Design Studio; the Image of the Black Archive & Library; the Jazz Research Initiative; and two publications, Transition and the Du Bois Review.
Saint Michaels CollegePublic Relations OfficeColchester, VT 05439NEWSIMMEDIATE RELEASEJanuary 8, 2007Contact: Buff Lindau(802) [email protected](link sends e-mail)Saint Michaels announces 3 finalists in presidential searchSaint Michaels College is today announcing the three finalists for president of the liberal arts residential Catholic institution located in the Burlington area of Vermont. Joseph Garrity, chairman of the Saint Michaels Board of Trustees, made public to the college community this morning the names of the three finalists for the position and announced dates when the community will have the opportunity to meet these candidates.I was very pleased with the strength and size of the candidate pool, and am extraordinarily gratified at the quality of these three individual finalists, Chairman Garrity said. With the prospect of President Marc vanderHeydens retirement, after a decade of exemplary leadership, the board of trustees takes the naming of a new president as an opportunity to find an individual to lead this college to even greater heights, he said.Any of the three individuals weve selected would make a competent president of Saint Michaels College, said Garrity, a 1978 graduate of Saint Michaels and retired COO/CFO of 4Kids Entertainment of New York City. The reputation of Saint Michael’s College generated a very enthusiastic response to our call for applicants, he said, and the search committee was universally happy with the choices we made. The eleven-person committee, composed of two faculty, two staff, one student and six trustees, received 70 applicants for the presidency. They narrowed the group to 12 and then to six semi-finalists, who were intensively interviewed.Saint Michaels is on a roll, Garrity said. Weve recently been invited into the elite group of colleges and universities with a Phi Beta Kappa chapter on campus. He also referred to the colleges inclusion in the Princeton Reviews Best 361 Colleges, and to the recent naming of two Saint Michaels students to highly coveted national academic awards: senior Jamila Headley who earned a Rhodes Scholarship and junior Michelle Kayser who was named a Pickering Fellow by the Woodrow Wilson Foundation.Weve also just completed a $52 million fund drive and a rousing celebration of our 100th anniversary, Garrity added. The leadership of President vanderHeyden has placed this college in a prime position to claim ever greater glory, and we will be looking to a new president to provide the kind of energetic, inspired guidance that Saint Michaels deserves.Candidates for President of Saint Michael’s CollegeJack P. Calareso, president of Ohio Dominican University, a liberal arts institution of nearly 3,000 students located in Columbus, Ohio. Dr. Calareso has focused his leadership skills on developing the strengths of the Dominican and Catholic traditions to advance a learning community at ODU of excellence in the liberal arts and the professions. An institution of 50 majors and several graduate programs, including an MBA degree, ODU practices a student-centered approach to teaching and learning, superior academic and co-curricular programs, a focus on values and service. Dr. Calareso has written that, The effective leader must be a servant to and rooted in the mission, values, ideals, and goals of the institution. And further that The leader is a moral leader who inspires followers through modeling, enablement, and empowerment.Dr. Calareso was named president and professor of education at ODU in 2001. He served from 1999 to 2001 as president and professor of education at Briar Cliff University, Sioux City, Iowa; from 1996 to 1999 as vice president for academic affairs and professor of education at Merrimack College, North Andover, Mass.; from 1989 to 1996 at the College of Saint Rose, Albany, N.Y., as vice president for academic affairs/provost and professor of education from 1993 to 1996; dean of the school of education and professor of education from 1990 to 1993.At Saint Rose, Briar Cliff and recently at Ohio Dominican, Dr. Calareso implemented a full integration of academic affairs and student affairs. He has led and implemented a strategic plan at ODU, where he has landed the 12 largest gifts in the institutions history, increased enrollment by over 40 percent, initiated study abroad and international programs, developed corporate and community partnerships, and other accomplishments.Dr. Calareso has also held leadership positions in the teaching field, serving from 1982 to 1989 as superintendent of schools and director of education for the Green Bay (Wisconsin) Catholic Diocese; from 1979 to 1982 as director of education for Blessed Sacrament School in Madison, Wis., and as director of education for St. Ambrose School in Rochester, N.Y., from 1973 to 1979.Dr. Calareso earned a doctorate in educational leadership and administration from Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wis., in 1989; a masters in theology and scripture from St. Bernards School of Theology in Rochester, N.Y., in 1977, and a bachelors in English and theology from Boston College in 1972. Dr. Calareso and his wife of 34 years, Rose Calareso, an elementary school teacher and librarian, have three children and three grandchildren.John J. Neuhauser, University Professor, Boston College, from 2005 to the present, served previously as academic vice president and dean of faculties of Boston College from 1999 to 2005, and as dean and professor of the Carroll School of Management of Boston College from 1977 to 1999. He was associate professor and chairman of computer science at Boston College from 1971 to 1977 and assistant professor from 1969 to 1971 also at Boston College.During his recent tenure as academic VP and dean of Boston College, Dr. Neuhauser oversaw seven schools and colleges with 670 full-time and 400 part-time faculty, as well as the museum, international programs, admissions, financial aid, academic technology and 40 research centers. During this period the number of full-time faculty increased by 50 and endowed professorships more than doubled to the level of 45. Additionally, externally funded sponsored programs doubled to over $40 million annually, undergraduate applications increased by 50 percent, with a concurrent steady increase in quality.During his period as dean of BCs Carroll School of Management, Dr. Neuhauser established innovative joint degree programs within the University: MBA-MSW, MBA-JD and MBA-Ph.D, among other initiatives. He orchestrated major conferences with speakers, Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan, Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin and Labor Secretary Robert Reich, and he created the Universitys Center for Work and Family, Center for Corporate Community Relations, and Small Business Development Center.Dr. Neuhauser earned a bachelors degree in physics from Manhattan College in 1964, a masters in operations research and statistics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1965, and a doctorate in operations research and statistics: mathematics, also from Rensselaer, in 1968.Dr. Neuhauser is described as an academic leader who strives for excellence first and as a person who is very comfortable providing leadership within the framework of a strong Catholic institution. Jack Neuhauser, who has been a member of the Saint Michael’s College Board of Trustees since 2001, has completed the Boston Marathon seven times. He has three grown children.Christine M. Wiseman, vice president for academic affairs and professor of law at Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska, since 2002. Before joining Creighton, Professor Wiseman was associate vice president for academic affairs at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wis., from 1998 to 2002. She was also a professor in the Marquette University Law School, where she joined the faculty in 1980, and earned top teaching awards in 1991 and 1996.Prior to her teaching career, Professor Wiseman was Assistant Wisconsin Attorney General with the Criminal Appeals Division and a law clerk to the Honorable Robert W. Warren, deceased Chief Judge for the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin. She has served on a number of State Bar committees, including the Wisconsin Task Force on Equal Justice. She received the Wisconsin Civil Liberties Union 1989 Volunteer Attorney of the Year Award for her representation of Texas death row inmate Billy Conn Gardner, who was executed in 1995. She is associate editor of two law journals, author of a number of journal articles and co-author of Wisconsin Practice: Criminal Practice & Procedure (1996) and Punitive Damages: Law and Practice (2000). She has given scores of papers and public presentations.As VP for academic affairs, Professor Wiseman is chief academic officer overseeing Creightons College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business Administration, the Law School, the Graduate School, University College and Summer Sessions, as well as enrollment, admissions, TRIO Programs, international programs, registrar, library, financial aid and student retention.Professor Wiseman has spent 30 years in Catholic higher education and is one of the ranking women administrators among all 28 Jesuit schools and colleges. In that capacity she has led change at two major Catholic institutions. She was the first woman to rise through the ranks at Marquette to a position of senior administration, where she led core curricular reform and assessment across all undergraduate programs, led a university-wide gender equity study and a rank and tenure initiative. As Creightons chief academic officer, Professor Wiseman has led strategic planning, re-accreditation, and a number of major interdisciplinary initiatives, among numerous other projects.Professor Wiseman has served on the boards of three Catholic high schools and is presently on the board of St. Josephs University in Philadelphia. She and her husband of 33 years, William A. Wiseman, have three grown children.ScheduleThe three candidates for president of Saint Michael’s College will be on campus the week of January 15th and will participate in meetings with the Board of Trustees, cabinet members, students, faculty and staff. The Saint Michaels community and members of the press are invited to attend open meetings with each candidate, as follows:Jack Calareso, Tuesday, Jan. 16, 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Hoehl Welcome CenterJack Neuhauser, Wednesday, Jan. 17, 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Hoehl Welcome CenterChristine Wiseman, Thursday, Jan. 18, 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Hoehl Welcome CenterOn Friday, Jan. 19, the three candidates will participate in all day meetings with the Board of Trustees.An announcement of Saint Michaels next president is expected during the spring semester.Saint Michaels College, founded in 1904 by the Society of St. Edmund and headed by President Marc A. vanderHeyden, has been identified by U. S. News & World Report for 17 consecutive years as one of the top15 Masters Universities in the North. A liberal arts, residential, Catholic college located in the Burlington area of Vermont, Saint Michaels was recently invited to sponsor a chapter of the prestigious academic honor society, Phi Beta Kappa, on campus. Saint Michaels has 1,950 full-time undergraduate students, and some 650 graduate students and 200 international students. The College was named by Newsweek magazine a Hidden Treasure, one of 30 colleges recommended most frequently by guidance counselors for being schools that deserve more national recognition. Saint Michaels is included in Princeton Reviews The Best 361 Colleges: 2007 Edition.-30-
Canada on Monday reported its first death from the new coronavirus as the number of people in the nation who have contracted the disease rose to above 70, officials said.The dead man had been living in a nursing home, the Lynn Valley Care Centre in North Vancouver, British Columbia’s chief health officer Bonnie Henry told a news conference.”We unfortunately have had a death here in British Columbia,” Henry said. Topics : The man was one of two residents infected at the long-care facility with no recent travel history. Henry said the dead man was in his 80s and had a number of underlying medical conditions.Canada now has at least 71 presumptive and confirmed cases of the virus that causes the respiratory illness COVID-19, up from 51 on Friday and nine more than reported on Sunday.Virus outbreaks are especially problematic in nursing homes because residents live in close quarters and tend to have weaker immune systems and underlying health conditions, so infections can spread easily.On Saturday, Henry said two Lynn Valley residents had contracted the virus from one of the facility’s health workers who had been infected. “The risk to the general population within Canada is still low, but this could change rapidly,” Theresa Tam, Canada’s chief medical officer, said earlier on Monday.In a potential sign of future challenges, Reuters reported that millions of face masks stockpiled by Ontario to protect healthcare workers during a future epidemic have expired.That raises questions about the readiness of Canada’s most populous province to deal with the spreading coronavirus.In the central province of Alberta, medical officials said the number of cases had risen to seven from four, all of which were linked to people who had traveled.The novel coronavirus that emerged in central China in December has now spread to more than 100 countries and infected over 110,000 people worldwide with more than 3,800 deaths.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government says it will help people who are forced into quarantine due to the virus. Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland told legislators on Monday there would also be extra support for the healthcare system.Canada is also now urging people not to take cruise ship vacations.Canada is poised to repatriate more than 200 citizens aboard the Grand Princess cruise ship, which is due to dock in Oakland, California after an outbreak on the vessel carrying some 3,500 passengers and crew.
A climate summit that had been due to take place in Glasgow in November has been postponed to 2021 because of the coronavirus outbreak, officials said on Wednesday, throwing new uncertainty into talks to tackle global warming.With the world currently on track for catastrophic temperature increases, the two-week summit had been meant to galvanize a renewed international commitment to an accord brokered in Paris in 2015 aimed at stabilizing the Earth’s climate.But with the British hosts and other countries struggling to contain the coronavirus pandemic, which has brought large sections of the global economy to a standstill, officials decided to push the summit back to give governments more time to prepare. With financial markets in turmoil, hopes that 2020 would prove a pivotal year for climate diplomacy and action to reverse accelerating extinctions of plant, animal and insect species have rapidly faded.Nevertheless, some investors, diplomats and campaigners welcomed the postponement, saying it could buy governments time to prepare a more successful outcome than might be possible in the face of a pandemic.”A delay gives the UK hosts and other governments the ability to ensure that sufficient diplomatic momentum is generated heading into COP26,” said Stephanie Pfeifer, chief executive of the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change, a European group of mainly pension funds and asset managers with more than £26 trillion of assets under management.Climate chessboard The chessboard of climate diplomacy could also shift significantly before a 2021 summit, depending on the outcome of talks this year between the European Union and China, and the Nov. 3 U.S. presidential election.President Donald Trump, a Republican, began withdrawing the United States, the second biggest greenhouse gas emitter after China, from the Paris deal last year.If a Democratic presidential candidate wins the White House, then climate diplomats say many countries may be more likely to pursue bolder climate plans in anticipation of the United States rejoining.A postponement could also enable a potential shift in emphasis at the summit towards aligning economic stimulus packages launched to buffer the shock of the pandemic with wider climate goals, diplomats say.”COP26 next year should become a centerpiece of revitalized global cooperation,” said Laurence Tubiana, a former French diplomat who was instrumental in brokering the Paris accord.Climate campaign groups had raised concerns that even if Britain had managed to contain the coronavirus by November, many developing countries might still be struggling with outbreaks.The planned November summit was supposed to have been a deadline for countries to make more ambitious pledges to cut greenhouse gas emissions under the terms of the Paris accord.Existing commitments are nowhere near enough to avoid accelerating impacts from droughts, sea-level rise, floods, wildfires and other disasters that could ultimately put the survival of industrial societies at risk, scientists say.So far, only a handful of countries have made new pledges. Japan, a major backer of coal-fired power, came under fire from campaigners this week when it submitted a pledge that stuck to a climate target from five years ago. “We will continue working tirelessly with our partners to deliver the ambition needed to tackle the climate crisis and I look forward to agreeing a new date for the conference,” said British Business Minister Alok Sharma, who is due to serve as president of the conference, known as COP26.A parallel summit on preserving threatened species, which had been due to take place in Kunming, China, in October, was also being pushed back to next year, a U.N. official said.The European Union’s climate chief, Frans Timmermans, said the bloc remained committed to the Paris process and a Green Deal to decarbonize its economy launched in December.”As for the European Commission, we will not slow down our work domestically or internationally to prepare for an ambitious COP26, when it takes place,” Timmermans said in a statement. Topics :
Auction clearance rates have hit a fresh high a week earlier than the start of the seasonal peak period in March.AUCTION clearance rates hit their highest level so far this year, setting a strong pace many hope will hold through 2017.Preliminary CoreLogic capital city auction statistics for the week to Sunday February 26 saw Brisbane pull a clearance rate of 63,6 per cent, a strong rise over last year’s 57.4 per cent.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:35Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:35 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenWeekend Wrap: 25-26 Feb00:35More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor8 hours agoThe weighted average across the capital cities also jumped to 78.6 per cent – from 71.4 per cent last year.There were dramatic increases in the number of properties taken to auction, with 3,232 auctions held across the capitals. New South Wales had the highest price fetched for a residence over the week, with 404 Edgecliff Rd Woolahra landing $6.55m. Picture: Realestate.com.au“The record highs for the number of auctions were confined to the Sydney (1,169) and Melbourne (1,613) markets, where auction numbers were the highest on record for the month of February,” according to the CoreLogic Property Market Indicator.Numbers were “significantly higher”, though the market usually saw “auction volumes generally reaching their seasonal peaks around March”.The highest price fetched for a property in the past week was $6.55 million for 404 Edgecliff Road, Woollahra in New South Wales, with Queensland’s highest coming out of Hope Island at $4.75m.
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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenInside Brisbane’s best man cave00:40A SECRET entrance, a hidden gym that could rival a fitness franchise, and a sparkling resort-style pool. Even the garage has been given the luxe touch, and is adorned with basalt lava stone. Take a look inside the home of one of Brisbane’s leading agents — a man who sold close to $100 million worth of other people’s property last year. 2 Waverley Street — April 29, 2018 — $2.52 million 20 Midvale Lane — June 17, 2018 — $1.9 million From blah …. Source: CoreLogic The house before the reno. Source: CoreLogic *** And the back of the house.“Craig (of Channon Architects) is a very clever guy who has worked on some of Brisbane’s most high-end residences,” Mr Lancashiresaid. “He’s a local and understands the code of the area and we were able to get exactly what we wanted using the original cottageas the platform to create something architectural off the back which flows really well and pays respect to the original foundations.” Everything from the VJ walls to the ceilings were replaced, with the home known as ‘c50house’ undergoing an almost complete rebuild. … to ooh la laA much-loved area of the three level, four-bedroom home is the open-plan living, kitchen, dining, lounge, entertaining, outdoorbarbecue and pool zone. “Craig’s work is special and he’s clever about working with indoor-outdoor spaces, including our big outdoor area which has5m ceilings wrapped in battened timber,” Mr Lancashire said. “It’s a space we use all year round. He’s also got an extremely good eye for detail so there are so many minute details throughoutthe property which you wouldn’t know existed unless you went through.” Mr Lancashire said the home’s location was also a massive lure, as it is within walking distance of the city, the river, parks,restaurants and cafes. And what lies beyond the secret passage.“We poured a lot of consideration and effort into every inch of what has been a wonderful home for our family,” Ray White New Farm principal Matt Lancashire said. CoreLogic property data shows that Mr Lancashire and his wife Caitlyn bought 50 Crase St at Teneriffe for $895,000 in 2012. The secret door to the Lancashire’s hidden gym. Pic Annette Dew And what it looks like now.There is also four bedrooms including one with a deluxe master retreat, three luxury bathrooms, a fireplace, wine cellar,and smart home technology throughout. The back of the houseMr Lancashire said they were selling because “I really want a tennis court”, and hoped the house would go to another family.They have engaged Ray White New Farm’s Nicholas Given and Scott Darwon to manage the sale of their home, which is scheduledto go to auction at Ray White’s ‘Under the Stars’ event on November 13, if not sold prior. “Superb architecture has created a home perfectly suited to Queensland living but with a vibe reminiscent of life in the islandparts of Greece or Italy,” Mr Darwon said. “The attention to detail is something to behold and not one finish is of a standard less than perfect. Given the location,finish, feeling and atmosphere the house omits, this is going to be a home that will truly be enjoyed by its residents formany, many years to come.” *** TOP SALES — TENERIFFE (houses) And the kitchen now with its Calacatta marble benchtops.Today, it comes with an extensive list of luxury features but perhaps the most impressive of them all is the concealed gym,which is hidden behind a secret stone rock wall with pin code access. Often called the “Batcave”, it is accessed via a door that leads to a tunnel and then into the large open-plan space.“A lot of people have that WTF? look when they see it,” he said. “They are mesmerised by it.”Other features include a custom Vanguard louvre system, a heated mosaic tiled swimming pool, custom French oak floors, a bespokesolid French oak floating staircase and a vast outdoor entertaining room. 32 Teneriffe Drive — June 4, 2018 — Sale Price $4.405 million The front of the house now. (Source: CoreLogic) 42 Beeston Street — July 7, 2018 — $3.7 million The old living room. Source: CoreLogic 282 Kent Street — June 16, 2018 — $2.125 million More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus16 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market16 hours agoThe kitchen before the renovation … Wine, anyone?Teneriffe is sandwiched between Newstead and New Farm, making a kind of golden triangle of exclusive suburbs. The median house sales price in Teneriffe is currently $1.825 million, but many prestige houses have sold for double that figure, or more. Matt Lancashire, his wife Caitlyn, and kids Monty 3yrs and Lulu, 1. Pic Annette DewBuilt in the 1930s, the property had been used as a share house and needed a lot of work.Working alongside Channon Architects and Black Developments, the Lancashire’s embarked on a 16 month long renovation journey.