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Oxford- A City Guide

Oxford- A City Guide

Oxford is a city and local government district in Oxfordshire, England,
With a population of 134,248 (2001 census). It is home to the
University of Oxford, the oldest university in the English-speaking
World. It is known as the "city of dreaming spires", a term coined by
Matthew Arnold in reference to the harmonious architecture of the
University buildings. The Oxford suburb of Cowley has a long history of
Carmaking, and still produces BMW MINIs.

History

Oxford was first employed in Saxon times, and was initially known as
"Oxenaforda". It began with the foundations of St Frideswide's nunnery
In the 8th century. The University of Oxford is first mentioned in 12th
Century records. Oxford's earliest colleges were University College
(1249), Balliol (1263) and Merton (1264).

During the English Civil War, Oxford housed the court of Charles I in
1642, after the king was expelled from London, although there was
Strong support in the town for the Parliamentaryarian cause. In the 19th
Century the controversial surrounding the Oxford Movement in the Anglican
Church drew attention to the city as a focus of theological thought.
Oxford's Town Hall was built by Henry T. Hare, the foundation stone was
Laid on 6 July 1893 and opened by the future King Edward VII on 12 May
1897. By the early 20th century Oxford was experiencing rapid
Industrial and population growth, with the printing and publishing
Industries becoming well established by the 1920s.

Places of interest

Oxford has numerous major tourist attractions, many belonging to the
University and colleges. As well as several famous institutions, the
Town center is home to Carfax Tower and a historical themed ride, The
Oxford Story. In the summer, punting on the Thames (sometimes called
The Isis as it flows through Oxford) and the Cherwell is popular.
Other notable attractions include:

  • Christ Church Cathedral
  • The Church of St Mary the Virgin (the University Church)
  • Martyrs' Memorial
  • Ashmolean Museum
  • Pitt Rivers Museum
  • Museum of Natural History
  • Museum of the History of Science
  • Science Oxford
  • University buildings
  • The University Parks
  • The University Botanic Garden
  • Cornmarket Street, Oxford
  • Turl Street, Oxford
  • Little Clarendon Street
  • Oxford Covered Market
  • Westgate Shopping Center
  • Museums and Art Galleries

    Oxford has a large number of museums and galleries open for public.
    Following are the world famous and a major tourist spot in Oxford:

  • Ashmolean Museum, Britain's oldest museum
  • Pitt Rivers Museum
  • Museum of Natural History, home of (the remains of) the Oxford Dodo
  • Museum of the History of Science, in Britain's oldest purpose-built
    Museum building
  • Museum of Oxford
  • Museum of Modern Art
  • Science Oxford
  • Shopping

    Golden Cross, an arcade of first-class shops and boutiques, lies
    Between Cornmarket Street and the Covered Market. Parts of the colorful
    Gallery date from the 12th century. Many buildings remain from the
    Medieval era, along with some 15th- and 17th-century structures. The
    Market also has a reputation as the Covent Garden of Oxford, with live
    Entertainment on Saturday mornings in summer. In its way, Alice's Shop,
    Played an important role in English literature, it …

    Coach Was Color-Blind, He Only Wanted to Know If You Could Play Basketball

    Coach Was Color-Blind, He Only Wanted to Know If You Could Play Basketball

    Glory Road – 2 Stars (Average)

    Basketball Coach Don Haskins does not have to wait for his legend to happen. He is a member of the Texas Sports Hall of Fame and the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

    Few today would remember Don Haskins. He was the coach at Texas Western in 1966 when his 27-1 team played Adolph Rupp's 27-1 University of Kentucky Wildcats for the NCAA title.

    Nothing too unusual about that, except that Haskins would become the first coach in NCAA history to start an all-African American lineup when the Miners squared off against Rupp's all-white Kentucky team that featured two players who would have been well-known in the NBA Pro league: Pat Riley and Louie Dampier.

    Remember these names: Bobby Joe Hill, David Lattin, Orsten Artis, Willie Worsley and Harry Flournoy during February, Black History Month. They were the starting lineup for Texas Western when the Miners won the NCAA championship against an all-white Kentucky team, 72-65.

    I would graduate from Michigan State University two months after Texas Western won the title, and would not be aware of just how historic this event was. My high school and college cross-country and track teams were integrated. Kentucky would not even offer African Americans basketball scholarships, and there were many other colleges and universities which excluded African American players in 1966.

    There was a lot of hatred in the South at that time. Heck, there was a lot hatred everywhere, but not in Don Haskins' will to win for Texas Western, known today as UTEP, the University of Texas at El Paso. Haskins was color-blind and simply put the best players on the floor to compete.

    Haskins recorded the best players, nothing else mattered. Not even the lousy treatment and death threats both Haskins and his players received from die-hard, ignorant, bigoted Texas Western boosters and donors. They sing a different tune in Texas today, especially at the University of Texas.

    Glory Road in 2006 retold the story of Don Haskins and Texas Western. Josh Lucas played the role of Don Haskins, Derek Luke played Bobby Joe Hill and John Voight played Adolph Rupp. It is not one of the best movies ever made, but the story of Texas Western is on par with other great victories in sports history, including the 1980 US Hockey team winning the Gold Medal in the Olympics. Contrary to the movie version, the title game was not as big an upset as was depicted. Texas Western had an excellent team, as evidenced by its No. 3 ranking the final polls that year. Haskins was not the first coach to play African Americans, Texas Western had African American players on its roster before Haskins arrived.

    Haskins was the first to start an all-African American lineup in the NCAA title game, and it is also true that Texas Western was the first college in a Southern state to integrate its athletic teams. Good for Texas Western.

    Glory Road had a good message of …

    Why Big Companies Prefer to Hire Fresh Graduates Instead of Experienced Professionals

    Why Big Companies Prefer to Hire Fresh Graduates Instead of Experienced Professionals

    The only thing that matters is profit. Here are the 5 reasons to hire fresh graduates over experienced applicants.

    Lowering costs: This is one of the primary reasons why most of the companies hire fresh graduates. On an average, fresh graduates cost 20-40% less than an experienced individual. I am not saying to hire them just because they are cheap; there are various other cost benefits for hiring graduates. For example: You don’t have to spend thousands of dollars in the talent search program. You can partner with some of the local universities in your areas, and take benefit of their career center, which will be more than happy to find out a talent match for you. Or you can participate in Career Fairs of few schools and interview people right there and then. This will also reduce all the traveling and lodging costs, which you might end up paying for inviting an experienced person for an interview.

    Easy to train: Imagine, if you hire an experienced professional, who seems to provide you all the answers that you require. But have you ever considered the cost of re-teaching him your culture? Since the person is experienced, he would be familiar with the culture of the last company that he worked for. So, before even teaching him your culture, you need to make sure that he forgets some of the aspects of his old culture, and dwells in with your existing culture. On the other hand, if you hire a fresh graduate then you don’t have to reteach him anything. He will basically learn everything from the beginning, and grow with your company. It’s like writing something on an empty white board, you can write anything without rubbing off any previous prints. Thus, unless you are looking for someone from a different culture/company to come and change your existing team dynamics and your existing work practices, I would recommend you to hire someone fresh and new.

    A Strong Thirst for Knowledge: Fresh graduates are often eager to learn and extremely determined to prove themselves. When given a task, they tackle it head one and wholeheartedly. They are not afraid to answer questions and seek answers, because in college, they were trained to be open to learning even on things outside of their expertise. Being similar to a “blank canvas,” fresh grads can adapt to any corporate culture quickly, as well as different working styles.

    Specialization: The Company can take a blank slate and make them a specialist without having to pay for all the other skills and knowledge that doesn’t apply to their needs. Sometimes you don’t want someone with 15 years of experience and knows 8 languages. You just want someone who can build databases that don’t crash. It is cheaper to just train someone on database design and pay them just for that skill rather than a jack of all trades.

    A Chance to Engage Future Leaders: LinkedIn reveals that more than 39 million …

    Life After Pharmaceutical Sales – Discover Your Calling

    Life After Pharmaceutical Sales – Discover Your Calling

    Thousands of ambitious young business men and women withstand dozens of interviews and numerous rejections before finally, victoriously landing a highly coveted career in pharmaceutical sales. Those same ambitious men and women frequently become burned out and lose that spark that landed them that position in the first place within a few short years.

    Is it the lure of having a financially rewarding career? Being able to support your family? The thrill of beating out so many other candidates to land the position? There are many reasons to believe it’s a great job to have. Sadly, there are few professionals who are still as passionate and enthusiastic about their pharmaceutical sales career who have been at it for five or more years.

    The pharmaceutical industry is volatile at best. Class action lawsuits have been brought against major pharmaceutical companies for promoting drugs that have caused serious adverse effects. Drug companies have been forced to lay off significant portions of their sales force at different times due to changing forces in the industry. That safe and secure future you wanted to preserve for your family could be gone in the blink of an eye.

    True, the money that can be made in pharmaceutical sales is tempting. While it’s a feasible option for someone desiring a flexible schedule, the day-to-day activities of a pharmaceutical sales rep can be less than stimulating and less than glamorous. Many days are spent sitting in physician waiting rooms for hours, waiting for a doctor’s signature. Rarely do you get the opportunity to spend any quality time talking with a physician about your products, and you could be subject to less than kind treatment by the staff in a physician’s office. Is that what you worked so hard in college for?

    For these reasons and others, many pharmaceutical sales representatives find themselves frustrated and discouraged after a few years in the industry. Either they feel as though their talents are being wasted, or they desire more personally fulfilling work. Others have survived several rounds of layoffs but fear that next time, they’ll be on the chopping block.

    So what are your options? You’ve spent several years in this career and you worry about finding a comparable position in another industry. You need to support your family, but you want to feel passionate about what you do.

    Think about what made you happy before you entered pharmaceutical sales. What did you go to college for? Did you ever really give that career a shot? Even if traditional careers for your background don’t pay well, you could consider starting a business related to that area.

    Consider what you enjoy doing in your spare time. There might be ways those activities could be translated to a new career path. Maybe you have a new found interest that would require furthering your education. Consider options you might have for fulfilling that dream.

    Maybe you really want to stay in the industry. Think about the reasons that made it so exciting for …

    Public University in Toronto

    Public University in Toronto

    The University of Toronto is a publicly funded research university which was established in 1827 by a royal charter. Toronto University was initially named as Kings College when it was first founded. The university was hitherto managed by the Church of England, but subsequently became a secular institution and changed its name to the present one of University of Toronto.

    Location of the University

    The University of Toronto is located in the Greater Toronto Area of the province of Ontario. The main campus of the university is situated on the grounds surrounding Queen’s park, a popular tourist destination. The other two campuses are smaller than the main one and are located in Mississauga and Scarborough. University of Toronto has a sprawling campus of 180 acres covered with many green spaces which have formed a distinct region of urban parkland with its own eco system and various wildlife species of flora and fauna calling it home

    Academics

    The Toronto University provides an unmatched learning environment for its students. The university offers a number of courses for its students in various subjects. Toronto University provides students access to courses that are both diverse and extensive. The University has a varied selection of undergraduate and graduate programs for students. The Arts and humanities courses offered by the Liberal Arts department are its most popular course, also popular is the University of Toronto computer science Course. The University of Toronto computer science department, offers both undergraduate and graduate programs. The courses are designed to teach students all aspects of computing and IT development ranging from Gaming apps to machine learning. The University of Toronto computer science department is ranked first among all computer science departments in Canada and among the best in the world. There are mainly three undergraduate programs offered by the University of Toronto computer science department Computer Science Specialist, Computer Science Major and Computer Science Minor. These three courses focus on various aspects of computing to a varying degree. Apart from Computer Science, Toronto University offers a number of other courses spanning from Accounting to Zoology

    Infrastructure and Facilities

    The University of Toronto has one of the best research facilities in Canada and worldwide. The university follows a multidisciplinary approach to research, wherein a number of departments and faculty co-operate with each other to come up with cutting edge innovations and new research. The research funding at Toronto University is among st the highest in the world, which has enabled it to become a globally recognized leader in research and training.Toronto University has a network of over 500000 alumni all over the world and has been alma mater to several stalwarts including Nobel laureates, former prime ministers and Governor Generals of Canada. Toronto University also has an extensive library with a huge collection of books, periodicals, research papers and electronic media. The library offers quiet study zones to allow students to carry on their work uninterrupted and undisturbed, as well as group study rooms for students who wish to work on …

    The Facts of Animal Testing

    The Facts of Animal Testing

    Alternatives to Animal Testing

    As per Animal Welfare Act, the research scientists involved in animal testing are required to consider the alternative to testing on animals before beginning a research project. They must search the available literature for any alternatives, and submit their findings and search history to their concerned department.

     

    Many people argue that as animals are less intellectually advanced (which is false statement to begin with anyway), and hence can be used to find cures for HIV, cancer or other life-threatening diseases. However, it is inhumane to take the animals out of their natural habitat, and use them for any kind of research. In US alone, more than 70m animals are blinded, maimed, hurt, killed, scalded, genetically manipulated or force-fed chemicals in the name of household products, science, educational institutes and government agencies. The animal testing is not required by the law, but is done by the companies to protect themselves from consumer lawsuits.

     

    Testing on animals costs billions of dollars annually. To measure the severe burn on live tissue, and animal is burned alive till the flesh is charred and can be easily removed in the large pieces, while the animal is still alive. Animal’s eyelids are sewn shut, and the protein levels are measured to demonstrate that there is no difference in the levels of protein in the eyes of sight deprived. Studies on head trauma include strapping down the head of the animal, and giving high impact blows to it, resulting in severe brain damage.

     

    Animals and humans are different, and many drugs that have been based on the animal testing had to be taken off the market due to the side-effects, that were not shown during animal studies, but proved fatal for human. There are many drugs that have passed the animal testing, but end up harming or killing the humans. Rats do not have gall bladder, dogs have different circulation system as they walk on all fours, and cats do not have enzymes that can metabolize ibuprofen.

     

    More than half of the animal tests conducted by the cosmetic companies, and most of these studies are flawed, resulting in incorrect scientific investigations that waste money, resources and time.  More than 25 billion animals are unnecessarily killed in the labs each year. In one study, the baby monkeys were taken away from mothers, and were abused. The conclusions were drawn that neglect and abuse leads to social maladjustment and psychological damage. Such animal testing does not justify the suffering of millions of animals, and wasting billions of dollars. It is a cruel act of violence forced upon those that cannot speak up or protect themselves from the slavery that some humans seem to believe is still okay in our modern world.

     

    There is however a possibility of using the more reliable and less expensive alternatives to animal testing. For Draize eye test, sophisticated computer models or corneas from eye banks can be used instead of using the live rabbits. Other more suitable …

    Type 2 Diabetes – Is Cathodal Direct Current Stimulation A New Treatment for Diabetic Foot Ulcers?

    Type 2 Diabetes – Is Cathodal Direct Current Stimulation A New Treatment for Diabetic Foot Ulcers?

    Diabetic foot ulcers occur when part of the skin covering an area of the foot dies. This is caused by damaged blood vessels and indirectly by nerve damage…

    • blood vessels throughout the body suffer when blood sugar levels are abnormally high.
    • nerves are damaged when blood vessels are unable to supply them with enough oxygen and nutrients. Damaged nerves are called diabetic neuropathy, in which there is numbness and tingling in a stocking-glove distribution. Feet are particularly susceptible, but the condition is also seen in the hands, arms, and legs. Diabetic neuropathy can lead to wounds because often people with diabetes do not feel sharp objects under their feet.

    Healing is slower than in non-diabetics. Some tissue may die from lack of oxygen and nutrients from the blood. Infections can then set in and when the infection progress through to the bone, it is called osteomyelitis which must be treated with intravenous antibiotics and can result in the need for amputation.

    In March of 2017, the journal Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice reported on a new technique for the treatment of diabetic foot ulcers involving dead tissue. Investigators at the Hamadan University of Medical Sciences and several other research facilities in Tehran, Iran, tried electrical stimulation to help diabetic foot ulcers to heal. The technique, known as cathodal direct current, stimulates the release of molecules that encourage new blood vessel growth.

    Thirty people diagnosed with Type 2 diabetics and who had foot ulcers were assigned to either an electrical stimulation group or a non-treatment group. By the end of twelve weeks, healing molecules were measured at almost ten times the amount seen in the non-treatment group.

    Among the most common medical problems experienced by people with Type 2 diabetes are problems related to their feet…

    • when you walk around or when you exercise, do so in comfortable shoes. Shoes with rubber soles are often recommended over leather soles as the rubber helps absorb shock.
    • wash and carefully dry your feet every day. If you notice a cut or scratch on your foot, apply a mild antiseptic and cover the area with a dry sterile bandage. If the area does not heal within a day or two, call your doctor.
    • file your toenails straight across so they are even with the skin on the edge of your toes. If you suffer an ingrown toenail or other foot problems, see a podiatrist as ingrown toenails can become infected and cause serious problems.
    • numbness, shooting pains and a pins-and-needles type of pain in your feet are signs of nerve damage. When Type 2 diabetics begin to feel numbness and tingling, medication can be given to allow red blood cells (carriers of oxygen) to pass through the blood vessels more quickly.
    • people with Type 2 diabetes also need to walk to encourage circulation. When pain from walking becomes too much to tolerate, take a break until the pain subsides and then walk some more.

    Controlling your blood sugar is the best preventative measure of …

    Printing In Montreal, Canada Or The United States Is Better Left To One Professional!

    Printing In Montreal, Canada Or The United States Is Better Left To One Professional!

    One professional? How could one professional handle all my printing and marketing needs? Today print buyers or marketing departments have many different things to buy. They need to procure branding chemical material, like business cards, letterheads and envelopes, but also buy things like packaging, labels, invoices, banners, boxes, shopping bags, catalogs, direct mail pieces, gift cards, loyalty cards, and a host of Other material.

    Traditionally because of expertise and cost of production, printing companies focused on one brand of printing. An envelope manufacturer handled your envelopes, a four color process plant handled your catalogs, a banner plant handled your banners and a forms manufacturer handled your forms. Like every other industry, the printing industry has evolved. Today print management companies, brokers and agencies handle all brands of printing. Why is this better?

    It's better for numerous reasons. If you consolidate all your purchases with one supplier, you have more clout. Second most good brokers or print management companies use a few manufacturers for each printing process. This leads them to get the best price for you and allows you to fill your rush orders more easily. If one press is busy with another company's rush order, your order must wait no matter how urgent your job is too. If you have access to a number of like manufacturers the odds are great that someone will have availability for your job. These brokers or print management companies also have a lot more buying power than just one company.

    Buyers and accounting people have less time than ever. If they can deal with one person it makes the buyer's job a lot easier and having one vendor makes the accounting department's people a lot happier. Less cheques means more productivity and cost savings for the company.

    The good print management or print brokers invest their time learning the new technologies, researching the latest print companies presses to see which ones best meet their client needs. With the cost of presses today running in the millions, not all companies invest in new technologies. Digital presses today have grabbed a greater chunk of the offset market and will continue to grow especially in the variable data market.

    Another explanation for the growth of print brokers and print management companies is that many print companies have decided to only deal with these companies and have no direct sales force. This allows them to deal with companies who know printing and know what they need and also allows them to get away from constantly hiring sales people and watching them leave and take their clients with them. The print companies like to stick to what they know best and have the print brokers stick to selling and customer service.

    The market is now turning global, I know from my own company, Solutions Ink that where I only purchased locally, today I purchase through out Canada, the United States and also the Orient. With the internet my client base has grown internationally and finding the best printer …

    The 8 Basic Punches Of Western Boxing

    The 8 Basic Punches Of Western Boxing

    The sport of western boxing has had a lot of fans since the early days of the late 19th century in America. Even when organized public fighting matches were still considered a crime punishable by time in jail and a fine they drew a horde of spectators. But then again, who doesn’t love a good fight?

    Fighting way back then looked a whole lot different than fighting currently does. Over the years more science and research has been done, into human movement and fitness. The upright postures with hands held low that make early boxing easy to identify have been changed over the years.

    In the 21st century, fighters appear more fluid, more aggressive, and in a crouched stance. Legs bent, body weight forward on toes. Unlike the fighters of yesteryear, today, a fighter today uses his hands as well as shoulders to obscure and protect that path that leads right to the “kisser”, or “button”.

    The fighters main weapons continue to be his hands, while they also use a lot of holding, pushing, and leaning on strategies to wear down their opponent. With those weapons, there is generally an arsenal of 8 specific punches that a good fighter will develop. From these eight punches there is an incredible array of “combinations” that can be thrown as he tries to get past the defenses of the opponent in the opposite corner.

    This list is a brief description of those 8 punches of boxing:

    1. “The Jab”. This punch is thrown from the lead hand. It’s quick, sometimes powerful and is used either to “keep your opponent off of you”, or to judge his distance while setting up a power punch.
    2. “The Cross”. This punch is from the rear hand and is a straight power punch. Usually used as a counter when your opponent throws a punch from the opposite side.
    3. “The Hook To The Jaw”. This punch comes from the lead hand from the side while keeping your elbow bent. The object is to come around the defense and connect with the side of the opponents face. The hook carries a lot of knock out power.
    4. “Rear Hand Hook”. Similar to the previous, because this punch comes from the rear, it’s generally used as a counter punch when your opponent has “left himself open”. The target could be the head as well as the body.
    5. “Lead Hook To the Body”. Again, from the lead hand “hooking” into the body. The target is mostly the ribs or kidney. This particular punch is so devastating that it, when landing successfully, has ended many, many fights with opponent still conscious.
    6. “The Overhand Punch”. This punch is a power punch also. It comes from the rear hand. It’s similar to the cross, however, it has a slight arcing motion to it. The purpose of this punch is go over the opponents targeting the face of the opponent. Imagine a baseball pitcher’s form and you’ll have the basic concept.
    7. “Lead Hand Uppercut”. The uppercut is used
    Cancer – It Won’t Get The Breast of Me

    Cancer – It Won’t Get The Breast of Me

    In 2005 I was diagnosed with an aggressive and invasive form of Breast Cancer. Even at age 52 it was a shock to me. An even greater shock was finding out through researching Breast Cancer that 1 in 8 women would, at sometime in their lifetime, be diagnosed with Breast Cancer. This statistic was staggering to me.

    The good news is that the mortality rate, or number of deaths, due to Breast Cancer is on the steady decline. Treatment is customized for each patient’s specific cancer. Being an author, I decided to take notes about my treatment should I ever want to write a book about it.

    When women think of having a Mammogram the first word that comes to mind is, ‘ouch!’ or something similar. Unfortunately, until medical science comes up with a better method, Mammograms are a fact of life for women, especially over the age of 40.

    Being a person who is usually viewing life on the up side, I found more humor in what I was going through than I ever thought possible. People do not associate cancer with laughter but I hope to change that, to a degree, anyway. Your doctor will not tell you how to prepare for a Mammogram but I will here.

    Exercise #1

    1. Open your refrigerator door and insert one breast between the door and the main box.

    2. Have one of your strongest friends slam the door shut as hard as possible and lean on the door for good measure.

    3. Hold that position for five seconds.

    4. Don’t breathe.

    5. Repeat again in case the first time wasn’t effective enough.

    6. Repeat all steps on the other breast.

    Exercise #2

    1. Visit your garage at 3:00 a.m. when the temperature of the concrete floor is just perfect (anywhere below 32 degrees.)

    2. Take off all your warm clothes and lay on the floor with one breast wedged tightly under the rear tire of the car.

    3. Ask a friend to slowly back the car up until the breast is sufficiently flattened and chilled.

    4. Turn over and repeat for the other breast.

    Congratulations! You are now properly prepared for your Mammogram.

    The day of my first Mammogram after my diagnosis was one I will never forget. I entered Hooterville Breast Care Center with more apprehension than usual. When I told her I might be writing a book about my treatment, the technician said she wanted to be called Ginger. I made a note of that. I wasn’t sure if we would still be speaking after she was done with me. And, since the body parts to be examined are so personal, I named my right breast, Laverne, and my left breast, Shirley. Laverne was under the gun today.

    I have to give kudos to Hooterville for supplying me with an extra large gown even though I told her that, at my age, all I needed to do was pull up my skirt! Then Ginger led me into the …