Bridge of Sigh-cle ride for Hertford Principal

first_imgThe Principal of Hertford College, Will Hutton, will cycle from Oxford’s Bridge of Sighs to Venice’s Bridge of Sighs next July, to mark one hundred years since his college’s building of the famous Oxford landmark.Hutton sent out an email to Hertford students asking for their help in the attempt to carry out the challenge, set to take place over two weeks next July.In the email, Hutton said, “Over the next twelve months we celebrate the centenary of our iconic bridge and in thinking about ways to celebrate, the idea of a sponsored cycle ride from the Hertford bridge to the Bridge of Sighs in Venice was mooted.“This idea has increasingly caught my imagination, and over the last few days I have decided to do it – providing we can make it work. Believe me, at about a thousand miles over a fortnight next July this will be probably the most physically challenging thing I have ever done – and just the preparation is a daunting prospect.”Although Hutton intends to hire a professional company to help with the organisation of the trip, he is also keen for Hertford students to become actively involved. As his email explained, “I am looking for a group of individuals who can share my enthusiasm for this idea and help get it off the ground.“No, you don’t have to commit to ride with me, although you will be most welcome – my aspiration is to tap into the wider Hertford community rather than have the whole project driven by an outside contractor.”About half a dozen students will be asked to help Hutton in four areas – route planning, technical support, accommodation and transport. He says that he already has two possible routes planned.Hutton will formally announce the idea in September, when the centenary of the Bridge of Sighs will be celebrated by Hertford College with a series of lectures on the Bridge’s history, the screening of a short documentary about it, and a drinks reception and party.Hertford’s Bridge of Sighs was designed and built in 1913 and now connects the two main college buildings, spanning New College Lane. It was first opened in January 1914. The Bridge of Sighs in Venice, or the Ponte dei Sospiri, was built in 1602 and connects the New Prison to the interrogation rooms in the Doge’s Palace.The distance between them is 757 miles, just under the length of the famous John O’Groats to Land’s End ride in the UK, at about 840 miles.last_img read more


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Thousands of Hoosiers Waiting for Green Light on “HIP 2.0”

first_imgINDIANAPOLIS – Hundreds of thousands of Hoosiers are waiting on a decision that could change their lives.The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services are reviewing the state’s federal waiver request to use the existing Healthy Indiana Plan to help low-income residents access health insurance coverage without expanding traditional Medicaid.Caitlin Finnegan Priest, director of policy and communications for Covering Kids and Families of Indiana, says it would extend coverage to 350,000 low-income residents.“We know 59 percent of them work sometimes one, two, or more than two jobs but either don’t have coverage or can’t afford coverage at work,” she says. “These folks have oftentimes gone without insurance for a very long time and they may have a host of chronic conditions that need to get treated.”The current Healthy Indiana Plan program is for those between the ages of 19 and 64 with incomes up to 100 percent of the federal poverty level and caps the number of enrollees without dependents. The new proposal, HIP 2.0, expands the income eligibility to 138 percent of federal poverty level and will not cap the number of enrollees.Priest says they are hoping for speedy approval so those who have fallen into the coverage gap can finally access needed medical services.“Our grassroots enrollment folks have to turn away people who come to us looking for help finding something they qualify for and we have to tell them there’s nothing for them in the state of Indiana for affordable health coverage so we really want to make sure we get this approved as soon as possible,” she says.There is no timeline for a decision from the federal government, but Priest says it could come as early as the end of next month. If HIP 2.0 is not approved, the state will submit a request to preserve the current Health Indiana Plan for current enrollees. Waivers to implement Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act were approved in Arkansas, Iowa, Michigan and Pennsylvania.Mary Kuhlmanlast_img read more

Indiana Grown Farmers helping food banks and pantries

first_imgStatewide — Now more than ever, Indiana’s food banks and pantries are fulfilling an important need both locally and nationwide. With hundreds spread throughout our state, Indiana Grown has compiled a full list by county and created the below interactive map. Click here to view the map.Whether you are in need of assistance or would like to volunteer your time, click a county on the map to find a food bank or pantry in your community. If you are a farmer or producer interested in selling your product to a food bank or pantry, click here to submit your information.If you have any additions or edits to the map, please contact [email protected]last_img

Italian Senate undertakes first moves at classifying & clarifying Blockchain

first_img Share StumbleUpon Share Soft2Bet continues new market drive with Irokobet launch August 26, 2020 TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 CT Gaming bolsters Italian profile with The Betting Coach  August 27, 2020 Seeking to expand its regulatory frameworks for new technology disciplines, the Italian Senate Committee for Corporate Affairs has approved the nation’s first blockchain focused legislative directives.The draft mandate aims to deliver an initial legislative framework for technologies and IT systems, which operate financial transactions/engagements/exchanges through decentralised registries, ledgers or crypto-based protocols.Developing its first legislative proposals, the Italian Senate moves to further establish regulatory clarity on blockchain-based registrations, verifications, data-storage and ledger parameters.Strengthening Italian legal frameworks, the Senate’s mandate on blockchain legislations seeks to further identify a clear legal definition on ‘Smart Contracts’ satisfying the operational needs of Italian IT stakeholders, regulatory bodies and Italy’s Digital Agency.Should the mandate be approved and verified by the Senate Chamber of Deputies, Italy will become the second European Union member state to attempt to process governing blockchain regulations.In November 2018, EU member state of Malta passed multiple blockchain directives attached to its new ‘Virtual Financial Assets Act’ and the ‘Malta Digital Innovation Authority’.The Malta government states that it has become the first EU jurisdiction to implement a blockchain regulatory framework for internal l and international stakeholders.In its first publication for 2019, the European Market & Securities Authority warned multiple EU institutions that legislative consensus, policies and practices were needed to regulate/monitor blockchain and cryptocurrency verticals, to avoid the prominent risk of these technology disciplines becoming money-laundering vehicles. Related Articles Submitlast_img read more