Oxford Dictionary of Humorous Quotations released

first_imgWorking with publishers at Oxford University Press, editor former MP Gyles Brandreth had the responsibility to select 5,000 of the funniest lines ever uttered, scribbled or typed.Brandreth explained how he went about this mammoth task. “What makes them eligible for the Dictionary is that what they say raises a smile or a laugh and is memorable – and they manage to do it again and again. These are the most quotable and, in our book, the most quoted.”However, the Guardian has commented that Brandreth’s editorship is “notably ‘establishment’ in flavour.” The Tories certainly make themselves heard, with Boris Johnson quotes abounding yet there is nothing from Cameron or Osborne.If the Dictionary is any indication of political success, Boris Johnson has a lot to look forward to: his thirteen quotations beat Margaret Thatcher’s eleven, supposedly making him the third wittiest politician of all time. He loses out to fellow Conservatives Winston Churchhill (with thirty-two) and Benjamin Disraeli (twenty-eight) in this regard.But it’s not just the establishment who get a look in. More modern quotations get a fair representation, with Stephen Fry quoted as saying, “The email of the species is deadlier than the male.” Other twentieth century newcomers include female comedians Jo Brand and Miranda Hart.For the most quoted figure of all time, one has to look to the nineteenth century. Oscar Wilde, the playwright and celebrated wit, has a total of ninety-two entries. Brandreth explained, “Wilde is leagues ahead of the rest of the pack. He is without doubt the most quoted and quotable of them all.”If this is anything to go by, Wilde seems to have lived by his own maxim, once saying, “There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about and that is not being talked about.” The release date of the dictionary coincided with Wilde’s birthday.Some at Oxford are not entirely happy with the selection, however. One student, studying a history at Kellogg College, questions the inclusion of a particular Boris Johnson quote , saying, “It seems slightly strange that Gyles Brandreth’s “top one-liner of the twentieth century” goes to Johnson’s quote “my policy on cake is still pro having it and pro eating it.” We might be lacking context but surely this can’t be the funniest thing so far uttered in the twenty first century?”last_img read more

Indiana House Republicans Pick Huston As Heir To The Speaker’s Throne

first_imgHe has, he said, “huge shoes to fill and I am just going to do the best I can.”Asked how his style would differ from Bosma’s, Huston said he doesn’t have Bosma’s lengthy legislature tenure and would perhaps rely more on caucus members’ input. And, he said, he believes in listening and reaching decisions based on data, not stories.Huston, who holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Indiana University, is a senior vice president for state and district partnerships at The College Board, a non-profit that develops and administers standardized tests. In 2019, he served as co-chairman of the budget-writing House Ways and Means Committee. Bosma said he won’t have that role in 2020 as the chairman, Rep. Tim Brown, R-Crawfordsville, has recuperated from a serious motorcycle accident.In a statement, Gov. Eric Holcomb called Huston “a home run pick for Indiana House Speaker.”“He has proven himself a strong leader and has touched so many facets of state government through the budget process,” Holcomb said. “I look forward to working with him and Sen. Bray going forward.Senate President Pro Tempore Rodric Bray, R-Martinsville, will be working closely with Huston as the leaders in the two parts of the General Assembly. In a statement, he called Huston “ a great choice” to succeed Bosma.“Over the years I’ve worked with Todd, I have come to know him as a dedicated public servant with vision and integrity,” Bray said.House Minority Leader Phil GiaQuinta, D-Fort Wayne, said he looks forward to working with Huston “in making sure that the House conducts a healthy and vigorous debate on the issues that concern Hoosiers across our state.”Indiana Democratic Party Chairman John Zody, though, focused on the political implications of the win for Huston, who represents a suburban area that is trending more Democratic after being a GOP stronghold for decades. In the 2019 municipal elections, Zody noted in his statement, Democrats running for council seats got slightly more votes than Republicans.“In ‘winning’ behind closed doors today, Rep. Huston just made his own reelection a tossup,”? Zody said. “There’s no winning when Speaker Huston’s decisions imperil Representative Huston’s electoral future.”Huston asked at the news conference about the changing political tide in suburban areas, dismissed the concern, saying that a presidential election year will bring out more voters and that the GOP will run aggressive campaigns.FOOTNOTE: Brandon Barger is a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalists. Indiana House Republicans Pick Huston As Heir To The Speaker’s ThroneBy Brandon BargerTheStatehouseFile.comINDIANAPOLIS- Republicans in the Indiana House have picked Rep. Todd Huston to become the next Speaker of the House once current Speaker Brian Bosma resigns that position at the end of the 2020 session.Huston, a 47-year-old Fishers Republican, was first elected in 2012 to represent District 37, which includes Fishers and other Hamilton County areas. He was re-elected in 2018 to his fourth term with 54.5% of the vote and has served as one of Bosma’s key lieutenants as deputy speaker pro tempore.Many were surprised when Bosma chose to announce on Nov. 19, the legislature’s one-day organizational meeting, that he’ll be resigning as a speaker and leaving the legislature next year. Speaking to reporters Monday with Huston by his side, Bosma said he had been advised not to make the announcement and proceed with a selection of a Speaker-elect months before his exit because it could diffuse power.But, Bosma said, his decision wasn’t about power but how best to serve the public. Choosing a Speaker-elect months before the post becomes vacant – a highly unusual step – ensures a smooth transition of leadership as Huston learns the job he’ll take over.“We tried to do this in the least disruptive way possible,” Bosma said.The announcement was made in the House chamber shortly after House Republicans met behind closed doors to select Huston – a selection Bosma said was unanimous and by acclamation.Bosma said Huston would bring “stability” to the position but would bring his “own views on issues and his own flair” to the position.Huston said he is honored and humbled by his selection. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

It’s Not Too late To ‘Spring Aboard’

first_imgIndiana Conservation Officers will be partnering with the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) to encourage boaters to Spring Aboard and enroll in a boater education course.  Working in partnership with the states, many on-line course providers will offer incentives or course discounts for students who enroll in or complete a course during the Spring Aboard campaign from March 19-25, 2017.“An informed and knowledgeable boat operator is much more likely to recognize hazardous conditions on the water and avoid a boating mishap”, said Indiana Boating Law Administrator Lt. Kenton Turner.  “Classroom courses are offered through Indiana Conservation Officers.  Online courses are available 24/7 and provide state specific information needed for your boating location.”Forty-nine (49) states and U.S. territories require proof of completion of a boater education course for operators of some powered vessels.  For Indiana available courses, visit: (online) https://www.boat-ed.com/indiana/index.html – (Classroom) https://www.register-ed.com/programs/indiana/104-indiana-boater-education/agency:25For Indiana boating regulations and educational material visit:  http://www.in.gov/dnr/lawenfor/8678.htmAccording to the latest U.S. Coast Guard statistics, 80% of boating deaths occurred on boats where the operator had never received boating education instruction.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

150 transfer students adjust to life at Notre Dame

first_imgAs some 2,000 freshmen swarm campus for Freshman Orientation, another group of students will also take their first steps as Domers — but they’re not freshmen and they might not even live on campus.They’re transfer students, part of the 150 students who are newcomers to campus this weekend, ready to enjoy a miniature version of Freshman Orientation known as “Transfer-O.”This year’s transfer students come from schools all across the nation, junior Catherine Hicks, who is on the Transfer-O committee, said.The students from Southern universities might be unpleasantly surprised by their switch to South Bend’s colder climate, but Hicks said bad weather is not the worst problem transfer students will face. They might find themselves with no place to live on campus.“Half the incoming transfers each year don’t get housing,” Hicks said. “The Notre Dame dorms suffer from overcrowding.”Whether they live on campus or off, the transfer students have a busy few days ahead of them.The Transfer-O agenda includes a welcome Mass in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, a scavenger hunt, learning Notre Dame football cheers and a trip to the Indiana dunes.Though Transfer-O is similar to Freshmen Orientation in many ways, its focus is different.“Frosh-O is a lot more about dorm bonding,” Hicks said. “Transfer-O is about quickly getting adapted to Notre Dame.”There are also a few hidden perks to entering Notre Dame with a year of college already under the belt.“Transfers don’t have to go to Domerfest or take the swim test,” Hicks said.Senior Megan Osterhout, who transferred from Saint Mary’s College two years ago and is a Transfer-O commissioner this year, said Notre Dame made her transition smooth.“I have honestly never felt a more welcoming experience in my life,” she said. “Transfers are my best friends now.”Other transfer students said they enjoyed a similarly smooth transition – in spite of concerns they had about transferring.“Transferring is like jumping into a game at halftime. You’re looking at everything through the eyes of a freshman, but you’re not a freshman,” Senior Ian Heraty, who transferred Notre Dame from University of Illinois Springfield, said.Like most new students, Heraty said he was nervous coming to a new school and going through the orientation process.“I was nervous going into it,” he said. “But it turned out to be a total blast.”Heraty is sharing his transfer experiences with this year’s newcomers as the leader of a “Transfer family” in Transfer-O.The transfer families, groups of about 10 students, will compete in a game of “Transfer Family Feud” and will help each other adjust as they transition to a new school.For those new to campus this weekend, Transfer-O committee members urged all new students – transfer and freshmen – to dive right into campus life.“The thing with transferring to Notre Dame is that it’s what you make of it,” Hicks said.last_img read more

State of Emergency Declared For North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia as Florence Approaches.

first_imgAlong the coast, shelves of water and bread are empty at grocery stores and supermarkets. Generators, gas cans, and plywood are flying off the shelves at major retailers like Home Depot and Lowes. Currently located about 625 miles southeast of Bermuda, the storm has sustained winds of 115 mph and gusts of up to 140 mph. We’re in the peak of hurricane season. Make sure you have a plan in place. For the latest updates, follow the National Hurricane Center. Update: As of 1:11 p.m., Hurricane Florence is now a Category 4 storm with winds near 130 mph.As of 11 a.m. on September 10, Hurricane Florence is officially a Category 3 storm, poised to hit our region as a Category 4 by Thursday morning.Governers for South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia have declared a state of emergency as the storm sets its sights on the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic. The latest rendering (below) released by the National Hurricane Center shows Florence making landfall between South Carolina and North Carolina around 8 a.m. on Thursday morning.The first mandatory evacuations are in effect for the Outer Banks, a series of barrier islands off the coast of North Carolina. The latest statement released by the National Hurricane Center warns of life-threatening storm surge across the coastlines of South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia. Inland areas are expected to see a significant amount of rainfall, causing severe freshwater flooding in rivers and streams. Inland areas from Northern Georgia to Virginia could see as much as two-feet of rainfall. A Hurricane Watch is expected to be released tomorrow morning.last_img read more

Arsenal target Mario Hermoso looks certain to leave Espanyol after rejecting new contract

first_imgAdvertisement Mario Hermoso looks set to leave Espanyol this summer (Picture: Getty Images)Arsenal have been given a boost in their pursuit of Espanyol’s Mario Hermoso after the defender rejected a new contract at the Spanish club.The 24-year-old has just one year left on his current deal and Marca report that he is ‘certain’ to leave after turning down a new offer from the Catalan side.There is now set to be a race for the centre-back’s signature with a number of big clubs from around Europe interested in him.The Gunners are joined by the likes of Atletico Madrid, Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain to have shown an interest in Hermoso in recent weeks.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTThere is also the issue that former club Real Madrid own half his rights and will receive half of any transfer fee for the player. Phil HaighWednesday 19 Jun 2019 10:06 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link58Shares Comment Hermoso signed for Espanyol from Real Madrid in 2017 (Picture: Getty Images)Real have a buy-back clause for the man they let go in 2017 for just €7.5m (£6.6m) and although they are not interested in the player, they might activate the clause to avoid him going to a La Liga rival and to sell him on for more money.Hermoso’s release clause is €40m (£35m) and Espanyol do not expect that to be met, with just one year left on his current deal.Previous reports suggested the Spain international could be bought for around £18m, but that will quickly rise if there is a bidding war.Real Madrid’s deal to get half the transfer fee will see both them and Espanyol negotiating hard to get the most out of it.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityHermoso has made 54 La Liga appearances for Espanyol since arriving from Madrid in 2017, without having made an appearance for Real.Such have been his performances for the Catalan side that he was called up for Spain last year and has picked up three caps since then.It was reported earlier this month that Atletico are optimistic about signing Hermoso, so other potential suitors will have to move fast.MORE: Unai Emery urges Arsenal board to sign Celtic left-back Kieran TierneyMORE: Alexis Claude-Maurice rejects Arsenal move in favour of Borussia Monchengladbach Arsenal target Mario Hermoso looks certain to leave Espanyol after rejecting new contract Advertisementlast_img read more

Arsenal postpone Alexandre Lacazette decision because of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

first_imgPierre Emerick Aubameyang’s future is linked to Alexandre Lacazette’s at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta could allow Alexandre Lacazette to leave the club this summer if Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang decides to extend his contract at the Emirates.Lacazette has fallen out of favour under Mikel Arteta and has been playing second fiddle in recent weeks to youngster Eddie Nketiah.Aubameyang has entered the final year of his contract with the Gunners and despite recent optimism from Arteta over an extension, an agreement appears to be no closer over a new deal. Arteta is desperate to keep the Gabon international but the uncertainty means the Spaniard has to plan for all scenarios.ADVERTISEMENTShould Aubameyang decide against signing a new deal, Arsenal will likely cash in on the 31-year-old and that would hand a lifeline to Lacazette. Advertisement Advertisement Comment Lacazette has fallen out of favour (Picture: Getty)According to Football London, Lacazette’s future will not be decided until the club can come to a resolution with Aubameyang and the Frenchman could leave if Aubameyang agrees a new deal. AdvertisementAdvertisementRecent reports claim Arsenal could use Lacazette as a makeweight in a move for Atletico Madrid star Thomas Partey.The Frenchman was set to join Diego Simeone’s side in 2017 before the club were hit with a transfer ban and Arteta is keen on signing Partey in order to add more strength to his midfield.The Ghanian has a £45m release clause in his contract but Arsenal are having to get creative in the transfer market, such is the dire financial situation at the club.MORE: Jose Mourinho praises Liverpool and explains the key to their title-winning success Arsenal postpone Alexandre Lacazette decision because of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 1 Jul 2020 7:47 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.5kShareslast_img read more

IPE 360: Financial literacy can lower political cost of pension reform

first_imgA good pension reform was one that triggered changes in behaviour to ensure that it lived on in society, according to Fornero.One of the reasons that reform was so difficult was because it had to involve reducing benefits for some and giving or reducing the burden on other generations, she said.“Don’t believe when they tell you that they’re doing a pension reform where nobody has to pay a price,” she told delegates. “It’s simply something that does not exist in nature.”Fornero said it was important to narrow the gap between the technical and the popular view of pension reforms. She did not like the view expressed by Jean-Claude Juncker, who once said: “We all know what to do, we just don’t know how to get re-elected after we’ve done it.” She and a fellow academic at the University of Turin, Anna Lo Prete, carried out research to test whether this view was empirically justified, and whether the political cost was reduced when people better understand the reform.She said the research, which analysed 20 years of pension reform in different countries, showed that implementing change reduced the chances of a government being re-elected, but that in countries with higher “economic financial” literacy, governments were penalised much less.“This is good news,” said Fornero. “We need to work on financial literacy programmes exactly because we need to involve people in social change.”Harking back to the situation in Italy around the time of the pension and labour market reform she introduced, Fornero said the political parties approved the reform but then attacked them in a bid to rebuild their reputation.“It was of course natural for them to say our work was so bad, which is exactly the opposite of the message that should have been given,” she said.The message should have been that the reform was done for the benefit of the country, and not for any single party, trade union, or interested parties, she said.“It’s difficult but it was worthwhile,” she said. “And the reform is still there.” Financial literacy can help reduce the electoral cost of pension reform, according to research carried out by economics professor and former Italian labour minister Elsa Fornero and a fellow academic.Fornero, who is professor of economics at University of Turin, was the labour minister in Mario Monti’s technocratic government from 2011 to 2013. She introduced a pension reform that helped save Italy from financial collapse, although it was seen by many as amounting to austerity.Speaking at the IPE 360 conference at the London Stock Exchange yesterday, Fornero said public pension systems were full of political risk, as it was easy for politicians to make big promises given that they have a short-term horizon but pensions are long-term.Today that short-term horizon favoured the older generation, she said.last_img read more

Siemens Gamesa 11MW Nacelle Taking Shape in Østerild

first_imgTo remind, Siemens Gamesa launched the new DD Flex concept and the SG 11.0-193 DD Flex offshore wind turbine in November 2019. The nacelle arrived in Østerild about a week ago, while the three blades were set to be transported from the Hanstholm harbor, craned and assembled shortly after. The nacelle prototype was produced in Brande, while the 94m B94 Integral Blades were produced in Aalborg. Source: Siemens Gamesa The nacelle of Siemens Gamesa’s prototype SG 11.0-193 DD Flex turbine is being assembled at the Østerild Test Center in Denmark. The turbines, with a 193m diameter rotor, will be featured at Vattenfall’s Hollandse Kust Zuid 1-4 offshore wind farms in the Netherlands. Source: Siemens Gamesalast_img

Batesville family devastated by house fire

first_imgBatesville, In. — A Batesville family is picking up the pieces after a fire destroyed their home and belongings.Reports indicate firefighters responded to the home of John Wilson on St. Mary’s Road at 9:45 p.m. Monday, and were on the scene until 3 a.m. the next morning. The home, furniture, clothes and belongings were all a total loss.John, his wife and three children are staying with family. Two other children are away attending college.An online effort has been launched to help the family here gofundme.com/wilson-fire-recovery-fund.last_img