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Leeds University is named ‘University of the Year’

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Leeds University has been named University of the Year by The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017 after twice finishing runner up for the prize.
The guide said that strong results in the National Student Survey have helped Leeds to three successive rises in the league table to now stand at a high-point of 13th in national rankings. It said that coupled with other strengths this had helped earn it the award of University of the Year. The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017 is published over three days from this weekend. The university’s vice chancellor Sir Alan Langlands, said: “Leeds is an outstanding university which prides itself in offering the very best student experience. “Guides and league tables can only provide a snapshot of what the University does, but this award is testament to a huge amount of hard work and…

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Leeds University is named ‘University of the Year’

Thanks:EveningPost @YORKSHIRE Leeds University has been named University of the Year by The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017 after twice finishing runner up for the prize. The …

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Leeds University is named ‘University of the Year’

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Leeds University has been named University of the Year by The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017 after twice finishing runner up for the prize.

The guide said that strong results in the National Student Survey have helped Leeds to three successive rises in the league table to now stand at a high-point of 13th in national rankings. It said that coupled with other strengths this had helped earn it the award of University of the Year. The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017 is published over three days from this weekend. The university’s vice chancellor Sir Alan Langlands, said: “Leeds is an outstanding university which prides itself in offering the very best student experience. “Guides and league tables can only provide a snapshot of what the University does, but this award is testament to a huge amount of hard work and commitment by students and staff, and positions us as one of the world’s best universities. “We would also like to thank the city, which plays a vital role in making Leeds a top destination for students. Economically vibrant, compassionate and outward looking, this is an exceptional place to live and learn. I hope everyone will join us in being proud of our University of the Year.” The guide said that big civic universities generally do well at attracting applicants, but find it difficult to match the satisfaction levels at the smaller campus institutions.

                                     It added: “Leeds University is the exception to this rule: it remains among the four most popular universities in terms of applications, but few among its peer group can match its performance in the National Student Survey (NSS), where it ranks 34th in the UK for satisfaction with teaching quality and 12th in the UK for satisfaction with the wider student experience.” The guide also highlights how Leeds has the largest study abroad programmes in the country, with nearly 200 options ranging from Spain to Singapore. There are more than 560 undergraduate programmes, with students encouraged to take courses outside their main subject. It also says the “distinctive Leeds Curriculum requires undergraduates to undertake a research project in their final year, which is intended to be seen as the “pinnacle of their academic achievement” and is weighted accordingly.” Alastair McCall, editor of The Sunday Times Good University Guide, said: “Leeds University thoroughly deserves our University of the Year for prioritising students’ needs first to last. “Outstanding student satisfaction levels do not happen by accident and reflect the emphasis placed here on getting the student learning experience spot on. Heavy investment in campus facilities has gone hand in hand with a strong pastoral system of student support, the introduction of a final year research project as the centrepiece of students’ academic activities, and the LeedsForLife scheme that helps prepare students for life after university. It is no wonder that Leeds’ graduates are so sought after by employers.” York University has the best score in the region for teaching excellence at 83.8 per cent It ranks in the UK top 15 for both student satisfaction with teaching quality and their wider student experience. With a major campus expansion and the addition of several new subject options now complete, student satisfaction with their wider student experience is also up this year, helping the university to maintain its mid-teens ranking in the overall league table, and ranking second in Yorkshire.

Doctors Agree—Stay Away From These Popular Health Supplements

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September 12, 2016 NEWS
The supplements we often turn to as beauty or dietary aids may be doing more harm than good, according to new findings from Consumer Reports. Despite populating the shelves at pharmacies and health-food stores across the country, these over-the-counter aids can be contaminated with “dangerous bacteria” and often falsely advertise in terms of their benefits. All signs point to a lack of formalized government regulation surrounding these supplements, which can inadvertently lead to organ damage, cardiac arrest, or even cancer. These are the top five supplement ingredients to stay away from, as reported by Health:
Caffeine powder: Used for weight loss, increased energy, and athletic performance.

Green tea extract powder: Used for weight loss.

Kava: Used for anxiety and insomnia.

Aconite: Used for inflammation, joint pain, and gout.

Chaparral: Used for weight loss, inflammation, colds, rashes, and infections.

“These products don’t always contain what they claim to,” explains Ellen Kunes, the health content team leader at Consumer Reports. “That could mean you’re just wasting your money on something harmless—but the reality is, a lot of it is not harmless. … Many times, the FDA only gets involved after they get a report that there’s a problem.”

Kunes contends that eating a balanced diet of fruits and vegetables, exercising on a regular basis, getting the recommended six to eight hours of sleep every night, and monitoring your stress levels are more than enough to make you feel happy and healthy. “We recommend getting your health from food and healthy habits, rather than popping a pill.”

Check out the full list of supplements to avoid over at Health.com, and try monitoring your health using the C25K app.

Mother Teresa declared a saint by Pope Francis

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Mother Teresa declared a saint by Pope Francis

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A tapestry picturing Mother Teresa hangs from the central balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica, in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican.

VATICAN CITY – Mother Teresa, the diminutive Albanian nun whose work to feed the hungry and comfort the dying in India became the foundation of a new religious order and earned her a Nobel Peace Prize, was named a saint on Sunday by Pope Francis.

Tens of thousands of Roman Catholic faithful gathered for the canonization ceremony under a cloudless sky and amid tight security. Francis declared Mother Teresa — now to be called Saint Teresa of Kolkata — someone who “taught us to contemplate and adore Jesus every day, and to recognize Him and serve Him as well as to recognize and serve our brothers in need.”

Francis, who has declared 2016 as a Jubilee Year of Mercy, said he shared Mother Teresa’s ideal of a church as a kind of “field hospital” for the souls of the world’s poorest and most desperate.

“She bowed down before those who were spent, left to die on the side of the road, seeing in them their God-given dignity,” Francis said. “She made her voice heard before the powers of this world, so that they might recognize their guilt for the crime of poverty they created.”

“It’s so beautiful,” said a crying Sister Anna Maria Mendez, 56, one of the nearly 5,000 members of the Missionaries of Charity religious order Mother Teresa founded in 1950. Mendez was in Saint Peter’s Square in a group of around a dozen fellow nuns, all dressed in the white saris with blue trim Mother Teresa made famous.

“I was moved by Mother Teresa’s works, and moved by this ceremony. It’s so wonderful to see her honored in this way,” she said.

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  Gregorio Borgia, AP

Pope Francis talks with a nun of the Sisters of the Missionaries of Charity as he leaves at the end of the Canonization Mass of Mother Teresa in St. Peter’s Square, at the Vatican on Sunday.   

Carla O’Brien, a 66-year-old store manager from Trenton, N.J., traveled from a family vacation spot near Florence for the ceremony.

“Pope Francis, Pope John Paul II and Mother Teresa are the church figures I admire and love most and in some way all three are here today,” O’Brien said. “I am vacationing with family and some friends in Tuscany and when I read about this ceremony I left for the day so I could be here.”

There were no official estimates for the size of the crowd on hand, but the Vatican said 100,000 tickets were issued, and police said they were told to brace for as many as 200,000 faithful, including many in standing-room-only sections.

The crowd included 13 heads of state or government and dozens of cardinals, bishops, and other church leaders.

Hundreds of people in the crowds held up signs showing support for the nun born Anjezë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu in the Ottoman Empire near the border between modern-day Albania and Macedonia before beginning her missionary work in India. “Always a saint in our hearts, now a saint for all the world,” one Italian-language sign read.

Flags from dozens of countries — including many from India and Albania — were on display, and when Francis declared the woman already known as “the saint of the gutters” an official saint, a roar of applause and cheers rattled across St. Peter’s Square. Many in the crowd cheered, “Santa Teresa! Santa Teresa!” in unison.

Hundreds of nuns from the Missionaries of Charity were on hand for the ceremony, with plans to feed 1,500 homeless people with pizza.

Monday will be the 19th anniversary of Mother Teresa’s death, making her canonization astonishingly rapid by church standards; only Pope John Paul II, canonized two years ago, just nine years after his death, was declared a saint faster in the modern era. It was John Paul who, just months after her 1997 death, launched Mother Teresa’s sainthood process by waiving the normal five-year waiting period before the beatification procedure can start. She was formally beatified in 2003.

A figure must be credited with two miracles to be considered for sainthood. In 2002, the Vatican ruled it was a miracle when an Indian woman was inexplicably cured of stomach tumors after praying to Mother Teresa. And in December, Francis declared the healing of a Brazilian man suffering from multiple brain tumors a second miracle, paving the way for Sunday’s ceremony. In a statement announcing the canonization, the Vatican called her a “metaphor for selfless devotion and holiness.”

But Mother Teresa was not without detractors. Doctors who visited her field hospitals said she perpetuated suffering by denying patients pain medication and working more to convert the suffering to Catholicism than to cure them. She also has been criticized for bowing down to scandal-ridden figures like jailed 1980s U.S. savings and loan mogul Charles Keating and Haitian dictator Baby Doc Duvalier.

A small group of Mother Teresa’s critics were on the edge of St. Peter’s Square handing out literature reading in part that the church “discredited itself” by honoring a “fraud” like Mother Teresa.

But Rome native Renzo Tarcone, a 22-year-old literature student who read one of the pamphlets, said he didn’t mind that they attended the event.

“I have a lot of admiration for Mother Teresa but I think everyone should be welcome here,” Tarcone said. “She taught us that good Christians should love everyone. Even those who may be critical.”