Mark Parsinen, the acclaimed co-designer of Castle Stuart Golf Links, has died in California almost exactly 10 years since the opening of the internationally-renowned golf course he helped create.Mr Parsinen (70), who was also the co-designer of Kingsbarns Golf Links near St Andrews, suffered a stroke at home last week and passed away in hospital yesterday surrounded by his family.Friends and colleagues at Castle Stuart have sent their condolences to his wife of 38 years, Dede, their children Cammy, Jenny and Samantha and their four grandchildren.Mr Parsinen, who was a managing partner in the business, saw it as his destiny to create a major golfing resort at Castle Stuart and the "Pebble Beach of the British Isles". The championship course he designed with fellow American Gil Hanse opened in the summer of 2009 and within 18 months staged the European Tour’s Scottish Open, the first time such a major golf event had been held in the Highlands.The course, with spectacular views … [Read more...] about Designer of Castle Stuart golf course dies
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IMD and Stanford are the world’s leading providers of executive education courses and Iese offers the best bespoke “custom” programmes developed for corporate clients, according to the FT’s 2019 ranking.Iese of Spain scored just ahead of IMD of Switzerland, HEC of France and Stanford of the US in the combined ranking, which assesses the overall performance of the world’s top business schools that have taken part in this year’s Executive Education Custom and Open rankings.Jean-Francois Manzoni, dean of IMD, which has consistently ranked in recent years as the top-rated open-enrolment provider, said: “We have shown a great deal of consistency in our pursuit of excellence. We recognise that we must continue to innovate to try to stay a step ahead and be true to our mission of developing leaders who transform organisations and contribute to society.”Jonathan Levin, dean of Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, which has risen sharply … [Read more...] about FT Executive Education Rankings 2019: top schools revealed
Turkish and Western histories have many things in common besides some critical differences including that the Turks have never experienced such a political system as feudalism. The sultans had not worried about any barons, dukes, et cetera. The only aristocratic family was accepted as the ruling dynasty such as the Ottomans and Seljuks. But, even the family members of the Ottomans and Seljuks did not have any aristocratic privileges against the ruling sultan. However, Turkish history offers notable families, most of which could not have continued their position in the classical cities they originated from. These were actually the guardians of local towns and cities for military and financial reasons.Furthermore, there were the sharif families. Though the word "sharif" means "noble" or "highborn" in Arabic, its use in Turkish is limited to the meaning that points at one's kinship with the Prophet Muhammad. The Turkish word "eşraf" (plural of sharif) was an official title given to … [Read more...] about Şerif Mardin: Sociologist of modern Islam
Zlati Meyer USA TODAY Published 1:57 PM EDT Mar 14, 2019 Time is money, but so is a degree from an elite school. That's usually what motivates the parents of high-school students to go all out to get them into top-tier colleges. The largest-ever admissions bribery case – which includes Yale, Stanford, Georgetown and Wake Forest universities and the University of Southern California – unfolded on Tuesday and rocked the country. Chatter ranged from the alleged involvement of actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Laughlin in the scandal to social media one-upmanship/one-downmanship with people posting where they did and didn't go to college. But the bloodsport of gaining admission to a high-ranking college goes beyond prestige and car-window stickers, a.k.a. bragging rights. It comes down to one word – money. Get ready to pay more: DirecTV Now ups subscription prices for new streaming video packages with HBO … [Read more...] about College admissions scandal: Do elite schools mean you’ll earn more?
Former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke warned Thursday in his first presidential campaign stop that parts of the planet will soon become uninhabitable, driving a massive wave of climate 'refugees' across the U.S. border, if America's government doesn't adopt emergency measures within the next 12 years. O'Rourke, 46, had formally announced an hour earlier that he will seek the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, ending months of speculation over whether he would try to translate his newfound political celebrity into a White House bid. In the southwestern Iowa town of Keokuk, a sweater-clad Beto told a smallish crowd that by the time his 12-year-old son is his age 'we may not be able to live in cities that we call home today, like El Paso, Texas. We may not be able to grow our own food and fiber, feed and clothe ourselves in this country.' And in a silent nod to his differences with President Donald Trump on immigration issues, he downplayed the present national security threat of … [Read more...] about Beto: Earth doomed, we face ‘hundreds of millions’ of climate refugees