Recent information about academic cuts at Oxford University has caused controversy over the necessity of its decision to charge Â£9,000 a year in tuition fees.Figures published last Thursday by the Higher Education Funding Council of England (HEFCE) reveal that Oxford is expected to face a reduction in funding of just 1% in real terms.Cambridge is seeing its funding cut by only 3%, whereas City University in London is suffering a 10.8% cut. The worst hit university, with its funding slashed by 15.8%, is Bishop Grossteste in Lincoln, which has announced that it will charge tuition fees of Â£7,500 for most of its courses from 2012.However, Sir Alan Langlands, Chief Executive of HEFCE, suggested that the universities with the smallest funding changes are those with high levels of world-leading research and significant financial support from charities and businesses.It is expected that Oxford University will receive Â£7.3 million less from HEFCE next year. Yet in 2009-10, government funding only formed 23% of the institution\’s income.External research contracts and grants made up 40%, bringing in Â£367 million.Furthermore, the university appears to be benefiting from an increase in charitable donations. Statistics released last week in the Ross-CASE Survey show that in 2009-10 Oxford and Cambridge accounted for half of all new charitable funds secured by universities, despite overall charitable donations to UK universities having dropped by Â£20 million.This information has caused some to question the university\’s decision to raise tuition fees to Â£9,000 per year as a method of generating further income.Rachel Farnsworth, a first year PPE student, commented, \”I absolutely dont think it\’s necessary – if Oxford wanted to, they could easily charge less, and I bet the people donating would want some of it spent on undergrads.\”I think they\’re just playing a game of one-upmanship with Cambridge over fees really!\’The university predicts that the highest departmental cut, of Â£5.1 million, will be to \”Old & Historic Buildings Allocation\”, something which has little impact on the teaching and research of academic departments.However, a spokesperson for Oxford University said that the raise in fees would help \”to safeguard the future of our transformative education system.\”\”Oxford students also enjoy exceptional facilities for learning thanks to a combination of college and University provision. All of this costs a huge amount of money, and Oxford is absolutely committed to maintaining this provision.\”With other prestigious institutions, such as Cambridge, Durham and Imperial College London, having all declared that they will be raising tuition fees to the maximum of Â£9000 per year, it has been argued that the decision of Oxford University is necessary as a means of preserving its reputation.Lincoln college student, Adam Rachlin, agreed that \”raising tuition fees to Â£9,000 per year is a necessary step to keep Oxford a first rate university\”.He added, \”however, the extent to which access is increased will be the marker for how fair the system is, and from what I\’ve heard so far Oxford will have large schemes to improve access.\”In a statement from the Vice-Chancellor, it was said that \”after public funding cuts, the proposals [to charge Â£9,000 tuition fees] only bring in Â£10 million of real extra income, of which 70% goes on new spending on student support and access.\”Â Â
Esher-based bakery, The Cookie Man, has been crowned winner of the Surrey Business Waste Minimisation Award. The privately-owned business introduced two waste minimisation schemes last year and now recycles all food and cardboard waste. As well as preventing around 750 tonnes of waste going to landfill, it will also save the bakery £60k a year.The company also aims to ensure its products don’t use excess packaging and employs an environmental task group committed to improving these figures.The Cookie Man supplies a number of major supermarket chains, including Waitrose, Sainsbury’s and Somerfield.
UVM Dean DomenicoGrasso Featured in EPA Report of Science AdvisoryCommitteeAccomplishmentsA soon-to-bepublished report from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), ScienceAdvice for EPA – Current and Future Challenges, recognizes the service andaccomplishments of EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) members, including formerSAB Chair and University of Vermont Dean of the College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences,Domenico Grasso.Dr. Grasso, an environmentalengineer, served as Vice Chair of the overall EPA Science Advisory Board andChair of the EPA Science Advisory Board Committee on Valuing the Protection ofEcological Systems and Services from 1998 through 2007. He isalso Chair Emeritus of the SAB Committee on EnvironmentalEngineering. Grasso is featured in the report along with EPAScience Advisory Board colleagues from Harvard, Carnegie-Mellon, Stanford, Georgia Tech, and the WorldBank.EPA’s strategy to reorient the Agency’s ecologicalresearch program around the concept of ecosystem services was evaluated by Dr.Grasso’s committee featured in the report.”Strengthening EPA’s ability to assess the value ofecological protection is a priority for the Agency because life depends onecosystems and the services they provide” says Grasso. TheCommittee’s goal was to help EPA improve its ability to identify, quantify, andassess the value of the ecological effects of its activities, thereby helpingdecision makers to make more informed choices among environmental policyoptions. This novel and important approach has”the potential to be transformative for environmental decision making as well asecological science,” according to the report. “I considered my EPAadvisory role a unique chance to serve and strengthen our nation’s scientificabilities and decision-making around environmental and economic issues,” saidGrasso, “It was an honor to work with so many distinguished colleagues fromacross the U.S. and hope our efforts continue to inform and advance the nation’s21st century environmental policies.”On-line of the EPA report are available on thewebsite:http://yosemite.epa.gov/sab/sabproduct.nsf/WebSABSO/AccomplishmentsRepor…(link is external)Dawn Densmore, Director Outreach & PublicRelationsUVM, College of Engineering and MathematicalSciencesPhone: 802-656-8748
Sharing is caring! Share Share Tweet Share LocalNews Acting Prime Minister condemns statements inciting protest action by: – August 11, 2011 46 Views no discussions In photo: Acting Prime Minister Hon. Rayburn Blackmoore. Photo credit: GIS NewsHonourable Rayburn Blackmoore, Acting Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Dominica, has condemned recent statements made by Attorney at Law David Bruney, at an Emancipation forum held on Sunday in the village of Layou.Mr. Bruney said while there was protest action in England against what the citizens think was unlawful conduct by the police, there are some Dominicans who are opposed to the type of governance which exist but they may not be sufficient in numbers.“I have a strong feeling and it is sad to say it which we are still in the realms of mental slavery and whether we like it or not, I mean my brothers Lennox and Angelo can talk, explain and they can do everything on radio, but what I saw in England this weekend was riots in the streets of London. The people are rioting again and why are they rioting? Because one of their people, one of their community was shot by police in a way that they thought was unlawful. In England we fought for the right to be free, and I am not sure that we in Dominica are at that juncture, it may just be that we quite enjoy the type of governance that we have, but we have people here today that are obviously opposed but are there the numbers?”Acting Prime Minister Blackmoore, who addressed the nation on DBS Radio, has condemned Mr. Bruney’s statement and referred to it as the ‘destruction of life and property.’“The widespread destruction and the looting of businesses and the stealing of property by thugs are some of the frightening images of the lawlessness crippling England at this present time. One is left to wonder who is it Mr. Bruney is calling on to commence the wanton destruction of life, lien and property here on Dominica and to what end?”Honourable Blackmoore also called on all patriotic Dominicans to put political affiliations aside and condemn this irresponsible call by Mr. Bruney, as well as to report any similar statements which incite criminality to the authority.“All patriotic Dominicans regardless of their political views must condemn in the strongest possible terms the irresponsible criminal call of Mr. David Bruney an officer of the Court for Dominicans to declare war on each other. The Labour Party led Government in turn, calls on Dominicans, the churches, the private sector, the trade unions, community organizations and all political parties to firmly denounce the call of Mr. David Bruney and to be attentive, vigilant, on guard and to report any statement from anyone intended to incite the committing of hate and similar crimes to security forces,” he said.Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit is out of state on an official visit to the Republic of Azerbaijan and is expected to return to Dominica on the 14th of August.Dominica Vibes News
Rupert Hogg has been named the new chief executive of Hong Kong’s Cathay pacific as part of sweeping management changes at the airline in the wake of its first loss in eight years.He replaces Ivan Chu, who steps down from the CEO role after three years to become chairman of John Swire & Sons (China) from May 1. Chu will also step down as chairman of Hong Dragon Airlines but will remain on the Cathay and Swire Pacific boards as a non-executive director.Hogg moves into the role as Cathay is reeling from increased competition from low-cost and Chinese carriers as well as a bad call on fuel hedging.Cathay Pacific’s profit nosedived last year by almost 110 per cent to a net loss of $HK575m ($US74m) amid warnings from the Hong Kong group that it expected the environment this year to remain challenging.It blamed the worse than expected result on “intense and increased” competition combined with economic factors such as the strength of the Hong Kong Dollar and reduced economic growth in mainland China.He faces the task of completing a restructuring started by his predecessor aimed at making the carrier more responsive to an increasingly competitive environment.Cathay chairman John Slosar said Hogg, who also becomes the chairman of Cathay Dragon, brought an impressive level of aviation and business experience to the job. “He has played a major role as Chief Operating Officer over the last three years and brings commercial focus and a spirit of innovation to our efforts to overcome the well-documented structural challenges facing the airline,’’ he said. “He is the right man to lead our team.”Other changes will see Cathay’s director corporate development and IT, Paul Loo, take on the position of chief customer and commercial officer from June 1 and Greg Hughes, now an executive at Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Company, become the airline’s chief operations and service delivery officer.Cathay Dragon chief executive Algernon Yau, will take on the role Cathay director of service delivery appointed will remaining at his current job.Slosar, who also chairs Swire Pacific, said he looked forward to working with Chu in his new role in the Swire group’s mainland China strategy and paid tribute to his efforts at Cathay.”Ivan played a key role in the airline’s management during some very good times and, more recently, some difficult and challenging times,’’ he said. “ In response, he led the team in devising the three-year transformation strategy which will provide the platform for Cathay’s medium-term recovery and continued development.’’
28 May 2012The South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci) on Monday joined President Jacob Zuma in congratulating the Department of Science and Technology and its partners for winning the right to co-host the the €1.5-billion Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope.The SKA Organisation announced on Friday that South Africa and Australia are to share the hosting of the SKA, an instrument 50-100 times more sensitive and 10 000 times faster than any radio imaging telescope yet built.The two biggest components of the SKA will be built in Africa, while one will be built in Australia. About 70% of the facility will be built in Africa.“The SKA will significantly support the expansion of South Africa’s knowledge economy in general and high-technology industry specifically,” said the chamber’s CEO, Neren Rau. “The skills transfer will assist in addressing the skills challenge in South Africa.”Rau said the announcement showed the potential South Africa to play a leading role in science and technology on the global stage.Sacci said the fact that the project was a collaborative project between South Africa and Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia and Zambia, was a positive step forward in building stronger research and commercial ties with other African countries.President Jacob Zuma, in his message of congratulations, said: “Africa is indeed rising. South Africa is confident that the country will deliver on the expectations of the continent and world.”The SKA will consist of about 3 000 dish-shaped antennae spread over a wide area. Scientists are expected to use the SKA to search the universe for answers about how stars and galaxies were formed and how the universe has evolved over the past 14-billion years.South Africa is expected to build the telescope in the Karoo in the Northern Cape, while the joint site spreads from the Murchison Shire in Western Australia’s Mid-West region to the top of New Zealand’s South Island.Building is expected to start around 2016 and the telescope to be completed by 2024.Source: BuaNews
PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew This is not another comeback by Suzuki. He is completely retired from his playing career. But Tuesday was the beginning of his next chapter as he rejoined the Mariners as a special assistant to the chairman.Suzuki will work as an instructor with both the major league club and some of the organization’s players in the minors.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“Certainly it’s a big life change for (Ichiro). Nobody has been more regimented in their lifestyle and what they go about every day than Ichiro,” Servais said. “So making the change; like he said he’s been cleaning the house and making breakfast. Things that Ichiro has never done. He’s going through a transition. But I think the role and how much impact is evolving. Wait and see about where his niche is and what he gravitates toward.”Suzuki was in the Mariners clubhouse before the series opener against the Chicago Cubs, his first appearance since playing in the final two games of his career last month when Seattle opened the season in Japan with two games against the Oakland Athletics. FILE – In this March 20, 2019, file photo, Seattle Mariners’ Ichiro Suzuki pops out in the third inning of Game 1 of the Major League Baseball opening series against the Oakland Athletics at Tokyo Dome in Tokyo. Suzuki has rejoined the Mariners as a special assistant to the chairman and will work as an instructor with both the major league club and some of the organization’s players in the minors. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara, File)SEATTLE — Ichiro Suzuki was back in the Seattle Mariners clubhouse on Tuesday, in uniform and even wore batting gloves into his first meeting.“I will say he’s the first coach I’ve had come into a coaches meeting with batting gloves on,” Seattle manager Scott Servais joked.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Even after his retirement, Suzuki was expected to continue having a relationship with the organization.Suzuki is taking on the same title as he had last year after he stepped away from playing following the first month of the season. Servais said Suzuki will be around the team during home games and will likely spend some time with the team’s Triple-A franchise in Tacoma, Washington, working with players at that level.Servais said his goal is to give Suzuki insight into the behind-the-scenes workings of the coaching staff.“I want to give him as much exposure as I possibly can and what goes on kind of behind the scenes in preparation for a series, dealing with players just the conversations that go on,” Servais said.“It’s not always just about how they’re hitting, but it’s the whole package. How do we reach this guy or how do we get more out of him in the weight room or training room or whatever. He will be around. He wants to kind of ease into it. As far as meetings and stuff though I want to give him a lot of exposure.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid View comments Suzuki is officially working for team chairman John Stanton, but will report to general manager Jerry Dipoto in his new role.Unlike last year when Suzuki was staying in playing shape so that he could begin this season on the major league roster, he won’t be taking part in pregame workouts aside from maybe throwing batting practice.“I think you’ll see him in the batting cage a lot because that’s his comfort zone,” Servais said. “I look forward to having him around. He’s an insightful person and certainly knows our team, but it’s different when you’re sitting in here and we’re talking about players and how to get them better.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Barcelona manages Lionel Messi’s time ahead of Champions League Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, will return to Brazil for its fifth annual Inspiration Gala São Paulo presented by Harry Winston.The gala will again be held at the home of Dinho Diniz, hosted by Naomi Campbell and will feature tributes to Felipe Diniz and Jean Paul Gaultier. Diniz, who will receive the amfAR Inspiration Award, has been vital to the success of amfAR’s Inspiration series in Brazil since its inception. Jean Paul Gaultier, who will receive the amfAR Lifetime Achievement Award, has been an amfAR supporter and a leader in the fight against AIDS for decades.An amfAR Award of Inspiration will also be presented to the one and only Cher, the Academy Award-winning actress, singer, entertainer, humanitarian and longtime LGBT rights advocate.Co-Chairs of the event are Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss, amfAR Chairman Kenneth Cole and designer Ricardo Tisci from Givenchy. Dinho Diniz will serve as Honorary Chair.The event will include cocktails, a gala dinner, a live auction, and a special rare performance by Australian pop superstar, songwriter and actress Kylie Minogue. Revered Brazilian samba singer Alcione will also perform at the event. In previous years, the Inspiration Gala São Paulo has featured performances by artists such as Mary J. Blige, Gilberto Gil, Dita Von Teese, Seu Jorge, Fergie, Bebel Gilberto, Grace Jones, Jennifer Hudson, Debbie Harry, and Preta Gil.The Inspiration Gala São Paulo’s Platinum Sponsors include Iguatemi São Paulo, Karavelle and Moët Hennessy. Sky is a Silver Sponsor. Fasano is a Bronze Sponsor. Microsoft is amfAR’s official technology partner. Delta Air Lines is the official airline of amfAR. Harry Winston is the official jewelry and timepiece partner of amfAR. Moët Hennessy is the official wine and spirits partner of amfAR.The Inspiration series was launched in 2010 by amfAR and Josh Wood Productions to celebrate men’s style and fashion while raising funds for the Foundation’s lifesaving AIDS research programs. Inspiration galas have taken place in New York, Paris, Los Angeles, Toronto, Miami, and Rio de Janeiro, raising more than $20 million to date.Tickets and tables for the event are still available; click here or email [email protected] for more information.
APTN National NewsThis past Wednesday marked the one-year anniversary of the massive Mount Polley environmental disaster in British Columbia.Millions of cubic metres of waste rushed into the surrounding lakes and streams. People’s lives were turned upside down. They feared for their health and jobs.Members of the local First Nation communities are both cautiously optimistic and fearful.The leadership has united and is demanding sweeping industry reforms.APTN’s Rob Smith has the story.