Most read stories on cherwell.org

first_img‘Outrage over the naked KY Jelly wrestling at Kukui’ was the most popular story on Cherwell online in the past academic year. The article received 18169 hits.A close second spot was taken by Cherwell’s scoop on the Oxford Union’s termcard sham, with 16966 people viewing the story.However, one thing is undeniable – sex and racism scandals sell. Cherwell’s sex survey, an article on the naked charity calendar and the recent OUCA hustings controversy all resulted in numerous hits on the site.10 most popular stories on Cherwell.org in 2008 – 2009 academic year:1. Outrage over naked KY jelly wrestling at Kukui by Laura Criddle – 18169 hits2. Oxford Union shamed by termcard sham by Fayyaz Muneer – 16966 hits3. Castro, Che and Obama by Fred Spring – 13573 hits4. Exposed: Oxford sex laid bare by Marta Szczerba – 6794 hits5. Students injured in Turl Street brawl by Theo Merz – 6385 hits6. Members suspended after OUCA’s racist hustings by  Cherwell News Team – 4879 hits7. LMH student dies by Cherwell News Team – 3975 hits8. Students strip off for charity calendar by Lara Adamson – 3472 hits9. University to investigate uni rugby ‘Jew party’ by Liz Bennett and Gretta Mullany – 3224 hits10. Students barricade Bodleian by Theo Merz – 2932 hitslast_img read more

Oxford to use socioeconomic data for DPhil applicants in graduate access push

first_imgOxford will consider socioeconomic data in PhD applicants, as the University looks to improve access to postgraduate courses. Tutors across departments use contextual data in undergraduate admissions, but this is the first time a similar approach will be taken for DPhil candidates. Professor Preston said: “Some applicants leave out information that we would like to know about, while others have greater support when filling out these applications.” A University spokesperson said: “This pilot scheme for doctoral training programmes forms part of the long-term, University-wide efforts to increase the number of promising postgraduate students from under-represented groups at Oxford. We are making steady progress towards improving postgraduate access through a number of recently-introduced initiatives and will be announcing further new schemes very shortly.” Oxford announced the launch of ten scholarships to Black UK research students last week. It acknowledged that Black students are under-represented at Oxford, accounting for only 1.5% of postgraduate students. Gail Preston, Director of the Interdisciplinary Bioscience doctoral programme training, added that socio-economic data may level the playing field for applicants unable to take up research placements: “Many applicants will spend their summers going to different research groups and getting researching experience, but others find it hard to do this.” Applicants will also submit standardised forms rather than their CVs. This aims to give tutors “fairer and more consistent” information.   “We had a few people come up to us at open days, saying they didn’t think Oxford was for them, but this kind of thing showed we are taking these issues seriously,” he said. Conway hopes anonymisation will ensure students from ethnic minority backgrounds do not face discrimination. Admissions staff will consider information such as whether UK applicants received free school meals at secondary school when shortlisting for interview. The new scheme will cover five doctoral training programmes across the sciences and medicine, starting with applications for 2021 entry.  center_img This is the latest in a series of steps to improve postgraduate access at Oxford, mirroring efforts to support undergraduate applicants from under-represented backgrounds.  The Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education, Professor Martin Williams, said: “I am thrilled to announce Black Academic Futures programme – the next step towards our vision of ensuring over time that finance is not a barrier to educational opportunity… at Oxford.” Stuart Conway, Professor of Organic Chemistry, told the Times Higher Education magazine: “Some students are working to support themselves throughout university. They will be on an upward trajectory if they are applying to us, but they may not have seen the full results [of what they can achieve].” Oxford will also remove names and gender pronouns from applications to ensure more equal gender balance. 52.5% of graduate students admitted for 2019 entry were male, compared to 45.6% of undergraduates. Oxford has 11,813 postgraduate students, 63% of whom come from outside the UK. The University also voted to remove the £75 application fee for postgraduate applicants, after pressure from the Oxford SU and student campaigners.  Image credit to Jonathan Billinger.last_img read more

Faust says women should press ahead

first_img <a href=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qj423Dl6ZW0″ rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank”> <img src=”https://img.youtube.com/vi/Qj423Dl6ZW0/0.jpg” alt=”0″ title=”How To Choose The Correct Channel Type For Your Video Content ” /> </a> It’s hard to imagine today, but as a woman, Harvard President Drew Faust would have been unable to attend Princeton University, Yale University, or the University of Virginia in 1964.The reality was little better in Cambridge, Faust told a crowd today gathered under a tent during the annual celebration of Radcliffe Day. Had she been a student then at Radcliffe, Harvard’s sister college, said Faust, Lamont Library would have been off limits. In 1967, the Harvard Undergraduate Council voted to ban women from the stacks because they would “make it impossible to study.”At her own college, Bryn Mawr, Faust couldn’t wear pants to class or dinner.On a day that celebrated the 135th anniversary of the founding of Radcliffe College, an institution founded to promote the education of women, and the 15th anniversary of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, created to support the exchange of ideas across disparate fields of study, Faust honored the efforts of her predecessors, trailblazers who helped women make major strides in the past century. But she also urged her listeners not to forget those struggles and to remain vigilant in their own efforts to secure women’s equality moving forward.“I worry that a complacency is emerging in our society about the place of women, a complacency that too easily forgets that things were once otherwise and there is still a considerable way to go in American society,” said Faust, who before becoming president of Harvard was head of the Radcliffe Institute.Faust was given the 2014 Radcliffe Institute Medal, presented annually to an individual who has had “a transformative impact on society.”In her speech, Faust recalled the commitment and vision of Elizabeth Cary Agassiz and the 27 women who “stood up for the experiment that would become Radcliffe College.” Radcliffe’s dedicated leaders, she said, helped propel women forward because they experimented and took risks.Radcliffe’s roots date to 1879, when Agassiz helped create the Society for the Collegiate Instruction for Women, nicknamed the Harvard Annex. In 1894, the annex was chartered as Radcliffe College by Massachusetts and named in honor of Ann Radcliffe, Lady Mowlson, who had established the first scholarship at Harvard College in 1643 when she provided 100 pounds to help “some poore scholar.” In 1999, Radcliffe and Harvard College formally merged, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study was created.Faust praised Radcliffe for “opening those doors and windows for so many.”“But as we celebrate the 15 years of the institute, and the 120 years of Radcliffe College and the annex that preceded it,” she said, “let us not forget the work still to be done, the responsibility we have inherited.”Despite efforts at Radcliffe and elsewhere, women still lag far behind men in the workplace, politics, and the academy, Faust said. She cited a string of sobering statistics, including a persistent pay gap between women and men, the paucity of women entering the sciences and engineering, and the small percentage of women who hold positions as chief executives at Fortune 500 companies or in the U.S. Senate.“A huge reservoir of female talent remains untapped,” she said.Faust delivered her remarks during a ceremony that celebrated her own accomplishments as a Civil War scholar and author, the founding dean of the Radcliffe Institute, and the first female president of Harvard.As the institute’s founding dean, Faust crossed boundaries of institution and of discipline, which Radcliffe Dean Lizabeth Cohen noted is a hallmark of “One Harvard,” “the embodiment of Drew’s conviction that bold ideas can make a difference.”In introducing Faust, Harvard’s former President Neil Rudenstine said the University’s efforts to lure her away from the University of Pennsylvania had long been in vain until he offered her the position at Radcliffe and persuaded her to move north.Rudenstine said his list of requirements for the post was long. He needed a major, widely admired academic who was thoughtful, wise, and daring, someone with a compelling vision, administrative and fundraising experience, and an ability to lead.“One person stood out far above all others,” he recalled.In taking on the role, Faust, expertly gave “form and shape to something whose nature and processes were then obscure, but now in the light of today, seems to have been completely predestined. More than anything, she made certain that Radcliffe’s commitment to the education of women was in a number of significant ways brilliantly sustained.”Radcliffe Day unites hundreds of fellows, alumnae, and friends. The celebration included an afternoon of panels and discussions on science and literature, and a morning session with scholars from Harvard and elsewhere, honoring Faust’s life and work.last_img read more

Statement Of Senator Patrick Leahy In Support Of The Financial Bailout

first_imgStatement Of Senator Patrick LeahyIn Support Of The Financial Bailout PackageOctober 1, 2008This financial crisis is rooted in material actions involving executive greed and ineptitude, flawed economic policies, and the incompetence of on-the-scene regulatory agencies. And we are dealing with this crisis at the unfortunate intersection of two toxic trends: the loss of confidence in our financial system, and the public’s loss of confidence in the Bush Administration. Many have come to agree with those of us who have long felt that ‘trust me’ is not enough when this White House asks for sweeping new powers.As this crisis spreads, threatening to harm our families, businesses and communities, the clock has been running out on the federal government’s opportunity to try to staunch the damage. I opposed the original Bush plan, which was fatally flawed on several counts. Since then I have worked in good faith to fix its shortcomings, and by now several constructive changes have been made. After many fits and starts and long negotiations that have run through many nights, the clock is close to running out. As the Senate has prepared to vote on this revised plan, I have weighed its flaws and its improvements against the need for action to avert a wider credit crisis and the harm that would bring to Vermont and the nation.I had long talks on the day of the vote with Chairman Dodd and Senator Obama and others to understand their reasons for supporting this plan. I have come to agree with them that, while it is far from perfect, it is better than the alternatives at this crucial point. The spreading national emergency tips the balance in favor of this revised plan.Vermonters are divided on this, and I know that many will disagree with my decision. I respect their views and appreciate the many suggestions they have made to improve this plan or to try other approaches. Many improvements have been made. With credit conditions for businesses, public institutions, states, localities, and average Americans deteriorating every day, I believe that acting now to help put our economy on an even keel has become even more of an urgent priority.The bill that the Senate voted on tonight has changed significantly since President Bush first proposed a $700 billion blank check last week. It provides greater checks and balances on the government’s authority. Any actions taken by the Treasury Secretary should be approved by an oversight board, supervised by an Inspector General, reviewed under the Administrative Procedures Act, and examined by the courts if there is a question of fraud or abuse. I fought and won in adding the check-and-balance of judicial review.This revised plan increases the government’s insurance of consumers’ and businesses bank deposits from $100,000 to $250,000. This would safeguard the savings deposits of families and businesses and farmers in Vermont and protect the checking accounts of businesses that continually need to buy materials, sell their products and make their payrolls.This plan now also tightens the restrictions on executive pay and banning golden parachutes for firms participating in the program. Under current law, there are no restrictions on the amount of executive compensation that Wall Street CEOs can be paid. With these people having their hand out for a federal bailout, we should limit executive pay and prohibit greedy executives from walking away from the mess they created with millions while regular American investors lose their savings and retirement funds.My decision to support this remedy did not come lightly or easily. The worsening crisis has made the choice increasingly clear — and the stakes of doing nothing, significantly higher.# # # # #last_img read more

Philippines approves $1.65 billion in rooftop solar projects

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享AsianPower:The Philippine Board of Investments has approved eight solar projects through Solar Philippines Commercial Rooftop Projects Inc. worth PhP85.96b, or US$1.65b. A conservative estimate of 8GW of solar installations by 2030 includes 35% of that coming from rooftop solar, an investment value of US$2.8b, the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analytics (IEEFA) indicated.According to Sarah Jane Ahmed, energy finance analyst at IEEFA, rooftop solar could lower electricity costs to PhP 2.50 per kWh (excluding financing expenses) and triggering US$2.8b or PhP1.5t in new investment by 2030.“The government is in a position to change the longstanding status quo, which disproportionally puts fuel-price and foreign-exchange risk on consumers, while utilities and power generators remain insulated from market changes. As a result, power suppliers have no incentive to transition away from coal and diesel or to hedge against price-change and currency risks,” she said.In a report, Ahmed highlighted how the Philippines continues to lag global trends toward power-sector modernization, which are gaining momentum around rapidly-declining costs and technological advances in renewable energy, energy efficiency and distributed storage. However, the PBI’s nod towards the eight solar projects worth US$1.65b marks an “enormous” opportunity to replace imported-coal and imported-diesel models with indigenous alternatives, the analyst said.“Solar, wind, run-of-river hydro, geothermal, biogas, and storage are competitive, viable domestic options that can be combined to create a cheaper, more diverse and secure energy system,” she said. This phenomenon alone could save the Philippines up to US$2.2b annually in its current account deficits as well as US$200m per year in diesel subsidies.In March, Manila Electric Company (Meralco) received the country’s lowest wind electricity generation bid ever on a new 150MW wind turbine project in the Rizal province, for PhP3.50 per kWh. Solar is competing similarly, with Meralco having contracted for a PhP 2.99-per kWh, 50MW capacity plant.In comparison, coal-fired power generation costs upwards of PhP 3.8-5.5 per kWh whilst the “true” cost of imported diesel-fired power ranges from PhP 15 to PhP 28 per kWh.Rooftop solar costs PhP2.50 per kWh (without financing expenses) to 5.3 per kWh (with financing expenses), utility-scale solar power can cost as little as PhP 2.99 per kWh, wind is PhP3.5 per kWh, geothermal is PhP3.5-4.5 per kWh, and run-of-river hydro costs PhP3-6.2 per kWh.More: Unwieldy rules bar growth of Philippines’ solar rooftop potential Philippines approves $1.65 billion in rooftop solar projectslast_img read more

Brotherly Love: G. Love Heads to the Mountains with the Avett Brothers

first_imgG. loves the Blue Ridge. What inspired you to finally fully embrace old blues? This is a record I’ve been trying to make for a very long time. This is a style I was into before I stumbled onto the hip-hop side of what I do. I started as singer-songwriter playing the coffeehouse circuit, when I was in high school in Philadelphia. When I decided I was going to do it, I made a wish list of possible producers, and the Avett Brothers were at the top.Why were the Avett Brothers right for this project? With those guys, the energy and creativity was constantly crackling. They are both multi-instrumentalists, great vocalists, and great songwriters. Right away, just the three of us could go into a room and create a huge variety of sounds. They both sing beautifully, so adding layers of harmonies or additional lead vocals was a piece of cake. They also both have great ideas. When they work, they’re really supportive of each other but they also push each other. They’re decisive without a lot of second-guessing, which is a struggle for a lot of artists. And they’re easy-going guys, so even though we were in a high-pressure situation with time constraints, they kept it fun with a lot of laughs.What was it like recording in Asheville? Echo Mountain is a beautiful space to record. You walk into that old church and immediately get a good vibe. The Avett Brothers have done a lot of recording there, so they were already very comfortable with the space and the gear. It helped me get right into the comfort zone. I don’t think I’ve ever had a better nine days in my life. 1 2 G. Love has made a successful career out of his infectious blend of hip-hop and the blues. On his new album, Fixin’ to Die, the Philadelphia-based G. Love (real name Garrett Dutton) has peeled back a few layers, put the freestyle rapping aside, and delivered a spirited yet reverent homage to old school blues. Helping him on the journey were Scott and Seth Avett of the Avett Brothers, who brought G. Love to Echo Mountain Recording Studio in Asheville. Together, the trio churned out a dusty, largely acoustic mix of traditional covers, plenty of Love originals, and a surprise reworking of Paul Simon’s “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover.”last_img read more

Weekend Pick: Asheville Food & Wine Festival

first_imgAsheville is many things to many people. To outdoor enthusiasts, it’s a mecca of activity from rafting to biking and everything in between. To beer lovers, it’s a mecca of craft beer from Imperial IPAs to Lagers and everything in between. To food lovers, it’s a mecca of locally sourced, organic flavors from vegans soup to meat lovers pizza. It’s little wonder that all these things go hand in hand. Those who tend to love the outdoors, want to protect the outdoors, and spend most of their time outdoors, also love heady brews and local fare. This is no coincidence; the outdoors lifestyle we have cultivated in the 21st century encompasses all these traits. At least for most of us. This weekend, take that epic bike ride, that long run, that kayaking trip, then head over to the U.S. Cellular Center for the Asheville Wine & Food Festival.The name of this festival is a slight misnomer. Yes, there will be awesome food, and awesome wine from around North Carolina and the greater Asheville area, but there will also be ample amounts of local beer, and even locally distilled spirits, on hand for those who don’t enjoy the vino – who are these people? The main event is the Grand Tasting on Saturday where they will be popping bottles and cookin’ up grub from 1pm to 5pm. We could go on, but the events press release says it all:“Even for locals, it’s still almost impossible to sample every delicious flavor the region has to offer, but The Grand Tasting comes pretty close. On Saturday, August 24, the U.S. Cellular Center will house the largest gathering of its kind in downtown Asheville. This year, nearly 125 local and international wine distributors and makers, a bevy of local Beer City and area brewers, regional distillers, restaurateurs and chefs, farmers, and artisan food producers will line the concourse and ground floor of the arena. Meet farmers, chefs, cookbook authors, and artisan makers, as well as select nonprofits and regional crafters. Cooking demonstrations will take place throughout the day, as well as the Amateur Winemaker Competition. And you won’t want to miss the WNC Chefs Challenge finale, when the Best Chef in WNC will be revealed.”So let your passions combine at the Asheville Wine & Food Festival, just be sure to get your ride in beforehand. No one likes a tipsy, food coma-y exercise partner.View Larger Maplast_img read more

Everyone is saying it, but that doesn’t make it right

first_img 40SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Lorraine Ranalli Lorraine Ranalli is Chief Storyteller & Communications Director, as well as published author. Her most recent work, Impact: Deliver Effective, Meaningful, and Memorable Presentations, is a pocket book of public … Web: LorraineRanalli.com Details Bring back the dayslong since gone by,when we all hung out,Me, Myself, and I. Last month I wrote about one of my biggest grammar pet peeves—the increasingly common erroneous use of the first person pronoun “I” as the object of a sentence. I laid out the correct usage and linked to additional resources on the topic, but apparently I left readers wanting more. (That is, after all, the trick of the trade.)Dwight Gordon of Arlington Community Federal Credit Union contacted me to express his disappointment in my failure to describe how the reflexive form of the first person pronoun is increasingly being mistreated by unwitting grammar felons (my words, not his). The error is simple to fix once you are aware of it. Children aren’t the only ones who repeat words they hear. Unfortunately, it ain’t cute when adults do it.Reflexive pronouns are formed by adding the suffix “self” to a pronoun, e.g.: myself, yourself, himself, herself, ourselves, themselves, itself, and oneself. NB: “Hisself” is not a word.Reflexive pronouns are usually the object of a sentence and refer back to the subject. Here are some examples:I made myself dessert.He fixed the brakes himself.You might want to immerse yourself in exercise.Intensive pronouns essentially are reflexive pronouns used to add emphasis to subjects, as in the sentence, “The queen herself has spoken.” In this example, “herself” can easily be removed from the sentence without affecting its meaning, which differentiates intensive from strictly reflexive pronouns.According to Dwight, misuse of the reflexive pronoun is reaching epidemic proportions. I’m not convinced we’ve reached an epidemic yet, but I concur the problem is proliferating. Here’s an example of the misuse I often hear and even see in emails: “Respond to Karl or myself with any questions.” OUCH!“Respond to Karl or me with any questions” is correct. As a reinforcement to last month’s article, please note that “Karl and I” is incorrect because the subject, you, is understood, making “Karl and me” a compound object.Dwight describes a related poem he wrote as therapy and he gave me permission to share it. Enjoy!Me, Myself, and IIn the mirror,upon the shelf,I looked and sawof course, myself. Friends missing therewere Me and I.They have departed,and I could cry… Remember fondly,when there were three,when one could say,“look at Me!”But now myselfis all I hear,it’s disconcertingand quite unclear…last_img read more

Is fintech ready for coronavirus?

first_imgThe coronavirus outbreak is having a wide range of side effects, from pasta shortages at U.S. grocery stores to a rise in stock prices for video-conferencing companies. The ripples could reach far-off distances and unexpected industries, including financial technology.If people aren’t traveling due to virus fears, they’re spending less on their credit cards. Visa and Mastercard have warned investors that sales will fall short of their expectations in the current quarter by 2% to 4%. Visa has already seen a “sharp slowdown” in its cross-border business, especially travel-related spending. Their stocks have dropped about 12% since the market’s peak on February 19, compared with a 10% stumble for the S&P 500.If the virus starts spreading more quickly in America, consumers will dine out less and think twice before shopping at stores where cashiers interact with hundreds of customers a day. That means Square, which helps small businesses accept credit card payments and makes money on transactions, could be affected negatively. It mentioned the coronavirus as a potential business risk factor in its 2019 annual report. While just five percent of its revenue comes from outside America, 65% of that is on transaction fees that could fall quickly if the epidemic escalates here. Square’s stock has slipped 9% since February 19. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

Excellent cooperation between the Red Cross and the Istrian Stage. Quad on the Y helped tourists

first_imgAlthough there has been no need for major interventions so far, a person who had an emergency appointment in a hospital in Italy due to poor health was also in the column at one point. A Red Cross volunteer helped her and provided an escort to get to the border crossing as quickly as possible. The leaflet is intended primarily for tourism employees, as a source of detailed information, in Croatian, Italian, English and German, and the leaflet lists the health services that public institutions in Istria County provide to tourists during the summer. The purpose of the Relax Zone is to provide passengers, especially drivers, with rest and relaxation so that they can safely complete their journey. Within the Relax zone, there are physiotherapists who provide guests with short relaxing massages, and a fun program has been prepared for the youngest in the Kids Corner, where animators entertain children with gifts and ice cream. Equipped with first aid kits and a defibrillator Organized by Bina Istra, at the Mirna resort, there is also a Relax zone for guests coming to Istria, whose journey takes an average of 9 hours. Be sure to guide your tourists and introduce them to this important information. See more about important information for tourists here In addition to the red cross point, there is also a Relax zone The Red Cross checkpoint, where, in addition to the quad driver, there are three other professionally trained volunteers, is located at the Buje rest area near the border crossing with Slovenia. There are also two refrigerated tents with ambulance beds, where passengers can be provided with special assistance and care until the ambulance arrives. The point is equipped with a wide range of medical equipment, from medical bandages to defibrillators for cardiac resuscitation. In addition to first aid equipment, refreshing beverages such as water, isotonic drink, medical drink Rehidromix, antibacterial wet wipes, refreshing face sprays, as well as sweet candies for raising blood sugar are available. Important tourist information available in 5 foreign languages  This cooperation is unique, as well as the first of its kind in Croatia. Apart from the fact that the primary task is safety and first aid, certainly how tourists with this action additionally feel safe in Croatia and a positive impression that someone is taking care of them. Distribute and print a flyer about providing health services for tourists, guests will be grateful to you, they will feel safer, and you will show how much you care about your guests. In addition to leaflets on the provision of health services for tourists, the website of the Tourist Board of Istria (page available in Croatian, English, German, Italian, Russian, Dutch and French) offers a variety of interesting, service and important information for tourists, from informational tips on all services to embassy contacts. Side dish: Leaflet on the provision of health services for tourists So this year, during the three weekends in August, when there are the biggest crowds, Red Cross volunteers helped and were available to tourists. And one of the novelties is certainly the quad of the Red Cross. Also, last year the Administrative Department for Health and Social Welfare of the Istrian County and the Tourist Board of Istria issued an information leaflet on the provision of health services for tourists. FLYER ON PROVISION OF HEALTH SERVICES FOR TOURISTS Bina-Istra and the Red Cross of the Istrian County continued their excellent cooperation in the tourist season on the Istrian Y this year as well. Namely, a Red Cross volunteer drove a quad along the column at a slower pace and monitored if anyone needed help. He paid special attention to vehicles with more passengers, especially children. Given the high temperatures, the help was mainly related to the sharing of refreshing and medicinal drinks, he writes Glas Istre. Photo: Red Cross of Istria Countylast_img read more