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Oxford ranked second to last for social mobility

first_imgRecent research suggesting that Oxford University and other top institutions perform badly when it comes to social mobility has been condemned by the Russell Group Director General.The research was conducted by CentreForum, an independent, liberal thinktank that aims to develop evidence-based, long-term policy solutions to the problems facing Britain.The report claims that institutions such as Oxford and Cambridge would do poorly in a league table which ranked universities on the number of students from poorer backgrounds who go on to gain graduate employment.A social mobility league table released as part of the report put institutions such as Edge Hill University and Huddersfield University near the top, whilst leaving Oxford, Cambridge and St Andrews trailing at the bottom (with Oxford coming in at second from last).The report, written by Professor Michael Brown, former Vice-Chancellor of Liverpool John Moores University, recommends giving all students tuition in presentation skills, IT, and building relationships, as a core part of their degree.It further suggests that the UK’s top universities are especially in need of this provision.Professor Brown, who worked with CentreForum, the liberal think-tank with close ties to Nick Clegg, to write the report, said that selective universities, “do not necessarily deliver the best professional graduate outcomes for disadvantaged students”.However, the report’s findings have been met with derision by Russell Group universities who have suggested that it makes “very strange assumptions” about social mobility. Dr Wendy Piatt, Director General of the Russell Group, has said that the report “fails to recognise that those students from more disadvantaged backgrounds are more likely to complete their degree at a Russell Group university than they are at other institutions.”Indeed, Oxford has one of the lowest drop-out rates in the UK. Figures published in March 2014 by the Higher Education Statistics Agency show that only 1.2% of Oxford students dropped out, compared with the national average of 6.7%.She further stated that the report focused largely on students who were six months out of their degree, resulting in its marking down of students who had gone on to further or graduate study.This suggestion was supported by an Oxford University spokesman who told Cherwell, “Thirty per cent of Oxford undergraduates continue their studies after graduation, but these students are given a much lower weighting in this analysis than those who go straight into a job, even “non-professional level work”.“Ninety-five per cent of all Oxford leavers are in work or further study six months after leaving,” she added.The spokesman went on to say, “We have carried out our own analysis of the destinations of four years of Oxford undergraduates and found no statistically significant difference between the proportion of leavers in a graduate-level job who are from the most disadvantaged backgrounds and those who are not.”A second-year Keble student, while agreeing that the report appeared to have some big flaws, went on to suggest consequently that Oxford needed to do more to encourage poorer students into applying to Oxford in the first place. “The research does seem to have missed out a few of the facts,” he commented.“However, Oxford could certainly be doing more to encourage students from poorer backgrounds to apply – it turns over £1 billion every year, yet a miniscule proportion of that money goes into access schemes. “I’d be interested to see if Oxford has fewer poor students going into graduate employment simply because it has fewer poor students in the first place.”last_img read more

Almost One Million Survivors in Haiti Will Have a Way to Protect Themselves from Rain

first_img All shelter needs will be met by 1 May, the organization said, specifying that ten weeks after the earthquake, a million people have already begun to receive tents, plastic sheeting, and construction materials. The million people left homeless by the earthquake need to have shelter before 1 May, when the rainy season begins, given that “the rains are going to have a massive impact,” the Red Cross coordinator in the region, Gregg McDonald, declared. Humanitarian-aid agencies have begun to develop temporary housing, principally of wood, that can be built easily and cheaply, the organization emphasized. More than fifty NGOs have contributed to this effort during recent weeks, at a pace of 100,000 people being helped each week, according to the Red Cross, which is coordinating international aid related to shelter. center_img Almost one million survivors of the 12 January earthquake in Haiti will receive materials with which to protect themselves during the upcoming rainy season, the Red Cross indicated today. By Dialogo March 26, 2010last_img read more

Horowitz tapped to lead Tax Section

first_img August 15, 2003 Regular News Horowitz tapped to lead Tax Section The Tax Section’s Nominating Committee has recommended that Tampa’s Mitchell I. Horowitz serve as the 2004-2005 chair-elect.The Tax Section’s bylaws provide that petitions setting forth the name of other nominees for the office of chair-elect may be made by any 10 members of the section. Those petitions must be filed with Tax Section Secretary James Davis of Ft. Lauderdale no later than October 15 to allow inclusion on a written ballot. Nominations for the office of chair-elect will not be permitted unless the nominations have been made by the October 15 date and in the manner as described in the Tax Section Bylaws Article III, Section 2, (a) & (b). If there is only one nomination for the office of chair-elect, that nominee will become chair-elect.The term of office of the chair-elect shall run concurrently with that of the chair and begins on July 1 after the section’s annual meeting at which the chair-elect is elected and ends on the succeeding June 30, when the chair-elect automatically assumes the office of chair.The section’s Nominating Committee includes: Richard B. Comiter, Louis Conti, Marvin Gutter, Richard Josepher, and William Townsend.The Tax Section’s 26th Annual Meeting is set for April 23-24, 2004, at the PGA Resort in Palm Beach Gardens.center_img Horowitz tapped to lead Tax Sectionlast_img read more

Wardenclyffe Site Sale Paves Way for Tesla Science Center

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Nikola Tesla’s Wardenclyffe lab building in Shoreham in 1904 before the tower was dismantled.The Long Island laboratory of Nikola Tesla—scientist, visionary and inventor—has been bought by Friends of Science East from the Agfa Corporation, which means that the future location of the Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe is a step closer to becoming reality.“This is a major milestone in our almost two-decade effort to save this historically and scientifically significant site,” said Gene Genova, vice president of Friends of Science East, a nonprofit group. “We are very excited to be able to finally set foot on the grounds where Tesla walked and worked.”The transaction was announced Thursday at a press conference at the Crystal Ballroom of the New Yorker Hotel in Manhattan, where Tesla had spent his remaining days after he ran out of money in 1917 and had to abandon his facility in Shoreham—the last place he was fully able to carry out his experiments.Tesla is credited with developing AC current, robotics, fluorescent lighting, the bladeless turbine, and the Tesla coil. The Croatian-born scientist, who died in 1943, built a tower at the site in 1901 hoping he could provide the world with the wireless transmission of energy for free. The famed architect Stanford White designed the red-brick laboratory, with initial backing from J.P. Morgan. At one point, the 187-foot tower could be seen from New Haven, but it was later torn down and sold for scrap, and the lab was converted into a warehouse.Agfa bought the 16-acre property from Peerless Photo Products in 1969 and subsequently spent more than $5 million on cleaning it up after it was designated a New York State Superfund site. It was zoned for 2-acre housing.“As we’ve said many times, while Agfa’s objective was to sell the property, we were always hopeful that we could strike a deal that would enable the Friends of Science East to purchase the property, and the company is delighted that that has been able to happen in this case,” said Chris Santomassimo, a spokesman for Agfa Corporation, headquartered in New Jersey.“We tried to come up with a price that was fair to both sides in light of the condition of the property and the Friends of Science’s ability to acquire it,” he added. “I like to think we struck a fair bargain for everybody.”The initial asking price was $1.6 million. The closing took place in the morning of May 2.“It was nice to see the excitement on the faces of the board members,” said Santomassimo, who declined to say what the final sale price was.Jane Alcorn, president of Tesla Science Center, has been spearheading the preservation measure for years.“First we would like to thank all of the contributors to the campaign whose generosity made this day possible,” said Alcorn.The money came courtesy of an online crowd-funding campaign on indiegogo, dubbed “Operation Let’s Build a Goddamn Tesla Museum,” started by Matthew Inman, the popular internet comic who runs “The Oatmeal” blog. In the first 24 hours, it reportedly raised $450,000.What reportedly put them over the top so they could take advantage of an $850,000 New York State matching grant was a $33,333 donation by co-author/director Joseph Sikorski, an LI-based filmmaker who used all of the seed money from his feature film “Fragments From Olympus: The Vision of Nikola Tesla” to make the contribution, along with support from his co-author Michael Calomino and his production supervisor Victor Elefante.Tesla was obsessed with the number three, Sikorski said. A documentary they are producing about the past, present and future of Wardenclyffe, called “Tower to the People-Tesla’s Dream at Wardenclyffe Continues,” is expected to be completed by the end of the summer.Also singled out at the press conference for their generosity was Greg and Meredith Tally of Denver Best Western, who donated the largest amount; and Dusan Stojanovic, president of True Global Ventures, who provided a matching grant challenge at the end of the campaign.“Now begin the next important steps in raising the money needed to restore the historic laboratory,” said Mary Daum, treasurer of the Tesla Science Center, who added that they needed “about $10 million to create a science learning center and museum worthy of Tesla and his legacy.”In 1904, The New York Times reported that Tesla spent as much time in the ground below the tower which was “honeycombed with subterranean passages” as he did on the tower itself or “in the handsome laboratory and workshop erected beside it.”“In this system that I have invented,” Tesla said at the time, “it is necessary for the machine to get a grip of the earth; otherwise it cannot shake the earth. It has to have a grip… so that the whole of this globe can quiver.”More information on this historic preservation project is available at www.TeslaScienceCenter.org.last_img read more

Friendly football matches held in Silchar

first_imgA CorrespondentSILCHAR: Friendly one-day football matches titled ‘Republic Cup’ jointly organized by Barak Valley Truck Drivers’ Association (BVTDA) and Mini Truck Drivers’ Association (MTDA) was held at Bagador playground here on Sunday.Silchar Veterans’ Club defeated Barakpar Veteran Club while Green Hornet Club beat Jalapur Football Academy. Winners and runners were handed over trophies, prizes and cash money by the members of the organizing Associations.Also read: Cachar Newslast_img read more

Police: Teenage Girl Shot in Riviera Beach, Suspect Not in Custody

first_imgA 13-year-old girl was shot on West 16th Street Wednesday afternoon, according to Riviera Beach Police.They say she was shot inside a house and sustained non life-threatening injuries.The circumstances that may have led up to the shooting are unknown at this time.Police spokeswoman Rose Anne Brown says they do not yet have a suspect in custody.This is a developing story.last_img

Germany end England seniors’ hopes of European crown

first_img England’s hopes of regaining the European Senior Men’s Team Championship won in 2009 and 2010 were dashed when they went down 2-3 to Germany in the semi-finals at Estorial Golf Club in Portugal. It wasn’t a penalty shootout this time but it all hinged on the top single which went to the 19th hole and saw English Seniors champion Alan Squires beaten by Kai Flint. (image © Tom Ward) England won the foursome when Martin Galway and Chris Reynolds beat Christoph Staedler and Hans-Hubert Glesen 4 and 2. Although Tyrone Carter completed a 5 and 4 victory over Karlheinz Noldt, Andrew Stracey and John Ambridge went down 5 and 4 and 3 and 2 respectively. It was a bitter blow to the team and to team captain Richard Palmer, who had high hopes of England being crowned European champions for a third successive occasion as the GB&I teams didn’t compete last year. Germany will now meet defending champions Sweden in tomorrow’s (Saturday) final, while England face Italy for third place. 7 Sep 2012 Germany end England seniors’ hopes of European crown last_img read more

Ed Asner Narrates Twin Lights Documentary

first_imgHighlands– The Twin Lights Historical Society, the friends group associated with the lighthouse, is putting the finishing touches on two long-term projects: a video documentary entitled “You Heard It Here First: the Pledge of Allegiance at the Twin Lights,” and Seeing Stars, a new exhibit featuring historic flags and patriotic artifacts.The documentary is narrated by award-winning actor Ed Asner, an ardent supporter of the Twin Lights; the Seeing Stars exhibit will mark the unveiling of a re-imagined 1,000 square foot museum space. Both projects are expected to be completed sometime in July, according to Mark Stewart, a member of the Historical Society Board.“The Seeing Stars exhibit and museum renovation were significantly sidetracked by Hurricane Sandy,” said Stewart. “The state understandably yanked its funding after the storm, but we decided to push forward ourselves, with our money and the state’s blessing. Our museum consultant estimated a 30 to 40 percent rise in annual attendance and that translated into close to a million dollars a year pumped into the devastated local economies. So what began as a ‘history project’ ended up as a key component in the region’s future,” Stewart continued. Currently, there are more than 80,000 visitors a year to the historic site.According to Stewart, “You Heard It Here First” was a product of the additional research the Historical Society was able to do during the 18-month Sandy-related delay on the museum renovation. The Twin Lights won the Best Documentary award at the 2012 Garden State Film Festival for its first film, which chronicled the history of the lighthouse.The Twin Lights was the setting, in the spring of 1893, for the first public recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance as America’s national oath of loyalty. Several months earlier, the Pledge had been introduced in school systems across the country as a daily exercise for students.Through its production partner, Visionary Video Studios, the Historical Society approached Asner last year, requesting he narrate an introduction to the film. While serving as a judge at the 2012 Film Festival, Asner had offered his support to the lighthouse. When approached, he agreed to do the opening for “You Heard It Here First.”However, after Asner read the script, he indicated his desire to narrate the entire 30-minute film. A recording crew traveled to California and spent the day with the Emmy, SAG and Golden Globe winner in his home. A “teaser” recorded by Asner is currently running on the lighthouse web site.Stewart explained the documentary tells the complex story of how the Pledge of Allegiance came to be – and how it arrived at the Twin Lights – through an unlikely confluence of people and events, including a Boston publishing magnate, a Newark financier, a flag salesman, an unemployed minister and a pair of U.S. presidents.The Pledge of Allegiance was written in 1892 by Francis Bellamy, a leading member of the Christian socialist movement, who at the time was under the employ of The Youth’s Companion, America’s most widely circulated magazine. The Companion was selected by President Benjamin Harrison to create a school program to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’s discovery of America and the Pledge was to be recited by children during the raising of the flag.Stewart pointed out: “It is worth noting that most schoolhouses did not fly the American flag at the time. Conveniently, flags of all sizes could be purchased directly from the premium department of The Youth’s Companion.”Over the ensuing months, most school officials continued students’ recitation of the Pledge each day. After Grover Cleveland defeated Harrison in the 1892 presidential election, he supported the idea of making the Pledge of Allegiance America’s national oath of loyalty.The Twin Lights was selected as the ideal place for its “unveiling” – it was the first piece of America immigrants glimpsed over the horizon as they approached New York harbor, and it was home to an enormous 135-foot Liberty Pole flying the American flag. The Liberty Pole was the idea of Newark financier William McDowall, founder of the Sons of the American Revolution, who hoped to stir a resurgence of patriotism in the country. The event took place on April 25, 1893, and featured an international naval revue that passed in front of the lighthouse on its way into New York. The date was picked to coincide with the opening of the Chicago World’s Fair.“It is a very complex story,” Stewart explained. “We are telling it from an entirely new perspective, with a lot of new information and resources. And how lucky we are to have the generous participation of Mr. Asner in this project. Better yet, some of what we’ve discovered during the making of this film has already gotten us thinking about our next documentary, this one about the search for New Jersey’s most astounding historical artifact. It’s a story only a handful of people know.”The Pledge of Allegiance – and the Twin Lights’ rediscovered role in its evolution – will be a focal point of the upcoming Seeing Stars exhibit, which is scheduled to run through the fall of 2016. “You Heard It Here First” will be available for purchase online and in the Twin Lights Museum Store.To watch Asner’s teaser, for more information on the Seeing Stars exhibit, or for the lighthouse’s hours of operation, visit www.twinlightslighthouse.com.last_img read more

Sports Fields for Middletown’s Stevenson Park Have Some Neighbors Worried About…

first_imgBy Chris Rotolo |MIDDLETOWN – Residents of the Middletown adult community Shady Oaks say it is not unusual to encounter the flashing lights and blaring sirens of an ambulance along West Front Street, on its rush to Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank.A concept plan to attract people to newly created soccer fields at nearby Stevenson Park should consider the traffic impact on the busy road, said Shady Oaks resident John Tocco at a township meeting Oct. 15.“Regardless of what you may believe about the area, you’re not living there and you’re not driving the road every day,” said Tocco. “I am. And the traffic is already unbearable and it’s a direct route to the Riverview hospital. There’s no question that when that park is crowded with visitors it will prevent an ambulance from getting to that hospital.”Middletown Township is seeking to create youth sports fields at 130-acre Stevenson Park, located on West Front Street, to help alleviate pressure on its other sports fields. The undeveloped park has the capacity to accommodate up to nine fields and 350 parking spaces, according to a $1.5 million proposal recently presented by township administrator Anthony P. Mercantante for consideration. For now, the township is seeking only to build just two fields, and is applying for a $250,000 Open Space matching grant from the county for the funding.Mercantante acknowledged the group’s desire for a traffic study, but conducting one in that area would be “sort of pointless,” he said.“We have parks all over town, some of which have many more facilities and attract many more people than would happen at Stevenson Park,” Mercantante said, referencing multisport complexes like Bodman Park off the highly trafficked Navesink River Road, Fairview Fields on Oak Hill Road, which is crossed by two rail lines, and McMahon Park, a North Middletown location in a residential area.When the concept plans for this project emerged in September, both Mercantante and Mayor Kevin M. Settembrino agreed that the township had great need for additional fields and that Stevenson Park is one of the last places in Middletown to place a meaningful cluster of playing fields.Deputy Mayor Anthony P. Fiore, a coach with the Middletown Soccer Club, said parks are most frequented on weekends, rather than during the week when roadways are congested with commuter traffic. He also remarked that the four soccer fields at West Front Street Park – a patch of green space at the intersection with Crawfords Corner Road – “don’t get anywhere close to 100 cars” at peak use, adding that “despite what anyone may think, there is a need (for these fields).”To reduce disturbances for neighbors, the plans do not include LED lighting towers and speaker systems.Linda Alonso has lived at Shady Oaks for five years and said the disturbance of the tranquil Stevenson Park setting with serene open space and lakeside views would be the most detrimental byproduct of this project, which proposes the potential development of nine fields in three phases of construction.“It’s not just residents of Shady Oaks who are concerned, it’s all of Lincroft. This would be the destruction of a piece of heaven. It breaks my heart to think about,” Alonso said.Fiore moved to suppress residents perceptions that nine fields were guaranteed for the site, emphasizing that though the concept plan did show nine fields could be designed to fit in the parcel, a project of that magnitude is not in the budget.“Ultimately, we don’t have the money for nine soccer fields, we just don’t. We have the money for two. That’s what the grant application is for,” said Fiore, referencing the $250,000 Monmouth County Open Space match grant Middletown would use to fund the construction of two fields. “This is the frustrating part about misinformation.”Resident Margaret Gordon questioned whether such a development would have environmental impacts, with potential fertilizer chemicals or pesticides used for routine field maintenance seeping into the nearby wetlands and Shadow Lake.Gordon’s comments prompted committeeman Tony S. Perry to discuss alternate sites for the two proposed fields, including Bayview Elementary School on Leonardville Road, where Middletown’s recreational flag football league currently plays.Perry described two lightly used baseball fields toward the back end of the school property that are “completely overgrown. The backstops and benches are completely rusted. And I think it would be a prime location for two multisport fields,” he said, stating that turf fields could be used not only for soccer, but flag football, lacrosse, field hockey and more.A development project at Bayview would require a shared service agreement between the Township Committee and the Middletown Board of Education.Perry also said he and Mercantante are spearheading a separate potential shared service agreement between the Township and Brookdale Community College for the use of their various fields.“If Brookdale is not utilizing certain fields (because they are out of season), we might be able to have our young athletes go play and practice at Brookdale. We’re still working out those details but I hope to bring that to a close fairly soon.”Denise Thompson, a volunteer manager with the Middletown Soccer Club and Monmouth United, applauded the efforts to find alternative locations for this development project, noting that without the installation of LED lighting – which is not included in the concept plan – the Stevenson Park proposal does not help local soccer players in the fall season.“I’m in a unique position here, because I live right next to (Stevenson Park), but I have two soccer players, 10 and 13 years old. These fields are not usable to us in the fall without lights because most coaches work during the day. This proposal doesn’t help us in the fall when we are most crunched for space,” Thompson said.Further discussion is expected on the matter at future meetings.This article was first published in the Oct. 18-24, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

Cougars rain on Nelson parade, feast on Leafs during Cyclone opener

first_imgNelson Leafs face a must win as the Cyclone Taylor Cup enters Day two Friday at the NDCC Arena.Victoria Cougars rained on the parade of the home side, scoring five second-period goals to rout the home side 6-1 in action Thursday night before a disappointing home crowd at the NDCC Arena.The Leafs now face archrival Beaver Valley Nitehawks Friday at 7:30 p.m.The Hawks, tied with Victoria for top spot in Cyclone Taylor Cup standings, opened with a 4-1 win over Aldergrove Kodiaks.The Cougars, three-peat champs of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League, survived the opening period against a hungry Leafs team trying to make good after getting knocked out in the second round of the KIJHL playoffs.Victoria came out better than expected when Wade Johnson scored with three minutes remaining in the frame to give the Cougars a 1-0 lead. The Cougars then flexed their offensive muscle, out scoring Nelson 5-1 in the middle frame —counting four special teams markers as the power play connected for three goals.Sam McMullen led the charge with a power play goal and a shorthanded marker.Blake Roney (powerplay), Ryan Carson and Patrick Webb (powerplay) added singles.Troy Petrick stopped the bleeding with Nelson’s only goal that made the score 4-1 at the time.Victoria out shot Nelson 27-19 in the game.Connor Beauchamp was outstanding for Victoria to earn the win in goal.The Nanton, Alta., native was especially sharp in the first period when he denied Nelson shooters on a two-man breakaway, stacking the pads to stop Brandon Sookro before robbing Travis Wellman from the side of the net.Brad Rebagliati, who made his first start in the playoffs after sitting out the KIJHL playoffs with an injury, took the loss for Nelson in goal.TOURNEY NOTES: The feature game between Nelson and Victoria attracted 724 fans. . . .Prior to the Nelson/Victoria contest, all teams were present on the ice for the opening ceremonies. . . . Members of the RCMP and Nelson City Police paraded the Cyclone Taylor Cup onto the ice. . . . Emcee Gord Davis introduced dignitaries that included the presidents of the three Junior B Leagues — George Richards of the Pacific Junior Hockey League, Joe O’Shea of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League and Bill Ohlhausen of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League. . . . Nelson players had not seen game action for more than a month, having resumed skating April 1. . . . There was a moment of silence as the Nelson Leafs honoured Nolan Handley. Hanley, who played for Nelson this season as an affiliate player, was killed in a car accident earlier this week in Trail.last_img read more