University Proctors are attempting to track down the pro-Palestine protesters who barricaded themselves in the Bodleian by asking colleges to help identify students from photographs.The proctors have not disclosed how much the demonstrators will be fined, despite some protesters’ claims that it was agreed they would be fined only £20 during negotiations with the Proctors.A senior member of Oxford Students for Gaza and Palestine (OSGP), the group behind the occupation of the Bodleian, condemned the Proctors’ actions.He said, “it would be a shame for goodwill on the part of the university and students to be lost because of hostile tactics used by the university to try and extract more money than was agreed from the protestors.”The Senior Proctor denied that £20 was the correct sum. He said, “that figure was floated around afterwards but it wasn’t agreed with me.” He confirmed the actual figure agreed was “not a long was away from the figure.” But he refused to disclose the amount, saying, “opinions have been polarised. Some have said the way of handling the protest was somewhat liberal.”So far, most colleges are co-operating with the Proctors.But the sub-dean of Wadham, Cetta Mainwaring, has claimed that the college had so far refused to co-operate with Proctors’ request.Mainwaring, a member of OSGP, said in an email to the group, “the Dean at Wadham and the Tutorial Office are resisting the pressure thus far.” She said the Proctors were, “aggressively following up their promise to fine us by trying to pressure Colleges to identify us in pictures.”Mainwaring said that the other colleges had allowed the Proctor’s Office to identify students, which she feared was “putting more pressure on Wadham as the only wholly non-cooperative college.” She appealed for members of the group to identify other colleges which were resisting the pressure, saying “they would obviously feel better about the whole thing if they knew of specific colleges that were doing the same.”Protesters have called on colleges to “protect the interests of their students in this matter.”Another member of OSGP commented, “we think that we shouldn’t be facing punishment for our actions. We feel we were making a legitimate point in protest of what we saw a barbarous actions of the Israeli state attacking Gaza.“It is not down to the colleges to help identify us as college members were not massively inconvenienced by our actions. Oxford will also be alone amongst all the other 30 universities (except Sheffield Hallam) in pursuing action against people who took part in occupations.”Michael Burden, Dean at New College, said his office would not give out photographs to the Proctors.However, he added that the Porters’ Lodge at the college was willing to identify students in photographs brought to them.“The Lodge may identify students as members of college,” he said, “but we would not be in the business of circulating information.”New College is home to many prominent figures involved in the protests.Burden said his office had not been approached by the Proctors in any matter related to the protest, but added that he would not have known if they had approached the college’s Lodge.Proctor David Harris said, “most people had their photos taken and put on the website during the occupation,” saying this was, “the normal way we track people down.”The Deans’ offices at St Anne’s, St Edmund’s Hall, and St Catherine’s refused to comment on their positions.Over eighty students barricaded themselves in the Bodleian library to protest against Israel’s recent action in Gaza. The demonstration started at midday in the Clarendon building, and lasted until the protesters felt their demands had been met six hours later.In the immediate aftermath of the occupation, a Proctor’s statement said they welcomed “the fact that this protest was peaceful and good-natured.” It continued, “negotiations with those occupying the building and their representatives were held with goodwill and in a very constructive manner.”University Vice-Chancellor John Hood criticised the student occupation of the Clarendon building. He said the Bodleian barricade “caused disruption and inconvenience to fellow students and other members of the University” and added, “unlawful action of this kind cannot be condoned.”
Annual US Post Office Food Drive – Saturday, May 14 Ocean City is a town of wide shoulders. Very few places, if any, do a better job of helping its less fortunate. Nowhere is that more evident than through the efforts of the Ocean City Ecumenical Council’s Community Food Cupboard.“If you are in need we don’t care who you are, where you came from or what you look like,” spokesperson Mary McGuckin said. “We are all part of the same family, and we are going to do our best to help you.”The Ocean City Post Office will lend a major hand to the organization on Saturday, May 14. Residents are asked to put out canned food and other non-perishables by their mailboxes, and postal employees will pick them up for the Community Food Cupboard.“A big shout-out goes to our Post Office,” McGuckin said. “They do a phenomenal job for us and we are grateful for their contribution.”Specifically needed items include cans of fruit, meat, tuna, juice, canned ravioli, Spaghetti O’s, peanut butter, jelly, and also laundry and dish detergent and personal items such as shampoo, soaps, toothpaste and toothbrushes.Many OC residents might not be aware of the Cupboard’s work, or even the need for it. As a resort town, those in need can sometimes slide under the awareness radar.“We serve people who rent, those who fall on hard times, seniors, those living on a fixed income, basically anyone in need,” McGuckin said.Clients are referred by social services agencies, churches and other groups. The donated items help supplement other food items purchased through financial contributions. A typical client may receive a three-day supply of food for their family to see them through an emergency period, she said. The Cupboard is open five days a week.In addition to providing food, the group also is generous in emotional support.“We pride ourselves in treating each and every person we serve with respect and dignity.”She pointed out the hard work of her group’s many volunteers and other organizations who pitch in.“In addition to the post office, we receive help from the schools, the Boy Scouts who conduct a drive, and one of the Car Shows in town,” she said. “We also receive donations and help from many individuals.”
Nov. 20 (Bloomberg) — Kidney stones, malaria, Lyme disease, depression and respiratory illness all may increase with global warming, researchers at Harvard Medical School said.Climate change from the burning of fossil fuels will add to risks to public health, said Paul Epstein, associate director of Harvard’s Center for Health and the Global Environment in Boston. The center and groups led by the American Medical Association are presenting data at a briefing today in Washington as a call for action to curb emissions…Read more here (Bloomberg)
Darren Criss Kristin Chenoweth Criss also dished about the show’s upcoming special two-part 100th episode, which will see the return of a slew of favorite characters, including Kristin Chenoweth’s April Rhodes, Gwyneth Paltrow’s Holly Holiday, Dianna Agron’s Quinn Fabray, Amber Riley’s Mercedes Jones and more. “We had a great dance rehearsal last week and it was the first time I’d been in the same room as all those people. It was great.” View Comments When word got out that FOX’s hit musical dramedy Glee was moving to the Big Apple for the rest of the fifth season, the only thought that popped into our heads was, “So that means more Darren Criss in NYC, right?” Call us biased, but the City That Never Sleeps should just be nicknamed The City That Needs More Criss. Luckily, our favorite heartthrob opened up about what’s in store for Glee fans, what his long-in-the-works album will sound like and, most importantly, if he’s going to come back to Broadway. Criss told TheBacklot.com that he hopes his Glee co-star Lea Michele’s upcoming debut album Louder is a smash hit because he thinks she’s “a superstar.” As for his own debut album? “Mine will be a little different, it’s a different process,” he said. “I’m the nerdy rock musician who wants to make my nerdy rock and roll so I don’t know if it will be the same fanfare, but I’d like to finish it.” Yet, the How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying alum miiiight just have another plan for 2014… “Or do another stage show or do a movie. I’ll take whatever they give me.” WE’LL GIVE YOU WHATEVER YOU WANT. In an interview with TheBacklot.com, Criss said he’d “love” to shoot Glee in NYC and that he thinks the upcoming move will make a lot of sense for most of the characters—especially for Blaine and Kurt (Chris Colfer). “For Blaine, if he moves to New York…I would assume they’re going to live together,” he said. “Call me crazy, but when you get engaged to somebody usually that’s a good idea. So that will present a whole new structure to their relationship.” Star Files Lea Michele
continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Ron ShevlinIn an article titled To Restore Trust in Banks, Build Ethics into Business Decisions in American Banker, the authors wrote:“If a bank decides to have a formally designated individual (i.e., Chief Ethics Officer) with principal ethics responsibility, what steps should it consider to make the role effective? Such an executive could update and promulgate the company’s ethics policy and be responsible for training employees about their ethical responsibilities. He or she could help to illuminate decisions about what is “right or wrong,” even where there may be a legal argument to justify an institution’s proposed products, pricing or conduct. He or she also could be the senior officer to whom whistleblower complaints would be directed. The ethics officer might also be charged with identifying and investigating wrongdoing involving individual conduct to help ensure that the institution’s ethical culture is grounded in ethical behavior and not simply an abstract policy. In addition, he or she could be an advisor on products, services and programs, evaluating them in the light of fairness to their intended users.”In many of these potential roles and responsibilities, there’s a strong whiff of “after-the-fact-ness,” meaning that the involvement of this chief ethics officer would come after some potentially unethical behavior was committed (with the exception of the training role).A better solution would prevent unethical behavior (although, if you read my prior post on financial education, you might guess that I don’t think ethics education would be particularly successful). And, in fact, not only is that implied by the title of the AB article, but the authors write:“One alternative or supplement to appointing a single officer to champion ethics is to require that bank decision processes explicitly incorporate ethics—whether the bank “should” as opposed to whether it “can”—into major decisions on products, programs and business initiatives. Especially given the subjective nature of ethical requirements, making ethics decisions part of a process that will incorporate the views of multiple executives may assist in capturing a broader corporate consensus.”
16SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Do you ever receive business emails containing emojis or emoticons, and wonder whether the use of these friendly things is professional, or not? Some recent research sheds light on this light-hearted subject.Staffing firm OfficeTeam set out to learn what senior managers thought of the use of emojis or emoticons in a work context.In a survey, nearly four in 10 (39 percent) senior managers said it’s unprofessional to include emojis or emoticons in work communications.However, 61% stated it’s OK, at least in “certain situations.”For instance, 21% agreed that the smiley face was fun and 40% thought that the OK hand sign is fine in certain situations.But 39% said that the “thumbs down” is clearly unprofessionalWorkers were divided as well, with 19% saying they use emojis or emoticons all the time, but 33% saying they never use them. continue reading »
Pension funds could be exempt from appointing a depository under the latest, and final, revision of the IORP Directive before negotiations with the European Parliament get underway.The fourth compromise draft drawn up during Italy’s presidency of the Council of the EU also sees a streamlining of recommendations for the Pension Benefit Statement (PBS), and relaxes wording on requirements for the management of the funds to be “fit and proper”.First published on 21 November, the draft was on 28 November endorsed as the compromise to be used during negotiations with the European Parliament.The Latvian government, which will assume the rotating council presidency for the first six months of 2015, will begin negotiations next year, with the aim of passing the revised Directive after its first reading in Parliament. In the negotiating mandate, the council said four key issues – the PBS, the risk-evaluation for pensions framework, regulating for the use of a depository and refining cross-border requirements – had been addressed.The presidency was therefore confident the draft represented a balanced approach able to obtain the support of a “vast qualified majority”.The draft upon which negotiations will be based has relaxed requirements for the appointment of a depository, stating that it would be up to individual member states to account for the “nature, scale and complexity” of schemes when deciding whether they will need to appoint anyone.Other revisions that will please the UK market include changes for “fit and proper management” of IORPs, as earlier wording requiring all people involved in the institutions to possess professional qualifications were seen to rule out the use of lay trustees.Instead, the revised draft requires the scheme’s governing body as a whole to have the requisite experience, and ensure that “qualifications, knowledge and experience are collectively adequate”.A key change is the reinsertion of IORPs as a “pension institution with a social purpose”, distancing the Directive from earlier wording that regarded pension funds as financial service providers.The concerns revolve around the IORPs’ often unique anchoring in social and labour law, with services mandated after agreement with social partners, rather than classing the provision as a financial product on par with that offered by insurers.Finally, the draft continues to see the prescription surrounding the PBS reduced, with only two of the initial eight articles on the statement remaining within the Directive.An earlier compromise text saw the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority stripped of its responsibility for drafting the risk-evaluation for pensions guidelines.Correction: The article initially stated that the latest draft continued to refer to IORPs as ‘financial service providers’. However, this was a reference removed from the second draft published by the Council of the EU on 28 November. Instead, mention of IORPs as ‘pension institutions with a social purpose’ was once again included.
LocalNews “Still fragile at 33” by: Swinburne Lestrade by: – November 7, 2011 “Wolfgang and a Texas soldier of fortune – type named Mike Perdue had once organized a military coup on the island of Dominica, a country probably best known today as the setting for Johnny Depp’s Pirates of the Caribbean films. On November 3rd 1978, Dominica became the western hemisphere’s 30th nation. At the Independence Day ceremony in Roseau, the capital city, Prime Minister Patrick John, the opposition leader Eugenia Charles and Princess Margaret watched as the Union Jack was lowered and the flag of Dominica was raised, a circle of stars surrounding a Sisserou parrot. Centuries of French and British colonial rule were over, but Dominica’s troubles were only just beginning.” This is taken from the Prologue to Stewart Bell’s remarkably well researched book, Bayou of Pigs. Of course the troubles to which he was referring were of a political kind, involving a crackpot bunch of mercenaries intent on making money for themselves in a Rambo-like invasion of our island. In the words of one of the organizers of the invasion: “Imagine what you could do if you owned your own country”. And of course that attempted invasion had considerable local complicity.Difficulties there have been aplenty since that historic day in 1978; indeed since the beginning of time. Buffeted by winds and other forces of nature; by the vicissitudes of an enveloping global economic environment; or self-inflicted by national economic management that was sometimes ill-advised or merely innocent as we sought to learn the ropes of national economic responsibility in our young post-independence era, our national economy continues to be severely challenged to produce the goods. When Prime Minister Skerrit said, “Dominica is a difficult place to manage”, no greater truth was being spoken, as successive governments would all agree. Reflecting on the last days of September you wonder if Mother Nature has made a conscious decision to rain disasters on the Nature Isle. Jamaica’s Prime Minister Golding has had cause to rue the reality of governing in a small, fiscally challenged State: “One of the problems that this Government has had to contend with is that we have had to be prioritising among priorities”. It is said of John Adams, one of the heroes of American Independence that: “No man in Congress had a clearer idea of what independence would entail: the risks, obligations, and burdens that it would impose on Americans” . If we did not know at the time, we have certainly come to appreciate the challenges of independence.Dominica may be among the most generally challenged of Caribbean states. Agriculture is struggling to re-assert its place in the economic landscape; and tourism to establish its place. In these and other areas our country simply has to do better. Strong leadership at all levels in all sectors is an essential pre-requisite going forward. Let there be a clear consensual strategy looking ahead to our country’s 40th anniversary of Independence.What it takes is to build on the good things that are happening, and there are some. Our historically infrastructurally challenged country has been receiving a large boost in recent years. All governments have added to the country’s infrastructure bank. However one perceives now a clearer understanding of the economic and productivity value of the physical infrastructure and an implicit understanding of the critical importance of the imperative of operating on a lever that is a critical pre-requisite to increased productivity, investment attraction and economic growth. And we forgive the ignorance of those who decry the apparent emphasis on the physical infrastructure. Nor do I perceive this emphasis to be exclusive of paying due attention to the country’s other economic and social imperatives. It would be nice … to have more national discussion on these types of issues. To hear of alternative strategies, policies and programmes that might better serve our national needs and circumstances. Our miniscule island requires discussion and consensus-forging and it behooves all to participate intelligently in this debate. Most of all it behooves the Opposition to be a part of this process and not to hide their alternatives under a bushel. Let them be put on the table and subjected to the same type of scrutiny as are the government’s policies and programmes. This would make for a much healthier and more participatory democracy. In the United Kingdom an Opposition Spokesman announced that if elected to office they would not reverse the public sector cuts imposed by the Government: “The Shadow Cabinet has been banned by Ed Balls from promising to reverse any of the Coalition Government’s spending cuts as part of Labour’s attempt to regain credibility on the economy.”This was in the UK. Nearer home in Jamaica the Opposition Party has launched a major JEEP debate with its coherent policy statement on its Jamaica Emergency Employment Programme, itself part of a wider-ranging comprehensive statement on a Progressive Agenda for Jamaica. It was what the Opposition Leader called her “national call to action”. That was Jamaica.In Dominica there is this: “We are making a point” – James on UWP’s boycott of Parliament; and that: Parliament opens… and Opposition walks in, then walks out; UWP to stage ‘People’s Assembly’ under Financial Center next week. And then of course there is Boots on the Ground! No problem. But what else is on offer by way of plans, policies and programmes to respond to the considerable challenges that our micro-state faces in these tough times? Surely the “opposition forces” have (or can access) the intellectual muscle required to think through the issues, articulate positions and contribute to substantive national debate. Or is this too much to ask when not even a manifesto was forthcoming the last time around? As we commemorate 33, and even as there are “patriots” who are protecting our democracy, we can be proud of having preserved our democratic traditions. Our media bombard our ears with nagging 24/7 constancy; all kinds of groups abound unfettered; the “nattering nabobs of negativism” are also always with us; people’s parliaments populate the landscape; the grossest disrespect is shown to the country’s Head of Government; calypsos are still as much “art form” as political cannon; all the country’s institutions, (including the State’s Presidency), are under uninhibited attack from certain very vocal quarters; even a State Malice banner is allowed to hang undisturbed right at the entrance to the country’s State House. Long live our democracy! Edison James wants to amend the country’s Constitution to make for even greater democracy: “And so I say that the Constitution that we have must be reviewed, must be renewed, and must be revised.” Hélas!Speaking about congressmen of the newly independent America, George Washington bemoaned, back in 1778, that “party disputes and personal quarrels are the great business of the day whilst the momentous concerns of empire … are but secondary considerations”, and that “business of a trifling nature and personal concernment withdraws their attention from matters of great national moment”. Like poverty, one supposes, such behaviour will always be with us.“Independence has not failed Jamaica”, says former Prime Minister of Jamaica, Edward Seaga; “it is Jamaicans who have failed Independence …” , and Opposition Leader Portia Miller reminds Jamaicans that Independence is a state of mind. What is our state of mind as we contemplate our 33 years of Independence? Going forward, our 33-year old is still fragile; still requires nurturing; still requires support from family and friends, local and international. The Government has to continue to do the good things it has been doing. It needs to do certain things better. The fiscal will continue to be a challenge. Thankfully the Government appears committed to pursuing the path of prudence. Government has to guard against complacency in its various manifestations. They also have to watch the pennies.Another hero of American independence, George Washington, would rail against wastage on his plantation – against “waste of time, waste of supplies, waste of money”. The Government system may need to heed this advice.The Opposition also needs to put its shoulders to the wheel. They are the country’s alternative government, or don’t they believe it? They need to be challenging the Government to do right by the country – on issues of ethics and corruption, by all means; but also on issues of economic and social development. Essentially they need to be apprising the public of their plans for growth and poverty reduction. This would be a great contribution to a thriving and dynamic democracy in our Nature Isle.We are not talking about slogans or pledges. A slogan is not a plan; and a “pledge” does not equate to a policy statement or a programme. Voters these days are smarter than that. An independent writer in the Jamaica Gleaner had this to say recently: “As part of the JLP’s 2007 campaign, Bruce Golding, leader of the then JLP Opposition, promised jobs, jobs, jobs. Frankly, the jobs he promised have not come to fruition. “At last things are changing. The public is no longer accepting promised programmes whose feasibility is suspect”. There is hope, I insist. Former Prime Minister Edison James is quoted as having said recently that he was willing to work with the Government: “Honorable Edison James has reaffirmed his commitment to work with the Dominica Labour Party government for the further development of his constituency.” It would be nice … if he had said this about the Nation and not just about Marigot. It’s a sniff; a sniff of a gift; but who knows? This may yet be our the Opposition’s great gift to the Nation on the occasion of its 33rd anniversary.As we begin our 34th year, perhaps we can look forward with hope to our working together to realise our potential as a nation. We are so small, it’s a shame to be so polarised. Such polarisation means, among other things, that at any point in time, only about one half, (or is it 34 per cent?), of your already limited high-level manpower resources are available to the Government, (though not to the nation). This is one of the tragedies of our political system. Working for the national good is the responsibility of everyone. Perhaps we can all yield time to our higher selves to allow for our playing a constructive role in building this still fragile nation. And while we are at it, let’s laugh at ourselves sometimes – some of us take ourselves way too seriously.___________________________________1.Stewart Bell, Bayou of Pigs, 2008.2.Swinburne Lestrade, (Editor), Continuing the Journey: Dominica’s Development Challenges and Responses Going Forward, 2010.3.Raymond Pryce, “Finding The Right Vehicle … And The Right Driver”, Jamaica Gleaner, 25th September 25, 2011.4.Edmund Morgan, The Meaning of Independence.5.Dominica News-On-Line.6.Jamaica Gleaner, 5th June 2011.7.Robert Buddan in Jamaica Gleaner, 7th August 2011.8.Ken Chaplin, “Jobs, jobs, jobs controversy”, Jamaica Gleaner, September 27, 20119. Dominica News-On-Line, 27th September 2011.This article was published in LINK Magazine’s Independence issue and republished with permission from Mr Swinburne Lestrade. Share Share Tweet Share 39 Views no discussions Sharing is caring!
By Jerry MackeyWEST LIBERTY, Iowa (July 30) – Saturday night’s action at West Liberty Raceway included a full program of IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing with the iWireless IMCA Late Models headlining the program.The main event took the green with Kyle Hinrichs taking the lead early and appearing to be on his way to the win. The 25-lapper went caution-free to the checkers as Chad Holladay chased down Hinrichs and made the winning pass on lap 21 on his way to his third consecutive West Liberty win. Kevin Kile made a late race pass of Hinrichs to take second.The Performance Concepts IMCA Modified feature belonged to veteran Brad Dubil. Dubil took the lead at the drop of the green and went on to lead all 20 laps in scoring his first win in several years at the West Liberty ½-mile. Dubil scored a very comfortable win over Larry Herring and Kurt Kile.The Weikert Iron & Metal IMCA Northern SportMod feature saw Dalton Simonsen advance from a fourth row start and go on to victory lane. Simonsen took the win over Cory VanZante and Jarrett Brown.The Kile Motorsports IMCA Stock Car main event was won by David Brandies. The 71 of Brandies shot out of the pack early and went on to score the win over Johnny Spaw.The action-packed US 6 Bodyworks IMCA Sport Compact feature win went to Steve Struck in his new no. 24 Sport Compact. Struck took the win ahead of Cody VanDusen and Jason KlerkDerus.
Press Association Martinez said: “The two players have been true professionals and that is what I want. They are dedicated to the club. “Marouane Fellaini gave us the push we needed. We deserved to go through. The headlines should go about how well Stevenage played.” Everton dominated proceedings with Ross Barkley and debutant Gerard Deulofeu, on loan from Barcelona, impressing. They were caught against the run of play when Luke Freeman struck for Stevenage but Deulofeu replied with a superb individual effort. Everton squandered a host of chances to settle the tie in normal time and they were almost made to pay when boyhood Evertonian Greg Tansey forced Joel Robles into a fine injury-time save. Fellaini finally entered the fray, for Barkley, six minutes into extra time and his presence paid off in the 115th minute. Martinez said: “It was a typical cup tie. Stevenage were really really good, a well organised team. “The first goal is always important. The goal was a little bit of a mistake, a misunderstanding. “From that point on, I thought we were very good in two thirds, but in the final third we were at times naive. “At times we didn’t show enough sharpness. I couldn’t be happier in the manner we kept a good tempo.” Stevenage manager Graham Westley did not attend the post-match press conference. Everton boss Roberto Martinez has refused to comment on the latest round of speculation concerning key players Leighton Baines and Marouane Fellaini. A fresh report has claimed that Baines has told Everton he wishes to leave for Manchester United while it has also been suggested the Old Trafford club are lining up a £38million bid for him and Fellaini. Everton last week rejected a £28million joint offer for the duo from United as “derisory and insulting”. Speaking after watching Fellaini hit an extra-time winner against Stevenage in the Capital One Cup, Martinez said: “There are so many stories and I hope the authorities will look into it. “It is a circus when the transfer window is open and the games are going on. “If the competitive games weren’t going on I could sit with you here and talk about transfer targets. “At the moment I really feel for the game. We are concentrating on rumours too much. There is nothing to tell. If there is anything to tell we will tell our fans. “We are working to try to add a few new faces in the window but I hope the authorities will look into it and don’t allow this to happen again. “Next season will be even worse with the period of transfers and the games overlapping.” While Everton might be bracing themselves from a renewed approach from United, Martinez still has no doubt over the pair’s commitment. Both players were named on the bench against League One Stevenage, and while Baines did not feature in the 2-1 second-round win at Goodison Park, both received good ovations.