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Oxford struggles to retain academics after Brexit vote

first_imgLord Patten said that the country is “obsessed with this astonishing act of self-harm.”“How can you, if you’re in another European country, separate yourself in any way from Life Sciences at Oxford, which is the best in the world? Unless the government sees sense, we are going to lose people.”In April 2016, the University issued a statement in support of the UK’s membership of the European Union.The statement read: “The mobility that EU membership affords, which enables staff and students from across the EU to come to Oxford, and Oxford staff and students to work and study in Europe, is central to our strategic plan.”Top universities “have to develop even more enthusiastically than [they] have in the past, our relationship with other universities in Europe and beyond” Lord Patten said.“We also have to be very assertive in speaking up for ourselves as an important part of liberal democracy. We have to stand up for things which should really be hallmarks of a university, like freedom of speech and freedom of research.”The latest statistics come after it was announced last week that one of Oxford “brightest” new recruits was forced to leave her post and return to China, after the Home Office declined a visa for her 22-month-old baby.Fengying Liu, a postdoctoral researcher in pathology, was recruited to Oxford’s Sir William Dunn School of Pathology in October last year after completing her PhD in Germany, where she lived with her husband and child.On being offered the Oxford position, she moved to the UK without her husband and daughter, having made the decision to apply for their visas separately to make the costs more manageable.However, a technicality in UK immigration law that requires parents to seek visas together with their children meant that the separate application for Dr Liu’s baby was refused.Earlier this month, vice chancellor Louise Richardson condemned current government Brexit proposals, warning that the UK is set to miss out on billions of EU research funding.The “pay-as-you-go” proposals risk an “enormous loss” to research, she said. warning that the UK could lose its reputation in the scientific community if it cut ties with the EU. The number of Oxford academics from the European Union decreased in the year following Brexit, according to new Higher Education Standards Agency (Hesa) figures.Only the University of Kent (70) lost more EU academics than Oxford (55) in 2016-17.However, the University’s own figures suggest that the decline was much smaller. A spokesperson told Cherwell that the total number of EU academics has declined by only twelve since last year’s referendum.The news comes as Oxford chancellor Chris Patten said that the country is “obsessed with this astonishing act of self-harm.”Hesa’s figures claim that Oxford lost 3.1% of its EU academics in the 2016-17 academic year, the third-biggest decline of any university, behind the University of Birmingham (4.5%) and the University of Kent (15.4%).A University spokesperson told Cherwell: “Oxford is an international University.“Since the referendum we have made it clear we will continue to be a welcoming home for staff and students from the EU. The status of colleagues from other parts of the EU has been a major concern for the University and we have called for clear commitments on this issue to reassure staff and students who are already here or hoping to join us.“The University will continue to call for a free flow of academic talent to and from the EU in the final Brexit settlement.”Lord Patten told Cherwell on Wednesday that “Oxford is part of the serious collateral damage that is done to this country. We get more research funding from Europe than any other university in Europe,” he said.“What happens to that academic collaboration, that flow of funds, upon which we do very well is important in the future. I think we’ll manage to get around it because we’re so important to Europe, because it’s so important to us in Britain. I think it’s a point that the Chancellor of the Exchequer understands perfectly well.”last_img read more

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Victor Wooten Trio, Drunken Hearts, Drew Emmitt & Andy Thorn, And More Tear Up Denver [Photos]

first_imgOn Friday night, Cervantes hosted a music extravaganza, opening up both the Masterpiece Ballroom and The Other Side for a dual-venue blowout. The event, dubbed The Drunken Hearted Medicine Show, was hosted by Colorado’s own The Drunken Hearts, and brought out the Victor Wooten Trio, Drew Emmitt & Andy Thorn Duo (both of Leftover Salmon), Band of Heathens, Brad Parsons Band, and Coral Creek. It was hard to go wrong for those at Cervantes’ on Friday night, and both rooms were consistently packed by attendees stoked to see such a diverse gathering of talented musicians on one bill.You can check out photos from The Drunken Hearted Medicine Show below, courtesy of Gary Sheer. You can also check out footage from the wonderful hosts of the night, The Drunken Hearts’, performance. Watch Drew Emmitt and Andy Thorn join The Drunken Hearts on the Drunken Hearts’ original tune, “Sakajawea’s Reel,” as well as a cover of Led Zeppelin’s “When The Levee Breaks” below.The Drunken Hearts – “When The Levee Breaks”The Drunken Hearts – “Sakajawea’s Reel”Setlist: Drunken Hearts | Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom | Denver, CO | 3/24/2017Set: Dean Moriarty’s Blues, Live for Today, Tear My Heart Out, Want You Back, Nowhere Road, Living in These Days, Bed of Stone, Highs, When the Levee Breaks, Sakajawea’s ReelUpcoming 2017 Drunken Hearts Tour DatesApr 13 / Founder’s Brewing / Grand Rapids, MIApr 14 / Tonic Room / Chicago, ILApr 15 / Scarlet & Grey / Columbus, OHApr 18 / ACME / Nashville, TNApr 20 / Crossroads / Dallas, TXApr 21 / Last Concert Cafe / Houston, TXApr 22 / Lambert’s / Austin, TXApr 28 / Boulder Theater / Boulder, CO *w/ Bros. ComatoseMay 26 / Gold Room / Colorado Springs, COMay 27 / Paddlefest / Buena Vista, COMay 28 / Wind Rider Festival / Alto, NMMay 29 / Taos Mesa Brewing Co. / Taos, NMJul 20-23 / Floyd Fest / Floyd, VAAug 10-13 / YarmonyGrass / Rancho del Rio, COSept 1 / Four Corners Folk Festival / Pagosa Springs, CO Load remaining imageslast_img read more

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Scotland Drafts Plan for Carbon Phase-Out

first_imgScotland Drafts Plan for Carbon Phase-Out FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Guardian:New targets will set Scotland on course to become one of the first countries in the world to achieve a 100% reduction in carbon emissions, the Scottish government has claimed, although it has stopped short of committing to becoming carbon-neutral by 2050.The draft climate change bill, published on Thursday morning, sets a target of a 90% reduction by 2050–which the UK Committee on Climate Change states is currently “at the limit of feasibility”–with the aim of achieving 100% reduction, or “net-zero,” as soon as possible.Announcing the targets, Holyrood’s climate change secretary, Roseanna Cunningham, said: “Our 90% target will be tougher even than the 100% goal set by a handful of other countries, because our legislation will set more demanding, legally binding, annual targets covering every sector of our economy. By 2030, we will cut emissions by two-thirds and, unlike other nations, we will not use carbon offsetting, where other countries are paid to cut emissions for us, to achieve our goal.”But Tom Ballantine, chair of Stop Climate Chaos Scotland, described the targets as hugely disappointing. “By failing to ally with the global momentum towards zero emissions, led by countries like France, Sweden and New Zealand, Scotland is missing a huge opportunity to end its contribution to climate change in a generation, attract clean investment and retain its position as a leader on the global stage,” he said. Ballantine called on MSPs from all parties to push for net-zero by 2050 at the latest, to keep Scotland in line with the 2016 Paris agreement.Earlier this month, transport minister Humza Yousaf admitted that the Scottish government did not have to the powers to ban the sale of diesel cars, despite pledging to phase them out across the country by 2032, eight years ahead of the UK government’s target.More: Scotland Draft Climate Change Bill sets 90%-by-2050 Emission Reduction Targetlast_img read more

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Military officials strengthen cooperation at CFAC meeting in the Dominican Republic

first_imgAttendees participated in a series of working groups, discussions of proposals to improve the training and effectiveness of CFAC military forces and presentations relating to security issues that are common to countries in the region. For example, the conference included presentations on “Forecasting and Assessment of the Crime of Human Trafficking” and “Analysis of Trends in Narco-trafficking and How to Confront Them.” “There is a sense of shared concern within the societies of these countries,” said Migdonia Ayestas, a security analyst at the Violence Observatory of the University Institute for Democracy, Peace and Security (IUDPAS) in Honduras. The meeting took place September 23-26 at the Joint Operations Center (COC) of the Dominican Republican, which assumed the presidency of the CFAC in January. The country’s Defense minister, Lt. Gen. William Munoz Delgado Max, and Brig. Gen. Santo Domingo Guerrero welcomed the delegates from the participating countries. Meetings and presentations Fighting organized crime for 17 years Attendees participated in a series of working groups, discussions of proposals to improve the training and effectiveness of CFAC military forces and presentations relating to security issues that are common to countries in the region. For example, the conference included presentations on “Forecasting and Assessment of the Crime of Human Trafficking” and “Analysis of Trends in Narco-trafficking and How to Confront Them.” The Military Police of the Dominican Republic led a presentation on the Management Model of the Specialist Corps for Tourism Security (CESTUR). Tourism is a major industry in the Dominican Republic, generating about $1 billion (USD) in annual revenue for the country. About 50,000 Dominicans work directly in the hotel industry, mostly in hotels. Delegates also participated in a discussion on the theme of “’The Computer Crime and Cyber-​​Defense,” which was conducted by the Department of Investigation of Crimes and High Tech Crime (DICAT) of the Dominican Republic National Police. On the recommendation of the defense ministers of El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua, CFAC was created in 1997. In November 2007, the military of the Dominican Republic joined CFAC as a full member. “There is a sense of shared concern within the societies of these countries,” said Migdonia Ayestas, a security analyst at the Violence Observatory of the University Institute for Democracy, Peace and Security (IUDPAS) in Honduras. The meeting took place September 23-26 at the Joint Operations Center (COC) of the Dominican Republican, which assumed the presidency of the CFAC in January. The country’s Defense minister, Lt. Gen. William Munoz Delgado Max, and Brig. Gen. Santo Domingo Guerrero welcomed the delegates from the participating countries. Military officials from El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic developed ways to strengthen cooperation in the fight against international drug trafficking and other transnational criminal enterprises during the recent Conference of Central American Armed Forces (CFAC). By Dialogo October 29, 2014 Meetings and presentations On the recommendation of the defense ministers of El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua, CFAC was created in 1997. In November 2007, the military of the Dominican Republic joined CFAC as a full member. Fighting international drug trafficking and other transnational criminal enterprises is a regional issue which requires cooperation among the countries of CFAC. Fighting organized crime for 17 years Delegates also participated in a discussion on the theme of “’The Computer Crime and Cyber-​​Defense,” which was conducted by the Department of Investigation of Crimes and High Tech Crime (DICAT) of the Dominican Republic National Police. Military officials from El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic developed ways to strengthen cooperation in the fight against international drug trafficking and other transnational criminal enterprises during the recent Conference of Central American Armed Forces (CFAC). Fighting international drug trafficking and other transnational criminal enterprises is a regional issue which requires cooperation among the countries of CFAC. The Military Police of the Dominican Republic led a presentation on the Management Model of the Specialist Corps for Tourism Security (CESTUR). Tourism is a major industry in the Dominican Republic, generating about $1 billion (USD) in annual revenue for the country. About 50,000 Dominicans work directly in the hotel industry, mostly in hotels. last_img read more

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These are the homes which have been awarded as Queensland’s best of the best

first_imgMancorp Quality Homes’ Banksia Beach project has won the Master Builders Queensland Housing & Construction Awards House of the Year award. A sprawling three-level island pad, a suburban contemporary home and a chic swimming pool have been recognised as some of the state’s leading masterpieces.The new build at Banskia Beach was voted Queensland’s best home last night and it’s no wonder.It has a fancy cinema, a glass enclosed temperature controlled 8000-bottle wine cellar and a swimming pool plus stylish trimmings throughout. Rick and Marie Addinsall the Directors of Addinsall Constructions with their kids, Beau (10) and Kai (7) are loving their award-winning swimming pool. Picture: AAP/Steve Polhner“I haven’t seen many of these pools with glass edging and split levels,” he said.“There’s a spa stepping down to the pool and a metre drop to the first section.”He said some Queenslander’s could well be jealous of his latest design as the weather heats up.“It was hard work,” he said. The award-winning home was built in 2016.Mancorp Quality Homes builder Mark Forster and wife Carlita built the five-bedroom home in 2016.The couple, who are avid wine collectors, love their open-plan home and said the designers “nailed the brief”. The owners are avid wine collectors and love the temperature controlled 8000-bottle wine cellar.The main living, dining and kitchen area has views of Pumice Stone Passage and the Glasshouse Mountains.The guest wing contains four villas, each with its own ensuite and kitchenette.Mr Forster said Rui Rosa Designs helped bring an elegant design to the home with specific styles. There is really no need to leave the award-winning home which has its own cinema.When the land became available at the Seaside Drive property, Mr Forster said he snapped up the 2000sq m block and amalgamated the home across two lots.Judges said the island home was all about the “wow factor”. The home is designed to capture amazing views.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investorless than 1 hour ago“We wanted a tropical, elegant feel,” Mr Forster said.“It took about two years to build but that’s because I build about 150 homes a year. In reality, this one was like an 18-month build.” even the hallways and corridors within the home feature strong design elements.“It doesn’t matter where you are in the home, it has a great feel to it,” he said.Meanwhile Burleigh Lake Retreat at Burleigh Waters won the top gong for the Best Residential Swimming Pool.Built by Rick Addinsall, from Addinsall Constructions, the split-level designed swimming pool was “quite a challenging project”.Mr Addinsall said his backyard led down to a canal and he wanted to work on an unusual project. Luxury finishes were included throughout the home.Mr Forster said Robin Payne Designs put their stamp on the home after he asked for a “Queensland resort and tropical feel” to it. Award winner, inside the top home at Banksia Beach which took out the Master Builders Queensland Housing & Construction Awards House of the Year award.The home, built by Mancorp Quality Homes Pty Ltd, won the 2017 Queensland House of the Year category at the Master Builders Queensland Housing & Construction Awards.The project also won the Individual Home over $2 million category. The award-winning pool at night.A contemporary home designed for relaxation at Yarrabilba, known as Retreat Nouveau Q1, won the President’s Award. Judges said it had flexibility for growing families, generous living spaces and practical yet tasteful touches.Master Builders’ CEO, Grant Galvin congratulated the winners across all 58 categories. And during the day.“The Queensland Housing & Construction Awards carry a long and distinguished history of showcasing the absolute best in the industry, and the level of competition among this year’s entrants is unsurpassed,” Mr Galvin said.last_img read more

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Press Statement: Ghana Weightlifting Federation condemns Juliana Arko

first_imgThe Ghana Weightlifting Federation (GWF), has condemn the conduct of weightlifter Juliana Arko, who reported officials of Ghana to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) over unpaid per diems and subsequently threatened to commit suicide.A statement from the GWF, said “we condemn Julies action in the strongest term and disassociate itself from the conduct of the weightlifter in China”.The statement said, the GWF was aware of per diems and benefits due athletes during international competitions, but the general lack of funding for all sporting disciplines apart from football has been a major headache for all the federations.It however stated that, the Federation shall not condone with any action by an athlete whose conduct sought to embarrass the nation at any international event.According to the statement, the conduct of Arko, was a disgrace to Ghana at the competition, hence the needed condemnation.Arko, it would be recalled she threatened to commit suicide if her per diems were not paid and reported Ghana to the IOC. The Weightlifter, has in recent times, been the nations sensation in weightlifting winning laurels at the last Africa Weightlifting Championship.last_img read more

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