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University plans to replace matriculation with online registration

first_imgProfessor Matthew Leigh, former Dean of Degrees at St Anne’s—charged with managing the college’s involvement in the ceremony—praised the potential change.He told Cherwell: “This seems perfectly sensible if it means that we don’t have to make everyone sign their names, then chase those who aren’t there or forget to do so.“The ceremony is the thing that matters and that should continue. I still recall the inspiring words of the Vice-Chancellor when I matriculated in 1986. Remembering who came to tea yesterday can be harder.”If the change was made, it would affect the matriculation ceremony of freshers entering the university in 2018.Currently, students who miss the ceremony at the start of Michaelmas term of their first year are required to attend further ceremonies which take place at the end of each Michaelmas and the end of each Hilary and Trinity terms.Senior academics yesterday made clear they were “keen” to hear student views on the plans.The move online could overturn an almost 800-year-old history of registering students as members of the University through matriculation—deriving its origin from the Latin word matricula.The tradition is believed to date back to the early thirteenth century, when the first known statute made it compulsory for students to matriculate under a regent master.However, the ceremony has not always been taken seriously by its attendees. Last year, Trinity freshers were asked to make a charitable donation of £10 after drunkenly chanting pop songs during their matriculation ceremony in the Sheldonian Theatre.Modernising changes to the University’s historic traditions are unusual. In 2015, students voted in favour of continuing to wear subfusc during examinations, in a vote organised by OUSU.It followed a student campaign to abolish the “archaic” formal dress, which is also worn during matriculation.September 2017’s ceremony will be unaffected by the plans. University administrative officials have drawn up plans to make changes to Oxford’s historic matriculation process, Cherwell can exclusively reveal.The ceremony, which has remained unchanged for hundreds of years, is the point at which students formally register as members of the University of Oxford.But changes, soon to be debated at the University’s governing body, would mean that formal entrance to the University happened through online registration rather than at a ceremony in Latin at the Sheldonian Theatre.Speaking to Cherwell, Jackie Hoyle, the University’s Director of Student Registry, said: “Students are currently formally matriculated to the University at a ceremony which has included the administrative element of logging a student’s details.“Yet since 2007, each student’s college has already confirmed details of incoming students using the online registration system. The University will now decide whether to adopt a proposal to separate the administrative function of a student’s matriculation from the ceremonial aspect, thereby avoiding this duplication.“The traditional matriculation ceremony would be retained as a way of formally celebrating the enrolment of a student at Oxford University.”The changes will need to be passed at Congregation—the ‘parliament’ that governs Oxford’s statute regulations. It includes 4,500 staff members, and meets six times per term.Yet the proposed move has been greeted with some hostility by staff members, Cherwell has learned. University sources suggest that the response has been mixed, but that “disapproving voices are much louder”.Congregation members have described the proposed changes as “unlikely” to be passed. Elsewhere, senior college figures have suggested that the measure targets international graduate students, students who are ill on the morning of the ceremony or those who forget to attend.last_img read more

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Governor Wolf Announces New Funding for Agriculture, Business Development Projects

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Wolf Announces New Funding for Agriculture, Business Development Projects Economy,  Press Release Governor Tom Wolf announced the approval of four projects through the Commonwealth Financing Authority that will spur economic development, create jobs, and support Pennsylvania’s agriculture industry.“As we look toward the future after we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, it is critical that we make smart, strategic investments that will help stabilize our economy and support Pennsylvania’s agriculture and business communities,” said Gov. Wolf. “The funding awarded today will lay the groundwork for that future. Our investments today will provide for a more secure tomorrow.”The approved projects, which were recommended by CFA at Thursday’s board meeting, are as follows:First Industries FundJacob and Lindsay Light, through the Lebanon Valley Economic Development Corporation, were approved for a $400,000 First Industries loan to construct two 31,500-square-foot broiler houses. The project site is located in Bethel Township, Lebanon County. The total project cost is $1.25 million.Jeffery and Fawn Bomgardner, through the Lebanon Valley Economic Development Corporation, were approved for a $400,000 First Industries loan to construct two 31,500-square-foot broiler houses. The project site is located in North Annville Township, Lebanon County. The total project cost is $1.25 million.Reu-Hel Farms, Inc., through Greater Berks Development Fund, was approved for a $400,000 First Industries loan to construct three developer duck houses totaling 61,800 square feet. The project site is located in Centre Township, Berks County. The total project cost is $1.97 million.Business in Our SitesSR424, LLC, through the Greater Hazleton Community Area New Development Org, Inc, was approved for a $4 million Business in Our Sites grant and a $6 million Business in Our Sites loan to complete phase one of the Crossroads Point Business Park in Hazle Township, Luzerne County. The site consists of 693 useable acres of mine-scarred land being developed by Merical Commercial Real Estate Services. Phase one will develop the first 197 acres that, once completed, will include six buildings with 1,272,500 square feet of Class A flex/industrial space. The project will create 522 jobs and will include a total private investment of $50.9 million. Business in Our Sites funds will be used for infrastructure and engineering costs. The total project cost is $14,061,064.More information about the Commonwealth Financing Authority can be found on the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) website. To stay up-to-date on all Pennsylvania economic development news, follow DCED on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn, and be sure to sign up for the department’s monthly e-newsletter.center_img May 15, 2020last_img read more

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Kenwyne Jones recalled to T&T squad for World Cup qualifiers

first_imgEXPERIENCED striker Kenwyne Jones has been recalled to the Trinidad and Tobago national squad ahead of the country’s crucial World Cup qualifiers against Mexico and Panama later this month.The twin island republic under new coach Dennis Lawrence will attempt to revive a flagging campaign, which began with back-to-back losses to Costa Rica and Honduras.The 32-year-old Jones was dropped from the national squad under the team’s previous coach Tom Saintfiet. Jones will be one of 26 players called by Lawrence who registered his first win as coach in a 2-0 win over Barbados last week. The squad includes 13 home-based players and 13 overseas-based players.“I think the local-based players have responded very well to what we asked of them. We prepared them physically, mentally and tactically we tried as best as possible.We had to try and incorporate the players from abroad so we had to select based on the positions that were needed and required for what I want to do. In the end we put together a group that will give us the best possible chance of getting the result against Panama,” Lawrence said of the unit.T&T squad:Marvin Phillip, Jan Michael Williams, Glenroy Samuel (goalkeepers); Radanfah Abu Bakr, Aubrey David, Curtis Gonzales, Sheldon Bateau, Daneil Cyrus, Mekeil Williams, Tristan Hodge, Carlos Edwards, Alvin Jones (defenders); Andre Boucaud, Joevin Jones, Khaleem Hyland, Kevan George, Hughtun Hector, Hashim Arcia, Kevin Molino, Leston Paul, Levi Garcia, Cordell Cato, Nathan Lewis (midfielders); Kenwyne Jones, Willis Plaza, Jamille Boatswain. (Sportsmax)last_img read more

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Tunisia End Madagascar’s Fairytale Run, to Play Senegal in other Semi

first_imgNaim Sliti added an injury-time third to cap off a counter-attack as Madagascar sent players forward.Indian Ocean island side Madagascar, ranked 108th in the world, were the story of their debut tournament. They had to start AFCON qualifying in the preliminary round in March 2017, but went on to stun Nigeria in the group stages last month and then DR Congo in the last 16.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Tunisia reached their first Africa Cup of Nations semi-final since 2004 as they ended Madagascar’s fairytale run.The Eagles of Carthage, who will face Senegal in Sunday’s last-four tie, led through Ferjani Sassi’s deflected shot from the edge of the box.Youssef Msakni then doubled their lead after Wahbi Khazri’s shot was parried by Melvin Adrien.last_img read more

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Terrible Mistake about Diamond Dates

first_imgGeologists fess up to wrong conclusion about the “world’s oldest diamonds.”It’s just grit from polishing paste.  Read about it on Live Science.  The “terrible mistake” came to light five years after the claim was made in the world’s leading science journal.In 2007, an international team first reported discovering the tiny gems, which hid in pockets inside zircon crystals from Western Australia’s Jack Hills, in the journal Nature. But it turns out that the gems weren’t actually diamonds, but polishing paste, smushed into hairs’-width cracks when the zircons were prepared for laboratory tests, according to a study published online in the Feb. 1, 2014, edition of the journal Earth and Planetary Science Letters.Some very important claims had been based on the mistake:The presence of diamonds meant the young Earth was cool enough to make relatively thick continental crust. Many modelers have suggested that Earth was covered by a roiling lava sea for its first 500 million years — an era called the Hadean, for its hellishly hot temperatures. But diamond means that the surface was cold enough to crystallize miles-thick chunks of rock, under which diamonds form. The findings also supported the idea that plate tectonics was in motion, with plates of crust skidding about and colliding, creating the pressures that form diamonds.Some found the story “extraordinarily difficult to buy.”  Even more embarrassing, though, was that Nature had rejected a paper that tried to offer alternative evidence for the origin of the diamonds.  “Nature declined to comment on the rejection,” the article said.  See also the press release from UC Riverside.  The paper is to be published in the Feb. 2014 issue of Earth and Planetary Science Letters.What other sloppy science is being used to prop up magnificent claims about what we know of the early earth or universe?  It might take years, or decades, to find the errors – especially when favored worldviews are riding on the claims.  See also 11/14/2013, “What Do Geologists Know About the Early Earth?” and 3/25/13, “The Trouble with Zircons.”Critics might say, “Scientists made the mistake, but scientists also found the mistake.  Science is a self-correcting process.”  That may be true in some cases, but how much damage can be done before a mistake is found?  This mistake was found within 7 years, but Darwinism is a mistake that has been going on for 154 years in spite of repeated reporting of its errors.Young’s Law states that all great discoveries are made by mistake.  A corollary is that the greater the funding, the longer it takes to make the mistake.  We might modify this insight to propose that the greater the worldview implications, the longer it takes to find the mistakes in so-called great discoveries that are, in fact, mistaken. (Visited 36 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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What is underneath the cabin floor?

first_imgWhile passengers sit comfortably in an airliner’s cabin enjoying their inflight entertainment systems and meals served onboard (at least on international flights), myriad other activities are going on below the floor under their feet. Starting at the nose of the aircraft, a maze of computers and electronic equipment is housed in the avionics bays located just below the cockpit. Immediately aft of that is the wheel well that holds the retracted nose landing gear inflight, and then the cabin pressurization equipment. Multiple air-conditioning “packs” are ahead of the forward baggage bay filled with luggage and cargo which is packed in large bins on wide-body aircraft. In the center of the lower fuselage is the wing spar carry-through, sometimes fitted with a center fuel tank on long-range aircraft. Behind the wing box are the main landing gear wells, and then the aft baggage bays. Lavatory service equipment is located in both the forward and aft lower fuselage, and finally the APU or Auxiliary Power Unit is mounted in the tail.last_img read more

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Kruger steps up efforts to save rhinos

first_img3 June 2015In continuing efforts to save its rhino population from poachers, Kruger National Park (KNP) has installed three boom gates on access roads north of the Sabie River into an area designated as an intensive protection zone (IPZ).A combination of resources and technology has been intensified in the IPZ to provide a more secure environment for the rhino in the park. The boom gates are meant to control night movement of people to minimize risk factors associated with late travelling between sunset and sunrise.They will be manned by the park’s rangers and will be operational effectively from 5 June. The IPZ barriers are found on: H1-2 road north-east of the Sand River low water bridge, H12 road on the Sabie high level bridge and on H10 between Lower Sabie and Tshokwane.“We are continuously taking steps to increase security in the park in our quest to continue to provide security for our rhino, which [are] severely under attack by poachers. Restrictions at these areas will allow us to closely monitor the movements associated with nightfall,” said the Kruger’s general manager of communications and marketing, William Mabasa.Part of the long-term plan around the IPZ is to improve fencing on the western and eastern borders, which will include fixed obstacles. “These strategies are expected to improve on assessment in terms of surveillance, early warning and detection,” Mabasa concluded.Forensic trailersIn a second move to bolster the fight against rhino poaching, four 4X4 forensic trailers were handed to South African National Parks (Sanparks), the North West department of economic development, environment, conservation and tourism, the Limpopo department of environment and tourism, and the Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency.The trailers, bought by the national Department of Environmental Affairs through funding provided by the Global Environment Facility and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP-GEF) Rhino Programme, will help in the investigation of rhino poaching and other wildlife crime.Improved investigative capacity and crime scene management in respect of rhino poaching cases are among the measures outlined in the government’s Integrated Strategic Management of Rhinoceros. The programme was launched by Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa on 12 August 2014.When urgent forensic sample results are required for bail hearings involving suspected poachers, it is vital the samples are processed to ensure that the evidence in question is not only acceptable, but delivered within a specified time frame for court purposes. This would be one example of when the trailers would be used.Furthermore, correctly collected and handled samples meet chain of custody requirements critical for successful prosecution. This type of evidence can help in among others, placing suspects at poaching crime scenes, identifying weapons used, and linking horns seized with rhino poached.The trailers have been equipped with, among others: generators; mobile fridges to store genetic material; metal detectors; electronic calipers; and, scales and knife sharpeners.“This newly available equipment will further aid crime scene management in outlying areas where the correct equipment needed for on-scene forensic investigations is not readily available,” Molewa said.The overall goal of the UNEP-GEF Rhino Programme is to improve efforts to combat wildlife crime in South Africa’s Protected Area System, with a focus on rhinoceros. This is done through improved forensic technologies and capabilities, particularly DNA-based forensics, and data sharing and co-ordination systems between relevant groups, to better control the recent upsurge in poaching of rhinoceros in South Africa.The four forensic mobile units will be used by the four environmental management inspectorate institutions that have been prioritised given the large volume of biodiversity rhino crime scenes.The trailers were officially handed over by Molewa. Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife and Free State have already received similar trailers through a donation from the US Department of State.“The Department of Environmental Affairs has long acknowledged that the fight against rhino poaching cannot be won alone, and in this regard we are grateful for the support of our international partners,” Molewa said.Funding from the UNEP-GEF Rhino Programme was also used to provide advanced crime scene management training. Further courses are scheduled for later in the year. Funding from the programme will also be used to convene a Magistrate Awareness Symposium in August, as well as a Prosecutor Training Conference planned to take place in November.Source: South African National Parkslast_img read more

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Rains slowing up harvest progress this week Between the Rows

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Brandon Monebrake, Preble Co.We’re about finished with beans. I think we have about 60 acres left and it just started raining about 15 minutes ago. We had two tenths on Sunday two weeks ago and we got back in the next day.We ran about 100 acres of corn while we were waiting on some beans and then we switched back over to beans. We are very happy with the bean crop. It turned out to be pretty decent and over all of our acres it is averaging around 61 or 62 bushels. We were not expecting that. The beans in New Paris were terrific and they were later and the last rain really helped them a lot. Our best beans, though, were the earliest beans and they were 69 and 70 bushels.Once we got off of the fencerows, the fields were a lot cleaner than we thought they would be when we got back in them. The field we finished yesterday is usually a really bad horseweed farm and there were only a few right up by the road. We sprayed twice and got them under control this year.We’re going to try and get some more corn run here around home and cross our fingers and hope we can get the last beans in the next week. Today they are calling for an inch of rain but the radar looks like we might get more than that. There is a lot of yellow coming. There is a good chance of rain through Thursday so that would take care of getting much done this week.  Hopefully some of the rain holds off.We are getting ready to work on the auger tractor and our grain cart tractor needs work too. Other than that, the combine is running well.It would be nice to get another couple weeks of warmer weather to dry the corn. Our earliest corn is at 21% and we have a later corn that is two points drier. I guess it all depends on what it had to go through.For the rest of this week’s reports, click here.last_img read more

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Maharashtra Assembly polls: No hitch in Shiv Sena-BJP seat-sharing, says Uddhav Thackeray

first_imgThe Shiv Sena’s alliance with the BJP is strong as ever and seat-sharing arrangements for the coming Maharashtra Assembly elections had been decided by the two parties, Sena president Uddhav Thackeray said on Thursday.“We [BJP and Sena] have satisfactorily sorted out the seat-sharing arrangements. The media need not worry about it at this moment. They will come to know at the right time. All the parties in the BJP-Sena Mahayuti (alliance) will be satisfactorily accommodated in the seat-sharing arrangement,” he said.The Sena’s demand for the post of Deputy Speaker of the Lok Sabha ought not to be construed as “disgruntlement” on its part. “The Sena does not believe in doing anything by sly means…Expressing a wish or demanding something by rights [Deputy Speaker’s post] does not mean that we are upset with the BJP. We have made this alliance [with the BJP] on the principles of Hindutva, not for the sake of merely securing two or four Union Cabinet berths,” he said.Rebuking the Opposition, Mr. Thackeray said he had no wish to participate in “the disappointment of those hoping for a rift” within the Mahayuti.Quashing suggestions of any disaffection with the BJP, he said, “Now that everything between the two parties is going fine, we will ensure that this alliance remains firm.” Satisfied with single berth in Union CabinetMr. Thackeray emphasised that he was satisfied with the Sena being given a single berth in the Narendra Modi Cabinet.Sena’s Arvind Sawant is the lone MP to be given the Heavy Industries and Public Enterprise Ministry portfolio.When asked whether he would be touring the drought-hit areas in the State, Mr. Thackeray said the term ‘drought tour’ was a misnomer.“Let us hope that this drought is on its last legs… Our [BJP-Sena] government’s aim has not been to provide empty succor to the afflicted but to ensure that the farmers and locals are well provided in terms of fodder and food. I think the government has done its best to ameliorate the plight of the drought-hit people,” he said.Mr. Thackeray announced that he, along with son, Yuva Sena chief Aditya Thackeray, planned to visit and review the situation in the affected areas in western Maharashtra, Marathwada and Vidarbha this Sunday.Earlier in the day, the Sena president received a rousing welcome by local Shiv Sainiks as he landed in Kolhapur.Mr. Thackeray, along with his wife Rashmi and Mr. Aditya Thackeray prayed at the Mahalaxmi Temple in Kolhapur along with the party’s 16 of the 18 newly-elected MPs. Also present was senior BJP leader and State Revenue Minister Chandrakant Patil.“It was the late Balasaheb’s [Bal Thackeray] dream that the MP from Kolhapur should be from the Shiv Sena. Today, the people of Kolhapur have helped realise that dream by electing Sena MPs from both the Lok Sabha constituencies in the district and I am grateful to them,” said Mr. Uddhav Thackeray.last_img read more

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London Olympics: Boxer Shiva Thapa crashes out, Vijay Kumar disappoints in shooting

first_imgYoung Shiva Thapa learned the hard way what it is like to face a technically sound opponent as he lost his 56kg bout first round bout on points (9:14) to Oscar Valdez Fierro of Mexico.The early flourish from Thapa was there for all to see. Having made waves in recent times, Thapa, the 2010 Youth Olympics silver medallist was competing in a huge arena called Excel.Perhaps, he had imagined that an aggressive approach would help him against a seasoned opponent who won bronze in the last world championship.In the first round, 18-year-old Thapa may have been surprised by the aggression of the Mexican as the score was 2:4. In the second round, Thapa punched with more freedom and won 4:3.However, by the time the third round came, Oscar was on his feet. Twice Thapa lost his balance under the flurry of attacks from Oscar in the decider where the seasoned campaigner was technically sound and registered a 7:3 score.With the clock ticking away, Oscar stepped up the intensity and scored points at will for an aggregate tally of 14:9.Before leaving for the Olympics, Thapa had given bold interviews as to how he was dying to hack his opponents. If he carries anything back from the ring tonight, it will be a load of experience.Competing at the Asian qualifying tournament in Asthana, where he won gold, was a different level. At the Olympics, Oscar’s sheer experience and the ability to throw more weight with his left handed punches was decisive.Coach GS Sandhu later told the media they knew Oscar would be a tough opponent as they had watched him at practice on Friday.”We still have more depth in our team and will wait for the rest to do well,” said Sandhu.”It was disappointing to see Shiva Thapa lose,” said boxing federation secretary Muralidharan Raja.Later at night, Beijing Olympics bronze medallist Vijender will take on 2010 Asian Games bronze medallist Danabek Suzhanov of Kazakhstan.Vijay Kumar disapoints in shootingArmyman Vijay Kumar was unable to do much in the men’s air pistol event as his aggregate score of 570 out of 600 could only give him a 31st position on Saturday.Touted as the best rapid fire shooter in the country, this was not Vijay’s pet event. He shot scores of 94, 95, 94, 97, 97, 93.On a day when the top shooters were placed from one to eight with just five points separating them in the preliminary phase, Vijay’s performance was very average.Jin Jongoh of Korea shot 588/600 in the preliminary phase and then added 100.2.Silver went to Luca Tesconi of Italy and Andrija Zlatic won bronze.National coach Sunny Thomas said this was not Vijay Kumar’s main event. “It’s too early to get disappointed,” said Thomas.advertisementlast_img read more

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