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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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Angels’ Shohei Ohtani to throw off mound for first time since Tommy John surgery

first_img Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone The Angels continue a six-game homestand Wednesday at 5 p.m. against the Reds.Related Articles Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield ANAHEIM — Shohei Ohtani will throw off a mound Wednesday for the first time since having offseason Tommy John surgery, the Angels announced Tuesday during their game against the Reds.The star two-way player had the procedure done in October by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in L.A. and missed the first 34 games of the season. He was activated from the IL on May 7, returning to the batter’s box only, where he was hitting .276 entering Tuesday with nine home runs in 41 games.Angels manager Brad Ausmus said before Tuesday’s game that Ohtani, who has been throwing since spring training, took a scheduled break earlier this month and then resumed throwing a few days ago. Ausmus added the team intends to continue Ohtani’s throwing program, which includes four days of throwing a week.The 2018 AL Rookie of the Year hit .285 last season with 22 home runs and 61 RBIs while pitching in 10 starts with a 3.31 ERA. He joined Babe Ruth as the only MLB players with 10 pitching appearances and 20 homers in a season.center_img Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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Stanley Cup Final 2019: Three takeaways from Blues’ Game 5 win over Bruins

first_img Stanley Cup Final 2019: Bruins’ David Krejci makes unbelievable block to save goal Stanley Cup 2019: Blues’ Ivan Barbashev suspended one game for high hit on Bruins’ Marcus Johansson This one was not without controversy, though.On Perron’s goal, Tyler Bozak appeared to not be called for a trip on Noel Acciari, which led directly to the Blues finding the back of the net. Related News The second period begins with some great chances from the Blues, and then Zach Sanford and Ryan O’Reilly connected for this beauty. #stlblues #WeAllBleedBlue pic.twitter.com/dX5i9ebO65— St. Louis Blues (@StLouisBlues) June 7, 2019The special teams differenceIn Game 2 the Blues let the Bruins get going with a power-play goal on their first chance of the night. In Game 3, they allowed them to score four times in four power plays on four shots.Over and over again, it was said the Blues had to be better against the Bruins’ power play to get a leg up in this series. Well, in Game 4, St. Louis held Boston to 0 for 2 on the power play, and in Game 5, it held them to 0 for 3.It isn’t a coincidence the Blues won those two games. On prime scoring opportunities, St. Louis kept the Bruins from scoring. That’s how teams compete and win.center_img That is what leads our three takeaways.Here are three takeaways from the Blues’ Game 5 winReferees point of discussion once againIt simply keeps happening. Game after game after game in these Stanley Cup playoffs, the referees are becoming the focus. In the Western Conference semis the Avalanche had a game-tying goal disallowed on a controversial offsides, then in the Western Conference finals, the Sharks scored against the Blues immediately following an uncalled hand pass.Now, in Game 5, of the Stanley Cup Final, the Blues took a critical 2-0 lead after Tyler Bozak appeared to get away with a trip on Noel Acciari. We can say that all we want, but watch the play for yourself and decide whether it was a trip or not.Bozak upends Noel Acciari#STLBlues #NHLBruins #StanleyCup pic.twitter.com/LSA8Ghk1ra— Lucas 🔁 Luke (@LucasOrLukeIDC) June 7, 2019That was an absolutely pivotal play because Boston found the net just minutes later to cut the lead to 2-1. If a penalty is called on Bozak, the game is at least tied going into the closing minutes.We don’t really have a solution for this situation ourselves, we just wanted to point out what happened and let you come up with your own conclusion. Was this a trip? Or wasn’t it?Ryan O’Reilly appreciation postNo, Ryan O’Reilly hasn’t put the puck in the net all that much this postseason. Coming into Game 5 he had five goals in 23 games and that might get some to suggest he hasn’t been all that good. Those people don’t know what they’re talking about.While O’Reilly has been very good in the passing game, assisting on 13 goals in 23 games, his defense has truly been where he has excelled. That was glaringly evident in Game 2 when Patrice Bergeron was rendered virtually useless and it has once again been on display in Games 4 and 5, which the Blues have controlled much of the way.O’Reilly’s greatness can’t be measured by how many goals he scores, but that doesn’t mean he can’t put the puck in the net. In fact, he was the player to break the scoreless tie in Game 5. Now does he have your attention? The Blues are one win away from their first championship.Thanks to goals from David Perron and Ryan O’Reilly and 38 saves from Jordan Binnington, the Blues defeated the Bruins in Boston to take a 3-2 series lead.last_img read more

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21 days ago​Owen slams Man Utd: Worst team in decades

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Owen slams Man Utd: Worst team in decadesby Freddie Taylor21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United striker Michael Owen believes the club’s current squad is the worst in decades.United are suffering a miserable run of form since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was appointed permanent boss, after being successful during his caretaker spell.The Red Devils only have five wins in 22 games in all competitions spanning the tail end of last season.Their most recent result is a 0-0 draw against AZ Alkmaar in the Europa League.”Yes, I’d say [Manchester United are now a mid-table team]. I don’t think they’ll be top six this season, personally,” Owen said on BT Sport.”Top half I think is likely, but just the fact we’re having this conversation is the worry, isn’t it?”This has got to be the worst Manchester United team for decades, hasn’t it? Since before Sir Alex Ferguson took over.”It’s been happening for a few years. For maybe five, six, seven, eight years you’ve been thinking ‘it can’t get any worse’, and it has.”The point that I’d like to make is that in many ways, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has knowingly weakened his team.”Getting rid of people like Lukaku, Herrera, [Matteo] Darmian, Sanchez, [Chris] Smalling. He knows he could improve his team with those players, but I think he’s taken the view that you’ve got to take a couple of steps backwards to then move forwards.”He’s done that on purpose thinking, ‘right, we’ve just got to rid ourselves of players that, OK they’re probably better than what we’ve got, but are they going to take us to where we want to go?'”That answer is no, then you’re almost starting from scratch and I think that’s what Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has done.” last_img read more

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Watch: UNC Seniors Marcus Paige And Brice Johnson’s Emotional Interview After Beating Duke

first_imgMarcus Paige and Brice Johnson hug after Duke game.YouTube/UNCTarHeelsAthleticsOnce the final buzzer sounded and UNC had officially closed out a 76-72 win at Duke, the ESPN cameras made a bee-line for Tar Heel seniors Brice Johnson and Marcus Paige. Johnson’s 18 points and 21 rebounds led the way, while Paige (11 points, six boards, three assists) hit four clutch free throws to seal the victory. This was the first win at Cameron Indoor Stadium for either player. Both guys talked about how much this win meant and what it means to be ACC regular season champs. last_img read more

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Usher Joins Pharrell Williams Onstage At Angel Ball

first_imgGabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research hosted its signature fundraiser, the Angel Ball, on Tuesday, October 29th at Cipriani Wall Street.Pharrell Williams and Usher Rock The Angel BallCredit/Copyright: Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage via Slate-PRThe black-tie benefit, hosted by Grammy-nominated song writer Denise Rich featured a cocktail reception, dinner, live musical performances, a paddle raise and both live and online auctions raising nearly $3 million for the Foundation’s research initiatives. This year’s gala honored three individuals for their outstanding philanthropic contributions to cancer research.Rita Ora Rocks The Angel BallCredit/Copyright: Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage via Slate-PRSupermodel Karolina Kurkova presented Simon de Pury, Chairman, de Pury de Pury with an award for his dedication to raising much needed funds for cancer research. Hugh Jackman along with his wife Deborra-lee Furness honored Deborra-lee’s mother, Fay Duncan, President of the Fight Cancer Foundation in Australia and Ethan Zohn took the stage to talk about how research and the work of Clay B. Siegall, Ph.D., Co-Founder, President & CEO, Seattle Genetics, saved his life.The Angel Ball, which was emceed by Entertainment Tonight correspondent, Rocsi Diaz began with an incredible performance by ten-time Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter Chaka Khan. Later in the evening singer-songwriter, rapper, and record producer, Pharrell Williams took the stage with DJ Kiss to perform a medley of his hits – including “Blurred Lines,” and “Get Lucky.” Pharrell then surprised the crowd when he welcomed Usher to the microphone, to “light the stage on fire.” The two performed a full set which included “Yeah,” and other songs.With Event Design by Hélène Benhamou & Adriana Weiss, on-hand to celebrate were Angel Ambassadors Ethan Zohn and Suleika Jaouad as well as guests, Rita Ora, Karolina Kurkova, Debra Messing, Star Jones, Lorraine Schwartz, Jessica White, Tina Knowles, Dascha Polanco, Selita Ebanks, Martha Stewart, Tommy & Dee Hilfiger, Eli Mizrahi, Montel Williams & Tara Fowler, Irina Shayk, Alyssa Miller, Donna Karan, Erin Fetherston, Nicole Miller, DJ Cassidy, Maryna Linchuk, Salman Rushdie & Missy Brody, Maxwell, Alina Baikova, Elsa Hosk, Shanina Shaik, Montego Glover, Angela Martini, Jonathan Cheban, Domingo Zapata, Caroline Rhea, Sonja Morgan and more…For the sixth year in a row, Board Member and celebrity jeweler Lorraine Schwartz supported the event as Gala Angel Sponsor. Simon de Pury, Chairman of de Pury de Pury hosted the Live Auction featuring five luxury lots which raised $505,000. Star Jones led the evening’s paddle raise, which raised $343,900. The Foundation also partnered with charitybuzz.com for an online auction which runs through November 6th at www.charitybuzz.com. Dinner Chairs for the event included Hugh Jackman & Deborra-Lee Furness, Khaled AL Muhairy, and Marc E. Lippman, M.D.Michele Rella, Founding Board member and this year’s Gala Chair oversaw the event’s Co-Chair committee members, who included: Loreen Arbus, Hélène Benhamou, Caroline Berthet, Missy Bridges, Dori Cooperman, Bonnie Pfeifer Evans, Maria Theresa Fauci, Fran Glasenberg, Michele Herbert, Victoria Hunter, Pamela Johananoff, Candy Kern, Emel Kiral, Louise Kornfeld, Inga Kozel, Heather McDowell Levin, Allison Lutnick, Danielle Merollo, Annabella Murphy, Laura Nicklas, Camilla Olsson, Cynthia Ott, Donna Poyiadjis, Alisa Roever, Nancy C. Rogers, Beth Rosenthal, Inga Rubenstein, Charleen Sacks, Ofira Sandberg, Catherine P. Saxton, Lesley Schulhof, Felicia Taylor, Marcy Warren, Laura Stolman Watzky and Adriana Weiss.last_img read more

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Metis rebellion remembered in place where the last shots fired

first_imgAPTN National NewsMetis people in Saskatchewan remembered Louis Riel by celebrating his life at Batoche, Sask., where the last shots of the rebellion he led were fired.APTN National News reporter Delaney Windigo has this story.last_img

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Federal ministers reconnect with proNAFTA allies in US as new stage nears

first_imgOTTAWA – Federal cabinet ministers have fanned out south of the border in hope of energizing U.S. supporters of the beleaguered NAFTA deal as yet another critical round of talks is set to begin in Montreal later this month.In this latest effort to sing NAFTA’s praises to the Americans, the stakes appear highest for Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay.On Sunday, MacAulay will deliver Ottawa’s message from a big stage in Nashville, where he will become the first Canadian cabinet minister to deliver a keynote address at the annual convention of the American Farm Bureau Federation. The conference is a huge gathering of more than 5,000 delegates from across the U.S. agricultural industry.MacAulay’s speech comes at a crucial time for the future of the deal, which he says has had big impact on the continent’s farming sectors.But the significance of his address will be even greater given the higher-profile event on the convention calendar expected in the days after his appearance — a speech by U.S. President Donald Trump.Trump, who will become the first American president to address the convention since George H. W. Bush in 1992, has repeatedly threatened to begin withdrawing the U.S. from the agreement.“It’s without a question a big deal,” MacAulay told The Canadian Press in an interview when asked about speaking before Trump at the same convention.“This is very important, this meeting, in my opinion, and I’m very pleased to be there and hopefully it works well.”Fortunately for MacAulay, the U.S. farming lobby has been a leader in opposing the push to abandon NAFTA, which means his pro-trade message is likely to get a warmer reception than that of his presidential counterpart.In his address, MacAulay is expected to remind the crowd how about 80 food and agriculture organizations sent a warning to the U.S. administration that pulling out of NAFTA would immediately hurt their industries and kills tens of thousands of jobs.MacAulay, Environment Minister Catherine McKenna and Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale have all been meeting political and business leaders in the U.S. this week to promote NAFTA’s benefits.Their visits come ahead of the next round of bargaining, which starts Jan. 23 when negotiators from Canada, the U.S. and Mexico reconvene in Montreal.Goodale met with strong pro-NAFTA officials in Kentucky, including Gov. Matt Bevin and the leaders of the state’s chamber of commerce.In prepared remarks for his speech Friday, he stressed the importance of identifying and dealing properly with any genuine unfairness in the deal, rather than “tanking the whole relationship.”Meanwhile, McKenna travelled to California for meetings Friday with officials, including Gov. Jerry Brown, who also supports NAFTA.Canada’s message hasn’t changed as it renews its defence of the trade deal, said McKenna, who continues to repeat the mantra that NAFTA is key to tackling environmental challenges and boosting economic growth in all three countries.“I think what we’re doing is just looking at all the opportunities to make the case for why NAFTA is really important,” McKenna said.One U.S.-based trade expert said the “maple charm offensive” by Canadian political leaders over the past year has been effective at providing outside support to pro-NAFTA supporters in the U.S. Congress.But Dan Ujczo, a lawyer for Dickinson Wright in Columbus, Ohio, doesn’t think the needle has moved much for those opposed to or even undecided on the deal.“I don’t think hearts and minds have been changed,” said Ujczo, who wants Canada to deploy a fresh set of messengers — and messages.It’s time to go beyond touting NAFTA’s benefits and start acknowledging that there have been some losers in North American integration, Ujczo said — and explain how best to help those people.Canadian businesses should also be playing a bigger role in the U.S. outreach effort, he added.January is likely to be a critical month for NAFTA, since it includes another round of potentially substantive negotiations as well as Trump’s latest State of the Union address.Until then, Trump’s NAFTA message Monday will be “an important measuring stick” on how the administration plans to proceed, he said.“While I don’t expect the president to make any promises about not withdrawing from NAFTA, I think his comments will add some clarity as to how effective the farm lobby’s advocacy has been.”— Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitterlast_img read more

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NTPC Railways ink pact for fly ash transportation

first_imgNew Delhi: State-run NTPC Thursday said it has teamed up with the Indian Railways for fly ash transportation, a move that will help enhance ash utilisation at Rihand and Vindhyachal Super Thermal Power plants. NTPC has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Hazipur-based East Central Railway Zone for transportation of fly ash under Indian Railways’ Special Freight Train Operator (SFTO) scheme. According to the company statement, NTPC has became the first entity in the country to sign an SFTO agreement with Indian Railways. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in Sep”At NTPC, sustainable ash utilisation is one of the key focus areas for us as part of our commitment to safeguard the environment. Ash is now also looked at as a commodity, which can translate into steady revenue stream for the company in the long run,” said P K Sinha, ED (EMG, AM and Safety) NTPC. The pact with Indian Railways for fly ash transportation will help enhance ash utilisation at Rihand and Vindhyachal Super Thermal Power plants and it will be further extended to other NTPC projects. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to Customs”We decided to go with Indian Railways since it has the necessary capability to transport fly ash in bulk in the region at a lower cost,” Sinha added. Fly ash will be transported by Bogey Tank For Alumina Powder (BTAP) rakes, which are leak proof wagons with special air fluidizing system. As part of the agreement, NTPC has procured three BTAP rakes and each rake will have a capacity of 3,060 tonne ash. The first of the three rakes is expected to arrive by October 2019. The signing of the MoU with Indian Railways is a definitive step towards further enhancing fly ash utilisation limit at NTPC plants. Further, it will ease sourcing of raw materials for downstream industries in the region. K K Singh, Regional Executive Director, Northern Region, NTPC signed the MoU on behalf of the company in Patna on Wednesday.last_img read more

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Security beefed up at Ramanathaswamy temple

first_imgRameswaram (TN): Following the blasts that rocked Sri Lanka, security was Friday tightened at the Ramanathaswamy temple, police said here. Bomb disposal squads, sniffer dogs, baggage scanners and armed police personnel have been deployed as part of the security measures taken at the place of worship, superintendent of police Om Prakash Meena told reporters here. On Sunday last, multiple explosions ripped the island nation of Lanka killing over 250 people and leaving several others injured.last_img read more

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