Union members in vote to trial slate ban

first_imgOxford Union members have voted to abolish electoral slates on a temporary basis for the society’s Hilary and Trinity elections.The trial period will be followed by a referendum of all members on the issue in Trinity, where it will be decided whether the move should be permanent.The vote follows a long campaign throughout the last academic year, resulting in feisty exchanges and several inconclusive votes.Last week’s late debate saw several experienced Union officials, who had benefitted from slates in their campaigns, voting in favour of the trial abolishment.Anti-slate campaigner, Francesco Galvanetto, told Cherwell: “I’ve been working alongside Ray [Williams, fellow anti-slate campaigner] for a while now, many of us have put a lot of effort into trying to make the union a better place.“It has been amazing to see those plans turn into reality tonight, the membership’s response to our plans has been fantastic and we cannot wait for the new trial period to begin.“We believe that removing electoral pacts is the first step to allowing any member to take part in the Union’s administration through their merits and their passion.“We can’t wait for next term, when such proposals will come into effect and we hope that many members will put forward their names now that unfair advantages to certain candidates have been removed.“What an honour it was to share the debate with a cabinet minister, and to defeat him as well.”The government’s Universities Minister, Sam Gyiamah, stayed behind after the annual ‘No Confidence’ debate to watch the procedural motion. Cherwell understands he voted against the abolishment of slates.At the end of last term, a motion advocating the banning of slates provisionally passed but then failed to acquire the necessary 150 signatures to bind the ruling.Prior to this, a proposal for debate was rejected on grounds of a ruling that any meeting at the Union can only take place if members have been given a few days’ notice.From 1998 to 2015, slates and electoral-pacts were officially banned, though pro-slate campaigners make the point that they continued to exist informally regardless.last_img read more

Celebrating Sinatra

first_imgDear Editor:Celebrating Sinatra at 101 my annual salute celebrating Frank Sinatra’s birthday,December 12th, continues. His legions of fans include Peggy King and the All-Star Jazz Trio, big band singer Harry Prime talent promoter/musician Billy Jon Coogan, Chris Valenti program director of WYYR, music archivist Anthony DiFlorio III, actress Jane Powell, singer Tony Bennett, author Will Friedwald and DJ Ronnie Allen among many other luminaries of the entertainment industry. Happy Birthday Francis Albert Sinatra (101). Here’s hoping our education system sees its way clear to add ‘Sinatra 101’ to their learning curriculum. That would be a fitting tribute to the man who gave so much to enriching our culture and way of life.Herb Starklast_img read more

Mud That Clogs Bayside Could ‘Rain’ Over O.C. Wetlands

first_imgAn unfinished project to dredge the bay between 15th and 34th streets remains on the city’s to-do list. Credit: George RobinsonCity Council on Thursday (Dec. 3) will consider two measures that could help restart the Ocean City’s long-stalled efforts to dredge bayfront lagoons and channels that are too shallow for boat traffic at low tide.One resolution asks council to spend $226,000 for an engineering company to design experimental plans to spray a thin layer of dredged material across a wide area of marshes.Another resolution asks council to award an $849,227 contract to Command Co Inc. of Egg Harbor City to build a temporary road across the marshes — providing access for trucks to haul away material from a disposal site that is filled to capacity.Both measures address the same problem: Ocean City is willing to spend money to dredge the bay, but it has no place to put the material it dredges. ALSO ON COUNCIL AGENDAThe dredging-related resolutions are part of a full council agenda for a public meeting 7 p.m. Thursday at City Hall. The agenda also includes the following:$2.1 MILLION FOR ROADS: Council will consider the first reading of a bond ordinance that authorizes the spending of $2.1 million ($1,995,000 of it borrowed) to continue the next phases of Ocean City’s ongoing plan for road and drainage improvements.SHEDS: City Council will consider the second reading of an ordinance that eliminates a duplicate ordinance governing sheds.RENTAL UNIT FEES: City Council will consider the second reading of an ordinance eliminating mercantile license fees on units rented for more than 175 days. The fees will continue to exist for short-term rental units.EXTRA COSTS FOR DREDGING PLAN: City Council will consider a resolution that adds $190,750 to a $787,500 contract for ACT Engineering to provide a comprehensive strategy to dredge Ocean City’s bayfront from tip to tip.For complete documentation on all agenda items, see the agenda packet in the PDF below.Download (PDF, 4.35MB) WETLANDS PLANThe second resolution would award a $226,000 contract to ACT Engineering Inc. to design a wetlands restoration plan that would take advantage of a $2.6 million grant from the U.S. Department of the Interior National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to experiment with a new technique to “create and stabilize wetlands” — essentially to spread a thin layer of dredged material over a wide area of the marshes.Dredging engineer Ram Mohan of Anchor QEA, LLC, an ACT Engineering subcontractor, told Ocean City residents in a presentation this summer that spraying a thin layer of material (6 to 12 inches) like rain across the marshes would increase the island’s ability to withstand storms and improve wildlife habitat at the same time.Part of the firm’s work will be to look at historic maps and images of the marshes to determine what can be restored. Three potential areas include the area south of Site 83 (potentially providing a better barrier to flooding along Roosevelt Boulevard), an area east of the Ocean City Municipal Airport, and Garrett’s Island (where the Route 52 Welcome Center is located).Mohan believes wetlands restoration could be an important element in ACT Engineering’s comprehensive master plan for Ocean City dredging. Read more: A Costly Quest to Unclog Ocean City Lagoons and Bayside.Any potential plans would be subject to an extensive environmental permitting process.center_img NEW ROADThe only major disposal site approved by environmental regulators is located in the marshes near Roosevelt Boulevard (34th Street) and is full. A contractor is currently removing material from the site, transporting it by barge to a landing area under the 34th Street Bridge, then hauling it by truck to help cap a landfill in Wildwood.The new road would provide easier access to “Site 83,” allowing trucks to empty the site more quickly to make room for new dredging projects. Read more: Roadway Across Marshes Could Jump Start Bayside Dredging.Command Co Inc. was the lowest of nine bidders and any potential contract would be contingent on approval of a pending Army Corps of Engineers permit for the project.last_img read more

Video: Ms Cupcake at Bakers’ Fair Summer 2012

first_imgMellissa Morgan of Brixton-based vegan bakery Ms Cupcake demonstrated a Victoria Sponge recipe in front of an audience at this year’s Bakers’ Fair Summer 2012.>> Find out more about Bakers’ FairYouTube link: http://youtu.be/TVyXAwhdrpQMusic: Jubilee Blues by Belle Baker (Creative Commons licence)last_img

Advice: Dream big, listen to the market, ask for help

first_imgEver wondered how university innovations start the journey toward becoming products that the world can use? Very often, at Harvard, graduate students and postdoctoral researchers have a hand in it.At the third annual Bench-to-Business Boot Camp, hosted by Harvard Office of Technology Development (OTD) on May 1–2, early-career researchers gained the skills to engage confidently in the practice of technology commercialization and entrepreneurship.The two-day workshop brought in 20 guest speakers to lead a series of interactive workshops, lectures, and panel discussions, exposing participants to the fundamentals — and the joy — of scientific innovation.From over a hundred applications, 44 researchers from across the University were selected to participate, including 13 new OTD Business Development Fellows.The group discovered 10 takeaways from the event:Aim highWhen Kevin Eggan, professor of stem cell and regenerative biology, began his career researching stem cells, it wasn’t clear where a supply of stem cells would come from, let alone how they might become useful in treating disease. Over the course of two decades of innovation, his lab’s work has now advanced to the point where somatic cells from patients with ALS have been turned back into stem cells, and ultimately enabling the development of a new therapeutic candidate to treat ALS.Protect intellectual properly before it is publicly disclosed“You have to teach people how to make and use the invention,” said patent attorney David Resnick, partner at Nixon Peabody. But the timing is essential. “It doesn’t take a lot to destroy your invention,” he said, and where prior art is concerned, “an abstract is more than enough to invalidate your patent.” Even if work is scheduled to be presented next week, there may still be time for OTD to file a provisional patent application in the meantime.Think broadly about the possible applicationsResearch associate Tanya Shirman spoke about how research in Joanna Aizenberg’s lab at the Wyss Institute on the structure and function of materials found in nature has inspired a new method for rational design of the geometry and composition of catalytic systems. The research team has taken a strategic approach to considering whether these new catalytic materials might be put to best use in applications directed at chemical synthesis, emissions control, green energy, or something else.Focus to identify the right market“You have to have a technology that works, but you also have to have a market that can accept the technology,” said Gordon Nameni, Founder and Managing Director at August Brown, a Milwaukee-based technology management consulting firm.Study upCurriculum Services Specialist Mallory Stark and Information Research Specialist Poping Lin, who work at Harvard Business School’s Baker Library, suggested several databases to dig into, including Capital IQ, Thomson One, Science Direct, and Factiva.For the full list of lessons learned at the event, visit OTD’s website. Read Full Storylast_img read more

How IoT Changes the World Of Data

first_imgThe Internet of Things (IoT) brings the promise of new possibilities, but to unlock them, organizations must change how they think about data. With the emergence of the IoT, we are seeing a new class of applications that deal with streaming data coming in from a wide array of sensors and devices across the globe. In essence, the world of IoT involves a paradigm shift from today’s static and finite data to the world of real-time applications consuming continuous and infinite data streams.  With this new model comes new demands that quickly overwhelm today’s legacy infrastructure stacks.New Demands in the Streaming World of IoTTaming the data stream: IoT data coming from a sea of global devices takes the form of streams, which are inherently different from the static data that we are used to. Streaming data is continuous and infinite, and it comes fast. It has a state, but arrives out of order, transmits multiple times, and may have large chunks missing. To take advantage of the insights contained in streaming IoT data, next-gen solutions will need to be able to navigate these distinctive characteristics to make streaming data analytics reliable, durable and consistent.Volatility to the max: The volatility challenge of big data is exponentially greater with streaming. Gone are the days of consistent, nightly batch loads. IoT data is always in motion, and its volume is in flux at any given time. Therefore, the need to auto-sense and elastically scale up and down to react to dramatic peaks and valleys within the streaming workload is critical.Infinite scale – The sheer volume of devices and exponential speed at which data is created brings an exabyte-level data scaling challenge. Before IoT, most of this data was just thrown away, but now you need a plan to process and a cost-effective way to persist, enrich and feed all of this data to your data science teams.Challenge of securing accurate real-time insights: In the world of IoT, time is the difference between acting on an insight to add business value or missing a critical opportunity. Moving to true streaming analytics engines can cut valuable minutes and seconds off of traditional mini-batch analytics approaches. Taken a step further, moving these analytics out of the cloud and onto powerful servers in the fog (the edge in some cases) can provide even more timely and accurate insights.Today’s Do-It-Yourself SolutionsIoT represents a huge opportunity for businesses, but putting it all together has been a challenge for organizations due to the demands detailed above, which traditional solutions were not designed for.  In order to achieve a semblance of ‘stream-like’ capabilities, today’s solutions resemble a patchwork quilt with disparate technologies stitched across a myriad of software venders and hardware stacks.  Early adopters have struggled with these DIY solutions which are costly, complex, and offer limited applicability.  The solutions have redundant siloes for each separate function and then complicate it further with individual data pipelines for real-time, batch, and disaster recovery.  And at the end of the day, they still don’t fully achieve their goal: actionable real-time insights. Delivering the Platform Necessary for IoT: Project NautilusAt Dell EMC, we see an opportunity to radically simplify the DIY infrastructure stack that has come to dominate IoT related platforms. That is why we engineered Project Nautilus, a real-time analytics and streaming storage solution, built from the ground up to provide the foundation for reliable streaming applications. This project combines innovative open source streaming software (Pravega), stream analytics (Apache Flink), plus Dell PowerEdge servers which seamlessly tier into our nearly bottomless unstructured data portfolio featuring Isilon & Elastic Cloud Storage (ECS). It’s not available yet—but stay tuned for this to move from project to reality as the world of IoT continues to become increasingly complex.Check out Project Nautilus here:  Dell EMC IQT Keynote.last_img read more

SMC to host international film festival

first_imgThe Saint Mary’s Center for Women’s Intercultural Leadership (CWIL) will host the World Cinema Festival from Jan. 27-Jan. 29 in Vander Vennet Theatre.Associate director of CWIL Mana Derakhshani said the College had offered a film festival to the community for over 10 years, beginning with a French film festival and transitioning to a variety of international films.Derakhshani said the film festival complements the work of the College to internationalize the campus.“[The festival] brings to campus major films from other countries that we don’t usually get to see in the U.S., particularly outside of a large metropolis such as New York or Chicago,” Derakhshani said. “In addition, screening foreign films on campus supports the larger college-wide learning outcomes of intercultural competence and global learning.”The festival will feature three films in their original languages, with English subtitles, over the course of three nights. Each film will start at 7 p.m., beginning with the Arabic-language film “Wadjda”, directed by Haifaa Al-Mansour on Tuesday. On Wednesday, “Queen”, a Hindi-language film directed by Vikas Bahl, will be screened. The festival will conclude with “So Young”, a Mandarin-language film directed by Wei Zhao.​Derakhshani said she hopes students will attend and learn something about the perspective of other cultures.“Films are windows into particular cultures and allow us to gain some understanding of certain aspects of these cultures,” she said.Derakhshani said viewing these films is a way to engage with the larger world and prepare oneself to interact with different cultures.She said there would be much in the films that differ from the realities of Saint Mary’s students, though there may be some experiences that are similar.“These three films specifically portray young women or girls’ quest for agency and voice in three different cultures and in three different contexts,” she said. “Noting both differences and similarities will increase the audience’s ability to encounter difference with an ethnorelative perspective rather than a judgmental ethnocentric attitude.“Seeing the world through someone else’s cultural lens helps us understand our own culture and norms better.”Two of the films are in languages taught at the College, Arabic and Mandarin, Derakhshani said.“I hope students learning these languages — or wanting to learn them — will come to hear the language in an authentic context,” she said.Derakhshani said she hopes many students will take advantage of the opportunity to watch the films. The event is free and open to the public.For the complete schedule and more information on the films, visit https://www.saintmarys.edu/news-events/news-releases/world-cinema-festival-2015.Tags: center for women’s intercultural leadership, Haifaa Al-Mansour, Mana Derakhshani, Saint Mary’s College, Vander Vennet Theatre, Vikas Bahl, Wei Zhao, World Cinema Festivallast_img read more

On the Blogs: New York Grid Update Widens Market for Renewables

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Katherine Tweed for Greentech Media:New York has an ambitious goal of getting 50 percent of its electricity from renewable resources by 2030. To get there, the state will need to expand grid infrastructure to deliver renewable power from rural areas to load centers.But the state won’t always have to build new infrastructure — it can do more with what it has.The New York Power Authority and New York State Electric & Gas have just finished the first project that shows what is possible using existing infrastructure.NYPA completed a $120 million transmission upgrade, called the Marcy South Series Compensation Project, that will move up to 440 megawatts of additional capacity from upstate, where there are abundant wind and hydro resources, to downstate cities.“Marcy South is a prime example of how we can do more with existing assets,” Richard Kauffman, chair of energy and finance for New York, said in a statement.Instead of building new transmission, NYPA and NYSEG collaborated to connect portions of their grids with ABB capacitor banks installed in the middle of the state. The project is a part of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s energy highway initiative that was established in 2012. The initiative calls for nearly $6 billion to modernize New York’s transmission system in order to enable more clean energy development.“This is a traditional transmission upgrade that utilities are turning to more and more, when additional capacity is needed or when power needs to travel further to get to load centers,” said Ben Kellison, director of grid research at GTM Research.New York Links Power Lines to Bring Renewables From Upstate to Downstate On the Blogs: New York Grid Update Widens Market for Renewableslast_img read more

Monchi departs Roma ahead of Arsenal move

first_imgMonchi departs Roma ahead of Arsenal move Comment Metro Sport ReporterFriday 8 Mar 2019 1:05 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.1kShares Claudio Ranieri is expected to be installed as Fulham’s next manager (Picture: Getty)Claudio Ranieri, sacked by Fulham last week, is expected to replace Di Francesco and the lack of input Monchi had over that decision is said to have led to the total breakdown in his relationship with the club’s hierarchy.Monchi worked with Unai Emery during their successful period together at the Sanchez Pijuan and is expected to take up the vacant role at the Emriates left as a result of former Borussia Dortmund talent spotter Sven Mislinatat’s departure last month.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Eusebio Di Francesco was sacked by Roma following Tuesday’s Champions League defeat against Porto (Picture: Getty) Arsenal are expected to employ Monchi as Sven Mislintat’s successor (Picture: Getty)As they arrived at the airport on the way back from the match in Portugal, a group of Roma fans abused several members of the team, including defender Alessandro Florenzi, who was sarcastically clapped for his role in conceding a needless and decisive 117th minute penalty.Reports claimed Monchi confronted the group of disgruntled supporters, offered to fight them and threatened ‘in six months, I’ll take on each of you one on one.’The 50-year-old subsequently issued an apology on Twitter, which read: ‘It’s true that there was a moment when emotions ran high because of the huge disappointment that we all experienced.‘I apologise to all the fans and, in particular, those present at the airport. Forza Roma!!’ Monchi has left Roma by mutual consent (Picture: Getty)Roma’s sporting director Monchi has left Roma by mutual consent ahead of his anticipated move to Arsenal.‘I want to put on record our thanks to Monchi for his dedication during his time at the club and we wish him all the best for his future endeavours in football,’ said AS Roma CEO Guido Fienga.The Spaniard, who spent 17 years as a sporting director at Sevilla, a club he also represented as a player, joined the Giallorossi in 2017.‘I would like to thank President Pallotta, the club’s management, staff, players and fans for their support during my time at the club,’ said Monchi. ‘I wish Roma a lot of success in the future.’AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityAfter helping turn Sevilla into serial Europa League winners, Monchi was expected to help build a similarly successful side in the Italian capital.Although Roma reached the semi finals of last season’s Champions League, despite the cut-price sale of Mohamed Salah, they have failed to kick-on and lie a staggering 28 points behind Serie A leaders Juventus.A poor run of form culminated in Tuesday’s Champions League defeat at Porto, which proved to be the final straw for head coach Eusebio Di Francesco, who was sacked yesterday. Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Arsenal preparing incentive-based contract offer to keep Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at the Emirates

first_img 1/1 Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Read More Video Settings / Skip Ad Aubameyang scored the winning goal for Arsenal against Burnley on Saturday (Picture: Getty)According to the Daily Telegraph, Arsenal are unable to offer Aubameyang a basic package that would match top-earner Mesut Ozil’s wages but will include lucrative incentives in any potential deal.AdvertisementAdvertisementAubameyang is reportedly earning £200,000 per week at the Emirates, while Ozil is said to be on an enormous £350,000 per week.Unai Emery admitted that the club have entered into discussions with Aubameyang over a new contract and the Telegraph reports that there is optimism on both sides that an agreement can be reached.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityAubameyang has scored 43 times in 67 games for Arsenal and has netted the winning goal in each of their opening two Premier League games of the season against Newcastle United and Burnley.His goal on the opening day of the season took him to 33 goals in 50 Premier League matches making him the joint-fifth most prolific goalscorer after a half-century of games in the competition’s history.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling Read More Full Screen Arsenal are hoping to convince Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to remain with the club long-term (Picture: Getty)Arsenal are hoping to persuade Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to sign a new contract with the club by offering him a deal which includes huge Champions League related bonuses.The 30-year-old has been a huge success in north London since making a £56m move from Borussia Dortmund in 2018, winning the Premier League Golden Boot in his first full season.Aubameyang was linked with a move to major clubs across Europe as well as cash-rich teams in China during the summer transfer window but elected to stay at Arsenal instead.The Gabonese striker is contracted to Arsenal until 2021 but the club are hoping to get him to commit his future beyond then by offering him a bonus if they finish in the top-four.ADVERTISEMENT Arsenal preparing incentive-based contract offer to keep Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at the Emirates Comment SPONSORED Skip center_img Coming Next About Connatix V67539 Metro Sport ReporterMonday 19 Aug 2019 4:52 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link821Shares Read More Advertisement Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE by Metro 1 min. story Top articles Read More PLAY Read More Advertisementlast_img read more

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