Students are incompatible with OUSU

first_imgOUSU was in confusion this week as it attempted to implement the result of last term’s referendum on the future of higher education funding. The overwhelming result of the referendum was to ‘reduce student numbers’ but the student union is having difficulty reconciling this with current policy such as ‘free higher education’ and ‘equal access for all’. Daniel Simpson, OUSU Council Delegate and Labour Club Chair, said, “The policy is a single line and very unclear, so we don’t know how it can fit with access”. Concern was raised as to why the contradictions with other areas of OUSU policy had not been foreseen. Ken Owen from the Education Reform Group which campaigned for ‘reduce student numbers’ said it was OUSU’s responsibility “to make sure that each option was a real choice.” The committee decided to ask political groups to look for a definition that would not contradict other parts of OUSU policy and if this was not possible, to suggest a second referendum to ask “Do you think it should be OUSU policy to reduce student numbers?” This would allow OUSU Council to decide higher education policy itself if a “No” vote was returned. Some of those present feared that students might view a second referendum as OUSU ignoring the result of the first free and fair vote. Owen claimed “another referendum would confirm the perception that some people within OUSU are doing everything they can to avoid implementing the result of the referendum. At the end of the day a referendum result has a much clearer popular mandate than OUSU Council ever will.” Helena Puig-Larrauri, OUSU President, was quick to quash speculation that this might be the end of the referendum result, saying that F&F was a “greenhouse for ideas” but ultimately campaigns are committed to OUSU policy. However, OUSU is constitutionally bound to hold a new referendum if requested by ten JCR or MCR presidents, or 500 ordinary students. Ed Griffiths, who tried to put a motion through OUSU Council earlier in the term, which would have allowed it to ignore the referendum result, is believed to be currently attempting to put such a petition together.ARCHIVE: 5th week TT 2004last_img read more

Dubrovnik Tourist Board prepares promotional activities for open restaurants during the winter

first_imgDuring the winter season 2019/2020. Dubrovnik will be connected with seven foreign destinations: Croatia Airlines – Frankfurt, British Airways – London, Vueling – Rome and Barcelona, ​​LOT – Warsaw, Aegean Airlines – Athens, Turkish Airlines – Istanbul. WINTER PROGRAM PRESENTED IN DUBROVNIK With the aim of better cooperation and the best possible information, the Tourist Board of the City of Dubrovnik hereby repeats the invitation sent by e-mail to all owners of restaurants, pizzerias and fast food to apply to the e-mail address [email protected] until Tuesday, November 26 until 15:00, with the dates when the restaurant is open, opening hours during December, and especially on Christmas Day, Christmas, New Year and New Year and contact phone, web or Facebook page, as well as to us submit special offers if they have them.  RELATED NEWS: This year, the City of Dubrovnik has made a decision to reduce the public area for catering tables and chairs by 10% for all facilities used with 25,00 and more m2. Also, the lease time of public space has been increased to 5 years, which will certainly bring some security to caterers. DUBROVNIK BECAME THE FIRST CITY IN CROATIA WITH 100% ELECTRIC SYSTEM CAR SHARING The measure refers to the exemption from rent for public areas of caterers who are mainly engaged in serving food (restaurants, taverns, pizzerias) in the historic center, if they perform their activities from 1 December 2019 to 29 February 2020. Dubrovnik brought order to the historic core In accordance with the new amendments to the Decision on the lease of public areas in Article 6, a new paragraph is added on the exemption from paying rent to caterers in the Historic Center if caterers perform their activity in the “winter” months. Given the increase in the number of international and domestic flights during the winter months and the interest and growth in the number of visitors, the Dubrovnik Tourist Board is preparing promotional activities this winter and printing a monthly flyer “Winter restaurants“, Which contains a list of open restaurants, pizzerias and fast food restaurants during the month of December with special working hours, so that guests staying in Dubrovnik are better informed and so that open restaurants are better promoted.  Also, in order to extend the tourist season, the City of Dubrovnik has proposed a measure that should stimulate the owners of restaurants in the historic center to work in the winter months.last_img read more

Sudan finds mass grave believed to have bodies of officers executed by Bashir

first_imgSudan has found a mass grave that most likely contains remains of 28 army officers executed in 1990 for plotting an attempted coup against the former President Omar al-Bashir, the public prosecutor office said late on Thursday.The officers were executed in mysterious circumstances after a quick military trial one year after Bashir himself took the power in a military coup in 1989. There burial site was not disclosed for decades.”The public prosecution managed to find a mass grave that data indicates that it is most likely the graveyard where the bodies of the officers who were killed and buried in a brutal manner,” the public prosecutor said in a statement. Bashir was ousted by the army in April 2019, after months of mass protests.Local media reports said earlier this month that prosecutors questioned Bashir over the 1990 executions. The prosecution has not publicly commented on the matter.Last month, Sudan’s public prosecutor announced the discovery of a mass grave east of Khartoum suspected to contain the remains of students killed in 1998 as they tried escaping military service at a training camp.Bashir already was handed down a two-year sentence by a court in December on corruption charges. Bashir also faces trials and investigations over the killing of protesters.He is also wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC), which issued arrest warrants against him in 2009 and 2010 on charges of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity in Sudan’s restive Darfur region.A civilian transition government took over from Bashir under a three-year power-sharing deal with the military who helped remove Bashir, but the country’s economy is still in crisis.Topics : A team of 23 experts reached this result after an effort that lasted for three weeks, and more forensic and investigative measures will be taken in the site, the statement added.The public prosecutor assured the families of the executed officers that “such crimes will not pass without a just trial”.Bashir appeared in court on Tuesday at the opening of his trial for leading the military coup that brought him to power in 1989. He could be sentenced to death if convicted.Bashir’s attorneys could not immediately be reached for comment.last_img read more

Pension fund for Dutch hairdressers loses 0.7% due to rising rates

first_imgThe pension fund’s 62% return portfolio produced an overall result of 7.8%, with its equity holdings (32.4%) generating a 14.8% return.US and European equities returned 26% and 20%, respectively.In contrast, the scheme lost 9% on its emerging market holdings, having recently increased the allocation at the expense of investments in Japan and Asia.Kappers’ 9.5% property portfolio returned 0.34%, while its 20.6% credit allocation delivered 2.3%.The industry-wide pension fund for hairdressers and barbers reduced its contribution from 8.6% in 2013 to 7.5% in 2014, while lowering its annual pensions accrual from 0.85% of salary to 0.81%.To raise its coverage ratio to the minimum required level of 105.3%, the scheme had to apply a 2.8% rights cut last April, following a 7% discount last year.At May-end, its funding stood at 109.7%.The board said it expected that any new funding shortfall would be eliminated under a new pensions contract based on the financial assessment framework (FTK).It added that it decided to pay its trustees and chairmen a fixed annual amount of €25,000 and €40,000, respectively.The pension fund reported administration costs of €122,50 per participant and asset management costs of 0.45% of its assets. At year-end, it had 20,750 active participants, 36,750 deferred members and 2,380 pensioners. Kappers, the €457m pension fund for hairdressers and barbers in the Netherlands, lost 0.7% on its investments last year due to the effect of rising interest rates on its fixed income holdings and interest derivatives.On balance, its 37% matching portfolio of government bonds, interest derivatives and mortgages lost 12.2%, according to its 2013 annual report. The largest loss – almost 17% – was produced by the scheme’s 28.6% allocation to government bonds and interest swaps, meant to hedge the interest risk on its liabilities.Mortgages investments, on the other hand, returned almost 7.4%.last_img read more

Betfair – Labour hits lowest General Election price as market hits £6 million

first_img Submit Share Share Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Related Articles The Labour Party has hit its shortest price of 15/1 since the snap call for a UK General Election (8 June).The opposition party makes its comeback as the latest YouGov election polls have the Conservative Party ahead by a 9-point lead. Betfair Politics maintains the Tory as 1/18 market favourite (94% chance of winning) to maintain its government.Updating the media, Betfair Politics informs that 65% of bets placed over the weekend have been wagered on a Labour victory as its UK 2017 General Election market hits the £6 million in matched wagers.Betfair Spokesperson, Katie Baylis, commented on the market : “While the Tories are still heavy odds-on favourites on both of the major markets of Most Seats and Overall Majority, there’s no doubt Labour’s odds are moving in the right direction for Jeremy Corbyn.“With a lot of criticism of the Conservative’s manifesto and the polls reflecting that, it’s perhaps no surprise that Labour have had a surge in backing from punters, with 65% of bets on them over the weekend. However, we are still seeing big money for the Tories, with one punter staking £65k on them over the weekend.” Bookies Corner: Trump Presidency sinks as US 2020 enters its 100 day countdown July 29, 2020 ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure  August 27, 2020 StumbleUponlast_img read more

MapQuest Embraces Open Source

first_imgsarah perez A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Fighting Google and Bing with Open Source?Steve Coast, founder of OpenStreetMap, praised AOL for its efforts, calling its move to join up with the open-source movement one that “represents rare foresight in recognizing that the future of map data will be a commons.” But for AOL, the move is likely less about the feel-good aspect of supporting open source and more of a calculated business decision. Using open data will allow the company to quickly ramp up its maps with more information and details, including things like bike paths, hiking trails, parks and neighborhood streets, without having to invest significant funds in order to do so. While the end result may not have the whizz-bang of competitors like Google Maps or Bing Maps with their Street Views, map applications, Bird’s Eye views, 3D features and other advancements, the open maps may, in some cases, end up being more accurate thanks to the crowd-sourced data coming from local residents. It’s a smart strategy for a brand whose name was once so aligned with mapping it actually became a verb: “Just MapQuest it.” Oddly enough, people often still say that today, but then head over to Google Maps instead. MapQuest hopes it’s not too late to change that. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market AOL’s MapQuest announced today that it is launching an open-source mapping initiative, beginning with the U.K. and then heading to the United States. The project, available now at, uses the new modern design and layout for MapQuest revealed last week in beta format. However, the data on the site comes from the OpenStreetMap community, an ongoing effort to create free and editable maps worldwide.Along with the launch of “MapQuest Open,” as the project is called, AOL also announced a $1 million OpenStreetMap investment fund to support the growth of open-source mapping in the U.S. “MapQuest is the first large-scale mapping site to embrace the open-source community,” said Jon Brod, executive vice president of AOL Ventures, Local and Mapping. $1 Million for OpenStreetMap The fund is specifically targeted toward filling in gaps and adding data to the specific U.S. communities covered by AOL’s hyperlocal news, business and event listing resource, Patch. At present, Patch supports select communities in California, Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island. Localized editions of Patch include embedded maps across the site’s many pages, displaying relevant news and events. The data on these maps already comes from OpenStreetMap, as opposed to MapQuest’s own service. AOL’s head of engineering, Local and Mapping, Randy Meech, made the announcement of the company’s new initiatives at the fourth annual international OpenStreetMap conference, State of the Map 2010, in Girona, Spain. One of the slides from Meech’s presentation addresses the question many may have regarding this new project: “Why is it starting in the U.K., not the U.S.?” According to Meech, the U.K. and Germany are ahead in quality right now, and the “navigability needs improvement” in the U.S. The fund, obviously, should help with some of these issues. Tags:#AOL#Location#web Related Posts last_img read more

Curry scores 40, Warriors rout Wolves in Shanghai

first_imgWARRIORS 142, TIMBERWOLVES 110Golden State shot 60 percent from the field (51 of 85) and 61 percent (20 for 33) from behind the arc.Rookie Jordan Bell made all five shots and scored 11 points, while Draymond Green also scored 11.Karl-Anthony Towns scored 16 points and Jimmy Butler had 15.The Wolves poured in 44 points in the first quarter, but Tom Thibodeau’s club yielded quarters of 36, 40 and 38 points over the first three periods.ADVERTISEMENT BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Read Next Portland scored 43 points in the second quarter.Blake Griffin and Serbian star Milos Teodosic each scored 15 for the Clippers.Teodosic made four 3-pointers despite dislocating his left pinkie finger.DeAndre Jordan had 12 points and 14 rebounds.Danilo Gallinari (left mid-foot sprain), Austin Rivers (strained right glute) and Sam Dekker (strained left oblique) sat out.SPURS 122, NUGGETS 100LaMarcus Aldridge had 21 points, eight rebounds and six assists, and the Spurs handed the Nuggets their first loss of the preseason.San Antonio shot 57 percent from the field and 3-point range, going 16 of 28 behind the arc.Rudy Gay and Danny Green each scored 11 points in a little more than 20 minutes.Pau Gasol and Patty Mills rested, as reserve Bryn Forbes scored 20 points. NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers PLAY LIST 01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  LATEST STORIES WIZARDS 102, CAVALIERS 94Bradley Beal scored 11 points in limited action and the Wizards improved to 3-0.Beal played nine minutes and fellow guard John Wall logged just 7 1/2. Jodie Meeks and Carrick Felix scored 12 points off the bench to pace Washington.The Cavaliers rested LeBron James and nearly all their regulars in Washington and fell to 0-3. Jeff Green had a series of dunks and led Cleveland with 19 points.Also sitting for Cleveland were Dwyane Wade, Derrick Rose, Kevin Love, J.R. Smith, Jae Crowder and Tristan Thompson.Kay Felder started at guard and had 12 points and 11 assists, Kyle Korver had 11 points, and Turkish rookie Cedi Osman finished with six points, six assists and five rebounds.TRAIL BLAZERS 134, CLIPPERS 106Damian Lillard scored 35 points, CJ McCollum added 20 and Portland rang up 70 points in the first half in Los Angeles.Lillard was 13 for 13 from the free throw line. He and McCollum each made four 3-pointers.Maurice Harkless was 6 for 6 off the bench and scored 16 points, while Jusuf Nurkic finished with 13 points and nine rebounds. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Thunder hold off Australia’s Melbourne United MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC AP FILE PHOTOStephen Curry finished off his China trip with a performance ripped right out of his MVP highlight reel.Curry scored 40 points to lead the Golden State Warriors to a 142-110 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday in Shanghai for a split of their two-game series in China.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Nikola Jokic had 19 points and seven rebounds for Denver.Gary Harris scored 15 points after agreeing to a four-year, $84 million extension.Paul Millsap was just 2 for 11 from the field and scored 13 points, while Will Barton came off the bench for 16 points.Point guards Jameer Nelson and Emmanuel Mudiay were a combined 2 for 11. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It was the Warriors’ first win of the preseason and came like so many of their victories of the last three years, filled with Curry’s incredible shot-making and playmaking.The 2015 and 2016 NBA MVP was 13 for 20 from the field, including 6 of 9 from 3-point range, and added eight assists.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutKlay Thompson added eight 3-pointers and 28 points, while Kevin Durant scored 22.Andrew Wiggins had 19 points for Minnesota, which won’t play again in the preseason.last_img read more

Graduating Kath Arado eyes UE assistant coach role

first_imgJames Yap says young Rain or Shine will grow from Game 7 loss Arado, who had a career record of 7-63 in the UAAP, said she doesn’t regret staying in UE despite not achieving the team success she envisioned for five years.“In the five years I stayed in UE, there were a lot of changes and I know that my co-seniors and I that we don’t regret playing for UE even though there were a lot of negative things being said against the team,” said Arado in Filipino.Arado wasn’t the only Lady Warrior, who exhausted her collegiate eligibility with middle blocker Roselle Baliton, setter Lai Bendong, and outside spiker Judith Abil also set to leave after the 2018-19 academic year.“There were times that we actually thought of leaving UE but we held on to our ideals of changing the way people perceive UE,” said Arado who had 28 excellent digs and 12 successful receptions.ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte UE Athletic Director Rod Roque, who’s also the team’s interim head coach after replacing Francis Vicente, said Arado had already applied to be an assistant coach for the following season.“I already submitted Kath’s papers to UE’s president,” said Roque.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsArado leaves UE as one of its most successful liberos after being named Rookie of the Year in Season 77, Best Receiver in Season 80, and Best Digger in Seasons 79 and 80.She’s also in contention for the Best Libero award for Season 81. LATEST STORIES Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hasslescenter_img PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Kath Arado could stay at University of the East even after playing her final game in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament, albeit in a different capacity.The Lady Warriors lost their last match of the year to league leader Ateneo, 25-20, 27-25, 25-11, Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre but the star libero could be staying in the school for the foreseeable future.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

10 months agoWolves boss Nuno: Keeping Mitrovic quiet key to defeating Fulham

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Wolves boss Nuno: Keeping Mitrovic quiet key to defeating Fulhamby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves boss Nuno says keeping Aleksandar Mitrovic quiet is key to defeating Fulham.Nuno knows that stopping the 24-year-old, who has netted 13 times for club and country this season, will be key to Wolves’ hopes on Boxing Day.“Last season in that moment he was a player who really helped them to get promoted,” Nuno said. “Their performance was fantastic and he is a very good player. I think he is one of the strikers who plays better with his back against the goal and we have to work on that.”Last season he created a lot of problems, especially because he was man to man with our last reference of defence. We have to balance better.” last_img read more