Urgent new motion for Student Union passed

first_imgOUSU Council voted on Wednesday to pass Stefan Baskerville’s proposals for reforms to the OUSU funding structure which will end college affiliation fees. In a motion to support the paper “Urgent Challenges for OUSU and the University,” the student body also chose to back the OUSU president’s plans to incorporate the Student Union and include every student as a member.The motion received strong opposition from Rob Shearer, president of disaffiliated Linacre College MCR, whose main complaint was OUSU’s lack of consultation with students, and who asked the passing of the motion be delayed until more consultation had been held. He pointed out that only one student had attended OUSU’s consultation meeting held just 36 hours after the plans were announced. “I know that because it was me,” he added.Shearer further argued that the reforms were missing the point. “The underlying problem is that the budget keeps going up.” Dan Lowe of St Edmund Hall, one of numerous members who spoke out in favour of the motion, argued that this was misguided: “funding is the problem.”OUSU’s funding structure is clearly unreliable and insufficient; as the report itself notes, even a massive cut in spending on services and firing several sabattical officers would not help OUSU back out of its current deficit.The Council gave the motion overwhelming support. In opposing the reforms, Shearer represented a small but very vocal minority present at the meeting.OUSU will now take the funding model to the University Joint Committee. There are no guarantees the proposals will ever be put into place; a similar model to this was rejected by the University authorities in 2007 and OUSU will be asking Oxford for a considerable amount of money. Baskerville admitted “I imagine the University will have some conditions” on the block grant, and suggested these may include evidence that OUSU continues to seek to save money.However, it is hoped that the stronger student support this time will put more pressure on the University not to reject the model. Furthermore, by making these proposals in Hilary term rather than, as with previous attempts at OUSU reform, in Trinity term, the University will hopefully be more willing to listen, having not yet finalised its budget allocations for the year ahead.Baskerville emphasised the importance and urgency of the reforms. “The way we are currently funded mismatches what we do… This is in the best interests of students, the best interests of common rooms and definitely the best interests of central student representation.”Yet it seems Baskerville is already facing problems with his plans. He announcemed during Council that it was very unlikely that OUSU would be moving to new premises, despite seeking new premises being part of the Urgent Challenges paper. Baskerville said the University was “not willing to put up the funding.” However, Baskerville assured Council that, after passing the Urgent Challenges motion, OUSU would continue to put pressure on the University to consider funding a change in premises. The current offices at Thomas Hull House are both expensive and have no wheelchair access.Jonny Medland, Access and Academic Affairs for OUSU, sees the success of the proposals as an opportunity for OUSU to stop endless debating over funding and budget deficits and focus on working for students. “We’ve been talking about this for years,” he said. “We’ve got more important things to talk about.”last_img read more

JFK Forum event with senior women in defense, security

first_imgAt 6 p.m. this evening (Tuesday, Nov. 16), the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum at the Harvard Kennedy School is hosting a conversation with three women who hold or have held top defense and security policy roles in the U.S. government over the past decade.Michele Flournoy, under secretary of defense for policy, is a former Belfer Center research fellow and an alumna of Harvard College. She is the highest-ranking woman in Pentagon history. Prior to her current position, Flournoy served as the president of the Center for a New American Security, as senior adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and as research professor at the Institute for National Strategic Studies at the National Defense University.  In the Clinton Administration, she was principal deputy assistant secretary of defense for strategy and threat reduction, and deputy assistant secretary of defense for strategy.Paula Dobriansky, adjunct senior fellow at the Belfer Center, was under secretary of state for democracy and global affairs in the George W. Bush Administration for eight years, the longest tenure of anyone in that role in modern State Department history. From 1997 to 2001, she served as senior vice president and director of the Washington office of the Council on Foreign Relations. She also was the council’s first George F. Kennan senior fellow for Russian and Eurasian studies.Meghan O’Sullivan, the Jeane Kirkpatrick Professor of International Affairs, was special assistant to the president and deputy national security adviser for Iraq and Afghanistan from 2004 to 2007. Before that, she was senior director for strategic planning and Southwest Asia for the National Security Council.  Her assignments in Iraq have included political adviser to the administrator of the Coalition Provisional Authority and deputy director for governance in 2003 and 2004.Graham Allison, the director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, is moderating the forum. This forum is co-sponsored by the Belfer Center, the Institute of Politics’ Women’s Initiative in Leadership, and the Harvard Kennedy School Women & Gender Caucus.This forum is open to the public and no tickets are necessary. The John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum is located on the first floor of Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, 79 John F. Kennedy Street. The event also will be webcast live on the Institute of Politics Forum page. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Mother, 4 children killed in fire at suburban Chicago home

first_imgDES PLAINES, Ill. (AP) — A mother and her four daughters were killed in a fire that swept through their apartment in the Chicago suburb of Des Plaines. The Cook County medical examiner’s office identified the victims as six-year-old Renata Espinosa, five-year-old  Genesis Espinosa, three-year-old Allizon Espinosa, 1-year-old Grace Espinosa and their mother, 25-year-old Citahaly Zamiodo. The father of the children wasn’t at home at the time of the blaze. Des Plaines Fire Chief Daniel Anderson the fire broke out shortly before 11 a.m. Wednesday at a duplex. The cause of the blaze hasn’t been determined. Anderson says a firefighter was injured while battling the blaze, but didn’t require hospitalization.last_img

6 on-target Gen Z marketing pitches financial marketers are using

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Gen Z is coming into its own now that its older members are graduating college and starting their careers. The upper end of this large group of consumers — roughly 18 to 25 as of 2020 — increasingly needs the support and services of financial institutions. And the rest of the generation is worthy of early attention as well. Although there is some disagreement about the date range, generally speaking Gen Zers were born between 1995 and 2015.Because members of each generation are influenced by the events and trends that help shape their expectations and behaviors, segmenting and targeting consumers based on their generation can boost marketing performance.The six insights on Gen Z laid out below are based on a survey of 1,000 financial services customers by Yes Marketing. For each insight we give one or more examples of how large and small financial brands are adapting their products and marketing to appeal to the preferences of this emerging generation.last_img read more

Governor Wolf Announces $2.4 million in Business-Education Partnership Program Grants

first_imgGovernor Wolf Announces $2.4 million in Business-Education Partnership Program Grants Press Release,  Results Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf, in conjunction with the Department of Labor & Industry (L&I), today announced 19 recipients of Business-Education Partnership (BEP) Program grants totaling $2.4 million.“This funding supports the ‘Educator in the Workplace’ initiative which connects classroom learning with relevant business practices,” Governor Wolf said. “Partnering teachers with business leaders to integrate subject material with relevant work standards will help better prepare students for 21st century careers.”In November 2016, the Pennsylvania Workforce Development Board recommended a portion of the Workforce Investment and Opportunity Act discretionary monies from fiscal year 2015-16 be used to fund the Business-Education Partnerships program. These partnerships connect local businesses with school districts to promote job opportunities and career pathways to increase awareness of in-demand technical careers.The Business-Education Partnerships connect schools, employers and students to provide career-related experiences and exposure opportunities through soft-skills development, internships, workplace shadowing, and career mentoring, all with the goal of engaging more students in the need for technical skills required by employers.A total of $2.4 million WIOA state set-aside dollars were available for the grants and each of the 22 local Workforce Development Boards (LWDBs) were encouraged to apply.“Labor & Industry is proud to administer this funding to encourage students interested in exploring career and technical education opportunities,” said L&I Secretary Kathy Manderino. “Providing Pennsylvania’s young people with a solid first work experience puts them squarely on the path to future success.”For a full list of winners and grant amounts, www.dli.pa.gov/Businesses. April 05, 2017center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Tables turn on Ray White power couple now selling own home

first_imgTHE tables have turned on real estate power couple Julie and Errol Munro, who are selling their Kirwan family home.No strangers to counselling others through the selling process, the Ray White Townsville principals recently turned the spotlight on their own home as well as each other.For four intense weeks, the couple were forced to not only test their skills as agents but their marriage, as they scrubbed, dusted, decluttered and staged their Kirwan home at 7 Hawkhurst Place.7 Hawkhurst Pl, Kirwan“We know that when a property is presented in a pristine fashion, the amount of energy that went into the home will be reflected in the attention the home will get from buyers,” Julie Munro said.“We’re super neat people, but our house had corners with dust that we didn’t even realise was there during the three years we lived in the home. Not to mention getting rid of all the items around the house that we never used,” she added.“Errol and I would counsel each other on the things that needed to get done but those four weeks were very testing for our marriage as we had to challenge each other as real estate agents but also as a married couple.”7 Hawkhurst Pl, KirwanThe end result speaks for itself, with the house pristinely presented and the Munros stronger together than ever before.“It’s certainly been an eye opener and taught us a lot of things. It’s also definitely made us sympathise with our clients more than ever,” Julie Munro said.“But in the end we, as all sellers, hope that our efforts will pay off.”Handy tips for getting your home sale-ready…More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:23Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:23 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHandy tips for getting your home ready for sale02:22The three-bedroom, two-bathroom home is now on the market for offers over $600,000 and open for inspection tomorrow from 1pm7 Hawkhurst Pl, KirwanDesigned for entertaining and family living, the home overlooks the Willows Golf Course from both the open-plan living area and the vast outdoor entertaining space that will delight any master chef.“We’re only selling because our life circumstances have changed and we’re now building a home to suit our new lifestyle,” Julie Munro said. “We bought this house with the vision that our family would grow and that we would occupy the entire home. But that hasn’t happened for us.”“So to replace a growing family, we’ve gone into small business and as a result we’re never home as we’re always working. So our needs have changed dramatically,” she explained.“We absolutely love what we do and we loved living in our home but recognise that it’s time to let someone else enjoy this beautiful property.”last_img read more

Westport man arrested following high speed pursuit

first_imgScott County, In. — A report from the Indiana State Police says a Westport man was arrested following a pursuit on I-65 in Jefferson County Thursday.Troopers responded to reports of a reckless driver around 2 p.m. Callers told police there were passengers were hanging out of the windows and displaying offensive gestures to other motorists.When troopers attempted to stop the vehicle driven by Paul Clinton Barger, 27, he sped away. Barger then evaded police by making unsafe lane changes and passes in the emergency lane.After taking the Memphis exit, Barger attempted to reenter the interstate when he crashed and overturned.Barger has been charged with resisting with a vehicle, resisting law enforcement, possession of a legend drug, operating while intoxicated with endangerment and reckless driving.Indiana State Police, Austin Police Department, Scottsburg Police Department, Scott County EMS and the Clark County Sheriff’s Department assisted.last_img read more

Barcelona edge out Real Madrid in thrilling Miami Clasico

first_img(REUTERS) – Barcelona drew first blood against Real Madrid ahead of the new season with a 3-2 victory in a pulsating Clasico friendly on Saturday in Miami.The historic rivals will meet again twice in August in the Spanish Super Cup and this International Champions Cup match set the entertainment bar high, with Barcelona maintaining their 100 per cent record in pre-season.“Physically we are in good shape, the team is winning, we just have to correct our errors,” Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets told Premier Sports.“We’re happy for the win, it was a lot of fun for the fans because there were a lot of chances, although the players suffered in the heat and humidity.”While Barcelona beat Juventus and Manchester United, Madrid’s defeat means they end their pre-season tour of the United States without a victory.“I don’t care much about the defeat, it always hurts but right now it’s not the important thing,” said Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane.“It’s pre-season. The results haven’t gone as hoped for but it will not change anything. The important thing is to be ready for Aug. 8 (when Madrid face Manchester United in the European Super Cup).”Madrid were missing Cristiano Ronaldo, still on holiday, but both teams were close to full strength.Ernesto Valverde, getting a taste of Clasico drama early in his career as Barcelona manager, selected Neymar despite speculation swirling over the Brazilian’s future at the club.However, it was stalwart Lionel Messi who opened the scoring after just three minutes, firing home with the help of a deflection, before Ivan Rakitic doubled the lead with a powerful drive from Neymar’s low pass.The sell-out crowd at the Hard Rock Stadium were in for a thrilling night and Madrid fought their way back into the game with Mateo Kovacic drilling home expertly, before Marco Asensio equalised in the 36th minute after a lightning break.After a prolonged halftime break with music, lights and fireworks shows more akin to the Super Bowl, the game restarted at the same hectic pace.Gerard Pique sent Barcelona ahead again in the 50th minute by flicking home Neymar’s curling free-kick, and it proved to be the match-winning goal.It was the first time the teams met in a friendly since 1991 and only the second time outside of Spain. Given its success, the spectacle is likely to be repeated.Barcelona lifted a trophy after the game but Valverde will be focused on ensuring they can impose themselves in the same way when these teams meet in two weeks at Camp Nou, this time with real silverware at stake.last_img read more

WBB : SU doomed by poor offensive performance in loss to Hoyas

first_img Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ It was a start that Syracuse could not afford to have against its conference rival. Eight minutes in and the Orange had already thrown the game away.Twelve consecutive missed field goal attempts and eight turnovers allowed No. 18 Georgetown to build an insurmountable 16-1 lead right out of the gate.The poor shooting and lack of ball security that have plagued Syracuse throughout the season reached new heights, as the Orange was dominated in nearly every facet of the game in a 69-42 loss to Georgetown in Washington, D.C., at McDonough Arena on Sunday. Syracuse coughed up the ball a season-high 30 times and the Hoyas benefited, scoring 38 points off those turnovers. SU also scored a season-low 42 points.‘We just threw the ball away and they shot the ball especially well,’ Syracuse head coach Quentin Hillsman said. ‘They are the lowest shooting team in the conference, and they made some shots with some kids who don’t normally make shots. You’ve got to make shots.’Georgetown entered the game shooting a measly 35.4 percent on the season, last in the Big East. But as SU turned the ball over more and more throughout the game, the Hoyas got easy looks in transition and erased any offensive deficiencies.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textGU shot the ball unexpectedly well, shooting 25-of-60 (41.7 percent) from the field and 50 percent on 24 attempts from 3-point range. Sugar Rodgers led all scorers with 23 points on 9-of-17 shooting.With the Orange already down by 15 with 7:40 left in the first half, the mistakes began to mount and snowball out of control.After La’Shay Taft missed a 3-pointer, Shakeya Leary grabbed the offensive rebound, but the ball was stolen away. Rodgers, the Big East’s leading scorer, hit a 3 on the Hoyas’ ensuing possession, giving them their largest lead to that point. The Orange turned the ball over on four consecutive possessions following Leary’s turnover and the Hoyas’ lead grew to 31-10.The Orange gave up the basketball 19 times in the opening stanza, and Georgetown led 41-13 at the break.‘When you turn the ball over, you don’t have very good court balance,’ Hillsman said, ‘so we started turning the ball over and not getting our court balance and that hurt us some in the game.’With the Orange struggling to keep possession, SU made just four field goal attempts in the first half. As the Hoyas’ lead grew larger, Syracuse looked to get back in the game by shooting jump shots, which strayed far from the Hillsman’s philosophy to get the ball inside.The switch to an unfamiliar game plan failed to produce positive results, and SU was never able to get back into the game in the second half.Elashier Hall and Taft shot a combined 0-of-18 from the field for the Orange. Iasia Hemingway and Kayla Alexander paced SU with 14 and 13 points, respectively.The Orange shot just 15-of-60 from the floor, and despite outrebounding the Hoyas 45-35, SU yielded nearly just as many second-chance points as its opponent. Hillsman said it wasn’t as much what the Hoyas were doing defensively, but rather that the Orange struggled to make the most of its opportunities.‘We got some really good looks, we just didn’t make shots,’ Hillsman said. ‘I thought that we got some good looks at the rim, and we weren’t able to make those shots.’[email protected]center_img Published on January 15, 2012 at 12:00 pmlast_img read more

Serena Williams Pulls out of Miami Open

first_imgWilliams has now withdrawn from two consecutive WTA events, after her retirement from last week’s tournament in Indian Wells with a viral illness.She last claimed the Miami title in 2015, beating Spain’s Carla Suárez Navarro in the final.Her last Grand Slam win arrived at the 2017 Australian Open, moving her one behind Margaret Court’s record of 24 Grand Slam singles titles.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Eight-time champion Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Miami Open because of a knee injury. American Williams reached round three on Friday with victory over Sweden’s Rebecca Peterson, only the seventh match she has completed in 2019.The 23-time Grand Slam winner was set to face Wang Qiang in the last 32 but the Chinese 27-year-old now gets a bye.“I am disappointed to withdraw from the Miami Open due to a left knee injury,” said Williams, 37.last_img read more