Irish students at Oxford doubled over last decade

first_imgThe number of students from the Republic of Ireland at Oxford has almost doubled over the past decade, Cherwell has found.The Sunday Times reported that the total number of Irish students at Oxford and Cambridge had increased twofold between 2001 and 2011, from 213 to 448.In Oxford specifically, the number of those domiciled in the Republic has risen from a total of 67 in 2001 to 135 in 2012.The main driver has been an increase in postgraduate enrolments. While there are 31 undergraduates in 2012 compared to 27 in 2002, numbers undertaking graduate study have jumped from 40 to 103 in the same period.First year St Catz linguist Niamh Furey, an Irish student from Derry/Londonderry in Northern Ireland, suggested, “Improved crossborder relations may have exposed more Irish students to the UCAS system, which is commonplace in the North. But I would say that Ireland’s youth has adapted to the country’s economic state: for me, Oxford’s opportunities and better funding relative to the Dublin universities were a deciding factor.”Other Irish students in Oxford expressed varying degrees of surprise. Jennifer Ní HÉigeartaigh, a Dubliner and third year PPEist at St John’s, described the figure of 31 undergraduates as “shocking”.Second year Somerville PPEist Zoe Fannon, from Cork, said, “Given that Ireland is so close to the UK, has a strong historical connection with it, and is an English-speaking country, 31 students of 54,344 sitting the 2011 Irish schoolleaving exam is not very many.”Free higher education, with a small registration cost, was the case in Ireland until 2011. It was replaced by a student contribution – in effect a fee – which stood at €2,250 (£1,810) in 2012/3.Ní HÉigeartaigh suggests the new system “is probably decreasing the gap in upfront costs and making students more likely to consider [the UK] than they were when Irish universities were free.”Nieouamh Burns, a first year philosophy and German student at New College, said, “I would have expected the increase in fees [in the UK] to put a lot of people off – doing an undergrad at Oxford is much more expensive than at TCD [Trinity College Dublin]. In my Dublin state school we rarely spoke about coming to study in the UK. The brightest students in my school didn’t even consider coming to Oxford; I was the only applicant.”Fannon concurred, explaining, “It just doesn’t occur to a lot of people that they could go to the UK, let alone Oxbridge. I don’t remember seeing much recruitment by UK universities in Cork at least.”Ed Nickell, president of CraicSoc, a society for Irish and Northern Irish Oxford students, also noted, “Personal experience has shown that the majority of Irish and Northern Irish students come from a small number of top schools, especially from grammar schools in the North. We need to think not just in terms of getting Irish students, but students from a wider variety of educational backgrounds.”last_img read more

Ocean City Proposes Ban on Marijuana Sales

first_imgCity Council votes 7-0 to introduce an ordinance banning marijuana and hashish sales in Ocean City. By DONALD WITTKOWSKIOcean City was founded by Methodist ministers in 1879 as a “dry” resort town that bans the sale of alcohol. Now, the city wants to ban the sale of marijuana in the aftermath of New Jersey’s legalization of cannabis last month.Voting 7-0, City Council introduced an ordinance Thursday night that would prohibit businesses that cultivate, manufacture, test or sell marijuana and marijuana paraphernalia.The measure would ban marijuana facilities within one-quarter mile of a school, church, recreational or sports facility, the Boardwalk and any residential area. It would effectively outlaw businesses from selling marijuana, hashish or pot paraphernalia in all parts of town.“The Mayor and City Council believe there is no area of the city which can safely house a business selling marijuana, cannabis or hashish or the paraphernalia that facilitates use of the same,” the ordinance says.The ordinance is scheduled for a public hearing and final vote at the April 8 Council meeting. It will also be reviewed by the city’s zoning board to make sure it is consistent with local zoning laws.There was little discussion Thursday night during the ordinance’s introduction. However, the Council members joined with Mayor Jay Gillian at the governing body’s Feb. 25 meeting to strongly denounce the state’s legalization of recreational marijuana, saying it was nothing short of “insanity.”“It’s just ridiculous. I just can’t fathom this,” Gillian said at the Feb. 25 meeting amid unanimous agreement from the Council members.At one point, Gillian bluntly added, “This disgusts me.”On Feb. 22, Gov. Phil Murphy signed three bills to legalize pot for adults 21 and older and to decriminalize it for people under 21.From the start, Ocean City’s Council has objected to marijuana’s legalization, passing an ordinance in 2019 to ban the sale of pot in a town that bills itself as “America’s Greatest Family Resort.” At that time, the governor and state Legislature were discussing the possibility of legalizing marijuana.City Solicitor Dorothy McCrosson explained that the 2019 ordinance became invalid once New Jersey formally legalized cannabis. However, the new state legislation gives municipalities 180 days to reinstate their prohibition of marijuana sales.A small audience inside the Ocean City High School auditorium observes social distancing requirements in the first City Council meeting since Nov. 5 to allow in-person attendance.As a “dry” town, Ocean City has banned alcohol sales since its founding as a Christian resort.  The ban on alcohol sales is a centerpiece of the city’s image as a safe, family-style summer vacation retreat.Council members have expressed concerns that the city’s family-friendly reputation could be harmed if marijuana is sold in town and people simply begin smoking pot in popular tourist areas, such as the Boardwalk.“I’m 1,000 percent zero tolerance on this,” City Council President Bob Barr said at Feb. 25 meeting of his opposition to legal recreational marijuana.Murphy and other marijuana advocates say the drug’s legalization in New Jersey will end the injustice of blacks being arrested for possession of pot at higher rates than whites.During Thursday’s meeting, an official with a labor union that represents cannabis workers urged Council to reconsider its proposed ban on marijuana sales. He said the cannabis industry will be a critical source of jobs for New Jersey workers in years to come.Hugh Giordano, a representative of Local 152 of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, also asked Council to allow the sale of medical marijuana at Ocean City pharmacies.Two New Jersey residents who live outside Ocean City made similar appeals to Council. Both of them said they use medical marijuana and would like to have a pharmacy or cannabis dispensary they could stop at when they visit Ocean City.For the first time since Nov. 5, members of the public were allowed to attend the Council meeting, which took place in the Ocean City High School auditorium. Only about 20 people were in the audience, and they were required to follow COVID-related social distancing regulations. The meeting was also carried on Zoom.At times during the meeting there were technical difficulties and members of the public wishing to speak on Zoom could not be heard. During a portion of the meeting the Council members and other city officials on the auditorium stage were inexplicably muted.Michael Allegretto, aide to the mayor, informed City Council and the public that the Zoom meeting was hacked. No one else was allowed into the Zoom meeting until the hacking was cleared up later on.Mayor Jay Gillian, center, reads his annual State of the City address during the Council meeting.Also Thursday, Gillian delivered his annual State of the City address and unveiled the proposed 2021 municipal operating budget.The mayor recapped the health and economic challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, but stressed that “Ocean City survived a very difficult year.”“We were very careful, and we protected the health of our citizens and our budget,” he said in his address.Due to revenue shortfalls caused by the pandemic, the proposed $87.4 million budget calls for a 2.2 cent increase in the local property tax rate. That would translate into an extra $110 annually in taxes on a home assessed at $500,000.Gillian, though, indicated that the budget could change dramatically because of $7 million in municipal aid Ocean City expects to receive from the $1.9 trillion COVID relief package signed into law Thursday by President Joe Biden.“This could entirely change our budget and proposed tax rate,” the mayor said.He added, “It is a statutory requirement for me to present this budget today, but the plan will change once we learn more about the aid package. This will be good news for our taxpayers.”In an interview after the meeting, Ocean City Chief Financial Officer Frank Donato explained that details of the stimulus aid are expected to become clearer in coming days, including just how much of the $7 million the city would be able to use for the budget.last_img read more

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first_imgThis week, I would particularly like to draw your attention to the Friday Essay by Rob Devlin (pg 13) entitled: Make Bakery Attractive! You cannot move an inch in this industry without someone saying: “What are we going to do about the lack of next generation bakers?”Everyone, craft bakers, wholesale bakers, supermarket bakers, recruitment agencies are all talking about the problem. Most tellingly, a recent survey by Improve, the government’s skill sector council, showed that awareness of bakery as a career in schools and colleges is virtually nil.So exactly what should we, as an industry, do about it? Rob Devlin is quite clear on the matter, and quite right, when he suggests that bakery bodies need to work together, lobby government more effectively, start a schools and media campaign and embark on several other initiatives. After all, he is at the coalface of bakery recruitment every single day.So far, Improve has failed to make the case for bakery as a career, as have the craft bakery organisations, student organisation and the bursary-awarding organisation Baking Excellence, which has difficulty finding the students to actually give them a bursary! BCA members are positively inspirational, but if you don’t lobby, you are not listened to.A concerted industry effort is needed to bring the merits – the sheer enjoyment of bakery and confectionery as a career – to the attention of students and government, starting now!Elsewhere this week, our News Analysis on organic (pg 14) shows why organic flour prices are going through the roof and the issues faced by the whole chain, from farmer to high street retailer. Demand for organic bread is rising. It is a destination product, a lifestyle choice, and punters will pay an extra 10p or more for it. I hope retailers of organic breads and cakes are charging accordingly.On the news front, I cannot close without mention of the turbulent times at Northern Foods and Bonne Bouche Frozen (pg 4) and, last week, Oakdale. Several mainly own-label producers are having their worst times since the 1980s. Who would have thought that even highly successful Inter Link Foods would wobble (pg 6)? It’s all about efficiency, cost-cutting and, above all, price pressures – a clear sign of the times.last_img read more

Warburtons’ employees guilty of bread basket thefts

first_imgTwo Warburtons employees are due to be sentenced on May 23, after being found guilty in Preston Crown Court of stealing at least 60 lorry loads of bread baskets and recycling them for cash.Warburtons’ delivery driver Paul Rogers and his boss Robert Cooper recycled £500,000 of stolen bread baskets, Preston Crown Court heard in February.The two men are accused of being in league with the owner of recycling company PM Plastics Paul Matthews. Matthews, aged 46, of, Darwen, Lancashire, had already pleaded guilty to conspiracy to steal.Warburtons started recycling baskets at PM Plastics’ Darwen, Lancashire, plant in November 2010.But after the new ‘universal basket’ was introduced by supplier Bakers Basco, it noticed that 90,000 trays were unaccounted for.After an anonymous tip-off, Bakers Basco recovery investigator Craig Hodges visited the site on March 19, 2012, saw the baskets and witnessed some being chipped for recycling.Police arrested Matthews, Cooper, 61, of Bolton, and Rogers, 34, of Rochdale, Greater Manchester.ConspiracyProsecuting, Nicholas Courtney said: “The precise number of baskets — and associated dollies — stolen during the conspiracy is impossible to calculate.“After the theft was discovered, Bakers Basco ordered 150,000 new baskets and 4,000 dollies to replenish their stock.“The replacement cost for this came to £562,700. However Warburtons negotiated a settlement of £220,000.”Bakers Basco said it was unable to comment while the case was in progress.last_img read more

Vinothan Manoharan in SEAS/Physics earns 2011 Sloan Research Fellowship

first_imgVinothan N. Manoharan, associate professor of chemical engineering and physics in Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) and the Department of Physics, has been awarded a prestigious Sloan Research Fellowship.The $50,000 award recognizes both Manoharan’s achievements and his potential, and will help to support his research in condensed matter and biophysics.The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation selects a number of outstanding researchers annually “on the basis of their independent research accomplishments, creativity, and potential to become leaders in the scientific community through their contributions to their field.”Since joining the Harvard faculty just five years ago, Manoharan has published 15 research papers on self-assembly, complex fluids, and colloid dynamics. In 2008, he won a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award from the National Science Foundation.In his current research, Manoharan applies his knowledge of soft-matter physics and self-organization to questions in biology, exploring, for example, how to design nanoparticles that mimic the assembly of the capsid shell of a virus.last_img read more

Mooney to step down as SMC president after 2015-2016

first_imgOn Tuesday, Saint Mary’s President Carol Ann Mooney announced her retirement after the 2015-2016 academic year.At that point, Mooney will have led Saint Mary’s for 12 years as its first lay alumna president.Mary Burke, Chair of the Board of Trustees, said in a press release that the Board is grateful for all Mooney accomplished during her tenure as president.“Her most lasting legacy will be the Faith Always, Action Now campaign, the most successful capital campaign in our history, raising $105 million which will benefit generations of future Saint Mary’s students through scholarships and improved facilities,” Burke said.Mooney’s legacy as 11th president of the College will include the formation of three graduate programs that were announced earlier this year. In addition, the College’s endowment increased to over $160 million in spite of the Great Recession, the press release said.During her tenure, the College has increased the percentage of the student body from historically underrepresented groups from nine to 19. She also oversaw the establishment of the Belles Against Violence Office (BAVO) to support and educate students on sexual and dating violence.In her final academic year, Mooney will oversee the College’s reaccreditation with the Higher Learning Commission, complete fundraising for the Angela Athletic and Wellness Complex and obtain approval of a new master plan for the campus.Another priority during her last year as president will be to chair the newly announced Presidential Task Force on Sexual Violence, which will be made up of students, faculty and staff members. The task force will recommend ways to further improve the College’s efforts to prevent sexual assault and misconduct and to assist and support student survivors of sexual assault.The Task Force was announced in the wake of the release of the CNN documentary “The Hunting Ground,” which detailed several allegations of sexual assault against Saint Mary’s students. Mooney declined to be interviewed for the film, but later spoke at a showing of it on campus.“My decision to retire next May comes at a natural time,” Mooney wrote in a letter to students. “Thank you for being the wonderful young women you are and for the support and friendship you have extended to me in so many ways at so many junctures.”Tags: Carol Ann Mooney, Saint Mary’s College, sexual assault, The Hunting Groundlast_img read more

Mark Rylance-Led Farinelli and the King Will Transfer to West End

first_imgThree-time Tony winner Mark Rylance is returning to the West End—next stop Broadway? Claire van Kampen’s new play Farinelli and the King, which is currently running at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at Shakespeare’s Globe, will transfer to the Duke of York’s Theatre. Directed by John Dove and designed by Jonathan Fensom, the production will open in September 2015 for a limited engagement.Rylance won the Tony for Twelfth Night, Jerusalem and Boeing-Boeing and was nominated for Richard III (which played in rep with Twelfth Night). He has also appeared on the Great White Way in La Bete. Rylance will soon be seen on PBS in the screen adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s Booker Prize-winning novel Wolf Hall.Set in eighteenth-century Spain, the show tells the true story of Farinelli, once the world’s most famous castrato and one of the greatest celebrities of his time, and his decision to trade fame and fortune in the opera-houses of Europe for a life of servitude at the court of King Philippe V. The new play explores the dynamics between Farinelli and the royal couple, featuring many of the exquisite arias first sung by Farinelli in the 1730’s. View Commentslast_img read more

Vermont Toner Recharge relocates

first_imgVermont Toner Recharge is pleased to announce their relocation to 400 Avenue D, Suite 30, Williston, Vermont 05495. All contact information including phone and FAX numbers remain the same.The new location accommodates the continued growth of the company due to expanded product offerings.A 14 year old Vermont based corporation, Vermont Toner Recharge remanufactures toner cartridges for laser printers, FAX, and copier machines and offers free delivery on both new and remanufactured product. Contact Vermont Toner Recharge at 864-7637 or vermonttonerrecharge.com.last_img

Italy mulls psychological tests to gauge lockdown impact

first_imgItalian scientists want the government to conduct psychological tests on a sample of the population to determine how long people can stay confined to their homes, a report said Monday.The Corriere della Sera newspaper said scientists want to understand how long Italians “are able to endure a lockdown” in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte will announce a new set of social guidelines this week that could include the tests, the report said. The virus has officially killed 23,660 in Italy — second only to the United States — and probably many more because most care home deaths are not counted.Conte is expected to let people out of their homes for more reasons when the current lockdown rules expire on May 4. Italy entered into a progressively more restrictive lockdown over the first half of March that has since been replicated by most European nations.The Mediterranean country’s 60 million citizens have been barred from walking more than 200 meters from their homes without a significant reason.Reports of domestic abuse have surged and scientists worry about the impact of such isolation on the elderly and the more vulnerable.Conte’s government is now debating how it can lift the stay-at-home order and reopen businesses while there is still no coronavirus cure or vaccine.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Regional forum to address early childhood care and development

first_imgLocalNews Regional forum to address early childhood care and development by: – June 27, 2011 Share Sharing is caring! Share 90 Views   one commentcenter_img Tweet Share CIP Interns Kadian Harris and Malika ThompsonThe critical issue of early childhood care and development, especially the formative period of zero to three years, will be explored from all angles at a four-day regional forum set for June 27th to 30th, in St Vincent and the Grenadines.The forum, organized by the Caribbean Community Secretariat in partnership with the Caribbean Child Support Initiative (CCSI), will explore practical strategies from all levels for supporting the development of children.Two interns from the University of West Indies, Kadian Harris and Malika Thompson are currently on island to raise awareness of the foundation for the development of Caribbean children, which will be launched on the first day fo the forum.SAT TV News met with the team last week.‘We are here with the Caribbean Internship Project, I will be the community and advocacy intern. I am based in Castle Bruce where I am supposed to develop the YOUCAN; Youth and Community Advocacy Network, which is a network of advocates to look at the support around Early Childhood Development,’ says Harris.Malika Thompson, who is the communications intern says although this special forum is being held in St Vincent and the Grenadines, Dominica has a lot to benefit from the programme.‘Even though it is being launched in St Vincent and the Grenadines, there is so much activity here in Dominica with this programme. We are going to be working with the government to support the development of children to support Early Childhood Development so that they can grow into adulthood and contribute to the development of Dominica,’ says Thompson.The FDCC is the regions first indigenous, private foundation dedicated to early childhood development with a vision for Caribbean children from all social and economic backgrounds to have equal opportunities to reach their maximum potential.Ms Thompson says one of the main challenges facing the project is the issue of financing.Project Coordinator of the RCP programme here, Mrs Nisbertha Buffong will represent Dominica at the four-day regional forum.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more