Turnstar Holdings Limited (TURNST.bw) 2011 Abridged Report

first_imgTurnstar Holdings Limited (TURNST.bw) listed on the Botswana Stock Exchange under the Investment sector has released it’s 2011 abridged results.For more information about Turnstar Holdings Limited (TURNST.bw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Turnstar Holdings Limited (TURNST.bw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Turnstar Holdings Limited (TURNST.bw)  2011 abridged results.Company ProfileTurnstar Holdings Limited is a property investment company operating in Botswana and Tanzania. The company mainly invests in retail property, with some investment in commercial, residential and industrial properties. Turnstar Holdings Limited has maximised its property performance through proactive asset management, property management and leasing. Its diversified property portfolio includes prime retail destinations in Botswana: Game City Shopping Centre, one of the largest and busiest in Gaborone; Nzano Shopping Centre in Francistown; Supa Save Mall in Gaborone; and Mlimani Shopping Centre, a major retail destination in Dar Es Salaam. Turnstar Holdings Limited acquired its first office in Dubai in 2017, located in a prime real estate area between Al-Basari and Dubai Legends.last_img read more

Border Timbers Limited 2012 Abridged Report

first_imgBorder Timbers Limited (BRDR.zw) listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Agricultural sector has released it’s 2012 abridged results.For more information about Border Timbers Limited (BRDR.zw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Border Timbers Limited (BRDR.zw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Border Timbers Limited (BRDR.zw)  2012 abridged results.Company ProfileBorder Timbers is a forestry and sawmilling company in Zimbabwe, with a long history in Manicaland. The company operates five forest estates and three sawmills; with the principal products being pine and eucalyptus. Established in 1979, Border Timbers is the amalgamation of three organisations; Border Eastern Forest Estates, Renfee Timbers (Pvt) Limited and Forestry Management Services. The company is a subsidiary of the Rift Valley Corporation, boasting a plantation size of 47 800 hectares. The forest estates are in Sheba, Charter and Tilbury; with a combined annual output of over 160 000 cubic metres, 95% of that is pine. Rough sawn timber is processed at factories in Mutare, and sold directly to the public. The Paulington Factory manufactures products for the veneer, plywood and blockboard market, and the Nyakamete Factory produces doors, shelves and other timber products for export. Border Timbers is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchangelast_img read more

DEC Tsunami appeal reaches £200m

first_imgDEC Tsunami appeal reaches £200m He reported that, to date, there have been 1.7 million telephone donations, 650,000 online donations, 106,000 text donations and 350,000 postal donations. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Digital Giving/Philanthropy Research / statistics  23 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThiscenter_img Howard Lake | 13 January 2005 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) today predicted that it will raise £200 million for the Tsunami earthquake appeal, and thanked the public for their unprecedented generosity.DEC Chairman, David Glencross, spoke on behalf of the Trustees: “We asked the British public to respond urgently and generously, and they have done so magnificently. They have made an unprecedented contribution, which will make a real difference to the lives and livelihoods of people affected by this disaster over the years to come.”The size of the response has meant that the DEC can now wind down its appeal, although it is expecting planned fundraising events to continue. Money due to be raised from them is built into spending plans. Advertisementlast_img read more

Protests in U.S. hit lies on Ukraine, Venezuela

first_imgDurham, N.C. Huntington, W.Va. Buffalo, N.Y. New York Citycenter_img Confronting a barrage of pro-war propaganda, anti-war groups, low-wage workers and community activists are beginning to mobilize against U.S. war moves in Ukraine, while continuing to rally against Washington’s efforts to destabilize Venezuela’s Bolivarian government.The International Action Center called for anti-war actions across the U.S. in mid-March, including protests, speakouts, street corner leafleting and visits to congressional offices. Actions were planned in at least 17 cities.While modest in size, the events held so far have all found people eager to get information and hear a different perspective from the bipartisan war fever dominating the airwaves and editorial pages — from a “Truth Table” set up by activists in Philadelphia’s Center City to a rally at Baltimore’s McKeldin Square and a vigil on the steps of the Federal Building in Lincoln, Neb.It comes as no surprise, then, that a national survey by the Pew Research Center found that 59 percent of people polled said it is more important for the U.S. to not get involved in the situation with Russia and Ukraine than to “take a firm stand” against Russia. Clearly, the working class is wary of the endless barrage of lies for war, no matter which party is in the White House.‘CNN lies, people die’In New York City, 75 people joined a militant rush-hour protest outside CNN’s offices at Columbus Circle on March 14. Picketing outside the opulent Time Warner Center, protesters chanted, “CNN lies, people die, in Ukraine and Venezuela!” and “[Anderson] Cooper, [Wolf] Blitzer, stop supporting fascists!”Confirming the anti-war sentiment, hundreds of people took informational flyers and snapped photos, and some even joined in, as protesters marched down Broadway chanting “Money for jobs, not fascist mobs!” and “USA, CIA, hands off Ukraine!”At a closing rally outside the Fox News studios, Larry Holmes of the People’s Power Assembly said: “We demand to know why CNN and Fox are not talking about the prominent role played by neo-Nazis in this coup d’état in Kiev. Why aren’t they talking about how these fascists are displaying the Confederate flag out of some sick nostalgia for slavery?”Lourdes Vela, representing the New York Bolivarian movement, said: “In Venezuela, the government is doing everything it can to stop the fascists who are trying to carry out a coup. There are paramilitaries and Colombian mercenaries that have entered the country and are trying to infiltrate into all corners. They are doing this because they have lost power.”And Bill Dores of the International Action Center declared, “We stand with the anti-fascist resistance in Ukraine and for the right of people in Crimea to have a referendum.”John McCain, war criminalFormer presidential candidate and Republican senator from Arizona John McCain has taken a leading role in promoting regime change abroad by fascist movements. Most recently, he called on the Obama administration to send weapons to the coup government in Kiev.Chanting “No more John McCain! U.S. out of Ukraine!” 25 people marched on the senator’s offices in Tucson, Ariz., on March 14, and read out a People’s Indictment charging McCain with three counts of “material support for terrorists” based on his support of reactionary movements in Ukraine, Venezuela and Syria. An enlarged copy of the indictment was taped to the door.Local immigrant rights leader Isabel Garcia denounced McCain’s role in calling for war, the refusal of the U.S. government to respect election results in El Salvador and Venezuela, and the privatization of Mexico’s oil industry.Jafe Arnoldski of the Freedom Road Socialist Organization explained how people in Ukraine are fighting back against fascist gangs, forming defense committees under the slogan, “We beat fascism once, we will not let them invade us again.”Passersby and motorists greeted the march and rally with honks of support and raised fists.‘Hands off Ukraine, Venezuela & Syria’Activists in Huntington, W.V., also came out March 14, calling for “U.S. hands off Ukraine! Money for people’s needs, not war!” Many people expressed disgust over the billions of dollars being spent on regime change in Ukraine while the government claims there is no money for jobs, education, housing or food at home.“The last thing we need is more war,” declared one woman who greeted the rally’s message. “I had family members die in Vietnam and Iraq, and for what reason? There was no reason!”In Los Angeles, protesters from several organizations and communities overflowed the corner of Echo Park Avenue and Sunset Boulevard on March 14. In front of a large banner reading “White House, CIA, Pentagon — Hands Off Ukraine, Venezuela and Syria,” they distributed hundreds of flyers countering U.S. media and government lies.At Boston’s annual St. Patrick’s Peace Parade on March 16, the Team Solidarity Sound Truck helped spread the anti-war message while contingents carried signs reading “U.S. imperialism — Hands off Ukraine, Venezuela and Syria.” Frank Neisser of the International Action Center spoke about the U.S. role in supporting fascistic movements to overturn democratically elected governments at the behest of the 1%, while Maureen Skehan of the Women’s Fightback Network connected the war on poor and working people at home with the war moves abroad.An informational picket was called by Workers World Party in Durham, N.C.’s, Brightleaf Square Historic District on March 14. Protesters called for “Money for unemployment insurance, food stamps and higher wages, not war!” and distributed fact sheets to passersby.Actions were also held in Buffalo, N.Y.; Houston; and Minneapolis.Other groups participating in these widespread events included the Anti-War Committee, Arab Americans for Syria, BAYAN USA, Boston Bolivarians, Coalición de Derechos Humanos, the International League of People’s Struggle, Occupy Baltimore, Occupy Tucson, Students for a Democratic Society, the Simón Bolívar Association, Stonewall Warriors, Students for Appalachian Socialism, the Tucson Alliance for Global Justice, the Union of Progressive Iranians, Women Against Military Madness, WV FIST — Fight Imperialism Stand Together, Workers World Party and more.More actions are scheduled in the coming days in Detroit; Milwaukee; Oakland, Calif.; Rockford, Il.; and San Diego. Visit IACenter.org for details.Steven Ceci, Frank Neisser, John Parker, Bryan Pfeifer, Betsey Piette, Benji Pyles, Paul Teitelbaum and Dan Van Dandervance contributed to this report. Photos: WW Buffalo Bureau/Buffalo, N.Y.; John Catalinotto/NYC; Bryan G. Pfeifer/Durham, N.C.; Benji Pyles/Huntington, W.Va.; Mike Chickey/Los Angeles.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this Los Angeleslast_img read more

USDA Officials to visit Indiana to Evaluate Drought Damage

first_imgHome Indiana Agriculture News USDA Officials to visit Indiana to Evaluate Drought Damage SHARE Meanwhile Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack has expressed his sympathy for the farm families suffering from the losses caused by the drought.  “Our hearts go out to all of those affected by this year’s disasters, from frost and freezes to fires and drought. Without a robust package of disaster assistance programs available to struggling farmers and ranchers, it is important that USDA officials visit rural communities and talk with producers not only about their current options but also about the need for proper planning through these difficult times. And we remind Congress that as agriculture remains a bright spot in our nation’s economy, it is crucial that producers have a safety net in times of need, and that USDA has the tools to act quickly and deliver assistance when producers need it most.” The schedule calls for the delegation to visit: Facebook Twitter 8:30 a.m. EDT    Allen County Farmer Randy Schaefer; Meet at 14024 Hildebrand Rd; Fort Wayne IN Undersecretary Scuse will visit with Mr. Schaefer and tour moisture-depleted corn fields in Allen County. Mr. Schaefer is chairperson of the Allen County FSA Committee, and raises corn, soybeans, wheat, and alfalfa hay as well as beef cattle in Allen and Whitley counties.  He also experienced a wind storm on June 29, 2012. Farm wagons will be available for transport to corn fields. Mr. Scuse will be available for questions and interviews with the media. Depart at 10 a.m. EDT 2:30 p.m. EDT    White County Farmers John & Brian Scott and Robert Smock; Meet at 1300 E and approximately 450 North; Idaville, IN, or 4 ½ miles north of Willie Motes Salvage Yard. Look for tent near field.Undersecretary Scuse will visit with John and Brian Scott and Robert Smock and tour moisture-depleted corn fields in White County. The Scotts raise corn, soybeans, popcorn and wheat in White and Carroll Counties. Mr. Smock raises corn, soybeans and wheat in White County and serves as Vice Chairperson of the White County FSA Committee. Mr. Scuse will be available for questions and interviews with the media. Depart at 4 p.m. EDT Facebook Twitter By Gary Truitt – Jul 16, 2012 USDA officials from Washington will be traveling across the Hoosier State this week meeting with farmers and seeing firsthand the damage that has been caused by extreme drought conditions. Indiana Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director Julia A. Wickard announced that USDA Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services Undersecretary Michael Scuse will travel to Indiana this Wednesday and Thursday to tour drought-stricken farm fields in northern and central Indiana, respectively. USDA Officials to visit Indiana to Evaluate Drought Damage 10:15 a.m. EDT  Johnson County Farmer Merrill Kelsay; Meet at 6848 N 250 E; Whiteland, INUndersecretary Scuse will visit with Mr. Kelsay and tour moisture-depleted farm fields in Johnson County. The Kelsays operate a six-generation dairy, raise corn, soybeans, wheat and hay, and operate year-round on-farm educational experiences. Farm wagons will be available for transport to fields. Mr. Scuse will be available for questions and interviews with the media. Thursday, July 19, 2012 Wednesday, July 18, 2012 SHARE Previous articleEthanol Output and Exports DropNext articleMarkets Soar and Crop Conditions Worsen Gary Truitt USDA officials are fanning out to rural communities across the country to show support to farmers and ranchers affected by a string of extreme weather in 2012. Monday, Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services Michael Scuse began a tour of Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana — three states affected by severe frost and freezes in the spring, with Indiana now experiencing increasing levels of drought. In the weeks ahead, additional USDA subcabinet leaders will travel to Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois, Arkansas, Missouri, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, and others to augment ongoing assistance from state-level USDA staff. USDA officials will also provide guidance on the department’s existing disaster resources and remind producers to keep thorough records of losses as the department’s authority to operate the five disaster assistance programs authorized by the 2008 Farm Bill expired on September 30, 2011, and Congress has not yet acted to restore these vital forms of assistance.last_img read more

Estimated Additional Deficit Reduction for H.R. 10 Reaches $9.5 Billion

first_img in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News Sign up for DS News Daily Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Previous: HSBC Fulfills Settlement Requirements Next: CFPB Takes Legal Action Against Mortgage Servicer for Noncompliance The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Share Save Related Articles Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago 2017-06-07 Brianna Gilpin Subscribe Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago  Print This Post Home / Daily Dose / Estimated Additional Deficit Reduction for H.R. 10 Reaches $9.5 Billion Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Estimated Additional Deficit Reduction for H.R. 10 Reaches $9.5 Billion Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Brianna Gilpin, Online Editor for MReport and DS News, is a graduate of Texas A&M University where she received her B.A. in Telecommunication Media Studies. Gilpin previously worked at Hearst Media, one of the nation’s leading diversified media and information services companies. To contact Gilpin, email [email protected] While much buzz has been surrounding the presumed passing of the Financial Choice Act (H.R. 10), the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), a non-partisan analysis for the U.S. Congress, released the budgetary effects of enacting the amended bill Tuesday. The original CBO estimate, released May 4, 2017, said enacting the legislation would reduce federal deficits by $24.1 billion over the 2017-2027 period, but the recalculated estimate said budget deficits would be significantly more than originally estimated.Representative Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas), Chairman of the House Financial Service Committee, requested the CBO review the amendment for H.R. 10 and the CBO and staff off the Joint Committee on Taxation estimated that changes in direct spending and revenues from enacting the amendment would reduce budget deficits by $33.6 billion, $9.5 billion more than originally reported.The amendments savings, composed of a $30.8 billion reduction in direct spending and an increase in revenues of $2.8 billion, mostly come from eliminating the Federal deposit Insurance Corporation’s authority to use the Orderly Liquidation Fund and a change in the funding of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and other financial regulators. Over the 2017-2027 period, the CBO estimates that implementing H.R. 10 would cost $11.6 billion, subject to appropriation of the necessary amounts.“The manager’s amendment would make the operating costs and collection of fees by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Federal Housing Finance Agency, and the non-monetary policy expenses of the Federal Reserve subject to the annual appropriations process,” the estimate states. “The amendment also would authorize the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation to charge additional fees to offset appropriations for the salaries and expenses of certain employees. Under the amendment, certain implementation and administrative costs of the Federal Reserve would be subject to appropriation.”The changes mentioned account for most of the difference in the original CBO estimates for the two versions of the legislation, however the implementation of the amended provisions would reduce net spending by $0.7 billion, increase revenues by $8.8 billion, and have a net cost of $9.6 billion.The House of Representatives is set to vote on the landmark bill that, in its current form, would dramatically change the future of financial regulation Thursday. June 7, 2017 2,904 Views About Author: Brianna Gilpinlast_img read more

Brundidge Rotary sets dates for annual golf tourney

first_img By Jaine Treadwell Book Nook to reopen Email the author Latest Stories Brundidge Rotary sets dates for annual golf tourney Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration You Might Like Pike County teacher honored for supporting students Imagine Tammy Goss’ surprise when the announcement came over the intercom that she had been named WSFA-TV’s Class Act Teacher… read more The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential Health32-second Stretch Ends Back Pain & Sciatica (Watch)Healthier LivingThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Daycenter_img Skip Print Article Teeing up and making up were the main topics of discussion at the Brundidge Rotary Club’s Wednesday meeting.The Rotarians have set Monday, April 14 as the date for its annual Douglas Botts Golf Tournament.“That’s the Monday after the Masters so the date is easy to remember,” said Club President Jamie Whitworth. “This year, the tournament will be held at Troy Country Club and will be an afternoon tournament.”The Douglas Botts Golf Tournament will begin with lunch at noon and tee-off at 1 p.m.“We’re doing the tournament a little different this year,” Whitworth said. “It will a two-man, or person, scramble rather than the traditional four-man scramble and that should be interesting and fun.”The entry fee for the tournament is $150 per two-man team.To make the tournament a bit more “challenging,” golfers may buy mulligans for $5 each. A mulligan gives a golfer another swing off the tee without penalty of an additional stroke. The number of mulligans is to be announced.First and second prizes will be awarded to the teams with the lowest scores.Individual prizes in the amount of $50 will be awarded to the golfer with the longest drive and the one whose tee shot is the closest to the pin.Whitworth said businesses are encourage to sponsor teams.“If a business is short on golfers for their team, the Rotary Club will get a golfer or two golfers,” he said. “We’ll help a business make up a team.”Hole sponsorships are also available in the amount of $100 each.Those who plan to participate in the Douglas Botts Memorial Tournament the Monday after the Masters may contact Whitworth in Troy or any Brundidge Rotarian or signup at Troy Country Club.The Rotarians also discussed their desire to increase membership in their club. The Brundidge Rotary Club is offering corporate memberships in which a business or industry may join and have three employees listed as members.“That will make weekly attendance more convenient because any one of the three listed may attended,” Whitworth said. “Rotarians are required to make up missed meetings. Often it’s not possible for a business owner or manager to leave the business and an employee could fill in for him or her.”Making up missed meetings could be fun and even exciting.Don Dickert said he made up a missed at Steamboat Springs, Colo.“Nothing wrong with that,” his fellow Rotarians agreed.Dickert said attending Rotary meetings in different areas, different state and different countries presents many opportunities, among them are gaining new ideas for Rotary projects and making new friends.Local businesses and industries are encouraged explore the opportunities offered by Rotary membership.For more information, contact Jennifer Garrett at 334-735-3337. By The Penny Hoarder Published 7:48 pm Wednesday, April 2, 2014 Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Sponsored Content Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kitslast_img read more

Evidence for a CO increase in the SH during the 20th century based on firn air samples from Berkner Island, Antarctica

first_imgTrends of carbon monoxide (CO) for the past 100 years are reported as derived from Antarctic firn drilling expeditions. Only one of 3 campaigns provided high quality results. The trend was reconstructed using a firn air model in the forward mode to constrain age distributions and assuming the CO increase to be proportional to its major source, namely CH4. The results suggest that CO has increased by ~38%, from 38±7 to 52.5±1.5 ppbv over a period of roughly 100 years. The concentrations are on the volumetric scale which corresponds to ~1.08 of the scale used by NOAA/CMDL. The estimated CO increase is somewhat larger than what is estimated from the CO budget estimations and the CH4 growth alone. The most likely explanation might be an increase in biomass burning emissions. Using CH3Cl as another proxy produces a very similar reconstruction.last_img read more

Oxford Reaction

first_imgSarah Kent examines the biases and stereotypes facing Oxford students. University is a liberating place: suddenly the overbearing parents are gone, the controlling girlfriend is miles away, and there’s no one who knows that embarrassing story about what happened at that party. It’s little wonder that many people see university as a chance to reinvent themselves. Stepping out of his mummy’s car on the first day of fresher’s week is not Craig Potts, famed at school for his greasy hair and unpleasant odour, but Craig Potts, super stud, who over the summer has had a haircut and bought some Lynx. OK, perhaps he still has some way to go, but the point is clear: university is a time to grow from the caterpillar you were into the butterfly you always knew you could be.University is certainly a liberating place. But what everyone seems to forget is that university comes with its own baggage, in Oxford’s case some 800 years worth. While it is perfectly possible to reinvent oneself, and shed the personal embarrassments and mistakes of the past, you cannot change the attitudes and preconceptions surrounding an institution with which you are affiliated. Much like family, where you go to university will always be there, lurking in the background, ready to embarrass you the minute you hear the words, “Oh, you didn’t go there did you? My son simply loved it there, you two must meet.”Of course, having to spend painful and silent minutes with the offspring of family friends is hardly an experience unique to Oxford students. Even if you did not have the tenuous common link of sharing an educational institution, it is likely you would have been made to sit in the corner having a “delightful time” anyway. And of course, you are just as likely to have to write Cousin Bob’s personal statement because you go to Leeds, and he’s simply dying to go there, as you are if you go to Oxford. Yet Oxford has its own special identity and it comes with a unique ability to create truly uncomfortable situations the minute you admit to studying there. Of course there is no denying Oxford’s credentials as an intellectual heavyweight. As Wikipedia helpfully points out, Oxford has been placed best in the United Kingdom for the 6th consecutive year in The Times Good University Guide (2003-2008). Quite how it has been ranked for a year which has not yet occurred is a mystery. Still, it’s certainly performed crackingly. Indeed, there’s a lot to be said for the argument, backed by the venerable statistics supplied by The Times, that being associated with Oxford can be very very beneficial. It will help you get a job, make contacts, and generally sustain a nicely bourgeois level of existence. This is proved by the illustrious list of names to be found attendant at our careers fairs. Companies which consider only a handful of universities in the country worthy of a recruiting visit invariably place Oxford on the top of their lists. What could be better? All because of Oxford you walk out of university cherry-picked for a job, having put in hardly any effort yourself.Or at least that’s what you’re meant to think. In this age of positive discrimination, the name Oxford seems to be losing its illustrious ring. Attending a recent talk at a top-tier London law firm I was assured that Oxford and Cambridge were afforded no special treatment, and students from these universities were certainly not at an advantage when it came to getting a job. I was inclined not to be unduly worried by these words, since this very firm had already employed me, and indeed the majority of those working with me were from Oxbridge. Still, HR seemed to find this strange, and a little off-putting. This is the discrimination that 800 years of privilege has earned us.It is beyond an exaggeration to say that going to Oxford will damage your career prospects, but we no longer live in the age of old boys’ clubs and nepotism, or at least not openly, and it is, probably, not a guarantee of employment.But if, in the search for a job, graduates are happy to scrawl the word Oxford all over their CVs, it is a different matter when it comes to interactions with peers and equals. Making friends is a tricky and awkward process at the best of times, and it can be made even more tricky and awkward if you are having to waste time challenging silly preconceptions. This is where Oxford’s 800 years of history really starts to make itself felt. A lot of preconceptions can be formed in that time, and many of them are not particularly positive. Even if they are, they’re not going to help you make friends. Take, for example, the people who you worked with in Tesco’s over the summer. One goes to Luton University, another reads media studies; this is not a snobbish social commentary on those who work at Tesco’s (remember one of you goes to Oxford). In this reasonably typical situation, the conversation in which you discuss what you do and where you go is going to be inescapably awkward. The response will either be, “Wow, you must be so clever,” or, “I hear everyone who goes there is a posh twat.” Both tend to kill conversation. Of course you could always lie; I’m often tempted to just say Manchester and leave it at that, but then you always risk getting caught out, which tends to prove even more awkward. In these situations it doesn’t matter how much you’ve changed your hair and started to use deoderant you return to your inner Craig Potts, the generally abused outcast.Even worse is the situation in which you’re sitting with old friends who have never quite gotten over not getting into Oxford. It’s not your fault, you have done nothing wrong, but it’ll always cause tension in the friendship. It’s even worse when the person with a chip on their shoulder is a stranger. The conversation invariably turns into a competition in which they continually try to put you down in order to prove that even though they didn’t go to some fancy-schmancy university, they’re every bit as clever as you. After being forced to prove you can name the capitals of half the countries in the world, this tends to get old.Of course it’s not fair that something of which you should be proud can be such a stigma. Whatever its faults, whatever the flaws in its reputation, there it no denying that getting into Oxford is an achievement. And yet students here are very aware of the stigma that can go with attending such an institution. Indeed, it is ironic that many of them consider it to be true and even promote it themselves; it’s not uncommon to hear an Oxford student complain that everyone at the university is unbearably posh, when what they really mean is different. It is a shame that not only does prejudice exist within the University, but that it radiates out to reflect not just upon individuals, but everyone who studies there.It is a truth almost universally acknowledged that university is one of the most important times of your life. Even if it doesn’t actually shape the way you yourself are, which it invariably will, it will shape the way you are perceived for the rest of your life. Ultimately what must be remembered is that, however hard you try not to tick the boxes, it will always remain an inescapable truth that everyone starts life as a caterpillar.last_img read more

Governor Signs Bill To Pay Cash For Higher Education Capital Projects

first_imgGovernor Signs Bill To Pay Cash For Higher Education Capital ProjectsStaff Report TheStatehouseFile.comINDIANAPOLIS—The General Assembly is reaching the midpoint in the 2020 session as legislation allowing the state to pay cash for some capital improvement projects is signed by the governor and bills dealing with abortion and prescription drug prices advance:House Bill 1007: Allocates money from Indiana’s surplus to pay cash for $291 million in projects at the state’s colleges and universities.What it does: By paying cash instead of financing higher education capital improvement projects through bonds, Indiana will save money in interest payments, the state budget office has said. The projects had been approved by the General Assembly in the 2019 session.Governor signs bill to pay cash for higher education capital projectsWhat happened: Gov. Eric Holcomb signed HB 1007 into law Wednesday, the first legislation of the 2020 session to reach his desk.“By paying off these one-time expenditures, we’re ensuring our state remains the fiscal envy of the nation by saving Hoosier taxpayers more than $135 million in borrowing costs, which in turn frees up money to be spent on other priorities,” Holcomb said in a news release.Democrats tried and failed to amend HB 1007 to use some of the surplus to raise teacher pay and spending on other programs.“Republicans are prioritizing paying cash for these projects over the needs of Hoosier teachers, parents and seniors who have been battling low pay, expensive early childhood education programs and skyrocketing prescription drug prices,” said Rep. Gregory Porter, D-Indianapolis, in a news release.What’s next: The money can now be spent on the capital improvement projects.* * *Senate Bill 299: Deals with the disposal of fetal remains after a chemical abortion.What it does: The bill, authored by Sen. Liz Brown, R-Fort Wayne, clarifies that a woman who has a chemical abortion at home can take the remains to the health care provider or abortion clinic for cremation or interment.What happened: After a hearing in the House Health and Provider Services Committee, the bill passed by a 10-1 vote. Brown, saying the bill also clarifies existing state law, expressed concern that abortion clinics are still treating aborted remains as waste even though state law requires that they be cremated or buried. Sen. Jean Breaux, D-Indianapolis, cast the only no vote, saying that when a woman has an abortion at home she is expelling a large blot clot.What’s next: SB 299 advances to the full Senate for consideration.Sen. Liz Brown, R-Indianapolis, explains SB 299 to the Health and Provider Services Committee Wednesday. Photo by Haley Carney, TheStatehouseFile.com* * *House Bill 1005: Would require hospitals and off-campus hospital facilities to be more transparent with medical service pricing.What it does: Authored by Rep. Donna Schaibley, R-Carmel, HB 1005 first provides the definition of off-campus facility of a hospital. The legislation lists requirements for hospitals to provide select medical service pricing in their websites. Also, medical facilities or practitioners that treat patients with non-emergency care would be required to inform the patient of a best-estimated price of the care no more than three business days after the patient first seeks care.What happened: An amendment to allow Indiana to import lower-priced prescription drugs passed 49-44 in the House on Wednesday. The amendment was authored by Rep. Ryan Hatfield, D-Evansville, and stems from President Donald Trump’s recent efforts to look into allowing states to import cheaper prescription drugs from Canada that would be approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The amendment allows Indiana to import certain prescription drugs, already used in the United States, from Canada to help lower prescription drug prices. Similar legislation was passed in Florida last year.“Hoosiers have been crippled by the high cost of prescription drug prices for far too long,” Hatfield said.Schaibley asked members of the House to vote against the amendment, saying the bill itself was already “hefty,” and she would like to discuss prescription drug pricing with different legislation.What’s next: HB 1005 is eligible for a final vote in the House.Haley Carney and Emily Ketterer contributed to this report. They are reporters for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more