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Giles Coren claims bad teaching ‘makes Oxford special’

first_imgTelevision presenter, food critic and writer Giles Coren has criticised an Oxford graduate suing his former college for his second-class degree.Brasenose College alumnus Faiz Siddiqui is suing his alma mater for £1 million because he claims ‘apallingly bad’ teaching for his finals which he claims resulted in him achieving a 2.i  in modern history rather than the first he had hoped for.He told the High Court that “negligent” teaching the History faculty during his Indian imperial history module prevented him from forging a successful career as an international commercial lawyer.However, writing in the Times on Saturday, Giles Coren, who obtained a first in English at Keble college, has hit back at Mr Siddiqui, saying that ‘appalling bad’ teaching is what made his degree at Oxford ‘special’.“One goes to Oxford precisely because the teaching is rubbish, nothing is compulsory, tutorials are optional after first week and nobody ever, ever talks about careers.“If you want to be taught and pass exams and become a lawyer, don’t you go to a red brick? Or Cambridge? Oxford is for drinking and playing tennis and nicking books out of the Bod under your cricket jumper and lobbing them at punting tourists from Magdalen Bridge.“If you ask me, Mr Siddiqui got the wrong end of the stick altogether with his tertiary education and is now just embarassing himself.”Magdalen College JCR Vice President Amanda Turner disagreed, telling Cherwell, “the tutorial system in Oxford means students receive some of the best standards of teaching in the world, and there is a good feedback system for students to use if they aren’t happy with teaching standards. However, remarks like Giles Coren’s prevent students from speaking up if they aren’t satisfied with how they are being taught.”last_img read more

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15th Annual Chip Miller Surf Fest

first_imgBlue skies and beautiful water set the scene for the 15th Chip Miller Surfest. The annual and staple Ocean City summer surf contest took place on 6th Street Beach Friday morning right at the end of a stellar week of gorgeous weather on the island. After a lucky swell brought some of the best surf in contest history a year ago, this year’s competition was held in knee high sets, a regularity for summertime South Jersey. This didn’t scare away any competition with contestants and families showing up, once again to surf and support a great cause. The Surf Fest belongs to a series of events in association with the Chip Miller Amyloidosis Foundation. The foundation started in memory of Chip, raises money to spread awareness for early detection and helps fund research of the rare disease. The surf contest had heats for all ages. The groms being the youngest division along with boys, girls, and adult sections. Local professional surfers were in attendance and got into the action as well. The contest was just a part of an all day event, with local and national corporate partners donating for giveaways and other exciting prizes. It’s a busy week for the Chip Miller Foundation in Ocean City this week.  Following the surf contest, there was a fundraiser that took place Friday night at the Water Park.  Next week, the 2nd Annual Chip Miller Skate Contest will take place at the Ocean City Skatepark at 5th and Asbury Avenue. To learn more about the Chip Miller Amyloidosis Foundation please visit chipmiller.orglast_img read more

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Ethnic food firms told to export

first_imgManufacturers of ethnic foods should consider selling in mainland Europe, due to saturation in some market sectors in the UK, says market development consultancy Food from Britain (FFB). It claims the market in Spain is growing by 30% a year, for example, and Belgium is also strong.Buoyant sectors in ethnic foods include demand for Mexican food in Sweden and Indian food in Germany, according to FFB. The UK dominates the ethnic food market in Europe with sales worth £1 billion annuallylast_img

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Trade snapshot: National Craft Bakers’ Week

first_imgIf raising the profile of the local baker and highlighting the crucial role of bakers in the community was the aim of the inaugural National Craft Bakers’ Week, then we have to say, ’mission accomplished’!Bakers up and down the land got involved in the profile-raising fun, either through special promotions, such as Warings in Reading offering a free bread giveaway, or by showing the next generation of fledging would-be bakers why baking is a viable career.Mathiesons invited a class of 26 primary schoolchildren to its bakery in Larbert, to learn how to make strawberry tarts, have a tea party and, hopefully, be inspired to become future bakers. Similarly, Chatwins, Stuarts of Buckhaven and Hursts (all pictured) gave classes to kids. Now let’s make National Craft Bakers’ Week even bigger in 2010!last_img read more

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News story: Gavin Williamson sets out vision for defence in Global Britain

first_imgDefence Secretary Gavin Williamson has outlined the global role of the UK’s Armed Forces and defence industry after leaving the European Union and beyond in a speech at RUSI today.The Defence Secretary acknowledged that the UK faces a world of competing powers, hostile states and stateless ideologies, who are happy to operate in a ‘grey zone’ between war and peace. He claimed it is crucial that Britain’s Armed Forces and defence infrastructure are ready to meet these challenges and do not stand still as the world moves forward, making a raft of announcements to support that goal.Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said: Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson today announced the first operational mission of HMS Queen Elizabeth. Crown Copyright.Increasing our air powerThe RAF will also grow the number of Typhoon squadrons from five to seven – equipping them with world leading radar and upgraded deep strike Storm Shadow cruise missiles. This is vital following the recent retirement of the Tornado jet, proving that the UK is still committed to defending ourselves and our allies across the world.Embracing new technology, the Defence Secretary also committed to use the Transformation Fund to develop swarm squadrons of network enabled drones capable of confusing the enemy and overwhelming their air defences.The Defence Secretary concluded by highlighting that Britain has always been an outward looking nation. Faced with our adversaries upping their spending and investing in technology, the Armed Forces must respond by strengthening our global presence, as well as enhancing our lethality and increasing our mass.The full speech is available here. The UK is a global power with truly global interests. A nation with the fifth biggest economy on the planet. A nation with the world’s fifth biggest Defence budget and the second largest Defence exporter. And since the new Global Great Game will be played on a global playing field, we must be prepared to compete for our interests and our values far, far from home.center_img New strategic capacityTo support this aspiration, the Defence Secretary announced new strategic assets that will allow Britain to meet the global challenges the future might hold.Two new Littoral Strike Groups are to be created. Complete with escorts, support vessels and helicopters, one would be based to the East of Suez in the Indo-Pacific and one based to the West of Suez in the Mediterranean, Atlantic and Baltic.To compliment these groups, there will be a Warfighting Division with troops able to deploy from our bases at home and in Germany. This will all ensure we have a global force, capable of deploying around the world in a matter of days.Using our world class assetsThis ability to remain a global force and to protect the UK at home and abroad depends not only on personnel but also the equipment they rely on. The Defence Secretary announced that HMS Queen Elizabeth’s first operational mission will include the Mediterranean, Middle East and the Pacific. She will have British and American F35s embedded in her air wing, enhancing the reach and lethality of our forces.last_img read more

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Regional School Unit 9 continues search for Superintendent

first_imgFARMINGTON – An interview panel of 19 people including Region School Unit 9 staff, board members, and community members has decided to reopen the application period for the position of superintendent. The application period originally ended on Feb. 26 with interviews following, but the process has been extended to April 16.A survey was distributed to all RSU 9 employees, parents, and high school students between Feb. 3 and Feb. 12. Nearly 900 people participated in the survey, primarily those directly associated with RSU 9. Only 58 people who identified as ‘residents’ participated in the survey.When asked which attribute or qualification should be a priority for the potential superintendent, 23.7 percent responded “Leadership,” 14.8 percent responded “Personnel Management”, 11.7 percent responded “Community Communication” and 10.4 percent responded “Community Relations”.Leadership was defined as “able to motivate, lead, guide, and direct people. Is committed to implementing the mission and long-range plan of the school system.” Personnel management was defined as: “Demonstrates excellent people skills. Has the ability to recruit and retain high-quality staff. Understands strong personnel management practices and collective bargaining issues.” Community Communication was defined as “Is able to communicate clearly with staff, parents, students, and community, both verbally and in writing” and community relations was defined as “Recognizes the importance of encouraging the community to share needs and wants regarding education and reflecting on them. Demonstrates ability to involve the community in developing and implementing goals. Views the community/school relationship as a partnership.”When ranked on a scale from one to four, the most frequent responses for important attributes were leadership, personnel management and community communication, while the least frequent were “Superintendent/Board Relations”, “Supervisor/Evaluation” and “School Facility Management”.During staff forums a number of themes surfaced as important. Things such as being actively involved in the school and the community; leading collaboratively; strengthening relationships with all RSU 9 associates; having a strong sense of direction for the post-pandemic era; showing respect to all staff and addressing staff morale; and being more visible throughout the school district.Another update will be provided when available.last_img read more

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Ween Celebrates St. Paddy’s Day With Acoustic Numbers, Cubs Jerseys, And More [Photos/Videos]

first_imgLoad remaining images Ween hit the Aragon Ballroom last night for St. Patrick’s Day, finishing off their two-night stand in Chicago, Illinois. The group certainly celebrated the holiday in style, with a setlist filled with deep cuts and three acoustic numbers, “Chocolate Town,” “Tried and True,” and “Kim Smoltz,” falling squarely in the middle of their show. When the band reemerged for their encore, they had all donned Chicago Cubs jerseys personalized with their names during the break, taking a moment to soak in the crowd before busting out “Mr. Richard Smoker.” You can check out the setlist from last night, courtesy of Jenny Lee Baniszewski, as well as a photo gallery provided by Bill McAlaine and a bunch of videos from last night’s performance below.Setlist: Ween | Aragon Ballroom | Chicago, IL | 3/17/2017Set One: Blarney Stone, Pork Roll Egg & Cheese, Push Th’ Little Daisies, Happy Colored Marbles, She Wanted To Leave, You Fucked Up, Never Squeal, Homo Rainbow, Gabrielle, Captain Fantasy, Zoloft, *Chocolate Town, *Tried and True, *Kim Smoltz, Stroker Ace, Tick, Doctor Rock, The Argus^, The Stallion pt. 3, Frank, Mango Woman, Papa Zit, I’ll Be Your Johnny On The Spot, Polka Dot TailEncore: Mr. Richard Smoker, Japanese Cowboy, Tender Situation* Acoustic^Gener starts to sing/play “Sound Of Silence” (Simon & Garfunkel) then goes into “The Argus”“Blarney Stone,” “Pork Roll Egg & Cheese,” and “Push Th’ Little Daisies”[Video courtesy of Steve Pettit]“Happy Colored Marbles”[Video courtesy of Tim Moony]“You Fucked Up” and “Never Squeal On The Pusher”[Video courtesy of Steve Pettit]“Homo Rainbow” and “Gabrielle”[Video courtesy of Tim Moony]Acoustic set with “Chocolate Town,” “Tried and True,” and “Kim Smoltz”[Video courtesy of Tim Moony]“The Stallion, pt. 3”[Video courtesy of Brian J. Leonard]“Mango Woman”[Video courtesy of Tim Moony]last_img read more

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Episode #55: She Likes Big Data

first_imgBig Data has traditionally been about the 3 V’s: “Volume, Velocity & Variety”.  The concept of Big Data has taken on different meaning to different people.  While EMC provides tremendous value to our customers via infrastructure for Big Data, the real value isn’t necessarily the data itself but what you do with it.This week Erin Banks (@banksek) joins us to talk the real value of Big Data – and it’s not the data, it’s what you can do with it – Data Analytics that lead to business results.The EMC Taxonomy is designed to help our customers accelerate business results.  All based on EMC industry leading products, EMC Big Data Foundation, Systems and Solutions are designed with one goal in mind.  Find more at www.emc.com/bigdataDon’t miss “EMC The Source” app in the App Store. Be sure to subscribe to The Source Podcast on iTunes, Stitcher Radio or Google Play and visit the official blog at thesourceblog.emc.comThe Source Podcast: Episode #55: EMC AppSync with Erin Banks Audio Playerhttp://traffic.libsyn.com/thesource/EMC_The_Source_Episode_55_audio.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.EMC: The Source Podcast is hosted By Sam Marraccini (@SamMarraccini)last_img read more

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U.S. utilities sticking to coal plant retirement decisions

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):While U.S. power generators continue to assess what the total implications could be of a decline in electricity demand caused by the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, those forecasting a shift to less carbon-intensive assets have not yet changed near-term plans to retire coal plants.In 2019, U.S. power generators retired 13,863 MW of coal-fired generation, the highest amount of coal capacity retired since 2015 when new mercury regulations drove the retirement of 15,124 MW of coal-fired capacity, an S&P Global Market Intelligence analysis shows. As of April 17, generators had 9,038 MW worth of capacity slated for retirement in 2020 and another 23,010 MW of coal capacity set to retire between 2021 and the end of 2025.In April, renewables generated more electricity than coal every day of the month, the first time that has happened in the U.S., an analysis from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis recently pointed out. Lower power demand due to the coronavirus pandemic is one of several reasons the transition away from coal has accelerated in 2020, the group added in a May 4 news release.While companies around the world are reassessing capital spending forecasts and looking to preserve liquidity, most utilities set to retire coal plants said they are not yet seeing a reason to slow those plans. Eleven companies responded to a set of questions from S&P Global Market Intelligence regarding their COVID-related generation demand impacts and whether the pandemic will prompt any reassessment of their coal plant retirement plans.[Darren Sweeney, Taylor Kuykendall, Anna Duquiatan]More ($): So far, COVID-19 fallout not altering plans to retire U.S. coal-fired plants U.S. utilities sticking to coal plant retirement decisionslast_img read more

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FDA has new test for possible bioterror agents

first_img In the report, Wilkes and colleagues describe how they tested pyrolysis mass spectrometry on the foodborne pathogens Vibrio parahaemolyticus and Salmonella enterica, a mosquito-control product containing Bacillus thuringiensis, and several inert powders. (B thuringiensis was used in a bioterrorism hoax in 2001 in which a rapid screening kit wrongly identified the material as anthrax, the report says.) Aug 3 FDA news releasehttp://www.fda.gov/bbs/topics/NEWS/2006/NEW01424.html Research report in Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry Aug 4, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says it is developing a technology that can identify real or fake bioterrorism agents faster and more cheaply than existing methods. “The testing process works in a way similar to the FBI’s fingerprint library for criminals,” the FDA said. “A researcher can take patterns generated by a mass spectrometer’s analysis of a substance to be identified and compare them to a database of known substances, for immediate recognition.” “We hope to see the testing put into place by government and industry in the near future,” said Dr. John Wilkes, PhD, of the FDA’s National Center for Toxicological Research, lead author of the research report. The technique uses mass spectrometry to sort out different species and strains of bacteria and distinguish them from inert substances such as flour and cornstarch, often used in bioterrorism hoaxes, the FDA said in a news release yesterday. Mass spectrometry sorts ionized particles according to their weight, usually by passing them through a magnetic field and then using a photographic plate or some other device to trace their different paths.center_img The FDA said it is working with an industrial firm under a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement to commercialize the technique for quality control in food manufacturing and for counterterrorism applications. Many other tests use DNA amplification via polymerase chain reaction, which costs from $15 to $50 per sample and takes about 24 hours, the FDA said. Also, such tests can’t identify substances containing no DNA, such as poisons, RNA viruses, or organic chemicals, according to the research report. See also: The technique distinguished the bacterial samples from the inert powders and the Vibrio from the Salmonella species, according to the report. Further, the investigators were able to distinguish two different Vibrio strains and two S enterica serotypes. They even distinguished the mosquito-control product, a mixture of bacteria and other substances, from the other bacteria and powders. With the new technique, it takes 3 to 8 hours to prepare a sample for testing but only about 7 minutes to run the test, the FDA said. The cost is as low as $2 per sample. The FDA’s technique, called pyrolysis mass spectrometry, uses heat to vaporize the substance to be tested and then bombards it with argon atoms to cause ionization, according to a report by the FDA researchers in the journal Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry.last_img read more

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