Oxford faces sexism claims after introducing ‘take-home’ exams to close gender gap

first_imgOxford University has defended itself against ‘sexism’ allegations in the national press, following its introduction of ‘take home’ exams for some history students.From Michaelmas 2017, history students will be able to replace one of their five finals papers with a exam which they will be able to sit at home.According to a document seen by The Sunday Times, the change was designed to help close the gender disparity in the awarding of firsts in history. Last year, 37 per cent of men achieved firsts in history compared to 32 per cent of women.The move was described as “so insulting” by the University of Liverpool’s Amanda Foreman. While recognising the good intentions of the decision, she said: “The reason why girls and boys perform differently in exams has nothing to do with the building they are in.”Several of Oxford’s own faculty members are said to have criticised the decision, raising concern at the increased risk of plagiarism, and seeing it as only a short-term solution to gender disparities in results.But the University has hit back at these claims of sexism, saying that broader considerations caused the change in exam regulations.A spokesperson told Cherwell: “Timed exams remain an important part of the course, testing skills to complement the other assessed elements.“This change is part of a broader goal of diversifying the history course in response to a number of factors, including the need to test a greater range of academic skills.“The gender gap was also a consideration in this change, although research shows that the causes of the gap are broad do not lie solely in methods of assessment.”It is reported that Cambridge University has also assessed the possibilities for changing their examination systems.last_img read more

Doughnut and croissant hybrid created by Bread Source

first_imgNorfolk-based Bread Source is set to extend its range with a croissant and doughnut hybrid.The Pain au Choco-nut combines traditional French patisserie and Norwich’s favourite sweet treat, said the firm.“We’ve recently relaunched our doughnuts, after almost a year of not producing, and decided we needed to complement this range with something a little different,” said Bread Source owner Steve Winter.“Historically, we have produced a limited number of Cronuts, but they are now everywhere. So we innovated and trialled a few variations, settling on a Pain au Choco-nut.”After six months in development, Bread Source hopes to roll out the premium pastry in-store in the next few weeks.The artisan bakery is carrying out strict social distancing measures, including a two-metre rule for staff and customers. Sanitising stations are set up at each site, and cash is currently not accepted.Bread Source launched its National Loaf Scheme in April. The scheme is still in operation, with either £1 or free loaves of bread available to vulnerable or self-isolating local consumers.last_img read more

Heritage Printing Company re-opens under new management

first_imgHeritage Printing was bought by Buffi Phillips.FARMINGTON – New Heritage Printing Company owner Buffi Phillips would like those interested in fulfilling all their paper needs to know that Heritage Printing Company, a staple of the Franklin County area for 20 years, is open once again.The previous owners of Heritage Printing, Donald and Dyla McIntire, decided in April that the impacts from Covid were too much, and retired, closing the their business’ doors.“It was not an easy decision to make,” Phillips said, but the temporary closing also presented an opportunity for Phillips to return to Heritage Printing.In 1999 while earning her degree in Applied Science for Graphic Arts and Press Operation from New Hampshire Community Technical College, Phillips completed her internship at Heritage Printing. After graduating, she began working at Heritage as a full time employee, learning the complete scope of the store’s processes as well as discovering her favorite part of the job, interacting with new customers. In 2007, Phillips left Heritage for a different career avenue, but was always eager to come back and resume her passion for the printing industry. She continued to do private printing jobs through her small business, bpGraphics, but it wasn’t the same as working in a full-service shop.“I remember the last time I was working with Dyla, and I thought I didn’t want it to be the last time. When it closed, I thought I’d give it a try” she said.Phillips is aware of the tightly knit community of Franklin County and knows that there is a protectiveness to it as well. The public can be wary of new business owners who aren’t familiar with the area.“I want the customers to know I have been with Heritage for a long time. I’m not some stranger coming in, wanting to change everything,” Phillips said.As of July 15, Phillips has been operating the business completely on her own, handling the design, the production and the delivery of all the paper orders that come in.“Eventually, I’d love to expand and get another employee in here. I want to build it back up, and I think keeping things local is a good way to do that,” she said.She’ll be advertising more in the months to come, but also hopes that her dedication to the customers and to the Franklin area will attract more business as well.“Whatever the customer wants, we’ll make it,” Phillips said. This is a promise that has run through the heart of Heritage Printing since long before Phillips ran it. Another remaining aspect of what Phillips calls “the old Heritage Printing Company” is the prices, which will not be changed in the near future.While under new ownership, Heritage has undergone an upgrade from offset printing to digital printing.“This will allow full color work to be done with a quicker turnaround time and efficient costs,” Phillips said.The store front has also moved from its original location in Farmington to 353 Main Street in Kingfield.Phillips can be reached at 778-3581 or [email protected]last_img read more

Dave Matthews Band’s New “Live Trax Vol. 40” To Feature James Brown Collab Show

first_imgIf you ask fans of Dave Matthews Band to pinpoint their favorite moments in the band’s history of live shows, clearly December 21st, 2002 would be near the top of the list. Why? Well, it’s not every day that the Godfather of Soul himself, James Brown, sits in with your band.Indeed, that’s what happened on that date at Madison Square Garden, when James Brown and members of his band the Soul Generals, and also members of Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, all shared the stage. The song of choice was “Get Up (I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine,” closing out the set with a raucous celebration.That show was chosen for the newest Live Trax archival release, due out on December 6th. Live Trax Vol. 40 will be available as DVD, Blu-Ray and CD options, so you can watch and listen to this classic performance at your leisure! Check out the full info here, and watch a VHS copy of the James Brown sit-in on YouTube, below.last_img read more

National Life Group Names Assadi President of Life and Annuities

first_imgNational Life Group Names Mehran AssadiPresident of Life and AnnuitiesMontpelier, VT The National Life Group has named Mehran Assadi President of Life and Annuities. Assadi, who has been with the company in an interim role for the past two years, will have responsibility for leading and directing all of the National Life Groups life and annuity operations, including product development, marketing, sales and distribution, as well as customer service.Mehran is a leader who has earned enormous credibility and respect throughout our organization, said Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Tom MacLeay, in making the announcement. As president of life and annuities for the National Life Group, we know that respect and credibility will only continue to expand and grow. Assadi, 47, joined National Life in August of 2003 in a consulting capacity and served as interim Chief Information Officer. In that assignment, he managed all of the companys information technology operations and divisions. In May of 2004, Assadi was named Interim Chief Operating Officer, assuming responsibility for marketing sales and distribution in the retail divisions.Prior to joining the National Life Group, Assadi served in several roles over five years at Provident Mutual in Philadelphia, PA., including executive vice president and chief information officer as well as chief marketing officer. He previously worked for 16 years at United States Fidelity & Guaranty of Baltimore, Md. in a number of positions including, vice president of technology and business development. The National Life Group is a dynamic and growing family of financial service companies, unified in values and purpose but differentiated by specialty, structure and size. Affiliates and divisions within the National Life Group operate in locations throughout the United States and offer products and services, which help a broad spectrum of individuals and businesses meet their financial goals.last_img read more

Chroma opens office in China, ranks higher on Inc. Magazine list

first_imgChroma Technology Corp,On its 20th anniversary, employee-owned Chroma Technology in BellowsFalls has a lot to celebrate.The company, which manufactures optical microscope filters andcoatings for laboratories all over the world, recently opened a salesoffice in Xiamen, China. And for the third consecutive year, it hasbeen honored by Inc. Magazine, which released its prestigious Inc.500/5000 – a list of the nation’s fastest-growing private businesses- on August. 23.This year marks a rise of 834 positions on the list for Chroma, whichwas honored for an impressive 27 percent three-year growth and 2010revenues of $24.2 million. The company employs 95 people.”This means we had a great year last year,” said CEO Paul Millman.”And more importantly, it means we are once again recognized by thegreater business community outside of Vermont. As much as I love therecognition we receive in Vermont, there is something very specialabout being recognized by the larger US business community.”All of Chroma’s manufacturing is done in Vermont, and it has longexported much of what it produces here. The new office in China,which joins offices in Europe and North America, represents a logicalnext step in the company’s growth.”China is investing billions of dollars in biomedical andbiotechnical research and development,” Millman said. “We seek tohave the kind of close-up and personal relationship with Chineseengineers and scientists that we have with their counterparts in theUS and Europe. Only a Chroma presence in China will make thishappen.”The complete list of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles, canbe found at http://www.inc.com/inc5000/list/2011(link is external).Other Vermont companies on the list this year include King ArthurFlour, Resource Systems Group, MBA Healthgroup, CPA Site Solutions,Fuse and Global Sourcing Group. Chroma is the only manufacturer fromVermont on the list.”The most important highlight of our 20 years is that anemployee-owned company in a small state became a very importantsupplier to some of the most important manufacturing companies of theworld,” Millman said. “I can’t think of a higher light than that.That’s thrilling.” Chria. 8.30.2011last_img read more

Frostbite

first_imgLiterally the freezing of your skin, frostbite occurs when the body is exposed to prolonged freezing temperatures. The areas most commonly affected by frostbite are the nose, ears, cheeks, chin, fingers, or toes. Superficial frostbite isn’t permanent, but deep frostbite can permanently damage the affected areas, and severe cases can lead to amputation.Three Warning Signs for Frostbite• White or grayish-yellow skin• Unusually firm or waxy skin• Numb or tingling tissueHow to Handle ItGet out of the cold as quickly as possible, but try not to walk on frostbitten feet or toes, which only increases the damage. Also, don’t rub or massage the frostbitten area.If possible, immerse the frostbitten area in warm (not hot) water. If there’s no warm water, use body heat.Seek professional medical help if the affected area doesn’t warm up.last_img read more

Colombia Targets ‘Precursor Chemicals’ Used to Make Cocaine

first_img BOGOTÁ, Colombia — Colombian authorities have been cracking down on precursor chemicals used to make cocaine. These acids, solvents and bases have a wide range of legitimate industrial uses. However, chemicals like acetone, sulfuric acid and potassium permanganate also can be used to make heroin or to convert semi-refined coca paste — also known as cocaine base — into the 90 percent pure white powder sold on U.S. streets. When it comes to plant-based illegal narcotics, precursor chemicals are the most expensive part of the drug-making process. Officials say a kilogram of cocaine can cost between $750 to $1,200 to produce. Amid a crackdown on precursor chemicals in Colombia, officials say traffickers are moving some of their drug processing laboratories to Central America. During a raid near the Guatemalan border in March, for example, Honduran police agents discovered a huge drug lab capable of producing eight tons of cocaine. Agents found microwave ovens, air compressors and sleeping quarters for at least 12 as well as barrels of acetic acid, acetone and calcium chloride. “They are producing cocaine base here in Colombia, then sending it to countries with little control over precursor chemicals,” Gen. César Pinzón, commander of the anti-narcotics division of the Colombian National Police, said in a recent interview. “That’s the main reason” for the shift. Although Honduras has passed laws against the trafficking of precursor chemicals, “they aren’t enforced,” Honduran Security Minister Oscar Alvarez told McClatchy Newspapers. A similar transition occurred in the production of methamphetamine. Small-scale meth labs in the United States were eventually replaced by massive “super labs” in Mexico following a U.S. crackdown on the domestic sale of ephedrine and pseudoephedrine, the two main chemicals used to make the drug. Colombia has among the world’s strictest regulations on precursor chemicals. Yet preventing them from getting into the hands of the cartels is a frustrating battle. Indeed, to produce the global supply of cocaine and heroin, traffickers must divert less than 1 percent of the worldwide supply of these chemicals, officials say. That’s not hard to do because precursor chemicals have a broad range of industrial uses and are widely available. Acetone, for example, is a key ingredient in paint. Potassium permanganate — known as “PP” to anti-drug agents — is an oxidizer used to treat wastewater, sanitize animal skins and keep bananas from ripening too fast. But PP is also what sets Colombian cocaine apart. Following the path of least resistance, traffickers sometimes arrange for the import of precursor chemicals into neighboring countries where controls are less stringent, then smuggle them across borders. In other cases, seemingly legitimate companies will import far more chemicals than they need and sell the excess to drug cartels. Anti-drug cooperation has increased between drug-producing nations like Colombia and major exporters of precursor chemicals like the United States and Germany. But other exporters are less transparent. China remains problematic due, in part, to the sheer size of its chemical industry and the fact it has 80,000 chemical companies — which makes oversight of exports a challenge. Traffickers sometimes bribe company employees to supply them with the desired chemicals, or steal them outright. In Mexico, four guards were killed in 2006 during the theft of one metric ton of ephedrine, which is used to make methamphetamine. Finally, there are front companies that produce nothing but import precursor chemicals in order to sell them to the bad guys. “We have tried to inspect many non-existent companies,” said Colombian Police Maj. Carlos Oviedo, who heads the department’s precursor chemical control unit. “Sometimes we arrive at the street address and there’s no company, just a house.” Oviedo says his agents often count on inside information from company employees to detect chemical diversions. In other cases, the police target jungle warehouses where tons of the chemicals are stored. They can also pounce as the chemicals are being transported on trucks from Bogotá, Medellín and other major cities to southern jungle towns. That’s how Colombian police agents last year confiscated 120 tons of acetone and other chemicals from a fictitious paint manufacturer that was sending these supplies to cocaine laboratories in the southern departments of Cauca, Caquetá and Putumayo. Local authorities must also keep close tabs on the sale of mass consumer substances like gasoline, cement and baking soda — all which can be used to make drugs. In southern jungle towns, like San José del Guaviare and Puerto Asís, daily sales of gasoline and kerosene are restricted to 55 gallons per customer while the daily limit on cement is 100 kilograms. But traffickers keep inventing new ways to get what they need. Amid increased scrutiny of gas sales, traffickers have at times tapped directly into gasoline pipelines, Oviedo said. Traffickers also are able to recycle some precursor chemicals. Yet at the end of the drug-producing food chain, massive quantities of toxic waste are simply dumped into the jungle. During Colombia’s peak years of cocaine production in the early 2000s, John Walters — who was then the U.S. “drug czar” — said clandestine labs were dumping 370,000 tons of chemicals into the environment every year. The chemicals inevitably find their way into rivers, streams and groundwater. “Affected waterways are almost entirely devoid of many species of aquatic and animal life,” Walters wrote. In fact, it was environmental degradation that led to the discovery of the huge cocaine laboratory in Honduras. Police officers were tipped off by farmers living near the lab who complained about contamination of the local water supply. Great article, it is great that they create laws to control illegal drug production. It is important to publish methods to detect such substances. This is all very serious for humanity, but glysophate pollution is also very serious. The program should watch over consumers. Demand is the main problem. When it stops being a business, there will be no more PROFIT. EDUCATION IS FUNDAMENTAL, FROM THE FIRST YEARS OF SCHOOL WHERE THE DAMAGE DRUGS DO TO PEOPLE AND THE ENVIRONMENT IS EXPLAINED By Dialogo June 03, 2011last_img read more

House committee to hold hearing on marijuana banking

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » The House Consumer Protection and Financial Institutions Subcommittee next week will hold a hearing on the thorny issue of banking access for those engaged in marijuana-related business.The hearing is scheduled for Feb. 13 at 2 p.m., but a witness list has not yet been released. The hearing is one of several that Financial Services Chairwoman Maxine Waters announced for the next several weeks. Those hearings will cover a variety of issues, including affordable housing, credit bureaus and diversity trends in financial services.For the past several years, Reps. Denny Heck (D-Wa.) and Ed Perlmutter (D-Colo.) have sponsored legislation to ease the way for marijuana-related businesses to obtain banking services.The legislation, as introduced in past Congresses, would have provided financial institutions, including credit unions with a safe harbor if they provided services to a licensed and legal cannabis-related business.last_img read more

Annual Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run® spotlights credit union industry

first_img 59SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Merry Pateuk Merry Pateuk is vice president of industry engagement at PSCU. Since 1989, Merry has served in a wide range of senior leadership roles, each of which were critical to building … Web: www.pscu.com Details January saw the arrival of new faces in Washington on both sides of the aisle following last year’s highly contentious midterm elections. While credit unions still have support in both parties, new members of Congress may or may not be informed about the importance of credit unions in the community, making now a critical time for credit union awareness and advocacy. Indications are that Reps. Maxine Waters and Richard Neal, respectively the chairs of the House Financial Services and Ways and Means committees, plan to prioritize the following initiatives: data breach legislation, regulatory reform, charter enhancements and preserving the tax status. By marshaling the power and voices of the national trade associations and state leagues, addressing public policy issues and blanketing Capitol Hill with the credit union message, credit unions can earn a spot on the legislative agenda.One of the most visible ways credit unions throughout the U.S. bring awareness to the important role credit unions play in their communities is through the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run®, which takes place each April in the nation’s capital. The annual event is instrumental in showcasing the value of the credit union community and the credit union movement at a local level. Credit unions throughout the U.S. proudly join together as the title sponsor of the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run®, which benefits the Children’s Miracle Network. Credit union support for the event is two-fold: volunteers provide the manpower behind the event itself, while financial donations go directly to the millions of children who enter a Children’s Hospital annually for treatment. The race puts credit union community involvement on center stage for members of Congress and other D.C.-area influencers. It also complements the active lobbying efforts of the CUNA and NAFCU trade associations. Many of the race’s 15,000 runners each year are Capitol Hill staffers, all of whom get the chance to witness firsthand the community service and volunteer efforts of this country’s credit unions. All of these groups and participants come together to help ensure elected officials – especially newly elected ones – have a clearer understanding of their role in the industry’s future success and the importance of credit unions in their communities.The Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run® is also an opportunity to put the credit union philosophy of “people helping people” into practice. For credit unions and the CUSOs that serve them, the commitment to helping children is a natural extension of that philosophy. Since 2002, the event has raised more than $9 million to aid children suffering from illness. For the 12th year, PSCU is underwriting the title sponsorship expenses for the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run® along with CUNA Mutual Group. The sponsorship helps ensure donations raised by participating credit unions and runners go directly to local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. PSCU’s employees and their families hold the cause of children’s healthcare very close to their hearts. Many of them apply for the chance to participate in the race, and the CUSO proudly sends runners to the event each year. This year’s team will be competing as the PSCU Possibilities Delivered race team.In addition to its support of the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run®, PSCU provides the national trade associations with payments-related data as needed for specific lobbying initiatives, and PSCU representatives serve on various financial services advocacy committees and boards, bringing an industry perspective to important initiatives impacting the entire industry. In today’s political environment, a proactive advocacy campaign is more important than ever. Whether it is behind the scenes or on the frontlines, credit unions everywhere should look for ways to lend their voices to growing the credit union movement. For more information about the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run®, the flagship event in the Credit Union Miracle Day Family of Races, visit MiracleDay.org.last_img read more

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