Cambridge academic criticises instant MAs

first_imgA Cambridge professor has spoken out against the Oxbridge practice whereby students who pass BA undergraduate degrees are automatically entitled to an MA 3 years after graduation.While students from other universities must complete and pay for a programme of advanced postgraduate study to obtain an MA, Oxbridge and Trinity College Dublin students can obtain the degree for free and without further work simply by attending a ceremony at their university.Dr Neil Dodgson, an academic at the Cambridge Computer Laboratory, labeled the system an “anomaly” from other universities’ practices, and said that Oxbridge needs to recognize that the world has “moved on”.Speaking at a meeting of the Cambridge University Senate he said, “Many find it offensive that we should award a degree for doing nothing more than being able to breathe for three years. Every degree at Cambridge, other than the MA, is now a certificate awarded for passing an examination. It is only a matter of time before our MA spawns a PR disaster.“Perhaps it is time, instead, for us to acknowledge that the rest of the world has moved on, and to align ourselves, reluctantly, with a world that believes that a degree should only be awarded for academic achievement.”Most other universities with 4 year courses, such as those in Scotland, automatically award an MA at the end of the course, while the Oxford 4 year Classics course, for example, receives only a BA. 4 year Maths courses at Oxford receive an MMath. Other postgraduate degrees from Oxbridge which do require further study and achievement have different titles, such as MPhil and MSc.However a statement released by Cambridge University’s council said, “The council believes that the (MA) degree continues to serve valuable purposes which outweigh any negative external perceptions of it. The QAA (Quality Assurance Agency) is well aware of the degree’s status and has not expressed any concerns about it.”The Oxford University Press Office said that the degree is a “tradition” about which there are sure to be “many different opinions”.The practice originates from the Middle Ages where the study of the arts took 7 years. The Bachelor of Arts degree was an intermediary degree between matriculation and admission to the degree of Master of Arts. Later the requirements for the Master’s degree gradually diminished, until the award became a formality, as it is now.Many Oxbridge students feel that the degree is deserved. One student said, “Our courses are much more intensive than those at most other universities, and we work a lot harder, so it’s fair to recognise that.” Another student pointed out that “all employers know what MA Oxon means in comparison to an MA from another university, so it doesn’t give us any unfair advantage”.However there has been much online debate about the issue, with students from other universities voicing concerns, and questioning the idea that students at Oxbridge work harder than those elsewhere.One Oxford student said “The MA is nonsense, and every university outside of Oxbridge recognises as much.”last_img read more

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DONNELLY, MICHAEL P.

first_imgA mass of Christian burial was offered July 26 at St. Nicholas RC Church for Michael P. Donnelly, 77. He passed away July 21. Mike was born in Jersey City. Mike was a lifelong Jersey City resident who enjoyed a successful career as a financial consultant for Morgan Stanley. Mike was also a longtime member of the Hudson County Friendly Sons of St. Patrick where he served as Irishman of the Year and Grand Marshall of the Jersey City St. Patrick’s Day Parade. He received a Lifetime Achievement award for his contributions to the Jersey City B.P.O. Elks Lodge 211 where he was a member. Mike was preceded in death by his wife Nancy. He is survived by his eldest son Michael and his wife Jennifer, and his younger son Brian and his wife Julia; granddaughters Amanda, Madeline, Sunny and Lee; brothers Bill and Jim and several cousins, nieces and nephews.Services arranged by the McLaughlin Funeral Home, Jersey City.last_img read more

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Dollars for the Dunes if the Great American Outdoors Act passes Congress

first_img (“indiana-dunes-state-park-1848559” by Adam Asar, Public Domain) Indiana Dunes National Park and many other national parks could get some help if the Great American Outdoors Act passes Congress Wednesday. The Act would provide money to help fix crumbling roads and buildings that have been in disrepair for years.“The Great American Outdoors Act…would provide about $6.5 billion over five years to address the disreapirs that national parks are experiencing,” said Theresa Pierno, president and CEO of the National Parks Conservation Assoc.“Staffing has decreased over the years and visitor numbers have really skyrocketed and the overall backlog is about $12 billion in needed repairs,” she said.One of Indiana’s national parks, in fact, the newest one, would benefit from the money.“Indiana Dunes National Park alone has a $28 million backlog in needed repairs,” said Pierno. “Many of the repairs are the historic buildings, the visitors center. Some have been structurally unsound for years and have been closed to the public.”Pierno said that’s just one example of how parks across the country could get some needed repairs for trails, roads and buildings. She said more than 100,000 jobs could be added. Some of those could be park rangers. Others would be people making repairs.“This bill would tremendously help Indiana, as well as local communities around the country. Every dollar invested in our national parks brings about $10 to the local economy.”Pierno said the bill has support from both Democrats and Republicans. Google+ Dollars for the Dunes if the Great American Outdoors Act passes Congress Facebook WhatsApp By Network Indiana – July 22, 2020 0 267 Twitter Previous articleChoc-Ola making a return throughout IndianaNext articleWhat does the Indiana Attorney General do? Network Indiana Google+ Pinterest Twitter Facebook Pinterest WhatsApp IndianaLocalNewslast_img read more

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Lecture explores Catholic intellectual tradition

first_imgDespite major Church setbacks in recent years, Catholic intellectual tradition is still alive and well in the contemporary world, Margaret O’Brien Steinfels, former co-director of the Center on Religion and Culture at Fordham University said. She discussed this tradition, which she defined as the interplay of human intellect and spirituality through history, in a lecture titled “Perspectives on the Catholic Intellectual Tradition” Saint Mary’s College’s spring lecture series, “Mind, Body, Spirit: Connected,” Tuesday night. Steinfels said the fallout of the major sex abuse allegations in the early 2000s was a significant problem for the Church. “The scandal reported in January of 2002 about the Boston Catholic Church covering up sexual abuse by Church leaders was a pivotal moment for our Church,” Steinfels said. “This crisis affected every part of the Catholic community. The robust confidence in our Church as a whole has fallen several notches because of this.” Steinfels said this crisis and other issues created ambiguity about the strength of Church authority, the intellectual tradition and its interplay with social justice. “This tradition is both decisive and expansive,” Steinfels said. “Catholics have gone from [the tradition] being a structured phenomenon to something that can no longer be pinned down decisively. However, Catholics do have a rich selection of people to cite when we think about Catholic intellectual tradition and social justice. This selection spans decades and continents. “ In order to engage the Catholic intellectual tradition, Steinfels said Catholics must look to future progress. “Catholics needs to scan the horizon and argue the world,” Steinfels said. “We need to place emphasis on the notion that Catholic intellectual tradition looks not only to the past, but to the present and the future.” In order to actively participate in this tradition, Steinfels said Church members must seize the label “intellectual” as a badge of honor. “Intellectuals are often found in public forums. They are agonistic,” Steinfels said. “Intellectuals argue on different sides of large and important subjects.” She said intellectuals are the ones who pass down and reinvent tradition, and that this intellectual tradition will play into how future generations relate to the Catholic faith. “Tradition defined as something that is passed down implies that we always thought or acted in such a way, “Steinfels said. “If we really do what tradition asks we must acknowledge that each generation asks different questions and faces different challenges. Tradition may be a given that we hold near, but it is also invented.” Steinfels said Catholic intellectual tradition is especially important in today’s world, with its strong emphasis on empirical evidence. “There is more to the world we see through microscopes and telescopes,” Steinfels said. “Our Church’s tradition allows us to contest ideas and worldviews. This tradition allows us to create conversation that works to criticize and understand what we see around us.” “Empirical findings enrich the understanding of a human person, but they are not the end-all, be-all. Aspects of the human person cannot be explained scientifically,” she said. “If the scientific context of truth is not questioned then we will forever be living in a society where human life and human action are reduced.” Steinfels stressed the importance of the Church sharing this tradition with the public. “Some people wish for religion to be confined to private life. I believe it is a loss to the whole society when any religion is confined to the private life,” Steinfels said. “Catholics have a tradition that takes philosophy and philosophical thought seriously. These thoughts should be open for public discussion and do have an influence on policies and other matters of public life.”last_img read more

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Plant spacing

first_imgBy Gary L. WadeUniversity of GeorgiaMost landscapes today are overplanted. With too many plants forthe given area, each plant is less healthy, requires moremaintenance and just doesn’t look as good as it should.The really sad thing is that such landscapes cost more money thanthey should, too. If you’re planning a new landscape or shoppingfor plants to add to your landscape, proper plant spacing is agreat way to stretch your dollars.It’s hard to imagine cute little 1-gallon plants growing 10 feetwide within five years. But knowing the mature size and shape ofthe plants you want can help you avoid buying more than you need.Move over, BudWhen plants are spaced too closely in the landscape, they begincompeting for space, light, water and nutrients. Internal foliagebegins to die off. Air circulation within the plant canopy isrestricted, and the plants become stressed and more susceptibleto insect and disease problems.Close spacing reduces curb appeal, too, when plants lose theirindividuality and are sheared as huge blobs of intertwining greenfoliage.Horizontal groundcover junipers, like Shore and Blue Rug, willform layer upon layer of foliage when they are planted tooclosely.Creating choresWhen this happens, the dense inner growth begins to die out, andit becomes a haven for spider mites and twig blight diseases. Toavoid these problems, thinning the plant canopy to increase lightinfiltration and air circulation becomes an essential chore everythree to five years.Shrubs look their best when they have enough space to achievetheir full size and shape without fighting for space with theirneighbor.The label that comes on the plant often tells about the plant’smature height and width. But it doesn’t hurt to double-check formore information in a horticultural reference book or on the Web.Whoa!I recently bought several dwarf Burford hollies, for instance,and the label said they grew 12 inches to 15 inches tall andwide. Fortunately, I knew the plant grows 12 to 15 feet tall andwide. The label was misprinted. What a disaster this would havebeen if I had planted them 12 inches apart!One of the most commonly used foundation plants is dwarf Yauponholly. This plant will eventually grow 8 feet high and 8 feetwide. Ideal spacing, then, would be 8 feet apart.Hedge plants are often planted so their canopies touch,particularly if they’re to be sheared into a formal look. To dothis, take the projected mature width of the shrub and decreaseit by 2 feet. In other words, if the plants’ mature width is 12feet, space them 10 feet apart in the row to allow the canopiesto overlap slightly.Happy plantsBy spacing plants properly, you’ll likely find that you don’tneed as many plants as you thought you did. The landscape maylook a little sparsely planted at first. But it will growhealthier, require less maintenance and look better.It will stretch your landscaping dollars, too. That’s somethingyou can bank on.(Gary Wade is an Extension Horticulturist with the Universityof Georgia College of Agricultural and EnvironmentalSciences.)last_img read more

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Red Cross closes last Irene shelter in Vermont

first_imgThe Vermont and the New Hampshire Valley American Red Cross announced today the closing of the last of their thirteen emergency shelters that were opened around the state in response to Tropical Storm Irene.  Longer term housing arrangements have been made for the last few residents at the Red Cross shelter at the Hartford High School in White River Junction and it officially closed as of noon. The widespread flooding and destruction from Irene forced many residents from their homes, and many took refuge in the thirteen Red Cross shelters that were opened after Irene hit Vermont on August 28, 2011.  These Red Cross shelters were staffed with trained volunteers to meet the needs of the people staying there, including a safe place to stay, hot meals, emotional support and other assistance in response to the disaster.   Now that water levels have receded and roads are being reopened, residents are able to return to their homes or to other longer-term housing arrangements.  Red Cross emergency response vehicles have criss-crossed the state delivering food and clean-up supplies to residents after the storm, and Red Cross outreach teams have canvassed affected neighborhoods doing damage assessment and contacting residents to ascertain their emergency disaster relief needs.  As the nature of the disaster response changes from immediate storm relief to longer term recovery efforts, the role of the Red Cross is also changing.  The Red Cross will continue to provide disaster relief to those affected by Irene, and will also work with our disaster relief partner agencies in the longer term recovery for the state. ‘The American Red Cross is dedicated to providing disaster relief whenever storms such as Tropical Storm Irene impact our communities,’ said Timothy Stetson, Chief Response officer of the Vermont and the New Hampshire Valley American Red Cross.  ‘Opening and staffing these shelters is just one of the many ways that the Red Cross helps our friends and neighbors every day.’   Stetson added that the Tropical Storm Irene response has been a huge disaster affecting thousands across multiple states, and the Red Cross response will cost millions of dollars. He asks if anyone would like to assist the Red Cross in helping others to consider making a donation.      About the American Red Cross:The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation’s blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization ‘ not a government agency ‘ and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org(link is external) or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org(link is external). please click, text or call to donate to American Red Cross Disaster Relief.   Visit www.redcross.org(link is external) or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.   Contributions may also be sent to the American Red Cross Those who want to help can make a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. This gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for and provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance in response to disasters. Contributions may also be sent to local American Red Cross chapters or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013. 9.13.2011last_img read more

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New Task Force Supports Hurricane Irma Victims

first_imgBy Diálogo September 19, 2017 U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) established Joint Task Force-Leeward Islands (JTF-LI) to support Hurricane Irma relief efforts. The Leeward Islands comprise more than 10 islands located between the northeastern Caribbean Sea and the western Atlantic Ocean. “The goal of our efforts in St. Martin is straightforward,” said U.S. Marine Corps Colonel Michael Samarov, the commander of JTF-LI. The governments of France and the Netherlands, who share the island of Saint Martin, requested the U.S. support to help the disaster relief operation led by the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA). Hurricane Irma was the first Category 5 hurricane to strike the Leeward Islands in decades. “We want to save lives and ease human suffering and also augment civilian emergency response capabilities until our efforts are no longer necessary,” said Col. Samarov. JTF-LI is equipped with several disaster relief capabilities, including command and control, humanitarian assessment, water production, and helicopter transportation. The U.S. National Hurricane Center described Hurricane Irma as the most powerful hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic. The hurricane reached the eastern Caribbean in early September. It made landfall on the island of Barbuda on September 6th before passing near the Bahamas, the Dominican Republic, and Haiti and making a secondary landfall in Cuba on September 9th. Irma brought destructive winds, heavy rainfall, and dangerous storm surge, resulting in at least 25 fatalities and causing significant infrastructure damage across the Caribbean region. Task force capabilities JTF-LI comprises about 300 U.S. military personnel and includes the support of eight helicopters, four C-130 Hercules aircraft, and the USNS Spearhead (T-EPF 1). Its personnel stem from the Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Southern Command, Joint Task Force-Bravo, and other SOUTHCOM elements. The task force is just one element of the U.S. response to Hurricane Irma and will remain in the affected area to support ongoing USAID/OFDA-led relief operations as long as the U.S. government deems necessary. “Hurricane Irma dealt a terrible blow to St. Martin,” said U.S. Navy Captain Steven Stacy, the mission commander of Southern Partnership Station-Expeditionary Fast Transport 2017, a SOUTHCOM-directed operation that was deployed in June by U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command /U.S. 4th Fleet. Capt. Stacy was onboard of the Spearhead supporting Navy humanitarian relief support in Saint Martin. “There have been fatalities, and much of the island’s infrastructure has been destroyed. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and communities that were affected by this storm. We are providing the heavy lift to support USAID and the French and Dutch governments’ humanitarian responses.” The USNS Spearhead first loaded humanitarian relief supplies at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay before reaching the port of the Franco-Dutch island, Saint Martin. While in port at Guantanamo Bay, the Spearhead loaded 50,000 gallons of fuel, 81,000 bottles of water and 1,000 ready-to-eat meals. The fuel is to be used for reverse osmosis water purification systems being sent to St. Martin. “We are doing humanitarian support for the hurricane affecting the Caribbean,” said U.S. Air Force Captain Scott Szalejko, a C-17 Globemaster III pilot with the 437th Airlift Wing/15th Airlift Squadron. The 437th Airlift Wing´s crew members traveled to Mountain Home in Idaho to transport a mobile air traffic control tower to support the Caribbean islands affected by the hurricane. The tower was provided by the Federal Aviation Administration, and was requested by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to provide relief to St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. “Our thoughts and prayers are with those who have suffered a loss during this time… We are honored to help in any way we can,” said Col. Samarov.last_img read more

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Lawn care equipment stolen from Binghamton Boys and Girls Club

first_imgBINGHAMTON (WBNG) — The Boys and Girls Club of Binghamton says they had hundreds of dollars of equipment stolen from a shed on the club’s property. Staff says someone broke the lock on the club’s equipment shed late last week and stole several blowers, a weed wacker, several sets of hedge trimmers, and a portable welder among other equipment. “Anyone who would steal from the Boys and Girls Club doesn’t belong walking the streets,” he said. “It’s a place where kids who don’t have much come to have a good time with their peers and the staff that work here, you just don’t take from a place like that.” Unit Director Roberto Sostre says while he also uses the equipment for his own landscaping work, he can’t understand why anyone would steal property belonging to an organization like the Boys and Girls Club. The Binghamton Police department says they are currently investigating the theft, if you have any information you can call the detective division at (607) 772-7080.last_img read more

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Centers of competence in tourism: Workshop held with representatives of the economy in tourism and hospitality

first_imgThe Ministry of Tourism, the Directorate for Quality Management, International Cooperation and the EU, led by Assistant Minister Olivera Shejbal, as a level 1 intermediary body within the Operational Program ‘Effective Human Resources 2014-2020’, organized a workshop on “Centers of Competence in Tourism (CEKOM “with representatives of the economy in the tourism and hospitality sector)Regional centers of competence are places of excellence in vocational education and training in which programs of regular vocational education, vocational training and lifelong learning as well as other forms of formal and non-formal education (work-based learning, competitions and presentations of knowledge and skills, etc.) will be implemented. The centers will be established in five sectors: tourism and hospitality, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and ICT, agriculture and health.Through an interactive workshop, led by Marija Kalinic, an expert in education in the field of human resources, representatives of the economy in the tourism and hospitality sector as potential partners were introduced to the basic concept and through a joint contribution identified the role, needs and expectations of employers tourism. Through the presentation of the concept of regional centers of competence in the tourism and hospitality sector, the Ministry of Tourism presented what distinguishes CEKOM from secondary vocational schools, the five basic features of CEKOM and the role of the employer in their establishment and internship programs.Photo: MintThe establishment of regional competence centers is planned within the Operational Program ‘Effective Human Resources 2014-2020’, in investment priority 10iv: “Improving the importance of education and training systems for the labor market, facilitating the transition from school to work, strengthening the vocational education system and training and their quality, inter alia through skills prediction mechanisms, curriculum adaptation and the introduction and development of work-based learning systems, including dual learning systems and apprenticeship programs “, within specific objective 2:” Modernizing the supply of vocational education and raising its qualities in order to increase the employability of students as well as opportunities for further education ”.The Ministry of Tourism points out that they continue to actively participate in creating conditions for announcing tenders for the establishment of regional centers of competence in the tourism and hospitality sector, and the basic precondition is the adoption of a new Law on Vocational Education under the Ministry of Science and Education.


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Arsenal squad have ‘serious reservations’ over Unai Emery’s conservative tactics

first_imgJose Mourinho is among the names linked with replacing Emery at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)The lack of available high quality, proven replacements prepared to come into the club half-way through the season is also an issue.Jose Mourinho’s name has been linked with the role, with some reports even suggesting he dined with Arsenal’s head of football Raul Sanllehi last week, though the club have refuted those suggestions.MORE: Arsenal players openly ‘taking the p***’ out of Unai Emery as pressure on the manager increasesMore: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Arsenal squad have ‘serious reservations’ over Unai Emery’s conservative tactics Fans have questioned Emery over his selections and substitutions (Picture: Getty)Now the Daily Mail report that Emery is increasingly facing a fight to keep his job with members of the squad harbouring ‘serious reservations’ about him.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTThere is a belief that Emery is too conservative in his approach to games, with a number of his in-game changes handing the initiative back to the opposition.Emery’s methods have also been questioned by the squad, prompting fears over whether the Spaniard is really the right man to take the club forward.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityArsenal face a testing away trip to third-placed Leicester City next weekend and another bad result could give Emery a nervy fortnight during the international break.At present, the Gunners’ hierarchy are expected to keep faith in Emery and will not be rushed into making a quick decision over his future. Comment The Spanish coach is under increasing pressure after several poor performances (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery is at risk of losing the Arsenal dressing room with a number of players reportedly concerned by how conservative his tactical approach has become.The Gunners currently sit in fifth place in the Premier League, though they have failed to win their last three league matches and have forfeited leads against both Crystal Palace and Wolves.Performances have been well below expectations, while there have also been big question marks over how Emery has handled Mesut Ozil and the fallout of Granit Xhaka’s bust-up with fans.center_img Metro Sport ReporterSunday 3 Nov 2019 11:10 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link524Shares Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

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