Oxford first for humanities in latest global rankings

first_imgQS, the producer of global university league tables, have released their new ranking of universities by subject for 2016. The University of Oxford is rated first for the Arts & Humanities category defined by QS, third for Life Sciences & Medicine as well as Social Sciences and Management, fifth for Natural Sciences, and ninth for Engineering and Technology.Oxford’s ranking has risen for Arts & Humanities and Engineering & Technology, which are up from second and 13th respectively in the 2015 rankings, while the ranking for Life Sciences & Medicine has fallen from second. Notable subject-specific rankings for the university include a first place in English and Modern Languages while it comes second in Law, Politics and Medicine, third in Computer Science and occupies the fourth and sixth positions in Mathematics and Physics among others.The rankings are compiled using a combination of four factors: a worldwide survey based on which institutions academics consider best in their field, an employment survey on the institutions which produce the most employable graduates, an analysis of citations of each university’s research in academic papers, and finally the H-Index which QS describe in their online methodology as “a way of measuring both the productivity and impact of the published work of a scientist or scholar.” The weightings of these different components vary by field since, for example, there are less publications for History than Medicine.While Oxford is doing well across the board, the rankings reveal a clear split between the humanities, where Oxford ranks first overall, and science. Peter Saville, studying History at University College tells Cherwell, “Oxford’s success is hardly surprising given the versatile history curriculum which leaves all disciplines and periods open to the undergraduate. This is also supported by a passionate and (often weirdly) knowledgeable set of lecturers and tutors, which means we have no option but to shoe the tabs in academia as well as sport!”Oxford’s excellent performance in Modern Languages is greeted with excitement by Josh Dernie, a first year French and Linguistics student at Keble, telling Cherwell, “it’s great to see Oxford maintaining its long-held position at the very top of the QS world rankings in modern languages; to receive yet another perfect score is a real tribute to the faculty.”Third year English student Mina Odile is more skeptical, but ultimately agrees with Saville’s high estimation of Oxford humanities, saying, “I always find these ranking systems a bit suspect, but from the perspective of a third year English student I would have to say that Oxford offers an outstanding programme.” However, she adds a note of caution, “I think the problem with these rankings is that they seem to suggest that the given ‘top of the league’ programme is the ideal programme for anyone aspiring to the best in their field.“And in reality, while Oxford’s English faculty is arguably at the top of its field in terms of research, it may not provide the best study environment for everyone. Best doesn’t mean best for everyone.”The sciences, on the other hand, did not do quite as well. The Engineering faculty in particular was rated poorly by QS compared to Oxford’s humanities subjects, though it did improve from last year, receiving 14th place for Civil Engineering, 11th for Electrical and 10th for Chemical Engineering.Aurelia Vandamme, a first year Engineer at Keble explains this by saying “Oxford does general engineering so it’s pretty hard to compare with universities that do specialised degrees, and it means that we have more overall knowledge/are able to communicate with all sorts of engineers.”last_img read more

The Florida Bar Foundation articles

first_img January 1, 2002 Managing Editor Regular News Public service grants awarded Foundation awards $10 million in legal aid grants Mark D. Killian Managing EditorThe Florida Bar Foundation awarded close to $10 million in IOTA grants December 7 to Florida legal aid providers and devoted another $1 million to “special purpose” programs to help meet the legal needs of the poor.William H. Davis, chair of the Foundation’s Legal Assistance for the Poor Grant Committee, said this year’s general support grants are equal to what was awarded last year, halting a trend which had seen Foundation funding for legal aid to the poor decline by 8.3 percent last year and 7 percent the previous year.“This year, thankfully, we are not going to be required to make any cuts over the funding from last year,” Davis said. “We certainly were not able to award what was requested but many of the programs — because the committee had previously announced we wanted to have level funding — asked for the same grant amount they got last year.”Davis said cuts in bank interest rates over the past few years have taken a toll on the IOTA program. In the past, the program has raised as much as $19 million a year to fund legal aid, administration of justice, and law student assistance projects. From 1993 until 1998, annual grant allocations were kept relatively stable through the use of the IOTA contingency reserve — which was established before bank interest rates began to drop — and by allocating more and more of the Foundation’s income to legal assistance to the poor programs and less to the administration of justice and law student assistance projects.The Foundation also was able to offset declines in IOTA contributions by the favorable returns it received on its investments. The reserve funds, however, are now depleted, and investment income is down.The applications for general support grants for local programs are based upon a per capita formula, depending upon the number of poor people in a county.Services are provided through staff and pro bono attorneys. The cases handled are determined through local community priorities set by local boards of directors. Predominantly, the cases handled are family, housing, income maintenance, and consumer matters.The Foundation’s board of directors approved the general support grants on the recommendation of its Legal Assistance to the Poor Grant Committee.Of the funds distributed, $5 million went to general legal services programs that also receive Legal Services Corporation funds; $1.2 million went to legal aid organizations that do not receive any LSC money; slightly more than $1 million was awarded to immigration service projects; $423,000 was provided for legal assistance to the institutionalized; $30,000 went to law school clinical projects; and almost $1 million was awarded to statewide legal aid programs. LSC Programs Foundation grants for general support to programs which also receive LSC funding include: Bay Area Legal Services, $607,126; Central Florida Legal Services, $458,845; Florida Rural Legal Services, $673,859; Greater Orlando Area Legal Services, $212,098; Gulf Coast Legal Services, $457,487; Jacksonville Area Legal Services, $360,527; Legal Aid Services of Broward County, $449,653; Legal Services of Greater Miami, $582,119; Legal Services of North Florida, $419,087; Northwest Florida Legal Services, $228,804; Three Rivers Legal Services, $324,466; and Withlacoochee Area Legal Services, $259,098.IOTA general funding grants awarded to organizations which do not also receive LSC funding include: Brevard County Legal Aid, $72,387; Clearwater Bar Foundation, $32,740; Community Law Program, $42,817; Cuban American Bar Association, $28,479; Dade County Bar Association, $256,062; Heart of Florida Legal Aid Society, $96,190; Lee County Legal Aid Society, $48,176; Legal Aid Foundation of the Tallahassee Bar Association, $32,151; Legal Aid Society of Collier County, $32,095; Legal Aid Society of Manasota, $16,506; Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County, $238,581; Legal Aid Society of the Orange County Bar Association, $292,064; Okaloosa County Legal Aid, $22,652; and the Seminole County Bar Association Legal Aid Society, $54,331. Immigration Services Foundation grants to organizations which provide immigration services include: American Friends Service Committee, $111,030; Dade County Bar Association, $67,412; Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center, $572,845; Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center Homeless Project, $65,190; Legal Aid Society of the Orange County Bar Association, $124,208; and Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County, $77,725.Grants for legal assistance programs for the institutionalized or incapacitated went to Florida Institutional Legal Services, $217,126; the Florida Justice Institute, $149,432; and the Guardianship Program of Dade County, $56,958.IOTA grants for law school clinical projects in the amount of $5,000 each went to Florida State University, Nova Southeastern University, St. Thomas University, Stetson University, the University of Florida, and the University of Miami.General support grants for statewide projects went to Florida Legal Services, $873,773, and Southern Legal Counsel, $75,342. Special Purpose Grants The Florida Bar Foundation also gave slightly more than $1 million in special purpose grants to four legal aid programs providing representation that federally funded programs can no longer offer.The money will be used to fund class actions, migrant farm worker representation, policy advocacy, and cases that might generate attorneys’ fees. Federal legislation enacted a number of years ago prohibits programs that accept Legal Services Corporation funding from working in those areas.To file class actions and cases that might generate fees, the Foundation awarded Florida Legal Services for policy advocacy, $311,251; FLS Migrant Farmworker Justice Project, $376,713; the Florida Justice Institute, $162,911; Southern Legal Counsel, $134,389; and the Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County, $118,454.The 2002 grant year will mark the 20th time IOTA funds have been awarded in the legal assistance for the poor category. Florida’s IOTA program, the first in the nation, has awarded more than $133 million in IOTA LAP grants over the program’s 19-year history. Foundation seeks directors The Florida Bar Foundation articles Eight positions on The Florida Bar Foundation’s board of directors will be filled this year under the Florida Supreme Court approved governance plan which provides for 18 of the 29-member Bar Foundation board to be selected equally by the Florida Supreme Court, The Florida Bar Board of Governors, and the board of directors of the Bar Foundation.The six at-large seats to be filled for three-year terms beginning July 1 are currently held by: William S. Graessle, Jacksonville; and Judge Florence Snyder Rivas, Tallahassee (Florida Supreme Court appointees); Daryl D. Parks, Tallahassee; Lawrence J. Phalin, Orlando (Florida Bar Board of Governors appointees); Patrice Pilate, Viera; and Kathleen McLeroy, Tampa (Foundation appointees). Graessle and Rivas are not eligible for additional terms. One at-large position will be filled for a one-year term beginning July 1 to fill the unexpired term of William H. Davis, Tallahassee, who was elected secretary-treasurer of the Foundation effective July 1. Applicants for the at-large positions who are members of The Florida Bar also must be members of the Bar Foundation. Bar Foundation members include annual contributors, Foundation Fellows, and participants in IOTA.The eighth board seat to be filled is for a public member currently held by Georgina A. Angones of Miami, who is eligible to serve a second two-year term. The public member position will be filled by a joint Bar/Foundation Nominating Committee.Since 1981, the Foundation’s principal activity has been setting policy and overseeing operation of the Florida Supreme Court’s IOTA program. The court established the IOTA program to fund legal aid for the poor, improvements in the administration of justice, and loans and scholarships for law students. The Foundation board also oversees the Foundation’s formal fundraising program, sets investment policies, Foundation policies generally, and adopts the annual operating budget.Persons interested in applying for any of the eight Foundation board positions should obtain the appropriate application form. Applications for positions to be filled by the Supreme Court, Foundation (at-large seats), or the joint Bar/Foundation nominating committee (public member seat) may be obtained from the executive director of The Florida Bar Foundation, Suite 405, 109 East Church Street, Orlando 32801-3440.Completed applications for these seats must be received by the Foundation by February 15. (The Florida Bar will give separate notice for the two positions to be filled by The Florida Bar Board of Governors. See the Notice on page 2.)The Florida Bar Foundation Board of Directors embraces the concept of diversity. According to the Foundation, “a diverse membership makes the board stronger, and its work for the Foundation more relevant to the society in which we live.” The Foundation strongly encourages minorities, women, and persons with disabilities to apply for service on the board. To help achieve the broadest participation, The Florida Bar Foundation “Expense Reimbursement Policy” provides modest reimbursement for most out-of-pocket expenses incurred during board service.Applicants will be advised in writing of action taken by the selecting authorities. O’Malley to lead the Foundation Tampa’s Andrew M. O’Malley has been elected president-elect designate of The Florida Bar Foundation by its board of directors.Meeting December 7, the Foundation board also elected William H. Davis of Tallahassee secretary/treasurer.O’Malley will assume the Foundation presidency in 2002-2003, following William L. Thompson, Jr., of Orange Park, who will take office when the term of Darryl Bloodworth, Jacksonville, expires in June.The names of O’Malley and Davis were placed in nomination by the Foundation Nominating Committee, which consists of Bloodworth, and past Florida Bar Foundation presidents A. Hamilton Cooke, James A. Baxter, Rene V. Murai, and Neal R. Sonnett. The Florida Bar Foundation is seeking nominations for its 2002 Medal of Honor Awards.The Foundation has two categories for the medal of honor award. A nominee for the first category must be a member of The Florida Bar who has demonstrated dedication to the objectives of the Bar: “…to inculcate in its members the principles of duty and service to the public, to improve the administration of justice, and to advance the science of jurisprudence.”Nominees in this first category also must be Florida residents who are actively engaged in a profession relative to the practice of law including, but not limited to, practicing lawyers, judges or teachers in the legal field. Recent recipients in this category are: Steven M. Goldstein, William O.E. Henry, Justice Richard W. Ervin, Burton Young, Samuel S. Smith, Joseph W. Hatchett. Last year’s award was presented to Patrick G. Emmanuel.Nominees are also being solicited for a second medal of honor award category. This category recognizes the achievement of nonlawyers, or lawyers not actively engaged in the practice of law. Nominees must have made an outstanding contribution to the improvement of the administration of justice in Florida through research, writing, or other deeds of such character and quality that, in the judgment of the Foundation, warrant the highest award that can be bestowed by the Foundation.Nominees in the second category also must be Florida residents and may be members of The Florida Bar. Recent recipients in this category are: The Rev. Fred L. Maxwell for his leadership and perseverance in seeking permanent housing for the homeless in Orlando, Gene Miller for his integrity and passion as an investigative reporter for The Miami Herald in the coverage of the murder trials of two wrongfully convicted death row inmates, and John B. Orr, Jr., for his courageous stand against a package of bills filed in the 1956 Florida Legislature’s special session whose purpose was to perpetuate school segregation.The Medal of Honor awards will be presented at the annual dinner of the Foundation during The Florida Bar Annual Meeting June 20, at the Boca Raton Resort and Club.Nominations should list the specific achievements which would qualify an individual to receive a medal of honor and should include a brief biographical sketch of the nominee.Nominations should be sent to: The Florida Bar Foundation, Medal of Honor Awards Program, Post Office Box 1553, Orlando 32802-1553, (800) 541-2195, (407) 843-0045. Nominations also may be faxed to (407) 839-0287 or sent via e-mail to [email protected] deadline for submission of nominees is January 30. The Florida Bar Foundation recently awarded $152,500 to public service programs at seven Florida law schools.IOTA Public Service Fellows programs range from traditional civil legal clinics to developing public policy proposals focusing on the legal needs of women and children to advocacy for the disabled. In addition to direct public service work, law students also undertake projects to involve other students in public service activities.The funds are awarded directly to the law schools, which select students based on demonstrated commitment to pro bono and public interest work.“Not only do the fellows help provide legal services, but they get exposed to that kind of work and, hopefully, will be more prone to enter into it either as a legal service attorney or a pro bono attorney later in their careers,” said William H. Davis, chair of the Foundation’s Legal Assistance for the Poor Grant Committee.The presence of the program on the campus for each law school also provides an awareness in the student body of the importance of public interest law practice, as a career and as a pro bono activity.Florida Coastal will receive $14,000; Florida State University will receive $23,000; Nova Southeastern University will receive $23,000; St. Thomas University, $20,000; Stetson University, $23,000; the University of Florida, $22,100; and the University of Miami, $27,400. Foundation seeks Medal of Honor nominees last_img read more

Cuomo’s Plan to Study Long Island’s Water Woes a Baby Step in Right Direction

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York [dropcap]F[/dropcap]rom the tap, a glass of Long Island’s water is cool and refreshing—descriptions that any soft drink or craft-beer company would love to have on their label.Geologically, our region is blessed with ample amounts of fresh, potable water. It is of such high quality that Lee Koppelman, Long Island’s master planner who heads the Center for Regional Policy Studies at Stony Brook University, often joked in class that in order to close Suffolk’s budget gaps, we should just bottle the county’s tap water and sell it at a premium price.But today our supply is seriously threatened by overdevelopment, industrial malfeasance and political indifference.Despite the importance of protecting this precious resource, the public policies are too often skewed by the hunger to build.Recently Gov. Andrew Cuomo came to Stony Brook University to announce a major initiative to address New York’s water woes. His proposal would allocate $6 million for a new comprehensive groundwater study for Long Island to further examine levels of saltwater intrusion and chemical contamination–essentially the byproducts of over-pumping our aquifer and not having enough sewers.In the decades since the last true assessment of our regional water quality was conducted, development has continued with scant regard for the looming environmental crisis at hand.When it comes to water protection, Long Island’s policymakers have known what to do since the first federally funded study explored the issue in-depth in July of 1978. Conducted by the Long Island Regional Planning Board, the report determined the linkage between land use and water quality, an important connection that helped shape zoning laws across LI. In the years following that groundbreaking document, Suffolk County took the findings seriously and worked with New York State to protect the Central Pine Barrens and other environmentally sensitive areas from development, while Nassau County just shrugged.How best to protect this essential resource is a long-running debate that pits environmentalists, developers, politicians, pundits and other familiar faces. They have conferences, hold panel discussions, pen op-eds and do other things to prime the pump. Currently, the push is on to Build! Build! Build!, but we must prioritize our drinking water as much as we prize retaining millennials and developing rental housing. The simple truth is that the aquifer holds the key to our future.First, we must understand the current condition of our aquifer and then we must preserve its pristine purity in perpetuity. To achieve this, we must aggressively preserve more open space, cut down on contamination from pesticides and nitrogen-rich fertilizers—by-products from East End farming—and ensure that our region’s sewage treatment plants, from local community systems to the large municipal plants, are doing their job.But one big obstacle that must be overcome is Nassau’s balkanized water providers. Their political fragmentation does a disservice to all Long Islanders. As a recent Newsday editorial deplored, the county has a patchwork quilt of “municipal districts, commissioner-run special districts, private corporations and public authorities.” Until these fiefdoms are united, no worthwhile planning effort can succeed.Everybody knows what we need to do to protect our water. But who has the political will to do it? It’s taken dead fish carcasses piling up on the shoreline to dramatize the severity of our regional crisis, leading Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone to declare that nitrogen is “public water enemy number one.”After Superstorm Sandy, the vulnerability of Nassau County’s fragile wastewater infrastructure was grotesquely revealed by the failure of the Bay Park wastewater treatment plant. Tons of untreated sewage were dumped into the surrounding waterways. The crap even ended up in people’s homes. Like the fish kills on the East End, Bay Park’s dysfunction was a public shame.So, Cuomo deserves praise for his proposal to address the water worries of Nassau and Suffolk. But let’s hold off on the celebration until these actions bear fruit. Addressing the Grumman Plume in the Bethpage area is an excellent start, but more steps should be taken.The state should also work with Suffolk to ensure that Article 6, which determines appropriate developmental density in environmentally critical areas, is enforced by local towns, as well as further monitoring of any sewer plant as set forth by the State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System under New York’s Environmental Conservation Law to make sure that the discharge standards are met.As pressure mounts to develop Long Island at higher and higher densities with the proliferation of more sewer facilities in the endless quest for supposed economic gains, the vulnerability of the Island’s aquifers should not be forgotten.New York State Assemb. Steve Englebright (D-East Setauket), a scientist first and longstanding elected official second, has been a champion of LI’s water issues since he first took office in Suffolk County in 1983. He was sitting on the dais with Cuomo at the governor’s recent announcement at Stony Brook. Since joining the Assembly in 1992, Englebright has been instrumental in securing open space preservation policies that still resonate today.He called Cuomo’s new initiative “a positive first step in front of increasingly bad news on public water supplies both elsewhere in the country, and here at home…To have the chief executive take the time to come to Long Island and devote resources to this issue is a big deal.” Historically, water protection policies have not become weaker since the heyday of LI’s “208 Study,” as the ’78 report is known, Englebright said, but they follow a “pattern of involvement that goes back decades, and has accelerated as our understanding of the dimensions of the problems our aquifer faces.”Despite the importance of protecting this precious resource, the public policies are too often skewed by the hunger to build.Suffolk’s efforts have been stronger than its neighbor to the west, Englebright noted, “but there has been no lack of will on the part of Nassau.” He cited various resident-led efforts for water protection in Nassau, but said that the heavily developed county has “narrow options from a policy and development perspective.”When asked whether the governor’s initiative will differ from past attempts that sought to balance economic growth and water protection, Englebright replied, “There will be a tendency for that perspective to be repeated… It will fall to advocates and elected officials (myself included) to say that sewering has its limits, and it is by no means a panacea.”He says he favors recognizing the natural limitations of living on an Island.“This particular Island isn’t the same as Manhattan, and wastewater isn’t the only measure of ensuring sustainable quality-of-life,” Englebright said. “There are many sources of contamination that come from development. Saltwater intrusion and pet waste are two examples, with the latter being directly proportional to the number of households.”Today, Englebright notes that when it comes to environmental policy in the region, there is “a certain amount of memory loss from generation to generation in relation to Long Island’s natural limitations.”It is with a cautious optimism that Long Islanders should embrace Cuomo’s initiative. At this point, any strategy to stop the decline in quality of our drinking water should be cheered, but it’s important for all involved–elected officials, policymakers, vested interests and the public–to keep these efforts grounded in reality.What is the point of planning for Long Island’s future if the end result is just another study that will sit on a shelf? Worse, while the answers gather dust, the next generation of Long Islanders will be drinking dirty water–all because of our collective inability to do the right thing. We owe them a better future than that.Rich Murdocco writes about Long Island’s land use and real estate development issues. He received his Master’s in Public Policy at Stony Brook University, where he studied regional planning under Dr. Lee Koppelman, Long Island’s veteran master planner. Murdocco is a regular contributor to the Long Island Press. More of his views can be found on www.TheFoggiestIdea.org or follow him on Twitter @TheFoggiestIdea.last_img read more

Defending Champs BV-B into Guinness semi-finals

first_imgDEFENDING Champions BV-B are still in this evening’s Semi-finals and finals of the Colours/Guinness Greatest of the Streets Football tournament’s East Coast leg at the Haslington Tarmac.The side will have to play Melanie B in the second Semi Final after Plaisance B and Buxton Diamond lock horns for the first spot in the finals, set for later this evening.On a night when goals were scare, penalties played the determining factor, with the defending champions escaping via a 1-0 penalty result over Melanie-A after a goalless regulation and extra period.The same applied for Melanie B, who couldn’t find a goal in either regulation or extra time but converted for a 2-1 win over Future.The only goal of the Quarters came from Vincent Thomas as he led Plaisance B to their spot via a 10 win over Turkeyen Champs while in the fourth game, Buxton Diamond won 4-3 on sudden death penalty kicks against Belfield WarriorsIn the earlier round of sixteen matches, Melanie-B beat Lusignan Prison 3-1 on penalty kicks while BV-B advanced via a 1-0 margin over Clonbrook,while Uprising was beaten 2-1 on penalty kicks by Melanie-A.Future won 1-0 on penalties against ‘C’ Division with the scores reading 1-1 at the end of regulation time while Turkeyen overcame Top 7,2-0Game six had Plaisance-B advancing over Non Pariel City Boys 3-2 on penalty kicks after a scoreless game with the Plaisance A side also advancing on penalties,winning 1-0 over Belfield Warriors after a scoreless game.Game eight was decided on penalties as well with Buxton Diamond winning 2-1 against Victoria Church Yard after no goals were scored in regulation time.Matches begin at 19:00hrs.last_img read more

Cover crops increase destruction of weed seed in fields, shed light on predator interactions

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Cover crops have been promoted for their abilities to reduce erosion and retain or enhance soil nutrients. Now there is evidence that they can significantly reduce weed seeds from entering the soil seed bank.Crops such as red clover, planted after a main crop’s harvest, often are used to provide cover for insects such as ground beetles that feed on weed seed scattered along the soil surface. Beetles remove the seeds before they are tilled under and become part of the field’s long-term seed bank. Rodents are also important consumers of weed seeds and, like beetles, tend to prefer foraging under the shelter provided by cover.As a result, in fields planted with cover crops, three to four times more weed seed is eliminated from the combination of beetles and rodents, according to recent research.While that result wasn’t unexpected, Ian Kaplan, a Purdue University associate professor of entomology, and Carmen Blubaugh, who earned her doctorate at Purdue and is now a postdoctoral research associate at Washington State University, used field experiments to learn a little about how habitat and fear might cause ripples along the food chain and affect seed predation.Beyond eating weed seeds, rodents also attack seed-feeding beetles, making it a challenge to predict seed consumption rates where both mice and beetles coexist. Each face numerous threats that change their approaches to finding food. On dark nights, for example, rodents might roam open fields. But under a moonlit sky, they are vulnerable to nocturnal predators.“We know moonlight has this predictable effect on small mammal behavior,” said Blubaugh, whose findings were published in the journal Oecologia. “When the moon is full, small mammals hide under the protection of cover. It helps them avoid predators that fly at night.”Kaplan and Blubaugh assumed that increasing the amount of light would drive rodents to cover more often, increasing the number of beetles they ate. If that were the case, reducing the beetle population might increase the amount of weed seed left in a field.In field experiments, they artificially manipulated “moonlight” in fields using lanterns to simulate a full moon. They indeed found fewer beetles under the illuminated cover crops, but instead of reducing the rate of weed seed consumption, the light treatments had no effect.“This is particularly surprising and interesting since rodents had strong negative effects on beetle densities,” Kaplan said. “Theory predicts that this interaction — called intraguild predation — will disrupt biocontrol, especially when the weaker seed predator (rodents) attacks the more effective predator (beetles).”In lab tests, exposure to a rodent decreased the movement of beetles, likely their way of becoming less noticeable to the predators. But surprisingly, the beetles ate 50% more seeds, despite the risk of being eaten themselves.“Beetles reduce their movement, but it might just mean that they hunker down on a pile of seeds and use that as a resource instead of hunting around for higher quality food,” Blubaugh said.Blubaugh expects to continue studying the interactions among animals and insects to understand how they’re affected by fear and risk. She said a study of animal feces could inform how diets change in response to fluctuating risk.The National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture funded Kaplan and Blubaugh’s research.last_img read more

ReadWriteStart Events & Deadlines for Startups, 26 June 2010

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… With the end of the month approaching, deadlines for several grants and incubators are just around the corner.Not sure you can make the deadline to have a proposal ready for Wednesday? Well, here are a few new funding and incubator opportunities you should know about too:Compute.orgCompute.org, a Seattle-based non-profit, announced on Friday that it would be awarding major seed grants to a variety of Internet and software startups. Grants will be range from from $10,000 to $50,000 and according to founder Andre Conru, “Compute.org is far more interested in startups that are able to provide a social and environmental impact.” The foundation has a goal for raising $5 million in financial support by the end of the year and hopes to seed between 50-100 startups.New Hampshire Innovation Commercialization Center The New Hampshire Innovation Commercialization Center (NH-ICC) is a new startup accelerator in the state, launched in partnership by the University of New Hampshire and a team of state tech entrepreneurs. The nonprofit center will provide some startup capital as well as business and legal expertise and is focused on software, networking, Internet, telecommunications and related areas. The NH-ICC hopes to “attract entrepreneurs from throughout New England to build their startup business in New Hampshire,” says Mark Gavin, NH-ICC managing director.And your June 30 deadlines:Creative Commons Catalyst Grants Creative Commons is accepting applications for their Catalyst Grants through the end of the month. These grants are meant to seed activities that support the Creative Commons mission. Applications due June 30.Startupbootcamp Copenhagen-based Startupbootcamp, member of TechStars global affiliate program, is accepting applications for its three-month incubator program. Companies accepted into the program receive DKK 25,000, office space in the incubator, and access to a network of over 50 mentors. Applications due June 30.Mini Seedcamp LondonMini Seedcamp London is a one day event in London – July 27. This will be the last opportunity to apply for Mini Seedcamp, prior to Seedcamp Week 2010 in this fall. Applications due June 30The ReadWriteStart Calendar tracks both startup-oriented events as well as application deadlines (for competitions, grants, and incubators, for example). If you’d like to add something to the calendar, leave a comment here or email us. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img Related Posts Tags:#events#start audrey watterslast_img read more

Bosh parts ways with Miami Heat

first_imgMOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend LATEST STORIES The six-foot-11 Bosh was an all-star in each of his six seasons with the Heat, helping Miami advance to four straight NBA finals and win back-to-back championships in 2012 and 2013.In 13 NBA seasons, seven with the Toronto Raptors, Bosh has averaged 19.2 points and 8.5 rebounds in 893 career NBA games.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next FILE – In this Feb. 3, 2016, file photo, Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh (1) reacts to a call during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks, in Dallas. Bosh was dealing with more than one blood clot earlier this year, and said Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016, that he felt written off when Miami Heat team doctors advised him that the situation would likely be career-ending.(AP Photo/LM Otero, File)Miami, United States — The Miami Heat officially waived forward Chris Bosh on Tuesday, the same day the NBA club announced that they would eventually retire his jersey.The 11-time all-star missed the 2016-17 season after he failed a preseason physical due to a blood clot issue.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Nikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infection Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend ‘Govs’ cup just another title chase’ View comments “He is, without a doubt, one of the greatest players in the history of the franchise. The number ‘1’ will never be worn by another player and we can’t wait to someday hang his jersey in the rafters,” said Miami president Pat Riley.The decision to waive Bosh was a formality after the two sides agreed to resolution on his contract six weeks ago.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsUnder terms of the agreement, the Heat will pay the 33-year-old Bosh $52 million over the next two years.Bosh’s salary will not count against the team’s salary cap, meaning they will be able use that money to sign players. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Annie Lennox Supports PeoplePowerGreece Solar Energy Campaign

first_imgAnnie Lennox is supporting a campaign to create more solar energy in Greece.Let’s Solarize Greece“As a long term supporter of Greenpeace International I’m spreading the news about their crowd funder initiative to help create a more economic and sustainable future by utilising solar power for Greece,” said Annie on her blog.With energy poverty being one of the most dramatic symptoms of the Greek crisis (6 out of 10 households are struggling to pay their energy bills), investing in the abundant sun, the country’s biggest asset, will be key to a Greek recovery. The solarization of the country will put money back in real people’s pockets by reducing their energy bills, it will put people back to work with new skills and opportunities, and it will support a renewable energy revolution that is sweeping the globe.To find out more, click here.last_img read more

And The Oscar Goes To No Place

David Stern wants action, not acting.“Flopping” in the NBA is when a player goes through exaggerated motions to give the impression he was hit harder than he was to dupe the referee into calling a foul on the opposition. This bad acting is more than norm now than the exception, and commissioner David Stern wants to see it controlled.“I think it’s time to look at (flopping) in a more serious way,” Stern told ESPN, “because it’s only designed to fool the referee. It’s not a legitimate play in my judgment. I recognize if there’s contact (you) move a little bit, but some of this is acting. We should give out Oscars rather than MVP trophies.In Game 1 on the Miami Heat vs. New York Knicks first-round series, Tyson Chandler was assessed a flagrant foul 1 on league MVP LeBron James after James ran into a well-timed screen by Chandler. There was contact, yes. But the 6-foot-8, 260-pound James acted as he were blindsided by an NFL linebacker. He went stumbling to his side, his arms flailing. His stunt to the court, where he rolled around, grabbing his neck and grimacing as if he had been shot him in the back. Fake.James is not aone, as several other stars have become prone to “flopping.” Take the Los Angeles Clippers, as an example. They have come under fire as a team for excessive flopping. Memphis Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph claims Chris Paul is to blame, telling ESPN Radio, “It all starts with Chris, because Blake (Griffin) didn’t really used to flop like that.”Boston’s Paul Pierce is another who goes into a stunt fall or over-the-top stumble most every time there is contact. The game has been cleaned up from the 1990s to where there is no hand-checking and hard fouls are not flagrant fouls. If the floppers have their way, a “foul” will be called on most every play. Expect Stern and the league to come up with something to penalize “floppers.” And rightfully so. read more

Labour Market Information System facilitates jobs for 2000 persons

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, September 15, 2017 – Kingston – Some 2,000 persons have been successfully placed in employment through the Ministry of Labour and Social Security’s Labour Market Information System (LMIS) since 2013, when the website was enhanced and redeployed.   Additionally, more than 3,700 vacancies were identified and 6,000 individuals referred for employment.Through the LMIS, employers can post job openings and search for matching candidates, while jobseekers can post résumés and apply for jobs online.   The LMIS also provides a comprehensive database with indicators on the economy, the population of the labour force, employment levels, educational levels of persons in the labour force, education and training, and the emergence and contraction of industries and sectors within the economy.Portfolio Minister, Hon. Shahine Robinson, said the Ministry’s Electronic Labour Exchange (ELE) Department has, over the years, formalised a series of partnerships which have resulted in not only improved awareness, but also increased access to the system for both employers and jobseekers.These include collaboration with the Manchester Chamber of Commerce, a business organisation consisting of 29 employers; and the Jamaica Library Service (JLS), which operates 119 branch libraries and 106 other supporting units across 13 parishes, all providing access to the LMIS portal.“The project supported the development and implementation of various labour market studies designed to improve the functioning of the labour market.   Consequently, in a fulsome way, it is providing employers, educators, students and parents, and all other labour market actors with the relevant information for making important decisions in respect of critical hiring, employment, career and educational programme decisions, in addition to addressing the mismatch between skills and jobs,” she said.Mrs. Robinson was addressing a ceremony hosted for Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Executive Vice-President, Julie Katzman, who visited the Ministry on September 6.The Minister, who accompanied Ms. Katzman on a tour of the ELE satellite location at 1F North Street in Kingston, used the occasion to highlight the unit’s daily operations as well as the LMIS’ research component.The labour market study has enabled the identification of key skills gaps in areas such as science and technology, mathematics, engineering and other related disciplines, Mrs. Robinson said.“This along with the efforts of the Labour Market Reform Commission will result in a labour market which will present the potential of fostering productivity, generating higher real incomes, encouraging competiveness – in both the local and global marketplace, and providing an effective social safety net,” she added.Since 2013, the IDB has provided financial and technical assistance in support of the objectives of improving human capital and labour market outcomes in Jamaica, by enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of public employment services.JIS Related Items:last_img read more