Oxford 54th in university league table… for ethical performance

Posted On May 3 2021 by

first_imgOxford has performed poorly in a league table that ranks universities on their ethical and environmental performance.‘The People & Planet University League Table’ uses a range of measures to rank universities, including: ethical investment, carbon reduction, workers rights, waste and recycling, energy sources, and education for sustainable development.Oxford came 54th out of 154 UK universities, up from 115th in 2015. It performed particularly badly on measures of carbon reduction, workers rights, education on sustainable development, and its ethical investment policy.The table comes a week after a Guardian report showed that Oxford and many of its colleges have secretly invested tens of millions of pounds in offshore funds supporting the gas and coal industry.Cambridge, which was also implicated in the Guardian report, came below Oxford at 58, an improvement from 113th two years ago. Oxford Climate Justice Campaign told Cherwell: “In a world facing climate catastrophe, an institution like Oxford must prove its commitment to preserving the future in order to remain relevant.“The assessment released this week by People and Planet may be one of the only university ranking systems that matters much in the near future.“It certainly will be one of the only measures that will matter to future students of Oxford, if Oxford survives the economic and geological crisis it is helping to create.“We are grateful for the thorough analysis, and we hope Oxford leadership accesses and reads the report in full.”The Climate Justice Campaign highlighted three areas where Oxford underperformed compared to other universities and called on the University to improve its commitment to environmental practices. A spokesperson told Cherwell: “Oxford needs to commit to a comprehensive… ethical investment strategy by divesting from all fossil fuels in its direct and indirect investments.“It should look to one of its own departments – the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment – for new sustainable investment opportunities.“Oxford must actively encourage education for sustainable development in all of its departments, not just those specializing in environmental concerns.“The future of our globe and the responsibility of global citizenship should be a task of concern for every mind entering the walls of this institution.“Oxford must hire sufficient human resources to see its sustainability goals through.“Perhaps, if Oxford is unwilling to cut ties with its major donors from the fossil fuel industry, then it could redirect some of the funding from Shell and BP to hire enough experts and sustainability scholars to help us compete in next year’s university sustainability report.”As a whole, universities performed better than a decade ago when the league table was first published. In 2007 only five universities were recycling more than half their waste. The number is now 85. Manchester Metropolitan University topped this year’s table, ahead of Gloucester and Nottingham Trent. LSE came top out of Russell Group universities.last_img read more


Eddie Howe warns Bournemouth of Jermain Defoe threat

Posted On Sep 20 2020 by

first_img “When we got him he was a young lad, making his way in the game and trying to build his career and he did that in style here. “He transformed our season from being relegation candidates to promotion candidates, and that was really down to him. “He’s a great lad, he lives for scoring goals, that’s what he wants to do and he’s still managing to do it at the very highest level.” Admitting Bournemouth were unable to lure Defoe to the south coast this summer, Howe hailed big-money January recruits Benik Afobe and Lewis Grabban as ready to fire the goals to keep the Cherries in the top flight. “No, it was never close unfortunately,” said Howe, of the summer’s attempts to recruit Defoe. “He’s a player I admire greatly as you can tell. “But Sunderland are in a similar position to ourselves so there’s no way they would want to lose him. “It would be very difficult for any of our players to sit down and analyse Jermain Defoe, and neither should they really, because they want to be themselves. “But there’s certainly elements of his game that any striker can benefit from having. “His movement is very good, his finishing, that was the first thing that struck me when working with him, how good his finishing is from all angles. “It’s quite unique how he finishes, he takes the ball very early, so I think it’s very difficult to copy that. “But certainly if you’re a striker you can admire it. “If you look at our strikers, how Benik (Afobe) finished his goal last week was hugely impressive for me, not just the finish in itself but the movement to get there. “We believe in the players we have here that they have enough to score goals at this level.” Eddie Howe has warned Bournemouth to “nullify” Jermain Defoe to pull off a crucial Premier League victory at Sunderland. Howe hailed his one-time Cherries team-mate as “still one of the best players I’ve played with”, ahead of Saturday’s Stadium of Light trip. Bournemouth failed to tempt former England star Defoe into a Dean Court return in the summer, and now Howe has highlighted the 33-year-old as the Black Cats’ danger man. Press Association “He has the ability to score key goals in tight games, so we certainly know about his strengths,” said Howe of Defoe, who has hit nine Premier League goals this term. “Our key aim is to nullify him, keep him quiet. “Of course there are very good players around him, but certainly his form has been very good of late. “He’s still one of the best players I’ve played with.” Defoe bagged 18 goals in 29 Division Two appearances on loan at Bournemouth in the 2000/2001 season before making his big breakthrough at Tottenham. The 55-cap striker’s goals have sustained Sunderland’s relegation battle so far, but now Howe wants Bournemouth to claim victory in the north east to edge themselves further away from the drop zone. “I didn’t realise it was 15 years ago that Jermain was here, that makes me feel old,” said Howe. “I’m not surprised he’s still playing. last_img read more


O’Shea to stay in charge of Premier hurlers

Posted On Sep 16 2020 by

first_imgThe Cloughjordan native will see out the final year of his three year term, bringing the Premier County to the 2016 season. O’Shea met with the Tipperary panel yesterday evening to inform the players of his intention to remain at the helm….however; changes are expected to the backroom team. The full make-up of the 2015 management team will be revealed in the coming days.last_img


Wellington Police Notes: Thursday, March 12, 2015

Posted On Aug 14 2020 by

first_imgWellington Police notes for Thursday, March 12, 2015:•8:15 a.m. Chase M. Crittenden, 18, Wellington was served a summons to appear for inattentive driving.•8:20 a.m. Officers investigated a theft of fuel in the 300 block S. H, Wellington.•9:21 a.m. Non-Injury, hit and run accident on private property in the 100 block E. 10th, Wellington involved an unknown vehicle and a parked and unoccupied vehicle owned by Robert S. McQuin, Wellington.•10 a.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity of known subject(s) in the 500 block S. Lakeview Rd, Wellington.•1:31 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 211 block S. Elm, Wellington by known subject(s).•4:15 p.m. Non-Injury accident in the 100 block W. 9th, Wellington involving vehicles operated by Kenneth F. Baucom, 18, Wellington and Joyce A. Cooper, 72, Wellington.•4:37 p.m. Kenneth F. Baucom, 18, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for improper backing.•6:30 p.m. Injury, hit and run accident on private property in the 1100 block W. 8th, Wellington involved an vehicle and a pedestrian, Henry J. Steinman, 62, Wellington.•11:43 p.m. Officers took a report of lost property of a cell phone in the 500 block S. F, Wellington.last_img read more


It Takes a Stellar Village

Posted On Dec 19 2019 by

first_imgDo galaxies embark on a purpose-driven life?  The language in an article about galaxy evolution in Science Daily makes such seamless use of personal terms with natural processes, it’s hard to know where the data ends and the interpretation begins.    “Galaxy Zoo, which uses volunteers from the general public to classify galaxies, and the Space Telescope A901/902 Galaxy Evolution Survey (STAGES) projects have used their vast datasets to disentangle the roles of ‘nature’ and ‘nurture’ in changing galaxies from one variety to another,” the article said.  We are told that galaxies move from the wilderness to the suburbs, that some of them are “hiding” their star formation, and that some are like heavyweight fighters.  Some galaxies were murdered by strangulation.    The article also makes it seem that the data confirm a theory of galaxy evolution: “‘Missing Link’ Discovered,” the title announced triumphantly.  All the people did was classify a lot of galaxies by color and shape.  A few of the galaxies were observed in infrared light.This article is typical of how many press releases go far beyond the evidence to pretend scientists understand something.  They know, we are led to believe, when star formation turned on and off, how galaxies moved around over billions of years, and into which pigeonhole in the classification scheme each galaxy fits (see the problems with classification schemes in the 10/29/2008 commentary).  “The next step for both teams is to find out exactly what shuts off the star formation, by looking inside the galaxies themselves,” the article ends.  Didn’t we see astronomers playing this game back in the 1930s, with completely different results?  When data are hard to come by, and when processes exceed the lifetime of human civilization, scientific hubris becomes indistinguishable from myth.(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more


National leaders, RINs and RFS

Posted On Dec 17 2019 by

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Trump Administration officials planned to meet leaders from biofuel and oil companies today to end the current impasse over the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The meeting, however, was cancelled.One proposal being floated by oil company representatives would put a cap on prices for Renewable Identification Numbers, or RINs, which are required to comply with the RFS. The proposal stands to undermine growth in the biofuels industry.“Corn farmers have fought hard the past ten years, within Congress, with the last Administration, and in the Courts to protect the opportunity for renewable fuels to continue to grow as an option for consumers,” said Kevin Skunes, National Corn Growers Association president. “Today, the President is considering a proposal from the oil industry that could cut farm income almost $4 billion dollars per year for the next two years.  It is a deal that American farmers cannot afford.”NCGA is opposed to an oil industry proposal that would cap the price of Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs).  According to a study released this week by Iowa State University, a RIN cap would reduce ethanol demand by more than 750 million gallons and cost corn farmers as much as 25-cents per bushel.“We’ve made our case to the Secretary and the President that there are options that can provide a win-win to farmers, ethanol, and oil — namely, fixing existing Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) regulations to allow year-round use of fuel blends above 10% ethanol.  Unfortunately, the oil industry continues to insist those changes are not enough. Three years ago, NCGA took the Obama Administration to court over decisions that violated the Renewable Fuel Standard.  We are hopeful that the President is willing to consider an RVP fix as the best solution, but we will continue to oppose any deal that includes a RIN cap or waiver credits,” Skunes said. “We understand the President is committed to protecting jobs—so are we.  We need the President to understand that this commitment needs to extend to rural America—to our farms, biofuels plants, and the manufacturing and processing jobs that depend upon American agriculture.”The National Farmers Union shares the concerns of NCGA.“NFU opposes a cap on RIN prices because it would undermine the RFS and disincentivize blending of homegrown, renewable fuels in our transportation sector. Production of these biofuels is vital to family farmers and rural communities right now, as farm incomes are less than half of what they were just four years ago,” said Roger Johnson, NFU president. “Not only is a RIN cap harmful to American agriculture, it is a sellout of farmers and a handout to refiners. The Administration should simply lift the summertime restriction on the sale of E15, which would both boost ethanol production and decrease costs for refiners by instituting new RINs. NFU strongly urges the Administration to reject any RFS deal that includes a cap on RIN prices.”last_img read more


Gilas gets break: Iran resting Haddadi

Posted On Nov 28 2019 by

first_imgHaddadi embraces this time to rest to also allow younger players to develop.“They are young and need to be in camp for practice,” he went on. “If we want the national team to improve and be stronger, we should trust the young players and give them more time.”Iran has won five of the last eight editions of the Jones Cup and this would be the second straight year—if ever—that Haddadi would miss the multi-nation event.Gilas Pilipinas plays nine games in as many days starting Saturday against a club team from Canada and would wind up that hectic schedule—in what could go down as a game for the championship—against the Iranians on July 23.There’s no doubt that with Andray Blatche not in the roster and with PBA veterans not included, Gilas doesn’t have one man that can match up one-on-one with Haddadi.ADVERTISEMENT The Jones Cup also doesn’t count and with the event to be played starting this weekend in Chinese Taipei, Haddadi could also be skipping the event to get some injuries to heal and be 100 percent for Iran in the home-and-away games.“After the Fiba Asia Challenge last year, I had an injury and had to rest, but I still needed to play with Sichuan in China,” Fiba.com quoted the 7-foot-2 Haddadi, a former Memphis Grizzlies player in the NBA.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 stars“My injury got worse after, and now I need to rest this summer and be ready for the Asia Qualifiers,” he said.The Fiba Asia, which will be the regional championship, is slated Aug. 8 to 20 in Beirut, Lebanon. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hamed Haddadi, left, Mehdi Kamrani, middle, and Nikkhah Bahrami share a laugh while heading back to the bench. Fiba.comGilas Pilipinas’ path to the Jones Cup Invitational championship got a boost after reports that Iranian center Hamed Haddadi might skip events for his national team to focus on the World Cup Qualifying tournaments next year.Fiba.com reported on Tuesday that Haddadi, easily one of the most dominant centers in the region in the last decade, would not be playing for Iran in the Fiba Asia Championship, an event that doesn’t count in the Qualifying process.ADVERTISEMENT The Philippines is actually the defending champion in the Jones Cup after thumping everyone with a team made up of several Americans, including former NBA All-Rookie Team member Al Thornton, last year.In 2012, LA Tenorio was named MVP after Gilas defeated Team USA in the final day as Chot Reyes became the first Filipino coach to win the tournament.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera El Nido residents told to vacate beach homescenter_img Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena MOST READ View comments PH volleyball team names official spokespersons China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong LATEST STORIES 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 Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PARlast_img read more


Sakina wins bronze in women’s lightweight powerlifting

Posted On Nov 27 2019 by

first_imgSakina Khatun of India won the bronze medal in the women’s lightweight (up to 61kg) powerlifting category at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow on Saturday.With a total lift of 88.2kg, Sakina gave India its first medal of the day, while the gold went to Esther Oyema (136kg) of Nigeria. England’s Natalie Blake took home the silver with a 100.2kg lift.last_img


Liverpool easier to play against than Burnley: Southampton’s Romeu

Posted On Nov 16 2019 by

first_imgSouthampton have a better chance of scoring against Liverpool in the Premier League on Saturday than they did in their 3-0 loss at Burnley on the opening weekend because the Anfield side does not resort to long balls, midfielder Oriol Romeu has said.Ralph Hasenhuettl’s side struggled to deal with Burnley’s aerial superiority last weekend as the home side scored three times in a 12-minute second half salvo, with long balls being the order of the day to bypass Southampton’s midfield and defence.”It’s easier for us to play against teams who take more risks and play out from the back. There will be more chances to score against Liverpool,” Romeu told the Daily Echo.”Burnley didn’t play anything from the back because it was all long balls which didn’t give us the chance to get higher up the pitch.”The chances will come against Liverpool because they will take more risks and that will give us more opportunities to score goals. Hopefully, we can put them under pressure.”Southampton will be wary of their record against Liverpool, however. They have lost their last four league meetings having conceded 11 goals and scoring only one.Southampton started poorly last season, winning only one of their first 16 games to drop into the relegation zone before eventually finishing 16th, but Romeu is confident they will improve in Hasenhuettl’s first full season.”We are not panicking,” Romeu added. “We need to send the message for everyone to be calm as this isn’t the end of the season. There will be a reaction, I’m sure of that.advertisement”We are all confident that this season is going to be much better, but we just need to follow the way for 90 minutes from the first one until the last one, otherwise it will be tough.”I hope the crowd can be behind us and give us a boost because we need to react after the Burnley game. We need to do better, we need to get a result.”Also Read | Liverpool’s Alisson Becker out injured for ‘next few weeks’: Juergen KloppAlso See:last_img read more


The Best of Social Media from the Sugar Bowl

Posted On Nov 16 2019 by

first_imgInterception for #okstate in the @SugarBowlNola @CowboyFB pic.twitter.com/4s465oY384— Bryan Terry (@bterryphoto) January 2, 2016https://twitter.com/meagan_bordayo/status/683110677070753792https://twitter.com/EyerOnFire/status/683114330431176704Feel ya, bro. https://t.co/Vd82zkHRas— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) January 2, 2016 pic.twitter.com/gWaFt2SsF6— Bill Haisten ?? (@billhaisten) January 2, 2016 Michael Hunter being tended to. Also wearing a wrist watch: pic.twitter.com/BY7MSjmR5k— Kyle Boone (@PFBoone) January 2, 2016https://twitter.com/gottliebshow/status/683127349831950336Still a great year. Until next season. https://t.co/BO35cWT4GD— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) January 2, 2016 Couldn’t even muster up a W in the uni battle. Just an all around L for OSU.— Seth Hix (@Sethhix) January 2, 2016 Is this because I didn’t eat any black-eyed peas? #okstate— Mike Harris (@TheMikeHarris) January 2, 2016 If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Who thinks Gundy comes out on his hoverboard in the 2nd half?— Dave Hudson (@okc_dave) January 2, 2016 The Sugar Bowl right now. pic.twitter.com/CdJXGW1HHV— Martina Del Bonta (@MartinaDelBonta) January 2, 2016 The nice thing is that win or lose tonight, we’ve still got Cowboy basketball to look forward to. Ha. Haha. Hahahaha. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.— Mike Harris (@TheMikeHarris) January 2, 2016 Wowza https://t.co/2htbJtdX9Z— John Helsley (@jjhelsley) January 2, 2016 Unfortunately it was a pretty lopsided affair from the beginning, but the Sugar Bowl provided some comedic relief on social media. Here’s the best from the evening:Waiting for my food like… pic.twitter.com/8PyFFFaahO— Daniel Koenig (@Koenig_58) January 2, 2016 “Yeah mom, can you come pick me up?” pic.twitter.com/jZSytSmMCt— Connor Williams (@connor0williams) January 2, 2016 OSU out here like pic.twitter.com/tz1u3ZvXBE— Connor Williams (@connor0williams) January 2, 2016 This picture is going to get me kicked the hell out of this damn press box!! Give me a helmet that’s it!!! #WTF pic.twitter.com/ORHXy1gxAx— Sam Mayes (@AllmericanMayes) January 2, 2016🙁https://twitter.com/Fergensteiin/status/683124274232610816Not easy for a QB when the line can’t block anyone and the receivers can’t catch anything. #allstatesugarbowl— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) January 2, 2016 Me trying to figure out what OSU is doing #SugarBowl pic.twitter.com/1Bp9JOnsvc— Paulina Burton (@PaulinaM1117) January 2, 2016https://twitter.com/kyle24lamb/status/683121291646341120https://twitter.com/SolidVerbal/status/683118366253383681I’m not eating anything with sugar in 2016. This is leaving a bad taste in my mouth— Southwell (@JustinSouthwell) January 2, 2016last_img read more