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University dismisses calls for new colleges to improve access

first_imgOxford University have said they have no intention to open new colleges to boost student diversity, after a new paper highlighted the need to help those from under-represented groups get into higher education.The document, published by the Higher Education Policy Institute (Hepi), proposes that both Oxford and Cambridge should introduce new colleges designed specifically to boost the numbers of students from under-represented groups.However, the University has dismissed the plans as unrealistic. A spokesperson told Cherwell: “There are no plans to expand overall undergraduate numbers or create new colleges. Neither would be a straightforward process: Oxford is made up of around 40 colleges and permanent private halls which already face major accommodation and other resource challenges.“There are already many other college and University initiatives which are expanding the number of students from under-represented backgrounds.”As well as advocating for new Oxbridge colleges, the paper also includes nationwide proposals to appoint a commissioner for student mental health, and to change the timing of university applications so they take place after A-level results have been published.In December, the Sutton Trust released a report calling on universities to embrace Post Qualification Admissions (PQA), citing evidence that 1,000 disadvantaged, high-achieving students have their grades underpredicted each year.A former director of research at the Sutton Trust, Conor Ryan, said that “poor but bright students consistently have their grades underestimated”, and so would benefit from post-qualification admissions.A University spokesperson told Cherwell at the time of the report: “Oxford is very concerned about fairness and does not believe in a system that inadvertently excludes bright disadvantaged candidates.“The limitations of a pre-qualifications admissions system are well known, and moving to a post-qualifications system would have an impact on students and schools as well as universities and would need to be considered carefully.”Oxford already uses a system of contextual data in shortlisting candidates, and takes contextual information into account when making selection decisions.last_img read more

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EIOPA stakeholder groups seek greater visibility, impact

first_imgEIOPA is the only ESA to have two stakeholder groups, a unique feature it and industry members have defended after the European Commission suggested it should only have one group.The argument for EIOPA to retain separate stakeholder groups for pensions and insurance is captured in the OPSG and IRSG response to the Commission’s 2014 report.The Commission is due to publish a White Paper on the ESAs’ funding and governance this quarter.An industry-wide levy rather than funding from the EU and national budgets is on the table.In its position paper, the EIOPA stakeholder groups take issue with the Commission’s view that “the impact of Stakeholder Groups has been limited and the resources required to set them up and run them are extensive”.Instead, the OPSG and IRSG represent “good value for money”, they said, with EIOPA information indicating that running both groups cost €135,000 in 2015, or 0.68% of the total budget.The impact of the SGs’ work “is difficult to measure”, according to the groups.In their position paper, they note that, although there is evidence EIOPA does take on board detailed comments from the SGs, “there is a feeling from the SGs that, when an SG expresses a strong disagreement with or concern about an EIOPA proposal, while the concern is listened to, the ability to impact EIOPA’s direction is limited”.The paper continues: “This is further strengthened by the fact there seems to be little awareness of the SGs’ role and their opinions outside of EIOPA.”Commission attendance ‘disappointing’To increase the impact and visibility of their work, the OPSG and IRSG suggested several changes.These include allowing for direct exchanges between the SGs and EIOPA’s board of supervisors, involvement in parliamentary hearings with the chair of EIOPA, and more interaction with the Commission.The first point, according to the position paper, could involve the board of supervisors inviting representatives from a SG to provide views on a topic to be discussed, which “would be especially of value if a decision were to be made where the SG has strong concerns or a view that differs from the proposals made by EIOPA”.As to the second, the stakeholder groups said it “would be useful” to attend and contribute to meetings of the European Parliament’s Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee (ECON) when the chair of EIOPA is reporting to it.A similar recommendation is made in relation to the Commission, with which the stakeholder groups believe they should have more involvement.Philip Shier, who was chair of the OPSG until the group started a new, third mandate last month, said it was “disappointing that a representative of the European Commission was unable to join the meetings on a regular basis, as the group felt this would be beneficial to all parties”.In their position paper, the OPSG and IRSG recommended a Commission representative attend SG meetings on a regular basis “to be aware of the discussions and views”.Another suggestion is for the Commission “to confirm it has considered the SGs’ opinions when it takes advice from EIOPA and to have a discussion with the SGs where the SG’s opinions differ from EIOPA’s advice”.Shier’s comment was made in a foreword to an activity report for the OPSG that was in office from September 2013 until March this year.That was the second term for the OPSG, with 21 of the 30 members stepping down at the end of its mandate.The new OPSG, which will be in office until September 2018, had its first meeting last month.Matti Leppälä, previously deputy chair, succeeded Shier as chair of what is the third OPSG.In his foreword to the OPSG activity report – his “labour of love” for the past few weeks, as he recently told IPE – Shier said the primary objective of the recommendations made about the role of stakeholder group is “maximising the benefit the European institutions (and European citizens) obtain from the work done by the SGs”.Separately, the activity report includes suggestions for improvement of future OPSGs, which were drawn from comments made by OPSG members at the end of the second group’s mandate.These include providing information to newly appointed members, possibly by way of an EIOPA induction course, that all own initiative reports clearly identify the target audience and objective before a relevant project commences.Another suggestion is to allow for a “transition process” between OPSG mandates to avoid certain issues being missed during the changeover period.This happened this year, as the last OPSG was unable to complete a response to an EIOPA consultation on an EU single market for personal pension products (PPPs) before its mandate expired, but the deadline for responses (26 April) was before the first meeting of the new OPSG (28 April). The stakeholder groups of the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) want to increase the visibility and impact of their work, according to a joint statement that also rejected the European Commission’s questioning of their and other stakeholder groups’ value.In a position paper, the Occupational Pensions Stakeholder Group (OPSG) and the Insurance and Reinsurance Stakeholder Group (IRSG) said both groups had undertaken “considerable work and provided valuable, broadly based and relevant input to EIOPA on a range of insurance and pensions issues by way of consultation responses and own initiative statements”.The comment is part of the groups’ response to a report from the European Commission, published in August 2014, on the operation of the European Supervisory Authorities (ESAs) and the European System of Financial Supervision (ESFS).EIOPA is one of the three ESAs, set up in the wake of the financial crisis. The ESAs, together with national authorities and the European Systemic Risk Board (ESRB) and another body, constitute the ESFS.last_img read more

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Barcelona slap $448m buyout clause on new signing Miralem Pjanić

first_img Promoted ContentWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Top 10 Most Populated Cities In The World7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Time7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksEverything You Need To Know About Asteroid ArmageddonBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them7 Non-Obvious Things That Damage Your Phone2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearBut Who In The World Taught Them Those Moves? Was It Papa Bear? Barcelona has slapped an eye-watering buyout clause of nearly $450 million (400m euros) on new signing Miralem Pjanić. Loading… The Bosnian international’s move will see Barcelona’s Arthur head in the other direction, with Juventus paying an initial $80 million for the Brazilian. Arthur joined Barcelona from Brazilian club Grêmio in 2018, winning the league title and Super Cup in his debut season. Like Pjanić, the 23-year-old will not move to his new club until the end of the current season. Juventus has also agreed a year-long contract extension for both 35-year-old captain Giorgio Chiellini and 42-year-old goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon. read also:Barcelona, Juventus confirm Arthur, Pjanic swap deal “Super Gigi is proof that age is only a number,” read a statement from the club. The veteran keeper has played more than 500 times for Juventus since his debut in 2001 and returned to the Italian outfit last year after a stint with French champion PSG. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The midfielder will head to the Catalan club from Juventus at the end of the current season with the move costing more than $67m (60m euros). The 30-year-old has signed a four-year deal with the reigning La Liga champion after a successful stint in the Italian Serie A. He helped Juventus win three league titles in his four years at the club and looks set to add another this season with the team four points clear at the top of the table. His move to Spain comes after a turbulent season for Barcelona — which sits just two points behind fierce rival Real Madrid in the league, with six fixtures remaining. “I am very happy, I will give my all for this club. See you soon,” Pjanić wrote on Instagram.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Theater for indie foreign films closes doors after 37 years

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – A family-owned movie theatre in New York City known as a destination for independent and foreign films has screened its last films.On Sunday, Lincoln Plaza Cinemas closed down after 37 years in operation. The theatre’s landlord plans to renovate the space and replace it with a new theatre complex.The six-screen, underground theatre opened in 1981 and was a location for patrons to view art house and foreign films that often did not see wide theatrical release.Last week, Sunshine Cinema on Houston Street — another independent theatre — closed to make way for a new office building.last_img read more

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HBC faces renewed criticism from activist investor Land and Buildings

first_imgCompanies in this story: (TSX:HBC)The Canadian Press TORONTO — Hudson’s Bay Co. activist investor Land and Buildings Investment Management LLC is attacking the Toronto-based retailer’s board again for failing to take decisive action to unlock value for shareholders.In a letter sent to shareholders, Land and Buildings says it believes HBC could double or triple its share price and find benefits by selling Saks Fifth Avenue to a luxury department store company, its remaining 50 per cent interest in its European business to Signa Holding GmbH, and Lord and Taylor to a mass merchant.It also believes HBC should pursue real estate investment trust status for its Canadian real estate and sublease excess space at its Bay department stores.Land and Buildings says it plans to soon discuss with investors the possibility of adding “fresh perspectives” to HBC’s board and could do so through a special meeting of shareholders.The investor previously agreed last December to cease opposing an investment in the retailer by private equity firm Rhone Capital, but has since kept arguing that HBC is really a real estate company and that it should take its Toronto Bay and Saks Fifth Avenue location at Yonge and Queen streets and build condos above them.HBC did not immediately respond to a request for comment.last_img read more

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Netflix withdraws support for Apple AirPlay

first_imgSan Francisco: Netflix has suddenly withdrawn support for Apple’s AirPlay, a feature that let people watching Netflix on their iPads and iPhones to instantly play the content on their TVs, the media reported. The move came as a shock to may fans as Netflix for iOS had been supporting AirPlay since 2013. Netflix, however, denied that the drop of AirPlay support has anything to do with Apple emerging as one of its competitors in the streaming space, Digital Trends reported on Saturday. “Airplay is no longer supported for use with Netflix due to technical limitations,” according to a support page on Netflix’s official website, thereby leaving built-in Chromecast, the Netflix 2nd Screen feature, and external cables as the only ways to connect Netflix for iOS to a TV. “We want to make sure our members have a great Netflix experience on any device they use. With AirPlay support rolling out to third-party devices, there isn’t a way for us to distinguish between devices (what is an Apple TV versus what isn’t) or certify these experiences,” a Netflix spokesperson was quoted as saying by Digital Trends. “Therefore, we have decided to discontinue Netflix AirPlay support to ensure our standard of quality for viewing is being met,” the spokesperson added.last_img read more

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7 Bangladeshis arrested in Kolkata for carrying over $7 lakh

first_imgKolkata; Seven Bangladeshi citizens were arrested for carrying over $7 lakh in cash at the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport here on Tuesday, allegedly without any supporting document or voucher, officials said. The Bangladeshis were slated to fly off to Dhaka in the same flight from the airport. The officials found the foreign currency worth $7,43,300, equivalent to Rs 5.14 crore, hidden in false bottoms of their bags. All seven were later handed over to the Customs Authority.last_img read more

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MarcAndre Fleury Is Having One Of The Best Playoffs In NHL History

The Flower is already among the eliteGoalies to post at least four shutouts in an NHL playoff run, 1980-2017 And while shutouts are good — they literally guarantee victory in the playoffs — it’s not just in the shutout column that Fleury has impressed: As it stands, he ranks ninth all-time in goals against average for a single playoffs among goalies post-1980 and second all-time in save percentage for a single playoffs among all goalies in the history of the NHL. All this even though the Golden Knights are giving up the most shots per game among teams that are still fighting for the Cup. And despite his reputation as a uniquely bad playoff goalie.That reputation cost Fleury last summer: Pittsburgh didn’t protect him, and the Vegas Golden Knights selected him in the NHL expansion draft. Despite being the No. 1 overall pick in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft — and despite being part of three Penguins teams that won the Stanley Cup — Fleury was effectively cast off to the desert. The Penguins preferred to move forward with their newer, shinier model, Matt Murray. That decision didn’t pay off for Pittsburgh this spring: Murray had the worst playoffs of his young career, recording quality starts in just 50 percent of his games and stopping an abysmal 91 percent of the shots he faced. The top two playoff scorers to this point are Crosby and his teammate Jake Guentzel, yet the Penguins are no longer playing playoff hockey. The problem for Pittsburgh in these playoffs wasn’t putting pucks into the opponents’ net — it was keeping pucks out of their own. If only they’d hung onto that Fleury guy.To be fair to Fleury’s detractors, his playoff numbers before this season are right next to “bad playoff goaltending” in the hockey dictionary: His quality starts percentage in the playoffs is just 50, versus 55 in the regular season. For most of his career, the Flower has experienced a dip in play from regular season to the postseason. This season — for whatever reason — that dip has transformed into a massive ascent. So far this spring, Fleury’s quality starts percentage is an astonishing 80.Fleury’s metamorphosis has been especially impressive when viewed alongside the historically great playoff performances of his goaltending forebears. The majority of goalies on the list above made their mark in a season when scoring was notably down. From 2001-02 to 2003-04, the average goals scored hovered around 2.6 per team per game. It was in this window of dead-puck hockey — right before the NHL lost a season to the lockout — when the top five goalies on this list were tending net. In the 2017-18 regular season, scoring was up to almost 3 goals per team per game during the regular season. The only two goalies on the list who played in a more free-scoring season in this span were Mike Richter and Kirk McLean, who both posted four shutouts in the spring of 1994 en route to the Stanley Cup Final. 2010-11R. Luongo, T. Thomas2.79 GoalieTeamYearShutoutsTeam Result K. McLeanCanucks19944Lost in final M. FleuryGolden Knights20184? N. KhabibulinLightning20045Won Cup M. RichterRangers19944Won Cup Fleury is blanking teams in a high-scoring seasonGoalies to post at least four shutouts in one season’s playoffs and the average goals per game that season, 1979-80 to 2017-18 R. LuongoCanucks20114Lost in final M. BrodeurDevils20037Won Cup 1993-94K. McLean, M. Richter3.24 P. RoyAvalanche20014Won Cup It used to be difficult to imagine hearing “best goalie in the playoffs” and “Marc-Andre Fleury” in the same sentence, unless that sentence read, “Marc-Andre Fleury is most certainly not the best goalie in the playoffs.” But it also used to be difficult to imagine that Alexander Ovechkin would defeat Sidney Crosby in a playoff series, and yet here we are.Up is down, left is right, and Marc-Andre Fleury has been the best goalie in the 2018 Stanley Cup playoffs — and he’s doing it for an expansion team from Las Vegas. And depending on how Fleury plays from now until the end of spring, he might go down as the goalie with the best playoff performance in NHL history.Through his first 10 starts, Fleury — affectionately referred to as “the Flower” by fans and pundits — has pitched four shutouts. For his Vegas Golden Knights to win the Stanley Cup,1We didn’t think they’d win the Stanley Cup, but we didn’t not think they’d win the Stanley Cup either. they have to win eight more games. If Fleury were to continue his current shutout pace of two in every five games — and conservatively assuming that the Golden Knights win each series in a sweep, limiting their netminder’s chances for shutouts — he’d tie Martin Brodeur for the most shutouts in a single Stanley Cup playoffs with seven. If the Golden Knights were to play the maximum number of games they could play for the remainder of the playoffs (14) and if Fleury continued his two in five shutout pace, he would finish with roughly 10 shutouts.And to be clear, shutouts aren’t just the cherries on top of a successful netminder’s playoff sundae — there have been 14 goalie-seasons from 1979-80 to 2016-172Or, since the NHL went to a 16 team playoff format. in which four or more shutouts were posted in a single playoff run, and in six of those, the goalie’s team won the Stanley Cup. 2003-04M. Kiprusoff, N. Khabibulin2.57 Source: Hockey-Reference.com 2001-02D. Hasek, P. Lalime2.62 P. LalimeSenators20024Lost in second round Source: Hockey-Reference.com 1997-98O. Kolzig2.64 E. BelfourStars20004Lost in final SeasonGoaliesAvg. Goals Per Game 2017-18M. Fleury2.97 M. BrodeurDevils20014Lost in final T. ThomasBruins20114Won Cup 2000-01P. Roy, M. Brodeur2.76 O. KolzigCapitals19984Lost in final 2002-03J. Giguere, M. Brodeur2.65 Who knows if the Flower will continue to bloom this spring, but history shows that he’s probably already done enough to earn his Golden Knights a trip to the Stanley Cup Final. And even if Fleury joins Patrick Lalime as the only goalie since 1980 to post four shutouts and not reach the Stanley Cup Final, a conference final berth is a decent consolation prize. And whichever way the pucks bounce going forward, Fleury will have gone further in these playoffs than the team that cast him off last summer. As the Penguins and their younger, shinier goalie march toward the beach, Fleury’s run to the Stanley Cup Final continues. D. HasekRed Wings20026Won Cup M. KiprusoffFlames20045Lost in final 1999-2000E. Belfour2.75 J. GiguereMighty Ducks20035Lost in final read more

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Tressels email tipster faces misconduct charge

The Ohio Supreme Court’s Disciplinary Counsel accused Columbus attorney Christopher Cicero of misconduct and filed a complaint Monday. The accusation relates to emails Cicero sent to Jim Tressel about Ohio State football players’ involvement with tattoo parlor owner Eddie Rife. The potential misconduct occurred when Cicero relayed confidential information from Rife, a prospective client, who met with Cicero on April 2, 2010, according to the documents released by the Disciplinary Counsel. This was the day after federal officials raided Rife’s residence as part of a criminal drug trafficking investigation and obtained several pieces of OSU football memorabilia. “During the meeting, Rife expressed his concern that their conversation would remain confidential,” the documents said. “(Cicero) assured Rife that everything Rife told (him) would remain confidential.” It was shortly after this meeting that Cicero notified Tressel about the players’ ventures with Rife, “divulging much of the information that Rife had told (Cicero) in confidence.” According to the documents, a second meeting between Rife and Cicero took place on April 15, 2010, where “Rife disclosed more information regarding his criminal case, the OSU memorabilia and his relationship to several OSU football players.” Without notifying Rife, Cicero sent two more emails to Tressel the following morning revealing much of what Rife had told him the day before, the documents said. Rife did not end up hiring Cicero to represent him in his criminal case, but according to the complaint, that does not exempt Cicero from being charged with misconduct. “Even when no client-lawyer relationship ensues, a lawyer who has had discussions with a prospective client shall not use or reveal any information learned in the consultation,” the documents said. Cicero did not immediately respond a request for comment. read more

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