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Oxford researchers awarded prestigious prize

first_imgTwo Oxford University researchers, Dr Anna-Lora Wainwright and Dr Hannah Sullivan, have been awarded the Philip Leverhulme award for exceptional work. They were awarded £70,000 as recognition of their contributions to their fields of study.  Dr Wainwright is of the School of Geography and the Environment and the School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies. She is a fellow of St. Cross College in Oxford and is a University Lecture in the Human Geography of China. She has recently published a book about the effects of cancer on those living in rural China, Fighting for Breath: Living Morally and Dying of Cancer in a Chinese Village.Dr Sullivan is one of three tutors in modern literature from 1780 to the present at New College and a lecturer of the English faculty. She research specialises in modernism, poetry and poetic form, and various questions in stylistics and textual criticism. Her research areas also include the revision of British and American modernism and literary style and form. Her first book, The Work of Revision, was published this summer.The Philip Leverhulme awards are awarded to younger academics in a range of disciplines. The Leverhulme Trust says of them that, “These Prizes, with a value of £70,000 each, are awarded to outstanding scholars who have made a substantial and recognised contribution to their particular field of study, recognised at an international level, and where the expectation is that their greatest achievement is yet to come.”Dr Sullivan said “I feel extremely lucky to be awarded this prize to work on an ambitious and experimental project that otherwise, I fear, would never have taken off. My new book is about free verse and English poetry’s break-up with the iambic pentameter. I’m interested in the evolution and ideological meaning of ‘freedom’ in form. Most English poems until the 20th century are in shared, repeated prosodic or rhyming forms, whereas most English poems today are in a form unique to that poem. I’ll be asking why.”The prize of £70,000 is given over two or three years and can be used for a variety of projects. Dr Sullivan said “I am going to use some part of the prize to work on a non-semantic version of what my former colleague Franco Moretti calls ‘distant reading’. In other words, I’ll be working with a programmer and a large corpus to see if I can find out, for example, what the most common stanza form was in poems published in 1880, or what percentage of poems in 1910 used iambic pentameters.”The Leverhulme Trust was established in 1925 by the will of William Hesketh Lever, the founder of Lever Brothers. The aim was to provide grants and scholarships for academics at every stage in their careers and to aid any research and education. The Trust currently distributes over £60 million a year. They award around 30 Philip Leverhulme awards every year. Professor Gordon Marshall Director of The Leverhulme Trust said of this year’s candidates “The standard of the nominated candidates was encouragingly high, and the prize-winners were judged by the panel to be truly outstanding in their fields, with records of proven achievement, as well as telling promise for the future.”A Balliol 3rd year, Ragulan Vigneswaran, commented “I think it’s great that hard working Oxford scholars are being rewarded for doing research that is far out of the mainstream. The subjects which these winners are working in really show the diversity which Oxford has to offer. Hopefully other aspiring students will be inspired by this and continue Oxford’s great tradition of research that makes it one of the premier universities in the world.”last_img read more

Speech: Engineering success vital to Zimbabwe’s future: UK ambassador

first_imgI am delighted to be at this workshop, which showcases the great collaboration between Britain and countries in the region in developing better futures for ourselves – and for our children.I’m delighted too that through the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Global Challenges Research Fund, these two great institutions of higher learning are working together: the National University of Science and Technology here in Bulawayo, which has an enviable reputation in Zimbabwe and beyond of producing well-rounded graduates in the science and technology fields, and the University of Strathclyde in Scotland – where, as many of you will know, the weather has been very different in the last couple of weeks to what we’ve been seeing in Zimbabwe! So – this is an exciting and innovative collaboration.Year of EngineeringSome of you will know that the UK government has named 2018 – this year – as the Year of Engineering.That’s because we want to boost engineering across the UK, making sure that everyone has the skills that are needed to thrive in a modern economy. One of our big concerns is to up the number of people studying engineering in the UK, including girls. But the UK isn’t just looking inwards. Obviously we’re delighted that the Royal Academy of Engineering is also working with partners to boost the capacity of engineering students and the faculties that teach them here in Zimbabwe – and in several other countries in southern Africa.‘What challenges can I solve?’I’m going to quote the head of the Royal Academy – Dame Ann Dowling – who said this very recently: “Engineers look at the world around them and think ‘how can I make it a better place? What challenges can I solve?Engineering success is absolutely vital to the future of the UK, Zimbabwe and indeed all countries. We’ve seen how in the UK what a massive contribution engineering and engineering research makes to the UK economy and to the lives of UK citizens. Back in 2015 it was reported that engineering-related sectors had contributed around 280 billion POUNDS to the UK’s Gross Value Added in 2011 – about 20 percent of the total.Impact throughout the economyUK engineering companies are having an impact throughout the economy and society: in transport, construction, energy and manufacturing, digital, communications and media.I’ve been looking through some of the big names in UK engineering – names like Morgan Sindall, Balfour Beatty and Jaguar Land Rover. Some of these companies have a long and illustrious history, facing challenges head-on and innovating as the marketplace changed. I’ve also been interested to see the push to recognise and celebrate the contribution that young apprentices make to British engineering firms: Blue Engineering, a small firm based in Shoreditch, London, said just 10 days ago that hiring apprentices was “integral” to its growth strategy and “made sure the firm was always at the front of engineering innovation”.Working with young talentIn the UK we’re clear that working with young talent is the way to go for engineering success – and we know that there will be similar success for Zimbabwe’s engineering industry.Zimbabwe’s real wealth is in its people – in the innovation and creativity that so many Zimbabweans I interact with display.I thank you.last_img read more

Greggs raises expected profit after strong Q4

first_imgStrong sales of mince pies and its Festive Bake have helped boost profit expectations at food-to-go business Greggs.Like-for-like sales in its company-managed shops were up 5.2% in the last quarter, with total sales in the full year up 7.2%, Greggs reported today (9 January) in a trading update for the 52 weeks ended 29 December 2018.The performance has prompted the business – which in May last year  warned profits would be impacted by costs – to raise its expected 2018 profits from £86m to £88m. Greggs is due to announce its preliminary results for 2018 on 7 March 2019.In addition to good sales of festive products, the company reported further growth in categories such as hot drinks and breakfast. Greggs said investment in systems and staff training had boosted operational performance.During the year it opened 149 new shops (including 62 franchised sites) and closed 50, growing the estate to 1,953 at 29 December, 262 of which are franchised. Greggs plans to open between 90 and 100 sites in the year ahead.New product development has included the vegan-friendly sausage roll launched last week and a vegan-friendly winter vegetable soup in a meal deal for £2.25.“We delivered a very strong finish to 2018 despite the well-publicised challenges in the consumer sector. This performance was broad-based, reflecting the strength of our range of freshly prepared food and drinks, and the strategic changes that we have made in recent years to focus more effectively on the food-on-the-go market,” said chief executive Roger Whiteside.“In the year ahead, we will continue to innovate with products designed to reflect changing consumer tastes, and by opening in new locations that make Greggs even more accessible to customers.”Fiona Cincotta, senior market analyst at www.cityindex.co.uk, said the profit warning issued by Greggs in May “seems like a distant memory now that Greggs has made a surprisingly strong finish to 2018”.“More sales volatility can’t be ruled out in future, though the company appears to be on a stronger footing now than it was heading into last year,” she added. “Previous investments in manufacturing capabilities and administration systems, meanwhile, are set to bear fruit over the coming months via efficiency gains.”last_img read more

Lettuce Is Ready To Go Full-On ‘Crush’ Mode At The Capitol Theatre

first_imgThe undeniable funk force that is Lettuce will be making their way up to Port Chester, NY’s famed rock palace, The Capitol Theatre, on Sunday, February 19th for what ‘sounds like a party’ that will keep the weekend vibe going strong. With the recent release of their Mt. Crushmore EP (stream the album in full here), the group has some fresh beats to go along with their old-school tracks, as they continue to redefine their own sound, as well as that of the funk genre as a whole.Their genre-bending sound incorporates the best of hip-hop and psychedelia, while always keeping heads bobbing with their uptempo, classic-funk grooves. Lettuce is most certainly the sum of its unbelievably talented individual parts, as drummer Adam Deitch, bassist Jesus Coomes, guitarists Adam “Shmeeans” Smirnoff and Eric Krasno, The Shady Horns’ Ryan Zoids and Eric “Benny” Bloom, keyboardist Neal Evans, and the soulful singing of Nigel Hall, make up one of the most respected squad of musicians in the game today.For a band that has been together for over 20 years, every show sounds fresher than the last! Tickets for Lettuce’s headlining show at The Cap are currently on sale, and can be purchased here. For show updates and additional information, check out the Facebook Event page.[Filmed by C.J. Strehlow & Colin Anders. Edited by C.J. Strehlow.]For fans of Lettuce, you can catch them at their 2nd annual Fool’s Paradise, March 31 & April 1 in St. Augustine, FL, alongside Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, The Floozies, The Motet, a special Manic Science set featuring Manic Focus and Break Science, The Main Squeeze, Organ Freeman, along with Oteil Burbridge and Antwaun Stanley as Artists at Large. Head here for more information.Enter to win a Valentine’s Weekend with Lettuce including a hotel room, fine dining for two, and tickets to 2/19!last_img read more

Social Studies at 50

first_imgIn the spring of 1968, Amy Gutmann ’71, Ph.D. ’76, changed her college major, in what proved to be a “life-changing decision.”“Majoring in math had lost its luster for me. It was just too otherworldly,” she told an audience gathered in Science Center B on Saturday (Sept. 25). After some deliberation, she applied to enter Harvard’s newest and “consummately worldly” concentration: social studies.Now president of the University of Pennsylvania and Browne Distinguished Professor of Political Science, Gutmann delivered the annual Navin Narayan Memorial Lecture at Harvard Committee on Degrees in Social Studies’ 50th anniversary celebration. Introduced by Harvard President Drew Faust, Gutmann spoke about the lasting impact of her undergraduate education.“Over the course of my career, I’ve taken what is unique about social studies to heart. Uniting political theory, empirical evidence, and history, this interdisciplinary perspective has influenced my teaching, … my scholarship, and my leadership,” she said.In fact, Gutmann began her teaching career as a tutor for Social Studies 10, the introductory social theory course that binds students across generations.“You cannot do better intellectually, ethically, and practically speaking than to come to terms with the question: What is a well-constituted society, and what is my role in it?” said Gutmann. “The best way to begin answering this question is to understand how great thinkers did so, and to be open-minded and critical in one’s approach to those thinkers.… Majoring in social studies is one of the very best ways for inquisitive minds to commence their journeys to leadership in virtually any 21st century profession.”Gutmann’s lecture concluded a daylong event with nearly 400 attendees, including more than 300 alumni and past faculty members. For Anya Bernstein, senior lecturer and director of studies, getting in touch with former students and faculty was one of the most rewarding parts of organizing the celebration.“Hearing about their enthusiasm for the program has been an incredible pleasure,” she said. “People wrote to us and described how social studies continues to affect them. Some graduates said they use the texts they read in Social Studies 10 in their work, and others wrote about the teaching and advising they experienced.”Richard Tuck, chair of social studies and Frank G. Thomson Professor of Government, also emphasized the importance of those classroom relationships.“The department is very focused on the actual teaching experience and the relationships that grow within that experience. There are bonds of affection between students and teachers that are very striking. This is something distinctive about social studies that I’d like the celebration to bring out.”The day was not without controversy. Outside, protesters spoke out against the participation of Marty Peretz, a former member of the department who recently penned a blog post that was disparaging of Muslims. Peretz apologized for his comments in the days before the event, and the department went ahead with plans to accept a gift from a number of Peretz’s former students who wanted to recognize him by establishing an undergraduate research fund.Kicking off the daylong event was a short film about the early years of social studies at Harvard, made by current concentrator Alissa Costello ’12. The film focused on Professor Stanley Hoffmann, who led the founding of social studies.The panel “Social Studies and the Social Sciences” brought together some prominent scholars, including Seyla Benhabib (Yale), Rogers Brubaker ’79 (University of California, Los Angeles), J. Bradford DeLong ’82 (University of California, Berkeley), and Sherry Turkle ’70 (Massachusetts Institute of Technology). They spoke about the concentration’s influence on their work as social scientists and about the interdisciplinary approach used in the program as a model for undergraduate education.A second panel, “Social Studies and Social Change,” gave four alumni the chance to reflect on the relationship between their undergraduate experience and their present commitment to social work. The participants were Jarrett Barrios ’91 (president of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation), E.J. Dionne ’73 (Washington Post columnist), Jamie Gorelick ’72 (former deputy attorney general), and Adele Simmons ’63 (vice chair of Chicago Metropolis 2020).“We have a lot of students who are very socially engaged and interested in connecting the work they do outside the classroom on human rights, health care, and development with the intellectual work they do inside the classroom,” Bernstein explained. “Many of our graduates have gone on to careers in academia, where they continue to look at these issues or to careers in social change. That’s really exciting, and it’s something to be very proud of.”last_img read more

Leadership and the emotionally battered employee

first_img 53SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Sometimes we inherit them. Perhaps they’ve been hurt by other people within the organization. It may have been their manager, executive, or even the CEO. It may have been you. But there they are, sitting in front of you, obviously hurting, maybe even angry.So what do you do? How do you handle it in that moment?Well, the servant leadership perspective is going to be a little different from a traditional management approach in that a traditional management approach is likely going to be more geared toward figuring out the fastest and easiest way to get that employee back to functioning as quickly and efficiently as possible. Translation (from a traditional boss): How the heck can I get this emotional mess of an employee out of my office and back out there doing their job as soon as possible? Isn’t this what they should be paying a therapist for? Servant leadership, however, views employees as humans, and views humans holistically. Organizations are communities of humans, and as such, there are going to be times where healing is necessary. As leaders, it’s incumbent upon us to serve our teams by helping them along this journey. continue reading »last_img read more

Scholarship awarded to SUNY Broome student with dreams to be a police officer

first_imgKovalyov says he is grateful for the the scholarship. Kovalyov says he plans on becoming a police officer after graduation but also hopes to one day get his masters degree to return to SUNY Broome and teach. (WBNG) — A SUNY Broome student got one-leg up on his education Tuesday afternoon. The scholarship comes from the New York State Sheriff’s Institute and was awarded to Kovalyov after being nominated by his professors.center_img “It feels great,” he says. “I was blown away and I’m very honored. I really appreciate all of their nominations and they make it excellent for me.” Criminal Justice student Isaac Kovalyov received a $250 scholarship to continue his education at SUNY Broome.last_img read more

Jones Lang LaSalle chiefs see bonuses cut by half

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Maersk Makes Good Start to 2019, Launches USD 1.5 Bn Buyback

first_imgDanish shipping major A.P. Møller – Mærsk made good progress on its transformation in the first quarter of 2019 as its increased earnings and strengthened its balance sheet.Maersk closed the first quarter of 2019 with a 33% increase in earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA), which reached USD 1.2 billion in the period, while revenue grew by 2.5% to USD 9.5 billion compared to the first quarter of 2018.The company’s underlying loss from continuing operations stood at USD 69 million, shrinking from a loss of USD 329 million reported in the same period a year earlier.Operating cash flow improved to USD 1.5 billion and free cash flow was USD 3.5 billion, including sale of shares in Total S.A.“We had a good start to 2019,” Søren Skou, CEO of A.P. Moller – Maersk, said, adding that the company has significantly strengthened its balance sheet.Profitability in the company’s Ocean sector increased. EBITDA grew 42% to USD 927 million compared to same period last year, mainly driven by a 3.9% increase in average loaded freight rates and an improvement in total operating cost of 2.8%. Revenue increased to USD 6.9 billion despite lower volumes which declined 2.2%, impacted by the frontloading seen on the Pacific trades in the fourth quarter of 2018 and weak demand on Latin America and Oceania trades.Looking at terminal profitability, the opening of the Moin terminal, Costa Rica and positive underlying volume growth in gateway terminals had a positive impact on terminal profitability in the first quarter of the year. Terminals & Towage reported an increase in revenue to USD 991 million from USD 911 million and in EBITDA to USD 267 million from USD 244 million compared to same quarter last year.Maersk delivered combined synergies of USD 130 million from its strategic transformation in the first quarter. Cash return on invested capital (CROIC) improved to a positive 6.7% from a negative 5.9%, driven by higher earnings, strong cash conversion and a reduction in invested capital.“We made good progress on the transformation, where we have completed the separation of the energy businesses, further integrated our organisation and continued to improve our product portfolio. This resulted in a solid cash return on invested capital and delivery of synergies, getting us closer to our target of USD 1 billion by end of 2019,” Skou added.Furthermore, as part of the intention to distribute a material part of the value of shares received in Total S.A in connection with the sale of Maersk Oil, Maersk’s Board of Directors has decided to exercise the authority to buy back shares with a maximum value of DKK 10 billion (USD 1.5 billion).The program will run from June 2019 and over a period of up to 15 months. After execution of the program, the Board of Directors will evaluate the capital structure and outlook for A.P. Moller – Maersk with the intention to distribute additional cash to shareholders, subject to maintaining investment-grade rating.Looking forward, Maersk reiterated its guidance of an EBITDA of around USD 5 billion, including effects from IFRS 16.“We reaffirm our guidance for the 2019 results. We are still facing considerable uncertainties from weaker macro numbers as well as the risk from trade tensions and implementation of IMO 2020. In Q1, volumes on trans-Pacific trade between Asia and North America have shown signs of decline and new tariffs can potentially reduce expected growth in global container volumes by up to 1 percentage point,” Skou concluded.last_img read more

Concerns raised regarding environment of industrial action in Dominica

first_img 10 Views   no discussions Share Share LocalNews Concerns raised regarding environment of industrial action in Dominica by: – January 12, 2012 Tweetcenter_img Share Sharing is caring! Secretary-General of WAWU, Kertist AugustusConcerns are being raised about the environment of industrial action in Dominica by the Secretary-General of the Waterfront and Allied Workers Union (WAWU) Kertist Augustus.Augustus said measures will be implemented to ensure a smooth industrial climate.This he says will pave the way for more investment in the country.“We are hoping that during the course of 2012, the Employers Organization and the Trade Union movement in Dominica will find some avenue where there can be a greater level of consultation in terms of areas where we have differences. Not only should there be a higher level of consultation with the employers of Dominica but we should also have this level of consultation with our administration because even at this level we realize that government has the ultimate say in terms of passing the necessary type of legislation that could help to promote this type of environment,” he said.Augustus says the union has written to government to explore ways whereby consultation could be conducted on a more regular basis. He says the Union is also hoping that personal feuds can be resolved without violence.“We hope as a concern and more so in recent times where we had two murders, that everything will be done in terms of ensuring that we are able to resolve our matters without utilizing this sort of force which has been the feature of relationships recently,” he added.Employers have been asked to assist with funds to execute a program on conflict resolution.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more