Tutorials to be History?

first_imgModern history undergraduates have been left stunned after learning that over a fifth of their tutorials are to be axed. No students were consulted about the controversial measures, provoking an angry response from historians whose degree courses will be directly affected. Under the proposed changes, modern history students will now receive an average of less than one tutorial a week over a three-year degree course. Jonathan Edwards, the President of the Undergraduate Joint Consultative Committee for history, said, “The UJCC sees the tutorial as the foundation of the history course at Oxford, and opposes any move away from course based on tutorial teaching.” The History Faculty made the decision to cut tutorials in order to free up time for academics. Dr. Chris Haigh, chairman of the History Faculty board said, “Under current arrangements, history tutors are seriously overworked, and we have to address issues of job-satisfaction, while maintaining the quality of the student educational experience.” The news comes after the University’s History Faculty recently lost its status as the country’s leading history department. It slipped to fourth in The Times league table after losing its 5* rating for teaching and research, placing it behind city rival Oxford Brookes. It is known that at least four tutors are planning to leave the faculty this year sparking fears some of Oxford’s finest academics may be poached by other universities. Professor Niall Ferguson, who presented the television series Empire, is cutting down on his time at Oxford this year and told Cherwell, “The Oxford system of tutorial teaching is indeed quite laborious in comparison with nearly all other universities.” His main employment is now at New York University, though he retains his post at Jesus. Seven of the fourteen cuts in tutorials have already been made, most significantly as the result of the introduction of a compulsory thesis. However, it appears that further changes, which will reduce the total number of tutorials from 81 to 67, have been put into effect without liaison with the current or previous UJCC. Linsey Cole, a UJCC member said, “The whole point of a UJCC is to ensure students are consulted and adequately represented when such fundamental changes to teaching are being proposed and in this situation, this clearly did not occur.” The History faculty claims that its proposals have been underway for some time and are in no way expected to jeopardise students’ degrees. One Professor of history told Cherwell that it was time for change. “Undergraduate tutorial teaching at Oxford is a pedagogical fetish which should be rethought and cut back. What the Faculty doing is right and long overdue.” However, students have raised concern that no details of replacement teaching have been given. Sian Grieve, Wadham’s history representative said, “A change to classes rather than tutorials would not be acceptable if Oxford is to maintain its status as a leading university.” The History Faculty denies that the move is ‘resource-driven’.ARCHIVE: 4th week TT 2003last_img read more

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COVID-19 Cases Increase To Seven In Chautauqua County

first_imgMAYVILLE – Officials in Chautauqua County say the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases have increased to seven.During Saturday’s update by the Chautauqua County COVID-19 Response Team, officials said the two new cases include a woman in her 70s, with no recent travel, and a woman in her 30s, with no recent travel outside the country, but had travel to Erie County, New York.“Based on the initial review of each case by Health Department epidemiology staff, these individuals appear to have had separate exposures to the novel coronavirus,” officials said. “Both of these individuals will continue to recover at home under mandatory isolation as ordered by the Local Health Official per NYS Public Health Law.”Chautauqua County Public Health staff is now conducting an investigation to identify close contacts of the new cases. “Once identified, our department notifies the close contacts of their potential exposure to COVID-19 and they are placed under mandatory or precautionary quarantine to monitor for symptoms,” officials said. “If you do not personally hear from a public health nurse, you are not a close contact of an individual who has been confirmed to have COVID-19.”State guidelines say close contact refers to a person who cared for or lived with a person with COVID-19. It does not include activities such as walking by a person or sitting across a waiting room or office for a brief time.Additionally, the number of those under some type of quarantine is as follows:21 people are now in Mandatory Quarantine (individuals confirmed positive of COVID-19 or a household contact of a confirmed positive COVID-19 case); 38 individuals in Precautionary Quarantine (individuals with travel history to CDC level 3 country or proximal contact of a confirmed case of COVID-19);25 individuals in Mandatory Isolation (individuals who are symptomatic of COVID-19 and are pending COVID-19 lab test).So far the county has received 84 negative test results to date.The County COVID-19 Response Team continues to meet daily during this pandemic and urges residents to please stay home and stay safe.  “Limit your trips to the grocery store to once a week if possible, remember to use social distancing, and avoid gathering in groups,” officials furthered. MGN Image Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window),Why are we not being told what town/area these new cases are from?,How about the number of people that have been tested like other counties are doinglast_img read more

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Three full-time firemen become official

first_imgBatesville, IN—The City of Batesville held a swearing-in ceremony on Monday evening between the Batesville Board of Works meeting and the City Council meeting.  The three newest full-time firemen are from left to right Lucas Garvey, Michael Orlando, and Christopher Decker.  They have already completed schooling and will begin training in the city immediately.last_img

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AAF power rankings, Week 6: Hotshots are falling apart

first_imgMORE: 10 AAF players who have made a case for the NFLFirst, a look at the scores from Week 5:— Apollos 31, Iron 14— Fleet 27, Stallions 25— Legends 23, Express 20— Commanders 29, Hotshots 25AAF Power Rankings1. Orlando ApollosBefore Saturday’s game, the Iron’s defense had allowed a combined 33 points through the first four weeks. The Apollos scored 31 in a single game, at Birmingham.Orlando is still the league’s only undefeated team, and the reason is clear. The Apollos are scoring 29.8 points per game on average while only allowing 15.4 points per game. The only defense to allow fewer points is that of the Iron.The Apollos only continue to grow stronger as quarterback Garrett Gilbert remains consistent, and they’ve recently found a running game. De’Veon Smith ran for 119 yards on 14 carries (8.5 yards per carry) while D’Ernest Johnson finished with 122 scrimmage yards (49 rushing, 73 receiving). This team looks unbeatable at the moment.2. San Antonio CommandersThe Commanders jumped out to a 26-0 halftime lead Sunday but barely escaped with a 29-25 victory. QB Logan Woodside, who has struggled this season, shined by completing 21 of 27 passes for 290 yards and two scores. The run game, which has been San Antonio’s strong point, was awful. Kenneth Farrow and Trey Williams could not get going.If the Commanders can get their run game back on track, they can dominate teams (much like they did to Arizona in the first half). San Antonio’s defense is strong, having forced five turnovers against the Hotshots in Week 5. The Commanders now have forced 13 turnovers in five games while recording 17 sacks.3. San Diego FleetThe Fleet’s only two losses this season have come when they have used multiple QBs. In Week 1, Mike Bercovici was not prepared for San Antonio’s powerful defense, and in Week 4, third-stringer Alex Ross was a turnover machine in limited time.Bercovici returned in Week 5 (after the Fleet lost Philip Nelson to injury) and played well enough to win. He still has a lot of room for improvement (he completed just 51.2 percent of his throws), but at least he didn’t cost the Fleet the game.San Diego’s defense is the saving grace of this team. End Damontre Moore has been outstanding, recording four sacks, 15 QB hits and 27 QB pressures (per PFF) this season. Kameron Kelly, a converted WR, finished with three INTs in Week 5, giving San Diego yet another weapon on defense.4. Birmingham IronThe Iron turned to Keith Price at QB after Luis Perez threw yet another interception. Price played well, completing 18 of 29 passes for 234 yards and the first Iron passing touchdown of the season. He also threw at least three passes that could have been intercepted, so it wasn’t a glowing debut.Still, he showed a lot more promise than Perez has this season. But the Iron’s offense has more work to do. Trent Richardson continues to get rushing attempts despite the fact that he can’t gain more than three yards per carry. We figured Birmingham would try to use Brandon Ross more after he showed promise in Week 4, but he only had three carries in Week 5.The Iron’s defense, which has been its strong point all season, got embarassed by the Apollos. Birmingham better hope that was a fluke, because this offense is not good enough to keep up if the defense is going to allow 30-plus points.5. Atlanta LegendsAre … are the Legends good now? Atlanta makes a big jump this week from the bottom of the rankings to No. 5, mostly because we are impressed with its win over Memphis. After weeks of suffering through losses with Matt Simms at QB, Aaron Murray has taken over and completely changed this team, leading the Legends to two straight wins.Running back Tarean Folston finally emerged, putting up over 100 scrimmage yards while scoring two touchdowns in Week 5. The Legends’ defense is not as strong as that of some other teams in the league, but Murray has completely transformed their offense.6. Arizona HotshotsArizona started the year as the title favorites based on betting odds, but outside of Week 1, it has not lived up to expectations. The Hotshots barely won in Week 2 against a Christian Hackenberg-led Memphis team and proceeded to lose to Salt Lake (the Stallions’ only win this season). The Hotshots then lost two straight games at home to the Legends and the Commanders.QB John Wolford has fallen off since his Week 1 performance, adding an ugly, three-interception game in Week 5. He now leads the AAF with six interceptions (tied) and has taken a league-high 12 sacks.Receiver Rashad Ross has been a lone consistent star for Arizona, scoring a touchdown in every game this season. He likely will get some looks from NFL franchises this offseason.7. Memphis ExpressThe Mett Show was short-lived, as Zach Mettenberger disappointed in his second start. He completed nine of 17 passes for 181 yards with an interception and no passing touchdowns. (He did score on a QB sneak.)Memphis has improved in recent weeks without Hackenberg turning the ball over, but not enough to pile up wins. The Express will continue to compete, but it’s hard to rank them higher at this point. The Alliance of American Football is coming off one of its best weekends yet with an exciting Week 5. There was the game of the week between the league’s top two teams (record-wise), and the other three games were decided by two points, three points and four points.There are five more weeks of AAF (plus the playoffs), which extend the season to April 27. After every week, we’ll take a look at the results and rank each team based on performance. 8. Salt Lake StallionsWe have a new bottom-dweller. Welcome, Salt Lake.The Stallions have played in several close games this season but have just one win. It feels like they’re better than this ranking suggests, but they keep losing. Salt Lake has a few standout playmakers (WR De’Mornay Pierson-El, DE Karter Schult), but as an overall team, they’re lacking.The Week 6 home game against the Express will say a lot about this team.last_img read more

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5 police officials injured at Bengal Ram Navami rally

first_imgFive police officials were injured, with three sustaining serious wounds, during a Ram Navami procession in Purulia district of West Bengal on Sunday after they were allegedly assaulted by rally organisers. The incident took place at Beldi village.The State witnessed large-scale Ram Navami celebrations in several districts, organised by both the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) and the Opposition BJP. In another incident in Purulia, children were seen carrying arms at a Ram Navami procession organised by the Bajrang Dal, a district official said.“Soon after getting information that children were made to participate in a Ram Navami rally with arms, police rushed to the spot and seized the arms. They also escorted the children from the rally,” the official said.Chairperson of the West Bengal Commission for Protection of Child Rights (WBCPCR) Ananya Chatterjee Chakraborti called up the DM to find out about the incident. Earlier this week the WBCPCR had written to all DMs to ensure that children participating in processions do not carry any arms. “We are monitoring the situation; will take stern action as per law,” Ms Chatterjee told The Hindu. Speaking on the assault on police officials, District Magistrate (DM) of Purulia Alokesh Prasad Roy told The Hindu, “Five police officials including a Deputy Superintendent of Police were injured in an assault by organisers of a Ram Navami procession at Beldi village today. Sixteen persons have been arrested.” However, the police are yet to name any organisation or political outfit for the assault.Several processionsSeveral armed processions were held in Purulia, Uttar Dinjpur and Paschim Medinipur districts. Apart from the armed rallies, large processions were also taken out to celebrate Ram Navami in Birbhum, Bankura, Cooch Behar, Nadia, North and South 24 Paraganas by Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) affiliated organisations inlcuding the Hindu Jagaran Manch and Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP). In Kolkata several rallies were taken out by the RSS-backed Ram Navami Udjapan Samity (Celebration Committee). Several BJP leaders including State President Dilip Ghosh and president of its Mahila Morcha Locket Chatterjee participated in the rallies. District police officials in Birbhum said that a case will be lodged against Ms. Chatterjee for carrying a trident in the Rampurhat town in Birbhum. Many TMC leaders like – Tourism Minister Goutam Dev, Agriculture Minister Asish Banerjee, and TMC MP Dibyendu Adhikari – also took part in Ram Navami rallies.last_img read more

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Mark Cuban Slams Y Combinator CoFounder for Dissing Shark Tank in Ugly

first_img Listen Now How Success Happens Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. January 28, 2016center_img Mark Cuban is a feisty one. He doesn’t take kindly to people bashing Shark Tank.Y Combinator co-founder and former president Paul Graham found out in a very public, ugly way yesterday. The billionaire (Cuban) and the millionaire (Graham) knocked horns on the little blue bird last night.Graham fired the first shot, warning startups not to waste their time appearing on Shark Tank.Startups: Instead of appearing on Shark Tank, spend that energy fixing whatever makes your product so unappealing you think you need to.— Paul Graham (@paulg) January 28, 2016Former Googler and Shark Tank guest star Chris Sacca, fought back first with a splash of [email protected] Yeah, because a free 10-minute pitch to 7 million Americans is something every startup should turn down.— Chris Sacca (@sacca) January 28, 2016Sacca’s sneer didn’t sit well with Graham, who’s long written plenty about how hard founders like, for example, Google co-founder Larry Page, have [email protected] Nothing is less free for a startup than something that costs the attention of the founders.— Paul Graham (@paulg) January 28, 2016Next Graham fired off a link to a Wall Street Journal story featuring fellow Y Combinator co-founder Jessica Livingston’s unorthodox advice to early-stage startups. Nutshell: Don’t spend an iota of energy marketing an “initially mediocre product.” Wait until it’s perfect.  Related: Billionaire Mark Cuban on Raising Kids: ‘I Don’t Want Them to Be Entitled Jerks’@sacca Building the best product is how most startups win, not by marketing. https://t.co/Q2B8CjfCDc— Paul Graham (@paulg) January 28, 2016Sacca weighed in with another snarky two [email protected] Agreed. Nothing is more distracting than traffic, users, installs, job applicants, and revenue.— Chris Sacca (@sacca) January 28, 2016Then Cuban stepped in the ring and the gloves really flew off. So what if he was a few hours [email protected] you mean like the sense of entitlement and arrogance they get when they become part of a YC class ? It’s hard to wash it out— Mark Cuban (@mcuban) January 28, 2016Startups, accelerators and arrogance, naw, those never go together, especially not up in Mountain View, Calif., where Y Combinator is headquartered.  Cuban, known to be bit of a hothead at times, spit more fuel on the fire, implying that Y Combinator is a crusty has-been, that its heyday as a relevant accelerator is long gone. We’re surprised the razor-tongued Pittsburgh native didn’t use any of his usual salty [email protected] the real question is why does a startup become part of YC any more ? The good old days of YC are just that— Mark Cuban (@mcuban) January 28, 2016 Ouch. Maybe Cuban’s bite was enough to shut Graham up about Shark Tank, at least for now. Apparently immune to shark bait, he still hasn’t yet responded to Cuban or Sacca. We’re guessing he’s saving his energy for one of his preachy trademark essays. Related: Mark Cuban: There’s No Playing Nice With Your Competition 3 min readlast_img read more

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Diana Alice Elizabeth Britons bet on new royal baby name

first_img Share LONDON — Interest surrounding the romance and wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, has been a boon for Britain tourism – and that’s ramped up exponentially with the impending arrival of the couple’s first child.As the due date approaches Harry and Meghan may be keeping plans about their baby under wraps, but that hasn’t stopped everyone in Britain from trying to guess the gender and the name of their first child.If Britain’s bookmakers are to be believed, it’s definitely a girl – and Diana may well be one of her many names.The William Hill agency closed the betting on the baby’s gender a few days ago after an “avalanche” of bets poured in from people convinced the royal couple is having a girl.“The secret’s out, as far as we’re concerned,” firm spokesman Rupert Adams said. “It could be because someone somewhere has seen the scan, or someone has heard something.”While Adams acknowledged there’s always a chance the surge was based on nothing, he said average betting patterns over the years suggest there’s usually some truth in rumours.So far, Diana is topping the bookmakers’ list as a front-running name _ William Hill has put the odds at 4/1. Victoria, Alice, Grace and Elizabeth are close behind, while Albert, Arthur and James are popular guesses for a boy.“A ridiculous number – 80% of bets taken – are for the name Diana,” Adams said. He said he personally doubts Harry would choose a name that so directly evokes his iconic mother’s tragic death in 1997 but added: “There’s every chance of it being a middle name.”Carolyn Harris, a royal historian who teaches at the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies, agrees that Diana could be a middle name. That’s what Harry’s brother, Prince William, and his wife Kate did for their daughter, Princess Charlotte (the 3-year-old’s full name is Charlotte Elizabeth Diana).More news:  Help Princess Cruises break the world record for largest vow renewal at sea“The choice of Diana as a first name would place a lot of pressure on the royal baby, as the press would constantly compare her to her famous grandmother,” she said.Harris believes Harry and Meghan may adopt a similar approach to the naming of other recently born royal children lower down the line of succession: Choosing a moniker that’s traditional, but one that doesn’t frequently appear within the royal family.She also thinks a possible middle name could be Ruth – after one of Meghan’s great-grandmothers, as well as Diana’s maternal grandmother, Lady Ruth Fermoy.Some observers speculate that Meghan, who has long spoken out about women’s rights, could go for a name that evokes strong women in history – a theory Harris thinks has substance.“A name associated with prominent female historical figures in Britain and/or the United States is certainly a possibility,” she said. Eleanor, for one, could honour both Eleanor Roosevelt and Eleanor of Aquitaine, queen of England in the 12th century.Harry and Meghan haven’t announced the baby’s gender or the due date, which is widely believed to be sometime in late April.The pair declared Thursday they are keeping the birth private and won’t be sharing news about the baby’s arrival until they’ve told family and friends. That has led many to jump to the conclusion that they are planning a home birth at their new residence, Frogmore Cottage, close to Windsor Castle outside of London.Home birth or not, the scenario will be quite different from the media circus that lasted for days outside the London hospital where their sister-in-law Kate’s three children were born. That will significantly dampen the name and gender betting frenzy, according to William Hill, which reported taking “hundreds of bets a minute” every time palace officials announced that Kate had gone into labour.More news:  Windstar celebrates record-breaking bookings in JulyWhatever name they choose, the new baby will not automatically have the official title of prince or princess. Those titles were given to all three children of William, the eldest son of Prince Charles, heir to the British throne.Instead, Harry and Meghan’s baby is expected to be styled the Earl of Dumbarton if a boy and Lady Mountbatten-Windsor if a girl. That said, the child’s great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, could change that if she wants the baby to be a prince or princess.Harry’s first child will be seventh in line for the throne, bumping down Harry’s uncle, Prince Andrew.Some punters have been having a laugh with their royal baby bets. Ladbrokes reported that 2 pounds ($2.60) have been staked on the name Brexit – with odds of 500/1. The name Donald is at 250/1. Meghan, as any reader of British tabloids knows, is no fan of the current U.S. president.One thing British betting agencies are not seeing: lots of money being placed on quirky, New Age or celebrity-driven, unique monikers.“Harry is a traditional guy at heart, we think he would like a relatively traditional but not absolutely turgid royal name,” Adams said.“(Meghan) would like to convey herself as regal _ we feel she would not go with a weird name like ‘Sunshine,’” he added. By: The Associated Press << Previous PostNext Post >> Monday, April 15, 2019 Diana? Alice? Elizabeth? Britons bet on new royal baby name Tags: Britain, United Kingdomlast_img read more

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