Oxford academics condemn “polemical and simplistic” research

first_imgThe society decried what they described as attempts to “rig these workshops by wholly excluding critical scholars”. They nonetheless clarified that they had no interest in attending “Biggar’s bigoted workshops”, as he had “already proved himself incapable” while defending Cecil Rhodes in a debate at the Oxford Union.In response to the open letter, a University spokesperson said: “It eloquently illustrates an alternative perspective on empire taken by other University academics in related but different fields.“Argument and differing approaches to topics are to be expected in an environment with many different disciplines and where the robustness and good health of academic freedom is fundamentally important.”The furore follows the debate surrounding an article written by Biggar in The Times, entitled ‘Don’t feel guilty about our colonial history’, in which he claimed we should “moderate our post-imperial guilt”.The article provoked a statement of opposition from student group Common Ground, which drew attention to Biggar’s joint leadership of the ‘Ethics and Empire’ project. The other academic in charge, John Darwin, withdrew from the project on Sunday for personal reasons.The McDonald Centre – the University organisation which runs the programme – describes the project as “a series of workshops to measure apologias and critiques of empire against historical data from antiquity to modernity across the globe”.As reported last week, a University spokesperson defended Biggar’s suitability for the role, stating that Oxford supports “academic freedom of speech”, and that the history of empire is a “complex topic” that must be considered “from a variety of perspectives”.They said: “This is a valid, evidence-led academic project and Professor Biggar, who is an internationally-recognised authority on the ethics of empire, is an entirely suitable person to lead it.” Professor Biggar said that participation in the project is by invitation only “so as to enable focused reflection and sustained discussion on important matters by a necessarily small and select group of relevant experts”.He added that the “current illiberal climate” means that “such discussion is only possible in private, because the ideological enemies of free speech and thought would disrupt it, were it to be held in public”. Academics and students across Oxford have united in condemnation of a controversial research project, accusing it of seeking to justify British colonialism.Almost 60 Oxford academics have now signed an open letter that attacks Nigel Biggar’s ‘Ethics and Empire’ as “too polemical and simplistic”, while the Oxford Centre for Global History has sought to distance itself from his research. But the University has again defended Biggar, emphasising the “fundamental importance” of academic freedom in its recent statement.The open letter – written by Oxford scholars specialising in the history of empire and colonialism – claims the project “asks the wrong questions, using the wrong terms, and for the wrong purposes”.They insisted “neither we nor Oxford’s students in modern history will be engaging with the ‘Ethics and Empire’ programme, since it consists of closed, invitation-only seminars”.Professor Biggar – Regius Professor of Moral and Pastoral Theology at Christ Church – attacked the letter as “collective online bullying”, saying none of the academics had “the courage or sense of collegial responsibility” to raise their concerns in person”.He added any of the academics would be at liberty to refuse an invitation to the exclusive workshops, but they “would not close the discussion down. They do not have the right to control how I, or anyone else, thinks about these things”.The Oxford Centre for Global History said they were “not involved in Professor Biggar’s workshop or project”. Instead, they stressed that their programmes engaged critically with the “complex legacies of colonialism”, moving beyond “the problematic notion of a balance sheet of empires’ advantages and disadvantages”.The Oxford University Africa Society also waded in, saying: “The Africa Society categorically rejects these latest attempt at colonial apologism, yearning and re-justification through the pursuit of dishonest scholarship by Biggar and associates.”last_img read more

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Joan Osborne Teaming With DSO, Phil Lesh & Friends Members For All-Star Grateful Dead Tribute

first_img[Video: rober fontneau]AXIAL TILT will be open to all ages, with the option to buy first-come-first-served General Admission tickets or special VIP tickets, with the latter also including a private catered meet-and-greet reception with the band prior to the show, a limited-edition show poster, and early entry into the venue before GA ticket holders. The show will also offer free valet parking and a limited dining menu and full bar throughout the performance.For more information and for ticketing to the upcoming AXIAL TILT All-Star tribute to the Grateful Dead on Friday, October 19th, led by Joan Osborne and featuring members of Dark Star Orchestra, Phil Lesh & Friends, and more, head here.[Cover Photo by Marc Millman] [Video: TheFatManRocked]This will be a nice, long show, including one full acoustic set and two full electric sets of Grateful Dead nuggets. Keeping in the spirit of fully honoring the Grateful Dead’s immense history, for AXIAL TILT, the Grateful Dead’s own audio guru Howard Danchik will also be on hand to mix sound for the show.Dark Star Orchestra – “Eyes Of The World” – Red Rocks Amphitheatre – 7/8/18 On Friday, October 19th, famed Grammy-winning singer Joan Osborne will lead an all-star celebration of the Grateful Dead dubbed AXIAL TILT, featuring members of Dark Star Orchestra, Phil Lesh & Friends, and more. AXIAL TILT has been a hugely popular annual two-night event at Jazz Fest in New Orleans since its debut—timed with the Grateful Dead’s 50th-anniversary celebration—four years ago. The upcoming October show marks the first AXIAL TILT show outside New Orleans and will feature an A-list band comprised of some of the most beloved members of the Grateful Dead’s extended family, ensuring what will be a fitting tribute to the Grateful Dead’s enduring musical legacy.In addition to her own successful solo career, Joan Osborne has been associated with Grateful Dead-inspired spinoffs, having frequently performed with The Dead and Phil Lesh & Friends over the years. For AXIAL TILT, Osborne will be joined by guitarist Stu Allen (Phil Lesh & Friends), guitarist Rob Eaton (Dark Star Orchestra), keyboardist Mitch Stein (Groove Division), bassist Robin Sylvester (Bob Weir’s Ratdog), and drummer Dino English (Dark Star Orchestra) at 210 Live in Highwood, Illinois, just north of Chicago.The Dead (with Joan Osborne) – “Fire On The Mountain” – Bonnaroo 2004last_img read more

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Presentations matter for CEO candidates

first_imgHere’s the good news: The message embodied in you will be expressed whatever the modality or context—written format, verbal conversation, presentation or interview. You can speak coherently to what you deeply understand and have experienced. For instance, if you were asked questions about your expertise and career history, you’d likely be able to answer to a satisfying degree what jobs you’ve had, what actions you took, and what impacts you had on members, colleagues and staff.Here’s the bad news: What is not deeply understood, researched or vetted is not embodied. If you do not have a level of familiarity with a topic, your lack of expertise, knowledge or vision will show up, especially in pressure situations. If you have not done your homework to an excruciating level, that lack of preparation can manifest as confusing, even conflicting, or—worst case—incoherent assessments and declarations for the future.The higher you go up the leadership ladder, the more preparation matters. If you are getting ready for a CEO interview, glancing at the credit union’s call report and looking over peer-to-peer ratios are just a starting point. You need to connect the dots between the financials, operations, culture, competitors and marketplace. Look beyond the surface-level variables and ponder such fundamental questions as, “What are we trying to keep about our culture today (that drives our performance) that may need to shift in the future?” or “What’s the role of the evolving role of the board in the future to ensure we stay successful?” continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Manchester City signs Dutch defender Ake from Bournemouth

first_imgNathan Ake (internet photo)Kampala, Uganda | XINHUA |  English Premier League side Manchester City announced on Wednesday that Dutch international Nathan Ake has signed a five-year deal with the club to the summer of 2025.The 25-year-old defender, departing from relegated Bournemouth, became City’s second signing of this summer after the club completed the signing with Spaniard Ferran Torres from Valencia on Tuesday.“City have been the best side in England over the course of the last decade,” Ake said. “Coming here is a dream for me.”Joining Chelsea at the age of 16, Ake has made 146 Premier League appearances for Chelsea, Watford and Bournemouth. He has also won 13 caps for the Dutch senior team, scoring two goals. According to British media, the deal is valued at 41 million pounds.City failed to defend the Premier League title last season as they trailed winners Liverpool in second place with a gap of 18 points.****XINHUAShare on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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CattleWomen’s Corner: Sweet potato beef mash-up recipe

first_imgChopped fresh cilantroSmall whole wheat flour tortillas (6 to 7 inch diameter), warmed (optional)1 Heat large nonstick … This recipe for sweet potato beef mash-up is from beefitswhatsfordinner.com.1 lb ground beef (93% lean or leaner)1/2 cup water, divided4 teaspoons taco seasoning mix, divided 1 large sweet potato, cut into 1/2 inch cubes1 medium yellow onion, chopped1 tablespoon vegetable oil1/4 cup Greek or regular nonfat yogurt1/2 to 1 teaspoon hot pepper saucelast_img

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Smart farming fights climate change

first_imgThe Smart Agriculture for Climate Resilience programme is the first provincial climate change policy for agriculture in South Africa, and specifically focuses on food security. (Image: Darling Tourism Via Media Club South Africa)A collaboration between the University of Cape Town and two provincial government department seeks to develop long-term resistance methods to climate change.Western Cape agriculture plays an important role in South Africa’s economy in terms of job creation and socio-economic development, even while it is vulnerable to climate change.The university and the departments of agriculture, and environmental affairs and development planning recognised that a strategic and co-ordinated approach was needed to develop long-term resilience to climate change. This could be done through climate-smart agriculture and by placing the sector on a clear pathway towards a green economy.Their collaboration has brought about the Smart Agriculture for Climate Resilience programme. It is the first provincial climate change policy for agriculture in South Africa, and specifically focuses on food security. It promotes climate-smart agriculture.SMART AGRICULTUREThe programme is tied to the Western Cape’s five-year provincial strategic plan and the strategic goals of the provincial department of agriculture. One of the key goals is to optimise the sustainable use of water and land resources to increase climate-smart agricultural production.Collaborative planning and action within and between public and private sectors includes players such as organised agriculture and industry associations, farmers, agri-processors and agri-business, labour and civil society, and research and academic institutions.According to the African Climate and Development Initiative (ACDI), the project has achieved an understanding of expected climate risks as well as effects on and vulnerabilities in agriculture. It has established important linkages between resource sectors, water, energy and agricultural production. It has also shown that vulnerability is high across the sector.The project’s framework to battle the harsh impact of climate change has been its biggest success so far. It has identified regions that have a milder climate and where climate change will not be as dramatic.These may become the future centres of food production.ADAPTING TO A CHANGING CLIMATEThe province has already shown it has the capacity to adapt, with local companies already providing energy-saving low-carbon solutions to farms and agri-businesses. Leading wine estates have installed energy-saving measures and systems for renewable energy generation.The Fruit Look Project is a prime example of how the province is adapting. The project uses satellite images to help fruit farmers increase their irrigation efficiency. These solutions must be harnessed to stimulate innovation and technology transfer for climate change adaptation and mitigation.It takes a strong spatial approach, and has created 23 spatial zones. This is because the risks and effects of climate change differ widely across the province. It is all dependent on climate, soils, vegetation and farming systems.Through this project the western marginal grain zones such as the Rooi Karoo-Aurora, are expected to shift to livestock production. This zone will become hotter and drier. Some zones could benefit from mild warming and wetting, for example the southern GrootBrak-Plett zone.According to the ACDI, the project proposes a focus on four strategic areas, with the aim to:Promote a climate-resilient low-carbon production system that is productive, competitive, equitable and ecologically sustainable.Strengthen effective climate disaster risk-reduction and management for agriculture.Strengthen monitoring, data and knowledge management and sharing, and lead strategic research for climate change and agriculture.Ensure good co-operative governance and joint planning for effective climate change response implementation for agriculture.Public and private partnerships are helping to make South Africa’s food security mission a success. Play your Part too; and send us your story.last_img read more

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Amazon Responds to Music Industry Concerns Over Cloud Drive: MP3 Sales Are Up

first_imgTags:#cloud#Products audrey watters A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market The launch of Amazon’s Cloud Drive may not have seemed like an innovative move as more consumers are opting to stream rather than download their music. But it was a disruption enough to cause some record labels to bark back at Amazon and chastise the company for not getting their permission to launch a cloud-based storage and music player. Their permission, and of course, their licensing.But Billboard reports that Amazon has responded to some of these music industry complaints with a letter contending that since the launch of Cloud Drive two weeks ago, that MP3 sales are up.Infamous for not ever releasing the sales figures to back up these sorts of claims (the same goes for claims about sales of Kindles and e-books, for example), Amazon doesn’t say how much sales are up. But it insists that the new cloud-based storage will help, not hurt the industry.Amazon also reiterated its stance that, since the Cloud Drive is akin to an external hard-drive or an online back-up service, there is no requirement for it to obtain licensing agreements with music labels.“Cloud Player is a media management and play-back application not unlike Windows Media Player and any number of other media management applications that let customers manage and play their music. It requires a license from content owners no more than those applications do. It really is that simple.”The letter does indicate that as Amazon adds features to the Cloud Drive and associated MP3 player, that it may seek licenses. The letter ends with, “expect to hear more from us on potential licensing in the near future.”As both Google and Apple are reportedly working on their own versions of cloud music storage, it’s not surprising that Amazon wants to be firm in its argument that it doesn’t need the record industry’s approval on these efforts. To have to negotiate deals would set it back as these major players all move to provide customers with some sort of storage and streaming cloud-based service.last_img read more

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Basic Money Management & Calendar-Based Budgeting Webinar

first_imgMake plans to attend the Basic Money Management and Calendar-Based Budgeting web conference on Tuesday, September 25 at 11 a.m. eastern with speaker Anita McKinney.McKinney is a faculty member at the University of Florida and teaches basic financial literacy topics for clients of social service agencies, conducts worksite educational programs, trains social service employees to work with clients on money issues, organizes 20 Master Money Mentors and approximately 100 Financial Education Volunteers. This presentation will be McKinney’s second on behalf of the Military Families Learning Network; she presented “Talking with Military Kids About Money” in February of this year.This 90-minute web conference will cover:7 steps to building a spending and savings plan that is likely to be followed.Using a money management calendar as a tracking and planning tool.Money management styles.Bank and credit union account management.Practical teaching tools for working with groups and individuals as they develop budgeting and account management skills.No registration is required to join this web conference. However, to connect to the web conference, which is hosted by the Department of Defense, security certificates must be installed if you are not located on a military installation. To install these certificates on a PC, please follow these instructions.To review resources for the web conference in advance, please review this document.last_img read more

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UAAP volleyball: NU stays undefeated, sends Ateneo to 0-2 start

first_imgMOST READ NU Lady Bulldogs. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNational University came through in the clutch to take down Ateneo, 25-19, 25-19, 20-25, 12-25, 15-7, and score its second straight win in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Lady Bulldogs raced to the top of the standings with a 2-0 record while the Lady Eagles slipped to 0-2, their worst start since Season 73 when they began 1-1. ADVERTISEMENT “First we need our deserved respect, and by that we should work hard for each of our point,” said Castillo in Filipino. “Second is ‘whistle to whistle’ that whatever happens, if the opponent or us scores, we will give it all.”“Lastly was our communication.”Castillo said Nabor had a hard time conveying plays to her teammates, be it the noise of the crowd or the pressure of the situation.“Jasmine had a hard time communicating with her teammates when she was giving out instructions, but they quickly fixed it.”Jaja Santiago asserted her dominance over Ateneo with a game-high 26 points while Nabor had 11 points and 29 excellent sets.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Jhoanna Maraguinot led Ateneo with 16 points while Tolentino and Ponggay Gaston added 12 and 10 points, respectively. Norovirus at Olympics has officials scrambling, worried Read Next After letting the Lady Eagles swoop down on them in the fourth set, the Lady Bulldogs went into the offensive in the fifth and deciding set.NU capitalized on Kat Tolentino’s error late in the fifth set to take an 11-7 lead before Audrey Paran scored a block for the Lady Bulldogs’ 12-7 lead.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThen it was up to Jasmine Nabor to knock the Lady Eagles out cold scoring three straight service aces with the last one landing square in the middle of Ateneo’s defense to end the match for NU.NU head coach Babes Castillo said they had a momentarily lapse in communication in the third and fourth sets and that allowed Ateneo to force a fifth one, but he immediately reminded his team the three components that allowed the Lady Bulldogs to start with a two-set lead. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting AFP official booed out of forum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PLAY LIST 01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: 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 City View commentslast_img read more

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Horse death toll rises at Santa Anita

first_imgPDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Mike Willman, Santa Anita’s director of publicity, confirmed that surgeons determined the animal couldn’t be saved because of loss of blood flow to the injured limb.The three deaths in nine days follow nearly six weeks without a fatality at the scenic race track northeast of Los Angeles.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsBut 26 horses have died in either racing or training since the current race meeting opened on December 26.The fatalities sparked protests from animal rights activists and resulted in extensive tests of the surface and subsurface of the dirt track — which found no apparent cause for the increase in breakdowns. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Tennis and tropical plants: New French Open court is wild ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transportcenter_img Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Horses race at the Santa Anita Racetrack as controversy continues over the high number of horse deaths at the track in Arcadia, California on May 26, 2019. – Santa Anita Park averaged more than 55 horse deaths per year from 2008-18, according to data from the California Horse Racing Board, a total of 553 deaths in all, but this year’s major rise in deaths is under investigation. (Photo by Mark RALSTON / AFP)A third horse has died in nine days at Santa Anita Park, bringing the equine death toll at the Southern California track to 26 since December 26.Track officials confirmed that 9-year-old gelding Kochees was euthanized on Sunday, a day after suffering a leg injury in a $10,000 claiming race.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Stronach Group, owners of Santa Anita and other tracks around the country, has proposed changes to promote horse welfare including a reduction in race-day administration of medications and the elimination of the use of riding crops except to ensure safety.Stronach officials, including president and chief executive Belinda Stronach, wanted to extend the reforms to their facilities in other states as well, but have encountered resistance from some working in the racing industry.Santa Anita is slated to stage this year’s Breeders’ Cup on November 1-2.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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