Thatcher scholarships established in Somerville

first_imgSomerville College have launched their Thatcher Scholarships and Thatcher Development programme, funded by the Margaret Thatcher Scholarship Trust, established by the college following Thatcher’s death in 2013.The college announced online, “The aim of the Trust is to create a living legacy for this famous alumna that grows in stature with each passing year, as it enables some of the brightest minds in the world to come to Oxford as Thatcher Scholars.”The Thatcher Development Programme will be launched in Michaelmas 2016, which is a ‘series of lunchtime seminars’ and mentoring in topics such as CV writing, public speaking and emotional resilience.The first Thatcher Scholarships will also be launched this term to two non-international undergraduates who sat their First Public Examinations in 2016, yet to be announced. The scholarship will be opened to international students next year.Principal of Somerville, Dr Alice Prochaska emphasized the innovative nature of the Thatcher scholarships. She told Cherwell that the scholarships “enable the most promising students to benefit from the unique education and intellectual environment that is offered by Somerville and Oxford. The Thatcher Scholarships are the most inclusive in Oxford since they are open to undergraduates and graduates from anywhere in the world, studying any subject, and without regard to national, cultural or ethnic origin. Scholars receive generous funding for fees, living expenses and travel, and so will be able to graduate debt-free.”“We are continuing to fundraise and will offer Scholarships to graduates and undergraduates every year so that we support outstanding students who have a determination to succeed and equip them to excel in their chosen field.”Somerville charities officer Will Jonas told Cherwell, “Any award that broadens access to Oxford in my mind is a good thing” and ex-JCR President Louis Mercier has expressed similar support. He said “Somerville College has been committed for some time to the creation of a series of extensive scholarships, in Thatcher’s name, for those excellent students who have overcome some sort of adversity – financial in particular.”But one Balliol third year commented, “The naming is potentially problematic as it may dissuade certain very deserving students from accepting the award because of their political leanings, and it’s concerning that this may reduce the efficiency and impact of such a scholarship.”last_img read more

UK health insurer transfers £20m DB scheme to master trust

first_imgTPT Retirement Solutions runs a consolidation vehicle for DB and defined contribution (DC) schemes, with the vast majority of its £10bn assets in the DB master trust.The Medicash transfer comes after TPT took on the £220m DB scheme of Coventry Building Society, the UK’s second largest building society, in June.At the time Mike Ramsey, CEO of TPT Retirement Solutions, said a number of other schemes were looking to join.Commenting on the Medicash transfer, he said in the past year a “wide variety” of schemes had transferred to TPT.“Looking forward many more are expected to join TPT as increasing regulation, complexity and the need to run schemes more effectively, encourage scheme sponsors and trustees to review the best way to deliver on their financial obligations to members,” he added.In May Hinckley & Rugby Building Society completed the transfer of its closed £30m scheme to TPT’s DB master trust arrangement.Trustees and sponsors of UK DB pension schemes also have the option of pursuing consolidation via two new entities in the market, Clara Pensions and Pension SuperFund. The latter last month said it had signed up its second client, a £300m scheme, in its second deal since opening for business last year.Health cash plans are insurance packages that provide cash back towards policyholders’ healthcare bills as well as providing cover for medical treatment. Further readingPension SuperFund signs up second client in £300m dealUK regulator toughens stance on poorly performing pension schemesHow We Run Our Money: TPT Retirement Solutions Medicash, a UK not-for-profit health insurer, has transferred its £20m (€21.5m) defined benefit (DB) scheme to TPT Retirement Solutions’ DB master trust. The Medicash scheme has around 174 members.Sue Weir, CEO of the Liverpool-based health cash plan provider, said the benefits of a DB master trust “can be attractive for schemes with less than £1bn under management”.“The transfer will improve the security of our members’ benefits by enhancing the scheme’s governance, gain access to a more diversified range of assets […], reduce running costs and ensure our members will continue to be well looked after,” she said.last_img read more

Warriors-Raptors cheatsheet: Without Curry, Green, is there even a chance?

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile device After winning their last three games at home, the Warriors (15-7) will start a five-game trip in Toronto (18-4). Do they stand a chance on the road against the best team in the league, still playing without two of their All-Stars?When/Where: Scotiabank Arena, 5 p.m. (NBCSBA, TNT)Projected Raptors starters: Serge Ibaka, Pascal Siakam, Kawhi Leonard, Kyle Lowry, Danny Green How the Raptors are doing: With …last_img read more

Update on Interplant Internet

first_imgOne of the early “amazing” stories reported in these pages concerned the startling observation that plants use a kind of “email” system in their own interplant “internet” (see 07/13/2001).  What has been learned in the nine years since that story appeared?  Quite a lot, and another fascinating article about plant communication appeared this week in Science Daily.  Scientists at Duke, Cornell and the Universities of Helsinki and Uppsala confirmed that micro-RNAs are engaged in two-way communication as part of gene regulation between cells.  A Duke team member said, “To our knowledge, this is the first solid evidence that microRNAs can move from one cell to another.”  According to the article, this adds to the list of molecules involved in communication: hormones, proteins, and now micro-RNAs.    The packets of information stored in these molecules regulate how tissues and organs are developed in leaves, roots and organs.  Listen to one example of how proteins control a waterproofing layer:They also add a new element to the already complex interplay in Arabidopsis roots between two proteins, known as Scarecrow and Short-root, that Benfey’s team had described in earlier work.  Those proteins interact and restrain one another to allow the assembly of a waterproofing layer of cells that ultimately enables plants to control precisely how much water and nutrients they take in.    The researchers now show that Short-root moves from cells in the plant’s inner vasculature out into the waterproofing endodermis that surrounds it to activate Scarecrow.  Together, those two transcription factors (genes that control other genes) activate microRNAs, known as MIR165a and 166b.  Those microRNAs then head back toward the vascular cells, meeting and degrading another transcription factor (called Phabulosa) as well as other regulatory factors along the way.The two-way communication works across cell borders.  The “internet” nature of these between-cell signals is essential for correct patterning of tissues, the article explained.  Susan Haynes of NIH said, “This study provides important insight into how cells communicate positional information to orchestrate the complex process of tissue and organ development.”    The article concluded by noting that the specific instances discovered here are most likely indicators of a general phenomenon that will be noticed throughout biology.  Duke systems biologist Philip Benfey tacked on an evolutionary comment:He said there’s also reason to think that the specific regulatory interactions they’ve uncovered were key in the evolutionary transition from single-celled algae to land plants.    “ “Formation of vascular tissue with a surrounding endodermal layer that acts as waterproofing was a key milestone in the evolution of land plants,” Benfey said.  “Without a tube to conduct water, you can’t grow a tree or a sunflower.”This comment amounted to a requirement without a specification.It was really painful to reproduce Benfey’s Darwin malapropism in this otherwise fascinating entry.  It’s kind of like having to endure someone telling an insensitive joke or belching during a speech.  Let’s deal with it quickly and move along.  This is another indiscretion from an evolutionist who has not learnt good manners.  One cannot simply assume that miracles will occur on cue, simply because Mr. Darwin needs them.  A single-celled alga needs a tube to conduct water.  Yes, the tube needs a waterproofing layer, too.  Without these requirements being met, you can’t grow a tree or sunflower.  Fine; understood.  But Mr. Benfey, who is going to snap his fingers and call for Tinker Bell to zap the alga with her mutation wand by your script?  How many gazillion algae will have to die before one struggles to get the internet right and the email system working?  Remember, you don’t believe in miracles or end-goals, so this all has to happen by an undirected process with each and every step producing survival value.  LOL, LOL (Lots of Luck, Laugh out Loud).    Ahem; back to our regularly scheduled celebration.  Ladies and gentlemen, we call attention to this fine discovery by the teams at Duke, Cornell, Uppsala and Helsinki, and thank them for dazzling us with insights into another living design that predated our own.  Here we thought we invented the internet, only to find it was there long before our feeble attempts at two-way packetized communication.  My, what will we discover next!(Visited 29 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Kanyamazane Government Senior Citizens – Episode 22 – Play Your Part

first_imgThe next episode of the Play Your Part Television Series will air on Saturday, 17 February 2018 on SABC 2 at 18h00.Episode 22 is aligned to health, innovation, and active citizenship in respect of volunteerism.It features the Kanyamazane Government Senior Citizens Social Club, Human Writes social innovation start-up and Ikamva Labantu charity organisaton, the Hands of Compassion Christian Community and University of Free State student, Andile Putu’s involvement in the Enactus Entrepreneurial Community.The Kanyamazane Government Senior Citizens Social Club, is a gathering of retired public servants who use their knowledge on health and wellness to assist in the health care of citizens in the community.The Human writ.es social innovation start-up improves child and adult literacy through the Ikamva Labantu charity organisation based in Cape Town.Under the guidance of Pastors Alan and Xana MacCauley, the Johannesburg based Hands of Compassion Christian Community affords second chances to young people.Andile Putu oversaw the Enactus Entrepreneurial Community while he was a student at the University of the Free State in an attempt to assist HIV positive orphans and reviving the manufacturing industry in the Free State province.Play Your Part is broadcast at 18:00 on every Saturday on SABC2.To get involved in playing your part in South Africa:Check out the conversation on Twitter: #GetInvolvedTell us how you Play Your Part through our social media channels:Follow us on Twitter: @PlayYourPartSA;Follow Brand South Africa on Twitter: @Brand_SA; orLike us on Facebook: Official Brand South Africalast_img read more

Tech Superhero Sergey Brin Just Showed Us How To Take A Selfie With Google Glass

first_imgFacebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Related Posts At the Moscone Center West, where Google’s been holding its annual I/O conference for developers, we’ve seen a fair number of people wearing Google Glass, the face-mounted display-and-camera gadget Google introduced last year.The most prominent Glass-toter was Google cofounder Sergey Brin, who drew a crowd at an after-hours party for press attending the event. He first talked to reporters, then chatted up SlashGear writer Vincent Nguyen, also a Glass-wearer.There’s A Right Way And A Wrong Way To Take A Selfie With GlassThen Brin put his arm around Nguyen, drew him close and made an unusual gesture: He whipped off his Glass headset, spun it upside down, and clicked the camera button to take a photo of the pair.“So you can take a selfie with Google Glass?” I asked Brin.“The team debated this,” Brin told me. Some felt the camera should turn off when you take the headset off, to avoid accidental photos. But Brin felt Glass users should be able to take a self-portrait. Normally, wearing Glass, you can only take a photo of what you’re looking at.Of course, with Glass off your head, you avoid the consumerist showiness of displaying the fact that you possess a $1,500 headset. But unlike those who snap fake Glass selfies in a mirror or with—gasp—the smartphones Glass is supposed to obviate, Glass owners who follow Brin’s prescribed whip-reach-and-click routine can rest assured that they’re doing it the right way. The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoscenter_img Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Tags:#Glassholes#Google Glass#Google IO13#io13#Selfies owen thomaslast_img read more

Bon Jovi Wants Buffalo Bills Deal

first_imgBUFFALO, New York – Rocker Jon Bon Jovi is part of a Toronto group that has retained a banking firm and submitted paperwork expressing interest in buying the NFL’s Buffalo Bills, three people who have reviewed documents regarding the sale process told The Associated Press.It is unclear if the group would eventually want to move the team across the border to Toronto, which would give Canada its first team in the National Football League. The club is on the market after Hall of Fame owner Ralph Wilson died in March.The three people spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because the process is private and the Toronto group has not revealed its intentions.The group includes Larry Tanenbaum and the Rogers family. Tanenbaum is Chairman of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, which controls the NHL’s Maple Leafs and NBA’s Raptors. The Rogers family includes Edward Rogers, who is Deputy Chairman of Rogers, the Toronto communications giant.The group is on a list of prospective buyers who have submitted a nondisclosure agreement form to Morgan Stanley, the banking firm overseeing the Bills sale. The Toronto group has retained the Goldman Sachs banking firm to assist in the bid.Bon Jovi previously expressed interest in owning an NFL franchise but never specifically mentioned the Bills. This is the first real indication linking him to Tanenbaum and Rogers.One of the people confirmed that Bon Jovi discussed his interests during a restaurant meeting last month with NFL Commissioner.The Bills most recently were valued by Forbes at $870 million. They are projected to be sold for at least $1 billion, partly because NFL teams rarely go on the market.The team is essentially locked into playing at Ralph Wilson Stadium through the 2019 season because of a strict nonrelocation clause included in a 10-year lease agreement reached with the state and county in December 2012.The Bills would incur a $400 million penalty by even broaching the prospect of moving during the lease’s term. There is a one-time exception that would allow the Bills to break the lease for just under $28.4 million in 2020.Of about 60 nondisclosure forms sent out by Morgan Stanley in June, at least 10 of have been returned, two of the people said. Among those also listed as returning their forms are Buffalo Sabres owners Terry and Kim Pegula and New York City real estate mogul Donald Trump.The forms were required in order for prospective bidders to gain access to financial and background information on the franchise to begin formulating their bids.The next step is for prospective bidders to submit another set of forms — including their own financial information — by July 29 to gain more access to the Bills’ financial information.One of the people said Morgan Stanley has informed prospective buyers that the Bills made just under $30 million in net profits last season. And Morgan Stanley projects that number will double by 2019 as a result of the NFL’s TV contract, current renovations taking place at the stadium and other potential local sources of income.(JOHN WAWROW, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

10 months agoSampdoria president Ferrero insists no-one will be sold

first_imgSampdoria president Ferrero insists no-one will be soldby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSampdoria president Massimo Ferrero insists no-one will be sold this month.Samp are just three points off the top four.“After the game, on the bus, I congratulated all the players,” Ferrero told Il Secolo XIX.“I told them I was proud of how they face the Bianconeri. The fans can be calm, I won’t sell anyone. The base of the group is strong and united, it will remain.“At the most we’ll see if there’s an opportunity to bring in someone promising, like in recent years.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

6 days agoSilva safe as Everton defeat West Ham

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Silva safe as Everton defeat West Hamby Paul Vegas6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton eased the pressure on manager Marco Silva with an impressive win over disappointing West Ham United at Goodison Park.Silva is fighting to ease doubts over his future after four straight Premier League defeats plunged Everton into the relegation zone – but this was a vastly-improved, excellent display to earn three vital points.He made five changes from the side that lost at Burnley and was rewarded with a piece of individual brilliance from recalled Brazilian Bernard, who tricked his way into the West Ham area before beating keeper Roberto Jimenez with a clever finish after 17 minutes to set Everton on their way.Everton had numerous opportunities to extend their advantage but Roberto produced a succession of fine saves, especially from Tom Davies and Alex Iwobi, while Richarlison hit the woodwork. It was in stoppage time that second-half substitute Gylfi Sigurdsson, dropped for the first time since he became Everton’s record £45m signing in summer 2017, ended any doubts about the outcome with a magnificent 25-yard rising right-foot drive.Everton attacker Theo Walcott said at the final whistle: “The game felt like we need to start taking our chances, we had so many. It showed how good we can be going forwards. We know the quality in the team, we know what to expect from each other.”The fans were fantastic today, but then they always are. The sense of urgency was what we needed.”last_img read more