New e-mail discussion list for North West fundraisers The UK has just acquired its third e-mail discussion list for fundraisers. The UK has just acquired its third e-mail discussion list for fundraisers. The ICFM North West committee has decided to set up a mailing list for Fundraisers based in the North West and for those wishing to focus specifically on fundraising in the North West of England.Read UK Fundraising’s report. Advertisement Howard Lake | 23 May 1999 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.  17 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis read more

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first_img Tagged with: Individual giving Unity Lottery, a joint lottery scheme for charities is celebrating its first birthday.The scheme was launched in May 2007 and currently has 25 charities operating Unity Lotteries. These weekly lotteries mean that charities have a share in profits and share admin costs and prize funds. The top prize each week is £25,000.For each £1 raised, 50p goes back to the charity, and 50p goes towards the prize fund and admin costs, meaning there are no big set-up costs for charities, and profits depend on charities’ marketing success.www.unitylottery.co.uk Howard Lake | 29 May 2008 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 Unity Lottery celebrates first anniversary  18 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

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first_imgBefore marching in the annual “Celebrate Israel” parade in Manhattan on June 5, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order requiring public agencies controlled by his executive branch to divest from companies and institutions that “participate in boycott, divestment, or sanctions activity targeting Israel.”The order, announced to a beaming crowd of Zionist leaders and business executives at the elite Harvard Club, also requires the commissioner of the Office of General Services to compile and maintain a list of targeted entities.“Cuomo’s action has the ugliest attributes of McCarthyism: identifying organizations that engage in speech we dislike and ‘Let’s blacklist them,’” Baher Azmy, executive director of the Center for Constitutional Rights, told the Associated Press. “This is a well­-orchestrated, well­-funded, organized strategy to disproportionately punish U.S.-based activists. Really ugly.” (AP, June 5)The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, launched by Palestinian organizations in 2005, continues to expand in its tenth year, driving corporate giants like Veolia, Orange, CHR International and G4S from the Israeli market; pushing Israeli enterprises, including SodaStream and Ahava, out of the occupied West Bank; and winning campaign victories.The BDS movement demands that Israel end its occupation and colonization of all Arab lands and dismantle the “Apartheid Wall” in the West Bank, extend full equality to its own minority of Palestinian citizens and allow the return of Palestinian refugees ethnically cleansed from their homes.Announcing his broadside, Cuomo peppered his speech with predictable bluster: “If you boycott against Israel, New York will boycott you. If you divert revenues from Israel, New York will divert revenues from you. If you sanction Israel, New York will sanction you.”But it is not immediately clear who his order, which mentions only public investments in entities that support BDS, might actually affect. None of the companies that have changed their policies following massive campaigns have acknowledged the role of BDS, much less endorsed it.Gilad Erdan, Israeli public security and strategic affairs minister, railed that “BDS was a factor in the decision of security company G4S to sell their operations in Israel.” However, the British-Danish security conglomerate, a contractor with Israeli prisons and occupation forces, demurred, preferring to cite “strategic and commercial grounds” for its decision.The company’s claim has an element of truth. BDS has always sought to impact its commercial targets by impacting negatively on their bottom lines, that is, lowering their profits, rather than through moral appeals. And organizations whose support it has sought and won, like the United Church of Christ and the United Electrical Workers, have no stock to buy or sell.While time will tell, Cuomo’s order reads as if it had been carefully drafted to avoid any practical consequence, including an inevitable legal challenge on constitutional grounds.But political grandstanding or not, Cuomo’s action joins a growing raft of measures by Israel and its allies to repress a global surge of solidarity with Palestinians.French courts have convicted a series of BDS activists on grounds of “discrimination,” with four in the city of Toulouse currently facing charges for distributing flyers encouraging the boycott of Israeli goods.While Cuomo snickered on Sunday that passing legislation can “often be a tedious affair,” nine states, as well as Nassau County, New York, have enacted anti­-BDS bills over the past year. These measures range from rhetorical denunciations of the movement to attempts to impose policies against it like Cuomo’s, with similarly unclear results.Last month, BDS co-­founder Omar Barghouti announced that Israel had refused to renew his travel document, imposing an effective travel ban on him.“Having lost many battles for hearts and minds at the grassroots level, Israel has adopted since 2014 a new strategy to criminalize support for BDS from the top,” Barghouti told the New York Times June 5 after Cuomo’s announcement.And over recent months, the movement’s website, bdsmovement.net, was hit with a series of Distributed Denial of Service attacks that online security firm eQualit.ie described as having “a level of sophistication and commitment not generally seen.”“These latest cyber­attacks against BDS seem to be part of a full-­fledged Israeli war on the movement that includes McCarthyite legal repression, use of intelligence services and yet more funding for ‘brand Israel’ propaganda,” Mahmoud Nawajaa, general coordinator of the Palestinian BDS National Committee, said in a statement on June 2.Catron is a member of Al-Awda New York: The Palestine Right to Return Coalition and an organizer with Samidoun: Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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first_img Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago GSEs Foreclosure Prevention Actions: Q4 2020 Update The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / GSEs Foreclosure Prevention Actions: Q4 2020 Update The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Related Articles Share Save in Daily Dose, Featured, Journal, News Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Black Knight Federal Housing Finance Authority (FHFA) Foreclosure Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) 2021-03-29 Eric C. Peck Sign up for DS News Daily Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agocenter_img  Print This Post Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago March 29, 2021 1,208 Views Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Eric C. Peck has 20-plus years’ experience covering the mortgage industry, he most recently served as Editor-in-Chief for The Mortgage Press and National Mortgage Professional Magazine. Peck graduated from the New York Institute of Technology where he received his B.A. in Communication Arts/Media. After graduating, he began his professional career with Videography Magazine before landing in the mortgage space. Peck has edited three published books and has served as Copy Editor for Entrepreneur.com. About Author: Eric C. Peck Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Previous: How Rising Mortgage Rates Stand to Impact the Economy Next: Gateway Appoints Nick Hahn as CFO Tagged with: Black Knight Federal Housing Finance Authority (FHFA) Foreclosure Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) According to the latest Foreclosure Prevention and Refinance Report from the Federal Housing Finance Authority (FHFA) for Q4 of 2020, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (GSEs) completed 362,912 foreclosure prevention actions in Q4, bringing the total to 5,588,253 since the start of conservatorship in September 2008. Of these actions, 4,886,910 have helped troubled homeowners stay in their homes, including 2,440,966 permanent loan modifications.Initiated forbearance plans dropped to 179,644 in Q4 from 230,714 in Q3. The total number of loans in forbearance plans at the end of the quarter was 804,559, representing approximately 2.8% of the total loans serviced, and 69% of the total delinquent loans.According to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) latest Forbearance and Call Volume Survey, an estimated 2.5 million homeowners are now in forbearance plans as of March 14, 2021.In Q4, 14% of modifications were modifications with principal forbearance. Modifications with extend-term only accounted for 70% of all loan modifications during Q4. There were 823 completed short sales and deeds-in-lieu during Q4, bringing the total to 701,343 since GSE conservatorship began in September 2008.In Q4, the GSEs completed 362,089 home retention actions, compared to 538,527 in Q3, including 9,347 permanent loan mods; 7,199 repayment plans; 160,262 forbearance plans; 185,112 payment deferrals; and 169 charge-offs-in-lieu, helped delinquent borrowers stay in their homes during Q4.Black Knight recently reported that after eight consecutive months of improvement, the national mortgage delinquency rate rose slightly in February from 5.85% to 6.0%.The GSEs completed 9,347 loan mods in Q4, a decrease of 13% from Q3. Fannie Mae’s permanent loan modifications decreased 13% to 5,757 and Freddie Mac’s decreased 14% to 3,590 during Q4.Foreclosure starts decreased 7.0% to 6,302, while third-party and foreclosure sales increased 8.0% to 1,933 in Q4.The FHFA also reported that total refinance volume fell in Q4, but continued in record breaking territory with mortgage rates having decreased further in December, with the average interest rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) falling to 2.68% from 2.77% in November. According to Freddie Mac’s latest Primary Mortgage Market Survey (PMMS), the 30-year FRM is currently averaging 3.17%.As rates rise, are more Americans being shut out of their opportunity to refinance?Increasing rates are “leaving potential homebuyers with less purchasing power. Unfortunately, this has disproportionately affected the low end of the market, where supply is the slimmest,” Khater said. “During the course of the pandemic, ‘home’ has become more important than ever. As a result, strong purchase demand continues—but buyers also outnumber the sellers.”Click here to view the FHFA’s Q4 Foreclosure Prevention and Refinance Report. The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Subscribelast_img read more

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first_img Twitter WhatsApp Pinterest Google+ Action bridge claims a footbridge at Cockhill would be better than traffic lights The Cockhill Bridge Action Group in Buncrana is calling on Donegal County Council to reconsider a proposal to erect temporary traffic lights at the bridge at a cost of over 80,000 euro.The long term goal is for a replacement bridge, and in the meantime, the council is planning to erect traffic lights while seeking a meeting with the Transport Minister to discuss long term funding.However, the Action Group’s Chairperson Tony Grant told Greg Hughes on today’s Shaun Doherty Show that a pedestrian footbridge would make more sense economically, and also from a road safety point of view…………..Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/grantbridge.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Google+ Facebook Twitter Homepage BannerNewscenter_img Facebook WhatsApp Previous articleNoamh Conaill’s appeal to be heard tonight in DublinNext articleMcDowell leads in China after day 2 News Highland LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson GAA decision not sitting well with Donegal – Mick McGrath RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest By News Highland – November 7, 2014 Nine Til Noon Show – Listen back to Wednesday’s Programme last_img read more

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first_imgTop Stories’We Trust That The Chief Justice Of Delhi HC Will Do The Needful’ : SC Disposes Of As Withdrawn Lawyers’ Pleas Against Physical Hearings In Delhi LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK20 Jan 2021 1:30 AMShare This – xThe Supreme Court on Wednesday disposed of as withdrawn two pleas challenging the decision of the Delhi High Court to resume large-scale physical hearings before itself and subordinate courts in Delhi with effect from January 18, without giving a choice to lawyers to appear through the virtual. A Bench headed by Chief Justice of India SA Bobde disposed of the petitioners after…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Supreme Court on Wednesday disposed of as withdrawn two pleas challenging the decision of the Delhi High Court to resume large-scale physical hearings before itself and subordinate courts in Delhi with effect from January 18, without giving a choice to lawyers to appear through the virtual. A Bench headed by Chief Justice of India SA Bobde disposed of the petitioners after the submissions of Senior Advocate Kapil Sibal that a meeting was scheduled for today with the Delhi High Court Registrar-General to discuss the issue. COURTROOM EXCHANGE In today’s hearing, Sibal submitted to the Court that the Registrar-General of the High Court had called for a discussion today at 4 PM, and accordingly sought for an adjournment. However, the CJI informed Sibal to withdraw the plea and approach the Delhi High Court instead. “We trust the Chief Justice of Delhi High Court will do the needful”, stated the CJI. The CJI further observed that the Supreme Court also wished to “get back to the action”, however, the opinion of health authorities would be sought for on this matter. “We also want to get back to the action we used to. But we want to ask the health authorities before that. We are not going to take the opinion of advocates on a health thing”, noted the CJI. Senior Advocate Vikas Singh, at this juncture, stated that the common man was not getting justice during virtual hearings. This was promptly refuted by Solicitor-General Tushar Mehta who informed Singh that the Courts had not denied access to single citizen. Accordingly, the Supreme Court disposed of the pleas as withdrawn.Court exchange on January 19″We see the gravity of the problem”, remarked the Chief Justice of India on Tuesday while considering a petition filed by a group of advocates challenging the decision of the Delhi High Court to resume physical hearing in certain courts (Karthik Nayar and others v Hon’ble High Court of Delhi).The CJI also said that the ordinarily the Supreme Court will not interfere with the administrative decisions taken by a Chief Justice of the High Court. Therefore, the CJI initially suggested that the petitioners should go before the Delhi High Court itself challenging the decision.”We see the gravity of the problem. Primarily, we do not interfere with the administrative decisions of the Chief Justices. We will ask you to go back to the High Court and address your grievances there”, CJI SA Bobde said.In response, Senior Advocate Kapil Sibal submitted that there was a “clear and present danger” involved as lawyers will be exposing themselves to the COVID-19 pandemic. To take away the option of virtual hearings completely, and to state that no adjournments will be granted in physical hearings was unreasonable in the present circumstances, Sibal submitted.”We understand”, the CJI replied.Sibal urged the Court to pass an order stating that physical hearings are optional. The option of virtual mode should be kept available during the pendency of the decision by the High Court, if the Supreme Court is relegating the parties to the HC, Sibal submitted.At this juncture, the CJI-led bench said that the matter will be considered the next day.. Senior Advocate Anjana Prakash told the bench that a group of women lawyers have filed a petition challenging the resumption of physical hearing and requested the bench to tag the said petition also on January 20.Petition backgroundThe bench considered the petition against the Delhi High Court’s decision to resume large-scale physical hearing before itself and subordinate courts in Delhi with effect from January 18, without giving a choice to lawyers to appear through virtual mode.Advoates Kartik Nayar, Nancy Roy, Sanchit Jolly and Amit Bhagat have challenged the order of the Registrar General of the Delhi High Court dated 14.01.2021 which has instructed the Principal District & Sessions Judges and the Principal Judge, Family Court to start physical hearings on alternate days basis from 18.01.2020. The Court shall hear matters through video conferencing on non physical days.Advocates Amrita Sharma,Saumya Tandon,Padma Priya,Asmita Narula, Shivani Luthra who are practicing women advocates before the High Court of Delhi as well as the District Courts in Delhi have also moved Supreme Court challenging Impugned office order in view of the fact they compel the advocates, court staff, litigants and other persons appearing before the Courts to put at risk their own, as well as their family members’ health in order to earn livelihood.The plea advances that the impugned Public Notification dated 14.01.2021, issued by the High Court of Delhi, is in complete and utter violation of personal as well as fundamental rights of the lawyers and other legal persons appearing before the Courts- “The High Court of Delhi has miserably failed to take into consideration the well-being, life, liberty and health of the lawyers, clerks, court staff, support staff, the judges, and litigants by compelling them to attend the court hearings in person and thereby has wilfully infringed the fundamental rights guaranteed under Articles 14, 19 & 21 of the Constitution of India”It is urged that there is still alarming rise in the reported cases of Covid-19 in the national Capital, around 15,000-20,000 new cases are still being reported every-day and in no way the intensity of spread of Covid-19 has declined in any manner whatsoever. In fact, the death toll has been repeatedly increasing as new fatalities are reported every-day.”The High Court, by way of the impugned notification failed to take into account and understand the plight of advocates travelling from outside of Delhi for physical hearings, amidst the ongoing pandemic in public conveyances thereby increasing the chances of catching and transmitting the infection and unnecessary exposure to risk of Covid-19, both inside and outside the Court premises and its ramifications on the entire legal community and general public at large. The Hon’ble High Court of Delhi has failed to take into consideration the new strain, mutant UK variant of Covid-19, which reportedly spreads much faster and therefore increases the number of cases significantly and is much harder to contain in comparison to the ongoing Covid-19. Reportedly, there have been more than 100 cases of the mutant variant of Covid-19 in India, with more than 20 in the national capital itself, therefore having a congregation of people in courts at this point of time would be extremely fatal”, it is urged.The petition states that the High Court of Delhi has failed to take into consideration the present situation caused due to the new strain world-wide and countries like the UK, among many European nations have reinstated nation-wide lockdowns in view of a surge of Covid-19 cases in the past few months inclusive of the new strains. The global coronavirus cases have reportedly already crossed 75 million mark, while the fatalities have surged more than 1.64 million world-wide. India being one of the most populated nation, has already contributed a dangerous amount hereto and if the present situation in India is taken lightly in any manner, the number of cases and fatalities would quadruple overnight causing severe detriment to not only our profession but the entire nation as a whole.”The Court has failed to take into account that the Covid-19 pandemic is still prevalent in full force and there are still many citizens who are at high risks and despite following all the precautionary safety directions, are waiting desperately to get vaccinated in order to resume normal functioning of their respective lives, which includes numerous advocates and litigants, while putting their regular life on hold. Vide this notification the Hon’ble Court has, in complete disregard to the above-said situations, issued such an arbitrary and erroneous order, which not only completely goes against public health and safety but is vehemently bad in law”, it is pressed.It is indicated that approximately there are more than 70,000-80,000 lawyers in the national capital itself, who appear in matters daily, all over the capital territory. The Court has failed to take into consideration that when the matters are being taken up on daily basis and the advocates from all of over the territory appear in person, for their respective matters in addition to the litigants, court staff and other legal/non-legal personnel, the capacity at which the courts and the courtrooms would become occupied and congested is beyond imagination and would in fact lead to increase in the spread of Covid- 19 immeasurably. The directions/SOP issued by the Hon’ble Court, during the initial opening of the courts physically, cannot be applied and adhered to, in the present circumstances as it would be impossible to manage triple the number of people in the court, which would result in extremely high chances of spread of Covid-19 and aggravating the present scenario and inadvertently the courts would become the hotspots of coronavirus.”The Hon’ble Court must introduce a hybrid system wherein the advocates can choose to appear either virtually or in person, in consonance with their and their families’ health and well-being concerns. There are numerous senior advocates and advocates with several co-morbidities practising everyday through the virtual system, prioritising their health. However, the impugned notification forces the advocates to prioritize their profession over their life, health, and well-being. In fact, it is pertinent to note that this Hon’ble Court had taken into account the present situation and in view of the same, was in disagreement with the idea of resuming physical hearings and did not want to be the cause for increase in fatalities due to the spread of the Covid-19″, it is said.It is urged that the concerns of working/single mothers who are working from home, appearing virtually throughout the courts, as even the pre-primary and primary schooling system has shifted to virtual base and therefore compels the advocates, especially single mothers/fathers to accommodate their children and their health and educational concerns, while working professionally. During these unprecedented times, many judges during the ongoing pandemic have accepted and accommodated such advocates by giving them the liberty to appear in allotted timeslots virtually thereby taking their offspring’s educational concerns well into account. The health, well-being and other needs arising out of the ongoing pandemic requires to be delved into and accordingly be catered to and therefore issuing such arbitrary directions to force such susceptible persons to appear in person is in utter violation of their fundamental rights.”The Hon’ble High Court has miserably failed to take into account that it is nearly impossible to follow protocol and the standard SOPs as issued by the Hon’ble High Court, in the subordinate courts wherein the court rooms are too congested and function without having any glass shields/panels to separate the judges and the advocates and/or the advocates of each side from getting infected. It has not been appreciated by the Hon’ble High Court that if the subordinate courts would resume physical hearings at full force, the congregation would result in extremely high fatalities and cases and would potentially jeopardize the lives of many”, it is said.It is stressed that the High Court has failed to appreciate the fact that many High Courts such as that of Rajasthan & Madras have had to quickly shut down the functioning of the Courts after prematurely resuming the physical resumption of the Courts, as it led to a significant number of cases in their respective states thereby making the situation of the country worse. Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

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first_img Tags: Dixie State men’s basketball Brad James Written by December 2, 2020 /Sports News – Local Dixie State Men’s Basketball Wins Division I Debut Wednesday FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailST. GEORGE, Utah-Frank Staine posted 19 points and 5 assists on 6-12 from the field as the Dixie State Trailblazers won their Division I debut Wednesday by edging North Dakota 74-73 at Burns Arena in non-conference men’s college basketball action.Jacob Nicolds added 17 points and 8 rebounds for Dixie State as the Trailblazers shot just under 55 percent (17-31) in the second half.Mitchell Sueker had 19 points and 8 rebounds in the loss for the Fighting Hawks, who fell to 0-2 on the season.Dixie State scored 50 points in the 2nd half before a crowd of 475 which consisted of students and family of players and coaches.The Trailblazers are next in action Saturday as they host NAIA foe St. Katherine.last_img read more

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first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today USCG Rescues Two Divers View post tag: rescues View post tag: Navy View post tag: USCG USCG Rescues Two Divers View post tag: two View post tag: Navalcenter_img The Coast Guardrescued two people after being separated from their recreational boat, approximately 10 miles off the coast of Beaufort, N.C., Sunday.At approximately 4:30 p.m., watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector North Carolina received a report over VHF-FM channel 16 from a crewmember aboard the Sand Tiger stating they had missing divers.While on routine patrol, bridge watchstanders aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Vigorous overheard the distress call and immediately launched its Cutter Over the Horizon Boat and within 20 minutes had recovered two of the divers approximately a half mile from their boat.A good Samaritan aboard the Outrageous V, aided in the search and recovered two more divers.“This case highlights the value of our medium endurance cutter fleet and persistent off-shore presence,” said Cmdr. Greg Magee, the commanding officer of the Vigorous. “Our specialized small boat is not only well suited for law enforcement, but also for search and rescue.”Crewmembers aboard a 47-foot Motor Life Boat and a 25-foot Response Boat – Small from Coast Guard Station Fort Macon in North Carolina, who were already underway, were diverted to the dive incident and escorted the vessel back to the station.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , June 4, 2012 View post tag: DIVERS View post tag: News by topic June 4, 2012 Share this articlelast_img read more

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first_imgThe Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills has presented a White Paper named ‘Success as a Knowledge Economy’ which could lead to an increase in tuition fees for students at British universities.Just six years after Universities were permitted to “adjust to new demands” by requiring UK and EU students pay fees going up to £9,000 and over 15 years after these were first introduced in the country, the White Paper draws the outline of a new system devised to encourage competition between institutions. Both of these previous decisions had been followed by student protests in different parts of the country.If put in place, this system will have a particularly strong impact on high achieving universities, allowing them to go beyond the original capped amount in order to respond to inflation and high demand from the year 2016/17 onward.Universities will be expected to provide detail of their graduate employment rate, as concerns were raised last November that the equal price of studies led to low-quality teaching being paid for the same way as better teaching was.A set of awards handed out to universities and colleges yearly would also invite private institutions to develop further, leading to potentially less reliable degrees being distributed to students of new establishments.The continued shift to funding through student tuition fees could see some universities fail, as higher education institutions are increasingly exposed to “open market competition”. The White Paper makes it clear that there will be no bail-outs for stuggling institutions, whose exit will make room for innovative new entrants to the higher education market.last_img read more

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first_imgExperimental psychology, Biomedical sciences and English recorded the highest proportion of female UK students, with 79.3%, 74.7%, and 72.1% respectively. However, only 9.8% of UK students admitted to study Computer Science identified as female. Maths and Computer Science also saw a low intake of women, at 15.8%, with Physics at 18.3%, Engineering Science at 20.2%, Economics and Management at 27.5% and Maths at 28.5%. Between 2016 and 2018, 37% of state applications were to five of the most oversubscribed subjects, including Economics and Management, Medicine, PPE, Law, and Maths. By contrast 20% of independent school applicants were for the five least oversubscribed subjects: Classics, Music, Modern Languages, Chemistry, and English. Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland together accounted for 6.6% of admissions. The University’s breakdown of application and admission by region pairs together figures from the last two admissions cycles, showing an ongoing gap in numbers of admitted students between regions in the South of the UK and those in the North. Background Almost all regions around the UK measured a slight decrease in admissions, averaging -1% across the board, a statistic that comes in light of increased competition for places and a rising acceptance rate for international students. In her introduction to the report, Vice Chancellor Louise Richardson wrote: “It was precisely because of our concern that the pace of change was too slow that this year we are increasing the size of our flagship summer programme UNIQ by 50% to 1375 school pupils. Students from London and the South East made up 47.2% of all applications and accounted for 48.7% of students admitted to Oxford in the academic cycles of 2016-2018. Of the 1577 increase in applications in the last year, 49% was accounted for by increased applications from these regions. At every college the offer rate was greater for white students than for Asian students. At Trinity, 28.2% of white applicants received an offer, while 11.1% of Asian applicants did. At St John’s, 17.6% of white applicants received an offer compared to 7.7% of Asian applicants. “Offers to students from areas of low progression to higher education is up to 13.8%. However, the University is determined to move faster.” The University of Oxford has released its 2019 “Annual Admissions Statistical Report”, presenting minor improvements in accessibility in all categories and a significant increase in the total number of applications. The report also included a study into the categories of disabilities among applicants over the three-year period. Approximately 36% of these students declared themselves as having a learning difficulty, such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, and ADHD. A further 18.9% declared a disability that was categorised as a mental health problem. The figure is significantly greater than undergraduates from the North East, who comprised 2.1% of students admitted over the period, with 159 students matriculating from the region, versus 2,005 from the South East. The number of students applying to Oxford from UK state schools has increased by 5.7% from the previous year, a rise of 442 students, whilst the number applying from independent schools rose by just 0.5%. Disability At New College, the number of students admitted from Acorn 4 and 5 backgrounds fell by 4.6%, compared to a 3% increase at Mansfield. Only New and Queen’s saw a decrease in the number of students being admitted from disadvantaged backgrounds. Region “Oxford SU has campaigned hard over the past 18 months to see tangible work be done to improve these figures and the future plans around the two major initiatives will go a long way to bring around a sea change.” This figure for Oxford’s 2018 intake is slightly lower than equivalent figures for other universities. The most recently published statistics in 2016 show that disabled students made up 11.9% of the total intake at all Russell Group universities. “The figures themselves show an incremental improvement – which is welcome, though still not at the pace we would like to see. The University’s report suggested a significant offer gap between UK applicants based on their ethnicities. In 2018, across the University 25.5% of white applicants received an offer, compared to 15% of Asian British applicants and 17.8% of applicants of all BME backgrounds. This offer gap appears to have changed little from 2017, when 17.9% of BME applicants received an offer compared to 25.9% of white applicants. Oxford SU’s VP for Access and Academic Affairs told Cherwell: “It is a major positive step that the University is continuing to release annual admissions data. Across the three-year 2016-2018 period, 19,301 UK men applied in total compared to 18,488 UK women. At the majority of colleges, more men applied than women, though this was not true at Lady Margaret Hall, which received 707 applications from women compared to just 486 from men. Similarly, Wadham College had 868 female applicants and only 684 male applicants. Over 90% of students admitted to study at Mansfield attended UK state schools, compared to just 48.3% at Trinity, the worst-performing college. Over 60% of students were admitted from state schools at 12 of Oxford’s 29 colleges. Only Trinity offered fewer than 50% of its places to state educated students. “We also announced the creation of two new programmes, Opportunity Oxford and Foundation Oxford, which we believe will significantly accelerate the pace of change. When both programmes are up and running in four years’ time we expect that one in four of those admitted to Oxford will be from a deprived background. The statement also claimed that: “Early figures for 2019 entry show still more progress. Offers to state school pupils are up again, to 64.5%. Gender center_img There was also a significant gap in the conversion rate between offer-holders and admitted students for BME students compared to white students. At Magdalen, 72% of BME offer-holders were admitted between 2016 and 2018, while 90% of white offer-holders were admitted. However, at Mansfield, the conversion rate was very similar, with 86% of BME offer-holders admitted, compared to 83% of white offer-holders. The POLAR system is a tool which measures how likely young people are to participate in higher education based on where they live. POLAR 1 and 2 are the most disadvantaged backgrounds listed. School type Lady Margaret Hall and St Hilda’s College had the highest proportion of women, with 57.9% and 57% of the total admissions respectively. Both of these colleges are former women’s colleges, as is St. Anne’s, in which 55.7% of total admissions were given to women. At Hertford, female students made up 55.8% of admissions. The number of students from Acorn 4 and 5 backgrounds (the most disadvantaged in the UK) also increased this year, from 16.2% to 20.25%, an increase of 110. However, the number of students from POLAR 1 and 2 backgrounds decreased from 19.04% to 17.81%. The University’s report also contained a breakdown of gender by subject, demonstrating a “wide variety” in male-to-female ratios among Oxford’s 25 main courses. The results covered UK-domiciled students over a three-year period between 2016 and 2018. All colleges have each been found to admit a greater proportion of white applicants than BME applicants. Most notably, at St Hilda’s 43% of white applicants received an offer compared to 11% of black applicants and 25% of BME applicants as a whole. A similar gap was found at St Anne’s, where 40% of white applicants received an offer compared to 12% of black applicants and 19% of BME applicants as a whole. At St Anne’s and Teddy Hall, white applicants were at least twice as likely as BME applicants to receive an offer. The number of BME students as a proportion of all admitted students has risen since 2014, from 13.6% to 18.3%. However, there is significant variation between colleges. At Magdalen, BME students make up just 10.8% of UK students admitted, compared to 21.8% at LMH. Classics continued to offer the fewest places to state school students at just 29.2%, and was the only subject to offer more than 60% of places to independent school students. Maths and Computer Science admitted the highest proportion of state school students at 76.8%, closely followed by Computer Science at 76.3%, Mathematics at 73.3%, and Law at 73.1%. In a statement to the press, the University said: “The new figures, for Oxford’s 2018 intake, show a solid foundation for the two major access initiatives announced by the University last month, which are due to accelerate the pace of change dramatically. The report also showed that the majority of colleges had a relatively even male-to-female ratio. However, this was not true of Balliol, where only 38.7% of students admitted were female, making it the college with the most unequal gender split of UK students. Female students also made up only 40.7% of total UK admissions for New College and 44.4% at Magdalen. The period also saw a small increase of 3.3% in the number of students from UK state schools as a percentage of the total intake. The number of places taken by independent school students also fell from 1029 to 981, marking a decrease of 2.3% as a percentage of all students accepted. Nationality According to the report, the number of admitted students who declare a disability has increased. In 2014, 6.0% of UK-domiciled students declared a disability, but this has risen to 9.2% of total admissions in 2018. Across the three-year period of 2016-2018, 623 admitted students declared disabilities, amounted to 8.0% of the total UK intake in this period. “The entire University community, colleges and halls, departments and divisions, have united behind a commitment to effect a sea change in our admissions practices.” “The report is being published for the second year, as part of the University’s commitment to greater openness about its admissions process.” When compared to 2016-2017 statistics, successful admissions by London increased by 4.2%, but this positive growth was not shared by the South East. The region saw another 266 applications when compared to the previous cycle, but still registered -1.2% decline in successful candidates. In 2016-18 admissions to students from the US were up 23.5% on 2015-17 figures, whilst admissions to students from China were up 19.9%, and admissions to students from France were down 10.9%. Italy and France remain the most difficult places to apply to Oxford from, with an average acceptance rate of 7.1% and 7.6% respectively. The average acceptance rate for UK applicants has fallen 0.8% to 20.5%. Reporting by Angus Brown, Amelia Horn, Sam Millward, Charlotte Moberly, and Ben van der Merwe. The 2018 intake saw an increase in the proportion of students admitted from state schools from 57.2% to 60.5%, as well as a 4.7% increase in the number of BME students admitted. The total number of applications also increased by 1577 from 19,938 in 2017 to 21,515 in 2018, including an 11.2% increase in the number of disabled applicants from 1080 to 1201. The remaining 45.1% declared disabilities including autistic spectrum disorder, blind/ partial sight, deaf/partial hearing, longstanding illness, and wheelchair/mobility issues. Also included were “multiple disabilities” and “other disabilities”. No disability statistics for non-UK admissions were published in the report. The proportion of UK-domiciled undergraduate students admitted to Oxford who identify as female has risen every year between 2014 and 2018. In 2014, 46.5% of admitted students identified as female, whereas last year the total had risen to 51.2%. For comparison, among Russell Group universities as a whole the most recent statistics in 2016 show that 55.4% of admitted students were female. Ethnicity Most other regions noted only minor changes in their application and admissions rates. Among these, the South West saw 133 more applications but a drop of 25 in admissions and the West Midlands saw 19 more successful candidates accompanying 96 more applications. last_img read more

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