Ucas hits back at ‘racial profiling’ claims

first_imgUcas has pledged to reach out to representatives of ethnic minority groups following allegations of “racial profiling”.The news comes after figures released under Freedom of Information rules revealed that black students are 22 times more likely than their white counterparts to have their university applications flagged for possible fraud by the admissions service.The data showed that between 2013 and 2017, 52% of applications investigated for potential fraud were made by black students, despite them representing only 9% of total applications.By comparison, just 19% of applications made by white students were flagged, even though they made up 73% of total applicants. Asian students made up 16% of flagged applicants, while representing 11% of total applicants.This means that while one in every 102 black applicants is investigated for fraud, only one in every 2,146 white applicants is flagged by Ucas’ system.The service has pledged to reach out to representative organisations to “strengthen the voices of black, Asian and minority ethnic students in our decision-making and processes.”They also said they had made enhancements to its fraud detection process to reduce the risk of “false positives”.last_img read more

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St. Damien’s Chili Cook-Off is Sunday

first_imgGet ready for some tasty food Sunday at the Chili Cook-Off. Ocean City’s St. Damien Parish is hosting its second annual Chili Cook-Off on Sunday to benefit the Holy Childhood Association.It will be held from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at St. Frances Cabrini Culliney Hall, Second Street and Atlantic Avenue.The public is invited for dinner and chili tasting. Bring the entire family and cast your vote for the best chili. Enter your own chili to be judged for the “Best Chili Crown.”Donations will be accepted for the chili dinner. Complimentary beverages will be served and hot dogs will be available for $1.For more information, contact Sister Joelle Thren at 609-398-2643 or [email protected] or Regina Ralston at 609-399-9013 or [email protected] chili dinner will be held at Culliney Hall at St. Frances Cabrini, Second Street and Atlantic Avenue.last_img read more

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Members of Derek Trucks Band, Circles Around The Sun, & More To Form “Other Brothers” Band

first_imgWith two tragic losses in the Allman Brothers Band this year, musicians are finding peace through the celebration of music. This September in Colorado, a group of local players in the scene will unite as the “Other Brothers – A High Country Tribute to the Allman Brothers Band.” Todd Smallie (JJ Grey & Mofro/Derek Trucks Band), Bill McKay (Coral Creek/Derek Trucks Band), Mark Levy (Phil Lesh & Friends / Circles Around the Sun), John Michel (Brother’s Keeper / John Oates Band ), James Dumm (Fox Street), Rob Eaton Jr. (Brother’s Keeper), and Will Trask (Great American Taxi) will unite to honor one of America’s greatest musical legacies: The Allman Brothers Band.The Other Brothers will capture the spirit and invoke the furious musical interplay pioneered by the Allman Brothers on classics like “Dreams,””Jessica,” and “Whipping Post.” Expect the hits, but also be prepared for ABB music that you won’t hear anywhere else — especially like this.The Other Brothers will perform at Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox, Cervantes’ Other Side, Shakedown Bar, and Wanderfest at New Terrain Brewing for a solid four-day run in Colorado. Don’t miss out, and play all night!OTHER BROTHERS SEPTEMBER 20179.14 – Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox – Denver, CO(Acoustic & Electric sets! w/ Alpha King Day)9.15 – Cervantes’ Other Side – Denver, CO(w/ Tori Pater’s “Waiting For Columbus”)9.16 – Shakedown Bar – Vail, CO9.17 – WanderFest at New Terrain Brewing – Golden, CO (Afternoon set)last_img read more

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Women Interns in STEM Fields Thrive at Dell

first_imgFrom the interview process to the internship work experience, women in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) at Dell are supported whole heartedly — not only on this International Women’s Day, but every day. Different from the StartLorena Millo, a double major in finance and chemistry, noted how thoughtful Dell as a company was from the time she met a senior vice president at a recruiting event. She noticed how vivacious the SVP was, and that all the people at the Dell table were friendly and welcoming. She found that to continue throughout the interviewing process, a welcome change from other companies with which she’d interviewed.“When I went to interview, people wanted to get to know you and not just grill you for 30 minutes,” Millo said. “A lot of the other interviews that I did were very technical and that’s all that the focus was on. But with Dell, it was very different. It was more of a conversation.”While the interview did include technical discussion, interviewers focused on getting to know Millo holistically, not just as a finance or chemistry student.“They asked me about my two majors and that was something that they liked about me, which is usually not how it goes,” Millo said. “People more typically ask why I have two majors and if I am not interested enough in finance by itself. So it was kind of surprising that they like that about me.”Owning the WorkHiral Trivedi, who worked as a web application developer intern, appreciated the support from her team as well as the opportunity to create solutions on her own.“My team wanted a web application,” she said. “They had the tables and research which they wanted in some form of a user interface, but they gave me the opportunity to design this system myself.”She got to work on several ideas, designing a whole user interface. As she worked on the design, her team joined her to discuss what looked good and what would need additional modifications.“It gave me the opportunity to explore even more options, more ideas, and then they always encouraged me,” she said. “They were open enough to say, ‘Okay, you can do this. We want this, but you decide how you want to do it.’”Multiple Mentors Make Work, Life EasierNicole Elliott, an industrial engineering major, noted a great acclimation period during her internship. She appreciated being assigned multiple mentors, each with a unique purpose. She had a buddy from outside her work area who helped with general knowledge of working at Dell, including general HR information. In addition, she had two mentors specific to her area of work.“Within my project, I had two mentors,” Elliott said. “One was within Internet of Things, within Quality, and another mentor was within Dell Customer Connect, within Quality as well. Both of them were very important and very helpful within my projects, and I like that they both serve different purposes on different sides of the spectrum for my projects.”Elliott was especially excited about Internet of Things, in particular, and how it is evolving at Dell.“You have so much data, and sifting through it and making sure that you’re only analyzing the data that is purely necessary is challenging,” she said. “All in all, this type of industrial revolution of technology is really energizing.”&nbsp;</p><p>Dell supports women in numerous ways, from interns to the Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network. Dell salutes all women on International Women’s Day on March 8, 2017.last_img read more

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A Man’s A Man Star Justin Vivian Bond Obsesses Over Jessica Lange, American Hustle & Chex Party Mix

first_img SONG OR SINGER “This week I’ve been listening to June Christy and Linda Thompson’s new record Won’t Be Long Now which was named #1 folk album of 2013 by MOJO.” TV SHOW “Jessica Lange (who is also my celebrity crush), Patti LuPone as a Jesus freak, Angela Bassett as Marie Laveau: The Legendary Voodoo Queen of New Orleans and Kathy Bates as a “racist head” in American Horror Story: Coven? Are you kidding me!?! Nothing will ever be better.” ATHLETE “Uh…I like that Clothes Horse figure skater Ice Queen.” MOVIE “If I didn’t have rehearsals for A Man’s A Man right now I’d be at the Barbara Stanwyck Festival at Film Forum 24/7. I love her and have taken great inspiration from her for my role as The Widow Begbick. The film in current release that I’ve enjoyed most is American Hustle.” Theater stars know what’s hot in entertainment, fashion and pop culture, so Broadway.com decided it was high time to tap in to the after-hours obsessions of our favorite stage actors. Next up is Justin Vivian Bond, the performance artist who received a Tony nod for Kiki & Herb: Alive on Broadway in 2007 and begins previews on January 10 as sexual canteen proprietress Leokadia Begbick in Bertolt Brecht’s A Man’s A Man at Classic Stage Company. Below, Bond shares why Jessica Lange is crush-worthy, what makes Joan Didion’s work worth reading over and over again and why homemade Chex Party Mix should be everybody’s go-to snack. STAGE SHOW (OTHER THAN MY OWN) “I’m looking forward to seeing my friends Anthony Roth Costanzo as Orlovsky in Die Fledermaus at The Met and Taylor Mac with Mandy Patinkin in The Last Two People on Earth.” BOOK “The other day my friend Bradford Nordeen of Dirty Looks posed the following question on Facebook regarding Joan Didion: Slouching Towards Bethlehem or The White Album? I said The White Album, so I’m rereading it. I have no regrets.” CELEBRITY “I can’t stop imitating the ‘Long Island Medium’ (Theresa Caputo)!”center_img View Comments BEAUTY PRODUCT “Colbert MD Illumino Face Oil. LOVE IT! And, of course, the scent I created with the French perfume house Etat Libre d’Orange The Afternoon of a Faun, which is available in finer stores but you can only find the special limited edition packaging on my website.” FASHION DESIGNER “Rachel Comey invited me to sing in her spring/summer 2014 show and made me the gorgeous red lace dress I wore in my Christmas show. I love her.” APP “Witchvox.” RANDOM OBSESSION “Oh God. When I get anxious, I calm my nerves by making my own Chex Party Mix in my oven from scratch, then I eat it. Isn’t that awful? You can tell by my waistline I’ve been a bit anxious lately!” VACATION SPOT “What’s a vacation?”last_img read more

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Feral Hogs

first_imgUniversity of Georgia researchers are surveying landowners in Georgia to quantify the economic damage feral swine are causing the state. A new survey, “Feral Swine on Private Lands in Georgia,” has been mailed to 3,000 landowners across Georgia and is being conducted by professor Michael Mengak and students in UGA’s Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources. UGA Extension and the Warnell School are jointly funding the survey. Feral, or wild, swine are estimated to cause in excess of $1.5 billion in damage nationwide, Mengak said. “It is important to understand the nature of feral swine problems and the damage they cause on a local scale,” said Mengak, who also serves as associate dean for outreach in the Warnell School. “This data informs the Georgia state legislature and natural resource managers of the damage and financial hardship feral swine inflict on farmers and other landowners in Georgia.” Mengak and UGA Extension surveyed landowners about feral swine in 2012. Results from that survey were compiled to calculate economic damages caused by feral swine, typically from damage to farmland through rooting and grubbing, and destroying crops of peanuts, corn and cotton. Feral swine caused more than $81 million in damage to crops and farmland in 41 Georgia counties in 2011, Mengak said. The new, eight-page survey will ask landowners a variety of questions about issues they’ve noticed with feral swine, how owners attempt to control them on their property and whether they feel that feral swine are a nuisance or a benefit. The survey was mailed to registered farmers and to rural landowners outside of metro areas who own at least 5 acres of land. Survey recipients were randomly selected from a large Georgia database. Questions ask when damage was first noticed, what kind of damage was caused, what methods were used to control the feral swine — including lethal means — and how much money is estimated lost due to the feral swine. Researchers also want to know if any landowners prefer to see feral swine on their property and their opinions on whether they think the swine carry diseases or are harmful to other wildlife. “From our previous survey, farmers told us feral swine are very destructive and not welcome in the environment,” Mengak said.Landowners who receive the survey are asked to fill in as much as they can or wish to, then mail it back within two weeks, Mengak said. Survey responses will remain anonymous, and recipients are provided with a postage-paid envelope. It’s believed the Spanish introduced feral swine to the U.S. in the mid-1500s. They were found in just 17 states in 1982, but the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) said they have now spread to 41 states, Guam, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa and the Northern Mariana Islands. They have been cutting a swath of destruction across the U.S., physically damaging crops and property, preying on livestock and wildlife and passing diseases to not only other animals, but also to humans. Feral swine are generally very aggressive. They rapidly reproduce, travel in large groups and thrive in a large variety of habitats. Controlling their population has been an issue, and often landowners turn to state and local agencies or private businesses for help, with varying success. This survey also asks about control methods and landowners’ opinions on their effectiveness, including hunting. The 2015 survey asks if landowners hunt feral swine on their property or allow others to do so, which is something many have suggested as a solution to control feral swine populations. But they can be tough to hunt, Mengak said. “Hunting may take a few animals, but it will never be a solution to this problem,” Mengak said. Intensive trapping is the best method of control at this time. “Poison or toxicants are not legal methods for controlling feral swine, and it is illegal to release feral swine onto someone’s property except under very specific situations and only with permits,” Mengak added. Georgia’s Wildlife Resource Division and Department of Agriculture enforce feral swine laws in Georgia. USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s Wildlife Services has in the past offered management solutions at a local level, but it is considering implementing a tougher management program that would span the country. However, the agency wants to see what landowners think before finalizing the plan. Their environmental impact statement is currently under review. “Decision-makers and land managers in Georgia will be better informed about the extent and nature of the feral swine problem once results from the current survey are compiled and summarized,” Mengak said.last_img read more

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Tesla wins another big battery project in Australia

first_imgTesla wins another big battery project in Australia FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Electrek:Tesla’s energy division is on a roll when it comes to large battery projects, especially in Australia since the success of its giant battery system in in the country.Now we learn that Tesla won another contract for a massive battery system project to deploy Powerpacks at another wind farm in Australia.Tesla’s 100 MW/129 MWh Powerpack project in South Australia provide the same grid services as peaker plants, but cheaper, quicker, and with zero-emissions, through its battery system. It is so efficient that it reportedly should have made around $1 million in just a few days in January, but Tesla later complained that they are not being paid correctly because the system doesn’t account for how fast Tesla’s Powerpacks start discharging their power into the grid. Overall, it is estimated that Tesla’s giant battery in Australia reduced the grid service cost by 90%.Other markets want similar results, especially in Australia where they arguably need it the most, and they have been ordering similar large-scale projects from Tesla over the past year.The latest was announced today by Infigen Energy, a developer, owner and operator of renewable energy generation assets in Australia. They ordered a 25 MW/52 MWh energy storage system from Tesla to be deployed at their 278.5 MW Lake Bonney Wind Farm – becoming the latest of several Tesla battery projects in South Australia.The project is expected to cost “approximately $38 million” (~$27.5 million USD) and the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) along with the SA Government are each committing $5 million in grant funding ($10 million in total). They are expecting construction to start “in the coming weeks.”More: Tesla wins contract for another massive battery system with Powerpackslast_img read more

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Ruth Wilson Talks Mysterious ‘Affair’ Exit: ‘I Didn’t Feel Safe’

first_img– Advertisement – Wilson exited the show at the end of season 4 when her character was killed off. She later revealed that she was “not allowed to talk about why” she left.Ruth Wilson Opens Up About Her Mysterious Exit From The AffairRuth Wilson as Alison in ‘The Affair.’ Mark Schafer/SHOWTIME“What’s important to say is that I did speak up. I did have a voice. I did stand up for myself. There was a situation on The Affair where things didn’t feel right, and I dealt with them, and I managed to protect myself,” the Dark Materials star explained. “It was before #MeToo and before Harvey Weinstein — and yet my instincts were very clear and strong about what I felt was wrong, about what was going on, and what I didn’t feel safe about.”The mystery around the exit was clarified a bit in December 2019, when The Hollywood Reporter published a report in which many claimed she had friction with the show’s creator, Sarah Treem, had problems with the nudity on the show and felt there was a “hostile work environment” after an incident with Girls producer Jenni Konner, Lena Dunham and Affair producer Jeffrey Reiner.- Advertisement – Doing what’s right. It’s been two years since Ruth Wilson‘s exit played out on The Affair, but the mystery around the exit still remains.“The reason I haven’t gone into The Affair is that I haven’t worked out how to discuss it. There’s a lot of noise and anger surrounding it, and really the power rests with me to choose how I discuss my life and my experiences,” the actress, 38, explained during an interview with Stylist magazine, published on Tuesday, November 3.- Advertisement – The incident reportedly occurred in 2016 when the producer showed a photo of a nude Maura Tierney and a nude male actor working as a body double. A blind item was posted about the incident by Konner.Ruth Wilson Opens Up About Her Mysterious Exit From The AffairRuth Wilson as Alison and Dominic West as Noah in ‘The Affair.’ Mark Schafer/SHOWTIMEIn an open letter to Deadline, Treem claimed that after the blind item was posted, she “urged Showtime to do something” and said she wanted to “shut down production, do sensitivity training, address the cast and crew and apologize for what had occurred.” However, that didn’t happen.“Instead, I was told to stick to certain talking points and let the network handle the response,” she claimed. “By the time the third season was over, Showtime executives told me to write Ruth out of the show.”- Advertisement – Shortly after Wilson’s exit, star Joshua Jackson also chose to leave the show. Dominic West and Tierney remained on the show for its final season in 2019.Showtime did not comment on the claims.Listen to Watch With Us to hear more about your favorite shows and for the latest TV news!last_img read more

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Arsenal scheme fires confidence

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Buses still able to leave and enter Jakarta despite calls for quarantine

first_imgThe agency also consulted the Transportation Ministry’s land transportation director general, the Public Works and Housing Ministry’s highways director general, the Toll Road Management Agency head and the Greater Jakarta Transportation Agency head.However, Syafrin asserted that implementation of the policy required the government’s approval through the BPTJ.The Jakarta administration has extended the capital’s emergency status to April 19 as the spread of the virus in capital — the nation’s epicenter of the outbreak — continues unabated.Health experts and analysts have called for a quarantine in the capital city to curb the transmission of the virus, as increasing numbers of positive cases detected in others regions are found to have been imported from Greater Jakarta.President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, however, remained adamant a quarantine would not be imposed. Instead, he called on Monday for the implementation of “large-scale social restrictions” as outlined in the 2018 Health Quarantine Law and asserted that declaring a lockdown was the sole authority of the central government.As of Monday, Indonesia had reported 1,414 confirmed COVID-19 cases, 698 of which were recorded in Jakarta. A total of 122 people have died from the disease. (aly)Topics : On Sunday, the agency decided to prevent residents in the capital from leaving the city by suspending the service of AKAP buses as well as tourist buses starting at 6 p.m. on Monday.Syafrin said on Sunday the agency would monitor AKAP bus stops, such as Kalideres terminal in Cengkareng, West Jakarta; Tanjung Priok terminal in North Jakarta; and Kampung Rambutan terminal in Cipayung and Pulogebang terminal in Cakung, East Jakarta, to ensure the suspension of operations was enforced.The decision was made following reports that thousands of people were leaving the capital for their hometowns, a tradition known as mudik (exodus), despite the government’s warnings against it, risking the further transmission of COVID-19.Read also: Jokowi refuses to impose lockdown on Jakarta Bus routes connecting Jakarta and other cities and provinces will remain open following the cancellation of a plan to temporarily suspend operations of Greater Jakarta-based intercity and interprovincial (AKAP) buses.“We need a letter from the Transportation Ministry’s Greater Jakarta Transportation Agency [BPTJ] to implement the plan, but we have not received the letter to date,” Jakarta Transportation agency head Syafrin Liputo told The Jakarta Post via phone Monday afternoon.He confirmed that without the letter, the Greater-Jakarta based AKAP buses could still leave and enter the city.last_img read more

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