University pledges partial fossil fuel divestment

first_imgOxford students and environmental campaigners have welcomed the University’s commitment this week to rule out any future direct investments in coal and tar sands.In a decision on Monday by Council, the University’s executive governing body, it was revealed for the first time that Oxford currently has no direct investments in coal and tar sands, and has pledged to maintain this position in any future investment decisions.Bill McKibben, founder of the climate campaign website, commented, “Oxford may be the greatest university on our planet, and if anyone thought its great age might keep it from shaping the future, this decision should prove them wrong. Today it has offered great leadership on the crisis of our time.”The decision follows years of campaigning on the issue by Oxford students, academics and campaigners, with OUSU creating an official divestment campaign in Trinity Term 2013. In March of this year, a group of Oxford alumni occupied the University’s Clarendon Building in protest at Council’s decision to defer its divestment statement until this week. 41 college common rooms, representing both graduate and undergraduate students, have passed motions supporting the divestment campaign, whilst students and academics have signed open letters calling for divestment.However, the victory for the divestment movement was only partial, as the University failed to divest from fossil fuels completely. Currently, around three per cent of Oxford’s £1.7 billion Endowment Fund is invested in the energy sector, with more than half of that proportion invested in energy exploration and extraction industries.Andrew Taylor, a campaign manager at People & Planet, added, “If you live in the shadow of tar sand extraction and your baby [has] been air lifted to hospital after drinking the water after a spill, it doesn’t matter if under ten per cent of the culprit’s production comes from tar sands.” The University of Oxford has also promised to incorporate for the first time a full breakdown of its sector exposure in its annual investment report, the latest of which is due to be released next month.Critics point out that this does not go far enough as it will not disclose the specific companies Oxford invests in. In protest at Oxford’s decision not to opt for total divestment, 70 alumni plan to hand back their degrees this Saturday.One such alumnus, Sunniva Taylor, commented, “With the decision today the University has taken a step forward, but not a big enough one. I, with others, have decided to hand back my degree, in protest.”Vice-Chancellor Andrew Hamilton told The Guardian, “We see the main purpose of our investment fund as generating the financial resources to support our academic purpose. However, our investment managers take a long-term view and take into account global risks, including climate change, when considering what investments to make. The University believes that approach to be the right one and today’s decision reinforces it by encouraging greater engagement and reporting on this crucial issue to the environment and all of society.”OUSU President Louis Trup welcomed the University’s decision, telling Cherwell, “I’m delighted that the University has taken a step in the right direction by pledging not to invest in coal or tar sands in the future. In the meeting, it was clear that the students who have been campaigning for this through OUSU’s Environment and Ethics campaign have changed the minds of some major critics. The work the campaign has done alongside Dan Tomlinson and Ruth Meredith [OUSU’s previous and current VPs for Charities and Community] over the past two years should be applauded.“However, this is only the first step. Now that the University has committed to some form of ethical investment, it must continue to take further steps to ensure that its wider investments are not funding devastating environmental disasters. But all in all, today is a good day.”last_img read more

Local School Choirs Perform in 34th Annual Christmas Chorale

first_imgWilliam Davies Middle School, Hamilton TownshipGalloway Township Middle SchoolChampion Baptist Academy, Galloway TownshipMargaret Mace Middle School, WildwoodWildwood High School and Middle schoolsAbsecon schoolsOakcrest High School, Mays LandingNorthfield Community SchoolCharter Tech High School for The Performing Arts, Somers PointPilgrim Academy High School, PomonaOcean City High School Ocean City Intermediate SchoolAbsegami High School, Galloway TownshipSt. Vincent DePaul School, Mays LandingVentnor Middle SchoolAssumption Regional School, Galloway TownshipHess School, Hamilton TownshipShiloh Baptist Sunlit Choir, Atlantic City Music teacher Brian Schkeeper directs the Ocean City High School Select Choir during a medley of holiday classics at the Christmas Chorale show at the Ocean City Tabernacle. The strains of “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” and other holiday classics filled the auditorium of the Ocean City Tabernacle on Wednesday during the 34th annual Christmas Chorale performance by school choirs across Atlantic and Cape May counties.The performances were recorded by Just Right TV videographer Martin Fiedler and will be broadcast online throughout the holiday season by MediaWize using its network of websites, including, and Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Google and YouTube will also be utilized. This year represents the first time MediaWize has handled the broadcasting.“This is a tradition; 34 years strong to be exact,” Fiedler said. “Where else do our local youth choirs get a showcase for all to see and experience? The arts and Christmas have been coming together for generations on the Christmas Chorale. Thanks to the Ocean City Tabernacle for sharing that vision.”Director Brian Schkeeper leads the Ocean City High School Select Choir while playing the piano.There will be more music this year, with 12 to 15 episodes rolled out on a daily basis, starting the second week of December. Viewers may also watch the performances at Wednesday, more than 800 singers from 18 school choirs in Atlantic and Cape May counties performed for the Christmas Chorale. The free event was open to the public.Among the performers were the choirs from the Ocean City High School and the Ocean City Intermediate School.Following is a list of all the school choirs:center_img Members of the Absegami High School Choir were among the Christmas Chorale performers.last_img read more

Start-ups: Time to get active online

first_imgBy Mellissa Morgan, aka Ms Cupcake.I went from baking a few cakes at home to owning my own shop within a year. When talking to people about the start of my business they often ask, “How did you achieve success in such a short period of time?” I tell people that my business was built on hard work, long hours and social media. I hear from small business owners all the time who say they like the idea of having a website, Facebook, Twitter and the like, but do not know where to start.The first thing to do before anything else is put up a website. In this day and age you must be online. Excuses like “My customer base isn’t online”, “I’m only a local business”, “I’m too busy already” are irrelevant. If you want your business to be taken seriously, you need an online presence. You do not have to be selling any of your goods online; you just need it to support your business’ identity. It can be as simple as a one-page site that has the logo of your business, pictures of your products, and how people can contact you to buy your goods.You can get domain names (the address of the site) for free or for very minimal cost nowadays. If you don’t have the funds to have a web designer make the site for you, then try out a website package like Mr Site or Getting British Business Online where you build the website with their step-by-step instructions.Your next step is Facebook. Love it or loathe it 750 million current users are on it and waiting to hear about your business. Again, it is completely free to join and set up a business page. Business pages are different to your own identity on Facebook so you don’t have to worry about your customers seeing your holiday snaps that you loaded onto your own personal page! You even get your own web address like goal with Facebook is to get as many people as you can to ’like’ your page by clicking on the ’like’ button. Once someone ’likes’ your page, every time you post something on your page a new product or new opening hours it comes up in their personal ’news feed’. I have found it to be the easiest way to communicate with my customers on a mass level, much more effective than email newsletters. You will get the most interaction when you post a picture of something especially food-related!Once you get a handle on Facebook, your next step is Twitter (again free). Twitter is simple. You create your own user name, like @mscupcakeuk, and you have 140 characters to write a message. Think of it like Facebook, but all you get to do is update your status. The goal for Twitter is to have as many ’followers’ as you can get. In turn you get to ’follow’ other people to hear what they have to say.You can write a message directly to someone or you can put out messages for everyone to read. I find Twitter is the best way to follow trends, interact with press, large firms and even celebrities. And if you mention that person’s Twitter name in your posting, they are told about it, regardless of if they follow you or not. Watch and listen on Twitter before you start posting, so you can get a feel for its general etiquette.I can hear some of you right now “What a bother! I don’t have time for this”. But it only takes a few moments each day. I now have over 6,000 people actively online telling other people they like our products. Not bad for a business that started from my home just a year-and-a-half ago.last_img read more

Square Pie hits crowdfunding target

first_imgGourmet pie-themed restaurant chain Square Pie has raised a final figure of £681,500 through the sale of its ‘Pie Bonds’, surpassing its target of £450,000 by 51.4%.The funds, raised through crowd-funding website CrowdCube, will help Square Pie continue its expansion out of London beyond its new Birmingham restaurant and also build upon its supermarket and wholesale business.By the end of 2019, the company hopes to have expanded its chain from six to 30 restaurants, including opening four in 2016.Martin Dewey, founder of Square Pie, said: “We are delighted with the strong interest in our first-ever Pie Bond which will not only support our business as it grows but enable Square Pie fans to get involved and get a slice of our success in future years.”The bonds will pay the 336 investors 8% interest per annum along with other benefits, such as free pies in the restaurants. After four years, they will have their money returned.Square Pie originally set its funding target at £750,000 but later revised this to the more modest figure of £450,000.last_img read more

Digital Evidence Storage Needs Grow, Police Need to Think Beyond 3-5 Years

first_imgPolice departments today process a tremendous amount of video footage as evidence of crimes, which includes managing and storing data and ensuring it is court admissible.Further, storage requirements for surveillance and body-worn camera data differ widely from state to state, depending on the crime. Each state is different as far as what the law mandates for the length of retention for the data collected. Minor traffic stops may only need to be kept for 30-45 days, DUI’s for over three years, and Federal crimes may need to be kept for many years or in some cases, indefinitely.Organizations must think beyond three-year or five-year buying cycles and consider how they will manage and store this video for 25 years or more—on-premises versus in the cloud.With more than 10 million arrests made in 2016 alone – excluding those for traffic violations – body-worn camera data adds up to a lot of storage. On average, each body cam can expect to require a minimum of 1TB of storage per year. And body cameras are just one component of the video data that police departments are tasked with managing.In fact, currently there’s a litany of other technologies used by police department and officers collecting evidence.  This includes video, surveillance cameras, drones, in-car video, mobile devices as well as cell phone downloads to even complete mirror images of hard drives—potentially terabytes of information.Choosing the right storage solution requires a clear understanding of the costs associated with long-term storage, how quickly a particular police department will need access to evidentiary support, the product life cycle, and legislative storage requirements.Because of the diversity of digital data collected, police departments must build a data platform that can collect, store and manage individual pools of data. Not addressing the different video storage needs holistically can lead to big challenges for agencies down the line, and create an overwhelming issue for the agency to manage its data long-term.Keep Your Architecture Options OpenMany agencies have invested in programs that create, utilize, or provide data that is proprietary and cannot be manipulated. To avoid the risk of limiting video to a single company’s platform, departments should bypass a closed solution as it may prevent other key applications gaining access to that data.Because the video world is constantly changing, an open platform will enable departments to implement the best solutions today and tomorrow. Open platforms enable departments to integrate body cam data with the best available industry applications. Open platforms also provide the scalability and flexibility that agencies need without binding them to separate cloud storage solutions.Ultimately, using an open platform data management system can be a cost effective approach that will ensure various file types are maintained, usable, and meeting an agency’s needs for years to come.Understanding Your Surveillance Storage Architecture OptionsStorage is the foundation layer of any surveillance solution. However, many organizations purchase body-worn and other surveillance devices before they consider storage requirements or cost. This foundation layer must support an open platform capable of managing disparate data sets (from multiple devices) while addressing the challenge of scale head-on. It is important to understand the differences among the three major surveillance storage architectures— distributed, centralized, and cloud—and what option would be most suitable to your specific organizational needs and requirements.Distributed architectures: High bandwidth, reliable, affordableTypically support several hundred surveillance devices. They store video and surveillance data locally and then periodically transfer the digital data set to the central platform. For example, a ‘satellite’ police station may store data locally in office, then periodically transfer it over to headquarters—the centralized location. Distributed architectures often integrate the data with applications and other systems, such as access control and intrusion detection, without engaging a central server. The resulting architecture reduces single points of failure and distributes processing requirements over many, smaller sites.Centralized architectures: Massive-scale, analytics readyCommonly used by police headquarters, schools, Federal/government, airports, and energy companies. For example, centralized surveillance architectures host high camera- or device-count environments (typically thousands of surveillance devices) and are able to support large amounts of surveillance data. Storage must be made efficient, and utilization rates must be high to prevent price creep, while migration time must be extremely low to non-existent to seamlessly apply changes in resolution or pixilation.Cloud architecture:  Faster infrastructure deployment, elasticMany companies opt to go on-premises for their primary storage, but use cloud architectures for deeper ‘cold’ storage. Cloud provides an elastic storage platform that easily expands as data volumes grow. For surveillance-specific industries, this means expanding volumes in a centralized private cloud or even leveraging public cloud storage for more rapid capacity expansion. Ultimately, cloud storage can improve storage efficiencies and help reduce the costs associated with storing inactive data on more expensive storage solutions.Choosing a vendor that offers both cloud and on-premises storage architectures is a better bet as it will safeguard an organization’s assets while allowing for future growth. Many companies opt to go on-premises first with the bulk of their ‘cold’ or long-term storage, and then go to the cloud for deeper storage. This approach is often more cost-effective, provides greater security, and simplifies application integration.Dell EMC’s open, hybrid architecture—built on both on-premises and cloud technologies—gives organizations the flexibility and scale they need to seamlessly scale their body-worn and surveillance solutions not only in the immediate future, but long-term as well as requirements and regulations change. It also enables organizations to manage data from a host of other applications such as crime lab, digital evidence, surveillance, drones, in-car, license plate recognition, interview room rooms, crime scene footage, and more.last_img read more

Mamma Mia! Sequel Is in the Works

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 12, 2015 Here we go again! Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus’ Mamma Mia! may be getting a sequel. The hit musical’s producer, Judy Craymer, revealed to The Daily Mail: “I’m working on something with Bjorn and Benny. Mamma Mia! was such a success and we work very well together.” Mamma Mia! The Broadway production currently stars Judy McLane, Elena Ricardo, Jon Jorgenson, Felicia Finley, Lauren Cohn, Alan Campbell, Paul DeBoy and John Hemphill. Related Shows The ABBA extravaganza tells the story of Sophie Sheridan, a young bride who invites three potential dads to walk her down the aisle at her wedding, unbeknownst to her mother, Donna. Directed by Phyllida Lloyd, the show features music and lyrics by Andersson and Ulvaeus and a book by Catherine Johnson. View Commentslast_img read more

Signature Plays Extends Off-Broadway Run

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on June 19, 2016 Signature Plays April Matthis January LaVoy in ‘Signature Plays'(Photo: Monique Carboni) View Commentscenter_img Star Files Related Shows Signature Theatre’s Signature Plays, which opened officially on May 22, has extended its off-Broadway run. The three one-act plays will now play their final performances on June 19 (instead of the previously scheduled June 12) at the Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre.Lila Neugebauer directs the production, which showcases three plays that were produced during their respective author’s Playwright-in-Residence season at the company: Edward Albee’s The Sandbox, María Irene Fornés’ Drowning and Adrienne Kennedy’s Funnyhouse of a Negro.The cast of Signature Plays features Tony winner Frank Wood, Tony nominees Alison Fraser and Sahr Ngaujah, Phillis Somerville, Nicholas Bruder, Crystal Dickinson, Melody Giron, Pia Glenn, Ryan-James Hatanaka, Mikéah Ernest Jennings, January LaVoy and April Matthis.last_img read more

Tony Host James Corden’s Big Night Jitters

first_img View Comments Related Shows James Corden Hamiltoncenter_img from $149.00 June 12 is fast-approaching, and Tony host James Corden is well aware. Fresh off his epic Carpool Karaoke sesh with Lin-Manuel Miranda, Audra McDonald, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Jane Krakowski, he appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to discuss the perks (and jitters) involved with hosting Broadway’s biggest night. “I fall over a lot,” Corden joked. “What if I fall over, hit my nose and nose bleed right in the middle of our opening song?” We’re sure you’ll do fantastic, Corden, and if not, hey, at least you got dinner with Hamilton mastermind Miranda out of the deal! Watch the interview below!last_img read more

Generation data show renewables supplied 77% of Germany’s electricity on Easter Monday

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Clean Energy Wire:Renewable energy sources generated 77 percent of Germany’s net public power supply on 22 April, thanks to strong winds and abundant sunshine, according to Fraunhofer ISE. Wind power provided 40 percent of total net power, solar 20 percent, and biomass 10 percent.The institute’s Energy Charts project does not include data on the amount of power the generating facilities consume themselves to operate, or the power German industry produces and consumes without it being fed into the public grid. Fraunhofer ISE says their data represents the power mix that actually supplies German homes.At around midday on Easter Monday, renewables covered almost all of Germany’s power needs, according to preliminary data from think tank Agora Energiewende. Data by energy company E.ON even suggests that renewables covered more than the country’s needs, as does data provided by the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) on the SMARD online platform.Previous record renewables shares were reached on 8 December 2018 (75 percent) and 24 December 2017 (74 percent), Burger told Clean Energy Wire.Germany aims to cover 65 percent of its power demand by 2030 (37.8 percent in 2018). The exact share of renewables on any given day remains uncertain for some time – and may never be entirely confirmed – because precise data on power generation and consumption is published with several months’ delay.More: Renewables hit record 77 percent of German power on Easter Monday Generation data show renewables supplied 77% of Germany’s electricity on Easter Mondaylast_img read more

Track and Field at the Military World Games

first_img On its roster of sports, the 5th Military World Games will include track and field, the most noble and ancient sport in the competition. In all, twenty-one events will be held at the João Havelange Olympic Stadium, known as the “Engenhão.” The marathon’s forty-two kilometers will be run between Recreio dos Bandeirantes and Aterro do Flamengo. The competition organizers used the recent IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federations) standards and the CISM Track and Field Regulations to design the program of events. Men and women will compete. Each country was allowed to register two athletes per individual competition, one team per relay competition, and three names for the marathon. The events in the competition are: Track: 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m, 5000m, 10,000m, 100m women’s hurdles, 110 m men’s hurdles, 400m hurdles, 3000m steeplechase, 4×100m relay, 4×400m relay, and marathon. Jump: High jump, long jump, triple jump, and pole vault. Field: Discus throw, hammer throw, javelin throw, and shot put. By Dialogo July 13, 2011 THIS IS NOT THE INFORMATION THAT I WANT. IT DOES NOT EXPLAIN ANYTHING… ADDITIONALLY, MY GYM TEACHER MAKES ME WRITE THESE STUPID NOTES… I HATE HERlast_img read more