Regent’s Park go meat-free one day a week

first_imgStudents at Regent’s Park will have have one meat-free day a week, starting from next term, after the JCR passed a referendum last weekend.The referendum, which lasted from Friday to Monday evening, asked, “should the college kitchens go meat-and-fish-free for breakfast, lunch and dinner one day a week, while retaining two options?” The college voted 65.7% in favour, with 30.8% voting no and 3.5% abstaining.The college ordinarily provides two choices for every meal, one of them being vegetarian, and now for one day a week both options will be vegetarian. The arrangement will start from the beginning of Hilary and there will be a forum at the end of term to assess how students and fellows felt it went.The reaction from Regent’s students was, as the result suggested, largely positive. One third year theology student praised the initiative, “I think it’s great when the whole college gets together and rallies around an issue like this one.” Another commented that despite not being a vegetarian or indeed a lover of “any greens”, he appreciated and supported the environmental arguments.Regent’s Treasurer Will Yates commented, “It’s not often we get to gauge the feelings of the whole community on a matter like this and I think the community has made a firm statement of its values and beliefs.”Others were slightly less positive. One first year complained to Cherwell that he’d prefer the college to concentrate on serving food at weekends than trying this new scheme.JCR President Will Obeney commented, “Regent’s has a healthy history of progressiveness, from being one of the first colleges to fly the Rainbow Flag, to ensuring everybody receives the same food at formal halls. This referendum shows the college understand the unsustainability of our current diets, and the need for change.”Somerville JCR voted last year to establish meat-free Mondays, only to see the MCR reject the motion and the plan was abandoned. Wadham  meanwhile is well known for its sometimes-problematic relationship with veganism. Having established meat-free Mondays in 2010, in which only vegetarian meals were served for Monday dinner, it withdrew its support in 2012 by a margin of only five votes. This was then reversed in Hilary of this year, when Wadhamites voted to re-implement the measure.The Wadham student union voted during Trinity term in favour of the extreme measure of having vegan food five days a week. This was also soon-after revoked with the college saying they had no plans to serve vegan-only food.  Then SU President of Wadham College Anya Metzer told the Cherwell, “ I am very pleased to see other colleges promoting meat-free diets and hope to see this movement gross across Oxford. Cutting down meat consumption is an easy way to make a difference and with college-catering on board it is even easier.” Meatless Mondays is an international campaign designed to encourage people to eat less meat for environmental and health reasons. A recent Oxford study found that cutting to meat three days a week would save 45,000 lives as well as save the NHS £1.2 billion a year.Regent’s decision comes on the back of the on-going ‘veggiepledge’: an Oxford University Student Union initiative to get students to turn vegan or vegetarian for some or all of November. The scheme has seen 250 students from over twenty colleges sign up. Xavier Cohen, OUSU’s Environment & Ethics officer, told the Cherwell that “It’s fantastic to hear that Regent’s have voted to back a meat-free day. I strongly get the sense that, with things like the success of #VeggiePledge, a shift is taking place in the university community towards the active encouragement of more vegetarian and vegan lifestyles.“But I think we still need to be discussing this more. The ethical and environmental concerns behind eating less in the way of animal products are rarely discussed in the public eye because they’re never seen to be topical. Though hopefully, with things like #VeggiePledge and this meat-free day at Regent’s, we’ll be seeing more in the way of this in our own local discourse.”Students at other colleges seemed slightly more resistant to give up their steaks just yet. One first year PPEist at New College commented that while he wouldn’t mind giving up the meat, “the more choice the better”.last_img read more

CONSUMER ALERT: Double Check Before You Write A Check

first_img Attorney General Curtis Hill warns Hoosiers to be cautious when donating to relief efforts to help those affected by Hurricane Dorian.“Hoosiers are generous people,” Attorney General Hill said. “They need to know about potential scams that could ensnare those trying to help victims of Hurricane Dorian. Don’t let scammers stop you from donating, but be sure to research organizations before giving them money. Double check before you write a check.”Donors should stay vigilant toward possible fraudulent solicitations made via emails or phone calls. They should be on the lookout for unscrupulous individuals posing as charities. Donate on your terms. Don’t feel you have to agree to donate during a telephone solicitation or by responding to an email. You can politely but firmly end a telephone call, or just not respond to an email solicitation, then research the charity before agreeing to donate. Then, if you’re comfortable giving to the charity, you can contact the charity directly to make the donation.  Here are some tips:Search online for the cause you care about — like “hurricane relief” or “homeless kids” — plus phrases like “best charity” or “highly rated charity.” Once you find a specific charity you’re considering giving to, search its name plus “complaint,” “review,” “rating,” or “scam.” If you find red flags, it might be best to find another organization. Before you donate through an online portal that lets you choose from a list of charities, read the article Donating Through an Online Giving Portal, available at It explains how these online giving portals work.After you’ve donated, always review your bank account and credit card statements closely to make sure you’re only charged the amount you intended to donate. It’s good practice to keep a record of all donations.As always, consumers who believe they are the victims of scam attempts are asked to report them to the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division by calling 1-800-382-5516 or going online at and clicking the “File a Complaint” box at the bottom of the page.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare If you’re considering giving to a crowdfunding effort (for example, through GoFundMe) examine the background and expertise of the individual or group raising money and the exact path of the funds. You may be able to instead donate directly to a local organization in the area affected. See what your state’s charity regulator has to say about the charity. In Indiana, it’s the Attorney General’s Office. From another state?  Look it up at Check out the charity’s website. Does it give information about the programs you want to support, or how it uses donations? How much of your donation will go directly to support the programs you care about? If you can’t find detailed information about a charity’s mission and programs, be suspicious. Use one of these organizations to help you research charities: BBB Wise Giving Alliance, Charity Navigator, CharityWatch, and GuideStar.last_img read more

News story: Game-changing ideas for civil aerospace: apply for funding

first_imgFind out more about the ATI and its strategy. fast-track collaborative research and development projects longer collaborative research and development projects the competition opens on 24 September 2018, and the deadline for expressions of interest is midday on 5 December 2018 projects that meet the quality threshold will be invited to make a full funding application a business must lead the project, working with other businesses or research organisations we expect projects to range in size from £425,000 to £1.5 million and to last up to 3 years businesses could attract up to 50% of their project costs you will need to sign up to the ATI framework agreement to be eligible to apply you can register for a briefing event in London on 2 October 2018 to find out more about the competition and how to make a successful application the competition opens on 24 September 2018, and the deadline for expressions of interest is midday on 5 December 2018 projects that meet the quality threshold will be invited to make a full funding application an SME can lead a project, working with other businesses or research organisations we expect projects to range in size from £425,000 to £1 million and to last between 1 and 2 years businesses could attract up to 50% of their project costs you will need to sign up to the ATI framework agreement to be eligible to apply you can register for a briefing event in London on 2 October 2018 to find out more about the competition and how to make a successful application Fast-track competition information A further competition for feasibility studies will be run in 2019. The £8 million will be shared across the 3 competitions.All projects must be in line with the UK aerospace technology strategy, Raising Ambition. This strategy is supported by an annual investment of £150 million by the UK government in research and technology development. Find out more about the longer-term competition and apply. Find out more about the fast-track competition and apply. Sign up for Innovate UK’s newsletter to find out about new funding opportunities, including the feasibilities studies competition. The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, working through the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI) and Innovate UK, has a total of £8 million to develop world-leading civil aerospace technologies.Organisations can now submit their interest in 2 competitions. These are for: how to enable single crew operations machines and electronics that allow for more electric aircraft supporting the next generation of materials and processes preliminary design and trade tools for future aircraft and systems Fast-track collaborative research and developmentExploit technology within 3 to 5 yearsThe first competition is for fast-track R&D projects that could be exploited within 3 to 5 years.Projects could look at: Competition information sensing for harsh environments and integrated vehicle health monitoring coping with extreme conditions creating secure, smart, connected and efficient sub-systems technologies to improve factory efficiency Collaborative research and developmentLonger-term returnsThe second competition is for longer-term collaborations, the results of which could be exploited in 5 years or more.Themes include:last_img read more

Norway arrests Syrian teenager on terror suspicion

first_imgCOPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Norway’s domestic security agency says a Syrian teenager has been arrested in the Norwegian capital, Oslo, on suspicion of planning an act of terror. The agency said the youth, who was arrested Thursday, was aged 16. Norwegian broadcaster The agency head who declined to tell broadcaster NRK whether the attack was planned to take place in Norway. The suspect reportedly has sympathies with the Islamic State extremist group. On Twitter, PST said the boy was to appear before a court in Oslo Friday for a custody hearing, adding the agency would request it to be held behind closed doors.last_img

Gardener gifts

first_imgNewspapers are filled with holiday ads. Wrapping paper and decorations line department store shelves. The holiday will soon be here. If your gift-giving list includes a gardener, take some advice from a few of Georgia’s most experienced gardeners.Krissy Slagle, assistant coordinator of the University of Georgia Master Gardener program, has put a lot of thought into the gifts she’d like to receive. Augers and pullersAlong the tool aisle, Slagle hopes to get a drill auger for planting bulbs and seasonal annuals, a half-moon edger to create clean bed lines and a privet puller for removing one of Georgia’s most resilient weeds.“Also known as a weed wrench, a privet puller helps remove this nasty alien invader and reduces herbicide use,” she said. “It’s a little pricey, but it’s worth every penny.”Slagle also wants to find a garden multi-tool in her stocking. “It’s similar to a leatherman’s tool but it’s for gardeners,” she said. “It’s great for your pocket or in a holster.”To help care for her tools, Slagle could use a tool sharpener. To cut down on backaches, she wants a portable pot mover. Hats, aprons and glovesFor function, not fashion, she wants a straw or canvas water-resistant hat with a wide brim. “One that protects me from the sun and doesn’t mess up my hair would be great,” Slagle said. “But, so far, I don’t think they make one like that.” A heavy-duty apron with big pockets or a pair of garden gloves with reinforced fingers would be nice, too, she said.Santa would get an extra cookie, she said, if he brought her tickets to a spring garden show or a membership in local botanical garden. “Since I’m dreaming, how about tickets to the Philadelphia Flower Show or the (Royal Horticultural Society) Chelsea Flower shows in London?” Gardeners like interactive CDs, garden design software or reference books. Her book wishlist right now includes a book on niwaki, Japanese pruning methods, and the American Horticultural Society’s New Encyclopedia of Gardening Techniques.Santa, please bring a DingoSlagle’s pie-in-the-sky dream gift is a Dingo. “It’s a self-propelled compact utility loader with attachments. It’s the all-time, ultimate gardening gift,” she said. If your pockets aren’t deep enough for a Dingo, she says most gardeners would be thrilled to receive a small tiller for plowing garden plots and flower beds.If your funds are low, give the gardener on your holiday list a bag of manure, compost or potting soil. Or, build your gardener a compost bin.Tried-and-true is bestArty Schronce, garden writer for the Georgia Department of Agriculture, urges gift buyers to avoid gadgets “no matter how cute the name or clever they sound.”“People have been gardening for thousands of years. If a new design is found for a hoe, you are not going to hear about it from the infomercial host at 3 a.m.,” he said. “And, none of those tools has ever been tested in hard, Georgia red clay.”If you are going to buy a tool, find out what the gardener needs and buy the best one you can afford, he said.Schronce suggests nail care items for the gardener who shuns gloves. “Gardeners definitely get their hands dirty,” he said. “My friend Tony Clack gave me a fingernail brush which probably cost a dollar or two, but I find it very useful in removing soil from under and around my fingernails and cuticles. It’s a lot better and faster than the old toothbrush I had been using.”Gift certificates and garden toursUGA consumer horticulturist Bob Westerfield says you can’t go wrong with a gift certificate to a local gardening supply store. He also suggests tickets to tour the Biltmore House and Gardens, a gardening magazine subscription, a rain gauge or a bird feeder.Westerfield’s dream gift is a BMW 1200 RT motorcycle, but, unless it can be modified into a plow, that doesn’t classify as a gardener’s gift.For more ideas for the gardener on your list, call your local UGA Extension agents at 1-800-ASK-UGA1 and ask them what tops their list.last_img read more

Ecuador Seizes Explosives Aimed at Rebel Groups on the Peruvian Border

first_img An intelligence agent from the Ecuadorean Armed Forces, who preferred to keep his identity undisclosed, told the press that the arsenal was destined for Colombian rebel groups. The arrestees were handed over to judicial authorities, according to the report. The operation was conducted on the afternoon of July 3 in the Huaquillas village, province of El Oro (on the border with Peru), where three Ecuadorean nationals and one Peruvian citizen were arrested. During the operation, where a Peruvian citizen was arrested, 3,960 caliber 5.56 mm ammunition, and 32 hand grenades were seized, the institution said in a statement. By Dialogo July 09, 2013 The Ecuadorean Military seized a shipment of rifle ammunition and grenades presumably aimed at Colombian rebel groups, in an operation conducted on the southern border with Peru, according to a July 4 report from the Ecuadorean Armed Forces Joint Command. last_img read more

5 things credit unions must do when adopting electronic signatures

first_img 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Our friend Brad Powell at Axiaware hit the nail on the head with this post – with his permission, we’re reposting it here ! (To see the original, follow this link)Leaders at banks and credit unions that have not adopted electronic signatures are feeling the pressure.Maybe the pressure is coming from customers and members. Remember when your neighbor said they would NEVER shop online? Now Amazon boxes arrive at least three times per week. By now bank customers and credit union members are comfortable conducting any and all sorts of business online, so they want to manage their finances via desktop, mobile phone or tablet – or all three – as well.Or maybe the pressure is coming from their managers, who imagine the efficiencies and risk reduction that electronic signatures could produce.Or it could be pressure from vendors who aggressively pitch their electronic signature solution – and tell you, “It’s easy.”In response, I have two words: Slow down.Yes, moving to electronic signatures can please customers and help your bottom line – and it’s not rocket science to install. But “easy” is the wrong word – it’s not complicated, but only if you know the landscape, pay attention to detail and make the move for the right reasons. continue reading »last_img read more

Credit unions celebrate Miracle Jeans Day Sept. 13

first_img continue reading » 23SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Credit union employees are invited to donate $5 and wear jeans Sept. 13 as part of the annual Miracle Jeans Day to support Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.The annual Credit Unions for Kids Miracle Jeans Day event encourages credit union employees to donate $5 for the opportunity to wear jeans to work that day.Credit unions can order free paper icons and stickers so their members can participate as well. Proceeds are donated the credit union’s local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. To register, visit year, more than 300 credit unions “went casual for kids,” raising thousands of dollars for their local CMN Hospitals. More than 100 credit unions from 40 states have already pledged their support for the 2017 Miracle Jeans Day event.last_img read more

Seeing your financial future – literally

first_img 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Gigi Hyland Gigi Hyland serves as the Executive Director for the National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF), the philanthropic and social responsibility leader of America’s credit union movement. Prior to her work with … Web: Details Your future self is a complete stranger to you. Crazy, right? Research from UCLA examined the emotional disconnect between who we are now and who we will be in 20-40 years. “When people think of themselves in the future, it feels to them like they are seeing a different person entirely … like a stranger on the street,” said Hal Hershfield, a social psychologist at UCLA Anderson who is exploring how human behavior can be modified by bringing people closer to their future selves. He’s found that the emotional disconnect we have with the person we will become in 20 to 40 years could explain, for example, why many people don’t save enough for retirement; why they continue to indulge in unhealthy behaviors, accepting the risk of incurring terrible diseases in the future; and why they make bad ethical decisions despite knowing that they might suffer consequences down the road.“One of the reasons people fail to make good choices and don’t act in ways that are positive in the long term is because they feel a sense of emotional disconnect from their future selves,” said Hershfield who’s been following this line of research for seven years. Source: The Stranger Within: Connecting with Our Future Selves by Cynthia Lee, April 9, 2015, Members Development Company (MDC) and the National Credit Union Foundation (the Foundation) are collaborating on a project with the Financial Health Network to research how emerging technologies can positively influence financial health. Part of this research includes exploring how credit unions may be able to utilize augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) in the future to help their members achieve financial health and well-being. Imagine this example: On a Saturday morning, Keira and Jane, both 32,  visit their credit union to get help saving for retirement. They know they want to travel a lot when they retire but are unsure how to achieve their goals. Their financial advisor, Sally, listens closely, creates a couple of different alternative paths, then pulls out two virtual reality headsets. Keira and Jane put them on and can “see” and experience the alternatives Sally has presented – literally. They are able to see their future selves and make an informed decision on which path to follow. AR and VR may be able to transform the member experience by making digital products and services more accessible to consumers. Customers will be able to visualize and experience products virtually while interacting with a representative of a credit union. In addition, AR and VR may be beneficial to both credit unions and members by enabling a virtual experience of a complex or unfamiliar product, such as a security, and facilitating transactions within the AR or VR. In addition, AR and VR can alter perception and thereby influence consumer behavior. The presentation of a product or service through an immersive experience versus print or video can enable members to gain a more accurate understanding before making a purchase.Finally, AR and VR can be used to facilitate effective teaching and learning opportunities for members and employees. Think of what credit unions already do with high school reality fairs – an immersive, experiential learning environment where high school students “friend” their future selves and try to live within an adult budget. What if VR could be added to that mix to truly cement the importance of budgeting, spending less than you earn and setting long-term savings goals? Working together, the Foundation, MDC, and Financial Health Network are identifying powerful ways to leverage emerging technologies like AR/VR to truly impact our members’ financial health. To find out more, contact: Gigi Hyland, [email protected] Sarah Lietz, [email protected]last_img read more

CDC wants more healthcare workers to get flu shots

first_imgFeb 13, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued new recommendations last week in an effort to push the percentage of healthcare workers who receive influenza shots above the 40% range, where it has been stalled for years.Among other things, the agency recommended that healthcare facilities offer free flu shots annually to workers on every shift, monitor flu vaccination coverage regularly during the flu season, and obtain signed forms from those who give nonmedical reasons for refusing a shot.”The new recommendations provide strategies to make vaccine more accessible to healthcare workers and to help facilities better determine coverage rates and the reasons their staff have for not getting vaccinated,” the CDC said in a news release.In the interest of protecting both patients and workers, the CDC routinely includes healthcare workers in the general flu immunization recommendations it issues each year. The new recommendations are intended to help healthcare facility administrators, infection control professionals, and occupational health specialists boost immunization rates in their institutions.Flu immunization coverage among healthcare workers was only about 10% as recently as 1989, the report says. The rate improved to roughly 40% in the ensuing few years, but it has remained “relatively constant” since 1997, it states. One of the government’s health objectives is to raise flu-shot coverage among healthcare workers to 60% by 2010.The new recommendations were prepared by the Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. They recommend that healthcare facilities:Educate employees about the benefits of flu immunization and the risks of flu for themselves and their patientsOffer vaccine each year to all eligible employees in order to protect them, their patients, and family members and to reduce absenteeismProvide free flu shots on site during all shifts and use strategies such as mobile carts and modeling and support by leadersObtain a signed “declination form” from employees who refuse a flu shot for reasons other than medical contraindicationsMonitor flu vaccination coverage and refusals at regular intervals during the flu season and provide staff and administrators with information on rates by wards, units, and specialtiesUse flu immunization rates “as one measure of a patient safety quality program”The CDC document cites various studies to support most of the recommendations. But it says that the effect of signed declination statements on immunization rates has not been studied. Using such forms, the agency says, can help facilities identify workers “who might require targeted education or other interventions to overcome barriers to vaccine acceptance.” The practice would also help facilities monitor how many employees are offered vaccine.How many healthcare facilities currently offer free flu shots or ask for signed refusal forms is unclear. The CDC, the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) all said they were unable to provide such information.Doug Schultz, a spokesman for the MDH, said the department sent a flu-shot declination form to healthcare facilities last fall and plans to do a follow-up survey to find out how many used the form.The percentage of facilities that offer free shots “is probably something we need to get a handle on, because of the CDC recommendations and because we do want healthcare workers to get vaccinated,” Schultz said.Researchers have found that the leading reason healthcare workers refuse flu shots is fear of side effects, followed by inconvenience and perceived ineffectiveness of the vaccine, according to the CDC report.The report says that as of January 2005, 13 states had passed laws concerning flu immunization for staff members in long-term-care facilities. But the effects of the laws are not yet clear, because only one state, Pennsylvania, has monitored them, the agency says.Last October the federal government began requiring nursing homes that serve Medicare and Medicaid recipients to offer flu shots to all residents. But the rule did not require vaccination of staff members.CDC. Influenza vaccination of health-care personnel: recommendations of the Healthcare Infection Control Practices (HICPAC) and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). MMWR 2006 Feb 9 (early online release) [Full text]See also:Feb 9 CDC news release read more