The motion was also criticised for giving women an unfair advantage in the democratic process. Alastair Holder-Ross, a member of the OULC, said, “I think it’s incredibly important to promote women’s roles within the club and support Helena Dollimore especially in all she has done to that end. However, I think sacrificing fundamental democratic principles is not the best way to serve the cause of gender equality. The amendment does not deal with the causes of the gender imbalance within the club, even if its intentions are noble.”Rebecca Grant, OULC Women’s Officer who proposed the motion, said, “It does indeed give women a disproportionate advantage – this is the aim of the motion. The turnout of women is a sustained and serious problem which needs to be tackled. One of the best things about the motion is that it adapts as its aims are fulfilled; if more women are encouraged to attend meetings, the relative weight of each vote will go down.“We have to remember that men have always had, and continue to have, a ‘disproportionate advantage’, and positive and decisive action is needed to redress the balance. It seems odd to be worried about privileging women when women make up less than 20% of the Labour club executive, on average.”The amendment was passed in a Constitutional Convention on the 6th constitution. OULC were required to reform their constitution after a decision was made by the University Proctors to set a standard for all university-affiliated societies. This raised concerns about how the amendment was to be repealed and whether it needed to be passed on two separate occasions.Other criticism included the fact that the email detailing the Electoral College motion was sent only 2 1⁄2 hours before the meeting. In response, Grant claimed, “The circulation of the motion prior to the meeting was entirely in line with constitutional requirements. Some other constitutional amendments, such as proxy voting, were introduced and passed at the meeting with no notice at all given beforehand.”Nick Hilton, a member of the OULC, commented to Cherwell, “Imposing a uniform constitution on Oxford University societies and clubs has worrying implications for their autonomy. The new OULC constitution has been rushed through in order to meet a deadline, mainly so that we can retain the ‘U’ in our name and get a discount on our Fresher’s Fair stall. The proctors are trying to avoid societies embarrassing the University, to which they are affiliated, and, by doing so, control their operations. I think this is a significant and deliberate overreach of their authority.”A University spokesperson said, “Clubs registered with the Proctors are required to follow the rules laid out in the constitution. This is the implementation of a decision of the Rules Committee which took effect from October 2013 with an academic year’s grace period for existing clubs. The Proctors’ Office is happy to advise individual clubs on specific issues as necessary and to listen to feedback on the constitution. A review of the general oversight of clubs has been agreed and will commence shortly.” The Oxford University Labour Club (OULC) has passed a constitutional amendment introducing gender-balanced electoral colleges that allocate 50% of the voting power in executive elections to people who do not self-identify as men.In Termly General Meetings, when the executive committee is elected, voters are now divided into two electoral colleges: those who self-identify as men and those who do not.Each electoral college receives equal weight when voting. Anna Coombes, Women’s Officer Elect for OULC, said, “The motion passed with considerable support, with only one vote in opposition and two abstentions. The main concern raised at the meeting was concerning one person, one vote.“However, the policy does not act to remove this, as each voter still casts only one vote. The idea of the policy is that the women’s voice within the group carries the same weight as the men’s. This does indeed mean giving women an advantage, but we (women in attendance of the Women’s Working Group where the motion was first discussed) felt that such action was necessary in order to address the considerable imbalance that currently prevails within the club.“Considering that women make up over half of OULC’s membership it is undemocratic and unacceptable that women consistently make up such a small proportion of the executive.“Looking at this, there is no doubt that there is a problem of womens’ turnout within OULC. This is not due to a lack of trying; the motion was proposed as a last resort after many other initiatives have been tried.”Representation of women on the OULC executive committee averages at below 20%. In Hilary Term a Women’s Working Group was set up in order to devise measures to tackle the low levels of participation and representation of women in OULC. One student pointed out that, judging by past turnout to Termly General Meetings, women could have 5 times the voting power of the men present.
The Save the Seraphs campaign announced Thursday it has exceeded its $1 million fundraising milestone, three weeks before schedule, which will be used to keep the doors open at Mater Dei Prep in Middletown. The followings story was published before the announcement. ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS – Mater Dei Prep is expected to make their financial goal of raising a million dollars this week, hoping to keep the doors open at the Roman Catholic School.Thanks to multiple efforts by Save The Seraphs, a strong mix of supporters who care about Mater Dei Prep High School, the committee can now approach the Diocese of Trenton to find what are the next steps for the school will be. That fate is still unclear but the fundraising began on Feb. 12 and may meet goal before the April 15 deadline.It was more like an all-class alumni reunion at the Shore Casino Saturday night as more than 450 turned out to raise $95,000 at an event that drew both the famous and the hardworking, alumni, parents, and friends to save Mater Dei Prep from closing in June. The evening was made more spectacular when NBC newsman Brian Williams, a member of the Class of ‘77, chose to make this fundraiser for his former high school his first public appearance since being suspended from NBC News six weeks ago.“This is a celebration of the last 50 years, and a kickoff for the next 50,” a jubilant Jim Shaw said. Shaw heads up The Seraph’s Fund and has been tireless in raising the $1 million within two months with the team of volunteers and students who have staged numerous events to meet their goal. Shaw also announced last week’s confirmation of the approval of the 501(c)(3) status required by the Diocese of Trenton before final consideration of continuing the school as a private Catholic school in the future. Ever working towards his goal, he took the opportunity to point out “if everyone in this room tonight reached out to three people for donations, we could reach $2.4 million just tonight.”Joseph Buzzanco, Class of ‘78, whose wife Maria is the Fund’s fundraising committee chair and chairperson of the gala, was among the hundreds overwhelmed by the guests at the gala as well as the amount of funds raised.Both Buzzanco daughters are Seraphs, he said, one now a sophomore at St. Michael’s in Vermont, the other a junior at Mater Dei. “I just wanted my girls to experience what I did,” he said about his days at Mater Dei. “I’ve been successful enough that I could have sent them to private academies or prep schools anyplace in the country,” he continued, “and I thought Mater Dei was best.” Proudly, he added, “I still do, and they agree with me as well.”Maria Buzzanco thought the event was “a fantastic success. We were overwhelmed by the support from the entire Mater Dei Prep community. So many alumni returned to show their support for Mater Dei Prep, including one of our most famous graduates, Brian Williams, Class of ‘77. The atmosphere of the evening was like a giant reunion; the event rekindled the Seraph spirit and made it obvious how special and important Mater Dei Prep is to its alumni and the Bayshore area.” She said the current $992,000 consists of more than $350,000 in donations and another $610,000 in binding pledges. This week the fund will be contacting those who have made pledges to turn their monetary guarantees into donations.Ticket sales, an online auction and gift raffle raised $95,000 for the Save the Seraphs Fund at the event. That amount exceeded the $70,000 to $80,000 the sponsors and volunteers were hoping to raise to keep the school open.The event was sponsored by Ed “Skip” McLauglin, Joe Rapolla, the Mater Dei Alumni Association, the Mater Dei Prep PTA and the Harper Family, seven of whom attended Mater Dei, and long time friends of the Roman Catholic high school.Music throughout the evening was provided by Rapolla, Class of ‘79, Chairman of the Music & Theater Arts Department at Monmouth University, and his band Joe Rapolla and the Perfect Square.The Rev. Jeff Kegley was also in awe at the crowd, and said he was overwhelmed at “this wonderful show of support; I’m speechless. I know the diocese Office of Education is aware of everything that is going on here. The office knows that Mater Dei has always been very special to the people here.”Shore Casino owners Bernie Sweeney, who with his wife Kathleen, both long time supporters of the Catholic high school, declined to discuss anything about the financial arrangements for the full course dinner and open bar. Nor would Fund volunteers release any figures, other than to say “Mr. Sweeney has always been a friend of Mater Dei; we have always had very successful events here, whether they were proms or parties or fund raisers. I am sure the Sweeneys are pleased with our success here this evening.”The next fundraising event for the Save the Seraphs campaign is a benefit concert at Count Basie Theater on Thursday, April 30, featuring “Brian Kirk & the Jirks” with special guests “The Magic Taxis.” Tickets go on sale Friday, at noon through the Count Basie Theatre box office. A limited number of VIP seats with a pre-show cocktail party sponsored by Buona Sera are available.Mater Dei Prep hopes to open in September as a private, Catholic institution, financially and operationally separate from St. Mary’s parish. The Seraph’s Fund will operate as an endowment fund for the school with a separate Board of Trustees overseeing budgeting and development. Board members and volunteers are currently completing the steps necessary to realize this new business model for approval from the Bishop.For more information about The Seraph’s Fund and upcoming fundraising events or to make a donation to the Save the Seraphs campaign, visit www.seraphfund.org.— By Muriel J. Smith
“We saw so much improvement since our last swim meet last weekend in Nelson namely with Matthew Holitzki, Sage Wanhella, Paige Ross, and Cameron Bibby-Fox.”Host Grand Forks won the meet, edging out Castlegar.Trail, Creston and Colville, Wash., round out the team standings.Neptunes who won medals included:Division 1 girls: Morgan Robertson-Weir – bronze Division 2 girls: Aubree Fillion – silver Division 2 boys: Cameron Bibby-Fox – gold Division 4 girls: Elissa Centrone – bronze, Hannah Malenfant -silver Division 4 boys: Matthew Holitzki – silver Division 5 girls: Nava Sachs and Joanna Blishen – silver The Nelson Neptunes tuned up for the upcoming meet this weekend in Trail by finishing third at the recent competition in Grand Forks.”We are very happy with how all of our swimmers did this weekend,” said Neptune assistant coach Rebecca Afford.
Evolution is the foundation of biology, geology, and astronomy, claims Edna Devore, Director of Education and Public Education for the SETI Institute. Writing in Space.Com, she finds it hard to believe evolution is controversial (see 12/14/2004 and 11/30/2004 entries). Why, just look out the airplane window; it’s obvious. “Evolution is fundamental to modern biology, geology and astronomy. Ignoring or discarding fundamental scientific understandings of the natural world does not prepare our children well for the future,” she concludes. “As America strives to ‘leave no child behind,’ it’s time that evolution is not left behind in our science classrooms.”She’s barking up the wrong tree. No informed critic is advocating ignoring or discarding evolution. Whether it can be classed with “fundamental understandings of the natural world” must not be merely assumed, but those on the design side of the controversy (see 01/24/2005 and 11/30/2004 entries and Evolution News blog) want evolution to be taught. You can’t understand 20th century history or science without it. Charlie’s little world cruise makes a nice story, and Haeckel’s little drawings make nice cartoons to get the teens to laugh. Yes, teach evolution – all of it, the good, the bad, and the ugly (see 01/17/2005, 12/30/2004, 11/29/2004, 11/19/2004 and 12/14/2004 entries, and more going back 5 years in these pages). Teach especially the parts the Darwin Party doesn’t want you to know. Here; we’ll help. Try our draft outline of a suggested eight-part comprehensive curriculum on evolution: Click here to continue—(Visited 20 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Job DetailsJob Title: Relationship ConsultantDepartment: Stakeholder Relations: Government, Civil Society, BusinessReporting To: Strategic Relationship ManagerDate of Circulation: 14 October 2015Job purposeTo manage and influence relationships with key stakeholders as identified and prioritised in the strategic plan to promote Brand SA’s branding and communications objectives in partnership with these stakeholders, to external audiences. To play a key programmatic role in the definition and delivery of projects through obtaining the brief from internal or external stakeholders, developing internal briefs where required, needs and expectations of the stakeholders and ensuring they are effectively addressed in the roll-out plan facilitated by Brand SA and through efficiently leveraging stakeholder resources. The Relationship Consultant is one of the main Brand SA custodians of the relationship with identified stakeholders and a key output is to ensure the effectiveness and sustainability of these collaborations.Minimum Requirements:Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science/ Economics/ Marketing/ Business Management/ Project Management.Preferred: Postgraduate degree in Political Science / Economics / Marketing / Business Management (e.g. MBA)/ Project Management.Comprehensive understanding of the social, business, political and legislative environment (domestic and international) within which Brand SA operates.Thorough knowledge of the workings of the political, business and macro-economic environment (domestic and internationally).Understanding the socio economic environment (domestic and internationally).Working knowledge of systems and processes and how they contribute to organisational performance.Advanced knowledge of how to determine value from a customer perspective.Ability to segment clients as well as contribute to a stakeholder strategy development process.5+ years combined project management experience in marketing, communications, public relations, stakeholder relations, at a mid-management level.5 years’ experience using systems such as excel and or Microsoft projects to deliver high level Gannt and planning charts.Key Performance Areas:Development of programme specific projects and initiativesWith reference to Brand SA business plan and signed MoU’s with priority stakeholders, unpack, research, workshop and develop implementation plans to activate the delivery of a project / initiative / campaign in line with the integrated marketing and communications programme and stakeholder expectations.Maintain and manage relationships with the right decision-makers and influencers and canvass all input from geographic and stakeholder plans and target group information.Sell the project / initiative / campaign plan for buy-in and approval (sign-off) with relevant stakeholder priority base (levels, locations, platforms, decision-makers, beneficiaries)Sell the project / campaign / initiative to the relevant stakeholder bases and decision-makers / beneficiaries to ensure buy-in in terms of the content, tone, roll-out mechanism(s), budget, audience target(s), collaborative ownership, time lines and output.Feedback stakeholder inputs, research, scanning of the environment, and other relevant information (budgets, changing priorities) back to Marketing and Communications for refinement and amendment in the activation plans to ensure sign-off.Compliance, monitoring and reportingMonitor and evaluate the effectiveness of the stakeholder-implemented initiatives (including risks) and reflect this in the quarterly reporting in accordance with the contracted performance measurement and business plan scorecard of the organisation.To scan the wider public policy environment to identify and leverage opportunities for future work where supportive of the strategic aims of Brand SA, develop leads to establish relationships with public policy makers and influencers and identify opportunities for joint future work where appropriate. (E.g. new international relations strategy, diplomacy rules for sectors and geographic regions).Ensure adherence to the project corporate identity, copy right, correct representation, referencing, necessary Brand SA support to affect the objectives of the stakeholder roll-out plans. Ensure collateral is available at all Brand SA stakeholder activations.Monitor resource spend and financial expenditure in accordance with the approved project plans. Develop an ROI for increased stakeholder value. Complete a variance report on a monthly basis and identify reconciliations where appropriate.General administrationEnsure all portfolio of evidence is correct, appropriate and uploaded onto insite or an identified sharepoint portal. Maintain all project documentation for retrieval.Develop error-free submissions for presentation by the GM to EXCO.Process all necessary payments, S&Ts, travel and other disbursements.Ensure leave management is monitored and managed within the business unit.Required Skills, Competencies and AttributesExcellent business acumen, i.e. strategic ability to position and sell Brand SA’s mandate and initiatives in response to emerging political, business and environmental trends.Excellent presentation skills, i.e. the ability to use the right presentation techniques and emphasise the right content to influence and persuade target audiences.And excellent verbal and oratorical skills to ensure delivery of Brand SA content to high level audiences.Above average interpersonal and communication skills to engage credibly with people at different levels and with different needs (public relations).Marketing skills, i.e. the ability to identify and capture a target market or audience’s needs and sell a message branded with the identified need.Excellent negotiation and ‘deal-making’ skills.Excellent fundraising and negotiating partnerships that will bring added value in financial and resource terms.Advanced MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, sharepoint and MS CRM or any other CRM system)Competent in project management, i.e. ability to get things done through co-ordinating different role players in working together without formally being in charge of them.Excellent proposal and account / portfolio writing and planning ability.Self-management, i.e. well-developed skills to structure own work, work alone and in a team and take initiative to get what is needed resourcefully and within proper governance rules and structures.Results oriented (output driven)Thorough and excellent follow-through abilityWillingness to work extended hours and travel substantively (within and across borders where necessary).Perform under pressure.Above average level of perceptiveness and discernment, i.e. know how to read situations correctly, political savvy, and respond accordingly to instill confidence and direction.Networking ability, i.e. building and maintaining long term relationships for business and collaborative opportunities.Service oriented, i.e. desire to serve and customer oriented.Persuasive, i.e. ability to convince others from different functions and levels of an idea or concept to obtain support.
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Monsoon of 2019 has been very different. After a two-week delay in arrival, its withdrawal from Mumbai and Maharashtra is also delayed and is likely to stretch into October. Light showers are expected to continue till then even as the days are getting sunny in Mumbai.This year, monsoon arrived in Kerala a week late and in Mumbai two weeks later than the projected onset date. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) declared on June 25 that monsoon had arrived in Mumbai and entire Maharashtra. So far, Mumbai has received 3603.7mm rainfall, or 143.35% of annual average. In the 24 hours leading upto 8.30 a.m. on Sunday, Mumbai received only 0.8mm rainfall. There was some scattered rain in Mumbai on Sunday. However, maximum temperatures remained on the warmer side, with Sunday recording 33.3 degrees Celsius. This is three degrees above normal.Normally, withdrawal of monsoon starts around September 1 from west Rajasthan. However, that has not happened so far this season and the weather conditions are not conducive for it to happen in the next few days. Some of the conditions that meteorologists look at include, absence of rain for five days straight, increase in temperature, and reduction in humidity. IMD has forecast very light to light rains for Mumbai, Thane, Palghar, Raigad until Thursday and has forecast similar daytime temperatures for Mumbai.When asked about the withdrawal of monsoon from the State, K.S. Hosalikar, deputy director general, IMD, said, “There is depression formed in Arabian Sea, so withdrawal will not happen for next couple of days.”Mahesh Palawat, vice-president (meteorology and climate change) at private forecaster Skymet Weather said, “Withdrawal of monsoon is delayed this season. Right now, the easterlies are still active and humidity has not reduced and therefore, the weather conditions have not built up yet in west Rajasthan for withdrawal. It may happen in first week of October following which it will cover entire India including Maharashtra. In 2011, withdrawal had happened in late September and in 2010, it happened in October.”Akshay Deoras, a meteorologist and Ph.D. researcher at the University of Reading, U.K., who has been tracking the monsoon closely, said, “Withdrawal from western Rajasthan is expected to commence by September 27. However, the official declaration might happen only in early October due to which monsoon’s withdrawal this year will be delayed by a month from its normal date of September 1. Thereafter, we can expect a rapid withdrawal of the monsoon from parts of northwest and central India. In Maharashtra, rainfall activity will start terminating from early October and we can expect the withdrawal to start from the second week.”However, once monsoon withdrawal starts, it is expected to cover large parts of the country in one or two weeks.Meanwhile, an IMD press release issued at 11.15 a.m. on Sunday said a depression in the Arabian Sea off Gujarat coast could intensify into a deep depression in the next 12 hours, and a cyclonic storm in 24 hours. This could result in lead to light to moderate rainfall at many places with isolated heavy falls over Saurashtra and Kutch.