Theology Faculty to undergo name change

first_imgThe Faculty of Theology will be re-titled “The Faculty of Theology and Religion” by October 2012, should the proposal be accepted by the Humanities Divisional Board and Council.The name change is in part driven by the findings of the 2010 Review of Theology, which recommended that “the Faculty should consider changing its name to reflect more accurately its identity in the 21st Century.”Professor Sarah Foot, Chair of the Faculty Board, suggested that the change would make clear the breadth of study available in the modern Theology course whilst also appearing more attractive to potential students. She argued that the new name would attract applicants who wished to study religions other than Christianity and those interested in comparative study on the nature of religion, stressing, “Very few institutions now offer degrees in single-honours theology and we hope to compete better with programmes elsewhere by changing our name.”This proposal comes alongside changes to the structure and nature of the course also being discussed. These include the suggestion that Prelims should happen in Trinity term rather than Hilary of first year and that there should be greater freedom in the Final Honours School. Currently students have to study four compulsory Christian-based papers for Finals but this could be relaxed to reflect the interests of future students.Faculty members have welcomed the planned changes, in particular suggesting that a new name is necessary to reflect how the course had changed over recent years. Dr Timothy Bradshaw, a University Research Lecturer at Regent’s Park, argued that the alteration well reflects the current reality of the Faculty, stating, “Its world famous theology teaching and research has for years included philosophy, sociology, psychology ‘of religion’, plus ‘science and religion’, and non-Christian religions.”This was also supported by Dr Bernard Green, of St Benet’s Hall, who argued, “The new name of the Faculty expresses more clearly its membership and research interests and what it offers as degrees at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.”However this positivity was not shared by several members of the undergraduate population. Sophie Giles, a first-year Theologian, stated, “I wouldn’t be as enticed to study ‘Theology and Religion’, probably because it reminds me of my R.S. classes at school where we learnt a few simplistic things about several religions.” Joshua Felberg, a second-year student of Theology and Oriental Studies, had the same concern, arguing, “Employers look at a degree in Religion as opposed to Theology negatively, considering one a classic academic pursuit [the latter] and the other something relative to a once a week GCSE half course.” He also expressed fears that the change could “damage the traditional nature of the University and the course.”Answering these criticisms, Oxford can point towards statistics from Cambridge University. Despite offering a ‘Religious Studies’ programme, only 5.6% of students who graduated between 2007 and 2010 are still seeking employment. These figures left one second-year Theologian to comment, “It seems like you can get away with a crap name if the course retains the advantage of being linked to a top institution.”Other students expressed anger that their views had not been taken on board regarding the change, especially since hostile reaction to the alteration had been registered as early as May of this year. Aidan Hampton, a first-year Theologian, stated, “I didn’t really feel part of the decision.” Another student claimed after reading the minutes of the Faculty meeting that “student opinion was ultimately seen as irrelevant” and that “those in charge of the department considered that they knew best.”The decision was reached by the Faculty Board after a consultation period during Michaelmas this year and current students were informed of the plans in early December. The change, if it goes ahead, will only affect the title of the degree for students applying from 2013. Âlast_img read more

Press release: Latest interim findings from COVID-19 study published

first_imgSummary of findingsFindings from over 85,000 volunteers between 16 October and 25 October: Read the report published for pre-print.Read more on the REACT programme of work.This study falls under pillar 4 of the COVID-19 national testing programme, which focuses on mass surveillance in the general population. These interim findings paint a concerning picture of the situation in England, where we’re seeing a nation-wide increase in infection prevalence, which we know will lead to more hospitalisations and loss of life. We’re also detecting early signs that areas which previously had low rates of infection are following trends observed in the country’s worst-affected areas. Now more than ever we must all work together to curb further spread of the virus and avoid subsequent overwhelming of the health service. Interim results from the sixth report of one of the country’s largest studies into COVID-19 infections in England have been published today by Imperial College London and Ipsos MORI.Over 85,000 volunteers were tested in England between 16 and 25 October as part of a new REACT study, to examine the levels of infection in the general population. The findings show infections continue to rise across all age groups and all regions in England, with the biggest increase in those aged 55 to 64. The highest number of infections remain in the North West and Yorkshire and the Humber, where overall prevalence has more than doubled.The main findings from the sixth Real-time Assessment of Community Transmission (REACT) study show that between 16 and 25 October: This report is the latest from the REACT study which was commissioned by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and carried out by a world-class team of scientists, clinicians and researchers at Imperial College London, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and Ipsos MORI.As infection levels continue to rise across England, it is critical everyone plays their part to help stop the spread of the virus so together we can protect lives and our NHS, and prevent greater economic damage in the future.Everyone must follow the local COVID alert level rules where they live, including those on household mixing. It is vital to remember ‘Hands. Face. Space’ and if you develop symptoms you must self-isolate, along with your household, and get a free test.Cases are not evenly spread, with infection rates rising more rapidly in some areas than others. Our strategy is to suppress the virus while supporting the economy, education and the NHS, until an effective vaccine is widely available. Local action is at the centre of our response, and engagement with Local Authorities is, and will continue to be, a key part of this process.Kelly Beaver, Managing Director, Public Affairs at Ipsos MORI said: overall prevalence of infection in the community in England was 1.28% or 128 people per 10,000 infected using the most recent data, the virus was doubling every 9 days the reproduction number R has increased to 1.6 out of 85,971 results, 863 were positive prevalence of infection was highest in the North West (2.3%), Yorkshire and the Humber (2.7%), North East (1.2%), East Midlands (1.2% ), West Midlands (1.6% ), London (0.89%), South East (0.55%), East of England (0.64%), South West (0.72%) clustering of cases is more prevalent in Lancashire, Manchester, Liverpool and West Yorkshire, West Midlands and East Midlands nationally, prevalence increased across all age groups with the greatest increase in those aged 55 to 64 (1.2%) in those aged over 65, prevalence was 0.81%. Prevalence remains highest in 18 to 24 year olds at 2.2% prevalence is increasing in primary- and secondary-aged childrencenter_img over 85,000 volunteers tested in England in latest significant study into COVID-19 by Imperial College London and Ipsos MORI interim findings show infections continued to rise across all regions between 16 and 25 October, with 128 people per 10,000 infected figures reinforce the need for everyone to follow their local COVID alert level rules and remember ‘Hands. Face. Space’ The continuing support of the public by taking part in the study is something we remain immensely grateful for. The number of participants gives this study the robustness and thoroughness which marks it out as world leading. Ipsos MORI would like to thank everyone who’s volunteered so far and those who will volunteer for further rounds of this study. 128 people per 10,000 were infected in England, up from 60 per 10,000 the virus was doubling every 9 days the national R rate increased to 1.6 prevalence was highest in Yorkshire and the Humber (2.7% up from 0.84%) and the North West (2.3% up from 1.2%) meaning over 1 in 40 people were infected in Yorkshire and the Humber region as of Sunday 25 October the percentage of people infected aged 55 to 64 increased more than threefold from 0.37% to 1.2%, but infections remain highest in those aged 18 to 24 (2.2%). Professor Paul Elliott, Director of the programme at Imperial from the School of Public Health, said:last_img read more

Stunning Photos Capture The Beauty Of EDC Orlando [A Gallery]

first_imgElectric Daisy Carnival made its way to Orlando, FL earlier this month, boasting a stunning celebration of electronic music from around the globe. EDC Orlando welcomed a lineup that featured Bassnectar, The Chainsmokers, Porter Robinson and so many more. Of course, a major facet of EDC is the visual production, with incredible displays that are unparalleled.Fortunately, photographer Lauren Sea Photo & Design was on hand to capture this festival for us. Check out her work below. Load remaining imageslast_img read more

Families of Texas couple killed in drug raid sue city, cops

first_imgHOUSTON (AP) — The families of a couple killed in a 2019 drug raid by Houston police are alleging in newly filed lawsuits that the deaths of their loved ones were the tragic result of a narcotics unit that for years was rife with corruption and no accountability and now has many of its members under indictment. Relatives of Dennis Tuttle and his wife, Rhogena Nicholas, said on Thursday that filing the federal civil rights lawsuits is the only way they will get answers from police and city officials about how the couple was killed. Mayor Sylvester Turner says the overwhelming number of Houston police officers are doing an “outstanding job.”last_img read more

Vanessa Hudgens, Corey Cott & the Cast of Gigi Begin Previews

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on June 21, 2015 Say a prayer for them tonight! The Vanessa Hudgens-led Gigi begins previews on the Great White Way on March 19. The Eric Schaeffer-helmed tuner, adapted by Heidi Thomas, also stars Corey Cott, Howard McGillin, Steffanie Leigh, Victoria Clark and Dee Hoty. Opening night is scheduled for April 8 at the Neil Simon Theatre. Check out Gigi’s stars talking about the revival in Broadway.com’s video below. View Comments The cast also includes Cameron Adams, Kathryn Boswell, Max Clayton, Madeleine Doherty, Ashley Blair Fitzgerald, Hannah Florence, Alison Jantzie, Brian Ogilvie, James Patterson, Justin Prescott, Jeffrey C. Sousa, Manny Stark, Tanairi Sade Vazquez, Richard White, Amos Wolff and Ashley Yeater. Based on the 1944 novel by Colette, Gigi was first adapted for the Broadway stage in 1951 by Anita Loos, with an unknown Audrey Hepburn in the title role. Subsequently Alan Jay Lerner (screenplay and lyrics) and Frederick Loewe (music) adapted the material for the 1958 movie musical, winner of nine Academy Awards, including Best Picture. In 1973, the tuner played 103 performances on Broadway with Karin Wolfe as Gigi and Daniel Massey as Gaston, earning a Tony Award for Best Original Score. Set during the turn of the 20th century, Gigi tells the story of a free-spirited teenage girl living in Paris who is groomed (in the custom of her family) to serve as a companion to a bored, wealthy playboy until the pair realize they have fallen in love. The show features the memorable tunes “Thank Heaven For Little Girls,” “I Remember It Well,” “The Night They Invented Champagne,” “It’s a Bore,” “Say a Prayer for Me Tonight” and more. Related Shows Gigilast_img read more

Local Businessman appointed to Board of Advisors of national HVAC group

first_imgDavid Nichols, Vice President of Climate Systems, Inc. in Williston, has been appointed to a second two-year term on the Board of Advisors of The Unified Group, a national network of 45 pre-eminent heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC).Headquartered in Chicago, The Unified Group is composed of independent HVAC contractors who share a commitment to remaining independent, while providing quality service to clients. The Board of Advisors oversees The Unified Group’s five major business areas including purchasing, business opportunities, membership, training and marketing. Participation in The Unified Group is limited to one member company per geographic area, and companies must have demonstrated a commitment to providing quality service to their clients.Climate Systems, Inc. is a locally-owned , full service and installation heating, ventilatin, air conditioning and refrigeration mechanical contractor dedicated to customer satisfaction.last_img read more

Kilawatt Technologies Becomes Member of the U.S Green Building Council

first_imgShelburne, VT-August 21, 2008- Kilawatt Technologies is pleased to announce that the company has joined the U.S. Green Building Council. The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is an international non-profit organization working to advance buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to live and work. USGBCs vision is to promote the Triple Bottom Line and pursues solutions that strengthen a healthy and dynamic balance between environmental, social and economic prosperity.Over the past few years, Kilawatt Technologies has seen a dramatic increase in the number of companies and organizations wanting their existing buildings to achieve certification in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). LEED certification applies to both new and existing buildings and focusing on the greening of existing commercial buildings would have a dramatic impact in cutting energy consumption and reducing harmful greenhouse gases. Currently, there are over 4.5 million commercial buildings in the United States, accounting for more than 60 percent of the nation’s electricity consumption.Kilawatt Technologies has developed a series of innovative conservation information products based on the company’s EnerSuite software that support organizations interested in achieving LEED certification. The company helps businesses conserve energy, lower costs and reduce greenhouse gases in large commercial and industrial buildings. For more information about Kilawatt Technologies, please call 802.985.2285 or visit www.kilawatt.com(link is external).####last_img read more

Nicaraguan and Honduran Presidents to Strengthen Security and Trade

first_imgBy Dialogo February 27, 2012 On February 23 in Managua, Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega and Honduran President Porfirio Lobo, agreed to strengthen trade and security cooperation in order to confront the organized crime that has made Honduras one of the most violent countries in the world. Following a meeting lasting almost four hours, the presidents agreed to carry out coordinated actions “in response to the serious threat” of organized crime and drug trafficking, which uses Central America as a transit corridor for drugs moving from South America to the United States. Honduras has a homicide rate of 82 per 100,000 inhabitants, making it one of the most violent countries in the world, while Nicaragua, together with Costa Rica, is among the Central American countries least affected by organized crime, although the figures are on the increase. The presidents also decided to strengthen trade and implement joint programs that can make it possible to combat extreme poverty in border towns, according to a joint statement read by Ortega. In addition, they decided to reopen discussion on cooperation agreements for development in the Gulf of Fonseca, on the Pacific Ocean, which they also share with El Salvador, for which reason they want to meet with Salvadoran President Mauricio Funes in the near future. Lobo arrived in Managua with Foreign Minister Arturo Corrales, Social Development Minister Hilda Hernández, and Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry Melvin Redondo. Honduras and Nicaragua are two of the poorest countries in the Americas, after Haiti, and “we have to support one another mutually,” Ortega indicated.last_img read more

2 Men Arrested for Hempstead Shooting, Robbery Try

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Two men have been arrested for shooting a driver they were trying to rob a driver in Hempstead this week, Nassau County police said.Brian Tonery, 22, of Deer Park and Corey S. Heard, 25, of Hempstead were charged with attempted robbery. Heard was additionally  charged with attempted second-degree murder, criminal use of a firearm and criminal possession of a weapon.Police said the men walked up to a 24-year-old man in his Honda at the corner of Nassau Parkway and Allen Street, tried to grab his keys and then Heard shot the victim when the victim put the vehicle in drive on Monday evening.The victim was treated for a non life threatening gun shot wound at an area hospital.Tonery and Heard will be arraigned at First District Court in Hempstead.last_img read more