St John’s creates post to research its colonial past

first_imgRhodes Must Fall originated in South Africa and called for the removal of statues of Cecil Rhodes from the Oxford Campus; it was inevitably unsuccessful. The college identifies the goals of the research as the production of “a report and other scholarly publications”, as well as to “set the standard for future work in other institutions.” The move follows investigations by American universities into their involvement with the slave trade. In the UK, the University of Glasgow recently published a report on its own ties to slavery, whilst Edinburgh University has undertaken a similar project. The two year role as a research assistant will focus on “explor[ing]connections between the college and colonialism, uncovering benefactions to StJohn’s and the alumni who served in the empire.” St John’s College has announced the creation of a new research post exploring “St John’s and the Colonial Past”, the first position of its kind to be established at the university. The vacancy posting cites a “drive to ‘decolonise the university’- or, at any rate, to think about the implications of institutional involvement in imperial projects of the past” as the chief motive behind this new research. After research has been completed, a series of workshops will be held in order to broaden discussion of the topic and to formulate responses to the project’s findings. The application directly refers to the Rhodes Must Fall campaign as an example of how “institutional involvement in the imperial projects of the past — is now a matter of world-wide scholarly concern.” Further information provided by St John’s College describes Oxford’s involvement as various, stating: “Oxford in general helped to educate and train colonial administrators; missionaries; apologists for, and critics, of empire; and significant leaders and creators of newly independent states.” It goes on to say that “there are thus compelling intellectual and ethical reasons for institutions of higher education to face up to the role they played in the British Empire.” The post is currently open for applications and the appointee will begin their work alongside Professor William Whyte, leader of the project and Professor of Social and Architectural History, at the start of next year.last_img read more

Thanks for an amazing “Soup”erbowl

first_imgSAMANTHA HOWARDBayonne Economic Opportunity Foundation To the Editor:On behalf of the Bayonne Economic Opportunity Foundation (BEOF), thank you for your extremely generous donation of food for our food pantry. We want to thank the students and their families for their continued support and generosity. It is appreciated more than words can say. To have our food pantry stocked is amazing because of the increase in the number of people turning to the BEOF for help.last_img


first_img69 of Austin, TX, formerly of Bayonne, passed away on April 6, 2018 at home. Henry was a graduate of Bayonne High School and after graduation served in United States Air Force as a communication technician serving in Japan and Bergstrom Air Force Base, Texas. After his discharge from the Air Force, he worked for many years in the computer technology field. After his retirement, Henry, affectionately known as Hank, volunteered at Austin’s Top Drawer Thrift, raising funds for people in need. Henry was predeceased by his parents Henry Sr. and Lillian Millan (nee: Wilk) and sister Elizabeth. Surviving are his wife, Mauri and his children Michelle Millan Driscoll PhD, and her husband Daniel and son Michael Travis and his significant other, Katie Delliber. Also surviving are his brothers and sisters, Thomas, Christine Szczepanski, Anthony, Anna Marie Raslowsky, Paul and Sharon McGovern. In addition, he is survived by several aunts, uncles and cousins, nieces and nephews. Funeral arrangements by ALL FAITHS Funeral Home – Austin, 8507 North IH-35, Austin, TX.last_img read more

Come Out and Support Junior Raiders in Regular Season Finale

first_imgThe Ocean City Junior Raiders take on the Ventnor Pirates in the last game of the regular season on Saturday, Oct. 25 at Carey Stadium behind Ocean City High School.This week is homecoming for the eighth-graders on the varsity team. The Peewee level hopes to solidify a playoff spot. Finally, the JV team is looking to cap off a perfect regular season and finish at 8-0 as it marches into the playoffs as one of the top seeds. The weather looks terrific for Saturday, so come out, support the hard work of our players and cheerleaders over the past three months and see some great youth football action today at the high school.Game times are: Taxi (K through 2nd grade): 2 p.m.; peewee (3rd and 4th grade): 4 p.m.; JV (5th and 6th grade): 5:30 p.m.; and varsity (7th and 8th grades): 7 p.m.Carey Stadium is located at 6th Street and the Boardwalk. You can also follow the Junior Raiders on its website,, and on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Vine. We welcome you to come out and support our teams!— By Raymond Patella for the Ocean City Junior Raiderslast_img read more

South Bend Police “Heroes and Helpers” event helping families despite pandemic

first_img WhatsApp Pinterest Pinterest Jon Zimney/95.3 MNC The South Bend Police Department will again be helping families in need this Christmas and Holiday Season with the ‘Heroes and Helpers’ event from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 21 at the South Bend Target store-1400 E. Ireland Road.Normally, our officers’ shop with families in Target, helping them find the best Christmas gifts, but with COVID-19 that wasn’t possible. This year, each family will be awarded multiple $100 Target gift cards based on the number of children in each family. For example, two kids equal $200 in Target gift cards. These gift cards will be used to shop online at orders are placed, families will pick up their items at the designated South Bend Target store and our officers will be there to greet them and present them with their gifts.A list of families have already been given to the South Bend Police Department.Local social service organizations worked together to vet families and provide South Bend Polcie with the names of those who they felt were most in need. Google+ Google+ WhatsApp By 95.3 MNC – December 21, 2020 0 436 South Bend Police “Heroes and Helpers” event helping families despite pandemic Facebook Facebook Twitter IndianaLocalNews Twitter Previous articleBodies of man, 47, and two teenagers found in home on Spring River Drive in ElkhartNext articleMuncie man wins lawsuit after parents destroy pornography collection 95.3 MNCNews/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel is your breaking news and weather station for northern Indiana and southwestern Michigan.last_img read more

Chaka Khan Announces First New Album In 12 Years, Shares Music Video For Title Track [Watch]

first_imgYvette Marie Stevens aka Chaka Khan aka the “Queen of Funk” announced on Monday that she will return with her first new studio album since 2007, when Hello Happiness arrives on February 15th via Dairy/Island Records. Monday’s announcement included the debut of the music video for the album’s title track, which also acts as the second single along with the recently-released “Like Sugar“.According to the announcement via press release, Hello Happiness will be “an album which sets Khan’s timeless vocal to an empowering collection of songs with cutting-edge production.”The latest single set to appear on the album is filled with energizing glitz and retro swagger, while subtly using modernized production techniques to help bring Khan’s trademark sound into 2019. The forthcoming album will be the famous funk singer’s first batch of new recordings since Funk This arrived back in 2007, which ended up impressively peaking at No. 15 on the Billboard 200 album sales chart in the U.S.“Like Sugar” was shared initially as an exclusive Record Store Day release last spring. It earned enough attention however that Khan decided to give it a full release, including a three-track EP that featured a pair of remixes.Khan also teamed up with notable pop-music director Sam Pilling for the equally entertaining music video to go with the new dance-friendly track, “Hello Happiness”. The five-minute video takes viewers back to 1970’s Los Angeles, where some shady characters all wind up weaving into each others’ lives in one way or another for an outcome that is filled with enough drama to fill at least one season of Real Housewives. Fans can tune into the new video seen below to watch all the funk go down in full.Chaka Khan – “Hello Happiness” – Official Video[Video: Chaka Khan]Khan currently has no tour dates lined up in support of her forthcoming album, but she did make notable appearances at events in 2018, including Suwanee Hulaween and the all-star 75th birthday concert for Joni Mitchell back in the fall.Hello Happiness Tracklisting:1. “Hello Happiness”2. “Like A Lady”3. “Don’t Cha Know”4. “Too Hot”5. “Like Sugar”6. “Isn’t That Enough”7. “Ladylike”View Full Tracklistinglast_img read more

Clues to cholera resistance

first_imgResearchers have long understood that genetics can play a role in susceptibility to cholera, but a team of Harvard scientists is now uncovering evidence of genetic changes that might also help protect some people from contracting the deadly disease.Based on genetic data gathered from hundreds of people in Bangladesh, a research team made up of Harvard faculty and scientists from the Broad Institute and the Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) was able to identify a number of areas in the genome — some are responsible for certain immune system functions, others are connected to fluid loss — that appear to be related to cholera resistance. Later tests showed genetic differences between people who had contracted the disease and those who had been exposed, but never became ill. The results are described in a paper published this month in Science Translational Medicine.“This study is exceptionally exciting for us because it shows the power of this approach,” said Pardis Sabeti, an associate professor of organismic and evolutionary biology and one of two senior co-authors of the paper. “This is the first time we’ve taken a genomic-wide approach to understanding cholera resistance. But it’s a first step, and there is a lot of exploration to go from here. For a disease that’s so ancient and widespread there’s very little that’s known about host immunity.”The hope, Sabeti added, is that improved understanding of why some people appear to be immune will help efforts to develop vaccines and therapies, so that outbreaks like those of recent years in Haiti and Africa might someday be avoided.“It is a very scary disease,” she said. “We now have treatments with oral rehydration therapy, but it is still devastating, and in extreme cases, cholera can kill in hours.”“We also haven’t been able to develop a particularly effective vaccine,” added Elinor Karlsson, a post-doctoral fellow in organismic and evolutionary biology and the first author of the paper. “The vaccine that’s available wears off after a few years, whereas people who are exposed to the disease develop a long-lasting immunity… and nobody is quite sure why that is. This research is another way of tackling that problem, and it’s a way no one has come at it before.”To understand the genetic differences between those with and without resistance, researchers first gathered genetic data on 42 family groups — called “trios” — that included a mother, father, and child. Using that data, researchers identified more than 300 areas of the genome that seemed to be under pressure due to natural selection, suggesting that genes in those regions might be adapting to deal with the threat of cholera.“We found 305 areas — or about 2 percent of the genome — that appeared to be under selection,” Karlsson said. “That’s great, but unfortunately, all our tests can tell us is that a region is under selection, it doesn’t tell us why.”Karlsson turned to a testing process called “gene set enrichment” to determine whether any particular groups of genes showed up in those regions more often than others.“We found two strong patterns,” she said. “We found a whole set of genes that are related to a gene called IKBKG, which plays a key role in immunity. But what we found was not the gene itself, but a whole group of genes that regulate IKBKG. We also found a whole set of genes for potassium channels, which are the channels in the walls of our cells that regulate fluid loss.“What’s interesting is that it shows what a huge pressure cholera has been on this population,” she added. “You could be selecting for anything in there — skin color, hair color, or even other diseases — but because cholera was a big enough force, we could pick it out just by doing this kind of testing.”Armed with that data, researchers then performed a comparative study — examining the specific genetic regions in more than 100 patients who were sick with cholera and others who had been exposed to the disease, but had not become ill. The results, Karlsson said, showed differences between the two groups.“The region that had the biggest signal that suggested the region was under pressure from natural selection also had the biggest difference between people who were sick and who were not sick today,” she said.Going forward, researchers hope to conduct wider studies of the genetic differences between people who are susceptible and those who appear to be immune in the hope of identifying precisely which genes are involved, and the pathways involved in resistance.“We have narrowed it down to a few genes, but the problem is that these are genes that people have not paid a great deal of attention to before,” Karlsson said. “There’s not a whole lot of description out there about them, so it’s hard to know which one might be the best candidate for study.”In addition to potentially revealing a new pathway to understanding cholera resistance, the research highlights the potential power of using genetic data to study history.Today, Sabeti said, between 5 and 10 percent of the Bangladeshi population is East Asian. While analyzing data for the paper, Karlsson was able to precisely pinpoint when the two populations first began to intermingle — in about A.D. 500.“It’s a very interesting aspect of this work,” Karlsson said. “We’re genetics and genomics people, but if we can very precisely date these types of events — it would be invaluable to the work of historians and other disciplines.”last_img read more

6 lifestyle changes that will save you money

first_imgMake life easier and pad your savings account – Tony ArmstrongIf you slept in a bed last night, ate a meal today, wear clothing or drive a car, you probably agree that daily life can be expensive. The number of things you have to pay for can seem endless.But what if you could cut back in a big way in one or two spending categories and get ahead on your financial goals?Some intrepid savers have done just that, resulting in less debt, more flexibility to adapt to career changes and a nicely padded savings account.Here’s how you can follow their lead.1. Go bulk or grow your own.Food is expensive, especially convenience foods and restaurant meals. The average American spends about $153 a week on food, according to 2013 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

In surprise move, Trump administration reverses course on barring many foreign students

first_imgTopics : President Donald Trump, who is pushing schools across the country to reopen in the autumn, said he thought Harvard’s plan not to hold in-person classes was ridiculous.The universities argued the measure was unlawful and would adversely affect their academic institutions.In a highly anticipated court hearing on Tuesday in the case brought by Harvard, US District Judge Allison Burroughs in Massachusetts said the US government and the two elite universities that sued had come to a settlement that would roll back the new rules and restore the previous status quo.The hearing lasted less than four minutes.The controversy began after US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said it would re-instate rules for international students on F-1 and M-1 visas that limit the number of online courses foreign students can take if they want to remain in the United States. Those rules had been temporarily waived due to the public health crisis. Many academic institutions assumed they would be extended, not rolled back.The DHS official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the details of any future regulation on this issue remain under discussion.In particular, DHS officials are still deciding whether to treat students already in the United States differently than students seeking to enter the country for the first time, according to the official.California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, who led a separate lawsuit challenging the visa rules, said in a written statement Trump’s “arbitrary actions” put the health of students and communities at risk.”In the midst of an economic and public health crisis, we don’t need the federal government alarming Americans or wasting everyone’s time and resources with dangerous policy decisions,” Becerra said.ICE and the US Department of Justice did not immediately respond to a request for comment. There are more than a million foreign students at US colleges and universities, and many schools depend on revenue from foreign students, who often pay full tuition.The July 6 move by the administration blindsided many universities and colleges that were still making plans for the fall semester, trying to balance concerns about rising cases of the novel coronavirus in many US states and the desire to return to classes.A flurry of lawsuits were filed challenging the rule including one brought by Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology and another by a coalition of state governments. Dozens of big companies and colleges and universities filed “friend-of-the-court” briefs opposing the rule.Harvard planned to hold all of its classes online for the upcoming academic year.center_img In a stunning reversal of policy, the Trump administration on Tuesday abandoned a plan that would have forced out tens of thousands of foreign students following widespread condemnation of the move and pressure from colleges and major businesses.US officials announced last week that international students at schools that had moved to online-only classes due to the coronavirus pandemic would have to leave the country if they were unable to transfer to a college with at least some in-person instruction.The government said it would drop the plan amid a legal challenge brought by universities. But a senior US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) official said the administration still intended to issue a regulation in the coming weeks addressing whether foreign students can remain in the United States if their classes move online.last_img read more

Ashley, Schmidt collect Cottage Grove checkers

first_imgCOTTAGE GROVE, Ore. (June 1) – Eric Ashley and David Schmidt were IMCA feature winners on driver appreciation night at Cottage Grove Speedway. Ashley made it past Towns on the final restart to park his mount in the winner’s circle for the first time in the current campaign. Also getting his first win in the Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods, Schmidt led from lap six on to score the triumph. It is his second overall victory this year after winning a street stock main event a few weeks earlier. Curtis Towns had a good handle on the Mohawk Metal IMCA Modified ranks. Unfortunately, a mechanical failure with the left front would cripple his efforts for the night. By Ben Deatherage last_img read more